My Understandings in Doing the Three Things
(Clearwisdom.net) I am an old woman and a new Falun Dafa practitioner who started in 2003. Before retirement, I suffered from numerous diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, and gastritis. In 2002, I again contracted cancer. During chemotherapy after an operation, I had a predestined opportunity to come across a practitioner. She saw me so frighteningly thin and frail. She persuaded me to cultivate Falun Dafa and gave me the book Zhuan Falun.
After discovering this practice, I read the book Zhuan Falun every day. I also read Teacher's new scriptures. I studied the law and principles with great concentration and did the exercises diligently. I began to be a good person according to Teacher's instructions and gradually stepped onto the path of cultivation. I experienced great changes physically and mentally. First of all I understood many principles and truths of life. I had a complete change in my thinking. I became very energetic. My whole family was very happy to see the great changes in me and very grateful to Teacher and Dafa. I knew very well that Teacher had given me a second life.
Soon I started to participate in clarifying the truth about Dafa and the persecution. But under the hard circumstances of persecution, I had the attachment of being afraid to be reported to the police and to be arrested. I calmed down to study Teacher's lecture "Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference,"
"So Dafa disciples should not be afraid, and they should handle everything in an upright and dignified way. It is the evil beings that are scared."
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Canada Fa Conference,"
After studying Teacher's lectures, I enlightened that I should conduct myself according to Teacher's teachings at all times and everywhere. Saving sentient beings is the most righteous thing, so I should not fear this. But why was I afraid? By looking inward, I found it was mainly because of my insufficient righteous thoughts and selfishness. According to Teacher's requirements, Dafa practitioners should follow "selflessness and altruism." But I still had much to do to reach Teacher's standards as well as those of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." Through studying the Fa, I understood and strengthened my righteous thoughts and knew what I should do in the future.
"In any circumstances, as long as the cultivator's righteous thoughts are strong, he can gain improvement, guidance, and assistance from it, thereby strengthening his righteous thoughts and helping him to ward off interference from whatever human tactics or evil temptations might come his way."
One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. I sent forth righteous thoughts at any time and changed my ways of clarifying the truth. I validated Dafa by telling of my own cultivation experience. That way was more persuasive, so people believed Dafa was good and many quit the evil party. I used different ways to clarify the truth according to different situations. To some people, I first clarified the truth and then gave them materials; to others, I first gave them the materials and then clarified the truth. I clarified the truth to strangers as well as acquaintances. As long as someone had a predestined relation with me, I clarified the truth to that person, and the results were better. Practically, I understood that the attachment of fear naturally disappears as long as we maintain a compassionate heart and sufficient righteous thoughts at all times.
Doing truth clarification, I was also confronted with many difficulties. Some people did not listen to the truth or accept the materials or quit the CCP.
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference:"
Teacher's mighty compassion to all sentient beings moved me deeply and encouraged me to strengthen righteous thoughts even more. I realized that, according to Teacher's requirements, I should first be patient to those who did not listen to the truth and take the trouble to clarify the truth to them again and again, sending forth righteous thoughts constantly.
"In other words, think about why so many high-level beings dared to take such a perilous risk and come to the Three Realms. They are gods, so how could we not save them? Didn't they come to obtain the Fa? If you look at it from another perspective, wasn't their bravery in coming here a way of validating the Fa-rectification and placing their hope in the Fa-rectification? That's why I have said that we cannot leave them behind, and that we must save them and think of ways to save them! Even though they may be confused at the moment, or they may have lost their capacity to recognize truth or reality, owing to their concepts being warped by the Party culture over time, we still have to find ways to save them."
A couple, acquaintances of mine that had a predestined relationship with me, were both CCP members. At the beginning, I had many difficulties clarifying the truth to them. They not only refused to listen to me but also tried to persuade me to stop doing so and said I was in danger and that I was inviting trouble. I only had the thought that I could not give up. I sent forth righteous thoughts constantly and continued to clarify the truth to them when opportunities arose. According to their interests, I sent them a VCD with the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and other materials. After that, I smoothly clarified the truth to them. More than five months later, the couple both published a statement declaring that they quit the CCP. This case showed me that it is possible to save people so long as we are compassionate to them, do not give up trying to save them, send forth righteous thoughts more, and take the trouble to clarify the truth to them.
As the Fa-rectification progresses, the requirements for Dafa practitioners are higher and higher since the persecution is still going on. I know very well that I still have much to do to reach Teacher's requirements and that I have many problems in doing the three things. For instance, I do not understand the Fa principles well, my comprehension is poor regarding xinxing improvement, and I still have many attachments. Whenever I encounter concrete problems and I do not know what to do, veteran fellow practitioners always guide me and patiently and carefully help me to drive out much interference. This way I avoid taking more detours in cultivation.
From now on, I will study the Fa in depth and conduct myself more strictly while clarifying the truth and sending forth righteous thoughts. At last, let me again thank our great Teacher for his compassionate salvation and teaching.