Elderly Woman: Falun Dafa Changed Me
(Minghui.org) I am 87 years old and a new Falun Dafa practitioner. In the past, like other people, I was deceived by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) controlled media lies about Falun Dafa. I used to hate Dafa and cursed Dafa practitioners.
My daughter practices Falun Dafa and has been harassed by police, fined, illegally detained and her premises ransacked. Sometimes the police even came to my house to harass and threaten me. Our families were frightened, and for this reason, I hated my daughter and in short, I didn’t understand her.
Deceived by the TV media run by the CCP, I thought that the incident of Tiananmen self-immolation was so horrifying. Later, only by entering Dafa cultivation did I learn that Dafa practitioners must not kill lives and even committing suicide is sinful. And those who truly practice Falun Dafa will not self-immolate.
I started to smoke when I was young. I was known as a very heavy smoker. Especially when playing cards, I smoked non-stop. I tried to quit several times but failed.
Resolving Health Problems
As the saying goes, when people get old, their health becomes worse day by day. However, this, was my opportunity to come to know Dafa. I sprained my ankle and it was so painful that I couldn’t sleep at night. My daughter told me, “Read Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Reading them will have a miraculous effect on improving your health and fitness.” But I didn’t believe it and thus did not comply. Later, I caught malaria, and suddenly felt like my whole body was cold and shaking. I was so uncomfortable that I couldn’t sleep. I suddenly remembered about, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” and started to read these words over and over. After some time a miracle happened: the discomfort in my body was totally gone!
Unfortunately, I didn’t cherish this opportunity and forgot about the pain once I healed. I failed to keep “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” in mind. Later on, I was hospitalized twice due to health problems such as shoulder periarthritis, respiratory problems, and malaria. After discharge from the hospital, I felt very tired and weak and lost a lot of weight. My daughter then took me to her house again and let me lie in bed, reading Dafa books to me. I felt very comfortable after hearing what my daughter had read, and my health was slowly recovering. Afterward, I started to read Dafa books on my own.
When I returned to my home, my daughter-in-law opposed me practicing Falun Dafa and threw away my Dafa books. I had to give up cultivation and started to play cards and smoke again. About a year later, I accidentally hurt my back and went to the hospital for treatment. The doctor said, “Since you are elderly, your recovery will likely take more than three months.” I couldn’t move in bed after I returned home, neither could I take a shower nor brush my teeth as nobody took care of me.
Given Another Chance
Having heard about my health condition, my daughter took me to her home once again, patiently taking care of me every day and teaching me how to practice the Falun Dafa exercises. As I couldn’t stand up, I did the exercises by leaning against the wall. Every day, no matter how painful my back was, I insisted on studying the Fa and doing the exercises with my daughter. My back gradually recovered and I didn’t take any medicine. Since then, I have walked the path of Dafa cultivation.
In the process of constantly studying the Fa, I naturally quit smoking though I had smoked for decades. What is even more incredible is that I am in my 80s and had only one year of private school education, but I can read Zhuan Falun and all other Dafa books. When reading these books, I have never worn glasses and I can see the words clearly, but I cannot see other things clearly. This Dafa is amazing, so beautiful, and it is a real science and an extraordinary science!
Dafa has given me good health and a happy family. It’s been about six or seven years now that I haven’t taken any medicine. No matter where I am, I require myself to do everything according to the standards of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and I have become a gentle lady. It is because of my changes that I have improved the relationship between my daughter-in-law and me. My son also believes that “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good”. Every day, he silently reads these words along with truth-clarifying materials and booklets. I no longer play cards nor smoke. I am immersed in Dafa every day and feel very happy and fulfilled with no troubles. I am so fortunate to have come across Falun Dafa in my life.
The tide of suing Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP, began in 2015. I also lodged a complaint to Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate exposing Jiang Zemin’s use of his power to trample on the Chinese Constitution, forcibly depriving citizens of their freedom of belief and destroying human moral conscience. Local government officials harassed and threatened me, asking, “Why did you accuse Jiang Zemin?” I answered, “He persecutes Buddha Law and kindness. He has forced the break up of countless families. I didn’t do anything wrong exposing this.” They said, “You have not been persecuted.” I replied, “All practitioners are one whole body. Persecuting other practitioners equals persecuting me.”
Helping People Quit the CCP
In terms of saving people, I have always been hindered by my human notions. I thought that I didn’t know how to clarify the truth to people. In addition, I have to walk with the help of my cane and my vision is not good enough. A few years ago I went out with other practitioners to distribute materials, but rarely did I persuade people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations by clarifying the truth to them. By studying Master’s teachings, I learned that as Dafa practitioners, our mission is to save people and it is a great responsibility. I should also make my contribution to this mission. No matter what the result of my truth-clarification is and how many people I can save, as long as I have this heart, Master will definitely help me and I must go out and talk with people.
Through my perseverance and tempering, I have basically broken through the attachment of fear and can now calmly persuade people, the old and the young, to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. On seeing someone in a car on the side of the road, I will smile and say, “Hi young man! I am bringing you blessings which can keep you safe!” They have all accepted and expressed their gratitude to me with delight. I have also come across someone who cursed me, “You are so old, yet you dare to oppose the CCP? I will report you!” I didn’t pay much attention to his threats.
Although I can only persuade a few people to quit the CCP every day, I am confident that I will study the Fa well in the future, strive to save more people, and not let Master Li (Falun Dafa's founder) down.