My Experiences in Face-to-Face Truth Clarification
(Clearwisdom.net) I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. I am 60 years old this year. In the past I was a veteran political cadre, which would imply that I should be able to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution easily. However, due to the impediment of my human attachments, I failed to do well in truth-clarification for quite a long time. I found it was difficult to open my mouth to clarify the truth to people face-to-face because I was afraid that they would not accept my words and that I might be reported to the police. As a result, I used to do truth clarification by distributing truth-clarification materials instead of talking to people face-to-face. In the past few years I tried to do truth clarification face-to-face, but I received very negative results, for which I felt very bad. I thought I was too stupid to accomplish it and even complained about people's indifference.
After Teacher published the article, "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People," other practitioners in our area and I looked inwards and found problems in our cultivation. First, we found that even now we have still failed to let go of many of our human attachments. We found that we fall far behind other practitioners because we failed to study the Fa (1) well in the past. Second, when we saw that so many people were poisoned by the deceit of Jiang's regime and have remained ignorant of the truth about Dafa, we realized how serious our responsibility to save them is . We all felt very worried that we might not have time to save all of them. But it's of no use just to feel worried. The most urgent thing at hand is to give up our human attachments and save sentient beings by following Teacher's instructions.
After studying Teacher's articles carefully, I put aside the attachment of being afraid and made up my mind to save sentient beings. Whenever I had free time, I tried to find opportunities for truth-clarification face-to-face in places where there were many people.
One day I saw an old man fishing on the bank of a river. I went up to him and talked with him about the persecution against Dafa practitioners. The talk went very well. Another time, I went to a park to deliver truth-clarification booklets to a friend. The friend didn't come, but I met a retired cadre of 70 years of age by chance. I started our conversation talking about the unfairness in the distribution of pensions and the widespread corruption of the country. Then I mentioned to him the cruel persecution by Jiang's faction against Falun Gong practitioners. It turned out that the old man had neither listened to the truth about Dafa nor read any truth-clarification leaflets before, and his brain was full of the lies from the state-controlled media.
I described to him many persecution cases, including the disfiguration of the face of Gao Rongrong in detention, the abuse against female Dafa practitioners, the death of more than 1,000 Dafa practitioners in the persecution and the staged self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square. Hearing all this, the elderly man was shocked and became very angry. He said to me: "These are not the deeds of humans. They are bandits! What they did is really shocking!" I then gave him truth-clarification materials. He was very grateful and said that he would read them carefully and would share them with his family members.
It's certain that we would save numerous sentient beings if we could successfully clarify the truth to every person. However, we shouldn't worry about the number of people receiving the truth. It would be good if we could clarify the truth to ten, or hundreds of people, while it is also good if we clarify the truth to only one person each day. A long journey is started by taking the first step. Hundreds of millions of sentient beings are waiting for us to save them one by one. If all Dafa practitioners clarify the truth to one person each day, we should have saved them all within a matter of days.
I asked myself: What is the happiest time for a Dafa practitioner? At that moment I genuinely understood that following Teacher to save sentient beings is the happiest time for us. As taught in Teacher's article, "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People:" "when you came, saving sentient beings was your great aspiration, and that is the responsibility and mission history has bestowed upon you in Fa-rectification."
Because I continuously studied the Fa and laid down my human attachments, more and more opportunities for face-to-face truth clarification have presented themselves to me and I have received better and better responses. Certainly it is only a beginning, but I would like to write my experiences down now in order to share them with fellow practitioners. Hopefully the practitioners who have taken no action up to now will be persistent in studying the Fa and in giving up human attachments, and will go ahead to save more people with the wisdom bestowed by Dafa. In this way, we will not disappoint the expectations of sentient beings and the wishes and compassionate salvation of Teacher.
The above is only my own understanding. Please kindly point out anything improper.
(1) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.