Cultivating Solidly in Falun Dafa and Compassionately Saving People
(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Dafa in November 1997. Over the past 19 years, I’ve changed from being a person with all kinds of illnesses to someone who is very healthy, kind-hearted, and compassionate.
Learning to be Truthful
I needed a new rice cooker last July, and wanted to shop around a bit. I went to a store nearby to check the price. It was quite expensive, so I told the salesperson that I would continue using my old one and come back later for a replacement rubber ring.
However, I ended up finding a cheaper one in another store, and bought it. I was very happy to save some money.
I still went back to the first store the following day to buy a replacement rubber ring for my old rice cooker. It was the same person who received me. She asked if I had already bought a new rice cooker. I replied “No”, and bargained with her to get a three yuan discount for a rubber ring.
I realized that I didn't hold my actions against a Falun Dafa practitioner's standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and decided to go back to apologize to the salesperson.
The same lady was there, and I apologized to her. I also returned the three yuan that she gave me as a discount.
She was very touched, and said that there are seldom good people like me. Other people in the store also praised me.
I used this opportunity to tell them that I practice Falun Dafa, and that it was Falun Dafa’s Teacher who taught me to be a good person by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
I also told them about the persecution and the number of people quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. They all decided to quit.
Helping Out the Family
My daughter and her husband used to be addicted to gambling. In 2013 they incurred a huge debt of a few million yuan. They had to sell their house to help pay off some of the debt. But their creditors kept coming for the money, so they had to leave to avoid them.
They couldn't find a stable job, and had a tough life. Under this kind of pressure, they began to think about getting a divorce.
Seeing their situation, I remembered what Master said in Zhuan Falun:
“...while we’re cultivating in the ordinary world we’re supposed to respect our parents and be good to them, just as we should teach our kids and discipline them. In every situation we should be good to others and be kind to people, let alone your family members. We should treat everyone the same, be good to our parents and our kids, and always be considerate of others. Then your heart isn’t a selfish one when you do that, but a compassionate one—it’s compassion.”
I knew that I hadn't quite fulfilled my responsibility as a parent, and thought that I should help them to get through their difficult time. So I invited them to live with me.
They were very touched and told me that they would stop gambling. They later managed to borrow some money from relatives and opened their own business.
Now there is only a little bit of debt left, and they’ve managed to get their lives back on the right track.
Letting Go of Sentimentality
My son was stabbed by a group of thugs about five years ago. He was taken to a hospital, but died before I managed to get there. He was only 34 years old.
I was extremely sad, and could only think of him.
I managed to calm down a bit the following day, and tried to figure out why my son's life was taken away. There must be some karmic reason behind it, as my son was an everyday person and his fate was set.
“Some people’s children have died, but they can’t let go of them and talk about how wonderful they were, or they talk about how great their mothers were, but they’ve died. These people grieve their hearts out as if they want to follow their deceased for the rest of their lives. Why don’t you think about it: aren’t they doing this to wear you down? They do this to keep you from living a comfortable life.” (Zhuan Falun)
Master's Fa helped to open up my heart, and I was able to pull myself together as soon as his funeral was over.
One morning in May 2015, my daughter told me that my son's case was about to open in court, so I went there.
I was able to speak in court, and said, “I am the mother. My son died because he was stabbed by some thugs. Because of this, my family is in deep agony. I came here today not to have someone pay back his life, nor to ask for compensation. This is because I practice Falun Dafa, and we hold ourselves to the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. My only hope is that you teach your children well, so that they can keep safe and well, and stay away from crime. I also hope that those who killed my son can change their behavior, and learn to be good people.”
My speech ended with a round of applause.
Three lawyers came to my home that evening. One of them said, “What you said at the court really touched us. We didn't expect people who practice Falun Dafa to be so caring.”
I talked to them about the positive transformations I had gone through since practicing Falun Dafa, as well as the CCP's persecution of Falun Dafa.
They all agreed to quit the CCP after I finished talking.
Seizing the Time to Save Sentient Beings
Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, has stressed the importance of saving sentient beings in many of his lectures.
“Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
I read one chapter of Zhuan Falun every morning, and go out to talk to people about Falun Dafa after breakfast. Sometimes I go by myself, sometimes I go with others. We have been everywhere in our area.
People who have learned about Falun Dafa can see through the lies and propaganda put out by the CCP. However, there are others who don't want to listen. They either ignore me or threaten me. Nevertheless, I keep doing what I need to do.
Every night before I go to bed, I always go through what I did during the day to summarize what I did well and what I need to improve. I also make a plan on where to go the next day.
Master stresses that we need to cultivate as diligently as when we first started. Yet, by comparing my cultivation state from back then to now, I feel that I am not quite up to par.
I will listen to Master's words, cultivate more diligently, do the three things well, and save more sentient beings.