An Elderly Practitioner Inspires Me to Be More Diligent
(Clearwisdom.net) The practitioner is 65 years old this year. She started to practice Falun Dafa in 1997. At that time she was not literate. One of her family members was very ill, and this made their financial situation very difficult. She listened to a tape of Teacher's lectures, and carefully listened to practitioners reading the Fa. After she went back home, she listened to her husband reading the Fa to her. She tried to remember every sentence. With her sincere heart and her faith in Teacher, she was able to read Zhuan Falun after only six months. Every day, she studied the Fa and did the exercises, and used the principles of Dafa to discipline herself. She became such a kind person that everyone, family member or not, praised her.
In July of 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to persecute Falun Gong. Her husband was forced to retire one year ahead of time because he was practicing Falun Gong. Her workplace also canceled her eligibility for welfare housing. However, this elderly practitioner's determination to study the Fa was not shaken at all. Despite the fact that she knew few Chinese characters, she carefully read the materials on Minghui, the Chinese version of the Clearwisdom website. She passed on articles from Minghui to other practitioners and also gave out truth-clarification materials and posted up truth-clarifying information in public areas. Every family from more than twenty villages located within ten li (500 meters) of her home obtained her truth-clarification materials. She has passed out fliers and Minghui materials to fellow practitioners for the eight years since. She has no income, but with her belief in Dafa guiding her, she saved 100 yuan each month from the living expenses her husband gave her, and gave the money to a truth-clarifying material production site. During these eight years, she donated more than ten thousand yuan to the material production site.
Although she is 65 years old, she walks very fast and can easily walk for more than 20 li without feeling tired. If you looked at her face, you would think that she not even 50 years old. There are no wrinkles on her face and her skin is as smooth and clear as a baby's. In the past ten years, her words and actions have made her friends, family members and neighbors understand Falun Dafa and quit the CCP. More than ten of them started cultivation.
Right before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she was reported to the police. She and her husband were arrested at the same time. However, she was not afraid. Facing the police, she did not hate them. Instead, she clarified the truth and validated Dafa. During the 24 hours of detention, she continuously sent forth righteous thoughts until she was released unconditionally on the second afternoon. After she returned home, she studied the Fa and did the exercises to adjust herself and looked for her problems. Soon she started to go out to save people again. Her experience of being taken into custody was turned into an opportunity to clarify the truth to the police.
This elderly practitioner uses the story of her ten years of cultivation to validate Dafa. She uses her actions while saving people to let people see the compassion of practitioners. Fellow practitioners, let's be diligent, seize the time to save people, follow the course of Fa-rectification, and let Teacher worry less for us! Each of our practitioners should find their own cultivation path.