A Centenarian’s Gratitude to Dafa for Being Illness Free
(Minghui.org) Some say that few people live to 70. Well, I turned 100 years old in 2018! I used to have all kinds of health problems. Because I practiced Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong), Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, purified this body, which enabled me to live healthy to a hundred.
I currently live by myself and take care of myself. I can do simple housework and cook simple meals on my own. My son shops for me and delivers the purchases to my house. My daughter comes to clean the house every week. However, I always try to do things for myself.
I live on the second floor and always use the stairs. I like to go out and walk around to distribute informational flyers about Falun Dafa. I do my best to clarify the truth to awaken people.
My Life Was Miserable Until I Was Middle-aged
Thinking back on my childhood, I suffered a lot. My mother followed the patriarchal tradition. She only cared about my brother, not me. One time I had a cold with a bad cough and high fever. My mother didn’t even bother to check on me. Later, my aunt came and had pity on me. She cried while holding me. They put me in a cradle, covered me with blankets, and rocked me. They tried to make me fall asleep. They hoped that I would sweat and then recover from the cold. I did fall asleep and sweat and my clothes got all wet. My mother didn’t change my clothes for me and they just dried on my body. So I suffered a lot when I was a child. My mother never loved me.
After getting married I discovered that my mother-in-law was a particularly powerful woman. She and my husband hit me whenever they felt like it and frequently hassled me. I miscarried several times because they hit me. One time when I was eight months pregnant, I had to run out to the street whenever they beat me. I protected my daughter and she did survive. I also suffered from all kinds of ailments along the way.
I was influenced by Buddhism and believed that there was a God from an early age because someone in my family had believed this. To find the meaning of life, I embraced Buddhism in my later years and became a lay Buddhist. After four years of study, it did not seem that I'd gained anything. Rather, I witnessed those monks asking for money for everything they did. I was disheartened and disappointed.
Falun Dafa Enables Me to Be Illness-Free
In 1996, I heard about Falun Dafa, which was said to be a kind of Buddhist practice. I was eager to learn when I heard about it. So I joined a practice site close to my house. I was very excited after learning Dafa. This is exactly what I was searching for. This is exactly what I'd sought all my life.
I studied Falun Dafa and practiced with other practitioners. I didn’t slack off in my efforts and shortly all my health problems were gone. I felt rejuvenated and comfortable all over. I was ecstatic at that time and happy like a child every day! After that, I had three major illnesses. I firmly believed in Dafa and Master Li so I recovered from all of them.
I was surprised when Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, launched the persecution of Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. We suddenly lost the environment for practicing Dafa. Falun Dafa practitioners went to Beijing to petition and clarify the truth about Dafa.
Petition for Justice for Dafa
I was 80 years old that year. I wished to go to Beijing to say a fair word for Master and share my personal experience to show how wonderful Falun Dafa was. I went the first time with other practitioners. I didn’t live far from Beijing, but none of the taxi drivers would take me there, afraid that I might get sick because of my age. So I walked with my fellow practitioners for the whole day and arrived in Beijing around 6:00 p.m. Because Master took care of me, I didn’t feel tired at all.
My son drove me to Beijing the second time. He was worried about me because I insisted on going to petition. However, when we arrived at Tiananmen Square, my son told me that he could not drive in because of martial law and we had to leave.
The third trip was after I heard that some practitioners who went to Beijing again and again were arrested and beaten. I couldn’t stay at home anymore. I went to the train station to go to Beijing by myself. I remember that the wind was very strong that day. I was not afraid and I would not turn around no matter what. I had to stand up for Falun Dafa. When I arrived at Tiananmen Square, I sat near the tower. The police came over to check me and asked whether I practiced Falun Dafa. I answered, “What would be wrong with practicing Falun Dafa? Falun Dafa is good!” They walked away, probably because I looked so old. I sat there silently facing toward the Tiananmen Gate and recited, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
When I got to the train station to buy my return ticket, the ticket seller said that only five minutes remained before the train left, and it would be too late for me to catch it. I said that was enough time for me. I ran to the gate, then found out that the train was delayed. I felt so moved and knew Master was helping me!
After I got back to my hometown station, a taxi driver asked if I needed a ride home. I said I didn't because I could walk. It felt like it did not take very long at all to get home. I checked my watch and saw it only took me five minutes! I was so surprised! Wasn’t that the magic of Dafa and Master’s blessing? Even young people would take half an hour to get to my house from the station! I was so grateful for being protected and getting home safely.
I often go out to clarify the truth, distribute Falun Dafa informational materials, and put up posters. People are surprised to see that I am so healthy and strong at my age. I tell them the truth of Falun Dafa. They all believe me and understand that Dafa is good. They do not believe the lies broadcast on television.
I am grateful to venerable Master for giving me a healthy body and for his merciful salvation. I, a centenarian, hope that everyone in the world will sincerely repeat “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Those who know the truth will be blessed.