Making Use of Every Opportunity to Clarify the Truth
(Clearwisdom.net) I became a Falun Dafa practitioner in 1996. Before that, I suffered from severe rheumatism, and looked for medical help everywhere, but none of the treatments worked. After starting Falun Gong practice, I diligently followed the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion- Tolerance," and strictly conducted myself according to these principles. Hence, my character improved, and all the illnesses I had before vanished into thin air. I felt that I was the happiest person.
On July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Dafa. I went to Beijing four times to appeal and was illegally detained three times by the police. I was also arrested and detained twice on fictitious criminal charges. One time I was also imprisoned in a brainwashing class. I have been arrested many other times. In various difficulties, with my firm belief in Master and Dafa, I have survived these past five years; however, in this article I will not go into details about how I was able to make it so far. In the following narrative, let me mainly report to Master and fellow practitioners my experiences and understanding in clarifying the truth and offering salvation to people.
After a Car Accident
Because I persisted in Dafa practice, I was laid off from my job. In order to survive, I got a temporary job working as an accountant in an enterprise.
In December 2000, I was riding my bicycle, heading for the Tax Affairs Office. On my way there I was hit by a car. I landed heavily on the pavement about seven to eight meters away and hit my head on the concrete. The front wheel of my bike was twisted like a pretzel, and the spokes of the wheels had completely come off. The bag I had been carrying landed far away and the report forms and the official seal were scattered everywhere. I immediately got up from the ground, but felt a little pain in my head; however, I knew that as a Dafa practitioner I should be all right. I saw that the car moved forward a little further and then stopped. Both the passengers and the driver were so scared. They felt helpless. The passers-by all shouted, "Lie on your stomach!"
By now I thought that if the driver did not come to me, I would not have an opportunity to tell him about the truth of Dafa. At this moment, while I was thinking this, the driver got out of the car and walked toward me. I loudly told the driver, "Don't be afraid! I am a Falun Gong practitioner. I will not blame you! I won't have any problems at all!" Hearing me saying so, he felt relieved, and the passers-by were all silent. At that moment, a young couple got out of the car. The driver anxiously asked me, "Where have you been hurt? Shall we go to the hospital and get you checked?" I told him, "Don't worry! I am ok. There's no need to go to the hospital. My Teacher told me to think about others first and to be more considerate of others." On saying this, a traffic control police officer arrived. After finding out what had happened, he was going to file an accident report. He turned to me and asked, "Where were you hurt? Let's go to the hospital to get you checked." I told him, "There's nothing wrong with me, and there's no need to go to the hospital. My bike was broken, however. All I need is to have the driver fix my bike. I won't ask for one penny from him." This policeman said, "If everyone were like Falun Gong practitioners, things would be much easier."
The driver put my bike onto the car, and let me into the car as well. We went to look for a bike repair shop. After talking with them I learned that the young couple had just been married three days ago. When the accident happened, they were on their way to the bride's home in their uncle's car. The young couple said to me, "Seeing you hit like that - you fell so heavily - we were all frightened to death. We dared not get out of the car. You practice Falun Gong. Your Teacher really protects you!" The driver said, "I was lucky to have bumped into you today, otherwise I would have had a disaster." I said, "My good fortune also is because I practice Falun Gong. I could not have done this either had I not practiced. I would have sought damages from you. My Teacher has written in Zhuan Falun,
'The driver indeed drove the car too fast, but how could he possibly hit someone on purpose? Didn't he do it unintentionally? But, people are like this today. If he were not exploited, even the bystanders would find it unfair.'
"You also witnessed this. So many people told me to lie down on my stomach. What did it mean? Didn't they mean for me to blackmail you? Currently, the TV attacks and slanders my Teacher and Falun Gong. Please, don't believe that! After you get to know more Falun Gong practitioners in the future and read more Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials, you will understand more. It really is a pity that I have not brought such printed information with me today." The driver was moved and said, "Falun Gong is really great! I am a businessman. One day a while back, as soon as I opened the store's door, I saw a poster reading, 'Falun Dafa is good' on the door. Today I really got to know what that means. In the future, please post more materials so that more people will know that Falun Gong is good."
When the driver left the money for the bike repair at the repair shop, he also took out 100 yuan for me. The young couple also urged me to take the money. Seeing that I politely refused, they said that I should at least take 50 yuan then. I told them that I would not take even a penny. Seeing this, the bike store owner blurted out, "You are a Falun Gong practitioner, right?" I asked, "How did you know?" He said, "Only those who practice Falun Gong will do things like this." He also cautioned me to be more careful, because the police were arresting large number of practitioners at that time.
I felt very happy that he knew the truth. No matter what lies Jiang's regime has concocted, once people know the truth they will no longer be deceived.
The School Signature Incident
One afternoon in March 2001, my 10-year-old son came to look for me at my workplace right after school. As soon as he entered the gate, he said, "Mom, I did something wrong today. This afternoon, the school organized the entire school to participate in the "anti-cult" signature collection. The teachers and students in the whole school lined up with brush pens to sign on a piece of long, plain white cloth. The principal and teachers watched us signing our names. I didn't want to sign, but I was afraid; therefore I signed a fake name of the same sound but with different character." I said, "How could you sign that? By doing that, didn't you just help the evildoing forces? You should go and cross out your name."
My son didn't dare to go by himself. I then took him to school. It was at about 6:00 p.m., and all the students had gone home. There were only a few teachers left. We arrived at the School Administration Office. The four teachers there were preparing to go home. I went forward and asked, "You had a signature collection activity this afternoon, right?" Hearing this they were happy, and asked, "Your child came here to sign?" I didn't answer them immediately but asked, "Is the white cloth that you used to collect all the signatures still here?" "Yes, quickly sign your name!" Saying so, they were about to open the door. I said, "We did not come here to sign, but to cross out his name." "What?" They asked. "We are here to cross out his name," I repeated.
They didn't seem to believe what they heard and were quite startled. They stopped opening the door for me. I said, "I am a Falun Gong practitioner." After that, I went on to tell them how I had benefited from practicing Falun Gong. They said, "You saw those practitioners even setting themselves on fire at Tiananmen Square. Please do not practice any more." I said, "Zhuan Falun explicitly points out that practitioners should not kill any living beings. Teacher also teaches us in his other lectures that committing suicide is a sin. The television put on this self-immolation as a performance. This can only deceive people like you who do not know the truth. It is very easy for us [practitioners] to tell that it was not true once we saw it." One of the teachers asked in a threatening tone, "Where do you work? What's your name?" I told them, "You do not need to ask where I work. Had I been afraid, I would not have come here in the first place. Falun Gong teaches people to act according to Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. What is wrong with these three words? I educate my child to follow these three words. I believe that as teachers, don't you hope for your students to follow these words, too?" One of them said, "You should not force your opinion on your child. Since the child has signed his name, you should not go against your child's intent."
I said, "You are mistaken. After school today my child did not go home, but ran to my workplace to tell me that he did something wrong today at school. Originally he did not want to sign, but seeing that both the principal and the teachers were watching, out of fear, he signed a fake name. If you don't believe me, you can ask him if he wants to sign." My child immediately replied, "I do not want to sign!" Another person said, "Haven't they taken the cloth away to the District Educational Committee?" I said, "Didn't you just say that it was right here?" They did not say anything. Then one of them said, "Actually, we are collecting signatures to oppose cults. It didn't particularly say 'Falun Gong'." I solemnly said, "This is what you just said. If the signature collection was not targeting Falun Gong but only on cults in general, we agree. If it aims at Falun Gong, we firmly do not want to sign, because Falun Gong is not a cult, but teaches people to be compassionate. If you do not cross out his name, we will declare what you just said, that these signatures were not targeting Falun Gong."
By now, I thought that if they really did not let me cross out the name, it would be ok since they already knew my meaning. As soon as this thought came out, I immediately realized that it was wrong. What did I come here for? How could I let it go like this? Hence, I continued, "Fabricating this Tiananmen Square Self-immolation was done to deceive people. Those who did that are the real cult. Where did they get the fire extinguishers, and how could one still sing even after the tracheotomy?" [The girl who was allegedly severely burned was shown singing in the hospital, not long after she supposedly had a tracheotomy.]
Two of the teachers went inside the administration office. The more I spoke, the more powerful I felt, while they became less sure of themselves. When the two came out of the office they said, "We just discussed this. Since you are so firm, we will let you cross out the name." But the white cloth was so long also that after a long time, we still could not find my child's name. One of them said, "Since it is so hard to find, why don't you just randomly pick a name and cross it out." I immediately told my child, "We are practitioners of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. The first word is Truthfulness. It is only right for you to find the name you wrote and cross it out." My son immediately agreed.
The teachers stopped talking. Eventually, my son crossed out the name himself. When we got home, my son told me that among the four teachers, one was the deputy principal, two of them were directors and the other one was a teacher. I told my son, "If tomorrow your teacher talks to you about this matter again, remember that even if we cannot go to school, we will not slander Dafa." My son said, "Now I am not afraid anymore. I know what to do."
The next day, my son stood in the last row when doing physical exercises during recess because he is tall. The homeroom teacher stood right behind him. He saw that the deputy principal went to talk to the homeroom teacher. Then the homeroom teacher said, "It could not be him? This child is very good! Ever since I started teaching this class, I have noticed that this child's mind is very righteous." After school that day the homeroom teacher told my son, "I know what happened yesterday. Don't worry. Just act like nothing has happened, and do what you are supposed to do in the future."
After a period of time, my son's class was rehearsing a program. My son and a classmate were rehearsing a self-written piece of comic dialogue. When the deputy principal saw him he complimented him and said, "You did this?" The next year my son became a fifth grader. The entire school was electing a student to write an essay and to present it before the whole school. As a result, my son was again elected. When he presented it to the entire school, that deputy principal saw my son and again said, [complimenting] "It's you again!" Since the time my son crossed out his name, the school has not mentioned the Falun Gong issue anymore.
My Mother-in-law's Change of Heart
I wrote an article promoting Falun Dafa in October 1999. This article was handed in to the district government by the related units and then forwarded to the police department. That resulted in an inquiry, videotaping, confiscation of my personal belongings and detention. A local TV station portrayed me as stubborn practitioner. My mother-in-law's family was livid! They thought I, their daughter-in-law, made them lose face. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law came to condemn me. They said I had a bad influence on their brother, my husband who began practicing Falun Dafa in 1999. If it were not for me, they said, their brother would not practice Falun Gong. They told my husband to divorce me. My mother-in-law also called me, telling me to give up Falun Dafa cultivation practice. I refused.
On January 8, 2000, my husband and I practiced the Falun Gong exercises outdoors and the police arrested us, in violation of the Chinese Constitution. The police beat and verbally abused my husband. We were detained for over ten hours and then let go after the police extorted 4,000 yuan from my brother-in-law. Before we arrived home, my practitioner parents and my parents-in-law were already at our home. As soon as we arrived, my father-in-law threw my son's dinner bowl to the floor saying, "That is how you let the child eat at home alone."
When my mother-in-law and sister-in-law found out that we were detained for the whole night and our nine-year-old son was left at home alone, they were enraged. They hit my husband while scolding him and then they turned to hit me. While hitting, they also berated me and implicitly berated my parents with very mean words. At last, they berated our Teacher. My husband's eye-lid was blue. My sister-in-law's slapping knocked me to the floor. I felt dizzy and saw golden stars all around. During the fight, my son found the book Zhuan Falun on the bed and silently hid it. Right then and there I felt that cultivation was very difficult. So I silently recited one sentence in Zhuan Falun,
"But, usually when a conflict comes along, if it doesn't provoke you, it doesn't count, it doesn't work, and you won't be able to improve from it."
I recited it again and again to be able to endure all this. My father had always been calm. My mother had only acted tolerantly as a normal person. Long after that night, my mother often mentioned what happened and felt it was unfair.
The next day, the manager in my work unit deceived me into participating in a meeting in our district. I went with several other Falun Gong practitioners. As it turned out, we were secretly sent to a brainwash class. We suffered verbal abuse, beatings and other physical punishment, including being forced to stand in the chilly outdoors and threatened. I had been persecuted for 22 days. Under such high pressure, I was released after writing the Guarantee Statement "not to practice" against my conscience. Afterwards, I spoke to the Party secretary about the truth of the persecution and expressed that I would keep on practicing Falun Dafa. My work unit then ordered me not to come to work any more.
After getting back home, I reflected on my mindset. I found that after all these years I had only cultivated Falun Dafa on the surface. I hadn't made solid xinxing [mind-heart nature, moral character] improvements. There were still so many attachments! Remembering back to when I was being beaten by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, I could only achieve forbearance forcibly. Faced with such an evil environment as the brainwashing class, how could I have passed the xinxing test? At the time I acted from the standpoint of personal cultivation, because I hadn't yet known that these tribulations were the arrangements of the old forces. I realized I must calm down and study the Fa [the teachings of Falun Dafa] to really cultivate my xinxing. It was the lesson learned from this incident that allowed me to go firmly through the following tribulations.
When I came back from the brainwashing class, it was already the Spring Festival of 2000. I bought a high quality sweater for my mother-in-law. My sister said, "She hit you and you bought her a sweater?" I said, "I do not resent her. It was me who didn't do well." My sister said, "What a generous heart a practitioner has!" The next day my husband and I took the sweater to my mother-in-law's home. It so happened that my sister-in-law was also there. When they saw us, they were surprised but happy. When I brought out the new sweater and asked my mother-in-law to try it on, she was moved to tears. She held my shoulders with both hands and then touched my face. She asked whether I still felt pain. Right then I realized her heart. A person who didn't cultivate, when facing tremendous pressure from the evil, her heart was overcome by affection - what kind of pain it was! My sister-in-law also burst into tears and said, "Come on, come on. Everything is past. Be kind after this." My mother-in-law said, "You didn't get paid a salary for a long time. You didn't buy anything for yourself but you bought something nice for me." I told her that is what I should do.
Since then, the relationship with our parents-in-law improved. Whenever we had time, we would drop by to visit them. I wanted to tell them the truth, but they all believed what the media said. Because I was too anxious, I could not make my mother-in-law understand but pushed her even further away. My mother-in-law just didn't believe what I said. She criticized Teacher. I could not stand for this. I told her sternly, "You may hit me or scold me if I didn't do well, however, I cannot allow you to criticize my Master. Although I was detained, I didn't do anything bad. Detention is the government's fault. I didn't make you lose face. If you feel this is so, we can part ways!" My mother-in-law was rendered speechless. My father-in-law came to ask me to leave. I left.
Later I heard from my husband who had remained behind: my mother-in-law knelt down before my husband; my husband helped her up and told her calmly, "Mom, calm down if you want to speak. What else could she do when you act like this? She benefited from practicing Falun Dafa, so she wants to tell you that Falun Dafa is good." My mother-in-law said, "I hit. I scold. I cannot find other ways [to change you and her]. I won't bother with it any more."
After a while, I thought I had to tell the truth to them. My in-laws didn't mention Falun Gong at all any more. They did not listen, ask about, or mention Falun Gong. What could I do? My husband and I had been forced to leave home by then to avoid being arrested, so we seldom came back home. I was arrested again in 2001. The police informed my parents that I had been sentenced to forced labor for three years. My mother-in-law also heard that I was incarcerated for three years in a forced labor camp.
Nevertheless, after nine days I left the labor camp with the power of my righteous thoughts. When I went to see mother-in-law, they were shocked. When I said that I didn't pay the extortion money, hadn't renounced Falun Gong, but was released by not cooperating with evildoers during the procedure, my mother-in-law was numbed with shock. I said, "You saw that the police wanted to send me to a labor camp and demanded 3,000 yuan from my parents. My parents didn't cooperate with them. They didn't hand in a penny. I also did not cooperate, so I am back. Last time when we were arrested, my brother-in-law should not have paid that 4,000 yuan. The police squandered the money that was paid. Some even secretly put part of it into their own pockets. Handing in more money would only encourage them to arrest more people."
My mother-in-law said, "I didn't know all this at that time. We were so afraid and anxious all day long. Although I didn't ask you when you came, I could not get you out of my mind. I could not eat well and sleep well. You don't know how many times I cried, especially the time when you both went to Beijing, I felt like the sky was falling." I replied, "Mom, this is because you didn't know the truth. If you knew the truth you would not feel that bad."
Since then, my mother-in-law began to listen to the truth. I learned from the last lesson, and started the truth-clarification with practicing the exercises and being a kind person. Shortly after, mother-in-law was going to move to another place. My husband and I often went to her home to help with the move. Out of our own initiative, we took on the heavy and dirty work first. Mother-in-law was happy. She told my son, "Your mom really became better after practicing Falun Gong." Then my husband and I brought a video player to let her see firsthand the truth-clarifying VCD. She wouldn't look at it before, but now my mother-in-law was no longer deceived. She saw through the farce on TV. Under her influence, the whole family no longer objected to Falun Gong and started to get to know the truth. My sister-in-law has always given us financial help during our difficult times due to the persecution. What makes it even better is that my mother-in-law also obtained the Fa and began cultivating two years ago. The former happiness and laughter returned to our family.
Gratitude from My Cousin
In the summer of 2002, my cousin Jun was hospitalized. When my husband and I went to visit him, we talked about the truth of the Self-immolation Incident at Tiananmen Square. Six people in his ward, all except one who was not there at the time, came around to listen. When we were in the middle of the discussion, that other patient came back. He was a man in his 60s and didn't look good. When he found out that we had been talking about Falun Gong he became so angry. I sent forth righteous thoughts while speaking, to eliminate the evil factors behind him and willed him not to talk. He didn't speak but his face turned blue. After I finished, Jun was so scared that he whispered to my husband, "Don't let my cousin talk any more. Don't you see how angry that man is? He might report you." I said not to worry.
The next day when I arrived, Jun and his wife told us, "Yesterday evening after you left, that man made a tirade against Falun Gong, but this morning his whole body froze; he could not move any more; he could not talk. His whole family came. Even the doctor could not diagnose what was wrong. After several hours he recovered and could slowly get up by himself." I said, "I will tell him when I have a chance." Jun and his wife were scared, "Please don't. He was so against Falun Gong!"
Since that time I often went to the hospital. I would greet that man first when I came, and say goodbye to him when I left. Occasionally, I would speak a few words with him. At first he was reluctant to speak with me. Slowly, his attitude changed. My parents also talked about their beneficial experience with Falun Gong when arriving at the hospital. There was a couple that wanted to learn the practice right away. I gave them a copy of Zhuan Falun and a videotape to teach them the Falun Gong exercises. Cousin Jun began to practice Falun Gong after he left the hospital. He also influenced his friends to practice Falun Dafa.
After Jun left the hospital I still went there often. Sometimes when I didn't appear for several days they would say, "We've been looking forward to seeing you. Didn't you bring the book?" Once when I arrived, only the old man was there. He said, "They went for dinner downstairs." He asked me to come close and said, "Girl, may I borrow that book from you?" I said, "Sure, I'll even give it to you; but first you must understand that Zhuan Falun is a precious book." So I took out the truth-clarifying CD and brochures. I told him to read the brochures first and view the CD when he was back home, and I would return to bring him the book.
Ten days or so later I went to give them truth-clarification handouts again. The old man looked great. He told me secretly, "The doctor was about to perform surgery on me this Thursday, because the injections and medicines didn't make me better but worse. However, these days, my situation has suddenly turned around. The doctor said that I don't need to have surgery. They felt it was very strange and wondered what had happened? Girl, I understand why!" He pointed to the truth-clarification brochure that had an article entitled, "The warning from heaven." "It is Him who helped me. I understand after reading this Zhuan Falun. Sometimes I was about to lose my temper. But when I remembered Teacher Li's words, I calmed down. Young lady, thank you so much!" I could feel that all these words were from the bottom of his heart. I am so glad that he could understand the truth and has a wonderful future ahead of him!
I Began Enjoying my Housekeeping Job
Last year, on a recommendation, I found a housekeeping job. In my interview with the head of the house I discovered that his parents lived in the same place as my parents did. They were all retired government officials. I felt somehow that I was losing face. After I returned home I told my parents about this job. Father was strongly against the job, particularly since my parents had conflicts with his parents before they practiced Falun Gong. My husband also disagreed with it at the beginning. Father said, "Any house would be ok except his house." I felt torn in my mind and did not want to take the job. I knew, though, that nothing a practitioner encounters is a coincidence; there should be some factors to help a practitioner upgrade. I was worried about the outcome and hoped that the family wouldn't hire me and instead hire someone else. But things turned out contrary to my wish; not only did he employ me but even asked me to immediately clean his new, very large house. This family had two houses, which were so large that it would tire me out to clean them.
Thinking it over and over, I realized that I was a Dafa practitioner. Finally I saw it from the standpoint of offering people salvation. Those people under normal circumstances couldn't see the truth and were against Falun Gong; as a housekeeper I could get in direct touch with them and clarify the truth to them.
I always felt treated unfairly when I first started to work there. I worked very hard; the harder I worked the more the feeling of unfairness came out, because I was thinking that we were all officials' families; why should I do the cleaning job for you? Just at the very moment of my indulging in this attachment I fell off of a high bench and got a huge bruise on my bottom. Then I remembered Master's teaching in Zhuan Falun,
"You will be made to stumble, whereby you will become enlightened to the Tao."
By holding only this thought of unfairness, I didn't look like a practitioner at all. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the bad thoughts, and made full use of my time later to study the Fa and adjusted my point of view.
Sometimes, when I thought I had already let go of some of my attachments, after a period of time they would come back again. I often ran into guests coming to visit the homeowner. One time when I was cleaning the living room, a guest came in and asked the head of the house who I was. He said I was his housekeeper, which irritated me. I felt so bad that I went into a bedroom, embarrassed to face people. When I entered the bedroom I immediately realized that it was an attachment to reputation. Why should I be ashamed of making money by the honest work of my own hands? Dafa disciples practice cultivation in a dignified way. Next time when people came, I greeted them deliberately. When guests asked the homeowner who I was he said instead, "This is my friend who came here to help me." Actually, I already didn't care then how he introduced me.
When I first started to work there and get to know the family, I clarified the truth of Falun Dafa to them. However, they didn't listen at all and were opposed to it; thus I decided not to be anxious to tell them the truth of Dafa. I first did my job well. Even things that were not my job to do I did, going the extra mile. In the beginning they observed me secretly. They often wanted to give me something extra. I then told them that we practitioners wouldn't accept other people's things, and it does not matter whether you are at home or not, I would do everything well just the same. I explained to them that to practice our cultivation way we do not merely perform the exercises; the most important thing is to cultivate our xinxing. Gradually, my employers became more and more sure of me. Afterwards when they were not at home, they would give me the keys and felt quite reassured about my being there. They even told other people, "Our housekeeper is a Falun Gong practitioner. She is really a great, high-quality woman. She does the job so well; we are completely comfortable with her." They also advised other people to look for a Falun Gong practitioner to be their housekeeper if they wanted one. Other families had told me that as well.
The family's daughter was studying at a college in Beijing. When she returned home for a holiday, I clarified the truth to her. She told me, "At my coming back, Mom and Dad already told me that our family's housekeeper is a Falun Gong practitioner who is very nice. They kept praising you." When her schoolmates and friends came to visit her, I also told them how the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation" was staged and why Jiang Zemin was afraid of Falun Gong. Before long, the girl went to Xi'an City to visit her relatives. After returning home she told me, "I went to visit my relatives in Xi'an and I knew that they always change housekeepers because some of them stole things and some didn't do their job well. I told them that the person our family hired is a Falun Gong practitioner who does such a great job that we often give her they keys to the house. Do you know what they said? They want me to ask you if you would like to work for them. They would like to offer you higher pay!" The girl laughed out loud.
She kept laughing while talking, "I told them it would do if they could hire a Falun Gong practitioner from their local area, but they said that they couldn't get in touch with a Falun Gong practitioner." Hearing these words I knew that they already had a right understanding of Falun Gong. The best way to validate the truth is to act properly as a practitioner.
Master said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston,"
"You are cultivators, whose conduct is [supposed to be] pure and righteous. There are so many people who think you're great just by having seen how you act. If we don't pay attention to our own behavior in our daily lives, everyday people will see our actions and, since they can't get to know you at a deep level such as by studying the Fa, they will just look at how you act. And it's possible that one sentence or one action of yours will make them unsavable or create a bad impression of Dafa."
Last year when it was nearing the Spring Festival, there were a lot of people looking for housekeepers. In order to clarify the truth well, during that time, I sometimes worked together with a fellow practitioner. There was one family of a bureau chief. At first they didn't know anything about Falun Gong, and the bureau chief was quite against Falun Gong because of the propaganda on TV. Through our words and deeds, in addition to our clarifying the truth to them, they developed a righteous impression of Falun Gong. The bureau chief's wife (Chief Wang) was a section chief from a facilities unit. One day she told me, "One evening, the TV again aired something about Falun Gong. When I arrived at work the next day, all the people from our section were talking about Falun Gong, saying how bad Falun Gong is. I then stood up and said, 'You all say that Falun Gong is not good, but my housekeeper is a Falun Gong practitioner. Why doesn't she act like what was told on TV? Her character is even better than that of an official; we can't even compare ourselves to her. If all people practiced Falun Gong, the society would be better. My fellows all said that I was amazing and said, 'you were reformed by Falun Gong.'"
There was another family we worked for. When we let him know at the beginning that we were Falun Gong practitioners, he was so frightened that he stepped backward saying that Falun Gong is too scary. The next day he found Chief Wang who had recommended us, and asked, "Don't you know that those housekeepers are Falun Gong practitioners?" Chief Wang replied with ease, "Yes. I forgot to tell you that they are Falun Gong practitioners. They are really nice and of high moral character. You can be fully reassured. They are not like what is presented on TV." That was what Chief Wang told me later. When we worked for him the next week, he was not so frightened. He got to know the truth of Dafa afterwards through our words and deeds. On March 8, International Women's Day, the house mistress wanted to give us an extra 100 yuan and said, "Before I got in touch with you I believed what was said on TV and thought that Falun Gong practitioners killed others and set themselves on fire. Now I understand that not only don't you act like what is shown on TV, but in actuality, from your behavior, I know that you are good persons, even better than good persons. I'm more than happy to know you. It's Women's Day today; my work unit gave us a 200-yuan bonus. I don't have anything to give to you, so I would like to give you 100 yuan as a gift." I said, "You now know the truth of Falun Gong, which make us much happier than you giving us money, no matter how much it is. Your kind thought we already know, but we cannot accept your money." She was truly touched.
The residential area where Chief Wang lived had only two buildings. Since deliveries were tightly controlled, there were no truth-clarification materials there. Many older people often gathered in front of the reception room during the summer to chat. Many of them I didn't know, but they took the initiative to talk to me and greet me. They were very warmhearted, which made me wonder. I asked Chief Wang why that was. Chief Wang said, "You don't know yet! It was because those families you worked for all praised you. I also told them your story. Now, in this residential area all the people know that you are a Falun Gong practitioner. They also know that you are very nice and your father is a high-ranking official. Because you practice Falun Gong, you were deprived of your previous job and you have to work at a house cleaning job for the present." I said, "The propaganda claimed that our Falun Gong practitioners don't care for our families, nor do we work. It's actually Jiang who does not allow us to work while he still fabricates lies to deceive people." Chief Wang said, "That's right! Now I completely understand everything."
Chief Wang has by now also started to practice Falun Gong. Although she hadn't finished reading through Zhuan Falun, all her illnesses disappeared. She also saw a Falun. She said, "Falun Gong is really wonderful. Master is really great!"
Now, I not only don't think that doing such a menial job as housekeeping is losing face, I started to love this job instead. My parents also changed their minds. Father said, "As long as they can know the truth of Dafa, if they want you to do the job, you do it. I fully support you."
I still remember that a fellow practitioner asked me, "You are a key person from the beginning of the persecution and the authorities have recorded your information; why have you not been put into a labor camp?" My understanding is that when coming across tribulations, whether we can realize that we are Falun Gong practitioners, and whether we can hold a firm belief in Dafa and Master, having righteous thoughts and minds is what truly matters. I think that is the key point.
I know that what I've done is not enough. Compared with those diligent fellow practitioners, I'm far behind. I'm also far from the standard that Dafa requires. I will make full use of the time left and do well the Three Things">Three Things Dafa disciples are supposed to do [study the Fa, send righteous thoughts and clarify the truth of Falun Dafa and the persecution].
This is a little personal experience sharing. If there is any improper point, please correct me.