Looking Back at My Cultivation Path
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa at the age of 35, in 1999. I am a farmer who had not graduated from elementary school.
Mistreating My Family
I was born into a very poor family, and lived in a house built with dirt. My father died when I was 8, and I have an older sister and a younger brother.
At a young age, I understood I should share the burden of taking care of the family. At 13, I went to Heilongjiang Province, but was too young to take on a job and thus returned home.
Then, I opened a small business to earn some extra money. When I was 18, my second child was born, my mother died, and I became the head of our family.
I have two sons and one daughter, and my brother lived with us. It was very tough to support the whole family, so I became very short tempered and started to drink. I pulled a knife and fought whenever things did not go my way. Even though I helped my brother build a house, I almost killed him because he talked back to me.
Because of my violent fits, my wife tried to leave home several times, but returned because of the children. However, after some time she decided to divorce me.
Starting on the Journey of Falun Dafa
An elderly lady in our neighborhood introduced Dafa to my wife, suggesting that it helps letting go of anger. She decided to do the Falun Dafa exercises.
It was really amazing. My wife no longer talked about divorce, and was rarely angry even though I beat her worse than before.
Once when I came back home drunk, I did not see my wife, but a book on the table. I was curious and began to read it. I felt a strong energy radiating through my body from head to toe. I was so amazed that I went to the group exercise site that night. I was afraid that they would not let me join because I was drunk. But they warmly welcomed me. That night, I listened to Master's lecture.
I made a meal for the first time in my life the next day. I made pork and radish stew, and started to drink as usual. However, the meat and the alcohol did not taste right. This made me realize that although I had only listened to Master's lecture for a short time, Master already had accepted me as his disciple. I stopped drinking, and barely ate meat. I started on my cultivation path.
Neighbor Also Begins to Practice Dafa
I went to another practitioner's home to do the exercises every day. I learned how to be a good person and follow the Dafa principles “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.” Gradually, my bad temper changed. I no longer beat my wife or threatened anyone with a knife. I got along well with my brother and my family life turned harmonious.
The lady who told my wife about Falun Dafa started practicing at the age of 73. The doctors were unable to diagnose her illness, despite her having visited many hospitals and spending a lot of money. She developed a very bad temper, and refused to associate with anyone.
When she came to my house with her husband, we were listening to one of Master's lectures. She also listened. She said, “I feel very good and comfortable, and want to hear more.” She listened to Master's lecture daily. Now she is 87, but looks as if she is in her mid 60s.
Experiencing the Power of Dafa
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners, I was scared. As I did not understand the Fa well, I stopped practicing Falun Dafa.
My wife developed a lump the size of a fist on her knee. Since the doctors could not tell us what it was, we went to a herbal doctor. After taking some medicine, the lump disappeared, but came back when she stopped taking the medicine.
We had no other choice but to return to the Dafa cultivation path. The lump disappeared within a month. This reinforced our belief in Dafa. We still regret having stopped practicing Dafa for a couple of years.
Material Production Site
Practitioners in my county were arrested and taken to a forced labor camp or prison. Another practitioner asked me if he could bring the equipment for the Dafa materials production site to my house. I agreed, because I knew that Master was with us – I should fear nothing. Thus, I agreed.
That night my wife and I started moving all the equipment, as well as all the related materials to our home. It took three days to bring everything to our house.
The practitioner who delivered truth-clarifying materials to us was arrested and sentenced to a six year prison term. As we needed truth-clarification materials, my wife and I agreed to set up the equipment at our house.
We learned the technical skills to run the production site, and ran it until the practitioner was released from prison. He then took over the production site.
Master Guided a Lost Toddler Home
We visited my oldest son in the summer of 2016. Since my wife was babysitting our 3-years-old granddaughter, we took her with us.
We went to a park on Sunday. We watched the baby in the stroller, while the toddler played with other kids. It became windy and it was going to rain. We wanted to return home, but could not find our granddaughter anywhere. My wife went to our son's home while I stayed in the park, hoping the toddler would show up. I begged Master to send her home, while keeping an eye out for the child.
My wife came at 10 p.m. and said that the toddler had found her way home. She told me, “Master brought me home. When I was walking, Master guided me all the way home.”
This incident helped my son change his opinion of Dafa, and become more supportive of our cultivation practice.