An Eighty-Year-Old's Cultivation Path
(Minghui.org) My daughter was the first in the family to start practicing Falun Dafa after her colleague told her about the practice. That was in 1997. Not long after, all of her illnesses disappeared. Her mood also improved, and she became happier.
She genuinely felt that Falun Dafa was something good and something rare: a practice that doesn't just cultivate the mind but also has wonderful effects in curing illnesses and keeping fit.
My daughter introduced me and her father to the practice in 1998. Her father started first because he resonated with the notion of valuing virtue and being a good person that was mentioned in the book Zhuan Falun.
It wasn't until August 21 of that year that I started practicing. I fell asleep the night before and had a vivid dream. Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa) was dressed in a Buddha's robe, standing on a beautiful lotus flower, and flying down toward me from the sky. Master was surrounded by countless colorful Falun (Law Wheels). The scene was both spectacular and beautiful. When Master flew in front of me, I woke up and sat up in bed. That was when I became a Dafa disciple as well.
The Joys and Miracles of Cultivation
I have persisted in studying the Fa and practicing the exercises every day, and I hold myself to the standards of a good person by improving my xinxing. My health has improved a lot, and I have excellent vision and hearing. I also do the laundry, shop, and cook for my family. I am now eighty years old.
I have encountered many tribulations over the last 21 years, but all have been resolved under the protection of compassionate Master. Here are just two examples.
I suddenly had an unbearable pain in my stomach one day in 2014. My children took me to the city hospital for an examination. The doctor said that I had a severe case of kidney stones and needed surgery.
I calmly said, “I'll be okay. I don't need surgery. I have my Master's protection.”
I insisted on going home, and my stomach stopped hurting soon after. All these years have passed, and no symptoms of having kidney stones has ever recurred.
I went to a market to buy groceries one day last year but slipped and fell on the concrete floor.
I was taken to the city hospital for an x-ray. I had dislocated my shoulder and fractured some bones in my right arm, which was severely bruised. The doctor advised me to have surgery, but I refused.
I told him that I would be okay because I have Master's protection.
The doctor put my right arm in plaster before I went home.
I took the plaster off the next day by myself because it was causing a lot of discomfort and inconvenience.
It took about a month for my entire right arm to function normally again.
Losing My Loved Ones
Since July 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began its persecution of Falun Dafa, Master's character has been attacked, and Dafa disciples have been persecuted. But the three Dafa disciples in our family were not afraid of the suppression. We went to Beijing to appeal, one after another, to stand up for Dafa and to tell the world the truth.
My daughter was beautiful, smart, and very capable. However, she was fired by her workplace because she refused to give up her faith.
She was arrested at least eight times for her belief. Every time, my husband and I suffered great pain and longed for her release. But when she returned home, she was always severely malnourished. It hurt my heart to see her like that.
When she was arrested for the sixth time, my husband finally reached his breaking point and fell ill. My daughter was not released until my husband was on the brink of death. He passed away soon after.
I had to bear the pain of losing my husband, and my daughter was extremely distressed. She blamed herself for letting her otherwise healthy father pass away.
After my daughter's health recovered, she had to find a job to support the family. She eventually did, and after working there for two years, she was known as the “rockstar.” Because of her hard work and abilities, her performance was among the best in the entire province.
She earned the company a good reputation and brought in a lot of revenue for them. Soon, she was promoted to department manager. The company often sent her out to participate in national meetings and conferences.
My daughter was sent to Beijing to attend a meeting and receive some awards. But as soon as she arrived at her hotel, she was arrested by the police. She was held in the Beijing Women's Labor Camp for more than a year and could not return home until the labor camp system was abolished.
When she did return home, she was very skinny again. She told us that because she refused to stop practicing Falun Dafa, the guards forced her to sit on a small stool all day long with two inmates monitoring her.
She suffered this form of torture for a few months to the point that the skin on her buttocks became infected. She was not allowed to bathe for several months. But no matter how much she was tortured, she never succumbed to the guards’ demands.
The company she worked for fired her, and she found out that her husband had had an affair while she was incarcerated. These were too much for her already weak body to take. She passed away in great agony a few months later.
I can't describe the pain of losing my daughter! But no matter how much I was hurting, I thought that I must not break down. I still have to take care of my grandson, who had lost his mother, and to support their broken home.
I am a Dafa disciple and must let get of sentimentality. From the pain of losing loved ones again and again, I'm slowly moving forward.
A few years later, I finally eliminated my resentment towards my son-in-law and those who had participated in the persecution of my daughter. And in turn, I developed compassion and mercy towards them!
I am very sympathetic towards my son-in-law's loneliness and distress, and I still treat him like my own son. I sincerely hope that he can find a good partner and have a happy life!
What's left for me now is to do the three things well, cultivate myself, save more sentient beings, and finally return to my true home with Master.