Helping Former Fellow Practitioners Return to Dafa

An elderly Dafa Practitioner in Liaoning Province, China

PureInsight | February 15, 2014

[] In the lecture “Teaching the Fa at the meeting with Asia-Pacific students,” Master Li says: “And that's why I say those beings who dared to come here and obtain the Fa are all worth cherishing.” Fellow practitioners in my local area have been trying hard to find those former practitioners and help them get back to Dafa. Some of those former practitioners have been staying at home without doing anything for long periods of time, while some of them have just been released from labor camps where they made mistakes or interpreted Dafa incorrectly. We have decided to study Dafa together with such practitioners and to discuss issues together with them to help them improve their understandings on Dafa. With the help and protection from Master, most of these former practitioners have returned to Dafa; they’ve found the sources of their problems and proactively made proclamations on the Minghui website to begin anew their Falun Dafa cultivation and do the “three things.” Some of these practitioners have begun to join our local Fa study groups and are making a real effort to catch up with the rest of us. They are becoming more and more mature and more and more diligent in their Dafa cultivation.

Yes, it is a really difficult thing to save people. In “The Sixth Talk” of Zhuan Falun, Master Li says: “It’s really hard to truly save a person, but extremely easy to destroy him. Once your understanding goes too far off your cultivation is over.” One practitioner from our local area had begun learning Falun Dafa in 1996. After the Chinese government’s crackdown on Falun Dafa in July of 1999, the practitioner started to hide himself from the rest of the practitioners. He had once been persecuted during the “Cultural Revolution” and is daughter had now been illegally sentenced to three years in prison for practicing Falun Dafa, so he became very scared. He didn’t want to give up his cultivation though, so he started to read Buddhist and Taoist books, and he also read the Bible. I talked to the practitioner on a number of occasions. He’d always claim that those Buddhist books were talking about much higher cultivation practices. Later on, he went to live with his daughter who now lived in the South. He stayed with her for more than a year, and he then came back in 2008 and told me how he had talked with fellow practitioners in Beijing. After hearing his stories, I urged him to read Zhuan Falun, and he said he had already stopped reading the book altogether. Another fellow practitioner from our local area also approached the practitioner and asked him to come back to Dafa, yet, the practitioner still didn’t want to come out of his hiding. After a while, he went back to stay with his daughter for more than two years. In the summer of 2012, the practitioner returned home again and contacted me directly. However, he didn’t want me to visit his home and he didn’t tell me his telephone number either. He seemed to be weak, his face was dark, and he was not in a good mood most of the time. He said that whenever we visited his house, we would always talk about studying the Fa, which really upset his wife. He told me that he would contact us whenever he had any problems. He also told me that he had been in hiding for some time now. He had realized that his understanding was wrong, but he didn’t know exactly how it happened. He was suffering both physically and mentally, and he complained that nobody showed any concern toward him and nobody supported his views. He was unable to talk to other practitioners in Beijing and our local area, so he decided to contact me directly after wanting to for more than two months.

In the winter of 2012, the practitioner suddenly developed a high fever. He was in great discomfort and he didn’t want to eat at all. His wife took him to the hospital to get him a physical exam. He visited four hospitals with each yielding the same results—diabetes, brain hemorrhage, hardening liver, hepatitis, etc. Almost all of the conditions were already at their later developmental stages. The four hospitals all decided that the practitioner should check into the hospital right away without delay. The practitioner’s wife urged him to comply and said that since he was a former senior government official, he could stay in a special room, so there was nothing to lose. Right at that moment, the practitioner suddenly realized what was going on. All of these fatal diseases had come to take his life. His life was in danger and he had to get hospitalized right away; wasn’t it very clear that he was going to die? The practitioner said to himself, “I am already 71 years old now, and the Chinese people used to say it was a rarity for people to live into their 70s’.” But then the practitioner decided that he was a cultivator and for cultivators, there should be no issue of birth, old age, illness and death. So he decided he’d rather stay at home than staying in a hospital.

The practitioner returned back home and found Zhuan Falun. He turned to the page with Master’s picture, he let the book stand on the table, and he knelt on the floor and confessed: “I am wrong, I want to correct myself right away, I want to listen to Master’s words, and I want to give up myself completely to Master. If Master desires me to go, I have no complaints whatsoever. I am determined not to get hospitalized, and I want to accompany Master. If Master desires me to continue my life, I will definitely start to study the Fa and all the scriptures seriously; I will do the ‘three things’ and I will have no second thoughts whatsoever.” That night, the practitioner’s fever worsened and he was sweating all over his body and rolling on the floor in discomfort with his face covered with tears and sweat. His wife got scared and wanted to take him to the hospital, yet the practitioner was very determined and refused to go. He said to his wife: “I’ve made my declarations to Master and I’ve given up myself completely. Let Master decide my fate—I have no regrets!” The night went by, and by dawn the practitioner went to sleep. He awoke later in the day, saying to his wife that he was hungry. She was a bit confused but cooked something for him anyway. Then the practitioner quickly made a complete recovery! He started to learn the Fa, practice the exercises, and send forth righteous thoughts again, and behave like a Falun Dafa practitioner. One month later, the practitioner’s wife was still a little bit worried and she took him for a re-examination at the four hospitals they’d previously visited. To everyone’s surprise, there was nothing wrong with him! The doctors in the hospital were all amazed. They compared their previous exam results against the current ones, and they couldn’t understand what had happened. It is possible that a single hospital might have misdiagnosed a patient, but how could four hospitals all make the same misdiagnoses? It was such an incredible story that when the doctors learned that the practitioner had recovered simply because he’d started to practice Falun Dafa again, all the doctors praised Falun Dafa for its miraculous power.

The practitioner came to us right away and told us this story. He said: “You have been right all along. I am back; Master is taking me back. Master has just let me pass this test of life and death.” The practitioner put an image of Master in his room and began to study Zhuan Falun. One night he had trouble sleeping and decided to do the sitting meditation. He sat down in front of Master’s image and with his legs in double lotus began to meditate. He sensed that Master was instilling energy into his body and he felt extremely comfortable as he got into a very deep meditation state. When he opened his eyes, it was already four in the morning. The practitioner cried with gratitude. In the past he could only sit in double lotus for around 20 minutes, but now he’d just sat there for so long without even realizing it! He kowtowed and thanked Master. Ever since then, he can do the sitting meditation for more than an hour without any pain. He is now studying the Fa, practicing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa to the public, and helping people quit their CCP memberships. After studying Masters lectures dating back to the beginning of 2013, the practitioner told me with a very happy heart: “I am now following Master—I am now following Master to return to my home. I need to practice cultivation more diligently, and I need to clarify the truth and save more sentient beings.” After several months, the practitioner has gained weight and is very energetic and his face shines. When his old classmates ran into him recently, they were amazed at his appearance. They told him that he looked like he was only in his 50s. The practitioner’s wife has also now stopped complaining about our visits to their home, and as a matter of fact, has begun to practice Falun Dafa herself.

The practitioner’s daughter, Ms. X, was sentenced to three years in prison for practicing Falun Dafa. After Ms. X was released from prison, she went to Beijing and married a fellow practitioner from the area. Later on, Ms. X and her husband both were employed by a foreign trade company in an economically developed city in the South. Everything went well with the help and protection from Master. In the first two years the couple received a one million Chinese Yuan bonus each year. Later, the trade company decided to let the couple run business by themselves. The business was flourishing and many tasks needed to be covered, and the couple became quite tied up in their affairs. As a result, Ms. X started to slack off with her Fa study. When she realized her father had become sick, she returned home to look after him. She stayed in our local area for around two weeks. During that time, I had visited her on a couple of occasions. I came to realize that Ms. X was not practicing Falun Dafa diligently and she didn’t read the Minghui website. Instead she enjoyed spending time visiting websites that talked about science and economics. When Ms. X learned that I knew how to access the Internet, she was surprised: “Wow, you are already in your 80s, and you still know how to play with computers.” Ms. X then told me that a certain website was very good, it had many cooking recipes on it, and that there were also many interesting reincarnation stories posted. I told Ms. X that I was not interested in that website and that I was only interested in visiting Minghui. Ms. X said that she didn’t know how to get to Minghui, or she didn’t have that much time to visit Minghui, and she didn’t have much time to read the Falun Dafa books either. Occasionally, she might read a little bit of Dafa teachings on her electronic books, but she definitely was not practicing as diligently as the rest of the practitioners, and she was not doing the truth clarification work either. Ms. X told me that she only studied the so-called “high level Fa” that was circulating amongst practitioners in Beijing (which turned out to be fake scriptures.) Ms. X claimed that she had made deep changing improvements very quickly after studying those so-called scriptures, and she claimed that there was no need to study so much Fa. Ms. X also said that she had her own way of saving people. Every day, she would give her employees a lesson in traditional Chinese culture. In her lessons, she would teach people how to be good citizens, and she would tell Buddhist stories and ask people to learn about Buddhism. Ms. X said that she was saving people just the same. She acknowledged that she had never tried to help people quit their CCP memberships, and she said it was good enough to save people in her own way! After hearing her stories, I felt sorry for her; my heart was breaking for her. She had been heavily influenced by those fake scriptures. I started to ask Ms. X to study Master’s Fa and read articles from the Minghui website. We discussed the dangers of fake scriptures, we talked about the principles of Falun Dafa cultivation and saving sentient beings, and both of us improved during the process. Later on, I picked up several articles from Minghui and asked her to copy the articles to her USB drive so that she could read them in her own time. She agreed. Later, she called her father and told him that the articles that I had asked her to read were in fact very good, and she asked her father to visit me and also take a look at the articles.

In early August of 2013, Ms. X returned home with her children to visit her family. She came to me and asked me to correct her exercise movements and asked me to go visit her father’s home. Ms. X told me that she had originally planned to take a tour of the various temples around the country, but at the last moment, she suddenly decided not to. Instead, she wanted to go back to her hometown to visit us, so she bought her airplane ticket at the last minute. I told Ms. X that it was Master Li’s arrangement for her to come back home. What’s the point for a genuine Falun Dafa practitioner to tour all those temples? Ms. X also told me that she had acquired a new computer and was now able to access Minghui, and she had visited Minghui twice and was extremely happy. She told me she had wasted almost two years of her time, so decided to come back to her hometown to tell her story to us. She stayed at her father’s house for more than three weeks, and she didn’t visit her friends or relatives. Instead she went visiting fellow practitioners and discussed the Fa and cultivation matters with them. Most times, Ms. X was visiting me and another fellow practitioner. She was worried that since she had read those fake scriptures, was it possible that Master had abandoned her? We studied the Fa together, especially the lecture that Master gave at the 2013 New York Fa Conference. We asked Ms. X to thoroughly study all the lectures and Fa that Master had given after the persecution began in China. We reassured Ms. X that she would be able to understand everything once she’d gone through this process. I told her that if Master had abandoned her, how could she still be with us? Every deed and every word is monitored by Master; Master takes care of us all, all of the time! One day, Ms. X suddenly rushed to my house and exclaimed: “Master is taking care of me again, Master is taking care of me again! I read Zhuan Falun last night, and I suddenly felt very happy; I sensed that Master was instilling energy into my body. This morning when I woke up, my migraine was gone. You know, this migraine of mine has been with me for a couple of years, and now I no longer feel it—it is gone. I am so happy. Many thanks to Master!” Ms. X came to my house and placed incense before Master’s image and knelt down and kowtowed to Master, crying. I also felt happy for Ms. X. The lyrics “How Hard to Save You” from Hongyin (III) suddenly appeared in my mind.

Ms. X then visited her friends and relatives and helped them quit their CCP memberships, and she asked me to publish the list of names for her. She gave her email address to a fellow practitioner in our local area so that she could contact us anytime. I gave Ms. X the CDs of Master Li’s Guangzhou lectures, a copy of Zhuan Falun with all the corrections made, and some other truth clarification materials. Ms. X said that she was so happy to have returned to visit us this time, and that the past 20 or so days made her feel much stronger than anytime in the past 10 years. She said she was so glad that she was once again back with Falun Dafa and to be embraced by Master. Ms. X promised that she would definitely cut her contacts with those people in Beijing spreading the fake scriptures and that she would definitely begin to study the Fa and do the “three things” seriously. She wanted to save as many people as possible, and she said she would come back to visit whenever she felt it necessary. Ms. X left us with a happy heart, and another sentient being was thus saved!

We have followed Master’s teachings and decided to help these former practitioners come back to Dafa. Throughout our cooperation and efforts, we have brought back Ms. X and her father, and many sentient beings connected with them have thus been saved as a result. We have again come to a deeper understanding of the scripture “Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II: “The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” We have come to realize that, no matter how hard it is to save people, as long as we can hold onto a righteous heart to defend Dafa, to save people, and to help Master rectify the Fa, everything will be done well under the help and protection from Master. As a matter of fact, everything is being done by Master. In the process of helping former practitioners return back to Dafa, we ourselves have also undergone great xinxing improvements. Our ability to detect falsehoods and illusions from the truth has also been strengthened and our understandings of the Fa have been raised to a higher level. I have also come to realize that helping former practitioners return to Dafa is actually just part of my own cultivation.

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