Cherish Our Cultivation Opportunities and Take a Righteous Path in Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) Three years ago, the supervisor at my workplace was replaced by someone who was appointed by our workplace's superior unit. Since he came from a related unit, he knew that my colleague "A" and I were Falun Gong practitioners. He was immediately afraid that we would affect his position, so every few days he would talk to us. He didn't allow us to promote Dafa and clarify the truth at the workplace, nor did he allow us to read Dafa-related materials. He suggested that we practice other exercises to improve health. Practitioner A clarified the truth about Dafa to him, saying that we follow "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" and try to improve ourselves based on those principles. We both realized that we should break through such interference and look inside ourselves for any problems.
Cultivating in Dafa is such a precious opportunity that will not come again. I took the wrong path once in the past, and this time I must cherish the opportunity that Dafa presents and follow Master home. Faced with this interference, I realized even more that "Dafa is solemn, and cultivation practice is a serious matter." ("Drive Out Interference") I thought about it seriously, "What is a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple? What is the mission of a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple? What should a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple do?" I realized that I had the attachments of being afraid of being fired, jealousy, and competitiveness. I also realized that I had sometimes clarified the truth in order to validate myself, rather than Dafa. I didn't spend enough time doing Fa study and could never study the Fa with a calm mind. After studying Master's new articles and lectures, I realized what I should do.
1. Study the Fa more and look at things based on Dafa, take the path that Master has arranged for us
We should study the Fa more because "The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts." ("Drive Out Interference") We should study the Fa more and let our righteous thoughts come from the Fa. My supervisor didn't allow us to promote Dafa and clarify the truth. We didn't listen to him and still clarified the truth. "No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates." ("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful")
We just followed what Master said and handed out truth-clarification materials, VCDs and amulets(1) to our colleagues. Our colleagues also passed the materials on to each other, and sometimes left them on the table. Our supervisor found the materials and asked where they had come from. Our colleagues covered for us and said, "We picked them up in the hall."
The supervisor didn't allow us to read Dafa books, but during our break times at work we still read. Whenever we had time, we would recite Master's Fa-rectification formula and rectify every thought of ours so that we assimilated to Dafa, leaving no loopholes for the evil to use. I found that when I wasn't diligent enough, my supervisor tried to find excuses to persecute me. This shows how important it is to cultivate ourselves well!
As we hired new people at work, other colleagues' workloads were reduced, but practitioner A and I still had to work overtime. We realized that the old forces were using our work to carry out the persecution against us. We sent forth righteous thoughts to deny the old forces' arrangements that had increased our workload, interfering with our ability to do the three things and save sentient beings. We asked Master for help, firmly believing in Dafa and Master, and took the cultivation path that Master arranged for us. In the end, Master made a very good arrangement for us where we could do both our work and the three things well.
2. In order to rectify the cultivation environment, we should first cultivate ourselves well
At work, we pay attention to our behavior and speech and try to be considerate in every way to our clients. Everyday we have to deal with a large amount of cash, which we receive from clients. We never take or divert this money, and keep our hearts unmoved. When we run into situations where clients have overpaid anywhere from several cents up to tens of thousands of yuan, we always return the money, which makes our clients very appreciative. We refuse to take any gifts that the clients may offer to us. They trust us implicitly, and our performance at work has laid a good foundation for us to clarify the truth. As Master said,
"You are cultivators, whose conduct is [supposed to be] pure and righteous. There are so many people who think you're great just by having seen how you act." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston")
On one occasion, I returned one hundred yuan in cash to a client who had overpaid. I then clarified the truth to her and she agreed to quit the Chinese Communist Party. We gave out copies of the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" and other literature to clients we had contact with, and they all accepted the materials. Some also agreed to withdraw from the CCP.
On our break times at work, we often told our colleagues stories from "Minghui Weekly" that were rich in traditional Chinese culture. At the same time we told them the principles that "good is rewarded with good and evil is rewarded with evil" and that "you cannot gain without loss." Our work environment has changed dramatically. Clients don't complain anymore, and our colleagues who are not practitioners are learning to be good people. On one occasion, a colleague returned over ten thousand yuan that had been overpaid. The client became even happier with us. I understand these situations to be manifestations of Dafa's power.
3. Strengthen our efforts to clarify the truth and help our colleagues and their families be saved
The colleagues and supervisors around us are also sentient beings who can be saved. I helped practitioner A send hundreds of truth-clarification letters to colleagues and supervisors in our workplace and also to the superior units who didn't understand the truth yet. If one letter was not enough, we would send two or three letters. Our supervisor used to tell us, "If it were not for your outstanding work, I would have punished you long ago. Even if our superiors wouldn't lay you off, I would have." Occasionally, he would say to us, "If it is good, you can practice it at home. If it is good, read the book at home. Please be careful."
After some of our colleagues realized the truth, they helped their children to withdraw from the Youth League and Young Pioneer organizations of the Chinese Communist Party. I said to myself, "This colleague's sister and that colleague's wife have not withdrawn yet." Then, within a few days, I would meet them and help them withdraw. I know Master was helping me. Later Master's "Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference at the U.S. Capital." In it Master said,
"People with predestined relationships and those who can be saved can be made to--made to by Master's Law Bodies, righteous gods, or the immense field that Dafa has formed in the world--appear right before you in any of a range of settings, providing them with a chance to learn the truth."
I have experienced this first-hand many times.
In the future, I will cherish this cultivation opportunity even more and strive forward diligently. I am grateful for Master's compassionate salvation and fellow practitioners' help.
Please kindly point out anything inappropriate in my sharing.
(1) Amulet - In China, practitioners sometimes clarify the truth by giving people something small to wear or cherish, bearing a few words reminding them of the goodness of Dafa.