(Minghui.org) “Your mother seems to get younger every day—it's amazing!”
I often hear people say things like that to me. When I do, I am proud to answer, “Of course, she practices Falun Dafa!”
My mother is 75 years old this year, and hardly has any gray hair. Her teeth are healthy and strong, and her hearing is crystal clear.
Most importantly, she is bursting with energy. She rides her bike everywhere to tell people about the goodness of Falun Dafa, and also to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners under the communist regime in China. Sometimes, she can even ride uphill faster than the younger folks.
Finding Falun Dafa
My mother was born to a poor family and had a difficult childhood. By the time she was middle-aged, she suffered from multiple illnesses.
Once, when I was in high school, I remember that one of my classmates told me that an old granny was waiting for me outside. I went outside and saw my mother. Her dark, yellowish complexion was weary as she stood with her back hunched over. I was embarrassed to tell to my classmate that she was my mother.
In 1998, my mother took up Falun Dafa in hopes of improving her health. She soon recovered from her many symptoms, and the recovery was so rapid that my father was very impressed and began to practice as well.
However, when the Chinese Communist Party began its persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999, my father stopped his practice out of fear. He tried to stop my mother from practicing, but she remained steadfast.
My father later became ill and passed away just a few years ago.
An Amazing Recovery
One day about ten years ago, my mother felt dizzy all of a sudden. She collapsed into her bed. That night, she vomited half a bucket of blood and felt awful. Though she stopped vomiting the next day, she couldn’t get out of bed or eat any food.
My father was worried. He called on our relatives to come the next day and help carry my mother to a hospital.
In the middle of the night, my mother became well, like she was never sick before. She got up at 3 a.m. to take a shower and then did the Falun Dafa exercises. She even fixed breakfast before everyone else got up.
When the relatives rushed into our house in the morning, they couldn’t believe what they saw – my mother was eating breakfast like nothing happened.
A Run-in with the Authorities
Every morning, my mother would go out to tell people the facts of Falun Dafa.
Last year, someone reported her to the police and the police tracked her down through surveillance cameras. They seized her on the street, took her bag, and dragged her into a police car. An officer tried to handcuff her.
In that moment, the first thing that came to her mind was to prevent the officer from committing crimes against innocent people, and that she must help these police understand why it was wrong to suppress Falun Dafa practitioners.
“Handcuffs are for bad people. I didn’t hurt anyone. Falun Dafa practitioners carry ourselves based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Read the fliers and see for yourself,” she said.
She then gave them some examples, “When my neighbors fought tooth and nail for a well, not even the officials could resolve their problem. I reasoned with them following my understanding of the Falun Dafa teachings and taught them how to be more accepting. The conflicts soon went away.”
“A friend had argued with her daughter-in-law for years. I told her how I toned down my temper and stopped fighting back because of the teachings. My reward was that all of my illnesses disappeared. This friend listened to me and stopped fighting with her daughter-in-law. There are many more examples of the benefits that Falun Dafa has brought.”
One of the officers lowered his voice, “What do we do with such a nice person?”
Another officer shushed him.
“We don’t care. We are just following orders.”
They took my mother to the police station.
She told the officers at the station about how good is rewarded and evil is punished. The police chief shouted and warned my mother of the consequences if she continued to speak such things. As he shouted, the phone rang.
He answered, “Yes, we are interrogating her.”
He then turned around and lowered his voice, “We didn’t beat her or scold her, what law did I break? I do everything by the book.”
After he hung up the phone, he continued to threaten my mother. The phone rang again. He said a few words on the phone quietly and hung up. The phone rang again.
The chief reluctantly said, “Free her, now.”
A police car was parked on the street; two officers stood next to it. My mother walked over to them and said, “Li and Wan, looks like you two are on duty today?”
They looked at each other and asked how she knew them.
“You must’ve forgotten,” she replied, “that over 20 years ago, you two tried to force me to renounce Falun Dafa in the brainwashing center.”
My mother continued, “I still practice it, and for the past two decades, I haven’t needed to see a doctor. I went from being someone near death to a picture of health, despite my 75 years. The practice makes people healthy and ethical, and yet the communist government wants us to renounce it.”
The officers laughed, and one said, “You have such a good memory and sound mind. It’s amazing for a person in her 70s. Falun Dafa is indeed outstanding.”
“We saved the country a tremendous amount of medical expenses and enhanced the morality of our society. If the country is full of people like us, the police would be much less busy,” said my mother. “Unfortunately, the communist regime fabricated fake news and turned you against us. You are the real victims here.”
“Falun Dafa has spread to over 100 countries through word of mouth. Over 100 million people are practicing it. Wouldn’t you say it is a good practice?” she asked the officers.
They responded at the same time, “Yes!”
My mother then helped them quit the Party.
The Kindness of Strangers
Once, my mother saw a woman sitting by a river by herself. She went over and started chatting with her.
In time, the conversation shifted to health, and my mother shared how she regained her own health through practicing Falun Dafa. She urged the woman to quit the communist regime and keep in mind that “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
The woman stood up and hugged my mother with tears running down her face.
People who wake up to the truth often bring my mother to tears. Sometimes vendors, after learning the truth about Falun Dafa, try to refuse to take money from her when she buys things from them.
Seeing her on her bike, people often comment about her youthful vitality and spirit.
“The way you move isn’t like an old person at all! ”
Indeed, my mother’s spirit and appearance are the manifestation of Falun Dafa’s amazing power. People who know my mother often say that she is evidence of just how extraordinary the practice is.
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