[Selected Submission] My Thanks to Master for His Infinite Grace
1. Obtaining the Fa
I was weak since I was very young, and all my neighbors knew that I was sickly. My most serious illness was asthma. Every time I climbed the stairs, I had to stop after every three steps and catch my breath. I spent almost all of my third year in college in the hospital.
After I started working, qigong was very popular. I started to study qigong and religions. I had some supernatural power and could see other dimensions that others couldn't. However, I reached a point of stagnation and didn't know how to improve myself. I thought about how to practice cultivation every day.
In July 1996 when I was at a friend's home, someone gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun. Once I started to read it, I couldn't stop. I read till 4:00 a.m. the next morning. I was shocked by the contents of the book. It answered all of my questions. I can't describe how excited and happy I was. I decided to practice Falun Gong right away and found a practice site close to my home.
Those were the happiest days of my life. I was so excited that I would burst into tears every time I thought about having found Falun Dafa. Nothing is more auspicious than practicing Dafa and being guided by Master.
Soon all of my illness disappeared. My neighbors witnessed my changes and some said, “There's something we dared not say before you regained your health. We worried that you might die.”
2. Creating a Good Environment
After I was released from a forced labor camp, the biggest problem was that I had no income. My family was scared and they worried that I might be persecuted again. They warned me with the slightest rustle of leaves in the wind.
My brother-in-law later helped me get a job at a big company. Before I started to work, I held a very righteous thought, “I am a Dafa practitioner who is open and aboveboard. In my new environment, I will let them know that I'm a practitioner and I will create a new environment for work and practice cultivation.” Because of this thought, Master made all the arrangements.
One of my classmates in high school is a middle level leader, and she knew I was practicing Falun Gong. About a month after I started to work for the company, she told many people what she knew. All the employees were talking about it. Sometimes I read Dafa books at work. One day I was discovered doing this and reported to the supervisor. They planned to send someone to talk to me. I was very calm and had no fear or complaint. I knew that this was a good chance to clarify the truth.
Finally, a leader came to ask me about Falun Gong. I calmly told him about the Tiananmen Square self-immolation being staged, how Dafa had been embraced around the world, and how Dafa has taught us to be good people. I also gave him truth-clarifying materials and some VCDs. These where totally unknown to him, and he was shocked.
Of course, what we talked about was reported to the superiors, even CEOs. This all happened naturally, and my superiors and colleagues all knew and understood me. They knew the truth and accepted me.
I worked hard and made outstanding achievements. I never picked assignments, never complained, and always tried my best to get the job done. Everyone thought that I was good. At the year-end dinner, one chief told me with a thumbs up, “I have heard about you. You are the best!” I have now been working in the company for more then ten years. Many colleagues all know the truth and have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its associated organizations.
3. People Learn the Truth and No One Believes the Evildoers
My family cares about me very much, but often for the wrong reasons. This is a common situation. We need to educate our families with the right reasons, tell them the facts, and help them to correct their thoughts. When I was persecuted, my family suffered, too.
After I started to work for this company, my sister was very concerned about my job. In April 2004, the local Party secretary went to my company and told my CEO that they were holding brainwashing sessions in the city and asked him to send me. The CEO told my sister first. The following day was the weekend, a time when all my family members would gather together. My sister was very angry and asked me, “Do you love this family or not? Do you want to keep your job? I'm telling you that soon you will be sent to a brainwashing session. Yesterday, the local secretary advised your CEO personally.” I then told them what the brainwashing session was about, what it's true purpose was, and further clarified the truth to my family. I told my sister, “What happened was not my fault. I'm always trying to be a good person. I am innocent. When I was persecuted, you didn't help me but helped them?” I said quite a bit and my sister cried. Before she left, she told me that she would take care of it.
Early Monday morning, she went to my company and told the CEO how I practiced Falun Gong and how I was being persecuted, and asked the CEO not to send me to the brainwashing session. She also found the local Party secretary and told him the facts based on what I had told her. She also said, “Practitioners are all good people, but you send them to brainwashing sessions. What you have done will create unnecessary crises in their families and society.” The secretary was shocked and said, “Very reasonable, so I will consider not sending your sister to the brainwashing session.”
After my sister left, the CEO asked me to come to his office. I took the chance to tell him the facts about Falun Gong. He said, “I know your situation and I also know that you are outstanding in your work. I will not send you to a brainwashing session.”
After all this was over, my younger brother told me, “What you said that day made sense. Why are those being persecuted being blamed? Those who do evil should be blamed.” When people know the truth and change their opinions, people will know what to do and how to protect their families.
My husband is a very reasonable person and knowledgeable. He strongly supports Dafa. Someone from the local law enforcement agency once came to my home to harass me. I was not at home at the time. My husband opened the door. When he realized the purpose of the visit, he told the person to leave. That person was very embarrassed and quietly left, never returning to my home again.
Someone approached my neighbors and later my neighbor told me, “He didn't look like a good person, I was afraid that he would hurt you, so I just sent him away. If you have any materials that cannot stay in your home give them to me and I'll help you keep them.”
Those officials dared not come to my home, so they came to my company. Once three of them came and they tried all means to reach the chief of the local agent's office. When the chief learned the purpose of their visit, he asked them to leave immediately. I have been working for this company for over ten years and the evildoers came many times, but they were never able to get close to me because they were all deterred by my family, colleagues, and neighbors who already knew the truth. We can tell that people are opposed to the persecution.
4. My entire family benefits and learns to live by Truthfulness-Compassion- Forbearance
-My Husband's Experiences
Before the persecution, my home was a place for Fa study. Sometimes my husband joined us to read the book and to share experiences. He encountered several big tribulations, but they all turned around and he was safe.
In 1997 when he was working for a construction company, he followed an engineer to check on a building and fell from the top of the second floor by accident. On the ground, there were a lot of rocks all about the size of a fist. You can imagine the consequences if he had fallen onto those rocks. However, right before he landed, a wooden ladder stopped him. He wasn't hurt at all and he immediately understood that Master had saved him.
In 1998, his company was bankrupt, so he went to another company where he was in charge of sales strategy and advertisement management. A salesperson tried everything he could to bribe him, but he never accepted the bribe. A young person once really wanted him to accept a gift, but he firmly refused. Then the person said, “If you don't accept, I'll go to your wife.” My husband replied, “That won't work at all. She is a Falun Gong practitioner, and she influenced me. Do you think she would accept your gift?”
My husband later learned to do other business. He once replenished his stock by filling a 16-ton truck with a 20 ton load. On the way, suddenly the truck started to shake and go out of control. The driver stepped on the brakes and the truck stopped! The driver got out and found that all eight bolts on one set of back tires were broken, and even one tire was missing. He was scared stiff with sweat all over his body. A truck driver said, “If a truck loses a a tire at high speed, the truck will overturn. However, in this case, even when the bolts were broken, the truck came to a halt safely. We must be blessed.”
My husband has now run his own business for many years, and he always follows principles and never cheats. He also always helps me do things whenever he can. He likes to read Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials and stories about traditional culture.
-My Stepmother's Experiences
My stepmother is a calculating person. She brings her own scales when she goes to the market. After she pays, she always tries to take a little bit more. After I told her many stories about practitioners and how practitioners cultivated, gradually, she learned to live by with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
She was once walking, carrying two big bags of clothes. Suddenly, a motorcycle hit her from behind. The two plastic bags broke, and the clothes covered the ground. It was raining a little, and the ground was muddy. She fell, face down on the ground, and she was covered with mud. The driver was scared and passersby surrounded her, but she was very calm. After she stood up, she told the driver, “There's no problem, you can leave. I am OK. I have a Falun Gong amulet(1).” She then started to pick up the clothes and went home. Later, she sighed with emotion many times, “Master must have protected me, or I would have been seriously injured. Thank you, Master.”
My stepmother also had many illnesses. You would see her always carrying a small medicine bag. Since she started to sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is Good” often, she is getting healthier.
I often gave her informational materials. She was deeply moved and often brings them with her to explain the facts to others and encourage them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Another time, her son-in-law was driving on the highway. Suddenly, the rented car veered out of control and hit the median. Her daughter was scared and started to scream, but she closed her eyes and repeated, “Falun Dafa is good.” She also said out loud, “Master, please help us!” Her husband regained control of the car. When they returned the car, they were worried that it might have been damaged. However, there wasn't a single scratch on it. My family admired Dafa even more.
-My Nephew's Experiences
My nephew and his wife are both kind and believe in Dafa. No matter how Dafa has been persecuted, they have never said one bad thing about the practice. In fact, they have silently helped us. In 2004 right after the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, their entire family quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. In the last ten years, they've also encountered many things which turned bad luck into good fortune.
They were once driving on the highway and encountered a pile-up. Several cars were involved, but their car was safe.
Another time when they were out, one of their friends insisted on driving their car. My nephew was very nervous right away and felt something bad would happen, so he started to recite “Falun Dafa is good” again and again. On a right turn, suddenly a truck came right at them. The driver was scared to death and didn't know what to do. A second before they crashed, their car turned to the side and passed the truck. They were still petrified afterward, but they knew that Master had saved them once again.
There are many more stories like these. I only wrote about a few, but it's nonetheless enough to prove the mighty power of Dafa improving morality and protecting kind people.
Note: (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.
(From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction)