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Seize the Opportunity--Utilize the Rapidly Growing Internet to Clarify the Truth to the Chinese People

April 09, 2004 |   By a practitioner in North America

(Clearwisdom.net) According to the latest statistics, the number of Internet users in China has reached 80 million, and that country's network is growing at an unparalleled speed. Through automated tools, voice and text messages, we are archiving the effect of clarifying the truth face to face on the Internet. From our own experience, we realize that different methods of clarifying truth are complementing each other.

The following are experiences on clarifying the truth through the Internet from our local practitioners. We would like to share them with everyone.

Practitioner A: When I clarify the truth in the chat rooms, if the conversation is going well, I will email our chat program to the other side. The person usually can download and run the program on the spot. Through the program, he or she is able to see more truth-clarifying materials. The result is very good. I also want to bring up an issue. When I talk about ordinary people's affairs, people in the chat rooms are usually interested. But as soon as I bring up the topic of Falun Gong, some people just do not want to talk about it. Can we exchange some thoughts on this issue?

Practitioner B: In the process of clarifying the truth, we sometimes bring in our own notions. The result is always better if our hearts are pure and free from any notion. When I clarify the truth, I usually just speak directly about the truth of Falun Dafa. Although many people have misunderstandings, the results are always good when our righteous thoughts are strong and our hearts to save sentient beings are pure.

Practitioner C: I have been cultivating in Falun Dafa for over a year now. I used to clarify the truth by calling people in China, and I had the attachment of fear a lot times. I just started to use voice chatting on Internet; the result has been pretty good. I usually choose a happy and light-hearted tone when I chat. I am from Taiwan. As soon as the people from China hear that, they are often very interested in the situation in Taiwan. In a casual conversation, the topic is easily led to Falun Gong. I tell them about the freedom of belief and no one should control what others believe or not believe. This is an easy topic for everyone to agree upon. Then I tell them the current situation in China where people's freedom of belief is being violated by the government with an iron fist. And I clarify the truth using examples.

There are a number of reasons people will bring forward, such as I don't know how big and how populated China is, and there is no other way, etc. Then I would tell them that we don't need to discuss so broadly, and we can talk about things that have happened in our lives. I tell them about a friend of mine who was diagnosed with a terminal illness a few years ago. According to his doctor's opinion, he should have been dead a few years ago. But he started practicing Falun Gong, and he is very healthy now. His health is so good that he has been traveling all over the world. This is such a good practice that has given him a new life without costing him a single penny. So, whoever saved him is his savior. Now that his benefactor is being slandered, how can he not defend him? A person who stands up for the one who saved him truly commands admiration. Some everyday people would say Falun Gong is involved in politics after listening to me. Then I would ask them to give me some examples. The other side cannot give any example so they will not raise this issue again.

Practitioner C: Teacher said, "As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts." (from "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.") In the past when I clarified the truth to people, it often became a formality. Even though I said a lot, I did not pay attention to whether the person truly understood the facts, and whether the truth had inspired the compassion inside him or her. Through studying the Fa, I now have a much stronger sense of responsibility toward the person to whom I am clarifying the truth. One time I met a middle-aged man on the Internet. He had a lot of misunderstanding toward Falun Dafa. He told me that he had traveled to Beijing and visited Tiananmen Square. Twice he witnessed Falun Gong practitioners being arrested by police for holding up banners and handing out flyers in the square. "It's not easy for us to go to Beijing to visit," he complained. "The mood for sightseeing was ruined when we saw such an incident ..." So, I told him about a handicapped person in a wheelchair who spent seven days and seven nights to push himself from Tangshan to Tiananmen Square [to appeal for Falun Gong]. I asked him to think of why the person did it. I also told him the story about a retired first grade police supervisor who went to Tiananmen Square to clarify the truth. The man I was chatting with seemed to understand a little, but he asked why practitioners self-immolated. After I explained that the self-immolation was a hoax to frame Falun Gong, he asked why practitioners do not take medicine when they are ill. He asked four or five questions in a row. He seemed to have no more questions after I explained each one.

Practitioner B: Everything is done through the Fa. I want to talk about an incident that happened to me. I often clarify the truth to my colleagues at work, but some of them still have misunderstanding toward Dafa. I started to re-examine my own state of mind and searched within myself to see if I had any attachments. Slowly the environment around me started to improve. One day, a co-worker was telling me about something that was bothering her. I used the opportunity to clarify the truth to her from a different angle; I told her about the magnificence of Falun Dafa. In front of many colleagues, she suddenly said, "Falun Dafa is good, Falun Dafa is really good!" Right on the spot, some co-workers asked me to teach them the exercises. At that moment, I deeply felt the power of the Fa; it had done everything for me. If our states of mind are pure while clarifying the truth, the power of the Fa will manifest. We should pay attention to understand everyone we meet and value him or her as a sentient being waiting to be saved. Every one of our thoughts must be full of compassion toward all beings. At the same time, we must continue to collect materials needed for clarifying the truth. We can collect touching stories about the benevolence and compassion of Falun Dafa practitioners from the Internet. We should not stop at just informing people about the facts. Behind each fact, there is infinite wisdom bestowed upon us by Dafa for the purpose of saving sentient beings. With the immense compassion that created everything in this world, we can break through all misunderstandings caused by the lies and deceit and save the source of every life.