Interviews with Three Senior Ladies in the New Oasis for Life
If a community has respectable, kind, diligent, and peaceful elderly members, then it will be stable, auspicious, harmonious, and smooth. The New Oasis for Lifehas three ladies like that - Shenci, Jinci, and Foci - who are each more than eighty years old and each are proof that Chanyuan celestials are blessed. Currently, these three mothers of The Oasis all live in our Xanadu Branch and are surrounded by nature, listen to birds and frogs sing, drink our clear and pure springwater, and lead peaceful, healthy, and joyous lives with other members of our community. People here, as Louis Armstrong sang, work during“the bright blessed days” and sleep during “the dark sacred nights”. Among their company, the aged enjoy their lives immensely.
Not only do these three mothers achieve high quality and transcendent states of mind,but also set the best examples for others. Shenci brought her two sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and one granddaughter to join The Oasis;Jinci brought her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons to The Oasis, and all of them are very excellent Chanyuan celestials. Foci has firm faith and a strong will. The three mothers all worked hard during the construction phase of The Oasis. It is every Chanyuan celestial’s responsibility and obligation to keep our mothers happy, joyous, and blessed, because it means that we are also each of those things.
Tongxin:So you are eighty-eight years old, are you not?
Shenci:Yes, I am.
Tongxin:Tell us when you first entered the New Oasis for Life?
Shenci:I have lived here for eleven happy years.
Tongxin:Do you enjoy your life here?
Weixia:Do you hope to remain here?
Shenci:Yes, of course I do!
Tongxin:Have you ever thought of leaving this community?
Shenci:Because everything is so wonderful here.
Tongxin:Give us some details, such as the food, clothing, or housing here.
Shenci:They are all wonderful, everything is fine.
Tongxin:Sister Weixia, are you in charge of Shenci’s daily life?
Weixia:Yes, I am blessed to have this job.
Tongxin:Do you think she leads a pleasant life here as an eighty-eight-year-old lady?
Weixia:She really does, she is like a little girl, she likes amusing me, so I alsoamuse her by telling jokes and stories; she also tells her stories and jokes to me, and then we laugh and laugh. Sometimes, she does not let me make her bed for her.
Tongxin:Oh, she wants to do it for herself?
Weixia:Yes, she says that as long as she is able to do it for herself, she should not receive any help. After all, she is only eighty-eight years old! Sometimes she does not hear clearly and walks unstably; I watch over her at these times and always offer to take her hand as she walks down the stairs to have dinner, but sometimes she wants to walk down the stairs by herself.
Tongxin:Well, I guess she wants to exercise her body.
Weixia:Yes, it is very nice to live in The Oasis where priority is always given to the elderly.
Tongxin: How old are you, Sister Foci?
Foci: I am eighty-one years young.
Tongxin:Foci is your celestial name?
Foci:Yes, it is.
Tongxin:So what is your formal name in the secular world?
Foci: It is Gu Zhuo Fang.
Tongxin:How long have you lived in The Oasis?
Foci:For the last eight years.
Tongxin:When did you enter the Oasis?
Foci:April 15th, 2012
Tongxin:Well, you remember it so clearly!
Foci:Everything was perfect for me to join on that day, so I remember it very clearly.
Tongxin: How do you like the oasis?
Foci: I like it here very much.
Tongxin:What are some of the things that you particularly like about it?
Foci: I am very satisfied with my life here, the guide always treats us with dignity and respect. Our food, clothing, housing, and transportation needs are met andwe always live in the best rooms in the Oasis. I will never forget how happy Iwas to meet the guide for the first time. He is a great soul and is asapproachable as anyone. He always treats us kindly and I admire him very much.For as long as I have been here, I have always felt that this is the best placethat I could be. I am full of joy all day long and in perfect harmony with allof my brothers and sisters.
Tongxin:How about your health during your eight years in The Oasis?
Foci: Iused to get sick before I came here, but I have been very well since joiningthis community. I fell down when I visited my former home in the secular world.
Tongxin:Oh, you fell down when you visited your secular family?
Foci:Yes, I crushed part of my left leg, which hurt me so much that I thought I was going to die, but when I read the guide’s articles, I became much more confident that I would recover after returning to The Oasis and I yearned to return. The Guide sent Jinghui celestial to see me at my home to bring me back.I was unable to walk freely during that time, so he arranged for her to take care of me. Other sisters and brothers also attended to my needs so carefully that I cried tears of joy. I could not have been anywhere nearly this happy if I had stayed at my secular home. I would have surely died if I had not returned to our community.
Tongxin:Why do you say that?
Foci:Because it is the absolute truth; I know that I would not have survived.
Tongxin:What is the difference between how your secular family provided for your old age and how The Oasis did and still does?
Foci:Very differently! My children could not look after me nearly as carefully! They could provide me with three meals each day but very little else. On the other hand, my sisters and brothers at The Oasis take care of all my requirements very carefully, help me with everything I need, and even bring meals to my room.
Tongxin:Does anybody help when you take a bath?
Foci: I can bathe myself independently, but Weixia or Huibao always help me to adjust the water temperature and wash my back where I cannot reach and my hair. They look after me much more lovingly than my own children ever did.
Tongxin：So you are getting younger and younger. What concerns bother you?
Foci:Yes, I am becoming younger. I have nothing to worry about, The Oasis supportsmy food, clothing, housing, and transportation, and takes charge of everyone’s birth, aging, illness, and death, and I am happy and totally free from worries.
Tongxin:So it sounds like you are fully satisfied.
Foci:Yes, I am very happy here; I would never want to return to my secular family and home.
Tongxin:Sister Jinci, you have lived for eighty years?
Jinci: I just recently turned eighty but feel much younger.
Tongxin:You are one of the blessed!
Jinci:Yes indeed, anyone who enters The Oasis is blessed.
Tongxin:When did you enter it?
Jinci: I entered on April 18th, 2009 with my family members and have remained here ever since.
Tongxin:You must like it here?
Jinci：Yes, very much so!
Tongxin:The New Oasis includes members of all ages, including youngsters, teens, young adults, and more mature members; how do they treat elderly members such as yourself?
Jinci:They all treat me kindly. I remember that I was the only elderly member inQingema and that the Guide once asked me how I felt about it? I told him that I was treated very well and that I got along well with everyone; young, old,male, and female. Young people would answer all of my questions about technology because, you see, I was not given the opportunity for an education when I was young and I cannot read or write.
Tongxin:So, as you are illiterate, young people help you, do they not?
Jinci:Yes, young people always help me caringly and patiently.
Tongxin: The New Oasis for Life alwaysadvocates that every member should treat the aged as their own parents, and the children as their own kids; do you think they do this?
Jinci:Absolutely! Everyone takes a little kid as their own baby.
Tongxin:And what about the aged? Does everyone respect and care for the elderly?
Jinci:Yes，of course, and the aged are all in harmony. Foci felt a little sick in Lijiang, so Qionghuang and I brought some fruit to her; we all help each other and we are all very healthy.
Tongxin:Having stayed in The Oasis for these past eleven years, how are you?
Jinci: Iam very healthy.
Tongxin:You are still sawing firewood with Wuhua, although you are eighty!
Jinci:Doing labor is fulfilling, I sometimes collect firewood from the mountains, it makes me very happy to contribute.
Tongxin:It is also healthy to labor together with them?
Jinci:Yes, you are very right!
Tongxin:So do you join in the games and entertainment here?
Jinci:Of course I do! I learned a dance from Puxia and performed it on our anniversary here on April 18th, and Zhikong taught us another dance.
Foci:The guide is indeed dearer to me than even my own parents. He is like a mother hen with us as his little chicks, we are so happy to have found him. There is always a smile on his face but never a question to which he cannot answer. None of my dearest family members are like the guide, he protects us and I never want to leave him. I was wondering how he could create such profound theories?He observes everything to the minutest details; he has arranged everything in The Oasis, and he sees everything. He once asked us, "when you read the wordless books from nature, humans, and events, have you ever asked why things are as they are? When you consider them carefully, you will understand why nature is so perfect”. Therefore, the guide’s articles are simple and comprehensible, they are never too complicated to understand. The guide sets the best example personally, which convinces us sincerely without forcing anyone to trust him. I pondered these words carefully because they are true; he always sets a good example for us. What he says and does always illustrates his sincerity.
Tongxin:You admire him for his theories, and he cares for you like a mother hen does for her baby chicks.
Foci: I know that I would not be as healthy as I am today without his caring. As you remember, I used to fall down a lot because I was old and from a traditional perspective, I was nearly finished, yet I now feel young and powerful because my consciousness is fully alive. Had I kept thinking that I was weak and sick,I could never have held on.
Tongxin:Do you feel that we need to keep strengthening ourselves?
Foci: Of course we must always be strengthening ourselves, and the guide teaches us to save ourselves, save our LIVES, and save our souls. It is of no use to expect others to help us. What matters is our consciousness; consciousness determines everything. Perfect consciousness results in perfect nonmaterial structure and we can then absorb positive energy.
Tongxin:So you have benefited from your own practice and process, haven't you?
Foci:Yes, and we all can.
(Translated by Treasure and Edited by Kaer)