Walking Several Kilometers to Group Study Every Day for Over a Decade
(Minghui.org) I live in a rural area. I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1998 in an attempt to improve my health. At that time, I had many different ailments, including arthritis, heart disease, and severe back pain. I could barely make my bed and could not walk at night. After I studied the Fa for three days, my health improved, and within a month, all my ailments disappeared. I experienced the beautiful feeling of being healthy. I felt that the practice was magical.
Group study is a form of cultivation that Master Li Hongzhi has left us. It serves multiple purposes. We can share our understandings and experiences promptly, and our xinxing improves quickly.
Several of us were studying the Fa and doing the exercises prior to July 20, 1999, but I was the only one left after the persecution started. I knew that I had to endure hardship, so I decided to walk more than seven kilometers every day, back and forth to a Fa study group in a nearby town.
My husband was upset with me at first. He verbally abused me for going. He asked me, “Would you die if you didn’t go? Hmm?” I just ignored it. He has now become supportive. He makes breakfast in the morning and I leave soon after I finish. He cleans everything up. This kind of practice does not come by in tens of thousands of years. I cannot slack off in my Fa study. I have been going to the study group for over ten years.
There were times when it was unbearably hot in the summer and frigid in the winter. When I was tired, I recited Master’s poem:
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardshipHaving forged an adamantine willFree of attachment to living or dyingHe walks the path of Fa-rectificationConfident and poised”(“Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions,” Hong Yin Vol. II, Translation Version A)
Although I was tired and suffered many hardships, I felt happy, immersed in the Fa. Rain or shine, nothing could stop me. I came to understand that Master was beside me and protecting me all the time.
Despite the distances I walked (and when it rained, I had to take detours), I did not feel tired. When I was asked where I was going every day, I told the villagers that I was going to study Falun Gong. They were amazed that I did not feel tired. They said that I would live to be 100-years-old (I am 78-years-old now.)
I once walked with my daughter to visit a friend. She commented that she didn’t feel tired when she walked with me, though she had to take a few breaks when she walked on her own. I joked that next time she should make sure to call me to go with her. I had this thought: Master said,
“Obtaining Fa, one is already immortal”(“Saving Beings Far and Wide,” Hong Yin, Translation Version B)
How could I be tired with Master’s protection?
I have never been caught in the rain all these years. Sometimes when the rain was about to come down, I said to Master, “I have to go home. Please, let the rain go somewhere else. For now, don’t let it rain on my way home.” Only when I got to the village and had shelter would the rain begin to fall. It was the same with sandstorms. I asked for Master’s help when they were about to come. The wind would blow in a different direction. My family would sometimes plead with me not to go when a sandstorm was about to come. I said to them, “That is nothing!” and went anyway. We had a snowstorm one year, and even opening the door to a foot of snow did not stop me. Nothing could have stopped me. I was the first to walk on the road. I carved out a path for other people.
One day, it was late by the time I got to the railway tracks where there were woods, but I felt very light as I was walking. I felt that I was floating with the wind blowing near my ears.
In addition to reciting the Fa on the way, I wrote on the lampposts, “Falun Dafa is good.” Someone once saw me and threatened to call the police. I said that I was not worried because the police knew the truth. I talked to people about the truth and helped them quit the Chinese Communist Party whenever I could.
Another time, I was halfway through preparing flyers to distribute in other villages when my foot hurt so much that I couldn't walk. I said, “It is not me that is in pain. I need to assist Master to rectify the Fa. I must save sentient beings. You cannot interfere with me.” After that, I was fine.
I am so grateful to our magnificent Master and the great Fa, which have bestowed upon me what I have. No matter how far the destination is, I will walk without wavering and do the three things well. It has been a great honor to be a Dafa practitioner. I must live up to Master’s merciful salavation and return home with him.