My First Breakthrough in Clarifying the Truth
(Clearwisdom.net) A fellow practitioner, who lived far from me, had asked me several times to talk to his father about withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since I was his father's neighbor. I hesitated due to the fact that his father was a retired official and he was known to be very stubborn and selfish. Also, since he was hard of hearing, it would be quite difficult to communicate with him; one careless remark could cause a lot of trouble.
We lived in a residential apartment complex provided by our workplace. The residents came from various places. Because the CCP culture is deeply rooted in people's minds, on the surface, people are polite to each other, but there is no real trust. It is obvious that everyone is carefully protecting themselves from others.
For example, a fellow practitioner saw a person who used to practice Falun Gong, but who later gave up the practice due to fear of the persecution. This person soon started suffering from various illnesses. Out of compassion, the practitioner explained to him, from the perspective of the Fa, that he could only get rid of the illnesses if he resumed the practice. The former practitioner appeared to understand and indicated that he would resume practicing Falun Gong. However, his mother reported the practitioner to the local 610 Office that evening. A few days later, this practitioner's home was ransacked, and he was illegally arrested and taken to a brainwashing center and later sentenced to a forced labor camp. This incident was quite a painful lesson to the practitioners in our area. Since there are not many people at my workplace and everyone lives in close proximity to each other, it is hard to escape the government's watchful eye. Therefore, I had difficulty in fulfilling the request from the fellow practitioner.
One day when I was studying the Fa, I read Teacher's lecture,
"The more fearful they are inside, the more the evil specifically goes after such students. And the overall situation that has appeared, in which Dafa is persecuted in the human world, is caused by the large-scale, severe occurrence of these students being persecuted because they have attachments. Because they couldn't let go of their attachments they have been so-called 'reformed,' and this has led them to do things that help the evil, making the situation severe.
Why should you, a Dafa disciple, fear the evil ones when enduring persecution? The crux of the matter is that you have attachments. If not, do not endure passively, and face the evil people with righteous thoughts at all times. No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won't be this way."
("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful" from Essentials for further Advancement II)
I enlightened to the understanding that my cultivation environment was not good and that I should therefore do the three things even better! The old forces had arranged this environment. Shouldn't we, as Dafa disciples, change it?
I searched within myself and realized that it was fear that led to my cultivation state. The fundamental attachment of "self" was blocking me, keeping me from doing the things that I should do. Teacher said,
"The fact is, those who can't step forward, regardless of the excuse, are concealing fear. Yet for cultivators, fear or lack thereof proves [one's] humanity or divinity, and it is what differentiates cultivators from ordinary people. It is something that a cultivator must face, and the biggest human attachment that a cultivator must remove."
("Study the Fa Well, and Getting Rid of Attachments is Not Hard")
Teacher's words exposed my fundamental attachment. I suddenly became aware that I needed to step out from humanness in this environment. I must clarify the truth with righteous thoughts and save the world's people. I also needed to get rid of my fear and clarify the truth rationally and with wisdom, starting right then.
Once my understanding became clear, I set up a plan. Due to the fact that this practitioner's father had a hearing problem, I wrote what I wanted to say on a piece of paper and then went to look for him. The first time I went to his home, he was out. I immediately knew it was interference, yet I was determined to find him even if it took several tries. With this single righteous thought, he came to my home the next day. We talked a little before I took out the piece of paper and showed it to him. He read it carefully while I sent forth righteous thought while sitting next to him.
After reading it for the third time, he let out a long sigh and said, "I have wanted to withdraw from the CCP for a long time. But how do I do that?" From then on, everything went smoothly. Quite pleased, I explained to him how to withdraw from the CCP. He was also very happy. He started to list all the evil deeds the CCP had done, similar to those written in the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He taught me a lesson on how to clarify the truth. This event showed that people have already recognized the deceiving, evil, and violent nature of the CCP. However, in spite of this, there are still some people who dare not say anything due to their fear of the CCP.
This was my first time in clarifying the truth after breaking through the barriers in my mind. Although it was a small incident, it still meant a lot to me because I had made a breakthrough in my personal cultivation. I wanted to write it down as a reference for other practitioners who still have various concerns regarding clarifying the truth. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
November 22, 2005