Listening to Master, Cultivating My Heart, and Saving People
Emergency Response to the Epidemic Outbreak
Around the Chinese New Year in 2020, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suddenly announced the outbreak of the Wuhan Pneumonia (coronavirus).
It wasn’t until then that I, being a Wuhan resident, learned the shocking truth that all hospitals, hotels, and university dormitories in Wuhan City had already been packed with patients, and that the so-called “Thunder God Mountain,” “Fire God Mountain,” and Mobile cabin hospitals built in a rush were already overcrowded, and moreover, there was no cure for the pneumonia.
The death toll was too high to count -- all eight crematoriums in Wuhan were working around the clock to burn the dead bodies. Temporary workers had to be hired - workers told reporters that they had no chance to rest because they needed to keep the furnaces running around the clock.
I learned that there was no way to offload the bodies elsewhere because everything - the city, roads, residential communities, and even some buildings - were sealed off. Offices, factories, schools, and public transportation were completely shut down, and no one was allowed to leave home.
I noticed that there were no birds in the sky, and no cats or dogs were in sight either. There was only silence, not even the otherwise occasional sound of children crying.
Outside the window, the once lively streets became desolate, and ambulance sirens could be heard from time to time. The whole city was shrouded in terror.
My daughter and I both knew at this critical moment of life and death, that being Dafa disciples, we should by all means help more people by telling them who has caused the epidemic, and tell them that sincerely reciting “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” frequently would bring them blessings.
Prior to the epidemic, my daughter and I had been doing face-to-face truth-clarification to many people and persuaded them to withdraw from the three major Communist organizations.
The entire city was now shut down, and the loudspeaker at the residential complex kept shouting, “No one is allowed to go out.” Given the dead silence, anyone walking or going out would stick out like a sore thumb, notwithstanding the watchful property personnel and the surveillance cameras.
My daughter and I exchanged our understanding and agreed that Dafa disciples at this time had a greater responsibility more than ever to let go of fear and help people.
We went floor by floor to each apartment building in our complex to put up self-adhesive posters, distribute Dafa informational materials – including the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, The Ultimate Purpose of Communism) – and seize the time window of food and vegetable delivery to clarify the facts to people.
We persuaded people to quit the three major communist organizations, and told them to remember “Falun Dafa is good” because it saves lives. For those who didn’t believe us, I said with a smile, “You have not yet understood the truth. Getting to know more truth will bring you immeasurable blessings.”
Master told us,
“It has been said: “When I come to this ordinary human society, it’s just like checking into a hotel for a few days. Then I leave in a hurry.” Some people are just obsessed with this place and have forgotten their own homes.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
Because one’s time and energy are limited, it is Dafa disciples’ responsibility to assist Master with Fa-rectification. Time is pressing, I cannot waste time, money cannot buy time.
From then on, I clarified the facts to people no matter what the circumstances.
Helping People Amid Family Tribulation
My husband is 72 years old. One evening in early November 2018, I came home from truth-clarification. He felt a big relief and said, “Why are you so late again? I was scared to death worrying something had happened to you again!” He went to his room.
I came out of the shower and went to his room to check if he was asleep. I was shocked to see him lying on the floor!
I rushed to hold him up and asked him what just happened. He was slurring his words.
I was not physically strong enough to pull him up, so I held him and kept shouting, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” About an hour later, my daughter came home from work and helped me move him to the bed.
My daughter and I did not know what my husband’s illness was, so we decided to observe and see. We sat all night sending righteous thoughts.
The next morning, we asked a fellow practitioner to drive my husband to a hospital. The doctor said that he had suffered a severe brain hemorrhage, and that they needed to perform emergency resuscitation immediately.
The doctor scolded us for taking more than ten hours to bring him to the hospital and said it was too late. My husband had high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, and he did not wake up for several days.
The attending physician called my daughter over and told her, “Your father will be a vegetable even if he survives. Your family should be prepared.”
My daughter came back crying and relayed the doctor’s words to me. I said, “It’s not going to happen!” I was not moved.
My daughter and I took care of my husband day and night. We pleaded to Master to save him, and kept sending righteous thoughts.
I clarified the truth to every person I met in the hospital while fetching food, washing dishes, and getting water. For nearly a month, new patients came and went in the ward, and I clarified the truth to all of them, and helped them quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
My husband was transferred to a different hospital, where I continued to do truth-clarification. I clarified the facts to a physiotherapist one day, but he wouldn’t accept it and reported me to his supervisors.
One of the supervisors said she was going to call security. This happened to be overheard by my daughter who was checking my husband’s electronic medical records nearby. My daughter stopped her and said, “The less trouble, the better,” and sent righteous thoughts.
My daughter told me about this and said, “If you are taken away, who will take care of Dad?” We were extremely grateful for Master’s protection.
My husband was later transferred to another hospital. I continued to clarify the facts to people there as well.
Two weeks later, he could speak and eat and wanted to go home. He said he wanted to practice Falun Dafa.
A practitioner drove my husband home. He wanted to practice cultivation, so another practitioner came to help him study the Fa.
My husband was getting better day by day. One of his colleagues came to see him, and said to me, “We used to have a bad opinion of your practice. But we were surprised that you decided not to hire a nurse but instead took care of him yourselves.”
He went on to say, “The fact that he recovered so quickly is the result of your good care day and night, and your practice of Falun Dafa. In the past, we didn’t understand why you were giving out the materials, but now I’m going to help you give them out!” He took some truth-clarification materials with him when he left.
The air in the Intensive Care Unit was very depressing, and the smell of disinfectant and human waste was overwhelming.
My daughter and I both knew the reason we were able to endure the hardship was because we had the blessing of Master, and Dafa had given us such good health.
Cultivating Amid Hardships
I got up at 3:00 a.m. every day to do the exercises, which wasn’t interrupted even when I was nursing my husband in the hospital. I recited the Fa after sending righteous thoughts at 6:00 a.m.
To keep myself from falling asleep, I recited the Fa standing. It was hard work to take care of my husband.
He was half paralyzed and couldn’t take care of himself at all, so I studied the Fa with him, fed him, and helped him rinse his mouth and brush his teeth every day. I changed his urine bag and helped him release when he was suffering constipation.
I kept in my mind that I was a practitioner, and I must live my life conscientiously even if it is hard.
To help him recover, I helped him practice standing and walking every day. To help him practicing standing, I tied him to a standing frame, but he fell down along with the frame twice.
The metal frame was heavy and crashed on him. He landed on the back of his head which was very scary given he had just suffered a cerebral hemorrhage!
I held him up and reminded him to recite “Falun Dafa is good!” Each time he was fine. Master has been protecting him at every moment!
While he was taking an afternoon nap, my daughter and I went out to clarify the facts. We took every opportunity to do the three things.
I also want to thank my daughter for helping me improve my xinxing. Sometimes I got upset and sloppy because I had a lot on my plate, and she would pick a fight with me and was sometimes very mean.
I persuaded myself and said, “I am in the wrong!” When fellow practitioners were having group Fa study in my house and asked how my husband was doing, I occasionally complained without knowing it.
My daughter would say that I had failed to “cultivate my speech,” and yell at me. Sometimes we argued, and occasionally she hit me.
After each of these incidents happened, I looked inward and recited, “Falun Dafa is good!” “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” to let go of the bad feelings, striving to assimilate to Dafa and cultivate myself.
I thought to myself as I was caring for my husband, “Master taught us to consider others first. It takes a long time to feed my husband every day, several hours at a time, and all liquid food.
I eat whatever is left after feeding him. Sometimes I also feel very miserable, tired, and exhausted, and feel like I am unable to keep going, but as soon I think of Master’s Fa, I no longer feel it’s hardship.”
“Let joy be found in hardship.”(“Tempering the Will” in Hong Yin, Translation Version A)
I was very mindful when preparing food for my husband. I bought nutritious food materials that balance meat and vegetables.
I cultivated my heart, no matter how much work and effort it took. My detest of hardship and trouble has disappeared, and I have no regret or complaints.
My husband’s health has much improved, his face is rosy, and his skin is delicate with no wrinkles, as if he is several years younger. He can listen to Master’s lectures, and can stand up and sit down on his own. He is recovering fast.
My daughter and I have nothing to repay Master. We can only listen to Master and do the things practitioners should do.