[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] A Nursing Home is Blessed by Dafa
(Minghui.org) I am a 57-year-old woman who has practiced Falun Dafa for more than 20 years. I would like to share some of my experiences and the amazing situations I have encountered during my cultivation practice.
Dafa Helps My Father-in-Law
My father-in-law, who was in his 90s, experienced paralysis on two occasions and was bedridden as a result. The first time, he listened to recorded lectures of Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, and he recovered. The last time he became paralyzed, he was unable to eat or use the bathroom on his own. He also could not recognize his children. His children were unable to care for him at home, so he was sent to a private nursing home.
The nursing home did not provide good care for the elderly man, however. A staff member took away the audio player that my father-in-law used to listen to Master Li's lectures, but a roommate grabbed it from the staff and gave it back to my father-in-law. Because my father-in-law was denounced during the Cultural Revolution and thus was afraid of bringing attention to himself, he stopped listening to the lectures after this incident.
Half a year passed, and his sickness reoccurred. This time he was not paralyzed, but he did experience dementia, which became worse day by day. One evening, he used his walking stick to smash the windows of the nursing home. He urinated everywhere, and the nursing home reeked of urine.
I found another nursing home with a high quality of care, and my father-in-law's children were all satisfied. However, this nursing home could not accept such an elderly person with dementia who required a lot of supervision around the clock. The nursing home agreed to care for my father-in-law in a special section of the facility for a higher cost. I requested that he be allowed to listen to Falun Dafa recordings whenever he was able, and the administration agreed.
I told the staff, “My father-in-law was paralyzed twice, and he was healed after listening to Falun Dafa lectures by Master Li. Now, because of dementia, he hasn’t listened to the Dafa recordings. As long as he listens to Dafa, he’ll be good and won’t cause problems here.”
The head nurse didn’t believe me at all. Her mind was on all those lies promoted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I told her the basic facts and principles of Falun Dafa and the truth about the Tiananmen self-immolation hoax staged by the CCP. I said to her, “I’ve practiced Dafa for over twenty years without taking any medicine, and my health is good. I was in two car accidents but wasn’t hurt at all.”
She was doubtful and said, “Well, if Dafa is really good, have everyone learn it!”
We brought my father-in-law to this nursing home, paid the money, and finished all the procedures. The next day, I went to check on him. The nursing staff and his roommates all complained, “Your father-in-law didn’t sleep the entire night! He talked nonsense, used his cane to smash the small closet, and tried to smash the TV and the door. His roommates couldn’t get any sleep. What can we do if he keeps doing this?”
I was embarrassed and apologized to each person before hurriedly plugging the headset of his audio player to his ear. I asked the staff to help my father-in-law with listening to Dafa lectures.
The next time I went to the nursing home, everyone happily told me, “Your father-in-law is quiet and doesn’t make trouble anymore. This Dafa really works!”
After a few days, my father-in-law’s headphones stopped working. I asked his roommates if it would be okay to play the recording without headphones. They all agreed and said they wanted to hear about Dafa also.
I told the other residents, “This is the foundation of the Buddha Fa. As long as you can listen to it and act according to Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, you all have the hope of improved health.”
I played the recording, and everyone listened intently. I gave each resident a token of Dafa to keep and told them to sincerely recite, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good.” As a result, miracles happened one after another.
Elderly Nursing Home Residents Learn Dafa
Lao Zhang, 66 years old, felt unwell a year ago. His wife accompanied him to a hospital. Following treatment, he became paralyzed. His wife was unable to take care of him and his son had to work, so they sent him to the nursing home where my father-in-law was staying.
While Lao Zhang listened to Dafa recordings, he always sat on the bed to listen attentively and never laid down. A month later, he was able to walk around and also take care of his personal needs. Later, he applied to live in a small room instead of a group dormitory. I gave him a memory card containing Master's lectures and placed it in his audio player.
Lao Zhang was previously depressed after moving into the nursing home since his wife and son seldom visited him. After listening to Dafa, he got better day by day. His wife and son saw hope and started visiting him more often. They also took him home on holidays to stay with them.
Lao Zhang's wife believed in Taoism. One day, she saw me and said, “I don't believe in anything else except Dafa. Every day I recite 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good'. It is Dafa that has saved Lao Zhang. He took off the Dafa amulet hanging around his neck and hung it on the wall at our house.”
Lao Zhang also liked to tell others about Dafa. He shared his audio player with Mr. Yao, another elderly man who could not walk. Mr. Yao had a predestined relationship with the Buddha Fa. He recovered even more quickly than Lao Zhang and could soon walk. He went back home and could even visit the farmers’ market.
Mr. Yao not only lightened the burden on his children but could also help with their work. Many days later, he returned to the nursing home. He had not been able to put down Dafa. He asked Lao Zhang to lend him the audio player so he could listen to it at home. Lao Zhang gave him the memory card I had copied for him and advised Mr. Yao to buy a player. Mr. Yao did so happily and returned home to listen to Dafa.
When Lao Zhang told me about this, I was very happy and copied another memory card containing Dafa lectures for him.
Father And Son Receive Blessings From Dafa
Lao Pan, 62 years old, was in a car accident in which he broke his leg and lost the ability to work. His wife then divorced him. His physical and mental health deteriorated, and he spoke nonsense and often urinated and defecated in his trousers. Lao Pan’s unmarried son sent him to the same nursing home where his father resided.
Lao Pan's father was paralyzed and lay in bed. He was unable to eat properly and had also lost the ability to speak. His children also sent him to the nursing home, where he stayed next to Lao Pan.
This suffering father and son received blessings from Dafa. After about a month of listening to Dafa lecture recordings, Lao Pan began to use the toilet appropriately. He also recovered mentally and spoke normally once again. When Lao Pan returned to normal, he spoke quite humorously and made jokes. Every time I visited the nursing home, he always happily shouted, “My dear elder sister is here!”
Lao Pan's father had been paralyzed for many years, so his legs and hands were stiff. He needed to be fed and had difficulty chewing and swallowing. Although he didn’t say anything, he listened to Master Li's lectures for some time and benefited from it.
One day, I brought some good food to my father-in-law and shared some with his roommates. I took some food and wanted to feed Lao Pan's father. However, he said, “I don't need your help. I can do it myself.”
I thought I had heard wrong, so I asked, “What did you say?” He repeated it. Everyone was surprised, as they had never heard him talk!
I told him, “Please get up!” He used his hands to push on the bed. Little by little, he sat up on the bed and put the food to his mouth.
The staff said happily, “How can this be?!”
I replied, “This is Dafa's mighty power.”
Appreciation of Dafa's Blessings
When Lao Chen was young, his wife died and his only son went to work outside the city. A tumor developed in his brain a few years ago, resulting in his inability to walk and mental problems. He was incontinent and had to wear diapers.
He quietly listened to Dafa lectures and slowly became able to walk to the restroom. He did not need to wear diapers any longer and could also feed himself. He later sat by the bedside to eat and chatted with others.
Lao Chen stayed in the nursing home’s self-care department for two to three years. He developed difficulty urinating, and the hospital determined he had prostatitis. Hospitalization did not cure his illness. The doctor inserted a urinary catheter and transferred him back to the nursing home’s full-care department.
The first night Lao Chen returned to the nursing home, the staff noticed that his catheter was not draining properly. This caused Lao Chen much pain and misery.
The next day, Lao Chen listened to Master Li's lecture recording. He somehow pulled out the catheter and then began to urinate easily without pain! His prostatitis was healed!
Falun Dafa Helps Mr. Lin Abandon Selfishness
Mr. Lin was an 85-year-old with hemiplegia. His wife was also ill, so his children hired a personal care assistant for him. He did not treat this person too well, and she eventually left for other work. Because of Mr. Lin’s attitude, it was difficult to find a replacement. His children had to send him to the nursing home.
One evening, several nursing home residents were attentively listening to recordings of Falun Dafa lectures when Mr. Lin shouted that they were interfering with his sleep. I then told him more about Dafa and the Communist Party’s propaganda against Dafa.
He asked, “If Falun Dafa is so good, then why did your master run off to live in America?”
I said, “Master Li has been teaching Falun Dafa in many other countries. Falun Dafa is of high virtue. Not only do Chinese want to learn, but foreigners do too. In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Dafa. People all over the world support Dafa, but the CCP spreads lies about Dafa.”
Mr. Lin asked, “How many countries are people learning Falun Dafa in now?”
I said, “More than 100 countries and regions.” He no longer contradicted Dafa and began to listen intently.
Mr. Lin understood that Dafa teaches people to be good and value virtue, but his strong selfishness was hard for him to change. While watching the staff clean up after him, he told them that he was finally “getting his money’s worth.” The service worker was incensed upon hearing that.
I bought bananas and gave them out to the residents. I saw that Mr. Lin was already eating a banana, so I did not give him one. When he saw the bananas I gave out were big and good, he then extended his hand and said he wanted some. I said, “I’ll wait until you eat yours, and then I can give you some.”
Later I did give him bananas as promised. The service worker complained, “Mr. Lin is too selfish, so you shouldn’t give him any. He even stole some of your father-in-law's good food.”
I was not angry but instead told Mr. Lin and the others calmly, “Dafa teaches people to be good and to follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. If you want to heal your sickness, you have to try your best to act according to Dafa. Otherwise, your sickness will not be healed.”
As time went on, Mr. Lin no longer behaved selfishly and instead tried to act according to Dafa's requirements. He changed a lot. He stopped calling his son to harass him by saying that he wanted to go home. The staff happily declared, “Mr. Lin has a much better temper!”
Mr. Lin told me with a happy tone, “I didn’t see things clearly before, but now it is much better. Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is a treasure!”
Amazing Recoveries and Benefits from Dafa
One night the nursing home called to inform us that my father-in-law had fallen and injured his head. I was so worried that I wanted my husband to accompany me to the nursing home right away.
He refused to go and said he would wait until the next day. I planned to go by myself, and my husband became angry and hit me. I couldn't understand why he had such a bad temper. It was his father that I wanted to visit, after all. I felt wronged.
However, I remembered that I was a cultivator and would not behave like him. His father was in his 90s and I was very concerned, so I insisted upon going to the nursing home alone and against my husband’s wishes.
When I arrived at the nursing home, my father-in-law had a dressing on his head, but he seemed okay. I felt assured. He was moved to tears and said, “It’s so late and you still came to see me. My daughter-in-law is so kind and loyal!”
Before I left, I instructed him, “Recite 'Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’.” His head injury healed in only two to three days. Everyone was amazed!
An elderly lady received burns on her leg when she was scalded by boiling water. Dressings and medicine didn’t heal her leg. A staff member sat beside her and recited the phrases I had taught her, and soon her leg injury was healed. The people in the nursing home later said, “Falun Dafa is a treasure!”
Every time I went to the nursing home, everyone looked deeply happy. The staff remarked, “Look at how welcomed you are! Not only are we all happy to see you, but also we feel good and want to smile when you’re around us!”
For most of these elderly people, their families only visited them once a month. Some visited a few days a year, and some only sent money. The residents all wanted attention from their families. I sympathized with them and treated them as my loved ones.
Once, I visited my father-in-law. I scratched his back and then fed him good food. An elderly man gave a thumbs up and said, “You’re the best! I like to look at you since you always smile. If my daughter-in-law could be like you, that would be great!”
I said, “It is not I who is good; it is Dafa that is good. My master wants us to be good to everyone, not to mention family members. Ask your daughter-in-law to study Dafa. She will do better if she learns it.”
Falun Dafa Reshaped Me
This is all I will say for now. In fact, I still have a lot of experiences to report to Master, which is the result of Master's merciful salvation of me. I have cared for the elderly in my family with the principles and compassion cultivated from Dafa. Now they have followed others to practice Dafa and benefit from Dafa.
My uncle remarked, “If Dafa practitioners all behave like you, the whole society should learn Dafa!”
Another relative said, “When mentioning you, all our village folks know you are good. Good things spread thousands of miles.”
It is Dafa that reshaped me. If I had not been fortunate enough to meet Master Li and learn Falun Dafa, I dare not imagine what I would be like! Thanks to venerable Master and Dafa for creating a healthy, beautiful, kind, and confident me!