Creating the Environment for Face-to-Face Truth Clarification
(Clearwisdom.net) I live in the countryside. Since the spring of 2003, I have been bringing truth-clarification materials and VCDs with me when I go to the market to sell vegetables. I clarify the truth to people face-to-face. When I meet people who don't understand the true situation about Falun Gong and the persecution, I give them a copy of the VCD for them to watch at home, so that they can learn that Falun Dafa is wonderful.
Usually, I start by chatting with fellow vendors around me. I ask them where they live, and if they know of anyone practicing Falun Gong in their area, and if they know about Falun Gong. Whenever I mention Falun Gong, people will pay attention or look at me with shock in their eyes (because the persecution is severe in my district), and ask me if I practice Falun Gong. I then reply yes. They ask why I practice it even though the government doesn't allow it. I then tell them about how my body used to be sick, and how I couldn't even ride a bicycle. Now I am over 50 years old, but I can ride a bike for over 40 kilometers with 100 kilograms of goods. I start from how I have benefited and how the practitioners are being persecuted. Usually I will have quite an audience by this time.
One time, a woman in her thirties saw that I was giving out Falun Gong materials in the market and came up to me. I was still handing out materials and I didn't avoid her. She stopped and said to me, "How dare you, spreading Falun Gong." I talked to her about how the media lies about Falun Gong. She said, "How dare you say that, do you know what I do?" I said, "I am not concerned about what you do. You are first a human, and a human needs a moral standard to conduct themselves by." She then said, "Do you know what my husband does? He works for the government." I said, "I don't care what he does. If he's in a police station or in a department that persecutes Falun Gong, then it makes sense for me to clarify the truth to you! Tell him not to persecute the innocent and kind practitioners. Tell him to learn the truth, don't let him commit wrongdoings, and tell him that this is for his own good." I talked to her about the persecution that the practitioners are going through, and told her how the media lies to the public. She started smiling in understanding after listening for a while. I gave her some truth clarification materials and a VCD, and put them into her bag. Whenever I meet people who start smiling after listening to me clarifying the truth, I feel happy for them because they now know the truth. This kind of joy for others is stronger than any joy I might feel for myself.
Through clarifying the truth face-to-face, I learned that when a person has been poisoned extensively by the lies, he usually has reservations when he first hears truth clarification or when he reads the materials. When a second or third person talks to him about the truth, he understands more.
Take my cousin for example. She thought I was crazy for going to Beijing to validate Dafa, getting arrested, detained and beaten up. She even made fun of me. Later, after my uncle (her father) was sent to the hospital, the mother of another practitioner stayed in the same room. The practitioner clarified the truth to my family, and they became more understanding. My cousin and her mother told me that the other practitioner told them the same things I told them, and thus they realized what is really going on. They became understanding and supportive towards me, and my two cousins started reading the Falun Gong books.
One time while I was walking, I started chatting with a passer-by. Later, I asked if there were any practitioners in his neighborhood. He said yes, but that they might be practicing at home. I asked him if he knew that Falun Gong is good. He said that he had seen a VCD and knows that Falun Gong is good. He said, "There are so many people practicing Falun Gong outside China. Jiang Zemin can't suppress them all." He told me that a relative of his is a village secretary, and that he said the same thing. He then talked about how the officials in all levels of the government are corrupt. I had tears of joy for him and the village secretary.
In August of 2002, officials started a brainwashing class in my city. The police station chief, town secretary and officers all came to arrest me. They brought with them two women to monitor me and took me away in a police vehicle. As soon as the vehicle started moving I clarified the truth to them. They asked questions and I answered them. Slowly their attitude softened. In the brainwashing class, I clarified the truth to the perpetrators, to suppress the persecution and refused to be "transformed". They sent me to the detention center. While there, I clarified the truth to the detainees, and taught them how to sing Falun Dafa songs. After 15 days of detention, under the protection of Master, I came out with righteous thoughts. In the past, the perpetrators always monitored me and always came to keep surveillance on me and harassed me at my house. Since leaving the detention center this time, the police have not come back to harass me. It's now easier for me to clarify the truth, so I do so whenever I have the chance.
As Master's Fa-rectification progresses, and through the practitioners' sacrifices in clarifying the truth, it is now easier for people to listen to our truth clarification. Now when I say I practice Falun Gong, people won't be shocked or misunderstand me. Many people from the market know that I practice Falun Gong. Some of them shout, "Falun Dafa is wonderful!" as a way of saying hello when they see me.
Practitioners in my district take all opportunities to clarify the truth with wisdom. We give out flyers and materials in faraway locations. In order to let people living in the far away mountain districts learn the truth, we will travel 120 kilometers overnight to hand out flyers. We always get back around 2 or 3 in the morning, yet we always feel joyful as we travel back.
I am thankful to Master for assigning me a cultivation path, and giving me the environment to clarify the truth in the market. I have learned the power of "righteous thoughts and righteous actions" and righteous faith in Falun Dafa. At this point in time we should further understand Master's teaching, "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People." We should value our opportunities and complete the great mission that our Master has given us, and bring salvation to more sentient beings.
These are some of my experiences in clarifying the truth. I hope that fellow practitioners can kindly point out my mistakes.
October 21, 2004