[Selected Submission] Teacher Saved Me When I Was On the Verge of Death
(Minghui.org) I suffered from a serious renal syndrome illness in 1995. I was hospitalized in a big city hospital for six months, but the condition worsened. Eventually, I was unable to urinate, had generalized edema, and couldn't open my eyes or bend my fingers to make a fist. I couldn't move my arms or legs due to the swelling, and my skin was very shiny. Wherever the skin was pressed, it left a dent. My legs were very heavy and it was extremely difficult to move around. Since my chest was tight, I suffered from shortness of breath. An infection was detected in my stools, and my nose and gums bled. I was sore all over except for my hair and nails. In the final days, I was unable to eat or speak. The hospital test results showed that I had complete organ failure, so they advised my family to prepare for my funeral. At that time, I just wanted to die.
I was in constant pain after returning home from the hospital. That afternoon, my daughter came and said to me, “I was told that Falun Gong has a wonderful effect on healing illnesses and keeping fit. One person's stomach cancer was cured after practicing Falun Gong, another person's leukemia was cured, and yet another person's slipped lumbar intervertebral disc was healed. Teacher Li Hongzhi's video lecture will be played soon at the No. 4 High School auditorium. My older brother and I want to take you there!” I couldn't speak or open my eyes and thought that death was near. To me, any exercise would be something for my next life. When my daughter saw that I was unmoved, she fell to her knees and began to cry. She begged me, “For your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, and my father, you must give it a try. As long as you're alive, I'm willing to look after you. I will never complain about the hardships that I could suffer. The family's wish is for you to live longer—even for an hour. I beg you, Mother!”
I was in tears after hearing her words, so I agreed to go in order to avoid regrets from my family after I died. That evening, I was half sitting and half lying beside my son and daughter. Though I couldn't open my eyes to watch the video, I heard the lecture clearly. Teacher Li Hongzhi talked very well and about the things I'd been searching for all my life. However, I felt I didn't have much time left. I cried from my heart, “Teacher, please be compassionate with me and allow me to hear more lectures. Help me to open my eyes to see you so I will have no regrets - even if I die!”
On the third evening, miracles occurred on my way home. I was able to urinate and did so copiously. I suddenly felt my chest relax, so I could breathe freely - then my eyes opened. I tried to stand and was able to walk. I even developed an appetite and wanted to eat. I had hope that all my diseases were being eliminated. I was so excited that tears kept running down my face. Teacher, you saved me from death!
I bought a copy of of the book Zhuan Falun on the fourth day and eagerly read the book within three days. During those three days, tears ran constantly. This is a book that can save lives. I spoke to Teacher's photo, “Teacher, I would like you to arrange everything in my future for me. I will set the principles of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' as my standard and cultivate to the end.”
In the days that followed, I learned the five exercises and my health kept improving. The speed of my recovery was simply amazing. Two weeks later, my family took me to the hospital for a checkup, and the physician in charge was stunned when he saw me. He called in all the doctors and nurses in the department and asked as he pointed at me, “Do you still recognize her?” They were all shocked, since they'd thought that I wouldn't live more than three days. The doctors asked me which hospital in Shanghai had treated me. I replied that my recovery came from practicing Falun Gong. “If you don't believe me, I can demonstrate the exercises for you.” After watching the exercises, the doctors and nurses looked at one another in disbelief. I explained that Falun Gong was cultivation practice, and our Teacher required us to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which was different from their way of healing illnesses in the hospital. We are similar to the hospital staff only in the sincerity of our practice—Falun Dafa—but not in the techniques used for healing. At the time, I did not think about having my illnesses cured. I thought only that Teacher talked very well, so I automatically wanted to learn the exercises. The results were quite unexpected. Teacher said, “...one gains naturally without pursuit.” (“Lecture in Sydney”)
Two months later, a big lump appeared under my left armpit. My husband observed seven or eight heads on it, which looked quite scary. I was running a high fever and was afraid of the cold. However, I knew that Teacher was helping to further purify my body, and understood that it was a good thing. Since I couldn't sleep, I began reading Zhuan Falun. I liked what was said in the book. I learned about samsara, doing good things, suffering from loss, and that virtue is accumulated around one's body in other dimensions after suffering hardships. I wasn't tired, so I simply continued reading. Dawn arrived without my noticing. My husband said, “What kind of monster is that lump? Let me have another look.” As soon as I raised my arm, he exclaimed, “Hey, what happened? The lump disappeared and there's only a small purple swelling the size of a soybean!”
I've since maintained steadfast belief in Dafa. In 1997, our workplace made public housing available to some employees. Based on my condition, I was given a large apartment, and the notice was posted on the propaganda board. However, a mid-level factory worker said that his position was higher than mine and asked the factory leader to talk to me about exchanging his mid-sized suite for my large suite. The difference of size was ten square meters. What should I do?
I thought of Teacher's words,
“In this complex environment of everyday people, you should be clear-minded and knowingly lose in terms of interests. When your self-interest is taken by others, you will not go to compete and fight for it like others. With different xinxing interference, you will suffer losses. In this difficult environment, you will temper your will and upgrade your xinxing. Under the influence of different ill thoughts from everyday people, you will be able to reach above and beyond.” (Zhuan Falun)
I knew I should listen to Teacher and reach above and beyond. Therefore, I readily agreed to exchange the suites. No matter what other people said, I was not moved.
My son and daughter were now grown up, and the mid-sized suite was not big enough to live in, so I borrowed a lot of money to build a three-story house in my hometown. The building materials used were a lot better than the neighboring houses, which were simply one-story dwellings. I also built a wooden deck, paved the road, and planted dozens of rare fruit trees. However, the following year, the houses were scheduled for demolition, and the compensation offered was only 180,000 yuan ($28,332 USD), similar to the amount my neighbors were given. My son and daughter thought that this was unjust. They said, “Mother, we usually don't argue with you about what you do, but this time we're losing too much.” Teacher's words echoed in my ears,
“...as a practitioner should follow the course of nature. If something is yours, you will not lose it. If something is not yours, you will not have it even if you fight for it.” (Zhuan Falun)
I didn't like the behavior of my neighbors, who looked for personal connections and sent gifts, in efforts to get good deals. I didn't even go to talk to them about my condition and family requirements, let alone fight with them. However, three years later, my family collected another 160,000 yuan ($25,184 USD) in demolition subsidies from the village committee. This was a large sum of money and helped toward constructing a new building. This amount was equivalent to three or four years' salary of an entire family. I enlightened again to the deep inner meaning of loss and gain.
Over the years, no matter how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fabricated lies to persecute Falun Gong, I studied the Fa daily. I felt happy and energetic, as if I had endless strength. I wanted to do something for other people and society, so I took the initiative to contract a factory. Several groups of people had contracted the factory previously, but they'd suffered losses every year and their workers didn't get their full wages. After taking over the factory, I set the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance as my standards and used the mentality of a practitioner to govern the factory. I worked daily from early morning to late in the evening, always thought about others, and aligned everything with the Falun Dafa teachings. As a result, I repaid all the factory debt. Not long after, we became profitable. At the time when dividends were paid, I didn't take a penny more than the workers. They said, “Besides practitioners, it's hard to find anyone like you! How can we thank you?” I replied, “Don't thank me. As long as you all remember 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!' and withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, you'll have greater blessings in the future.”
I explained that since the CCP advocated atheism, it destroyed the temples and Buddha statues as well as the 5,000-year traditional Chinese culture after it established power in China. The CCP then fabricated and spread lies to slander Falun Gong. How could Buddha protect any members of such an organization? I asked everyone to please sincerely repeat, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” and the divine beings and Buddhas nearby will hear you at all times.
“When one’s Buddha-nature emerges, it will shake ‘the world of ten directions.’ Whoever sees it will come to give a hand and help this person out unconditionally.” (Zhuan Falun)
Everyone nodded in agreement. Afterwards, people came to talk to me, saying things like, “I said silently, 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good', and now my high blood pressure has returned to normal.” “I no longer suffer from insomnia.” “I now eat very well and no longer suffer from stomach pain.” “I no longer suffer from backaches, and all my joints now move freely.” “The constipation I'd suffered from for many years also disappeared.” I was very pleased to hear all these comments.
Now I don't feel tired and I'm free from illness. My colleagues indicated that my complexion was very good and that I looked ten years younger than my age. My daughter-in-law bought me a lot of fashionable clothes, saying that she would do a good job “repackaging” me. However, my 15-year-old grandson didn't agree. He said, “If you come to my school in these clothes, how can I call you Grandma in front of my classmates and teachers? They will certainly think that you're my mother.” My mother-in-law often said to others proudly, “My daughter-in-law looks after me better than my own daughter!” My daughter-in-law also often told others, “My mother-in-law treats me nicer than my own mother. I don't really know how to repay her!”
I don't need them to repay me since I'm not pursuing anything. I only wish that the friends who are suffering in pain, those searching for the truth amidst confusion, and those trying to carve out a career for themselves will hear the call from the bottom of my heart, “Don't listen to the lies fabricated by the CCP. Wake up and remember, 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good'.” This way, disaster will avoid them, and they'll receive blessings throughout their lives.