(Minghui.org) I am in my 70s and started to practice Falun Dafa in September 1998. Less than one year later, the persecution against Falun Gong was initiated by Jiang Zemin, then leader of the communist regime. While I have experienced many tribulations during the past 20 years, I have come through and survived to this day because of Master’s protection.
My house has been ransacked and I was arrested at least five times. I have been slapped in the face by police officers, and frequently monitored, as well as harassed by the 610 Office, local authorities, and the police. However, these unpleasant ordeals have not marred the happiness I experienced when ordinary people benefited from understanding the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
I had been sickly since I was a child, suffering from many ailments including migraines, stomach aches, and arthritis. Damp weather always brought pain to my hands, feet, and all my fingers, which worsened if I touched cold water. I spent more than half of my salary on doctors and medications, but nothing brought relief.
Tormented by chronic illnesses, my temper worsened over time. I lost my temper easily, and often got into arguments with people at work, so everyone gave me a wide berth. Needless to say, at home I was not to be messed with either.
My life was completely transformed one week after I started practicing Falun Dafa. First, all of my ailments disappeared and I never felt healthier. Secondly, my moral character improved greatly over time because I followed the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I became a better person, no longer had a bad temper, and instead treated others with kindness. I thus changed into a likable coworker, wife, and mother.
When I was arrested again by the police in December 2014, they slapped my face and threatened to impose a long jail sentence on me. Fortunately, the director at my workplace defended me and saved me from further mistreatment at the hands of the police. I knew within my heart that it was Master’s intervention that had saved me because I had held firmly onto one righteous thought, “I am a Dafa practitioner and I will not give in to the evil demands.”
“For a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple, personal liberation is not the goal of cultivation: when you came, saving sentient beings was your great aspiration, and that is the responsibility and mission history has bestowed upon you in Fa-rectification. Thus great numbers of beings are to be saved by you.” (“Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol III)
When the madness of the persecution of Falun Gong first started in July 1999, I was too afraid to come out to speak up for Dafa. Not until the following year did I gradually let go of my fear. With the help of fellow practitioners, I started to leave brochures on unattended shop counters, and in unmanned cars and bicycle baskets.
When I saw other practitioners talking to ordinary people face-to-face about Dafa in 2010, I realized that I should not make excuses, and do the same. One elderly practitioner I knew went out to do that every day under difficult circumstances. If my fear was stopping me, could I even qualify to be a Dafa practitioner? Again with the help of fellow practitioners, I started to come out and clarify the truth about Dafa face-to-face.
At first I went along to learn from other practitioners, as I had no idea what to say. I also learned a lot from the experiences of practitioners who had published articles on the Minghui website. I eventually went out on my own to clarify the truth – tailoring what I said to suit the situation – and distribute other truth-clarification materials like the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
Later on, when my children and grandchildren were all grown up and had their own lives, I moved to a rental house so I could devote all my time to truth clarification. I live very simply and have the same routine every day, studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and then going out to clarify the truth.
Going out to clarify the truth is now a part of my life, an essential part, in fact. It always warms my heart to see people coming to a proper understanding of the truth about Dafa. On the other hand, rejections do not faze me, but rather they make me feel sorry for those who refuse to listen. I also take rejections as an opportunity to improve my xinxing.
Many people I have spoken to have come to accept the truth about Dafa and withdrew from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.
Reciting Falun Dafa is Good Three Times: Fish Bone Is Dislodged
A cleaner who believes that Dafa is good told me about an incident he had during the 2014 New Year. He attended a dinner organized by his workplace. A fish bone got stuck in his throat. He tried everything and still could not get it out. While in pain and close to tears, he suddenly remembered the Dafa amulet I had given him. He took it out and recited the words on it: “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness- Compassion-Forbearance is good!” As he read it for a third time, the fish bone got dislodged and fell into his mouth. He was so relieved and grateful to Master, “Thank you Dafa Master! Thank you Dafa Master! Falun Gong is amazing!”
Cane No Longer Needed
An elderly Party cadre was in poor health and also had trouble with his legs, so he needed a cane to walk. He was very receptive when I spoke to him. He renounced his Party membership and gladly accepted the Nine Commentaries booklet, the Dafa amulet, and various other truth-clarification brochures. I also told him he would be blessed if he kept reciting “Falun Dafa is good!”
I bumped into him again some time later. I noticed that he was in glowing health and no longer holding a cane in his hand. I said to him, “You are looking younger and much healthier!” He said, “I have been reciting “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” every day. I feel much better now and have no more trouble with my legs. Falun Dafa is incredible!”
Elderly Woman in Her 80s Looked Much Younger
A few days ago, I met the 82 year-old woman to whom I had spoken two years ago, and persuaded to quit the CCP. I had also given her a Dafa amulet. She now looked healthy and alert. Her face was smooth and glowing, and there were just a few wrinkles on her face. She looked more like someone in her 60s rather than her 80s. She told me, “I have been carrying with me at all times the Dafa amulet you gave me, and kept reciting “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion- Forbearance is good!” Falun Dafa is simply amazing. I have been blessed, and I am very grateful to the Master of Dafa.”
Going out to clarify the truth to strangers sometimes makes us vulnerable to hostilities and threats. Before going out, we normally prepare ourselves by sending righteous thoughts to clear out the evil elements within our space. If we are ever threatened by danger, all we need to think is that Master is with us and we must think and act in accordance with the Fa.
A practitioner and I went to a small neighborhood in 2013 to distribute truth-clarification informational materials. We started from the top level, but as we got off the lift at level four, the lock on the entry door to the floor would not open. Since the lift door had closed behind us, the whole corridor was plunged into darkness. We groped in the dark, feeling our way along the doors trying to find the emergency exit. After a few failed attempts, we started to panic and worried about being seen and not being able to get away. We suddenly remembered and asked Master for help. Soon enough, we found the door that we could not open before, which was now unlocked, and we finished distributing our Dafa materials.
Another time I was at a bus stop. As I saw an official-looking man in his 40s buying an evening newspaper from a stand, I went over to greet him politely and started a conversation. He soon found out that I was a Falun Gong practitioner and started talking nonsense on top of his voice. I did not respond but continued walking beside him as I sent out righteous thoughts to clear the evil elements controlling him.
As we were nearing the neighborhood committee office, he screamed, “I will get someone to arrest you!” With a smile I said, “Come on, you look like a kindhearted person to me, how could you arrest someone who wants to tell you about how to save yourself when faced with danger? She is a cultivator living in accordance with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” He smiled at me and was happy to accept the brochure. He even said thank you and reminded me to be careful.
Another example was when I gave a “Sue Jiang Zemin” booklet to a man in his 50s. When he saw what was in his hand, he started yelling on the street, “I am going to get you arrested!” I said to him calmly, “Now is not the time to arrest me, but to arrest Jiang Zemin. He has betrayed our country and is behind all the official corruption. He is the root of all evil.” He quickly calmed down and walked away after accepting the booklet.
These are some of my personal experiences, but I am sure I still have a way to go to meet the requirements that Master has set for me. I know that there is limited time left for us to clarify the truth and save people.
“In cultivation, there is a saying, ‘Cultivate as you did in the beginning, and you are sure to succeed.’ Isn’t that right?” (Fa Teaching at the New York Fa Conference on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Dafa’s Introduction to the Public)
I vow to make good use of the time left to study the Fa, to cultivate myself, and to step up my effort in clarifying the truth.