New Practitioner: Getting Rid of Selfishness to Save More Lives
(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Dafa in 2017, and, with help from my wife, I began the journey of returning to my true home.
My Life Before Dafa
I am 72 years old. I had a comfortable life after I retired, but my heart always felt empty.
I had several health issues, such as an irregular heartbeat, heartburn, thigh cramps, and high blood pressure. My medicine cost more than a dozen yuan a day.
To try to stay as healthy as I could, I woke up at five every morning to take my daily walk. After dinner, I would go for another walk. This was my day-after-day, year-after-year comfortable life!
With Master Li's Arrangement, I Began to Practice
My wife had multiple health problems, but after she began practicing Falun Dafa, they all disappeared. Seeing how much she improved, I too wanted to practice Dafa.
I was afraid, however, that someone would report me to the authorities if I went to the Fa study group: I was afraid of being persecuted.
I did not dare to start cultivating. But our compassionate Master (Li Hongzhi) saw my heart longing for the Fa and soon afterward, practitioners set up a Fa study group in my home.
This was really a blessing from heaven, as I was provided with a cultivation environment. I read the teachings, did the exercises, and sent righteous thoughts with them every day.
Master Li Purified My Body
One day, I suddenly had diarrhea. I went to the restroom three or four times in a row. My stomach didn’t hurt, however. I did not know what was happening, so I asked my wife, who said, “Great! Master is purifying your body.”
Miraculously, I was like a new person! The symptoms I had before were all gone.
I walked lightly and could eat everything I’d had trouble eating before, including sweet potatoes, noodles, and dumplings.
Going Out to Tell People about Falun Dafa
Master taught us,
“If you don't take action to save sentient beings, you will not have fulfilled your responsibility as a Dafa disciple and your cultivation will amount to nothing, for your becoming a Dafa disciple was not for the sake of your own Consummation. This means that you shoulder a monumental mission.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference”)
In a dream one night, I was surrounded by a bunch of fluffy little chicks waiting for me to pick them up and put them in their nest.
When I told my wife about the dream, she said, “Master was giving you a hint to go out and help people.” I suddenly enlightened and realized I must assist Master in the Fa-rectification and fulfill my mission.
I understood I must be worthy of Master’s salvation and should not be the only one benefiting from Dafa. It was my duty to tell people about the persecution; I had to go out to help people, even if I was still afraid of being arrested.
Talking to a Former Classmate about Falun Dafa
The first time I told anyone about Falun Dafa and the persecution was in a park when I ran into an old classmate. I had not seen him for 50 years. It turned out he was a government official.
I told him how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecutes Falun Dafa practitioners and how corrupt the CCP is. He agreed. But when I advised him to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, he got nervous and changed the topic.
Back home, I told my wife, who said that we should find opportunities to talk to him again.
Not long after that, my wife and I went to the train station to tell people about Falun Dafa. As soon as we arrived, I saw two people chatting and recognized that it was my former classmate and his wife. When we talked to them, they accepted what we had to say and agreed to quit the CCP.
I was overjoyed and understood it was Master’s arrangement. He was saving them. We were just helping to convey the message.
Talking to a Coworker about Falun Dafa
I was afraid of running into people I knew when I talked about Falun Dafa in the village, but this was ultimately unavoidable.
I understood this arrangement was for me to discard my attachment of fear. Once while I was telling someone about the persecution, a man walking by turned to me and said, “Did you think I wouldn’t recognize you if you wore a pair of glasses? Are you practicing Falun Dafa now?”
I recognized that he was one of my long-time coworkers. “Yes, Falun Dafa is an advanced cultivation practice of the Buddha School that teaches people to be good. Practicing Falun Dafa improves one’s health and saves lives.”
We chatted, and he eventually accepted what I had to say and agreed to withdraw from the CCP. In parting, he exclaimed, “I will talk to you later. I want to practice Falun Dafa and want you to help me!”
Knowing that so many people’s minds have been poisoned by the CCP's doctrines of atheism and class struggle, I felt sorry for them. With all my heart, I knew I must do what I could to help them.
Be Calm and Look Inside When Mistreated
I often ran into people who did not know the truth about Falun Dafa. In the face of their accusations, reprimands, and intimidation, I remained calm and kept in mind what Master said: “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Lecture 9, Zhuan Falun)
Once, when I was handing out brochures to three men, one of them yelled, “Go away! I will report you if you anything else.” He then took out his cell phone. I stayed calm and said simply, “Don’t. It won’t do you any good. What I am doing is truly for your own good.” He suddenly stopped, put his phone away, and said nothing more.
In a village, I met a middle-aged man and handed him a brochure. When he saw it was about Falun Dafa, he threw it on the ground and mumbled, “At your age, can’t you do anything else?”
I felt hurt and thought, “You don’t have to take it, but you don’t need to fuss at me or throw the brochure on the ground.”
I was a bit shaken up, so I followed him to see where he was going. Suddenly, Master’s teaching echoed in my mind: “For a cultivator, looking within is a magical tool.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference”)
I realized that, as a Falun Dafa practitioner, I should not behave like an ordinary person. He was giving me a chance to improve my xinxing. I should not resent him but should thank him, instead, for giving me the chance to improve.
Cultivate Diligently and Help People
This past August and September, my wife and I went to 17 villages out in the county to hand out brochures. We visited three of the villages twice.
The weather was unbearably hot, but that didn’t stop us. We took solace in the fact that we were following Master’s teaching to save lives and return to our true home!