Clarifying the Truth Via Telephone
1. Obtaining Dafa Joyfully
Before I started to practice Falun Dafa, I had been studying Buddhism for 20 years. Yet I still had many unanswered questions in my heart. A friend introduced Dafa to me. The principle of loss and gain and looking inward shocked my heart. I realized that Falun Dafa is the true Buddha Fa that I had been searching for all my life. Every sentence in the book went into my heart, and I was especially moved by the principle of gaining things naturally without pursuing them. Shortly after I started to practice the five sets of exercises, I became healthier and had more energy: I can walk like the wind and never feel tired.
2. Promoting Dafa
Even before I started to practice, I knew from my study of Buddhism that modern people had degenerated: the qualities of selfishness and greed have caused morality to continuously deteriorate; they also bring suffering and misfortune to people. After I obtained Dafa, I actively promoted Dafa to other people. I hoped that more people with predestined relationships would also learn Dafa. As a businessman, I frequently travel, so I have met many people and introduced Dafa to them.
One thing that is worth mentioning is to promote Dafa in schools. I used to visit schools a lot, so I asked the teachers I knew to introduce me to other teachers. Afterwards I introduced Dafa to them one by one. For those who showed an interest, I taught them the exercises or introduced them to attend the 9-day video lecture or the teacher's study sessions during the summer or winter vacations. After a while, I would go back to the new practitioners and share experiences with them. In two years, I visited about 50 schools, including primary, high schools and colleges, and introduced Dafa to many teachers.
Since my children are all over the age of 18 and can take care of themselves, and because my work schedule is flexible and I have a stable and good income, I wanted to spend more time promoting Dafa. Knowing that Dafa has developed well in Taiwan and that many people outside Taiwan still don't have the chance to know Dafa, I travel outside of Taiwan to promote Dafa almost every month. Although traveling is very tiring, I can feel that my mind-nature has improved rapidly in the process. To me the process of introducing Falun Dafa can bring on hardships and tests where one often has to face such things as hot and cold weather, hunger and staying up all night. My mind became firmer through the tests and tribulations. I validated Dafa and improved my ability to go through hardships. Every time I travel abroad, I feel that my xinxing has upgraded.
3. Clarify the Truth via Telephone
Below are the three stages of my clarifying the truth via telephone:
After I saw Teacher's poem "Hurry Up And Tell Them",
"As Dafa disciples tell people the facts,
It's like sharp swords shooting out together from their mouths,
Shredding apart the rotten demons' lies.
Lose no time and save them, hurry up and tell them."
I felt the urgency of clarifying the truth to the precious Chinese people in person. Clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings is the mission and responsibility of every Dafa practitioner. I thought that everyone could make phone calls, and I have fallen behind, so I made a rule for myself: clarify the truth by making 50 phone calls a day. Since I was very eager to tell people the truth, I spoke very fast and very loudly. The Chinese people on the other end often had to remind me to not be in such a rush, talk slowly and keep my voice down a little. Sometimes they even asked me to repeat what I had said and then I realized that I should lower my voice and stop acting like a salesman promoting merchandise, because I was offering salvation to people.
B. People Listen
When I make phone calls with a pure, peaceful, and compassionate mind, thinking of others and smiling in the face of curses, more and more people like to listen to me. There were fewer experiences of being hung up on or people refusing to talk. However, most people were deceived to such an extent that they were afraid to talk with me. Although they would listen until I finished reading the draft I had prepared, they rarely talked back to me. As a result, I had no idea of what was on their minds, and it seemed that I did not completely eliminate their negative thoughts about Dafa. I hoped that I could talk to them like friends, understand their thoughts and clarify the truth more in depth.
C. Talking with Laughter
Teacher has taught us everything. It's only because of my poor enlightenment quality, that I can only enlighten to the true meaning of the Fa after making many mistakes in my cultivation. Through further studying the Fa, I understood that if I truly and completely think of others, the person I talk to will be moved to tears. When I speak my words with compassion, it can touch the side of people that is aware. When I tell people the truth with human attachments like fear or zealotry, the effect is not good. Sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference from the evil is also very important. With a much better understanding of the Fa, I could finally talk to the Chinese people over the phone like friends, with laughter and communicate. Now I spend 2 to 3 hours daily on the phone talking to the Chinese, and 4 to 5 hours on holidays, when the phone charges are reduced. I became friends with many people from Mainland China; many people I talked to learned the truth, and some even want to learn Dafa. I wrote down their addresses and mailed them many Dafa materials.
My experiences can be summarized in four points:
- Study the Fa a lot: Before I make phone calls to clarify the truth, I always study the Fa for over 30 minutes. This helps me eliminate my fear and other attachments, calm my mind, and strengthen my righteous thoughts. The more righteous my mind is, the more powerful my words are. Only our divine side can move people's side that is aware.
- Send forth righteous thoughts: through a trip to Hong Kong, I realized the importance of sending forth righteous thoughts, so I do so whenever I make a phone call. If the person I talk to says bad things, I would continue to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil behind that person. Often, the misunderstandings of the person on the other end of the phone would turn into agreement, and the harsh tone would become soft. I think sending righteous thoughts is extremely important. Sometimes, when I meet a person with too deep a misunderstanding, I would call Teacher's name in my mind. With help from Teacher, I can quickly change the negative thoughts of the person.
- Guard my mind-nature. Teacher said, "Just by staying unaffected, you will be able to handle all situations." (Lecture on the Fa at the U.S. Midwest Conference (June 26, 1999, Chicago)) "An Arhat should always be in a state of nonaction, with a mind that's unshakable." (Zhuan Falun) I try to remind myself not to be affected by praises or curses. One time, I made about a dozen phone calls, and all of them went well. My attachment of zealotry surfaced, and I ran into a hard situation the very next call I made. I think this was because the evil old forces took advantage of my attachment.
- Keep a solid mind. There had been much interference when I made phone calls. When I just started, sudden coughing, hot weather, and sleepiness often bothered me. I knew this was interference from the evil, so I just kept a firm mind and persisted in making the calls. Usually, the interference would go away, and I would not feel hot or sleepy any more.
After I started clarifying the truth on the telephone, I could feel rapid improvement. When I practiced the third exercise, I could feel my hands floating up and down. I can do the exercise according to the guideline of relaxed, slow, and smooth. When making phone calls or in everyday life, I can keep a peaceful and calm mind. One time, I reached a pay phone in China. The person who picked it up was very happy and asked me to call his home in ten minutes: he wanted me to tell him more in detail at home. He even asked me to also call his friends and clarify the truth to them. Miraculously, sometimes when I spent a few hours making 30 phone calls, it seemed that all of that was done in a second. Moreover, sometimes phone numbers would appear in front of my third eye, and when I called the numbers, everyone I talked to wanted to learn the truth about Dafa. One time, about 20 numbers appeared in front of my third eye one by one as I was making calls. As I dialed those numbers, all the calls went through, and everyone I talked with learned the truth.
I would like to end my experience sharing with a paragraph of Teacher's words:
"Question: In clarifying the facts I often feel that I lack wisdom. Is it because my cultivation state isn't good enough?
Teacher: When you lack wisdom it's usually caused by your being anxious, being anxious in your mind to do something, giving it too much importance, and thereby developing a different type of attachment. Actually, with a lot of things if you calmly and coolheadedly talk to people and handle those things rationally, you'll find that your wisdom will flow forth like a spring, and every sentence of yours will get right to the point, and every sentence will speak the truth. As soon as you become attached or anxious, though, or have some strong intention, your wisdom is gone, and that's because at that time you've come over to the human side again, right? You should try your best to use righteous thoughts and try your best to be in the state of a cultivator, and the results will be excellent." ("Lecturing on and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference")