Flashback: Attending Four of Master Li’s Lecture Series in 1994
(Minghui.org) This year I am 82 years old. I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1994 and have cultivated for 25 years. I attended four of Master Li’s lecture series from June to December 1994. When I recall that period of time, the scenes are still vivid in my mind. It was the most unforgettable time in my life!
“I think that those who can listen to my lectures in person, I would say, honestly... you will realize in the future that this period of time is extremely precious. Of course, we believe in predestined relationships. Everyone sits here all because of a predestined relationship.” (“Lecture One” in Zhuan Falun)
Attending Master’s Lectures in Zhengzhou City
Our most respected Master lectured in Zhengzhou City on June 11-18, 1994. This was the first time I attended Master’s lecture series. I was very excited! Several practitioners and I went to Zhengzhou City by train and arrived at the Zhengzhou train station on June 10. There were reception staff at the train station, and they arranged housing for us. The lectures were originally scheduled to be held at the new stadium of Zhengzhou. Due a previous event not having concluded, however, the lectures had to begin in another older stadium.
Although the condition of the old stadium was relatively poor and simple, everyone carefully followed the staff’s arrangements and sat down in an orderly manner. The middle of the field and the surrounding stands were filled with people.
To a thunderous applause, Master walked up to the podium. He was tall and wearing a white shirt. Master’s temperament was extraordinary: very peaceful and compassionate, and he was always smiling. Master started his lecture without papers in hand; instead, he took just a small note card out of his pocket.
It was sunny in the afternoon on the third day. I sat in the middle section of the field, and everyone was attentively listening to Master. After he had lectured for about an hour, the wind raged suddenly, and with deafening thunder, egg-sized hail came down onto the ceiling of the stadium, and the roof started leaking. Wind, heavy rain, and hail also came in through the windows around the stadium. The lights suddenly went off; it was dark but still visible. No one panicked. The people sitting on the field moved forward to be closer to the podium. Those sitting in the surrounding stands came down onto the field, and we all sat close to one another.
Master stopped the lecture, and everyone just sat quietly waiting. I saw Master lightly step onto the desk in front of him. He sat down and did a set of large hand gestures. Then he picked up the water bottle on the desk and opened its lid. He held the bottle with the mouth of the bottle facing up and seemingly loaded something into it slowly. He then put the lid back on the bottle and threw it into the garbage can. A few minutes later, the wind and rain stopped. Then all the lights went back on, and it was suddenly bright again.
Applause thundered throughout the stadium. Master smiled and said, “It seemed to be formidable. In fact, I didn’t even have to use my hand to catch it. So I put it into the bottle.” This was indeed a magnificent moment to witness how Master caught a demon. It was just as he taught, “Even though it may have cultivated for nearly a thousand years, a little finger will be more than enough to crush it.” (“Lecture Three” in Zhuan Falun)
When I walked outside after the lecture, I saw rain puddles and broken tree limbs along the road. A fellow practitioner with his third eye open told me he saw that demon in the bottle, and it was still moving around.
A woman behind us said to her child while pointing at us, “Look at them. They are walking like young men.” Indeed, we listened to Master’s teaching on the universal law. He cleansed our bodies, and we were free of diseases. We walked swiftly, as if someone was pushing us from behind. We didn’t feel tired no matter how far we walked.
Later, I heard another practitioner say that the mayor of Zhengzhou City and his wife came to the stadium the next day and personally greeted Master on the stage.
Attending Master’s Next Lecture Series in Jinan City
After the lecture in Zhengzhou City, several practitioners and I went directly to Jinan City by train to attend Master’s next lecture series in Jinan. We took the same train that Master took, but we were seated in a different car. There were many practitioners going to Jinan City. We all tried to help each other. Everyone was in a good mood, relaxing, talking, and smiling. The scene still lingers in my mind even today!
The Jinan lecture series was held at Huangting Stadium on June 21-28. More than 4,000 people attended the lecture, and the stadium was full. People filled the center field as well as the stadium seats.
Master’s compassion was reflected in many things he did. In order to reduce costs for practitioners, he compressed the ten-day lecture into eight days. He said that the length couldn’t be shortened anymore than that, otherwise the practitioners would not be able to handle it. Sometimes, Master had to give two lectures in one day. For meal arrangements, everyone ate in a large cafeteria. The food was very cheap: congee, steamed buns, and pickled vegetables. However, we all felt the meals were very tasty!
It was so hot in Jinan in June that it was nicknamed “furnace.” Master worked very hard to give the lectures without taking a break. The practitioners kept fanning themselves, but Master asked us to put our fans down. Then everyone felt a constant flow of cool breezes. Master, however, didn’t drink a sip of water or use a fan during the entire lecture.
On the last day after the lecture, practitioners wanted to take a photo with Master. Master agreed and personally directed people into groups to take turns posing with him. It was such a hot day, and there were so many people. But Master didn’t show any impatience and was very approachable.
Master’s lectures seemed plain on the surface, but were actually very profound. He also helped to cleanse the practitioners’ bodies and install Falun (law wheels) for them. The diseases would be removed when following Master’s command to stomp our feet. Not only would the practitioner’s diseases be removed, but their family members’ diseases could also be removed. Since Master had removed my diseases during the Zhengzhou lecture, I thought of my wife’s diseases when stomping my feet. Although she didn’t attend the lecture, she also benefited from it.
One night after the lecture, while I was sitting in bed, I suddenly saw three or four round things like a flower or a wheel, turning near the door. One of them was blue with a little green, and it turned very fast. There was also a glowing stick as thick as a thumb beside it. At that time, I didn’t know what this was. Later, when I watched Master’s lecture video, I realized it was Falun turning.
I also attended Master’s lecture in Yanji on August 20-27, 1994, and the fourth lecture I attended was in Guangzhou on December 21-29, 1994.
Throughout and after my attending Master’s lectures series, my outlook on life completely changed. I follow Dafa's guiding principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and strive to be a person of “...selflessness and altruism.” (“Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature” in Essentials for Further Advancement) I strive to keep eliminating attachments: letting go of selfishness and competitiveness, and become more compassionate toward others. I try to always look inward when I encounter anything, always think of others first, be tolerant, and always treat people with kindness.
For the past 25 years, under Master’s guidance and protection, I have tried my best to cultivate solidly and to do the three things well. I am grateful for his compassionate salvation!