Having Faith in Teacher and the Fa and Doing the Three Things Well
(Clearwisdom.net) I learned Falun Dafa in 1997 when I was away from home. For the first year I practiced at home by myself. Beginning on the first day I started practicing Falun Dafa, Teacher has cured my more than ten diseases (including coronary disease, kidney stone inflammation, gastroenteritis, ossein proliferation all over my body, rheumatism, etc.) and changed me from a sick person to a perfectly healthy person. I was so grateful to Teacher. Moreover, Teacher has taught us the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance", from which we can improve ourselves and raise our morality. Therefore, perceptually and rationally, I have realized that Falun Dafa is the Great Law of the universe and a ladder to ascend to heaven.
Teacher has scooped us up from hell and purified us, led us onto a path of returning to our true selves, given us the title of Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples, and allowed us to assist Teacher in the Fa-rectification. He has prepared us for the most wonderful of everything. What excuses do we have to not have faith in Teacher and the Fa or not to do well the three things that Teacher requires us to do? I'd like to share the following understandings.
One Must Study the Fa Well in Order to Do the Three Things Well
Teacher requires us to do the three things well, and the first is to study the Fa well. My understanding is that studying the Fa well is the basic guarantee for a practitioner to do any work well. Therefore, I have been trying my best to use every opportunity to study the Fa. For the past two years, I have been studying the Fa until eleven o'clock at night, and I won't go to bed until I finish practicing the exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts. When I'm sleepy while studying the Fa, I stand up, walk around and read out loud, and the sleepiness goes away in an instant.
Do Not Miss Anyone in Truth-clarification
Clarifying the truth is done to save sentient beings. Teacher has told us not to miss anyone we come across who has a predestined relationship. For all the workplaces or addresses I know of, I have tried my best to send truth-clarification materials by mail. For people I come across, regardless of whether they were riding the same bus, walking with me, or doing grocery shopping (be it acquaintance or stranger) I tried my best to clarify the truth to them and give them a flyer or a bookmark. I wanted them to know the truth so as to have a wonderful future.
One day a relative's son was getting married. We barely had any previous contact nor were we invited, so my children didn't want me to go to the wedding. I still went, and I took my children with me because I wanted to clarify the truth to all the relatives. The day before I went, I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil elements damaging Dafa behind every participant of the wedding. Before setting off I sent forth righteous thoughts again and asked Teacher to strengthen me.
When I was on the road someone called me. It was my child's former neighbor. I wanted to clarify the truth to her a long time ago, and I had been to her home several times, but I missed her every time. This time Teacher arranged for her to listen to the truth. I told her about Falun Gong, that it teaches people to become better by cultivating "Zhen-Shan-Ren". I told her about Jiang Zemin being jealous at Falun Gong's popularity and wanting to find reasons to justify the persecution against Falun Gong, and that the "Self-immolation in Tiananmen Square" was staged to shift the blame to Falun Gong. I told her that Falun Gong was practiced in more than 70 countries and is persecuted only in China. She asked, "Are you telling me that our government is lying?" I said, "Yes, the state-run TV programs that criticized Falun Gong were lies."
Upon arriving at the relative's home, everyone was already seated and waiting for dinner to be served, as if they were waiting for me. As soon as we were seated my daughter said, "See my mom? She's nearly 70 years old. Look how healthy she is." I took this opportunity and told them, "I practice Falun Gong. All of my more than ten diseases were gone after practicing. Moreover, since the day I started practicing Falun Gong, I have not taken a penny of medicine for eight years."
After dinner everyone was sitting in the yard. My son said, "My mom used to be sick very often. But after practicing Falun Gong, look how healthy she is now!" I then clarified the truth to everyone again. On the way back I told my relatives about quitting the party, as well as how to quit. From this I realized that it is especially effective to send forth righteous thoughts and ask Teacher to strengthen us before clarifying the truth.
It's relatively easy to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa. People both inside or outside the family can easily understand. However, I found it a bit hard to tell people about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and quitting the party. One day I was talking to my son-in-law about the Nine Commentaries and suggested that he quit the party. He said, "You go ahead and believe Falun Gong. I will continue believing the Communist Party. The Communist Party has given me benefits, even your salary is from the Communist Party." I said, "I do my job, so I deserve to be paid. Isn't it true that people who stay home don't get paid? The Communist Party does not produce anything, and it relies on people to support it." My daughter joined the conversation and said, "I used to have a pretty good impression of you people, but now you are getting more and more political." I said, "We are just trying to save people. We do not participate in politics, nor do we want the political power of everyday people." I offered her truth-clarification materials but she refused. I read it out loud but she refused to listen. I wasn't upset. Instead I sent forth righteous thoughts every day to eliminate all the evil factors and elements of the communist evil specter behind them that were interfering with their quitting the party and affiliated organizations. Later, whenever I heard that someone in their home was sick or in trouble, I went over to help.
One day I found it was time to say something again. They were concerned about their child getting into a good university so as to have a good future. After sending forth righteous thoughts and asking for Teacher's strengthening, I said, "You have put all your hope in your child, and you hope he has a good future. But listen, the communist party has done too many bad things. Moreover, it is persecuting Falun Gong. From the day Jiang said, 'The Communist Party will defeat Falun Gong,' the gods decided to eliminate it! If you don't quit, you are a member of it, and you will be involved when it is eliminated. To be safe, you can quit even if you use an alias. Nobody will know, and you can do it on the Internet." My daughter said, "It works with an alias." My son-in-law said, "OK. Let's name ourselves something and both quit." I was surprised to see them quit the party so easily. From then on I have not seen my son-in-law wearing the party badge.
My family moved to our home not long ago. I heard that my neighbor who lived on a lower floor had some misunderstandings about Falun Gong because his mind had been poisoned by the negative propaganda on TV and in newspapers. I decided to tell them the facts. Sometimes, I sent over garden vegetables. She didn't talk to me, so I talked to her. When I spoke, she wouldn't answer, she just nodded. Others said, "Just walk away if she keeps showing no interest in you. Everyone has self-esteem." But I thought, "She has misunderstandings about Dafa. I will validate Dafa and show her." I went to their home two more times with flower seeds. They accepted it with smile and asked, "Aunty, which floor do you live on?" I don't feel anything if others call me "Aunty," but I was very touched upon hearing them calling me "Aunty." I thought that it was so true that "Time does not fail the person with high aspirations." From then on, whenever they saw me, they would invite me to their apartment and chat for awhile. When I clarified the truth to them, they listened, and they accepted the truth-clarification pamphlets I offered.
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts Must Be Done Well
Sending forth righteous thoughts is very important and must be done well by Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples. Sending forth righteous thoughts can eliminate more evil in other dimensions before the mighty force of the Fa-rectification comes to the human world. We should send forth righteous thoughts before and during truth-clarification and when distributing truth-clarification materials, so as to eliminate all interference. Therefore, in my opinion we should commit to participate in the four global sending forth righteous thoughts times and try our best to add more times during the day.
Walk the Last Part of Our Paths Well
The persecution has lasted for six years. A great amount of evil has been eliminated, but the persecution is still happening. I feel I'm still very far from Teacher's requirement for Dafa practitioners to do the three things well, and I feel that I have not done enough. Sometimes I cannot concentrate when studying the Fa, nor can I study the Fa with a pure heart. In my truth-clarification, I haven't achieved the standard of not missing a single person with a predestined relationship. When I send forth righteous thoughts, I sometimes cannot concentrate and my mind slips away. From now on I should treat myself as a cultivator and make sure every thought and every action of mine is on the Fa. I should achieve what Teacher has told us in "The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be." Finally, I should do the three things well and eliminate all the evil, so as to welcome the arrival of the Fa-rectifying the human world sooner!