Some Understandings Regarding the Relationship Between Truth-clarification Materials and Face-to-Face Truth Clarification
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently I found that in a certain residential subdivision in Jilin City, there were many Dafa truth clarification materials. On the ground there were several copies of flyers. On the wall of a residential sub-unit there were chalk-written words like, "Global Trial of Jiang" and "Falun Dafa Saves the World's People," etc. Yet next to it were pasted flyers of the same content. Papers that had been torn down were also all over the place.
In my opinion, the above phenomenon is due to practitioners' attachment of doing things, instead of standing from the perspective of truly saving sentient beings. Actually, clarifying the truth is not a situation of "the more materials the better." The key is whether we can thoroughly clarify the facts of Falun Gong and the persecution. I ask fellow practitioners (except those under special situations) to please think about this. Let's say you distributed or posted 100 items of truth-clarifying materials today, but do you know how many people can really understand the truth? Of course we don't pursue quantity in our effort in saving sentient beings, and that is exactly why we should bring the truth directly to people's hearts. Personally, I think that in order to let people truly understand, and to achieve a better effect, we should clarify the facts face-to-face to resolve all the questions and doubts people have, and in the meantime, we can give them truth clarification materials.
In addition, we should not do things as described at the beginning of this article, even though most of the stairs and hallways in residential subdivisions are already not very tidy. This is a basic issue of cultivating our minds and actions.
I would like to share my truth clarification methods as an example, to explain the relationship between printed truth clarification materials and face-to-face truth clarification. Since I only have a limited amount of truth-clarification materials, I learned from the Internet how to make paper lotus flowers. I would give paper lotus flowers to whomever I get a chance to talk to. According to the situation, sometimes I directly tell them that I am a Falun Gong practitioner, and sometimes I talk from a third-party point of view and tell them if they see the truth-clarification materials they should really read them and learn more about Falun Gong. Usually they all agree. Later, I obtained more materials from fellow practitioners. After I give people the paper lotus flowers, I hand them the printed materials as well, and sometimes I read them together with them, which is even better.
Since the place where I live has limited amounts of truth-clarification materials, I used to use crayons to write, "Falun Dafa is great." When I later clarified the facts to people, they'd say, "There are writings of 'Falun Dafa is great' in my building." I'd reply, "Really? I didn't think there were many Falun Gong flyers and materials around here." They'd answer, "No, there are some." In this way, we can easily start a conversation and clarify the facts to people.
I feel that we have surpassed the stage of just distributing printed materials, and we should step into the period of extensive face-to-face truth clarification. Truth-clarification materials and face-to-face truth clarification supplement each other. Materials with relatively brief contents can only serve as a foundation. Only in combination with face-to-face truth clarification can we truly help people learn the facts.
After reading Master's new article, "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People," I understood that we not only need to save the world's people, it is also of vital importance how we can better guide the future practitioners to obtain the Fa (1) under the current circumstances that the remaining evil is still doing wicked things. Only with the dual effect of face-to-face truth clarification and printed materials can we do better.
I'd like to finish with Master's words, "...a complete sacrifice is a higher principle of non-omission." ("Perfect Harmony" in Essentials for Further Advancement)
The above discussion is based on my own understanding; fellow practitioners, please point out anything inappropriate.
October 11, 2004
(1) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.