Prioritizing Group Fa-Study to Elevate as One Body
(Minghui.org) I am 63 years old. I have been practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) for more than two decades and have benefited greatly. Despite the persecution, I have never wavered in my belief in Master and Dafa.
Family Members Benefit from Supporting My Fa-study Group
In 2015, everyone in my Fa-study group filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the communist regime, for launching the persecution of Falun Gong.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated what they called a “knocking on doors” campaign two years later, in 2017, targeting all the practitioners that had filed criminal complaints against Jiang. The directive was for the local police to harass and arrest us.
Because of that, some Fa-study groups stopped meeting. But the five of us who studied in my home, including my mother, were not intimidated. Although we were in our 60s, 70s, and 80s, we refused to stop meeting.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
We decided to strengthen our righteous thoughts and then made a collective decision to set aside nine days in a row in one month to study Zhuan Falun several times, do the exercises, and send righteous thoughts. Some of us during that time took public transportation to clarify the facts about Dafa to people we met.
None of us were afraid of hardship and overcame many difficulties. One lived several hours away but was always on time. None of us ever left early.
Some of us brought food, such as instant noodles, and I prepared a simple lunch and something to drink before they arrived. I also kept the room clean and tidy. To be considerate of our families, we did our household chores before leaving for our meeting.
My younger brother-in-law said, “This is an intense class for you guys! We know that, so we support you. Don’t worry, we won’t bother you.” Sometimes my sister brought food but did not stay. All our family members who showed their support benefited and had good fortune.
For example, during last year’s medical exam, my brother-in-law who’d had Hepatitis B for many years was found to be illness-free. My sister told him, “You were blessed because you believe Dafa is good and support your mother-in-law in her practice.” Witnessing his recovery, my younger sister’s son started to practice Dafa.
Making Breakthroughs in Cultivation Levels
It is not necessary for everyone to cultivate the way we do. As long as one puts one’s heart into Fa-study, no matter which path one takes, he or she will elevate in level.
We noticed that, after studying the teachings for an entire day, our main consciousnesses were strengthened, and it became easier for us to assimilate to the Fa. The Fa principles kept manifesting before me, and I found and eliminated many attachments, including thought karma, jealousy, complaining, the show-off mentality, zealotry, and so on. It also helped us to eliminate interference and persecution as soon as we faced it.
My mother is the oldest person in our study group. During our 10-hour Fa-study days, no matter how difficult it was, she never gave up. When we were tired, we took a short break and then did one of the standing exercises or shared experiences
During those nine days, all of us improved our xinxing. Our levels kept elevating and so did our realms. In addition, we never hesitated whenever a Dafa project needed help.
When we didn’t have Fa-study, my mother and I would study one chapter of Zhuan Falun or one of Master’s newest lectures or talk to people about Dafa for three hours. About a dozen people would quit the CCP and its youth organizations during those times.
We did the five exercises and sent righteous thoughts at the four set times, addressing specific matters in our local areas. Sometimes I’d send righteous thoughts to clean up my own dimensional field for half an hour to an hour. I had to sleep less and eat simple meals, but my state of mind was optimal. I felt my xinxing elevated a lot and quickly, and I kept making breakthroughs in my levels.
Clarifying the Facts with Mother
Clarifying the facts is a practitioner’s major responsibility. My mother and I told people how we had benefited from practicing Dafa when we clarified the facts to them. My mother, who is 86, began to cultivate in 1996. Before that, she had heart failure and asthma, rheumatism, and a bone spur that made her unable to walk. Later she developed a problem with her eyes and lost her vision. She suffered so much, she almost wanted to end her life.
She has been doing very well ever since she began to practice. She always seems to be very calm, and has very few wrinkles, especially when compared to others her age. Her cultivation story has moved many people.
My mother and I sat next to an 83-year-old woman in a park in 2018. She looked to be well-educated and began to talk to my mother. I chimed in and we told her about Falun Dafa and the persecution, that Dafa teaches people to be good, about living by the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, as well as about the power of Dafa when facing tribulations and illnesses. We also told her how we had benefitted.
She was touched by what we said and agreed. She praised my mother and me for our frankness, honesty, and kindness and said she wished I were her daughter. She also talked about kind things she had done in her life, such as donating her favorite crane to a farmer, a stranger. At home, she was a nice person, and at work, her coworkers thought well of her.
I told her that I believed she was a kind person and would receive good fortune, but I also said that she had to quit the Party before it fell from power.
She told me that she had been in the army during the Korean War. After she retired from the military, she worked for decades for a government agency on Party-related issues. It did not come as a surprise that she was also a senior CCP cadre. She had lived through many of the CCP’s political movements and was well aware of how corrupt it is.
After she quit the Party and also quit for her husband who had passed away some time ago, I saw her face start to glow. When I learned that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and that surgery wasn’t an option, I suggested that she sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful.” I said that she would benefit greatly if she did.
Retired Prosecutor Quits the CCP
On a bright and sunny day in 2018, my mother and I went to the park to clarify the facts and met a distinguished-looking elderly man. He said, “I used to be a prosecutor and director for the Chinese Supreme Procuratorate before I retired. I am in my 80s now.” I said that he looked like an official untouched by corruption, because back then, corruption was much less prevalent than nowadays.
After some chitchat, I found out that he had traveled and asked him if he had come across Falun Dafa in parades or practitioners helping people quit the CCP. He said that he had. I mentioned that it was practiced abroad and protected by other governments and that Falun Dafa was good. Then I asked him if he had quit the CCP. He told me that he was not clear on what that meant.
I told him that the “Tiananmen Self-immolation” incident was a hoax, talked about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and let him know about the crime of organ harvesting from living practitioners. I did not forget to tell him about the power of Dafa, highlighting our experiences, and that we lived by the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
“Sir,” I said, “the fact that you can still hear and see well and are in good health is truly your good fortune. Please sincerely recite ‘Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!’ when facing tribulations.” I suggested that, to ensure his safety, he needed to quit the Party before it fell from power or else he would be implicated in all the Party’s evil deeds. He agreed to quit.