(Minghui.org) Having cultivated for more than 20 years, I have experienced Master Li’s (Dafa’s founder) benevolence and Falun Dafa’s power. Every step of improvement and elevation in my cultivation came with the help of Master with the guiding and enlightening to Master’s Fa
I was released from a forced labor camp in 2009 and returned home after being illegally detained for more than 2 years. Initially, I felt that my brain was numb and I felt dazed too, as though I did not belong to this world. At that time, my husband was still imprisoned.
There was dust in our house, as no one had lived there for more than 2 years. The electricity and water were turned off, as the property management fees and heating fees were not paid. So I first went to the property management office to negotiate and see if they could waive the fees for 2 years since we had not lived in the house for 2 years. However, they rejected the idea claiming that there was no such case in the past.
I clarified the truth about Dafa to them in detail. After that, they expressed their sympathy and agreed to waive the late penalty fees for 2 years. It still cost me 7,000 yuan before they turned on my water and electricity.
As I had just been released from the forced labor camp, I was physically and mentally exhausted. I did not rush to find a job.
Apart from eating and sleeping, I spent a few months studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and sending forth righteous thoughts.
Initially, when I first started studying the Fa, I often felt that a layer of something was blocking me from the Fa – I just could not get the Fa into my head. However, I did not waiver. I just put my heart into studying the Fa. I sat upright, held the book in both hands and read every word and sentence aloud. I also sent forth righteous thoughts to clear all interference I faced. Gradually, I was able to get the Fa into my head.
After doing that for a few months, I felt that my mind was pure and clean. Besides my heart’s capacity kept increasing, and my mental state kept elevating. I knew that Dafa had cleansed me again. Great Master kept empowering his disciple.
Given a lot of Fa-study, my understanding of the Fa got clearer. At the same time, I also felt the great weight of responsibility that I faced on my shoulders. As a Dafa practitioner during the period of Fa-rectification, while cultivating myself well, I also have the responsibility to validate the Fa, as well as save sentient beings.
My elder sister called me in 2010 and told me that someone from our village had set up a company. He was in urgent need of someone who was computer literate. She thought of me and asked if I was willing to accept the job. If I was, I could go for the interview the next day. This was great, as I was just about to look for a job!
The next day, I went to the company and met that fellow villager’s brother and their workshop director. First of all, I told the director clearly that both my husband and I practice Falun Dafa and my husband was still imprisoned. Therefore, I may need to take leave in the future to visit him should I get employed for this job. The director expressed his understanding and support and said that he has a classmate whom he was very close to who practices Falun Dafa too and has also been arrested and detained many times. He also said, “The CCP does nothing righteous.” It seems that the director already understood the truth. The director and the fellow villager’s brother introduced the job scope to me and said, “If you are willing to work for us, you can start to work tomorrow.” I accepted the job.
“If you can always be compassionate and calm, you will handle the issues that arise in your life well since you will have a buffer, in a sense. Things will work out well if you are always compassionate and good to others, thoughtful towards people, and handle whatever situations you get into with people by first pausing to consider how well your actions will go over with the other party and whether anyone will be hurt by them. You should hold yourself to high standards and raise the bar still further as you practice.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
As a Dafa practitioner, I must accept a higher standard. I must do well no matter where I am and put others before myself in everything I do. Being new to the work, I must quickly understand and get used to the job scope first and do my job well.
Our office was shared by a few people and I sat opposite the fellow villager’s brother. The first day, I realized that our office was very big. Most of the work tables were empty and dusty. There was also soil, rubbish, cigarette butts, and more dirt on the floor. No one cleaned the office. I sought out the situation from the brother and learned that the empty work tables actually belonged to the business relation personnel. As they ran business errands most of the time they only came to report for work in the morning, but they seldom stayed in the office.
After returning home from work, I found some cloth/rags for cleaning. The next morning after breakfast, I brought the cloth to work, cleaned the tables, and swept and mopped the floor. When the rest of the colleagues came to work, they were all very happy, saying that the office became clean with me around.
Just a few days after I had cleaned the office, I realized that my colleagues also came early to clean the office with me.
Just as Master said,
“So long as you, a Dafa disciple, do things righteously, you will transform the environment around you, and you will change people. You don’t need to say that much. My Dafa is taught to today’s Dafa disciples, not to ordinary people, and you shouldn’t get overly concerned about what people think. As long as you walk straightly your own cultivation path here in the human world, everyone will see you in a positive light.” (Teachings at the 2005 Conference in San Francisco)
I was the only female employee in the office. When they got together, they tended to have some dirty talk, but there would always be someone who would stop them, saying that they should not say such stuff in front of me and that they should behave civilized. I knew deep down that nothing was a coincidence for a practitioner. When they were able to say dirty things when I was there it meant that my energy field was not pure and righteous enough.
According to Master’s teachings, I must look within, work hard on my xinxing and purify myself no matter what environment I am in and whatever I face. I must keep strengthening my own energy field to become more and more pure and righteous so that the people and the environment around me can keep changing for the better.
Master said, “The greatest responsibility Dafa disciples have, aside from cultivating themselves, is that of saving lives.” (Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006)
One day, a lady, came to our office to deliver the newspaper. Just as she left, I suddenly had a thought to save her. Therefore, I walked out of the office and asked her to wait for me. As we had only a little time, I immediately clarified the truth about quitting the CCP. She had joined the CCP Young Pioneers and agreed to quit. Then, I told her to remember to recite seriously “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.” It would help her to be safe during times of trouble, and assure her that she has a good future.
I thanked Master for his enlightenment and empowerment to save a life and the countless lives that are represented by her. At the same time, I was happy for a life being saved. This was the first time that I directly clarified the truth to a stranger since I left the labor camp. For that, Master even encouraged me.
It did not take long to feel comfortable with my duties, and I was able to work independently. I worked with my colleagues in harmony. The brother and the director were very satisfied with my work and my character. They often complimented me. During my free time at work, I first clarified the truth to the colleagues in my office. Apart from a few individuals, most of them were able to accept the truth and agreed to quit the CCP and its youth organizations.
I also helped the workers in the workshop to do some work. As I worked with them, I chatted with them. Gradually, after we got familiar with one another, I clarified the truth to them and most of them were able to make the right choice. I knew that what I did was just superficial work, while the actual work was done by Master’s empowerment. The saving of every life came from great Master’s enormous bearings and endless efforts.
At the end of the year, the headquarters merged with the branch office, where I was currently working. Our employment was on a contract basis, and we were not really needed any longer. Since I had already clarified the truth to most of the people in the office, I went to see the director to give him my resignation. Both the director and the brother did not want me to leave. They told me that I must come back to work after the new year, He wanted to look for the boss to arrange a new post for me. As there was a limit to the director’s authority and my position had not been confirmed, I did not want to make things difficult for him. Therefore, I did not accept their kind offer.
Not long after the new year, I found a new job at a relatively large sales building for home appliances. As the mall had a shortage of staff, I helped out with the selling of the appliances. This was good as I could come into contact with more people. I tried to tidy the store’s sub-ledgers and did my best to understand the properties and usage of the different types of home appliances in the mall as quickly as possible. Once the customers came to the mall, I could introduce the appliances to them.
One day, an auntie, who was more than 70 years old, came to the shop. I introduced the products to her in detail. She kept complimenting me that my service attitude was good so I told her, “I practice Falun Dafa. Our Master asks us to be good people and be good to everyone.” She said, “My workplace also has a colleague who practices Falun Dafa, and he is also a very good person. But, why can’t they let people practice this?” Therefore, I clarified the truth to her, talked about Jiang Zemin’s (former CCP leader) jealousy and how he fabricated lies to deceive people. Besides I talked about the evil nature of the CCP; quitting the CCP, etc. After understanding all that I had said, the auntie made the right choice.
Just as the auntie was about to leave, she thanked me for telling her so much. I told her, “If you want to thank someone you should thank Dafa’s Master, as Master Li asked us to save people.” She also said, “You have introduced so many products to me, I am here to have a look first so I did not bring much money. What time do you come to work tomorrow, I will come to buy at that time.” I said, “You can come any time. If I am not at work, my colleagues can also sell you the products.” She said, “Your service attitude is so good, I just want to come and buy when you are at work.” Thus, not only had I helped to save people, but my sales volume was also especially good. Thank you Master for arranging such a good job for his disciple.
“To fulfill the Fa, you must first of all be a good person. When you’re being a good person, that is an act of fulfilling the Fa. But since you’re cultivating among everyday people, after all, you need to go still higher than all of these things. So when you can truly understand the Fa, cultivate in the Fa, and be an upright and true cultivator, you are fulfilling the Fa. Which means, you are safeguarding the Fa as well.” (Teachings at the Conference in Singapore)
The more I study Master’s Fa, the more I feel the solemness of cultivation. I kept reminding myself to follow what Master said by studying the Fa more and cultivating based on the Fa. I must uphold righteousness and do well on the path that Master has arranged for me, cultivate myself well in a down-to-earth manner, do well no matter where I am, and definitely not go to extremes. I also must get rid of my selfishness, harbor kind thoughts, treat everyone around me with benevolence, and put more heart into saving more people.
After my husband was released from prison, we fetched his elderly father from his village home. After some time, my husband finally found a job. As we gradually corrected ourselves based on the Fa and under Master’s protection, our family life gradually normalized. I experienced that as a Dafa practitioner, as long as we uphold our righteousness, persist in cultivating diligently, get rid of selfishness, put our hearts on saving people, be righteous in our thoughts and actions and cultivate uprightly, Master will arrange the best for us.
Currently, most of my time is spent at home looking after my more than 90-year-old father-in-law and more than 80-year-old father. To outsiders, looking after 2 elders who are so old will be a very busy and tiring chore. However, I feel very relaxed and happy.
The elders have really benefited from our cultivation environment. My father-in-law suffered from cerebral thrombosis before coming to our house. Ever since when he came to our house, apart from suffering from incontinence sometimes, he seldom falls ill. My father suffered from mild cerebral thrombosis in 2004. Since he started to study the Fa and practice the exercises, he has never taken any medicine nor injections over the past more than 10 years.
My father-in-law can now even ride a tricycle to the market near our house to do our shopping. My father can even help me with the housework, such as washing the dishes and cleaning the house. Benevolent Master protects our family.
One day, a practitioner asked me to come and see her. After completing the matter, I returned home relatively late. As I entered the door, I was thinking of quickly making a meal for the 2 elders. However, my father-in-law served me tea while my father served me the leftover dishes for dinner. Both the elders had already made and finished their meal, leaving some for me.
My father-in-law’s family is big and he has many brothers. Whenever there are family meetings, it will be a meeting of dozens of families. Most of them have understood the truth and quit the CCP organizations. Especially since my husband and I had returned home, our filial piety toward the 2 elders has left them in awe and having respect for us.
My cousin and great sister-in-law even listened to Master’s lectures. My father’s second sister obtained the Fa and embarked on her path of cultivation. Two of my uncles also got Dafa books. We balanced our relationship with our family well and took a righteous path based on the Fa. This is also validating the Fa and saving sentient beings.
I started to memorize the Fa. First, I memorized On Dafa; then some simple Fa teachings. Whenever Master publishes a Fa teaching, I memorized it immediately. Later, I started to memorize Zhuan Falun. I first memorized individual sentences. Then when I memorized for the second time, I memorized paragraphs.
Master saw that I was not putting so much emphasis on memorizing the Fa, but not cultivating diligently enough, so he arranged for an auntie practitioner to come to my house. This practitioner heard that I was also memorizing the Fa and invited me to join their small Fa memorizing group. She said that she had already told the other members of the group about bringing me into the group, and she also agreed to let me go to her house to memorize the Fa. I thank Master from the bottom of my heart for arranging a Fa memorizing group for me.
After joining the group to memorize the Fa, I discovered that they are just memorizing Fa teachings and Hong Yin. They have not started memorizing Zhuan Falun. But there were two practitioners who had already been memorizing Zhuan Falun on their own for some time. Thus, we agreed to memorize Zhuan Falun and two pieces of Hong Yin every Tuesday morning. It took more than one year to memorize Zhuan Falun.
For the second time when memorizing the Fa, we memorized section by section. If the section is short, we will memorize two sections per week. If the section is long, we will memorize that section over two weeks instead. By persisting in doing so, we all felt that we improved very quickly. Whenever we meet with any tests of our xinxing, the Fa that we have memorized would immediately appear in our mind, so our xinxing kept elevating.
When we were memorizing Zhuan Falun’s “Perfecting Your Character” in the Fourth Talk, before memorizing the Fa, two practitioners had an argument due to a small issue. The practitioners were very angry. Just then, I calmly looked within and thought about why I chanced upon this matter? Did I also lose my temper due to some small matters in my daily life? Isn’t this caused by human attachments such as the desire to fight, the desire to win, being not convinced, feeling unbalanced, and so on?
Having found the attachment, I suddenly recalled that we were going to memorize “Perfecting Your Character” today. Therefore, I reminded them to memorize the Fa. Both the practitioners seemed as though nothing had happened and we took turns to memorize “Perfecting Your Character.” After completing the memorizing, we all could not help but say, “The Fa that we memorized today is talking about me.” In this way, the conflict was resolved.
No words can describe the endless gratitude I have for Master. I can only repay my gratitude towards Master by cultivating diligently, cultivating myself well, cooperating with the whole body of Dafa practitioners, and saving more sentient beings.