A Story of a Falun Dafa Practitioner who Lives in a Rural Mountain Area

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I live in a rural mountain area in China. I had suffered from many illnesses before discovering Falun Dafa such as a gastric ulcer and arthritis. I couldn't walk because of the pain of sciatica. The pain of my gallstone was so acute that I could hardly endure it. I was also very weak. I couldn't shower with cold water, even in the hot summertime, and I took twelve different prescriptions every day.

In the summer of 1996, a Falun Dafa practitioner came to our village and introduced Falun Dafa to me. I wanted to practice Falun Dafa as soon as I learned that it was the righteous law. Teacher started to take care of me the minute I had the thought of cultivating. Without noticing it, all the pain that I had suffered for many years disappeared in a few days. At that time, I hadn't read the Dafa book yet [Zhuan Falun], nor practiced the exercises.

Later, I borrowed the book Zhuan Falun [the book that explains the principles of Falun Dafa]. However, I was illiterate and was unable to read it. I therefore had to transcribe it and learn the book bit by bit. I was very worried because of my slow progress in reading the book. So, I asked Teacher to open my wisdom. Teacher did open my wisdom. Now I can read the whole book, and even recite it from memory.

Jiang Zemin began the persecution of Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. How could I see such a good practice being persecuted without doing something about it? So I went to Beijing to peacefully appeal for Falun Dafa. The police arrested me and so I told them my own story to show them what Falun Gong really is. When the police beat me, I remembered what Teacher had told us: "It’s hard to endure, but you can endure it. It’s hard to do, but you can do it." (Ninth Talk Zhuan Falun). I didn't feel any pain when the police beat me. Eventually they stopped beating me. They wanted to take pictures of the Dafa practitioners who were arrested. I thought that I should not allow them to take my picture. I was not called out to have my picture taken.

I was illegally imprisoned for forty-five days because of my appeal. My family was so disturbed that nobody took care of our rice paddy. I was fined 5,000 yuan [approximately 10-month's salary of an average urban worker]. My picture of Teacher and my Dafa books were all confiscated. I cried through the night over this. I didn't do well as a practitioner. Dafa gave me my life. So I clarified the truth to people at every opportunity. Every piece of Dafa material is precious, so I always try to clarify the truth to people first before I give them the material.

In the market, at school, on the road, in the farm field, no matter where I met people, I tried my best to clarify the truth to them. Many people in the rural area understood that natural disasters are in fact man-made disasters. So I chatted with them about these things. I talked about how to be a good person and about "Zhen-Shan-Ren" [Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the main principle of Falun Dafa]. I told them the facts about the persecution of Dafa. Finally, I would hand them the truth-clarification material. When I explained it this way, they easily accepted what I said. Sometimes, when I talked to one person, dozens of people would come over to listen to me. The school teachers insisted on donating money to us after they watched the truth-clarification VCDs and understood the truth, though we always refused money as is taught to us. People who understood the truth always asked me for more truth-clarification materials when they saw me.

Actually, the reason why Dafa practitioners can do well is because our Teacher has arranged everything for us. I remember one time when I went out without a coat on a very cold morning, I met a lady on the road and she praised my fortitude. I took the opportunity to clarify the truth to her. A stranger overheard our discussion, so we talked as we were walking. Without knowing it, we walked together for two miles. Teacher is so merciful that he arranged for another person to learn the truth that day.

Besides clarifying truth to people face-to-face, I also hang up banners, put up posters and distribute truth-clarification materials. Once, I went out to hang a banner at midnight, when it was very dark. I was not able to hang it up because it was so dark. I asked Teacher to help me, and suddenly, a bright light illuminated the place where I wanted to hang the banner. I easily hung up the banner. Another time, I went out to distribute some materials and encountered a group of policemen. I ran to a nearby ditch and sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the forces that influenced them. The policemen left shortly thereafter. From then on, I would first send righteous thoughts before clarifying the truth. I also sent forth righteous thoughts to the posters to avoid them being taken down. I also made some truth clarification materials myself. I could only make some simple ones such us "Falun Dafa is Good," and "Zhen-Shan-Ren is Good." I think the practitioners who make the truth-clarification materials for the rest of us are very busy. We will do our best to help reduce their workload.

I feel that time is very precious now. It's not easy to do things well to help Teacher, but no matter how hard it is, we have to do our best. Teacher has given us the special honor of helping with Fa-rectification. We have to do our best to merit the title of "Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples." I hope to progress diligently together with other practitioners. Please kindly point out anything that I haven't done well.

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