Practitioner in His 80s Overcomes Tribulations with Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) I am 82 years old, and I began practicing Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) in 1996.
In January 2020, I drove my electric tricycle to join a group of practitioners who were clarifying the truth. As I was heading down a very steep road, I was shocked to find that my brakes had failed! All of a sudden, I lost my balance and was thrown about three feet into the air.
Putting My Trust in Master
At that moment, I remembered what Master Li said:
“We have said that good or evil comes from a person’s spontaneous thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences.” (Lecture Four in Zhuan Falun)
I thought to myself, “I'm all right!” and sat up. But when I tried to stand, I couldn’t. A friend of mine who witnessed the accident immediately phoned my son.
My son, grandson, and son-in-law arrived shortly, helped me to their car, and said, “Let's go straight to the hospital!” “No,” I told them, “I want you to take me home! I'm fine, I have Master Li.”
Despite my protests, they drove me to a local hospital where I was examined and found to have a fractured hip—which required surgery and hospitalization.
Everyone was very concerned about me and wanted me to have the operation. I explained, “I'm a Dafa disciple, so I don't seek conventional treatment. Master Li will take care of me.”
When they further insisted, I said, “If you don't take me home, then please don't buy me dinner tonight. I will stop eating!” They saw that I was very determined, so they had no choice but to drive me home.
When I got home, I laid down on my bed and couldn't move. My chest, back, thigh, and hip were in excruciating pain. I then began reciting Master's Fa: “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Lecture Nine in Zhuan Falun).
I asked Master to strengthen me and asked someone to bring me a small CD player so that I could listen to Master's teaching. When my family saw that I couldn't fall asleep due to the pain, they insisted that I go to the hospital.
My son tried to persuade me. “Father, you don't need to suffer like this. We have the money to cover your medical expenses. Also, what if you become paralyzed? You're in your 80s, and even with treatment, a full recovery will take a long time.”
I told everyone present, “Don't worry; Master is taking care of me. Dafa is supernormal and omnipotent. It's possible that I owe a lot of karmic debts from my previous lifetimes, so I have to endure a little pain to get rid of my karma. Really, I will be all right.”
Everyone in my village was aware that I’d had an accident, and they were all watching my progress. I asked a family member to call some local practitioners so that they could take turns studying the Fa with me.
Within a few days, I started to feel better. Master cleaned my body on three separate occasions, causing me to vomit a lot of blackish-looking blood.
With Master's protection, and encouragement from my fellow practitioners—as well as the loving care of my family—I was able to stand on my feet in 20 days.
Forty days later, my chest and back no longer hurt, and I could eat and drink normally. I was also able to resume doing the Falun Dafa exercises. Since I kept studying the Fa and sending righteous thoughts, I kept feeling better and better.
Seventy days later, I grabbed a cane and took off on my tricycle to clarify the truth. People who saw me thought that Dafa was truly miraculous and commented on its extraordinary healing qualities.
All of my family members, relatives, and friends have come to believe in Dafa from their hearts, which has laid a solid foundation for their salvation in the future.
Since I’ve fully recovered from the incident, I'm more determined than ever to believe in Master and the Fa, diligently cultivate Dafa, fulfill my sacred mission, do the three things well, save more people, and do my best to repay Master for his saving grace!
Paying Back What Is Owed
Prior to practicing Falun Dafa, I ran a small frozen seafood business. As my business grew, I realized that I needed to build a larger storage unit. However, since I didn't have the funds to commit to this project, I asked my supplier if he would ship the goods to me first and allow me to pay for them with my next order. He agreed.
One day, the supplier’s manager told me: “It looks like we may have overpaid you 10,000 yuan ($1,500 US), by mistake. None of our three accountants knows where the missing money is. Can you kindly check to see if these funds are related to one of your previous invoices?” I said, “My wife is in charge of purchases, so I will ask her tonight.”
When I asked my wife about the money, she said, “Yes, they did pay us this extra amount by mistake, but since they don’t know we have it, I don't want to give it back.”
The next day, I reluctantly told the manager we didn't have the missing money. I felt very guilty when I did this.
“The supplier has always helped us out when we were in a financial bind,” I thought. “Then we turn around and do this to him! Didn't we lose virtue?” However, over time, the seriousness of the event faded from my memory.
One day, I was extremely tired but couldn't fall asleep. I also felt sick to my stomach, every time I ate. This continued for about three months. I became so exhausted that I found it hard to do the three things well.
When I looked inward, I couldn't find where I had done wrong, so I brought up the matter at the next Fa study. “Think back and ask yourself, ‘What did I do wrong in my past?’” explained one practitioner. I immediately recalled the debt that I still owed.
Master told us: “What is owed must be paid for.” (Lecture Three in Zhuan Falun). However, when I tried to contact the supplier, I found out that he had gone out of business.
“But then suddenly, 'Bing!'—a light went off in the dad’s head. 'I’m a practitioner, how could I ask for something like this? Now that I've gotten this for nothing, how much virtue will I have to give back in return?' … “I’ll just donate the money to my company.'” (Lecture Four in Zhuan Falun)
I decided to donate the money to a Dafa project, but first wanted to discuss the idea with my wife. When I brought up the subject, she absolutely refused to part with the money. I knew that I couldn't force her, so, I just kept postponing the donation.
A few years ago, my legs began to ache and the pain would not go away. I looked inward and decided to bring up the 10,000 yuan issue with my wife again. She finally agreed to donate all of the money, plus an additional 5,000 yuan to a particular Dafa project.
However, after we donated the money, she told me on numerous occasions: “I feel like we donated too much. I’m really annoyed at myself for going along with your idea!”
I could clearly see that this money issue was seriously affecting our relationship, so I asked the local practitioners if they could return the money that we had donated.
I thought, “I have to find a way to quickly pay back this money!” Shortly after, the pain in my leg completely disappeared.
Whenever I had extra cash I donated it to a Dafa project, including 2,000 yuan from my recycling efforts.
When my wife passed away earlier this year, I asked my children to give me 10,000 yuan and donated it to a Dafa project.
I realized that cultivators must set strict requirements for themselves, purify their mind nature, and continuously strive ahead on this sacred cultivation path!