Dafa Saved My Parents and Me
(Minghui.org) My parents’ ancestors lived in southern China for several generations. They, like most people in my parents’ hometown, were wealthy before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took over the country in 1949.
Instead of making life better for the people, the Party robbed the wealthy, demolished people’s homes, and carried out one destructive political movement after another. Many fields became wild because peasants could not farm peacefully, and there was a time people had to eat wild vegetables to survive.
My grandmother once took a little bit of food from the village warehouse because she was starving. She was caught and paraded through the streets to humiliate her.
Unfortunately, my father was brainwashed by the CCP, and he even helped the CCP persecute people in the village. My elder brother drowned soon after my father did bad things, which devasted my mother.
My father felt he was cursed and became mentally ill, leaving my mother to support the family by herself.
Practicing Falun Dafa
My parents began practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. The principles of Dafa changed them physically and mentally, and ours became a happy home.
After the CCP started to persecute Falun Dafa in 1999, I grew fearful and asked my parents to give up their belief. A few years later I incurred retribution for being disrespectful to Master. My husband was disabled in an accident, and I became resentful because of the misfortunes in my life.
At that time, my father gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun. I read it and all of Master Li Hongzhi's other teachings. I woke up and understood that the root of my misfortune was because I’d abandoned the traditional virtues of compassion, loyalty, and righteousness.
In time, I learned to behave in accordance with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I learned to think of others before myself.
After my uncle died, we helped my cousins build their houses. When my grandmother died, we gave the money she left to my cousins.
We visited my uncle's wife every year with gifts and money. She said she appreciated my assistance and would give me some pickles she made. But when she died, she did not leave me anything, and I felt a little bit uncomfortable at first. Then I asked myself why I would ask for rewards from other people.
“In offering salvation to people, there is no condition or consideration for cost, reward, or fame. They are thus far more noble than the heroes of everyday people. They do it completely out of their benevolent compassion.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
I realized it was selfishness that made me feel unbalanced.
Today’s moral standards are very low, and I had several affairs after my husband became disabled. After I began to cultivate, I realized lust was a sign of corruption and broke off all my relationships outside of my marriage.
I saw that others in my neighborhood were involved in the same immoral behavior I had been, so I shared traditional stories and the facts of Dafa with them and behaved myself, hoping to lead by example. They said my good reputation preceeded the family.
My younger brother worked as an accountant in the village. I told him to do good things for the village and he has. He believes in Dafa's principles and tries his best to help other people. He’s been rewarded for his good deeds. His first son was not in good health when he was born, but as he grew older he became healthy. All my siblings are hardworking and honest.
We all have good jobs and stable lives We also get on well with each other. The neighbors say my parents are so lucky for our family is so healthy and happy.
I study the Fa and do the exercises in my yard every day, and all my neighbors can see me from their balconies. One of them used to claim that he was an atheist and that he was against Dafa. Now he knows that the CCP is evil and Dafa is wonderful. One day he yelled at me from his balcony, “May you succeed cultivation while I am still alive! I will listen to you read the teachings every day!”
All my neighbors helped me when I was persecuted because of my belief in Dafa. I once wanted to sell my house and move, but they all asked me to stay.
Dafa saved my parents and me. We became happy and healthy by practicing Dafa and are sorry for those who are still participating in the persecution. I really hope they can wake up and stop persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners.