Seizing Opportunities for Clarifying the Facts--Battling Through Trials and Hardships
Steadfastly Cultivating Dafa with Unflinching Will
After my husband and I first obtained the Fa in May 1998 and were counting our blessings, we had a premonition that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would do something sooner or later.
After the persecution began on July 20, 1999, people in China were frightened. Some practitioners no longer came out, but my husband and I continued to tell everyone we met how good Falun Dafa was and how much it had benefited us. Our children, relatives and friends tried to persuade us to stop the practice and told us, "No matter how good it is, if the CCP decides to eradicate it, you should not 'strike a rock with an egg'." We answered calmly, "We still do not know who the egg is and who the rock is. How can human beings go against divine beings?" Seeing that we would not change our minds, our children begged us, "We also know that this practice is good, but the CCP is extremely vicious. What are they incapable of?! If you really want to practice, then just do it at home. Don't go out and tell others. Don't contact other practitioners." We replied firmly, "We will be fine. You have witnessed the improvement in our physical and mental well-beings. How could we stop such a good practice? If you are worried that we might get you into trouble, we can move out." Our children then said, "We didn't mean that. We are worried for you and for this family. We don't want any trouble for the family." These words were from their hearts. Our grandson was only six months old then. And we knew how evil the CCP was after suffering so such from various political movements in the past.
Seizing Opportunities to Clarify the Facts
Since we knew deeply how great this Dafa is, we wanted to tell people how we felt and our personal experiences. We wanted them to think it over for themselves, "Has the CCP said anything truthful in the past few decades? Which political movement in the past was right?" As soon as we knew that a practitioner was having doubts in the Fa and cultivation, we shared with them our understandings on the Fa.
During October 1999, our children invited a "living Buddha" from a Tibetan school to our home, in hopes of converting us to his teaching. These were their words, "Isn't this cultivation also? Yet it is very safe."
After some practitioners found out about this, they were really worried and suggested that I should ask this person to leave our home to prevent him from interfering with our cultivation. I said that Master has told us repeatedly that the ultimate purpose for our cultivation is to cultivate our hearts.
"Just by staying unaffected you will be able to handle all situations." ("Teaching the Fa at the Conference in the Midwest-U.S.")
We are not at the same level as him, so how could he interfere with us? In addition, we are assisting Master with the Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings. I regarded him as another sentient being, and Master asks us to treat all sentient beings with compassion.
We continued our daily Fa study and exercises as usual, and we knew that he had been waiting for us. One night, we felt that it was the time to clarify the facts to him. We started our conversation with him with pure and clean hearts.
We told him in detail of our cultivation experiences and the miraculous effects of Dafa, and convincingly refuted the CCP's deceitful lies. The more we talked, the more clear he became about the truth. Later, he was truly moved by our sincerity and said, "I have been living in your home for so long and I know both of you are good people. I believe what you have said. You are predestined to cultivate Buddhahood. Since Falun Gong is so good, you should continue your cultivation, but you must be careful." After that, our children no longer bothered us.
On January 23, 2001, the shocking Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident was staged to frame Falun Gong. Afterwards, it became even more difficult to clarify the facts. I couldn't understand how people could believe the lies of the self-immolation after they had experienced so many political movements and learned that this wicked Party couldn't be trusted. I sighed for the Chinese people who had suffered so much misery. I realized that to clarify the facts better, I needed to truly "Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy..." ("Rationality"- Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Since then, I have put clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings into practice in my daily life. I have only one simple thought - "I must save you." Dafa has given us wisdom, and I can easily find a starting point for conversation. I often acted as a third party to let people know that Falun Gong practitioners are good people. People who persecute Falun Gong are committing crimes, and will receive karmic retribution sooner or later. I remember once that after I had a good conversation with a taxi-driver, he repeatedly said to me, "Grandma, look after yourself. You will see the day (when heaven eliminates the CCP)."
Over the years, through our clarifying the facts, some people have learned the beauty and goodness of Dafa, some have withdrawn from the CCP, and some have even become Falun Dafa practitioners.
Establishing the Materials Production Site
In 1999 around the winter season, we established our materials production site. It resolved the problem of supplying Master's articles and truth-clarifying materials to practitioners at several nearby practicing sites.
This site was established with the help of our children, who provided us with the necessary equipment. They have witnessed the goodness of Dafa., and they were not trying to go against our cultivation--they were just frightened. They knew the wicked CCP's bloody policy of going after one person and implicating the whole family. It will also use the weakest point of your family to go after you. Our grandson was only six months old. It is truly a testament to the power of Dafa that our children could help us establish this materials production site with their own equipment in such an environment. They also helped us to produce the materials, and taught us at the beginning. With Master's help, this materials production site has functioned smoothly since it was first established. It has played its role in helping to save sentient beings.
The materials site also had some brushes with danger during the past eight years. During those times, practitioners looked inward immediately and rectified themselves with the Fa. No matter how busy we are, we must study the Fa and do the exercises every day, so that we can always be within the Fa. We remember Master's earnest warning,
"No matter how busy you are, you cannot neglect Fa-study. This is what fundamentally assures that you move toward Consummation and do Dafa work well." ("To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference")
Master, please rest assured: we will continue to "save sentient beings while validating the Fa" to fulfill our prehistoric vows.