Study the Fa Steadfastly, Save Sentient Beings Wholeheartedly
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, venerable Master! Greetings, fellow Practitioners!
On my cultivation path during Fa-rectification, I deeply feel that without Teacher's immense compassion and great sacrifice, no one can achieve consummation, and without Dafa's boundless power, sentient beings of the universe will head towards destruction. It is Teacher who gives me my eternal life and gives sentient beings of the universe everything that is most wonderful. I give my thanks to Teacher and Dafa from the bottom of my heart.
In 2001 I went to Tiananmen Square to validate the Fa. For this I was arrested and detained in a Beijing detention center where I was tortured by the police to the brink of death. With Teacher looking after me, I subsequently walked out of the detention center with dignity and righteousness. In 2004, I was again detained in a forced labor camp because someone who did not know the truth about Falun Dafa tipped off the authorities about my clarifying the facts to people. I resisted the evil persecution resolutely with righteous thoughts and righteous actions. Thanks to Teacher's protection, I was released without any charges. The fact that I had been arrested and detained brought great loss to Fa validation and the salvation of sentient beings, and it also brought extreme pain and fear to my family. As a result, my freedom was restricted due to my family keeping track of every move I made.
Many practitioners had done the three things steadily. Why is it that I had not been able to do so? Why is it that the evil took advantage of my loopholes and persecuted me? Teacher said,
"When a cultivator's mind departs from the Fa, the evil will find its way in." ("Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A")
I looked inward and discovered that I had a strong mentality of doing things. I did not study the Fa a lot, and even if I did study, I did it as a formality instead of truly studying the Fa with my heart. Realizing this, I put more emphasis on studying the Fa, and every day I increased the time I spent on my study time, from two hours to half a day. I studied and recited the Fa seriously and solidly. I could not memorize Zhuan Falun from beginning to end, so I memorized the book one sentence at a time. I have now memorized Zhuan Falun six times. My respect for Teacher and the Fa has increased my understanding and has helped reveal higher levels to me. I have come to understand even more the deeper meaning of what Teacher said,
"My intention is to make this Dafa public and have more of our people benefited, enabling those who truly want to practice cultivation to advance in their cultivation practice by following the Fa." ("Lecture Nine," from Zhuan Falun)
Practitioners during this Fa-rectification period should take the Fa as our Teacher. Only by studying the Fa more and understanding it clearly can we constantly improve our xinxing, maintain righteous thoughts and actions, resist the evil persecution, and save more sentient beings. Every single thought and action of ours should be measured by the Fa. Everything we do for Fa validation will go smoothly and effectively if it conforms with the Fa-principles. If we go against these principles, we might be interfered with or damaged due to the evil taking advantage of our loopholes, even to the extent of being tipped off by some evil people. We could then be detained, sentenced to serve forced labor or prison terms, etc. Since 2005, I have held on to the basic principles of Fa-rectification cultivation, namely, studying the Fa, and I have been able to steadily walk to where I am today.
In "Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference," Teacher said,
"As Dafa disciples, if right now you cannot accomplish that and lead beings to salvation, then you will have failed to fulfill the vows you once made, and will have brought calamity to the entire Fa-rectification, the universe, and sentient beings."
"One's individual improvement is still first and foremost. What I was saying is that while validating the Fa, out of the things that Dafa disciples need to do, the most important thing is saving sentient beings, and this is quite pressing right now."
The validation of the Fa and the salvation of sentient beings is a practitioner's sacred mission and is the great vow we made in a prehistoric time. As practitioners, if we do not step forward to validate the Fa, clarify the truth and save sentient beings we will lose the value of life and the meaning of existence.
I use everything I encounter in my everyday life as a point to clarify the facts and persuade people to quit the CCP and its related organizations. The first thought that comes to my mind when I come in contact with someone is seizing the opportunity to clarify the truth to him, and persuade him to quit the CCP's organizations. Practitioners in our truth-clarification materials production site said that I had persuaded so many people to quit the CCP organizations. In actuality, Teacher is the one who really offers salvation to all sentient beings, whereas we only do our job on this human level.
One day, a very bad thought crossed my mind: "I have been walking through streets and lanes
to clarify the facts and advise people to quit the CCP's organizations. More and more old acquaintances and strangers have come to know me. How dangerous this is for me." I had developed fear from this. Is it really dangerous to make a comprehensive effort to clarify the truth and advise people to quit the CCP's organizations in ordinary society? Do these thoughts comply with Fa-principles? When I studied the Fa, I realized that I did not have a clear understanding from the perspective of the Fa. Teacher said,
"The tribulations the students have endured aren't caused by their own karma alone, much less are they obstacles that have been brought to Dafa by human beings--humans don't have the ability to do that. An everyday person is feeble before a cultivator. Today's humans have in fact had tribulations arranged for them by this system of old forces at different levels, and humans have been controlled by the old forces at different levels. This is why they've become so forceful, why they dare to do things to cultivators, and why they dare to be disrespectful to Dafa." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference" from Guiding the Voyage)
Teacher told us that this persecution is in fact not a persecution of human beings against human beings. It is the evil in other dimensions that control bad people to damage Dafa and persecute Dafa disciples. We are cultivators who are on the path to divinity, and our field has strong energy. Ordinary people cannot touch us at all. In fact, it is the evil old forces, dark minions, rotten ghosts and the CCP's evil specter who persecute us.
When Falun Dafa practitioners clarify the facts or persuade people to quit the CCP's organizations, we are doing the most sacred and compassionate thing in the universe, and we are saving people. We do these things by following the great Fa of the universe and melting ourselves into the Fa. Who would dare to touch us? The evil can only watch us in awe and fear. If we regard ourselves as everyday people and clarify the truth and persuade people to quit the CCP organizations from the perspective of human notions, we are actually at everyday people's level, and the evil can then persecute us very easily. After gaining a clear understanding of the Fa, my mind was clear. I continued with my efforts to clarify the truth and inspire people to withdraw from the CCP's organizations. I have never given up, whether it was cold, windy or snowy winter days, or hot summer days.
I get up at three o'clock every morning. I offer incense and different fruits to Teacher, and then I study the Fa. At 3:50 a.m. I join all the practitioners in China to practice the exercises. In the morning I study the Fa, and in the afternoon I go out to clarify the facts and advise people to quit the CCP's organizations. I require myself to send forth righteous thoughts ten times at the top of the hour on a daily basis. I am a housewife who does cooking, laundry and housekeeping every day. My brothers and sisters are getting old, and they asked me for help whenever their families need something. I felt so tired and asked myself why the path Teacher had arranged for me was such an exhaustive one. One day when I studied Zhuan Falun, Teacher's Fa-teaching penetrated deeply into the most microcosmic level of my body. Teacher said,
"But a junior monk who cooks meals might not be of poor inborn quality. The more the junior monk suffers, the easier it is for him to achieve the Unlocking of Gong." ("Lecture Seven," from Zhuan Falun)
It became ever so clear to me. It turns out that Teacher wanted me to move up in cultivation as soon as possible, and that working hard and tirelessly is a good thing. Every Falun Dafa practitioner carries a different amount of karma, possesses different characteristics of life, lives in different environments, and made vows differently, consequently their cultivation paths are different. From that point on, I no longer complained about working hard and tirelessly. Not only have I done the three things Teacher has required of us, I also have taken good care of everyday matters. I have displayed to people Falun Dafa practitioners' good image of sincerity and kindness. Although I have to work hard and tirelessly, I enjoy it very much, because this is the path Teacher has arranged for me.
My son had a job in the city. One day this year, he suddenly told me that he wanted to try his luck in the big city. I agreed to let him do so. My son's leaving home to work in a big city means I will have less housekeeping to do at home, and I therefore will have more time to validate the Fa. When my son really set out to leave me, I could not let him go, worrying that he could not take care of himself and that he would suffer by living away from home. I was very sad, and I could not part with my son. I was in a state of constantly wanting to cry, although my head was clear. In the Fa Teacher told us:
"If this sentimentality is not relinquished, you will be unable to practice cultivation." ("Lecture Four," from Zhuan Falun)
Ordinary people simply live for this sentimentality. I am not an ordinary person. Instead, I am a Falun Dafa practitioner on the journey to becoming a god. I live to validate the Fa and to save sentient beings. I must not let "sentimentality" take over, and I must eliminate it through cultivation. I restrained myself from thinking about my son and from crying, and I did the three things required by Teacher as usual.
My affection for my son kept surfacing. In order to resist this interference, when I studied the Fa I put more emphasis on being focused, and I read out loud. When I sent forth righteous thoughts at the top of the hour, I added another thought: "That affection is not me, and I do not want it. I do not allow the demon of sentimentality to interfere with my validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. I completely disintegrate the demon of sentimentality." When I clarified the truth or persuaded people to quit the CCP's organizations, I constantly sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate interference from the demon of sentimentality.
When it was time for my son to leave our home, my husband and I went with him to the bus stop to see him off. On the way there my mind was extremely calm and peaceful. Unlike before, I was no longer sad or felt like crying. On the contrary, I told him a lot of things with a smiling face. I knew it was Teacher who had removed from other dimensions the huge mountain of "sentimentality" in me. I was deeply thankful to Teacher's compassionate and painstaking salvation. As a disciple, I did not know what I could do in return.
My time is now freer than ever before, and this is Teacher's arrangement. I realize Teacher meant for me to save more sentient beings. I was able to persuade as many as ninety-two people to quit the CCP organizations in the first week after my son left.
Fa-rectification cultivation has reached the final stage, and time flies quickly. Nevertheless, there are still so many people who have not been saved. Walking every step firmly ensures that we will save more sentient beings. As Falun Dafa practitioners, only by studying the Fa solidly and understanding Fa-principles clearly can we walk straight the path Teacher has arranged for us.