PureInsight | September 11, 2011
[PureInsight.org] I began to practice when I was very young and later lost my way on the cultivation path. Fortunately, some fellow practitioners helped me and I was able to continue diligently.
1. Master's caring after I began to cultivate
When recalling the past, I feel Master's compassion is boundless but there is no way for me to repay it. Only by looking inward and doing the three things well can I not let down Master and his compassionate salvation.
My family was living by a hill, and my father made a living by carrying passengers with a tricycle. My mother stayed at home, raising chickens and growing vegetables. Around us were woods and graveyards. There used to be three families living there, but two moved elsewhere. As a result, only my family of three remained. We had difficulty making ends meet, let alone having money to relocate to another place. Mother believed in Buddhism and always wished us a happy life. When I was about 14 months old, I developed an illness of the large intestine and suffered fever, vomiting blood, and pneumonia. I was hospitalized three times, making my poor family even more miserable. There were pythons and many types of snakes in the nearby woods, some of which often stole the chicken eggs. My father hired someone to catch more than 10 cobras, but then one day his shoulders could not move anymore. Mother paid a witch and asked her for help. Although my father recovered soon, my family began to have animal spirit possession. As a result, we often ran into problems and my father faced lawsuits as well. In addition, every evening at 10:30pm, both my ears would become reddish and I would have a fever. I could not fell asleep until 3am. This continued for several nights. My father had to work far away from home and there were no neighbors living close by to help us. What could we do?
At that time, I was less than three years old. My mother was really worried about my condition. She burned incense and begged Buddha for help. There was some improvement over the first several nights, so she continued and sincerely worshipped Buddha to help us. Finally, at about 2am on the ninth night, a gust of wind came with a giant, rotating fire ball, which drove away the animal spirit possession. My mother thanked Buddha for the help we had received. When looking back, I realized that Master always took care of us back then, although we did not know it.
In 1996, when I was eight years old, my father used a tricycle to send us to Master’s video lectures. Mother brought back a set of Falun Dafa books and videotapes. We were very touched as we felt this was the master and the Buddha we had been looking for. We cleaned up the house, stopped worshipping other spirits, and began to practice Falun Dafa with determination. I also began to learn the exercises and was able to meditate in full-lotus position.
One day I was playing with other children in a park. They all went to a shared fridge and stole drinks from it except me, since I thought it a bad deed. When standing alone on a rock in the park, I suddenly felt as if I no longer existed. Somehow, the drivers of the cars going back and forth were no longer live humans, but skeletons. Even the chickens walking by were moving bones. I told my mother about it, but she was not surprised and said it was normal. During the days when Dafa was spreading to more and more people, I saw clouds in the sky moving towards one direction, just like animals or birds that run away before a catastrophe. I asked mother to take a look. She told me it was Mater’s Fa that drove away degenerate substances in various dimensions. At that time, I was diligent and studied the Fa every day. As time continued, however, I slacked off and played computer games every day among other activities I enjoyed. One day, I went with other children to a nearby water reservoir and was almost drowned. My mother was worried about my situation, but she could not do anything.
One day in 1999 before the persecution started, mother was watching Master’s video lecture. I watched for a while and fell asleep. When I awoke, I suddenly jumped up and started to run around the room, “How can this be? Someone is dying!” Although Master’s Fa-lecture was still playing, I nonetheless rolled back and forth on the floor, screaming loudly. At first mother was stunned by my actions, but soon she realized this might be due to animal spirit possession. She spoke aloud, “Master’s Fashen is here. Who dares to mess around?! If you continue to stay here and interfere, the Fa will not allow your existence anymore!” I was struggling out of terror and mother could not stop me. She said to me, “Master’s energy field is here and the evil has no place to hide. What is dying is an animal, not you. Please calm down and don’t be afraid.” After about half an hour, I became exhausted from the jumping and rolling. Then I knocked my head against the corner of a wall and it began to bleed. It was indeed a scary scene. Mother said, “It is all right now. Master has eliminated the evil.” I was sleepy and slept for a whole day. After waking up, everything went back to normal as if nothing had happened. Mother said to me, “Master has saved you. We should be grateful for that. There is no way for us to return this gesture except to study the Fa and cultivate diligently.” I did not fully understand her words, but I did remember that Master saved me.
2. Cultivate diligently
After the persecution started, CCP (Chinese Communist Party) agents searched my home. Mother was not home at the time, so I hid one copy of Zhuan Falun and three Falun emblems. But the remaining Dafa books were all confiscated. Later, I went to college without interference and I knew it was because of Master's caring. I always took a handwritten copy of Zhuan Falun with me. Later, I gradually slacked off and even joined the CCP.
Although we did not have a connection with other practitioners, mother continued to study Zhuan Falun and do the exercises. But she did not know what to do. Later, police took away that copy of Zhuan Falun. Mother was very anxious and asked me to get in touch with other practitioners. Finally I met other practitioners and was able to access the Clearwisdom website. Up until then, I knew I had been wrong by listening to the CCP and even joining it. I immediately announced on the Epoch Times website that I was quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I also began to study Master's new articles and do the three things including helping others to quit the CCP. When I was riding my bike one day in November 2008, a motorcycle hit me and damaged my bike. I did not ask the motorcycle rider for money, but instead helped him to get up. I also took the opportunity to tell him to quit the organizations affiliated with the CCP and he agreed.
Some practitioners wanted to launch additional truth-clarification material production sites and asked for my help. I went there, downloaded the materials, and told them how to use the internet. The practitioners were very happy. As Dafa disciples, we should eliminate the barriers between us and walk well the Fa-rectification path together. An elderly female practitioner once told the police about mother and I when she faced pressure. She felt guilty about it and we forgave her. We are Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples and we have great responsibilities in saving sentient beings. We have to do it well.
In “Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference,” Master said, “Dafa disciples' personal cultivation and improvement are no longer an issue, nor is Dafa disciples' achieving Consummation. Right now, one important thing that needs to be attended to is the matter of how to save more sentient beings, and it is something Dafa disciples are to accomplish during their current process of achieving Consummation. This is Dafa disciples' mission, a duty that cannot be shirked, something that they must do and must complete.” I kept these words in my mind. Wherever I went, I always took a USB drive with me and tried to talk with people as well as provide them with the tools to overcome any internet blockage. When visiting friends or going to parties, I always clarify the truth to people to save them.
It was not easy to find a job after graduating from college, but I did not care much about money, thinking things would be all right as long as I could make a living. I found a job with flexible working hours, which allowed more time for me to do the three things safely. I also traveled a long distance to help my friend’s business and found some opportunities to clarify the truth. My experience is that, if we can interact with others in a sincere and compassionate manner, it will be easier for us to clarify the truth.
My grandfather is 84 years old and was well-known in the neighborhood as he resisted three Japanese soldiers on his own to protect the entire village when Japan invaded China decades ago. I tried to clarify the facts to him, but he did not listen and started to yell loudly. After he calmed down, I said to him, “Grandpa, had my father and I not practiced Falun Dafa, we would have died already.” “Why?” he asked. I told him my story of escaping food poisoning at my workplace, my father’s miraculous experience when doing construction work in a high building, and that reciting “Falun Dafa is good” could protect one from disaster. He was surprised and at the same time convinced since these stories happened to his son and grandson. I then asked him out of the Kuomingtang (KMT), the CCP, and Japanese invaders, which one is relatively better. He said none of them was good. I asked him why and he continued, “Japanese invaders killed people and set fires. The KMT was corrupt, though we could still have a living. The CCP has too many political campaigns that harm people, so life became even worse. Your grandma was starved to death in 1964 after the CCP took the power.” “How come my father did not tell me about this?” I asked. “That is because she died when your father was only three, so he did not know these things,” my grandfather replied. When I asked him if he believed in the existence of divine beings he said yes. I then told him that Falun Dafa was spreading because divine beings came to the earth to save people. I also told him that reciting, “Falun Dafa is good” could bring one a good future, and he did. I was very happy for him.
In “Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting,” Master said, “All sentient beings are waiting to be saved, and I can tell you something certain. If Dafa disciples don’t act to save them, those people, no matter in what corner of the world they may be, will have no hope unless you go to save them.” My understanding is that we have to be more diligent in cultivation and do the three things well.
Master said, “The expression ‘help Master rectify the Fa’ isn’t just big, empty talk. Although I have only discussed a few problems, there are in fact a lot of other instances of failing to believe in the Fa. Hanging in the balance at this dangerous juncture is nothing less than, for Dafa disciples, the wait of tens of millions of years; for our students, your sole, true wish for coming to this world; and for Master, whether He will manage to widely save sentient beings—including all of you—in this Fa-rectification.” (“What Does it Mean to ‘Help Master Rectify the Fa’?”) I think that my “sole, true wish for coming to this world” is to do the three things well and to assist Master with the Fa-rectification.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2011/7/19/76053.html