Clarifying the Truth to My Former Classmates
(Clearwisdom.net) Since graduating from my university, I have kept in good contact with my former classmates. I have organized several events for students and alumni. I play a central role in keeping our classmates connected. This role has given me good opportunities to clarify the truth to my former classmates.
On one occasion we got together after several years of not having seen each other. In the evening, in order to talk privately, a dozen of us squeezed into a big room. When I began talking about Falun Gong some of them just reiterated what they had heard on TV and read in newspapers, while others were interested only in doing business and cared nothing about the news. They did not even have any idea what Falun Gong was about. I availed myself of this opportunity to share with them my cultivation experiences. I shared with them stories of how people improved their physical health and their moral standards. I also told them the true story behind the Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation Incident and the fact that in over sixty countries there are people practicing Falun Gong. In the United States and Canada alone, Falun Dafa has been honored with over eight hundred awards and proclamations from many states and cities. All of them listened with great interest and they agreed with what I told them. Without thinking we ended up talking until 3:00 a.m. and even then we still did not feel like going to sleep. I felt so happy for my former classmates who understood the truth.
One day I received a phone call from another former classmate. This classmate was the Party Secretary for the Municipal Commission for Inspecting Discipline. He asked me whether I was still practicing Falun Gong or whether I had been transformed? I responded with questions: "Didn't you say that I was a good person?" "Why do you think that I should be transformed?" "Do you know about the true facts of Falun Gong?" He said that he knew what he had seen on TV and read in newspapers. I asked him to reflect on every time the ruling party has targeted some group for attack, such as the Anti-Rightists Movement, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution or the 1989's Tiananmen Square protests; what did the media at that time say? I asked him which of these he thought was actually right?
I questioned him further and asked him whether he had read Zhuan Falun? He answered that he had not. I suggested that he read the book first before he made any comments. I said to him, "If you want to go against something, you should understand what you are actually against. You should not parrot what others say. Otherwise you are being irresponsible toward yourself. The reason I insist on cultivating is because I came to this conclusion after very clear and rational thinking." Of course I also answered some of his questions about the false cases of suicide and self-immolation, etc. He agreed to my logic and promised to think all these questions over.
Several days later, he phoned me and said that one of the work units at the ground level reported a Falun Gong practitioner who had been distributing truth-clarifying materials and asked him to deal with the matter. He said that he did not want to deal with it and wanted to turn this case back over to the work unit, leaving them to decide a course of action. I told him that he should never let go an opportunity to accumulate virtue and do good deeds and this case should not be returned.
The next day, this classmate called me again to tell me that he followed up on my advice and took back this case. He also said that it was a good thing that he had dealt with this practitioner's case. Otherwise the work unit at the ground level would have been very vicious and would have both dismissed him from his job and sentenced him to a forced labor camp. I asked him how he was going to handle this case. He said he would "criticize and educate" him. I told him since he wants to criticize and educate him, he should go and have a good talk with him first. At the same time, he will learn more about the truth of Dafa.
He said: "I came here with the intention of convincing you to give up Falun Gong. I wouldn't have imagined that I would have my mind changed by you." Both of us smiled. And I understood that there were other countless sentient beings that were also smiling.