72-Year-Old Practitioner: “My Faith Is Unshakable”
(Minghui.org) I was fortunate to have started practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. Though I have had quite a few tribulations in while assisting Master in Fa-rectification, I never became pessimistic or passive. When I encountered difficulties, I did not give up.
During Chinese New Year's Eve in 2013, I went to a remote village to distribute informational materials about Falun Dafa. It was dark and I got lost in a snow storm and had to turn on my flashlight. Someone saw me and starting walking towards me. I turned off the flashlight and quickly put a pamphlet and a Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party CD in each door before I began hurrying out of the village.
The person was about 100 yards away from me when I left the village. The snow was about two feet deep. Following my footprints in the snow, he kept following me. I was not afraid. I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked for Master's help. The person stopped following me, but tried instead to intercept me by taking another route.
When I came to the top of a ridge, I saw two police vehicles rushing in my direction. To my east there was another person with a flashlight trying to cut me off. It was dawn. I found a trail, followed it and was out of danger. I got home safely. My family had just finished breakfast and were anxious that I hadn't returned. Under Master's protection, the dangerous situation turned to an adventure.
I walked 44 miles that day to save sentient beings. Most people would find it inconceivable that a 70-year-old could do this and outrun a young man. But I felt it was natural, because I was following the path arranged by Master!
In the past, my family appealed on behalf of Falun Dafa in Beijing. The police decided we were key people and targeted us for surveillance. I was illegally detained four times. While ransacking my home recently, the police videotaped my home, destroyed my posters and took away Master's portrait. I wasn't home at the time. When I was told about it, I left for eight days to avoid further persecution.
Then I gave my actions a second thought. I remembered Master's words,
“If you can let go of life and death, you’re a God; if you can’t let go of life and death, you’re a human—this is the difference.”(“Teaching the Fa in New York City” from Lectures in the United States)
My wife needed me at home and the work in the fields needed to be done so I returned home. But before long I was arrested and taken to a brainwashing center.
On my way to the brainwashing center, I told Master in my heart, “I must walk my path of Fa-rectification righteously, display the positive image of a Dafa disciple, and I absolutely will not cooperate with the evil.”
Four collaborators surrounded me, and tried to brainwash me. They shared with me their experiences, tribulations and visions they claimed they saw with their third eyes. Some tried to gain my trust by helping me. Some pretended to care about my family, offering to introduce women to my son for marriage.
When they found nothing they did swayed me, they changed their strategy. They tried to distort the meaning of Dafa teachings using terms from Buddhism, and tried to intimidate me with threats of punishment if I did not write a guarantee statement to give up practicing Falun Dafa.
I said, “I've practiced cultivation for more than 10 years, and my faith is unshakable. You will have no influence on me.”
When several leaders from the 610 Office came to inspect the facility, they asked my age. When I told them I was 72, they were surprised. They asked me what medicines I took. I said: “I've practiced cultivation for more than 10 years, and I've never taken a single pill or had a single shot...”
In just five days, I was released and returned home safely, under Master's protection.