The Heroic Deeds of Elderly Mountain Community Members
(Minghui.org) There are five Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) practitioners in our Fa-study group, aged between 65 and 84. Some of us had a couple of years of schooling, while two others are farmers with no formal education.
We live at the foot of the Ta-pieh Mountain, located at the junction of Anhui, Hubei, and Henan Provinces. There are not many people living in our remote mountainous area and going from place to place is difficult.
By having firm faith in Master and the Fa, we have been successful on our path of cultivation and saving people for the past 22 years. Under Master’s compassionate protection, we have walked a smooth and steady path. I would like to share how we have been cooperating with each other and doing the three things diligently.
Road Appears on a Cliff
Practitioners in our Fa-study group often deliver Falun Dafa brochures at night, since we farm the land during the day. We distribute materials to the rural households in nearby provinces, including three counties and 15 towns. Our distribution area covers a 62-mile radius. We don’t have vehicles, so we walk from door to door. We wear athletic shoes so we can climb the mountain roads, and walk to the villages.
We clarify the truth to each household and help people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. Between 200 and 300 people renounce the Party each month. No hardship is too great, and we have never complained.
One winter evening, three of us decided to distribute Dafa brochures in a remote mountainous area in a neighboring county. We set off after sending righteous thoughts. It started raining, and then began snowing. We hadn't brought our umbrellas, so we used plastic bags to cover our heads.
We recited Master’s poem to strengthen our righteous thoughts.
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardshipHaving forged an adamantine willFree of attachment to living or dyingHe walks the path of Fa-rectificationconfident and poised(“Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions,” Hong Yin Vol. II, Translation Version A)
Most of the population lives scattered throughout the area. We walk to many villages, and sometimes can't tell where we are or which way to go in the darkness. That night we distributed three bags of Falun Dafa brochures and decided to head home, only to realize that we were lost. In front of us was a tall rock face. How could we proceed? We pressed our hands together in the heshi [gesture of respect] position and asked Master for help. We received a hint from Master that there was a road ahead.
We climbed up the rock hand over hand. When we reached the top, we saw the way back home. We sincerely thanked Master for his compassionate protection. Also, we surprisingly found that our coats were no longer wet from the rain. It was daybreak by the time I got home.
Later, I heard that there was no road on that cliff. It was our benevolent Master who provided a way for us.
Clarifying the Truth to Fairgoers
We distributed the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party after it was published. We went to fairs and talked about Falun Dafa with fairgoers face to face. We always set off around 5 a.m., whether it was hot summertime or a cold winter’s day.
The market was more than 12 miles away, and the transportation cost 20 yuan. Because we do this voluntarily and no one pays us, we have to save money to cover travel expenses. We split into two groups to talk with people about Dafa and the persecution. Around 30 to 40 people renounced the CCP each time.
We once met a couple at a fair. The man worked at the labor bureau and his wife was an accountant. We talked about the universal law that good will be rewarded with good and evil met with evil, and that everything in the human world abides by the rule of cause and effect.
We told them that the CCP had launched the Land Reform, the Three Anti and Five Anti campaigns, the Anti-Rightist Movement, the Three-year Famine, the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and numerous other political movements. We explained that the CCP is evil and has killed more than 80 million Chinese people in its campaigns over the last 60 years. Now, it is persecuting Falun Gong and even harvests organs from living practitioners for profit.
Anyone who joined the party or the Youth League is a member of the CCP. When one joins, he has to make a life-long vow to struggle for the CCP. The poisonous vow will eventually be fulfilled. When heaven eliminates the evil party, the person who is a member will be implicated. If one can truly withdraw from the CCP and discard the vow, he can escape disaster.
We told the couple that Falun Gong is an advanced cultivation practice of the Buddha School, and people must be predestined to be a practitioner. They could treat us as divine messengers who were doing things for their benefit. They finally understood our point, and both quit the CCP using their real names. They also expressed their gratitude to Master.
Once, we came across a village Party secretary who dared not talk about Falun Dafa openly. We took him aside, and told him the facts about Dafa with wisdom. We advised him to quit the CCP using a pseudonym. He sincerely thanked us and took some of the informational brochures.
One practitioner in our group is illiterate but is able to recite “On Dafa,” the introduction to the book Zhuan Falun. In order to save more people, she often stays when the morning fair is over. There are shoppers and passersby as well as people waiting for taxis. She does not choose who to talk to, she just talks to anyone. Each time, around 10 people renounce the CCP. She remembers all their names, and asks other practitioners to write them down when she gets back. She helped more than 60 people quit the Party during the lunar New Year holiday.
People who awaken to the truth thank us for our efforts. Some want to pay us money or treat us to dinner, but we don't accept their offers. Some people even called us immortals. We told them to thank Master not us, because it is Master who told us to clarify the truth and save sentient beings.
There have also been people who refused to hear the facts. One time, when a tiny 84-year-old practitioner talked about Dafa with a tall man he suddenly grabbed her arm and was going to report her to the authorities. As he was about to call the police, another practitioner came over to stop him.
The practitioner said, “Good will be rewarded with good and evil will receive retribution. Whoever harms others will certainly end up harming himself. So please stop harming us good people. I say this for your own good.”
The elderly practitioner sent righteous thoughts and asked Master for help. Eventually the man left without reporting her.
Witnessing Dafa’s Power
One woman, who started practicing Falun Dafa last September, had many illnesses in her liver, stomach, spleen, and spine before she became a practitioner. The doctor said that she only had two months to live.
Her husband yelled at the practitioners who introduced Dafa to her, “If my wife cannot be healed within three years, I will get even with you.”
Her nephew was the village head. Whenever he saw Falun Dafa practitioners, he would yell and threaten to report them to the authorities. But this did not shake the new practitioner’s firm belief in Master and Dafa. She said that she was determined to practice Dafa, and that nobody could stop her.
All her illnesses disappeared after she began practicing and now she is able to go out to tell people about the practice. Her husband supports her and he quit the Young Pioneers. Her nephew also changed his attitude towards practitioners.
One day a practitioner broke her kneecap. Her leg immediately became very swollen and painful, and she couldn’t move. Fellow practitioners suggested that she kneel in front of Master’s photo, and look within.
She said, “I’m a Dafa disciple, and I only follow Master’s arrangements. I should completely reject the old forces’ arrangements, and Master has the final say.”
The moment she knelt down, she heard the kneecap click. Like magic, the swelling went down that day and she was able to walk the next day. On the third day, she could go out and talk to people as usual.
Twenty years ago, a doctor told a village woman that she had a tumor in her head. The surgery would cost more than 100,000 yuan, which she couldn’t afford. Practitioners told her about Dafa and suggested that she sincerely start reciting “Falun Gong is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” which she did.
Two people in her family were Party members, and the rest were members of the Communist Youth League or Young Pioneers. All 8 family members agreed to quit the CCP. They also destroyed the photo of communist dictator Mao that had been hanging in their home. Twenty years after she heard about the tumor, this lady is still very healthy.
There is an elderly practitioner whose wife didn't practice Dafa. His wife had intestinal adhesions and underwent four surgeries, but often relapsed. She also had two abdominal tumors, and later developed uterine cancer. After having surgery, all their money was gone. Additional treatments would cost 300,000 yuan, which they didn't have. The surgical incision didn’t heal, and fluid continued to ooze out. When they sought help at a local hospital, the doctors and the director of the hospital said that many people had died of this type of disease, and advised them to give up on the treatment.
The elderly practitioner told his wife to start practicing Falun Dafa and ask Master for help. She did and the wound closed within 10 days. When she went back to the hospital to have her stitches removed, the doctors were impressed by her miraculous recovery. Now, more than 10 years have passed and the woman is still alive.