A Practitioner's Tale: Joys and Downfalls on My Cultivation Path
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) on July 3, 1999. I acquired the book Zhuan Falun, and finished reading it in two days. I then threw away all the Buddha statues and qigong books I had collected, as I knew that I should only practice in one discipline.
On the third day, Master Li, Falun Gong's founder, opened my celestial eye. I saw Falun and many other wonderful scenes. I knew that I had obtained the righteous Fa that I had been searching for many years. I became a better person by following Master’s teachings.
On the seventh day, I noticed that I had forgotten to take my medication. I suffered from many illnesses, such as anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and was recovering from a stroke. I relied on injections and infusions throughout the year, and took many medicines every day.
After I began cultivating, I recovered from all my illnesses without realizing it. I felt so much joy, had a lot of energy, and really felt 20 years younger.
I am now over 60 years old.
The Wonderfulness of Dafa
Having experienced Dafa's miracles, I always share my experience with others.
My workplace used to reimburse me with about a thousand yuan every month in medical expenses, but that stopped when I started practicing Dafa, as I no longer needed it.
I closely follow the principles of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance', and always returned money that I was overpaid. I also stopped bargaining with vendors when I went shopping. If the vendor accidentally gave me more change, I immediately returned it to them.
When people praised me, I would tell them that it was because I practice Dafa, and that it was Master Li who taught me to be a good person. I also told them about the greatness of Dafa.
Several of my colleagues started practicing Falun Dafa because of me.
Persecuted for My Belief
I went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong in late 1999. I was arrested, detained for two weeks, and then transferred to a local detention center where I was held for an additional month.
While detained, I made a mistake, and signed my name on the repentance statements that were written by others. I deeply regretted my actions, and wrote a solemn declaration to make null and void what I had signed. I then gave it to my employer after my release.
I realized that there was nothing wrong with practicing Dafa. Practitioners were good people, and the detention centers were for bad people.
My solemn declaration eventually reached the police department. A police officer called me into his office. I refused to listen to his lies about Falun Gong, and told him the truth about Dafa.
He eventually said, “You can practice at home. But I will arrest you if you get together with more than three people in public.”
After that incident, I decided to use my real name and address, and send out letters to different departments, including the police department, the town's Party secretary, the detention center, and my workplace to explain the truth about Dafa.
As a result, I was put on a blacklist, monitored. and my phone was tapped.
After some practitioners left my house one morning, the police forced their way in and ransacked my home without a warrant. They arrested and detained me, even though they didn’t find anything.
I refused to cooperate with the police and was later released. However, they still forced me to attend brainwashing sessions, and demanded that I renounce my faith. I didn’t give in to their demands, and returned home safely each time.
“But although you can’t see me in person, as long as you practice cultivation, I’m actually right by your side. And as long as you practice cultivation, I can be responsible for you all the way to the end; what’s more, I’m looking after you every single moment.” (“Teaching the Fa in New York City”, Lectures in the United States)
I didn’t have any fear, even when the persecution was most severe. I walked steadily on the path of cultivation with Master's protection.
Telling People about Dafa
Doing the three things well is a requirement for practitioners. Only by studying the Fa well could I send forth righteous thoughts more powerfully, and clarify the facts resolutely.
I once met an acquaintance who repeatedly thanked me because she had benefited from Dafa after learning the truth about the persecution. She said that she often recited “Falun Dafa is good”, and soon all of her illnesses disappeared.
I had clarified the facts to her just two weeks prior, and so many positive things had happened to her since then.
This acquaintance later went to visit Hong Kong and accepted the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party from a Dafa practitioner there, despite others trying to discourage her from doing so. After she finished reading the book, she asked me to help her quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
She told me that she also held a family meeting, and told all three generations of her family how she had benefited from Dafa. She then asked them to recite “Falun Dafa is good.”
Another time, I spoke to an elderly woman about Dafa, for almost an hour. However, she refused to quit the CCP, saying, “I’ve already heard about this, but I didn’t believe what the man said. Now you’ve helped me understand it a little more. I still need to think about it.” She then walked away.
I looked inward and felt that I didn’t study the Fa well, and didn’t have enough compassion to save her. I couldn’t help but cry.
The woman happened to turn back and saw me crying. She immediately came back and asked what was wrong.
“I'm sorry,” I replied. “I wasted your time and couldn’t help you quit the CCP. It's my fault. If you meet someone who tells you about Dafa in the future, please agree to quit the Party. Only then, can you protect yourself and be safe. Please don’t miss the opportunity again.”
She grabbed my hands, and sincerely said, “I agree to quit. All of my family will quit the Party.” She also told me that she was a Party secretary, and asked for a Dafa keepsake for each of her family members.
Master's Arrangement for Predestined People
As I was meditating one morning, I suddenly had the thought of talking to people in the village where I was taken to more than 30 years ago. I was one of the “educated youths” that was forced to go to the countryside to do manual labor.
After I finished meditating, I grabbed some Dafa informational materials and took the bus to the village. Soon after the bus left the station, a woman got on at another stop. She happened to be the second daughter of the former production team leader of the village. Somehow, I could still recognize her, and immediately understood that Master had arranged for her to lead the way for me.
The area had changed a lot, and I wouldn’t have found the village by myself. I miraculously found the first family that I lived with, and met a woman over 70 years old. I introduced myself and told her the reason I was there. She immediately grabbed my hands, and said excitedly, “You are my savior!”
I was confused.
She told me that she went to a Buddhist temple ten years ago, and the abbot told her that a noble person would come to save her ten years later on this exact same day. She never forgot the abbot’s words.
“I got up early today, and wished someone would come to save my life,” she said. “I can’t believe you are that noble person!”
Everything had been arranged a long time ago, as Master does not want to leave behind a single predestined person.
I immediately told her about Dafa and the persecution, and she agreed with everything I said.
She shared a story with me. Her son’s good friend’s brother-in-law used to have a hunchback. After he started practicing Falun Gong, his back became straight again. Many people knew of his story. After the CCP started to persecute the practice, he went to appeal in Tiananmen Square, and was arrested. He refused to give up his belief even though the police almost beat him to death.
I slept over at the elderly woman’s home that night. Soon after going to bed, she said, “Something is moving around my feet, and moving up my body.”
I replied, “You really have a predestined relationship with Dafa. Master Li is helping to adjust your body.”
When she got up the next morning, her knees were not in pain. She used to be afraid of the cold, and was in pain for many years. It was a miracle!
She asked me to go to her family members and tell them about Dafa. I did, and talked to every person there.
When I met the former deputy production team leader, he said that he had a dream the night before that a noble person would visit him the following day.
The next day, someone invited him for a drink when he was in the open market, but he refused. He told them that a noble person was coming. People laughed at him for believing in such a dream. On his way back home, he decided to take a different route and happened to see me talking to someone.
Master had clearly made all the arrangements, while I only had to go out and tell people about Dafa.
I went back to the village three times to be assured that everyone with a predestined relationship would hear about Dafa. Every time when people thanked me, I told them, “Please don't thank me. Thank Master Li. Master told me to save you.”
Although my cultivation is similar to other practitioners, the experiences reflect the power of Master's Fa, and the boundless compassion Master has for sentient beings. I will cultivate more diligently in the future, keep up with the progress of Master's Fa-rectification, do the three things well, and save more sentient beings.