Today, I went to visit my aunt to wish her a happy New Year. She told me a few stories about how three senior practitioners in her Fa study group spent their New Year's Day.
1. My aunt is 67 years old. Another practitioner in her Fa-study group, who is 77 years old, didn't know how to read before practicing Falun Dafa. She is now able to read through Zhuan Falun. The other practitioner is 80 years old. Their last names all happen to be Zhang. They study the Fa together and strive forward together.
On New Year's Day of the lunar calendar, 77 year-old Auntie Zhang said to all of her relatives who came to wish her a Happy New Year, "This year, let's make a change. You won't need to say those auspicious words to me. Instead, everybody just shout, 'Wonderful Falun Dafa' in front of me."
Immediately, her son-in-law, who is in his 50s and a head of a bureau, shouted loudly, "Wonderful Falun Dafa!" The others all followed, declaring, "Wonderful Falun Dafa! Wonderful Falun Dafa!" Some of them shouted it several times. It was quite wonderful to hear.
Auntie Zhang improved her health and xinxing (heart and mind nature) after she started practicing Falun Dafa. All her relatives saw her improvements, so they truly appreciate Teacher and the Fa.
2. My aunt has a copy of Teacher's picture. On New Year's Day, she presented food to Teacher's picture and everyone in her whole family greeted and wished Teacher a Happy New Year.
One day, 28 relatives came to visit her. After dinner, several of them learned the Dafa exercises.
I was deeply moved when I heard this, while feeling very ashamed of myself. These aunties take the Fa as the most important thing in the world. As a result, they have rectified their family environments. All of their relatives have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliates, and are on their way to becoming Falun Dafa practitioners. Some other fellow practitioners however, including me, are still struggling with family tribulations. Since the problem resides in ourselves, how can we blame our families? Are we, ourselves, that pure yet?
3. Right before New Year's Day, the other senior practitioner was preparing to go out to clarify the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong and help people quit the CCP and its affiliates. Right then, someone knocked on the door. She opened it to see five or six policemen and personnel from the local 610 Office (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems). When they came in, they asked, "Are you still practicing Falun Gong?" She answered solemnly, "Of course. It's so good, how can I not practice it?" They talked about some other topics and then got ready to leave. She said, "I'm leaving, too. Let's go together." They walked out of the apartment building together. Those people returned to their offices, and she continued clarifying the truth to people. I saw the gap between myself and my fellow practitioners when I heard this story.
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