Believing in Teacher and the Fa--Following Teacher's Direction
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, benevolent revered Teacher! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am 66 years old, and I started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. During my 12 years of cultivating and assisting Teacher in rectifying the Fa, I have changed from a severely ill person that would rather die than live to a healthy person, from a person that didn't know the real meaning of life to a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple, from a retired elementary school teacher to a computer expert who can easily create Dafa information materials, and from an ordinary Dafa disciple to a coordinator. Every miraculous change and every step in my improvement couldn't have happened without Teacher's benevolent help and protection.
I went to Beijing to appeal for the fair treatment of Falun Gong on November 19, 2000. When I displayed a Falun Gong banner on Tiananmen Square I was illegally arrested and detained at the Heilongjiang Liasion Office in Beijing. On November 23, 2000, I was escorted home and fined 3,000 yuan.
The police arrested many Falun Gong practitioners in our area. Several coordinators and practitioners at materials production sites were put into forced labor camps or prisons. Some practitioners who were on police watch-lists left their homes and went into hiding. Practitioners who didn't come out to do Fa validation work hid at home. Eventually, I could no longer get Dafa materials. All I heard was that So and So had been arrested and that someone else had been tortured while in prison. I lived in fear every day. My heart jumped when I heard someone walking in the corridor or knocking on our door. My family watched me closely and didn't want me to go out. I didn't know what to do. Because of this fear, I stopped "clarifying the truth" about Falun Dafa and creating Fa validation materials for a month.
To eliminate the fear, I spent more time studying the Fa. Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.,"
"Fa-rectification disciples, the persecution has already come to this stage, and Dafa has already come to this stage in the Fa-rectification: what's there for us to still be afraid of? Haven't you already seen your future very well? So when it comes to those evil beings and their arrangements, as long as your righteous thoughts are strong enough you can reject them, repel them, and make them helpless."
After studying Teacher's Fa and new articles, I realized that I have a very important mission. I should not hide at home or waste Teacher's benevolent efforts to save me. I went to talk with other practitioners, started exposing the evil people in our area, sent righteous thoughts, and rescued illegally-imprisoned practitioners.
The police destroyed the Dafa materials production centers in our area, and I spent a lot of time finding a new source of materials. I volunteered to pick up and deliver the materials. This meant that Teacher's new articles, "Minghui Weekly," and truth-clarification materials were again getting to practitioners in a timely manner.
I continued to pick up and deliver materials, and gradually I assumed some coordination responsibilities. To help all practitioners in our area advance faster in the Fa, we organized several Fa-study groups. We helped those practitioners who had not come forward to validate the Fa to attend the group study sessions so that we could improve as a whole. For those practitioners who had strong fear, I often took them with me to create truth-clarification materials, tell people the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong, and persuade people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Whenever we took on a Fa validation event needing a large volume of materials, such as copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, truth-clarification banners, or Dafa amulets(1), I assigned practitioners different tasks based on their skills and ages. For example, for those senior practitioners who could not go out to clarify the truth or distribute truth-clarification materials due to physical limitations, I asked them to laminate the truth-clarification amulets at home.
Since 2002, Teacher has asked practitioners in China to increase the number of truth-clarifying materials production centers. With help from the coordinators and technically-adept practitioners in our area, we quickly established two production centers at practitioners' homes. Since then, all of our family materials centers have not only operated safely, they have also cooperated with each other to ensure there are ample copies of Teacher's articles, Minghui Weekly, and truth-clarification materials including pamphlets, stickers, and CDs. We also produce calendars, red Fu [a Chinese character for "Good Fortune"], and greeting cards for holidays. Because of this, we have been able to supply enough materials to clarify truth and save sentient beings.
In 2005, to better coordinate between materials production centers and handle emergency needs, I bought a computer and a printer, which enable me to download and print at any time. My husband was very worried about producing materials in our home. He said, "A material production center is a bomb. If it explodes, nobody will escape." His fear caused him to be controlled by evil for a while. He kept asking me to stop and beat me when I didn't listen. I could understand why he thought and acted this way. He had worked for the CCP for many years and deeply knew how evil the CCP was. Each time I was persecuted, he was implicated, too. But I persevered in producing materials and was undaunted by his wrong thoughts. I continued to do whatever I should do. As my husband studied the Fa more, his xinxing rose and his righteous thoughts became stronger. Eventually, his fear disappeared.
Looking back at my cultivation path, I owe every step forward to Teacher. Every tribulation and difficulty that I overcame would not have been possible without Dafa. Only by believing in Teacher and believing in Dafa could I reach my present level, and only by believing in Teacher and believing in Dafa can I walk well my path in the future. I am a senior Dafa disciple. I know my life has been extended by Teacher and Dafa so that I can cultivate and assist Teacher in rectifying the Fa. I will be even more diligent in studying the Fa, cultivating myself well, and doing the three things well.
(1) Amulets -- In China, practitioners sometimes clarify the truth by giving people something small to wear or cherish, bearing a few words reminding them of the goodness of Dafa.