A New Dafa Practitioner Cherishes Dafa
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa on September 21, 2015. I wish to share my personal experience with all who have a predestined relationship with Dafa so that they can be inspired, understand the facts about Falun Dafa, and be saved. Falun Dafa is the hope of all lives and is the rare and precious opportunity through which our compassionate Master offers salvation to all.
Fortunate to Become a Dafa Practitioner
When I think back on my life up to five years ago, one word comes to mind: Painful.
I worked for a state-owned central enterprise. Although I was not a college graduate, through self-study and hard work, I was able to move up to a contractual marketing management position.
At the time, I truly hoped to achieve great things in the wake of the tidal wave of reforms.
After 1998, however, I began to feel deeply the reality of the complex societal environment, the imperfection of the market competition mechanism, and the rapid downward spiral of principles and morality brought on by the Communist Party’s autocratic rule.
Corruption and a lack of basic morality are rampant. The exclusive right of market control and the singleminded pursuit of personal profit have led to a vicious cycle of illicit competition and lopsided economic development.
In the malicious and brutal struggles within the industry, the state-owned central enterprise had to take continuous involuntary self-protective detours and was finally forced into a very bad predicament.
I felt trapped in a bad situation and began to look to the deities, but didn’t know where to turn.
I ended up visiting many temples and brought home many Buddhist hymns and beads. I even put up a shrine for the deity Guangong.
I thought I was doing the right thing. I thought by being reverent and devout, the Buddhas would protect and bless me.
Throughout this time, a Falun Dafa practitioner friend has always offered me encouragement and good wishes, even though we had never had a serious conversation.
One time, he gave me a recorded copy of some Dafa music called “Pudu” and “Jishi.”
As I listened to the music, I felt at peace. My tears would well up involuntarily and inexplicably. I couldn’t understand why, so I emailed my friend.
“Why does your music have such an effect on me? It never happened when I listen to the Buddhist hymns I bought”.
My friend’s response was, “It’s because you have listened with your heart.”
Later, my Dafa friend also gave me copies of “Divine Culture,” “Celestial Music,” and other recordings. I downloaded them onto my cell phone and listened to them wherever I went.
I enjoyed listening to the music. I also appreciated the concepts and notions that should be our traditional cultural values but that have been systematically destroyed by the Communist regime.
My friend often reminds me to recite, “Falun Dafa is good! Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) is good!”
Slowly and unconsciously, my worldview changed.
My friend frequently let me watch Dafa truth-clarification and Shen Yun DVDs with him.
At the time, my enterprise was in financial straits, and my mind was filled with nothing but how to make money, so I watched the DVDs only half-heartedly.
Still, there was sufficient understanding, so I did renounce my membership in the Communist Party.
When I watched the different DVDs, I was able to accept almost everything, except when it came to the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, especially the parts that showed the Party murdering people.
I couldn’t figure out why, but when we got to those parts, I would leave under some pretext or quickly ask my friend to stop the video.
One time, when it happened again, my friend put the machine on pause, came over to me, and said, “When we watch the video, our bodies are being cleansed of all the poisons that the evil Party has been instilling in us. During this process of cleansing, evil will fight for its life, so it will create interferences to stop us from watching the video.
“Think about it. Since we were children, the evil Party has been forcing us to accept its claim that it is ‘great, glorious, and correct.’ Now you are seeing for yourself that, behind this claim is the ugly truth of indisputable historical facts, so isn’t it likely that our hearts will be disturbed?
“In the process of disturbance, won’t our hearts be affected? Won’t our hearts feel disconcerted?
“So you have to understand that what is preventing you from watching the video is not you. It’s the poison that is preventing you from watching.
“Because when you watch the video and understand, evil will not have any hold over you or be able to continue to poison you.
“If you can make that differentiation, you will have clarity.”
I gave my friend’s words careful consideration.
I knew I couldn’t watch the scenes of killing, but not because of a kind and gentle heart.
I often said, “I know the Communist Party is bad, and that’s good enough. Why do I have to watch the details of its evil?”
Why did I object so strongly to watching those scenes that I would even leave and hide in another room?
“It wasn’t I who had killed. Why didn’t I have the courage to watch it? What was it I was afraid to face?”
I analyzed my reservations carefully and came to the realization that the thing that fueled my objection must be something from outside, something that stood in opposition to my true notion.
I finally understood that, during the many years I spent with the army and at the central enterprise, the Communist Party has continued to brainwash me with its toxins.
Although I thought I was pretty much in control, the toxicity has already seeped into my system, contaminating me day in and day out, year in and year out.
I was so unwittingly ingrained with and tainted by toxic notions that I actually thought they were my own.
When I arrived at this understanding and was able to separate what was my self and what was not, I was soon able to rid myself of the obstacle that had been obstructing me from accepting the truth.
It was not until the second half of 2015 when my Dafa friend and I were able to spend some serious quality time together.
It was then he shared with me loads of information regarding the truth about Falun Dafa as well as about his horrendous mistreatment at the hands of the Communist regime.
I was in absolute shock, because he has always impressed me with his sunny and optimistic disposition.
I have never detected, from his joyful and humorous demeanor, any trace of the tragic ravages he had suffered for close to eight years of persecution and from which he had almost died.
Often, what he showed me was peace, and what I felt toward him were admiration and even adoration.
I enjoyed being with him. When we talked, I would inevitably begin to relax and forget about personal problems.
Now, I realized he had taken great pains to avoid talking to me about the persecution. Instead, he tried his best to allow me a chance to understand what Falun Dafa really was from a positive perspective.
Perhaps I was in a bad place at the time and desperately needed hope to be rekindled in my heart. So my Dafa friend not only restored my confidence but also helped me make it through the slumps in my life.
I finally realized why I so like to be in his company. Subconsciously, I felt hope in his presence. Because of him, I felt that Dafa’s Master was also watching over me and protecting me.
This was the way I got to learn about Falun Dafa.
Through watching a number of videotapes, I started to learn about what has been happening in China since July 20, 1999, and to learn about the brutal persecution of Falun Dafa, which is way worse than the ten-year Cultural Revolution.
Yet, for over a decade, I, like so many basically decent people all around me, was being lied to and kept from knowing the truth.
Still, Dafa disciples have continued to remain faithful to their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, to overlook their personal danger, and to do their best to persuade people to renounce the Communist Party and the evil it represents.
With gradual revelation came gradual understanding and acceptance, until one day I heard the song whose words “Be saved. Be saved. Please don’t miss this chance again…” hit me hard. I was touched to my core.
I wanted to enter into Dafa cultivation practice and be saved also.
After that, I devoured Dafa’s writings like one desperately hungry.
I remember the first time I finished reading Zhuan Falun, I was filled with indescribable emotions.
Here, I want to pause and offer my sincere advice to everybody: Do not come to conclusions blindly with anything that you don’t understand.
I was thunderstruck by what I read in Zhuan Falun.
As an almost 50-year-old intellectual who had read countless books, I found Zhuan Falun incomparably superior in terms of its vast coverage of everything under the sun, its magnificent capability to expound on any subject, transcending past and present, offering understanding of the entire cosmos, making me feel that I have climbed up to a high place and am looking at things far and wide, with my view ever expanding.
My mind was at once opened up and filled with clarity and enlightenment.
I finished reading through every single one of the 46 Dafa books written by Dafa’s Master in a little over a month. Dafa’s profound content and principles touched my inner world.
Every day I could feel my outlook on life, my value concepts, and my worldview changing and elevating as I gained deeper and deeper understanding of life and morality and their respective meaning.
I could truly appreciate Dafa’s immense effect on the pure and unadulterated human nature.
Following my study and understanding of Dafa’s universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, I became firmly convinced that I must enter into Dafa cultivation.
I am grateful for Master’s merciful grace to have given me this Dafa of such high virtue, so that I, a mere elementary school graduate who had to enter the work world and could not pursue higher education because of poverty, could, in my middle age, renew my thirst and fervor for knowledge and learning.
On top of that, what Master teaches me is something beyond science, beyond all scholarly topics, beyond any moral teaching, something no university or higher education institution can provide.
I felt extremely lucky and terribly blessed that I am living at the time of Fa-rectification and can obtain Dafa.
I realized that my obtaining the Fa and being saved did not come easily. It has been five years of having come into intimate contact with Dafa and a Dafa disciple. But I was too thick-headed and too otherwise involved to appreciate Dafa earlier.
For over a thousand days and nights, I continued to bob in the world's big dye vat while being cleansed in Dafa's pure land.
“At last! I pull into shore—a dream of ten thousand years.” (“Suffering to Save” inHong Yin)
I realize how much Master has suffered for humanity so that I could also obtain Dafa. I often use Master’s verse to remind me how much I have to cherish His merciful salvation.
How I Help Master in Saving Sentient Beings
Clarifying the truth so that sentient beings can understand about Dafa and renounce the evil Party is one of three things Master requires of Dafa disciples.
It is our sacred mission in this Fa-rectification period. It is also the opportunity Master granted that so we can establish mighty virtue for ourselves.
That was how I was saved. So I deeply understand what place clarifying the truth has in the salvation of Chinese people who have been so heavily poisoned by the evil Party culture.
From Fa study, I understand that every human being is not simple, that Master does not want to leave anybody out, not even the most despicable secret agents.
I often look around at the people hustling and bustling about, trying to make big money by any means. I truly wish to help them stop and think about the bigger picture, of things that really matter to their life and future.
A little over a month after I obtained the Fa, I had to go to Qingdao City on business. I decided to take the opportunity to clarify the truth to a friend there.
That would be the first time I’d clarified the truth face to face. I went prepared.
I had listened to other practitioners clarify the truth. I brushed up on truth-clarification topics. I prepared several pseudonyms ahead of time…
Perhaps Master saw my sincere heart and strong will and gave me support.
Everything went smoothly. My friend renounced the evil Party and all its affiliates without a bit of hesitation.
He even asked me how he could help his son, who was away in military training and would not be allowed home visit for quite a while.
I was overjoyed with my success.
Afterward, I regretted I had not shared with him my Dafa disciple status. Looking inward, I realized my attachment to fear and worry.
Master saw into my heart and arranged for me another opportunity.
The following day, my friend insisted on coming to the train station to see me off. I told him that I was a Dafa disciple.
I was lost in my eagerness and fervor and spoke openly and clearly, completely oblivious to the fact we were in a very public area. I wasn’t thinking how many ears might be listening in.
My friend joined me in loudly proclaiming “Falun Dafa is good!”
I reminded him to clarify the truth to his wife and children and help them to renounce the evil Party so that they also could have a bright and blessed future.
On my trip home, I was deep in thought. As a Dafa disciple, I just did what I should do.
When I am able to share the truth with another person and save that person from the clutches of the evil Party, that person will tell another person.
When every person who hears and understands and accepts the truth repeats it, just by word of mouth, even just one person at a time, how many people will be saved?
This is something truly to rejoice in.
I am deeply aware that I obtained Dafa late and must sprint to catch up. I constantly bear in mind the three things Dafa disciples must do.
A month after I obtained the Fa, I learned about the movement to sue Jiang Zemin. I sent in my criminal complaint promptly and shared the information with my family. They also joined in, using their real names to sue the arch-fiend Jiang, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party who initiated the persecution of Falun Dafa.
I bought a printer and learned how to print truth-clarification materials. Every time I go out, I have them with me to distribute.
I also learned to print truth-clarification messages on paper currency and use these bills for purchases. They are very popular with people.
One time, I made a purchase with several hundred such bills. The recipient was very happy and started reading the truth-clarification messages on them.
I also offer such bills in smaller denominations to family members in exchange for bills in larger denominations and encourage them to use them and give them their children to take to school to pay for school supplies.
I regularly make copies of a variety of truth-clarification videos, audios, and articles targeting different people and education levels on USB disk drives so I can play them or give them away whenever I have a chance.
Master sees the intention in my heart and often arranges this type of opportunity for me to save people.
I later realized that many people take the USB disk drives but just put them away without looking at them So, it is important either to let people check it out on the spot or to follow up as much as possible to make sure they check out what they have been given.
Whenever I do what Master requires, I feel comforted; otherwise, I feel that I don't deserve Master's salvation. I truly believe that I am here for Dafa and must immerse myself in Dafa.
The day when people understand that Dafa's Master is leading tens of millions of his disciples to spread Dafa so that they can escape the clutches of evil and enter into the new cosmos will be the most blessed day.
I honestly hope that all human beings will be able to learn about Dafa, to understand the truth, and to join in Dafa cultivation so that their lives can be changed, so that their lives will not have been lived in vain.
I honestly hope that every sentient being can be saved.
Because I am a new disciple with a limited level of understanding and this is the first time I am submitting an experience sharing article, if I have expressed anything not within the Fa, please kindly point it out to me.