Cultivating Dafa to Become a Good Person--Receiving Praise from Clients and Boss
How Wonderful to Obtain Dafa
I got to know a doctor through my work in late 1996. She made a very good impression on me. She was kind to all her patients, whether they were dignitaries or farmers. I once saw her prescribe the most basic and cheapest Chinese medicine to a middle-aged person who had come to the city to do some odd jobs. After the total expense was calculated, the patient found that he still could not afford it. She then pulled some money from her own pocket to make up the difference.
I felt so strange about this and wondered how there could still be such kind people. She later told me that she practiced Falun Gong. She explained that Falun Gong was an advanced cultivation practice of the Buddha School that teaches people to assimilate to the principles of the universe, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. While upgrading their morality, practitioners achieve miraculous health improvements. I saw a copy of the book Zhuan Falun on her desk, so I picked it up and took a look. The first thing I saw was Master Li's photo. I thought, what a compassionate, righteous, and gracious face. I started reading. What was explained in the book made great sense to me. As I read further, I could hardly put it down. I suddenly understood what had puzzled me before – many principles of life and many natural phenomena that science could not explain.
I obtained a copy of Zhuan Falun and also learned the five sets of graceful exercises. I cultivated my character according to the principles of Dafa. In a short period of time, I experienced a dramatic change in both my mind and body. I recovered from neurosis and female diseases that had bothered me for many years. My temper became better and my mind calm. My strained relationships with people gradually eased. This practice had improved every aspect of my life. I have been cultivating ever since.
I would like to mention something here. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) created many vicious lies about Falun Gong to deceive people. One of the lies claimed that Falun Gong was a superstition and was spiritual sustenance to people who were in financially difficult situations, ignorant, suffering domestic calamities, or disappointed with their lives. This was all nonsense. Of the people practicing Falun in China at the time, over half were from mainstream society. That doctor and I were good examples.
Mother-in-law: You Have Become Kind
After I married my husband, I often ran into conflicts with my mother-in-law over family affairs. She had little education, so I kind of looked down on her. I wouldn't let her know that to her face, but behind her back, I did not restrain myself from talking about her. We got along well superficially, but our relationship was indeed strained.
After I practiced Dafa, I followed what was taught in Zhuan Falun:
“Of course, in practicing cultivation in ordinary human society, we should respect parents and educate our children. Under all circumstances, we must be good and kind to others, not to mention to our family members. We should treat everyone in the same way. We must be good to our parents and children and be considerate of others in all respects. Such a heart is thus unselfish, and it is a heart of kindness and benevolence.” (Zhuan Falun)
I respected my mother-in-law from my heart. I greeted her every time I came home, and before I went out, I politely said goodbye to her. I helped her prepare meals and clean the house during the weekends, and I set aside some time to talk with her. During the Chinese New Year or holidays, and on her birthday, I generously gave her gifts and was no longer concerned about how much that would cost me. All these changes came so suddenly that my mother-in-law felt extremely flattered.
My mother-in-law once said to my father-in-law that she did not know in which life that they accumulated virtues in order to have such a good daughter-in-law. I told her that I had started practicing Falun Gong, and that Master Li Hongzhi taught practitioners to assimilate to the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, to be unselfish and to consider others in doing things. My mother-in-law said, “Yes, I saw it. You became kind after you began practicing.” She once told me that one of our neighbors sought some advice from her. The neighbor asked her why our family was so peaceful and didn’t fight. She answered that it was because her daughter-in-law was so good.
Customer Says, “If everyone was like you, this society would become great”
Working in my management job, I had the authority to decide which client's products to buy, and I also had power in approving the expenses to reimburse. I drifted with the flow before I began practicing Falun Dafa. I accepted bribes and bribed others as well. I reimbursed myself for expenses that I incurred in buying things for my family, and I accepted kickbacks from my clients. I really obtained a lot of karma. After I began practicing Dafa, I understood the relationship between loss and gain and I realized that all my health problems were indeed caused by my karma. My character improved and I gradually let go of those bad habits. I no longer spent company money for my personal use, and I handed in the kickbacks that I accepted previously. I established a rule for all my clients: Due to the fact that I practice Falun Dafa, I cannot accept things that are not mine, so please lower the price to the minimum and do not leave any room for kickbacks. Some of my clients didn't feel comfortable in doing what I asked, so they still did not lower the price to the minimum and insisted on giving me kickbacks. Sometimes I was really not able to decline a kickback, so I would just hand it in. Some of my clients treated me as their friend and visited me with some gifts during the Chinese New Year. If I could not decline, then I repaid them with corresponding gifts and expressed my appreciation.
My clients told me, “You are so great. If everyone was like you, this society would become great.” I told them it was Falun Dafa that taught me to behave so. They saw from me that Falun Gong practitioners are righteous, and they also saw the dissolute lives of those officials around them. So they no longer believed those lies spread by the CCP. When I told them that heaven would eliminate the CCP and people should withdraw from the CCP to secure their safety in the future, they gladly accepted.
My Boss Said, “I will open a session for our wives to let them learn from you”
Before I practiced Dafa, I was influenced by atheism and was educated with ideas about women's liberation. I always wanted to be equal to my husband. Doing a little bit of housework made me feel that I was suffering injustice. I only thought about gaining, but never about giving. I quarreled with my husband if he did not do housework. After practicing Dafa, I followed what Master taught, that we should be good people wherever we are. I no longer complained when my husband did not do the housework and I fulfilled all my duties in doing housework.
I stopped joining in the conversation when my coworkers talked about how lazy their husbands were. They felt strange about it, so they asked me why I no longer joined the conversation. I smiled, “A woman is supposed to assist her husband, teach her child, and do housework.” They objected and thought that would put women at a disadvantage. I answered that it did not put women at a disadvantage. I explained that I previously quarreled with my husband over housework every day, and it did not solve the problem. My husband still would not do what he did not want to, and I became upset and also suffered from sickness. After I began practicing Falun Gong, I understood that I should be a good person. I therefore no longer quarreled with him. My husband was moved by this and started respecting me. Sometimes he was considerate and would ask me if I was tired from doing housework. He now washes his own socks and underwear. I became more happy. I asked my coworkers whether they still thought I was put at a disadvantage.
Hearing what I said, my boss joked that he would open a session for their wives and let them learn from me, and let me share my experiences with them. I said that I would talk about what Falun Gong taught me about being a human being. I then recited Master's poem “Being a Human” (Hong Yin) to them. One of my coworkers was very moved. He asked me to write down the poem and put it on his desk. I would like to include the poem here and hope to bring blessings to you.
Being a Human
One who is for fame resents till death,
One who is for gain disavows family;
One who is for sentiment brings vexation on himself,
Bitterly fighting each other, making karma over a lifetime.
Not seeking fame, enjoying leisure, feeling content,
Not stressing gain, a benevolent righteous person;
Not moved by sentiment, clear-hearted with few desires,
With benevolence, cultivating oneself, accruing virtue over a lifetime.
From My Client That I Did Not See for Years: You Are So Supernatural
I have practiced Falun Dafa for over ten years. It's miraculous power in health and fitness manifested in changes to my body. I have not needed to take a single pill since I started the practice. My complexion looks very good and the speckles on my face disappeared. My female coworkers asked me how I maintained my skin. I told them that I was too busy to spend time in maintaining my skin. It was because I practiced Falun Gong. It is the Great Law of the Universe that cultivates both body and mind, and can make practitioners look younger. They praised me.
I recently came across one of my clients whom I hadn't seen for years. I had previously explained the facts about Falun Gong to her, but she was not quite convinced. One of her relatives practiced Falun Gong and was a kind person. Her relative worked as an official in a company, but was sent to a forced labor camp for persevering in the practice in 1999 when the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong. My client believed that Falun Gong teaches people to be kind, but she was puzzled why her relative ended up being sent to a forced labor camp, because good people are supposed to be rewarded. I told her that the CCP arose from violence. In order to maintain its unlawful governance, it falsified history, fabricated stories, launched various movements to brainwash people, ruled people with a strong hand, and destroyed traditional Chinese culture. Master Li Hongzhi brought Falun Dafa to the public on May 13, 1992, and brought blessings to people. Falun Dafa taught people to assimilate to the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It upgraded people's morality, helped people to gain health, and saved many families on the verge of disintegration. These things were not tolerated by the CCP or Jiang Zemin, both of whom were arrogant and lawless. Good and evil don't coexist. Jiang Zemin took advantage of the CCP and persecuted Falun Gong with all kinds of evil methods developed throughout history and around the world. He deployed the strategy of “destroy their reputations, bankrupt them, and destroy their bodies” in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The heavens will not tolerate this. We used to swear to devote our lives to communism. When the righteous force eliminates the evil CCP in the near future, those who have not withdrawn from the CCP will suffer disaster along with it.
My client kept nodding. She suddenly looked at me and said, “Ah, you are so supernatural! You have no spots on your face and you still look so young even though I have not seen you for so many years. People will believe it even if you tell them that you are 20 years old. Is it really a result of practicing Falun Gong?” I said yes. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are the principles of the universe. It is the Buddha Law that brings wonderfulness to people. I sincerely believed it and disciplined myself with principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. So my health improved and I also became prettier. Wonderfulness includes beauty. She agreed and repeated that good people would be rewarded.
I had been educated with the CCP's theory about atheism since my childhood. I did not know that five thousand years of Chinese culture is divinely inspired and I was not in awe of heaven, earth, or humans. Before I began practicing Falun Gong, I had developed many bad habits, such as laziness, jealousy, and vanity, and I competed for personal gain. I lied, fawned on my boss, and looked down on others. The CCP's philosophy of fighting made me a person who was selfish and lacked humanity in my heart. I enjoyed various honorable titles. Because I knew how to navigate through life and please everyone, people around me praised me as being excellent. But I had a tiring life indeed. Both my body and mind were tired.
I suddenly enlightened after I studied Zhuan Falun. Master said,
“As a human being, you are a good person only if you can follow this universe’s characteristic of Zhen-Shan-Ren. A person who deviates from this characteristic is truly a bad person. In the workplace or in society, some people may say that you are bad, yet you may not necessarily be bad. Some people may say that you are good, but you may not really be good.” (Zhuan Falun)
Master also said,
“Ordinary human affairs, according to the Buddha School, all have predestined relationships. Birth, old age, illness, and death exist as such for ordinary people. Due to karma resulting from past wrongdoing, one has illnesses or tribulations...” (Zhuan Falun)
In the past, I helped others and treated others warmly and politely. I did that for the purpose of getting a good reputation or leaving a good impression on my boss, but I didn't truly respect others. I did it as a pursuit. After I studied Dafa, I learned how to be a good person from my heart. I learned to be unselfish and I learned to consider others first.
When I truly cultivated my character according to the principles of Falun Dafa, my shattered health improved and I enjoyed a body free of illness. I no longer schemed against my coworkers and left behind a strained relationship with them. I now treat others with honesty and I am happy every day. When my classmates or friends who have not seen me in a long time ask whether I still practice Falun Gong, I always proudly answer, “Practicing Falun Gong is the greatest pleasure in my life. I came across this opportunity of a thousand years, so how could I not practice it?”
Before I finish writing this article, I want to say from my heart, “My dear friend, please grasp this fleeting chance. Please hasten to learn the truth about Falun Dafa!”