Remembering Cultivation Truths after a Fall
(Minghui.org) I am a 66-year-old farmer in Shandong Province. I have practiced Falun Dafa for 22 years.
It took a serious accident to remind me of my cultivation responsibilities.
There was an elm tree in our yard, and several of its big branches hung over my younger brother's house. My sister-in-law asked my husband many times to cut the branches, since they might damage their house, especially during the rainy season. However, my husband was busy and did not do it right away.
Eventually, I urged my husband to cut the branches. When he did, some of them fell onto the neighboring roof, and my husband did not bother to clean them up. My sister-in-law kept asking me to take care of them, so I became anxious. My husband did not have time, so I asked my older brother for help. He cleaned off some of the larger branches, while I tried to gather the smaller ones, but I lost my balance and ended up falling, rolling off a meter-high wall. My brother helped me stand up. Silently, I asked Master to help me.
After my brother left, my legs were trembling uncontrollably. I sat down. Only my grandson and I were at home, so he found a stick I could use as a cane. Even so, I was only able to take tiny steps. I was worried that my family might want to take me to the hospital if they found out about my accident, so I called a practitioner. When she arrived, I was covered in sweat and couldn’t move my left leg.
She asked me to stand up. “I can’t,” I told her. “Maybe I have a broken bone.” I then realized that this thought was wrong.
My grandson ran out to get his father, and my husband came home after work. They insisted on taking me to the hospital. At first I refused, until the practitioner said, “Your righteous thoughts are not strong. If you think your bones are broken, you can go to the hospital.” I agreed, and my son carried me to the car.
The practitioner went along. On the way, we kept sending righteous thoughts. I asked Master to help me, since I did not want to have to stay at the hospital.
We recited Master Li's poem repeatedly:
“To consummate yourself, reaping Buddhahood,Let joy be found in hardship.Physical pains count little as suffering,Indeed, cultivating mind is hardest.Each and every barrier must be broken through,And everywhere does evil lurk.Abundant troubles rain down together,All to see: Can you pull through?The world’s miseries endured,One departs the earth a Buddha.” (“Tempering the Will,” Hong Yin)
After x-rays and other tests, I was told that my hipbone was fractured. The doctor said that the local hospital could not treat me and suggested that I go to a larger hospital in the provincial capital.
When I heard this, my thoughts became clear and firm: “I will follow Master's arrangement. I believe in Master and Dafa 100 percent.”
I told my husband that I would go home to practice Falun Dafa. My husband agreed. He is not a practitioner himself but knows that Dafa is powerful.
On the way home, I kept reciting:
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardshipHaving forged an adamantine willFree of attachment to living or dyingHe walks the path of Fa-rectificationconfident and poised”(“Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions,” Hong Yin Vol. II)
While every bump on the road caused me significant pain, I considered that it was Master healing my injured bones.
“When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
The practitioner accompanying me kept encouraging me, helping me to recite the Fa and send righteous thoughts.
When we arrived home later that night, I couldn’t move. Four people had to carry me to the bed. My son called a local doctor, who came and put me on an IV and left. Ten minutes later I was short of breath. My husband called the doctor and stopped the IV. The doctor came and said that it was just a saline solution. My family told the doctor, “Her body cannot tolerate medicine. Do not give her any medication.”
My son and my husband explained that I had not taken any medication for more than 20 years—ever since I began practicing Falun Dafa. They told the doctor that Falun Dafa had given me great health.
Since I had not passed the first test well, the second one came almost immediately.
The next day, my son brought me some bone medicine that cost over 500 yuan. Gathering around my bed, my family members kept urging me to take it. I knew that Master was looking after me and that I would be healed without needing any medication. But looking at the anxious faces around me and thinking about all the money my son had spent to buy me medicine, I felt very bad to let them down.
“Master, I will take this. Please let me throw it up afterward,” I thought.
Soon after I drank the medicine, my abdomen swelled up and my face turned purple. My family members were scared. I immediately knew I had made a mistake and should not have taken it. I asked Master to help me.
That evening, several practitioners came to my home. I told them what had happened. One of them said, “Although your family knows Dafa is good, they are not practitioners. It's natural for them to worry about you. It was a test of your affection for your family. You should put it down.” We studied Zhuan Falun that night.
With the help of my fellow practitioners, I looked inward. I found that I had caused the recent series of incidents, because I had not cultivated my xinxing well.
First, when my sister-in-law complained to me multiple times about the tree branches, I was unhappy and did not put myself in her shoes. After I fell, I took medicine despite my belief, simply because I was afraid my family members would be worried or unhappy. When my grandson handed me a walking stick, I accepted and used it. All the troubles had been caused by me, because my personal values were not completely correct and my mind was not righteous.
As soon as I understood all that I had done wrong, Master cleansed my body. That night, the pain in my abdomen noticeably lessened.
My sister-in-law came to visit me. Seeing me lying in bed, she said, “If I’d known that this was going to happen, I would never have asked you to clean the branches off the roof, even if they damaged the whole thing!”
“No, it's all my fault,” I apologized to her sincerely. “I should thank you. It is a good opportunity for me to improve.”
Once my xinxing improved, my body changed, too. At first, I was bedridden, unable to move. My abdomen was as big as a pregnant woman. After I looked inward, I was able to turn over in bed the third day. Within a week, my abdomen was no longer swollen.
Every evening, a group of practitioners came to my house and studied the Fa with me. On the eighth evening, three practitioners helped me sit up in bed. I was able to sit for a full half-hour as we studied the Fa, although they had to help me lie down afterward.
The next day, I asked Master to help me so that I would be able to sit up and lie down on my own again. I succeeded. I even tried to do the sitting meditation. At first, my left leg had to remain straight, but I was soon able to cross my legs and sit in the double lotus position.
On the twelfth day, I walked on my own to another room. My husband was shocked to see me walking. He said, “Your Master has helped you walk. You were not walking on your own before!”
Once I was able to stand up, I began to do all five exercises. No matter much my legs hurt, I did the sitting meditation for at least 30 minutes. Soon, I was able to do it for a full hour. Meanwhile, I intensified my Fa study by listening to the lecture recording.
During those days, Master kept cleansing my body. Now, I can do household chores as usual, such as cooking and cleaning. I told everyone who visited me how Dafa saved me. My family members, relatives, and neighbors were all amazed by the power of Falun Dafa. My husband told me that everyone thought I would be bedridden for at least six months and that now they are all saying to each other, “It's amazing! She recovered in one month!”
I have practiced Falun Dafa for 22 years. From day one of my practice, I knew that I would never stop. I am illiterate. I cannot read Zhuan Falun, so I listen to the recordings instead. My enlightenment quality is not great, but I do know that Dafa is boundless and that Master is always with me. When fellow practitioners remind me of something, I know it is Master who has arranged for them to tell me.
I also wish to tell everyone that Falun Dafa is wonderful! Today, as disasters abound, frequently, reciting in your heart “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” will bring you blessings and protection!