Keep Righteous Thoughts Strong and Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) Reflecting on my cultivation experiences during the last half year, my biggest realization is: If I keep my righteous thoughts strong and save sentient beings from the standpoint of the Fa, all will go well.
Six months ago I received a phone call from a friend. I was told that a clinic was looking to hire somebody, and he asked me whether I wanted to work there. At that time, I didn't think too much about it, only that it was an opportunity to clarify the truth. Beings who have a predestined relationship with the Fa are waiting for me to save them. Although the clinic was far away from my home and didn't have many patients, I didn't think much about that. I only considered things from the fundamental perspective of helping Teacher to rectify the Fa and save sentient beings. I agreed to go.
Before leaving, I sent forth righteous thoughts for the clinic owner, sending thoughts of "Falun Dafa is good," "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is good" into his mind. Carrying those firm and beautiful thoughts, I went to the clinic. I thought of clarifying the truth to the beings that had predestined relationships with me.
The purpose of my going to the clinic was very clear. I was planning to clarify the truth and save people, and I have always put my efforts into fulfilling that purpose. At work, I tried to do even the smallest thing correctly and tried my best to harmonize the Fa and show the beauty of Dafa.
From the beginning, I got along really well with the owner (There are only two of us at the clinic most of the time.). He thought that I was a good person, a very good person. In my previous job, I had a lot of fear. When clarifying the truth to classmates and teachers, I worried a lot. Most of the time, the truth wasn't made clear enough. But this time, I was determined to do well. I strengthened my righteous thoughts and intended to save him. At first, I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Teacher to give me power. I believed that I would succeed!
The next morning, I told him the facts from an indirect angle as we watched the "2006 Chinese New Year Global Gala" VCD and I sent forth righteous thoughts. After seeing the show, he complimented it by saying that the background looked very lifelike, the content of the show was clear, and there was nothing unpleasant about it.
I also gave him a card with the words "Falun Dafa is good" on it. He accepted it with pleasure and set it respectfully in a high place. He said, "Even fire won't touch it." With my persuasion, he quit the Chinese Communist Party. When I clarified the truth to him, I always held strong righteous thoughts: "I want to save him. He definitely will accept the truth and be saved. He will have a beautiful future." Because my thoughts were strong and pure, as soon as worry and fear surfaced, I eliminated them. He easily accepted what I said.
From then on, whenever the opportunity arose, I talked to him about the stories I read on Minghui Weekly, Zhengjian Weekly, the Nine Commentaries, and truth clarification flyers. He listened attentively. I wanted him to understand the truth at a deeper level and learn the principles of human life. Talking about those precious and beautiful things with him was to show him the beauty of Dafa from a different angle. In my interaction with him, I felt more and more that many people who have the predestined opportunity to know Dafa are very good beings. We should treasure them. In the following days with him, I always treated him with compassion and kindness. I am very happy that he can be saved.
My mental state was good. He was also willing to chat with me, talking about life and ideals. I told him truth clarification stories and historical stories from a righteous perspective in regards to warnings from Heaven. He was grateful to me and treated me well. In fact, he is a young man in his 20s. His inside is good, but he is tainted with many bad "fighting and winning" characteristics gleaned from society. He often showed fits of temper to his friends but never toward me. He said to me that I was a kind person, a very good person, saying that I could change wicked people and save them, so he respected me. His friends respected me as well. I thought it was because I did things from the perspective of the Fa. When saving sentient beings, Dafa's beauty and compassion reflected through me.
I have a deep feeling about another incident. The owner has a very good friend, A, who sometimes comes to the clinic. With one look at A you could tell that he was very wealthy. Before practicing Falun Gong, I disliked that kind of a person, so my heart was full of hatred. Whenever A came, I felt very uneasy.
Coincidentally, I discovered that A has a kind side. I realized that A was also a life with a predestined relationship with Dafa. They are all waiting to know Dafa's beauty and truth. Why would I block myself with human notions developed in this lifetime and not save him? Maybe A has been waiting in pain for a very long time, and with Teacher's compassionate arrangement, he was able to be saved today. Teacher said,
"How I look at things is different from how you or the world's people do. When a human being sees someone make a mistake he finds it almost unforgivable. But I don't look at things that way. I look at an entire being overall, and even when there's just one thread of hope, I'll give him hope." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")
Therefore, I strengthened my righteous thoughts, let go of my notions and attachments, not looking at his bad habits developed in this lifetime. Instead, I attempted to save him and asked for Teacher's power. When I firmly sent out the thought, a sense of compassion emerged in my heart, very peaceful and calm.
The next day, Teacher made an arrangement. For the whole afternoon, I was alone with him, and I told him about the "April 25" incident, the Nine Commentaries, quitting the Chinese Communist Party, and the Party harvesting Falun Gong practitioner's organs. We both took interest in the discussion. Especially when mentioning the truth of the persecution and the harvesting of organs from living practitioners, he was very angry when he learned of the unfair treatment toward practitioners. Seeing that he viewed things from a righteous perspective, I knew that the conscience of another life had awakened, another life had been saved. At the same time, I deeply felt that when practitioners are saving lives, we mustn't use our own notions to measure a being. Otherwise, people with predestined relationships with us may lose the opportunity to be saved. We must not make that kind of mistake!
I have had shortcomings in this period of cultivation, but overall it has been good, because I've always firmly held the thought of saving people. Once that was determined, everything I did later on did not slide away from that basic premise. So the whole effect was great, without much regret. Now I am leaving the clinic. Even though I am about to leave, "Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities"(Zhuan Falun, 2000 edition). Dafa's beauty was left with the sentient beings there, Dafa's peaceful and compassionate energy field is also there. I believe that all the people who go to that clinic in the future will also feel Dafa's beauty and compassion.