The Path Home
1. Tone of Voice, Kindheartedness, and Reasoning
In clarifying the truth, many people told me: "I appreciate what you have said," or "What you have said makes sense to me." A practitioner's words can move many people. Master has said in his lecture "Clearheadedness" in Essentials for Further Advancement: "I have not only taught you Dafa, but have also left you my demeanor. While working, your tone of voice, your kindheartedness, and your reasoning can change a person's heart, whereas commands never could!" While cultivating in Dafa, we gradually transform ourselves into a life of great kindness that always thinks of others first. We are are willing to give to others and to the sentient beings with no reservations or regret.
2. Following a Practitioner's Standard to Do Our Jobs
I have very strong professional skills and work very hard, but my pay is not that high. Many people felt that I was not treated fairly. To tell the truth, with my skills it would be very easy for me to switch to a better paying job, but I did not do it. I know my boss. The company needs me. If I left they would be in great trouble. Master has said in "Wealth and Virtue" in Essentials for Further Advancement,
"The ancients said, "Money is something external to this physical body." Everyone knows it, yet everyone pursues it. A young man seeks it to satisfy his desires; a young woman wants it for glamour and luxury; an elderly person goes after it to take care of himself in his old age; a learned person desires it for his reputation; a public official fulfills his duty for it, and so on. Thus, everybody pursues it."
I am a practitioner. Whether I do a good job or not cannot be dependent on the money that I get. We always do our jobs well as required of a practitioner. We always do them according to our conscience.
3. My Boss's Questions
My boss and I are both fashion designers. An overseas company sent four journalists to China to interview us when we won the honor of being invited to attend an overseas fashion festival. As a practitioner, I took it rather coolly, but my boss felt a lot of pressure. It was pretty late that day when we finished the interview, but my boss still dragged me to have a long talk. He asked me: "I have many questions in my mind about you. How come you do not fight for your own interests like others do? With your poor health, how could you work so hard (I had surgery in my spine following my persecution by the police for my insisting on practicing Falun Gong)? How could you be so much at ease in front of the reporters during the interview, while I felt so nervous and stressful?" I told him the story of my cultivation and he was shocked. From then on, whenever my boss has friends visiting him, he would tell them of the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. He would ask me when he encountered questions that he could not answer. Sometimes when we have meals with our visitors, he will ask me to tell the visitors the true situation about Falun Gong. I am happy for him because he has realized the truth about Dafa and he will have a bright future.
4. Clarifying the Truth
My boss has turned the factory over to me to manage. I followed a practitioner's standard in conducting all business. The staff members in the factory know that what I do and say are fair and I care about them a great deal. This facilitated my clarifying the truth to them. Here are some interesting episodes.
When the SARS incident was at its worst, the factory had to be disinfected daily. The personnel were quite worried. They asked me: "Is it true that I won't contract SARS if I watch the truth-clarifying video for a few times?" I felt it quite amusing.
One night we worked overtime. Ms. Dai brought over her 5 year-old son and I showed him the carton that practitioners made. The kid told me rather seriously: "Uncle, can you give me this video disk? I want to show it to the teacher at kindergarten tomorrow."
Ms. Yang's boyfriend called from a southern city. I told her to let him know that Dafa is good. Ms. Yang joyfully told her boyfriend how wonderful Dafa is. Her boyfriend kept saying, "Yes, yes, I am ready to practice."
I gave a video disk to Mr. Zhao. That night he invited many friends to his home to drink. During the party, the kids begged to watch the video. As a result, the deception of the Chinese government's "Tiananmen self-immolation" case was exposed once more. I often hear voices describing the true situation about Falun Dafa at work.
I was forced to stay away from home after my escape from jail. The telephone in my home was bugged. I went back a few times but my family members sent me away, because they were threatened by the police. Do I have concerns about being reported by someone when I clarify the truth in the company? As a matter of fact the husband of one of the company staff members is a policeman. He had done some bad things and already received his karmic retribution. I thought carefully about these things and decided that I am a practitioner; whatever I do I follows the highest law of the universe. If I want to let other people see the wonder of Dafa, I need to put Dafa in its proper position. Dafa is righteous. I am Master Li Hongzhi's disciple. I will not accept any form of persecution, and I will do well in what I need to do.
5. The Form of Cultivation
Master said in Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa conference:
"Everything you're doing today is the actual practice that will be used as examples in the future, [including the aspect] of being able to cultivate while doing ordinary people's work. If you go to extremes you'll wreck this path, so you cannot go to extremes. You should just openly and nobly do well in what you should do in society, and then cultivate. Then you'll definitely be able to meet the standard that cultivators should meet, the standard for Consummation, because this is the path that the people of the future will take. The human society of the future is one without religion, and everyone will be a part of society, people will be participating in everything of that society, and perhaps the Fa-truths at this level of human beings and their inner meanings at higher levels will be integrated throughout the textbooks that students study."
Master has also said in Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003:
"So in the future it's quite likely that there will be no such form as religion. Perhaps the textbooks that mankind studies in the future will have elements of Fa permeating them, and perhaps those who can do well, or do even better, in their activities in society will be the same as cultivating. Dafa disciples, when you recall everything that you're doing today, isn't it like that as well? Dafa doesn't have any tangible form in the world that makes it some kind of politics in society."
Master truly opened up the most convenient door for us. We can have our jobs, businesses, and social activities. We can meet various people in various social environments and let them know the wonder of Dafa. Master said in the article "Dafa Is All-Encompassing" in Essentials for Further Advancement II: "In every one of society's professions a person can cultivate, and in each there are also people with predestined relationships waiting to obtain the Fa."