I have three children: a 19-year-old daughter, a 14-year-old daughter, and an 8-year-old son. They really like to eat, sleep, and play like other kids their age; however, they strongly believe in Teacher and in the "Fa."
To raise young practitioners well, we must teach them to study the Fa well. When I began, I read Hong Yin aloud in order to memorize it. But the children memorized it before I did. Now we have Fa study together and we do the exercises around 4:50 p.m. everyday. After finishing the first four exercises, we send forth righteous thoughts at 6 p.m. Then we study the Fa. We practice the fifth exercise every morning and then work on Fa-validation activities together.
They take doing Fa-validation very seriously. If I am busy with other things, the three children are very efficient about folding the "truth-clarification: materials neatly and putting them into a bag very quickly. Sometimes they also come with me when I go out to clarify the truth (about the persecution of Falun Gong in China) face to face; they will distribute the truth-clarification materials or send forth righteous thoughts.
I realized that they have a strong belief in Teacher and in the Fa and also have strong righteous thoughts. Several times their righteous thoughts have helped me through difficulties.
In 2003, my daughters were 13 and 8 years old and my son was just 3. About 20 police officers burst into my home threatening to arrest me. My two daughters stood beside me and my son sat in my lap close to my chest. My children were without fear and asked the officers, "Why are you arresting our mother? What crime has she committed? She is a good mother; she follows the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance. What did she do wrong? Answer us!" The officers were silent. My children continued to ask, "If she has done nothing wrong, why would you persecute a good person? Why would you put a good person in jail? If you try to arrest our mother, we will protect her with our lives." Then the children said loudly, "Let us send forth righteous thoughts." Around an hour later, the officers made a phone call and said, "We could not arrest her because her three children wouldn't let us." Then the officers left my home.
Once when I was trying to send forth righteous thoughts, I felt dizzy. I told my son, "Please help mum to send forth righteous thoughts; I cannot do this." I watched him as he sat in the lotus position with his little palm upright and said, "Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate." With each word, I felt a tremor within my body. After he had said "Eliminate" just three times, my mind became clear and I had strong righteous thoughts. I felt the substance that had been wrapped around me disappear and my body lighten.
One morning after sending forth righteous thoughts I said, "Eliminate evil beings that damage the Fa." My little boy heard me and said to me in a serious tone, "Your words are not correct. No one can damage the Fa. The Dafa eliminates the evil." After hearing this, I strengthened my righteous thoughts; he has a good understanding of the Fa.
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