Falun Dafa Has Made Me into a Better Person
(Minghui.org) I am 54 years old and have been practicing Falun Dafa since 2012. I used to be quite a problematic person, indulging in excessive drinking, gambling and fighting. But I have completely changed since I started practicing Falun Dafa. I sincerely thank Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, for changing me into a better person – a person who thinks of others first at all times and who does things according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Starting to Practice Falun Dafa
I suddenly felt very unwell in 2012. I went to several hospitals and had various checkups, including CT scans, ultrasound and X-rays, but the doctors couldn't find anything wrong. I received some medication, but wasn't getting better.
My sister-in-law came to see me one day and told me that Falun Dafa could help improve my health and moral character. She asked me to sincerely recite: “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” She told me that believing this would bring me good fortune. She also said that if I quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) I would be blessed.
I thought that I would give it a try, as the doctors couldn't do anything about my condition. I also agreed to quit the CCP and started to read the book Zhuan Falun and do the Dafa exercises.
Soon after practicing, I experienced the miracles of Dafa. All my illnesses disappeared and I realized how wonderful Dafa is.
Doing Things in Line with the Standard of the Fa
Since the day I began to practice, I asked myself to do things according to the standards of Dafa. First of all, I gave up my bad habits of smoking, drinking and gambling and hanging around outside all night. I also started to help my wife with the housework.
But it was hard to get rid of my attachment of pursuing money when personal interests were right in front of me.
I used to offer loans at extortionate rates of interest. I realized it was wrong of me to do that after practicing Falun Dafa, and then stopped. But I needed to get my loans back. Those people who borrowed money from me heard that I started practicing Falun Dafa, and didn't want to pay the money back to me on the due date.
They used all kinds of excuses to delay their payments, and some even didn't plan to pay me back at all. I was quite annoyed at first. I used to be a very angry person before practicing Dafa, and no one dared to disagree with me. Once I called people to pay the loans back, they would return the money immediately. However, as a Dafa practitioner, I couldn't resort to violence or intimidation to solve problems anymore. So I was patient and just waited for them to pay me back. No matter how anxious I was, I had to endure. It was a big test for me.
Another test was that before my house was going to be demolished, government officials came to my home and did a property survey for compensation claims. I had a good relationship with these officials, and they offered to record a bigger lot size for me so that I could get more compensation from the government – up to several tens of thousands of yuan.
But now I understood the principle of “no loss, no gain.” So I told them to put the correct size of my property on their record.
Since I benefited so much from practicing Falun Dafa, I decided that I must speak out for Dafa and let more people know the facts about it. So I joined local practitioners and we distributed informational materials about Falun Dafa in our area and talked to people and persuaded them to quit the Chinese Communist Party.
Sometimes we went out to post information at night to avoid the crowds, but I didn't feel tired at all. I just felt happy doing the right thing.
Wife Became a Dafa Practitioner
When people saw the positive changes in me after practicing Falun Dafa, it caused a pretty big stir in my village. Everyone has seen the power and beauty of Dafa through me. As a result, my wife and some of our relatives have also started to practice Falun Dafa.
My wife is 51 years old, and used to have many illnesses, such as high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, heart problems and a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, putting her life at risk. She underwent brain surgery and suffered quite a lot afterwards.
She started reading Zhuan Falun after her operation. She was very impressed with the principles talked about in the book after just reading a few pages and realized that this is no ordinary book. Shortly into her practice, her illnesses disappeared and she enjoys good health again.