We Must Cultivate Ourselves Well to Better Help People Quit the CCP
(Clearwisdom.net) A few days ago, I went to an old friends house. Ive known the wife for many years, and the husband used to work for my husband. We had not been in touch for over ten years. When their daughter got married, my husband reconnected me with their family.
The wife was very warm to me and invited me to visit their home. I took a whole set of truth-clarification materials and rushed to her home. In the morning, we chatted for a long time, since we had not talked for more than ten years. During lunch, I began to clarify the facts to her. We also watched a truth-clarification video together. She was so attentive that she forgot to eat. Then I talked about the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the persecution of Falun Gong, and the latest news of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.
She said, "I believe everything you said." She told me that during the Tiananmen Square Massacre, her cousin went to Tiananmen and was killed by a stray bullet. Even after he died, the police investigated and harassed his family. The family was so scared that they did not dare to cry. To be able to cremate the body, his work unit issued a false death certificate saying that he died in a traffic accident. At that time, the TV programs were full of lies, which made some people from Beijing so mad at the lies that they turned the TV to face the wall. We chatted for a long time and it was very pleasant. We turned on the computer for the couple to publish announcements to quit the Chinese Communist Party, but we were unable to get online. I told her to ask her children to help her access the Internet, and that the whole family needed to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Later I heard that the CCP was censoring the Internet very heavily during those few days.
I gave my friend a lot of materials, including the NTD TV 2006 Gala video, a video on the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, books, and pamphlets. She was very happy, and said she would talk to her relatives. I stayed for dinner in order to get a chance to talk with her husband.
When her husband came home from work, I talked with him about quitting the CCP. He did not object. When I talked about the evil party, he also said it was very corrupt. I saw that they did not have a problem with the issue, and convinced them to all quit the CCP. A few days later, I called her to follow up. She sounded uninterested and tentative. She told me that they talked among themselves and they did not believe they should quit the CCP.
Two days later, it was Saturday. I thought I should visit her while her family was off work. I called her ahead of time to see if it would be OK to stop by. To my surprise, she sounded very cold and hostile. She said, "What do you want here?" I said I would stop by to pick up the materials I left last time. She said she already gave away the materials, and that she would be busy doing business and would not have any time to see me in the future. She also said she did not want to hear any more about quitting the CCP. Then she hung up on me. I felt as though a bowl of cold water was poured down my head. It was not important how I felt; the future of her entire family was at stake. I knew they were afraid of the CCP, but I could not go visit them or explain. What should I do? Did I have any omissions? I thought for a few days and did not find anything.
In "Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006," Master Li said,
"At the last West Coast Fa conference, didn't I talk about how a lot of Dafa practitioners aren't able to take criticism? They refuse to be criticized. As soon as others say something they explode, get upset, or start a confrontation with someone. They want to hear only pleasant things. So you just want to walk a smooth path, don't you? You want to ascend to the heavens with your big load of baggage? Isn't that in essence what you want to do? You have to let go of all bad, human thoughts and every type of attachment you have. Isn't not wanting to hear criticism an attachment? You want to hear only pleasant things, but how could that be? [Arrangements are made] exactly to have others say unpleasant things and see if you are moved."
Didnt I want to hear only pleasant things? Although what I was doing was saving people and my heart was good, Master still had to let me eliminate the attachment to vanity deeply hidden in my heart.
It happened to be Saturday again, and I decided visit her. She opened the door and greeted me warmly, as though there never was any conflict between us. After sitting down, I said to her with sincerity, "I am very sorry that my last visit made you uncomfortable." She immediately said, "Dont worry about it." I told her that because the CCP was censoring the Internet, I wasnt able to help them publish the statements to quit the CCP last time I was there, but I did manage to do it sometime later. It had been a while already, and since they didnt experience any harassment by the government, they should be pretty safe and did not need to worry anymore. She was delighted to hear it. We chatted about daily things in a relaxed atmosphere. When her husband came home, I repeated what I told her, and he also nodded in agreement.
From this incident, I realized that only when I cultivate myself well will I be able to save the worlds people.