Returning to Dafa and Regaining a New Life
(Minghui.org) I was so moved after reading the Minghui Weekly magazine that I decided to share my cultivation experience with other practitioners.
I Quit Smoking and Drinking
I am 68 years old this year. Before I began to practice Falun Dafa, I had many illnesses, including high blood pressure, ulcers, cholecystitis, gastritis and a slipped disk. I smoked and drank every day and could not work.
I began to practice Falun Dafa in the summer of 2001. I read the book Zhuan Falun, and the next day my body began to be purified. For two full days, I was in the bathroom. Afterward, I felt good and all my illnesses were gone.
One day, I had a headache and asked my wife to massage my head. She said: “No wonder you have a headache. You drink too much. Every day I see you drinking.”
Master Li Hongzhi spoke about excessive drinking in his lectures:
“There are people who really take to the bottle, and have a great affinity for alcohol. And there are some who drink to the point of alcoholism and just have to have it; meals without it aren’t even appealing to them.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Was that me, I wondered? My hands shook as I held my cup. I then became determined to stop my drinking and smoking. The next morning, my son poured me a drink. Not paying attention to what I was doing, I took a sip. It did not taste right. I asked my family if anyone had altered the alcohol. My wife replied that no one had touched it, so she took a sip and said there was nothing unusual. I lit up a cigarette. It did not taste right either and smelled like burnt vegetable leaves. I immediately stopped these chronic addictions.
Now I was alcohol-free after 30 years of drinking and smoke-free after 40 years of smoking. All my illnesses were gone, and my health significantly improved. My wife and family were happy to see the changes in me.
Several other practitioners and I went to the countryside to deliver pamphlets about Falun Dafa and the persecution. Someone who did not know the truth about Falun Dafa reported us to the police. We were held in a detention center for sixteen days. When I returned home, my wife, children and relatives were afraid and no longer wanted me to practice. I thought to myself, “This practice is wonderful, and my illnesses are all gone. Nothing could make me stop practicing Dafa!”
My wife died of cancer in March of 2011. My son also committed a crime and was imprisoned. Having lost hope, I stopped studying the Fa. I began to drink again and spent my time playing Mahjong.
I developed a serious stomachache in 2014. My daughter drove me to the hospital, where tests indicated a stomach ulcer, cholecystitis, and pancreatic cancer. I had to have surgery on my pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, stomach and duodenum. The doctor told my daughter that I had less than two years to live. My weight dropped from 120 pounds to 90. I was weak and needed pills to stay alive. I could only eat porridge and had to rest for 30 minutes after each meal.
Returning to Dafa
A practitioner I knew came for a visit in June 2016 and saw me struggling to walk. He asked about my cultivation, and I told him I had stopped studying the Fa and doing the exercises for more than four years. He said, “You must return to cultivation! Start studying the Fa!”
I asked if Master Li would still watch over me. He responded that Master would definitely take care of me.
“As your Master, I can't leave behind a single disciple...” (“Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VI)
He told me about a Fa-study group near my home, so I began to attend. At first, I had trouble catching my breath while studying the Fa. In less than two weeks, my health recovered. I could read the Fa without losing my breath, my stomach no longer hurt after each meal, and my blood pressure returned to normal. For three years now, I have not taken a single pill and can complete all my chores. Master saved me once again!
I fell off a chair while cleaning one day in the winter of 2017 and broke my left arm. It swelled up immediately, and my children and neighbors urged me to go to the hospital. I declined because Master would take care of me. They were all skeptical. I remained determined and studied the Fa and did the exercises as usual. On the third day, my arm was no longer swollen.
All my neighbors said, “Falun Dafa is amazing! He did not even take medication, and it healed in just two days. Even for a young person, healing would take much longer.”
I will fulfill my sacred vow by cultivating diligently, doing the three things asked of practitioners, save more people, and help Master with Fa-rectification.