My Stubborn Father Finally Became a True Dafa Disciple
(Minghui.org) My father, 72, is healthy and optimistic. Smiles are written all over his face every day. A neighbor who hadn’t seen him for a while asked, “How come you look so young? I can hardly recognize you, what's your secret?” This neighbor is not alone, many people have asked him similar questions.
Experiencing Hardship During the Persecution
My father wasn't like this before. He used to have heart disease and was often hospitalized. It's a long story, but his heart disease was related to me.
I had been interested in Qigong since I was a child, so when I saw a poster about Falun Dafa at my university in the winter of 1995, I decided to attend. It was a nine-day seminar about Falun Dafa, and I watched Master Li Hongzhi's (the founder) video lectures.
It was an eye-opening experience, and my view of life completely changed. I was determined to practice Falun Dafa, and shouted in my heart. “I have finally found a Master!”
After I started practicing and experienced the beauty of Dafa, I wanted to share it with my family and friends. My parents tried it for several days, but didn't keep it up. My younger sister became a practitioner and often came to the group Fa-study site with me.
Unfortunately, it wasn't long until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to persecute Falun Dafa in July 1999. I was arrested in 2003. My father was so scared that he was unable to walk when the police ransacked our apartment. I was arrested again in 2008.
This hardship hit my family terribly hard, especially my father. He cried and said: “We are all good people, why do you [the police] treat us like this?”
He couldn't accept the cruel reality and he was deeply depressed. He soon developed heart disease and went to see doctors in several hospitals. He was hospitalized from time to time, and took medicines and got injections, but his condition didn't improve.
My mother, on the other hand, was strong-willed, and went to the police station and government departments to seek my release.
My father was very angry with me when I returned home from prison. I told him that I did nothing wrong. He didn't want to listen and often verbally abused me and said, “Why didn't you tell them that you will stop practicing Falun Dafa? The CCP is so powerful. How is it possible for you to win? You should do whatever the Party tells you to do.”
My father even scolded an old neighbor who practiced Dafa whenever he saw him. The neighbor was really nice and just smiled and never talked back to my father. I told my father: “You have scolded him many times. Try and do that to an everyday person and see what happens! You say one sentence that's not nice, and they would fight you.”
My mother started to practice Falun Dafa in 2010. My father wasn't happy, but he didn't oppose it. He was so scared that the police would come to arrest me or my mother.
Officers from either the street committee office or the local police station often visited my parents' apartment on the so-called sensitive dates. My father was very scared every time they came.
He knew that Dafa was good, but he was extremely frightened of the CCP.
A Change of Heart
My father started doing the Dafa exercises with my mother in hopes of getting rid of his heart disease, but he went to the hospital as soon as he got sick.
For a while, his symptoms of heart disease were so serious that he had to be hospitalized. I visited him, and said, “Maybe Master Li is testing you to see if you can really let go of your health problem and treat yourself as a Dafa practitioner.”
My sister also encouraged him. He then asked my mother, “Will it really work? Is Dafa the answer?”
My mother said, “It's up to you. Master can take care of you if you believe in Dafa and Master.”
“Okay,” he replied. “I will do it!”
After returning from the hospital, my mother helped my father walk to the Fa-study site every day. He studied the Fa with the small group in the daytime and studied on his own in the evening.
He threw away most of his medicines that cost him thousands of yuan, but kept the sleeping tablets. He took them when he couldn't sleep, and asked my mother to refill the prescription when he ran out. Mother was reluctant to do so, and said: “What did Master say about the relationship between karma and illness? Do you understand this?”
Upon hearing my mother's words, he didn't take any more sleeping pills, and his health got better and better. He was like two different people—before and after practicing Falun Dafa. He improved both mentally and physically every day, and his illnesses all disappeared.
After my father studied more of the Fa, his wisdom began to expand, and he went out to talk to people about the wonderfulness of Falun Dafa.
In the past, my mother had to be discreet when talking to guests and friends at home. He would get angry if he knew she was talking about Dafa. But now he goes out to clarify the truth and has helped many people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Telling People the Truth
My parents got a lot of information from watching NTDTV (New Tang Dynasty TV) after it was installed in their house.
My father spoke to a man one day in the square. My father first chatted with him about daily life, asked him about his health, and talked about the improvement of his own health.
He then went on to explain why the CCP persecutes Falun Dafa, why practitioners tell people the truth, and how the CCP has been harvesting organs from practitioners for many years, which is an unprecedented crime on this earth.
They walked and talked on the square for hours. The man said, “I finally understand what Falun Dafa is after so many years of confusion. Thank you.” He even asked my father to help him quit the Party.
I am happy for my father from the bottom of my heart. He used to feel helpless and feared the CCP so much, but now he is firm in his belief and no longer fears the Party. What a big change! This has been made possible by the power of Dafa, and the compassion of Master. Now he is walking on his cultivation path and assisting Master to save sentient beings.
Our city was put in lockdown when the CCP virus took hold during the Chinese New Year; every street was guarded by “Public Security Volunteers” wearing red armbands, to prevent people from going out.
When my father tried to go out, a man with a red armband told him to go back inside. My father asked him if he was a CCP member. After getting an affirmative answer, my father told him about the plagues in history, and said “It's designed to target bad people, not good people. The CCP has done many bad things in its history. You shouldn't be part of it. You can quit the Party and remember to recite 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.' Then you can survive this epidemic.” The man happily agreed to quit.
My father met a retired manager of a mine, who simply did not believe anything my father told him. But my father didn’t give up, and started talking to him using his wisdom to explain things methodically, and patiently answered his questions. An hour later, the man finally understood and said, “I have joined the CCP's organizations, please help me to quit them.”
I have been practicing Falun Dafa for 25 years. Master Li has uplifted my moral character and made me a better person. My parents also enjoy good health, and now my whole family cultivates. Master and Dafa have given us all a beautiful life and a bright future!
Thank you Master for your compassionate salvation!