A Practitioner from China: "My Path Assisting Master in the Fa Rectification in Australia"
(Clearwisdom.net) I have often read the stories of overseas practitioners validating Dafa. I find them quite touching. Under Master's compassionate arrangement, I was able to travel to Australia. Only during this trip did I truly understand Master's teaching in "Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference,"
"When Dafa disciples validate the Fa, it doesn't matter which country or region you're in, or which ethnic group you belong to--there are no such distinctions among Dafa disciples. You're all one body."
The trip went smoothly and I met some Chinese people. As I don't speak English, they helped me with all sorts of paperwork throughout the trip. Some of them had not even heard about Falun Gong, so I took the chance to clarify the truth to them. On the afternoon when I arrived in Australia, my landlord asked me where I had planned to go for sightseeing during my three-month stay in Australia. I told him that I did not intend to go anywhere, but to find fellow Falun Gong practitioners in Australia. Though he did not understand, he was very moved, and on that afternoon he helped me search for the local volunteer contact person on the internet. Soon I got in touch with the local practitioners and started my path of Fa rectification in Australia.
During the days when I was clarifying the truth in Australia, I had some extraordinary experiences, and also gained a lot of understanding about cultivation. All these have strengthened my confidence in cultivation and in closely following Master to assist the Fa rectification.
As I don't speak English, nor did I know my way around, at the beginning it was difficult for me to go out to clarify the truth. However, my righteous thoughts in wanting to assist Master in the Fa rectification were firm, and a practitioner's righteous thoughts can change the environment. Initially, the local practitioners suggested that I distribute truth-clarifying newspapers since I did not speak English. I carried a big bag full of newspapers on my back, and looked for mailboxes while walking along the street. However I did not find any mailboxes. The bag was heavy and my shoe was broken. I anxiously sat by the street and almost cried. I could not even find my way home. I pleaded with Master: Master, could you help me! Then I raised my head and suddenly saw the mailboxes all over a wall. Actually, in Australia mailboxes are set inside the wall. I was so happy. After I finished distributing the newspapers, I also found my way home. When I arrived back home, the landlord said to me, "You don't speak English, nor do you know the way, but you were able to find the way back after going out for such a long time, it is amazing!"
My landlord and fellow practitioners gave me a lot of help. They drove me to various places to practice the exercises, study the Fa and clarify the truth. Sometimes when they were too busy, I let go of my fear of not speaking English or not knowing the way. I reminded myself, there is Master, and there is the Fa, so there is nothing to fear. I took the bus by myself to participate in the activities. During the three months when I was in Australia, I did not intentionally go anywhere for sightseeing, but I've been to many places in Sydney for truth clarification.
Once I was going to Canberra, Australia's capital city. A fellow practitioner had promised to drive me there, and we had made an appointment to meet. The place where I lived was far from the city where we were to me, and would take about 40-50 minutes by bus. That day the landlord did not have time to take me to the city, so I had to go by bus on my own. I had never met this fellow practitioner before, further he was a westerner. The night before I said to Master in my heart, "Master, could you please help me tomorrow. Give me some wisdom and help me find that fellow practitioner."
The next morning when I was about to leave, I said to my daughter before going to the bus stop, "If the bus driver is a westerner, what shall I do? I don't know where to get off." My daughter said to me, "I'll tell the driver to remind you, don't worry." The bus came and the door opened. My daughter was astonished and said, "It's amazing!" Actually, the driver was a Chinese, though there are few Chinese bus drivers here. I said to my daughter, "This is just the mighty power of Dafa!" That driver was very warm-hearted, and I told him about the persecution in China.
When I got to the city, I stood at the bus stop and waited for a while. I was a bit worried, and thought, if the fellow practitioner came, how would I distinguish him among the crowd? Then the miracle happened. I suddenly saw five golden shining characters of "Falun Dafa is good" in front of a person's chest. Each character was as big a palm. I was so pleased and ran towards him as a child. When I arrived in Canberra, I said to other fellow practitioner, "Could you help me find out what dress that western practitioner was wearing? The characters were so big and shiny!" The practitioner went to take a look, then came back and told me that there was only a row of small blue-printed characters of "Falun Dafa is good", and at that time he only wore it underneath a jacket. I understood it was Master who helped me when he saw my firm determination in clarifying the truth. A week later, that western practitioner took me back to the city again.
On my way home from the city I met a Chinese. I kept clarifying the truth to her along the way. At the beginning she did not believe, and had a lot of misunderstandings about all that Falun Gong practitioners were doing. I then told her the persecution stories of my fellow practitioners in China. Gradually her attitude changed for the better. She also left me her address and said she would help me if necessary. I also left her my address in Australia. When the bus came to my bus stop, she reminded me. Thus I easily got back home.
The place where I lived is very close to a university where there are a lot of Chinese students. On the campus there is a Falun Gong practice site. Every Wednesday and Thursday, I walked there to practice the exercises. Canberra is the Australian capital and every day a lot of Chinese tourists visit there. I heard that practitioners were greatly needed there for truth-clarification, so I went there three times. Every week, I attended the big group Fa study with Sydney practitioners. The practitioners study the Fa together and share their cultivation experiences. I was a newcomer and was not familiar with the environment, but as soon as I thought that we were one body, I would actively participate in various truth-clarifying activities. I harmonized with the local practitioners very quickly. In Sydney, there are a lot of suburbs. Practitioners took advantage of the local festivals to hold truth-clarifying activities, such as parades, waist-drumming, Tang Dynasty fashion shows, floats, Falun Gong exercise demos, anti-torture exhibits, etc. to clarify the truth to people.
To keep up with the immense process and force of Master's Fa-rectification, the local practitioners held many public activities to introduce Dafa, such as the lawsuit of Jiang Zemin and the anti-torture exhibition in front of the Federal Supreme Court. Before I came to Australia, I hadn't intended to stay. I planned to go back to China. My friends and relatives also had repeatedly asked me to be careful with my safety and try not to show my face in public while abroad. But since I believed that until the persecution is stopped, practitioners in China would be persecuted every second, every hour, and every day, I then took part in these activities without any hesitation. I thought that I was a Dafa practitioner and wherever I was, I should always do the three things that Master told us to do: study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth. I clearly remembered Master's teaching in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston:"
"The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things."
In front of the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, I told tourists, "Falun Gong is being persecuted in China. The Tiananmen self-immolation incident was staged." My pure mandarin often attracted their notice, and they would come up to ask me where I came from and how I came to be there. I told them that I came here to visit relatives. They were astonished and said, "You even dare to say such things here. Do you still want to go back? Do you know that there are video cameras here that can record your activities?" Hearing about this, I had no fear. I said to them, "If I don't say it, then who will? All the news reports about Falun Gong in China are lies. You have no access to the real facts in China."
The fellow practitioners promoting Dafa with me often asked me why I had no fear and how I had let go of it. I said that we were doing the most righteous thing. We didn't do anything wrong, then why should we be afraid? One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. Master taught in "Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful,"
"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..."
Sometimes when I had the thought that I really need to be more careful, a figure 88 would appear in my mind. I knew that it must be Master hinting at something. When I casually open Hong Yin (2) to page 88 (in Chinese), I then knew Master's painstaking efforts. On page 88, Master wrote,
"If you have fear, it will seize on; As soon as your thoughts are righteous, the evil will collapse; As a cultivator, you bear the Fa in your mind; Send forth righteous thoughts, the rotten demons are blasted; The gods are in the human world, to validate the Fa." (Unofficial translation of "What to Fear" from Hong Yin (2))
On September 15, 2004, a lawsuit against the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and the 610 Office for genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity was accepted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and the two defendants were sent subpoenas. On December 10, the court subpoenaed two defendants and plaintiffs to appear in court. It was World Human Right's Day. Falun Gong practitioners from different places in Australia held a 3-day truth-clarification event. The anti-torture exhibition in front of the Supreme Court needed help and I wanted to attend. Before, when I promoted Dafa in Canberra, I had acted as a practitioner being persecuted. What I didn't like the most was to act as an evil policeman, since the fierce appearance as an evil policeman made me very uncomfortable, and many people who got to know the truth about Dafa would spit on the person who acted as an evil policeman. Master saw my attachment. The coordinating practitioner said to me, "Please act as a policeman, since that is the only player we need." So on two successive days, I played the part of a policeman. I knew that Master was asking me to let go of human attachments and to save sentient beings with a pure heart.
My daughter often said, "Mom, you said that you came to Australia to visit me, but actually, you came here for the Fa. Since you came here, you have put all your heart in promoting Dafa and clarifying the truth, and haven't been out for a good visit." I thought: those are the things a Dafa disciple should do, and I'm still behind in the requirements of a Dafa disciple in the period of Fa-rectification.
When it was nearly time for me to go back to China, my daughter and fellow practitioners in Australia kept persuading me: The persecution is continuing now in China. Since you are always validating the Fa publicly, you may be in danger after you return. Don't go back. Won't it be the same for you to validate the Fa abroad? We can help you to apply for refugee status. I told them a dream I had. I dreamed that in a big dark room, there lay on the ground a large number of dead bodies. Whenever I moved one, he would come back to life again. At last all the people in the room woke up through my actions. I know that there are too many people in China who still don't know the truth about Dafa, so I must go back.
On the day before I was to return to China, I had a severe karma eliminating condition. I had a fever of 108 0F, vomiting, and chills. I knew that it was the evil that was scared. It was afraid that I would go back to tell fellow practitioners in China the great status of Dafa spreading overseas. It was afraid that I would go back to join the mighty current of Fa-Rectification. "I'm Master's disciple and should only take the path Master has arranged for me. I absolutely do not allow the old forces to interfere and persecute!" Once the thought came up, the evil was eliminated. It was just like what Master said:
"After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!" (Zhuan Falun)
The return journey went smoothly. When going through the airport security area, the security inspector insisted that I open my luggage. I immediately enlightened that the old forces hadn't given up so I sent forth righteous thoughts right away. The inspector took Hong Yin and asked me, "You are prohibited from carrying Falun Gong books, are you carrying any?" I said you could check. The inspector was unable to find anything. Thank Master for the merciful and arduous rescue!
Now I've already merged into the mighty current of validating the Fa to save sentient beings in China. Let the practitioners in China and all over the world forge ahead diligently together and achieve the goal of improving as a whole. Let's expose the evil and save sentient beings. Let's end the evil persecution as soon as possible.