My Fellow Practitioners, Be Sure to Study the Fa Well and Do Not Let Opportunities Slip By Again and Again
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa on January 3, 1999. I improved a lot both physically and spiritually. Only half a year later, the Chinese regime started the persecution of Dafa and Dafa practitioners. Because I hadn't studied the Fa well, I gradually slacked off in my cultivation. Later, the only practitioner I kept in touch with was illegally arrested and sentenced to two years in a forced labor camp. I had no way to get any of Teacher's new articles, the "Minghui Weekly," or truth-clarification materials. I grieved and cried many times during the night. Since I was a child, my life had been filled with pain and hardship. I was an only child. I lost my father when I was one year old, and my mother died when I was three. I grew up with my grandmother. After I started to practice Falun Dafa, I respected Teacher as I had respected my parents.
On April 22, 2003, by accident I got in touch with a practitioner I had not known before. I was very excited. We started to meet each other regularly. We live nine miles apart. I am 64 years old, she is 61, and neither of us is very fit. It is not easy for me to walk on mountain roads. She cares for me and tries to walk more miles so I do not have to walk so many. We meet halfway and then find a quiet place to sit down and share our cultivation experiences. We then walk back to our homes. We usually meet once a month and she gives me four issues of Minghui Weekly. When Teacher publishes a new article, we meet right away. Once I was so tired that I fell to the ground. Sometimes I can get a ride from motorcycle drivers. Another time I was lucky and got a ride from three motorcycle drivers and didn't have to walk much. Another time the other practitioner called me to cancel our meeting because a storm was coming, according to the weather forecast. I said, "There will be fewer interruptions if it rains." So we still met as before and the rain didn't start until I got back home. I truly felt Teacher was by my side protecting me. We kept meeting each other like this for two years and never missed a single time.
Clarifying the truth about Falun Gong and saving sentient beings are the responsibilities of Dafa practitioners. Teacher has given us everything we need. We must hurry up and tell people the truth. My husband and my son helped me distribute truth-clarification materials even before they started practicing Falun Gong. During the busy season on the farm, they don't have time to help me distribute truth-clarification materials. I have to go around in the mountainous area by myself.
On the evening of July 6, I went out by myself for the first time. It was all dark except for a new moon in the sky. The road was very muddy. After I delivered truth-clarification materials to people who live in the mountain, the moon had gone. After this first time, I went by myself to distribute truth-clarification materials again and again. The furthest I went was an unfamiliar place nine miles away. I took 200 copies of truth-clarification materials. Throughout my life I have never been a bold person. I am even afraid of insects and dogs. On the way there, I had to pass a cemetery. I focused on Teacher's words,
"Dafa is what you carry everywhere,
Zhen Shan Ren, rooted in the mind;
A great Arhat walks the earth,
Gods and demons fear with awe."
("Benevolent Might," Hong Yin)
and "The Fa rectifies the Cosmos, the Evil is completely eliminated." On my way, Teacher's Fa occupied my mind and I didn't feel any fear. After I delivered all the materials, it was almost 11 p.m.
Another time when I went out to distribute truth-clarification materials, the sole of one of my shoes fell off. On my way back, the other sole fell off. I walked about 10 miles with a pair of shoes that had no soles and there was not a single bruise or scratch on my feet. It was already a little past midnight when I returned home. Looking at this pair of shoes, I can't help feeling joyful.
I had some red cloth. One night, I used it to make some banners; it was 2:00 in the morning when I finished. Because I had no experience, the banners I made were too long. The next morning, my husband and my son got up and saw the room full of red banners. They were a bit afraid and didn't want to go out to hang the banners. After I sent forth righteous thoughts, my son went out to hang a banner on a big tree beside an intersection. Before he could get down from the tree, a tricycle came by. The rider stopped to have a better look at the banner and then left.
At the end of 2004, things changed in my home. My husband started to gamble and my son started to drink excessively. Once, my son got drunk and verbally abused me for two hours. Two days later, he got drunk again. This time he beat his father and threatened him with a lethal weapon. Bruises and scars covered my husband's face. My husband was so upset and ashamed that he even wanted to kill himself. I watched him for a whole night to talk him out of it and said to him, "Because you supported Dafa, my Teacher protected you. Otherwise, you wouldn't still be here."
Just when my family was about to fall apart, a female practitioner in her 30s came to stay in my home. She had left her own home to avoid persecution. We welcomed her into our family and took good care of her. She helped me with the housework and guided my son to study the Fa and practice. My son quit drinking only several days after he read Zhuan Falun. My husband also quit gambling and started to read Zhuan Falun. Sometimes when he tends cattle, he brings Zhuan Falun to read. He also reads Teacher's new articles and Minghui Weekly. Sometimes he sings "Falun Dafa is the righteous practice, the Buddha's light emits everywhere." He also participates in truth clarification and helps people to renounce the Chinese Communist Party. After his persuasive explanation, some bank employees quit the CCP. At a wedding reception for one of our relatives, he took the opportunity to tell people that Falun Dafa is good and also that they should quit the CCP.
My son changed to a different person after he started cultivation. Before, he had a bad temper and was not very thoughtful. Now he is kind and gentle. He is also very diligent in studying the Fa, practicing the exercises, and clarifying the truth. People in our village trust him and selected him to be on the team in charge of farmland assignments. His wife and son also started to practice and do the three things. My grandson gave a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to his teacher, and gave some amulets to his classmates. His grades also greatly improved. My daughter's three-year-old son can recite Hong Yin and say "Dafa is good!" He is very kind. When his friends beat him to tears, he never fought back, just like Teacher requires, "You won't fight back when you're beaten or sworn at." (Zhuan Falun) He often erects one palm to send forth righteous thoughts. He also wants to go out to post truth-clarification flyers. My daughter and her husband also support Dafa, listen to Teacher's lectures, and assist our truth-clarification work. Our whole family believes in "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance."
After the Nine Commentaries was published, I started to try to persuade people to quit the CCP. In the beginning, I didn't know how to start and was afraid to open my mouth. After studying the Fa and reading the Nine Commentaries two more times, I had an idea on how to talk to people. I joined the CCP 30 years ago, and used to be a model worker. On July 1, I publicly announced that I quit the CCP. (Note: July 1 is the date that the CCP celebrates its establishment.) Many people were curious as to why I quit the CCP, so I had the opportunity to explain to them.
I don't want to miss any person that has a predestined relationship with me. I try to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to everyone I meet at work. I usually send forth righteous thoughts first and then find a way to talk to them using my wisdom. I started with my relatives and neighbors and moved on to people I am familiar with. Now I can talk to anyone: drivers, bus attendants, street vendors, strangers, etc. As long as you want to clarify the truth, Teacher will arrange that people with a predestined relationship will come to you. Righteous thoughts are truly powerful! As long as your heart is pure and contains only Dafa, Dafa will show its divine power!
My fellow practitioners, be sure to study the Fa well! The three things are the most important. Don't let opportunities slip by. Teacher requires from us, "The closer to the end, the more diligent you should be." ("The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be") Dafa rectifies people's minds. As long as we firmly believe in Teacher and Dafa, we will walk our path of Fa-rectification well.
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