(Minghui.org) I was born in the countryside in 1945 and, growing up, I attended only elementary school. In October 1997, I was on the brink of death. However, this is when I began to practice Falun Dafa. Dafa saved my life! I have since walked steadfastly on the path of returning to my true self. There are no words to express my gratitude to Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa) and Dafa’s saving grace. I have experienced one tribulation after another, but Master has saved me time after time.
Listening to Master’s Lectures When I Was Critically Ill
Prior to practicing Dafa, I had so many illnesses, including rheumatism, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and hyperthyroidism. I had been bedridden for four years and was completely disabled. All our family’s savings were spent on my medical expenses. I finally stopped eating and drinking for nearly two weeks. Due to my rapid decline, my family began to prepare for my funeral.
During this time, a friend came to visit and said to my husband, “Can I ask you to bring her to my home to listen to Master Li's lecture recordings?” My husband replied, “You have guts. She hasn’t eaten for 13 days. We’ve already started preparing for her funeral.” My friend replied, “Don’t worry; let’s give it a try.”
My husband carried me on his back to her home. Several other Falun Gong practitioners also came by. We listened to Master’s lectures, with me lying on the couch. Afterward, everyone left, and I was there alone. I thought, “What should I do?” Then I firmly held this thought, “I have to go home as well.” So I just got up off the couch and walked home by myself.
Upon seeing me, my family was stunned. They couldn’t believe I could still walk. Finally, they said, “Falun Dafa is truly amazing! Wonderful!” I felt truly grateful for having been saved by Dafa and Master. Tears kept rolling down my face. I finally had hope in life!
From then on, I set my mind on cultivating Dafa and diligently studied the Fa and did the exercises. I am now in good health. I also often recite Master’s poems:
“Study the Fa and gain the Fa,Focus on how you study and cultivate,Let each and every thingbe measured against the Fa.Only then, with that,is it actually cultivation.” (“Solid Cultivation,” Hong Yin)
“Dafa is what you carry everywhere,Zhen Shan Ren, rooted in the mind;A great Arhat walks the earth,Gods and demons fear with awe.” (“Benevolent Might,” Hong Yin)
“In life, nothing sought,In death, regretting naught;Washing away all wrong thought,Buddhahood, with lessadversity, is wrought.” (“Nothing Kept,” Hong Yin)
Firmly Following Dafa Amidst the Persecution
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched its persecution of Falun Dafa in July 1999, I went with other practitioners to help people know about the goodness of Dafa and I clarified the truth to them.
The CCP fabricated the staged “self-immolation” incident to frame Dafa and provide grounds to persecute practitioners more cruelly. My husband was deceived by the news on TV and said I should stop practicing since the government didn’t allow it. I replied, “Master gave me a new life; how could I stop practicing?!”
I kept clarifying the truth about Dafa to my husband, telling him how the Party was afraid of losing its control over the populace because too many people practiced Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The CCP then disseminated many rumors to defame Dafa. My husband acknowledged what I said. Afterward, I cultivated persistently.
Back then, the persecution was severe. However, I kept reciting Master’s poems and firmly stepped forward to clarify the truth, validate Dafa, and save sentient beings. I mailed letters to people, clarified the facts to police offices, worked with local practitioners to put up notices, and handed out informational materials.
Due to a lack of in-depth Fa-study and having loopholes in my cultivation, I was arrested five times and illegally detained at a forced labor camp for two years. My home was also ransacked, and I was fined quite a few times.
When I returned home in August 2006, the environment was very tense. My whole family put pressure on me to stop practicing Dafa. I wondered what I should do. Dafa not only saved me, but is extremely precious. Whoever obtains Dafa is most fortunate and should never give it up. So I began to study the Fa intensively and recite Master’s poems. When I firmed up my mind to cultivate all the way to the end, my family was no longer against me.
Master Mended My Broken Bones
My friend’s child held a wedding ceremony in January 2008. I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the truth and help people quit the CCP. It snowed that day, and the roads were very slippery. Before reaching the hotel, I fell and broke my left wrist.
My family forced me to go to the hospital. When the doctor saw my wrist, I begged Master for help. I stuck out my left hand, using my right hand to hold it up. I said from deep down, “Master, please help me mend my wrist bone.” Instantly, I heard a cracking sound. When the doctor examined it, he said, “Your wrist is back to normal.” So he just wrapped my wrist in gauze and sent me home.
On my way home, I found that I couldn’t put pressure on my legs and had trouble walking. The next day, my son drove me to the hospital for an x-ray after he learned about my fall. It was determined that my left femur was badly fractured. The doctor wanted to admit me to the hospital. The cost would have been 35,000 yuan, and there was no guarantee it would be properly mended. Moreover, I had to sign a document declaring that if I didn’t get healed, I’d assume full responsibility.
When a friend who is a doctor saw my x-ray, he said, “Your situation is serious. I can guarantee that it won’t be healed.”
I decided to go home without getting treated. I thought that practitioners have no illnesses. However, my husband bought me eight packets of Chinese medicine and forced me to take one. At that time, I thought my life was given to me by Master.
“The falun will protect those who genuinely do our practice. My roots are planted in this universe, and so someone would have to be able to harm me in order to harm you, which means that they would have to have the power to harm this universe.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)
I enlightened that I must believe in Master and Dafa and be a true practitioner. I must let go of my attachment to being ill, as I had no illness. So I decided to stop taking the medication and asked my nephew to help me. When my husband prepared the medication, I told my nephew to dump it into an empty thermos bottle, then take it away.
After my husband thought I had taken all eight packets of the medication, he wanted to get more. I told him, “Stop. I didn’t take any of the medications that you bought before; I tossed them out. If you don’t believe me, go ask my nephew.” He was dumbfounded. As the Chinese New Year was around the corner, he didn’t go to get more.
After the New Year, my husband said forcefully, “If you stop taking the medication, we will not take care of you.” Sure enough, after my daughter brought me two cases of instant noodles, my husband locked the door and left. Nobody came to see me after that. I was home all alone.
I lacked strength in my left hand and foot. With nobody looking after me, I wondered what I should do. With firm belief in Master and Dafa, I studied the Fa intensively, and copied many of Master’s poems and put them on the wall so I could keep reciting them. I also endured the pain and leaned against the wall for support to do the exercises. But I had trouble doing the sitting meditation.
Right then, Master arranged for a fellow practitioner to visit, to help me enlighten. I told him, “I stopped doing the sitting meditation three weeks ago.” He said, “You must do it.” I enlightened right away. Then I began to endure severe pain to do the sitting medication every day, I went from doing it for a few seconds, then for a minute. Gradually, I could sit longer and did all five sets of the exercises every day. I can now sit for two hours.
When my neighbors learned that my family didn’t take care of me, they all thought I would die alone. But under Master’s protection and empowerment, along with my persistent efforts, I made a breakthrough in this life-and-death trial. The fact that I was able to snap out of this tribulation really impressed people and made them think very highly of me.
Evil Spirits Chased Away by My Righteous Thoughts
Four days after I had the fall, as soon as I went to bed after sending forth righteous thoughts, I became immobile. I saw four male ghosts with black cloths covering their faces, come up to me with the intent of taking me away. I fought them off and insisted on not going with them. I said, “I practice Falun Dafa. I have Master taking care of me. You don’t deserve to take charge of me. I will only go with Master.” They had to run away. Under Master’s protection, I was saved again.
My daughter, who was in bed and shared the same room with me, said, “Mom, what were you doing? Your humming scared me to death. I was so petrified I had to cover my head with my duvet so I could sleep.”
After I was fully awake, I sat up and said to her, “My daughter, I was fighting with four evil ghosts. Our battle lasted for 45 minutes. It was so perilous. When they wanted to take me with them, I said I would only go with my Master. Upon hearing that, they had to run away. Master saved me again!” My daughter replied, “Are you for real?” I said, “People who practice Falun Dafa never lie!”
This experience made me become more steadfast in my cultivation. When I studied the Fa, did the exercises, went out to clarify the facts to people, sent forth righteous thoughts to dismantle the persecution, or ran into frictions among people, I always recited Master’s words:
“Or when faced with what seems impossible, and even if others say so, try to keep this in mind, and see if it might just be possible. I believe that if you can do that, you will always find that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
When I wasn’t afraid of hardship and cultivated diligently, miraculous things happened, unexpectedly, one after another. For example, Master adjusted my body in different phases. When my xinxing improved, and I did the three things well, I heard clicking sounds when this was happening. After my body was adjusted, I felt extremely comfortable. In a few years, I became more and more healthy. In 2011, when we built a new house, I took on every type of hard labor.
I am 76 years old. Since I experienced the various political movements under the evil regime, I couldn’t be clearer about the deceptive and violent nature of the CCP. So when I use my personal experience to reveal the true nature of the CCP and to validate Dafa’s goodness, it is easy for people to believe me.
I still have room for improvement and many of my attachments need to be eliminated. In order to help save more sentient beings, I have to put in more effort to be diligent, so as not to be undeserving of benevolent Master’s saving grace.
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