Striving Forward Diligently for 20 Years, Never Stopping
(Minghui.org) Around July 20, 2000, two dozen Falun Dafa practitioners in my local area, myself included, were kidnapped by the police and taken to a brainwashing center. The police and guards tried to force us to give up our faith. With righteous thoughts and righteous actions, we never yielded to their attempts to brainwash us. I remember writing down the following sentence: “I am so lucky to have obtained Falun Dafa at age 50. I will cultivate it forever, until I reach consummation.”
It has been 20 years. During the rampant persecution, Master has always held my hand and protected me. Every step I have taken on my path is due to Master Li Hongzhi’s guidance and protection. No words can adequately express my appreciation, so I never dare to slack off in cultivation. Every day, I ask myself to strive forward diligently.
For the last 22 years, I have never missed doing the exercises every day. I believe that I cannot be called a cultivator if I do not do the exercises. So, whether I am at home or out of town, and even when I was on a train to Beijing to appeal for Dafa, I do the exercises. Since the global morning exercises started, I have participated every day. The new exercise music was published in 2018 and since that time I have gotten up at 3:20 a.m. to do the exercises for 150 minutes.
I start to study the Fa at 7:30 a.m. each day. I spend most of the time memorizing Zhuan Falun and Hong Yin. I recently memorized Master’s new article Stay Rational. I am currently memorizing Zhuan Falun and Hong Yin, Vol. V. I read and memorize the Fa until 9:55 a.m. and then send forth righteous thoughts and go out to clarify the truth. After lunch, I study the Fa again. I also study the Fa at night. When my state is good, I read until 11:30 p.m. When my state is not as good, I stop at 9:55 p.m. After sending forth righteous thoughts at 10 p.m., I read practitioners' articles on Minghui.org or submit a list of people who quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that day on the Epoch Times website. Over the last few years, I have memorized Hong Yin I-IV, but I am still trying to memorize the fifth volume. I am currently memorizing a few pages of Zhuan Falun and then work on Hong Yin V. I plan to read all the other lectures after I finish Zhuan Falun this time. I always stay in the full-lotus position when memorizing the Fa.
I almost never miss sending forth righteous thoughts at the four global times. If I miss one for a very special reason, I always make up for it. At 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., I send righteous thoughts for 30 minutes, but only for 10 minutes at midnight due to sleepiness. When I am home, I also do it for 10 minutes every hour. When I clarify the truth, I send forth righteous thoughts the entire time.
I set a rule for myself that I must clarify the truth face-to-face every day, and I must convince at least 10 people to quit the CCP every day. I won’t go home until I do. I never miss a day. This Chinese New Year’s eve, with Master’s help, I convinced 16 people to quit the CCP. When I got home, it was exactly the time for our family's New Year dinner.
When the pandemic started, my children pleaded with me, “Don’t go out anymore. You are a cultivator, so you won’t catch the virus, but you might bring it home and infect us.” I said, “Viruses don’t dare to come close to a cultivator. How could I bring it home? I am trying to save people. It is a good deed. You will be blessed. And anyway, all of you have quit the CCP. The virus won’t infect you, either. Don’t worry, there won’t be any problems.” They were convinced.
I went out to clarify the truth every day during the Chinese New Year season. At first, I didn’t wear a face mask, but I found that people didn’t dare to talk to me, so I put a mask on, too. With the mask on, it was a little hard to talk face-to-face. I almost had to shout. I talked to almost everyone I ran into in my residential subdivision. People were willing to listen to me. I told them, “I am a Falun Gong practitioner doing good deeds. During the pandemic, my Master asks us to save people. If you are a member of the CCP or its affiliated organizations and have made the pledge to devote your life to the Party, you should quit it and take your life back.” Most agreed to quit. I then told them to remember that reciting, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” could save their life at a crucial moment.
I bring copies of truth-clarification booklets with me and give them to people who are able to accept what I tell them. I ask them to pass the booklets on to their family members and friends when they have read them. I hand them the booklet respectfully and tell them it can save lives. Most people are happy to accept it. I also have amulets that read “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” for people who want them. I don’t force people to take them, because they will create karma for themselves if they don’t cherish them and casually throw them away.
During the pandemic, the number of people I have convinced to quit the Party has been almost the same as usual. I know that Master is always with me, protecting me. As long as I have the heart to save people, I will be able to do it.
There are a dozen practitioners in my area. Two of them are young, but they don’t know how to use the Internet. Others are my age, and they don’t know how to use the Internet either. However, they all take face-to-face truth-clarification seriously. I used to print copies of Minghui Weekly for them. But reading it is time-consuming, and they had no room to store the copies as they accumulated. Last year I convinced them to buy MP3 players. Every Tuesday, I download the audio recording of Minghui Weekly and install it on their devices. They pick them up at my house. When the pandemic started, a few practitioners could not go out, because of fear or because of the shutdown, so I delivered their MP3 players to them.
A practitioner in her 80s uses a wheelchair. I deliver the MP3 player to her every week. She asks her son and daughter-in-law to take her out to clarify the truth. Even during the pandemic, she was still able to convince people to quit the Party. I also install recordings of other truth-clarification materials on the MP3 players, so that everybody can follow the trend of Fa-rectification. The results have been good. Everybody has been able to clarify the truth during the pandemic. We tell each other: “Hold each other’s hands and don’t leave anyone behind. Let’s go home with Master together.”
Fellow practitioners give me their lists of people that they have convinced to quit the Party. I always check the lists carefully, because some people may use the same pseudonym. If that happens, I write one of the names on a different list, making sure not to let the same name show up on one list. I always upload the lists to the Epoch Times website as soon as practitioners deliver the lists to me. If I cannot recognize certain words, I don’t try to guess. I make a mark and ask the fellow practitioner about it the next day. I publish lists with more than 300 withdrawals every week. I double-check on the Epoch Times website to make sure everything is in order. If the Epoch Times editors have questions, I reply immediately.
The time we now have for cultivation comes from Master’s tremendous endurance. For a cultivator, the most precious thing is time. Dafa disciples during the Fa-rectification period have the task of saving people. So to us, time is life, because saving lives requires time. To save more people, we must read the Fa to gain more power, so I cherish every second. I have reduced the time I sleep. For many years, I never slept more than five hours a day. Sometimes I send forth righteous thoughts at 11 p.m., go to bed, and then send forth righteous thoughts again at midnight. I get up at 3:20 a.m. and stay up. Even when I am sometimes very sleepy after lunch, I don’t sleep. Instead, I do one hour of meditation and an hour and a half of the standing exercises. Sometimes, I go to bed after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. I rarely fail to get up at 3:20 a.m., but if I do sleep in, I still get up before 5. I have had the experience where the more I have slept, the muddier my mind became. Reducing sleep saves me a lot of time.
I listen to the Minghui Weekly audio recordings and other articles by practitioners when I do housework and eat.
I make simple meals. I am not a good cook. When I was young, my husband cooked for the family. After I started cultivating, I tried my best to do what I could. I often make soup, because it doesn’t take much time. Also, we can have leftovers for another two or even four meals. My two daughters are nice to their parents. They live nearby and sometimes cook lunch for us. I don’t want to burden them, so I often cook our lunch. On weekends, they come to have lunch with us, so I have time to read the Fa after coming back from clarifying the truth. After lunch I am willing to wash the dishes, but my daughters always do that for me, “Go ahead read the Fa. Let us do the dishes.” They also help me save time.
If somebody asks me what I value the most, my answer would be time.
I have almost never carried a cellphone for the last 20 years. Master has reminded us multiple times to pay attention to cellphone safety issues. At first, my family complained that they could not get hold of me. I patiently explained the reasons. Now they are used to it. If for some special reason I must take a cellphone with me, I take it home right after I use it. I also put the phone in a remote corner of my home when practitioners visit me or when I am making truth-clarification materials. I don’t use social media apps. My phone only makes and receives calls.
I believe that Minghui.org is under Master’s watch, and nobody can block the website, so I get on the website every day.
There are surveillance cameras around my building. I often talk to them, “You are also lives that have come for the Fa. Don’t help the evil. Don’t spy on Dafa practitioners. When practitioners enter your view, you should close your eyes immediately. Don’t offer any information to the evil—they will use it as evidence to persecute practitioners. You must make the right choice for a good future.” I believe that the cameras understand me and refrain from doing bad things.
These are my own experiences and understandings.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners.