(Minghui.org) I am a retired secondary school teacher who stepped on the path of cultivation in July 1995. Recalling 20-plus years of cultivation experience, I’m filled with gratitude for Master’s compassion.
I could not have broken through the trials and tribulations on my cultivation path without Master’s benevolent protection.
Master Protected Me During Accidents
I was cooking rice in the kitchen one morning in the winter of 1998, when I heard a “bang.” I looked around, and noticed that the pressure cooker had jumped from the range to the floor. After that, it jumped another three times. The lid then cracked, with a “poof” sound.
Rice soup mixed with grains of rice squirted out, and my hair and clothes were covered with sticky rice. In addition, the walls and ceiling were covered with rice and rice soup. When my family heard the sound, they came running from another room.
They were dumbfounded upon seeing me. Even though my hair and clothes were covered with hot rice soup, my face and hands were not harmed. They were amazed. I knew that Master had protected me.
Another incident took place in 2020, when I was at an intersection and ready to cross the road. Suddenly from my left side, a black sedan ran over my left foot. The car didn’t stop and took off.
I felt extreme pain in my left foot. When I moved it slightly, I heard a “crunching” sound. I then heard a voice in my head, telling me, “You are fine, Vajra’s indestructible body can’t be crushed!” I immediately calmed down and said to myself, “I’m fine, I’m fine.” I gritted my teeth and stumbled across the crosswalk. When passersby saw me, they tried to stay away from me.
Right then, a voice was asking me, “You can’t go home, what should you do?” I thought, “My foot is fine. I’ll still need to go out to clarify the facts about Falun Dafa to people.”
That voice then said to me, “After one night’s sleep, you’ll be fine.” I replied, “No, I’m fine now.” I then limped to the bus stop. After I got on the bus, a young man offered me his seat.
After I came home, my husband asked me what happened. I told him about the incident. He suggested that I go to the hospital for an x-ray, but I said I was fine, and that I could walk. I asked him not to worry about me. The next morning, after I got up, my entire foot was quite swollen.
As a result, I had to put on larger shoes before heading out. My husband asked me, “Are you still going out?” I replied, “Yes, I am! I’m fine!”
Letting Go of Self-Interest: Rectifying Myself
Since I began practicing Falun Dafa, I strictly followed the Dafa principles at work. The two classes I taught both were key courses.
Every year when the holidays arrived, students’ parents would give gifts to the class teacher as well as the main subject teacher, to maintain a good relationship. These gifts also included gift cards. I declined everything.
However, when I couldn’t return the gifts, I’d buy items in the same price range and then give them back that way. I also made use of my vacation time to tutor students free of charge. I was praised by students and their parents for this.
I was arrested and taken to the police station for handing out truth-clarification materials in 2001. Police officers pressured me to tell them the source of those materials; I didn’t tell them.
I was interrogated after being handcuffed to an iron chair, and the police refused to let me use the restroom.
They decided to take me to the detention center. However before leaving, the deputy director of the police station and some officers came to interrogate me.
“Since I began to practice Falun Dafa,” I said, “I have been a good person. I’ve never accepted gifts from students, but provided tutorials free of charge in my spare time. Handing out informational materials is telling people the facts of Dafa. What’s wrong with that?”
He listened to me and seemed to understand. Then, he just sat there without asking anything else.
He only said, “You can go.” By then, I had been illegally held at the detention center for one month.
After I returned to work, the principal simply told me to resume my work by teaching the two classes that I was teaching before being arrested.
When I walked into the classroom the next morning, every student welcomed me back by applauding loudly. I was almost moved to tears.
I felt that I had followed the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” and risked my life to validate compassion and the preciousness of Dafa, which has gained worldly people’s recognition.
Being Honest and Truthful
Our school set the criteria for being acknowledged as a senior staff member in 2004. Everyone must publish two papers, plus obtain a certificate from passing a computer exam.
Most of the staff didn’t know how to use a computer. Therefore, the school organized a training class. I also took part in it, but I didn’t learn much.
An exam was held a month later. I was in a hurry, and when the time was up, I couldn’t finish.
The teacher who was supervising the exam happened to be the parent of one of my students. She told me she’d take care of my exam paper for me and I could just leave.
Afterwards, the more I thought about it, the more uneasy I felt. Wasn’t that falsifying the results?
How could someone like me who cultivates Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance do this kind of thing? Therefore, I went to the principal in charge of the assessment and asked that they withdraw my application.
Right then, the principal said that since I had worked for so many years and had done a great job all along, it’d be such a pity for me to withdraw my application. She also mentioned since I’d retire next year, I wouldn’t have another chance to get this credential.
I said immediately that I must follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in everything I do and wouldn’t feel regret.
My coworker later shared with me that one time, the principal said to a staff member in her office, “What I regretted the most was so-and-so didn’t get promoted, whereas for some other people, even though their names were short-listed, I didn’t quite feel they were qualified.”
Thinking back on my 20-plus-year path of cultivation, every step was permeated with Master’s compassionate protection. There was joy after seeing sentient beings learning the truth, and also regret for things I didn’t do properly.
In the limited time left, I will do the three things well and walk my path well, so as to live up to Master’s expectation.
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