Becoming a Better and Kinder Person After Cultivating for 23 Years
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997 when I was a young student to now when I have reached middle-age. Looking back over these 23 years of cultivation, from the beginning of stepping on the cultivation path, when I was curious and wanted to explore, to gradually understanding Dafa rationally, I recognize the preciousness of Dafa. Now, I would like to bring Dafa to more relatives, friends, classmates and colleagues.
The Early Years of Practicing Dafa
The beginning of practicing Dafa was the happiest time in my life. I woke up early and practiced with other practitioners at school every day, greeted the rising sun on the playground, and did the exercises to the calming music; After returning to the dormitory, I continued to discuss with practitioners, classmates, or teammates what I learned from Dafa, or wrote a letter to teachers and classmates of my hometown or other cities to introduce Falun Dafa, and so on.
Fellow practitioners and I bought Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafawhen we visited the Xinhua bookstore.
We had no idea where the practice site was in our city. After many setbacks, at the last moment when we were about to give up, we found the person who was in charge of a practice site that was about five kilometers from our residency.
Every weekend, my fellow practitioners and I walked to the practice site located in the urban area, and participated in group Fa-study and shared experiences. In the North of China, the temperature often drops below zero in the winter. We practiced in a circle. I not only didn’t feel cold but felt warm enough to take off my coat.
Sometimes I went to the park to do the exercises and spread the Fa with other practitioners. My parents who still lived in my hometown also obtained the Fa at the same time. Many villages and townships had established practice sites. When I went back during my winter vacation, my father and mother gathered around the stove and studied the Fa with me.
During the early days of cultivation, I could feel that Master Li (the founder) adjusted my body almost daily. I felt the Falun (law wheel) rotating in front of my forehead, lower abdomen, arms, and other parts of the body. All chronic diseases, such as stomach problems and insomnia disappeared, and I became energetic. The extraordinariness of Dafa gradually changed my understanding of life. I changed from a sensitive, arrogant, and biased boy to a sincere, kind, and tolerant man. Cultivation made me a kinder and better person.
Despite Facing the Difficulties, Cultivating Steadfastly in Dafa
On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Communist Party of China (CCP), launched the persecution of Falun Dafa. At the beginning of the persecution, due to the lack of a deep understanding of the Fa, attachments, and the loss of my father because of the persecution, I was in shock, confused, perplexed, lost, and depressed.
However, Master did not give up on me. Under the guidance of Master, at the beginning of the second year, I bumped into a young practitioner on the bus in Ji’nan. With his help and other practitioners, I saw the jealousy of Jiang Zemin and his followers against Dafa and Master. I understood the conspiracy frame-up of practitioners who petitioned for the right to practice Dafa on April 25, and the subsequent excuses to incriminate Dafa and Dafa practitioners. With the help of fellow practitioners and thorough rational thinking, I decided to firmly practice Dafa.
Master must have seen my determined mind and protected me. Whether I faced the ridicule or even insults from the brainwashed public when clarifying the truth about Dafa, was arrested, became destitute and homeless, or faced the intimidation or harassment from the officers from the 610 Office, the domestic security, the public security community, and police, I always remembered Master’s Fa:
“Steadfastly cultivate Dafa, the will unflinchingThe raising of levels is what’s fundamentalIn the face of tests one’s true nature is revealedAchieve Consummation, becoming a Buddha, Dao, or God”(“True Nature Revealed”, Essentials for Further Advancement II)
My will never change. Although I faced ups and downs on my cultivation path and made mistakes, I always walked under the protection and arrangement of Master.
Denying the Old Forces Arrangements
At the beginning of the persecution, the practitioners that I was acquainted with were on their own. They were not technologically inclined, so their truth-clarifying was not powerful.
With Master’s help, I contacted another practitioner. With his help regarding technology and funding, we learned how to break through the firewall, and visit the Minghui website. We established a small materials production site in 2003. Using a one-to-three tower burner, we produced large amounts of “Traveling Heaven and Earth Through Wind and Rain” and “False Fire” truth-telling VCDs. We also produced other truth-telling materials later.
In the middle of the night, despite wind, frost, rain, and snow, we distributed truth-clarification materials in schools, communities, rural areas, factories and mills, government agencies, police office buildings, and dormitories.
Many dangerous moments turned safe under the protection of Master Li. Once, around 2:00 a.m., I went to the city prison's police families community with a bag filled with truth-clarification materials. Right after I finished the delivery and walked out of the community, I saw two policemen talking and smoking on the corner. I sent righteous thoughts while walking past them. They seemed not to see me. Master had been protecting me at that moment!
College students have the characteristics of willing to accept new knowledge. As I can freely enter and exit university campuses, I took advantage of this to print the latest Dynamic Web URL [a URL that can help cross the firewall] vertically to A 4 paper, and cut it into dragon whiskers. Each dragon whisker has the latest Dynamic Web URL. I put on the top of the paper: “Air is free, water is free, why not the Internet? Cross the wall to browse the latest information, domestically and abroad.” I posted on the university bulletin board for jobs, and at the entrance of the dormitory. So anyone could tear down the URL, and give to whomever they knew.
Some college students already had their own computers at that time. Slowly, “cross the wall” became a new fashion among college students in this city. More and more young students began to discuss the truth of the so-called “April 25 Peaceful Appeal” and “Tiananmen Self-immolation hoax.”
My mind was very pure in those years. Every day I studied the Fa diligently and sent righteous thoughts. All I thought about was how to talk to more people about Dafa and awaken their conscious. Although there were many dangerous situations, I remained safe under Master’s protection and found several practitioners.
I also did well in the professional courses at the university and passed the mid-level accounting examination. I was the first one in my class who passed the exam. This laid a more rational foundation for the face-to-face telling of the truth and validating the Fa.
My identity was revealed. The CCP followers tried to arrest me. Thus, I escaped to the south and was offered a position. After several months, another practitioner asked me to go to Beijing to validate Dafa at Tiananmen Square on New Year’s Day. When I resigned, the manager was very reluctant and did not understand because I was one of the hardest and most devoted worker under him. I clarified the truth to him.
I told him that I had benefited from Dafa. How can I only care about my own safety and losses, and dare not stand up and speak for Dafa and Master? The manager was touched and said: “If you can come back safely, my door will be always open.” His words are always with me.
Last year, I met a family of an old classmate whom I haven’t seen for many years. The old classmate talked to my wife about one thing I had forgotten: Twenty years ago, he and I passed by a clogged sump pump in the school that was still pouring out dirty water. I rolled up my sleeves and dug the sewer with my hand. The sewage was fixed. I told him at the time: “If I weren’t a Dafa disciple, I wouldn’t do that today. Why does that matter to me? It’s Master who asked me to be a good person everywhere.” At that moment, my classmate truly believed that Falun Dafa is good!
I tried my best to be kind to others. I don’t care about personal gain and loss, I just helped my colleagues and friends. When they had a positive impression of Dafa disciples, it was much easier to clarify the truth to them.
A few years ago, I joined a company affiliated with a famous university in Beijing and was responsible for their financial work. Among the colleagues, there were many who have a better education and resumes. Everyone was confident. By studying taxation policies, I helped the company save up to two million yuan in expenses. That surprised everyone in the company. Dafa disciples’ outstanding work performance and reliable character increased the credibility of their words.
Later, when I told the truth face to face, I let it be known that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner, and everyone accepted the truth well. They also told me stories about friends who were persecuted. More and more people heard of the evilness of the CCP and could understand Dafa practitioners.
When I was arrested again and Domestic Security officers found my company, all colleagues said that I was good – said the Domestic Security officers during the interrogation. The company also gave a lot of support and care to my family when I was detained. After I was released, the management of this company rehired me.
People who understand the truth of Dafa are helping Dafa practitioners in their own way.