Clarifying the Truth To Customers
(Clearwisdom.net) Teacher said, "Every person you come into contact with in society is someone to clarify the truth to." ("To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference")
I work in a store. In the past, I approached everything with a timid heart, and the effect was not good. I realized that I should not be led by a timid heart. I should help the Fa-rectification by taking an initiative myself. When a customer came into the shop, I voluntarily talked with them. During the conversation, I used the opportunity to clarify the truth.
A customer came into the shop with his child. The child was unwilling to leave after the father finished shopping. I enlightened that the child was giving me the chance to clarify the truth to his father. I asked his opinion about Falun Gong. He said, "I have also read the book Falun Gong; half is right, half is incorrect." I asked what was wrong with teaching people to become benevolent? He said: "I am a military man. The central government does not allow people to practice. They must have their reasons. Society is about 'government or power comes from the guns.' [a saying from the early times of the Chinese ruling Party, referring to the importance of military power] I also don't understand why you go to Beijing?" I said, "We do it to let the central government and people know the truth about Falun Gong, so that they do not hate Falun Gong. It is just like when I tell the truth to you here today, there is some risk involved for me, because I don't know who might be a policeman or plainclothes officer. I don't want anything from you. I only hope you realize the truth, and that Falun Gong is good for you." He was silent for a while, then lowered his head and said, "I understand now. Later I'll come back and chat with you." When he said goodbye to me in a friendly manner, I thought that another person had positioned himself well.
A few days ago I told another customer that I practice Falun Gong. She said, "If you practice, I don't object, but I don't support it either." I said, "Ma'am, what they say on TV is all false. The book never forbids taking medicine and our going to Beijing is not to cause trouble. I also went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. But the Peoples' Appeal Office was replaced with the Public Security Bureau, and appealing practitioners were all arrested. They don't allow us to speak to anyone, that's why we go to Tiananmen Square to say 'Falun Dafa is good.' We are all peaceful people. The TV has all negative propaganda." She asked, "Who gives you the money for travel expenses?" I said, "We use our own money, but we are not fanatical people. I learned Falun Gong and learned how to be a good person. I have been freed from selfishness. Some people don't understand our ways, but let me make an analogy for you. Say there was someone, and you never met him before, but you read his book, and then your diseases went away. Then, you came to understand the true meaning of life, and improved your xinxing [mind or heart nature; moral character]. One day another person suddenly started slandering him, saying he is not good, then wouldn't you have to speak the truth about him just for the sake of your conscience?" She then repeated some slander from TV. I listened to her with a smile and benevolently used righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil force behind her. I waited for her to complete voicing her opinion and then I said, "I started to learn the Fa in 1996, and became so healthy that I did not have to take a single pill in the last 6 years. Master taught us to be benevolent to all people, not to mention our own family. He taught us to cultivate selfless altruism to attain righteous enlightenment." She said, "You are different from the people I know. I like what you are saying. Later I'll come back again."
After she left, I thought: to clarify the truth, first our righteous thoughts must be strong, our hearts must be benevolent, and our minds must not be wandering around, otherwise human notions will come and affect our righteous thoughts. Then the words spoken will be without power, will not penetrate to the microcosm, and the effect will not be the best.