Believing in Master and the Fa, Traveling on Foot to Offer Sentient Beings Salvation
(Clearwisdom.net) Master's "Fa-Teaching Given to Australian Practitioners" in August 2007 encouraged me greatly. I really felt an urgency to clarify the truth and offer people salvation.
I began cultivation in February 1999. After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, I chose to travel around on foot to promote the book and to convince people to quit the Party. So far I have convinced more than 11,000 people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Communist Youth League. The following are my experiences.
Abandoning Human Notions and Purging Attachments
I decided to leave home because of the persecution. Living in a strange city I faced two choices: hiding somewhere and doing nothing, or going out in public to clarify the truth.
I recalled Master's words, "Everything you, a cultivator, encounter is related to your cultivation and Consummation, or else those things absolutely would not exist." ("Dafa is All-Encompassing" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I knew that it was not a coincidence that I escaped being captured by the police. I realized that Master's purpose for me is not to hide.
"You should know that people who are to be saved need to pay off, through arduous cultivation, all the sins and karma that they generated in the past doing bad things, they need to get rid of their human attachments and all the other bad things that they carry, and at the same time they need to rectify their behavior and thinking. Only then can they be saved." ("The Vows of Gods are Being Fulfilled" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I knew that I must step forward to clarify the truth and cultivate myself solidly; only then can I make progress and follow Master in Fa-rectification.
I encountered many difficulties, the main one being my own fear. I was afraid of running into people who know me; afraid of being arrested again or of bad people reporting me; afraid of police cars... I read the Fa and fellow practitioners' sharing articles. I realized the reason for my fear was my lack of calm Fa study. I hadn't really understood that, "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" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Master said in "Study the Fa Well, and Getting Rid of Attachments is Not Hard," (2005)
"The fact is, those who can't step forward, regardless of the excuse, are concealing fear. Yet for cultivators, fear or lack thereof proves [one's] humanity or divinity, and it is what differentiates cultivators from ordinary people. It is something that a cultivator must face, and the biggest human attachment that a cultivator must remove."
If a Dafa disciple is unable to abandon fear, he or she is powerless to clarify the truth. As a Dafa disciple on the path to divinity who is protected by Master, what am I afraid of? To get rid of fear, initially I made myself clarify the truth to people, even if at first they didn't want to listen to me. Soon, I overcame the fear.
I read the Fa every day and clarified the truth in society every day. My xinxing improved. Now I don't have any fear. Sometimes I even clarify the truth next to police cars. I convinced more and more people to quit the Party. Among those that quit are high-ranking government officials, policemen, and 610 Office agents.
Looking Inward during Difficulties; Keeping the Salvation of Sentient Beings in Mind at Every Moment
When I travel around to save people I encounter many tribulations. How do I deal with difficulties and offer as many people as possible salvation? The only way to deal with tribulations is to look inward and measure myself against the Fa. By validating the Fa, I improve, keeping the salvation of people constantly in mind. The Fa rectifying the human world is imminent. Many sentient beings are in danger of being eliminated because of the evil persecution, making it urgent to offer them salvation. However, when my human notions were overwhelming, I wanted to slack off. I knew I had not completely denied the old forces' arrangement, and that I must read the Fa more and raise my comprehension of the Fa teachings.
One month ago, as I was clarifying the truth to people, I encountered a retired high-ranking CCP officer and asked him whether or not he quit the Party. He yelled at me and insulted me. I was frustrated, feeling I that I had made myself vulnerable to insults. But soon I realized this to be an incorrect thought, and that the old forces would take advantage of my thought process. When I realized this, the interference from the old forces stopped.
Master said in "Be clearheaded" (2004), "The old forces are in essence gigantic trials and tribulations that accompany you at all times, focused on whether in Fa-rectification Dafa disciples are able to step forward."
I was then aware that there are two kinds of selfishness we need to get rid of: the selfishness of the old universe, and the concept of selfishness in our minds and thought karma generated from our concepts.
Master told us more than once that cultivation is a process during which we need to rid ourselves of human notions and attachments; that we need to correct every wrong thought; that this is the path every cultivator must travel during Fa-rectification while offering sentient beings salvation.
I realized the reasons for my four arrests during the past two years to be my lack of strong righteous thoughts and having traveled the path the old forces had arranged without being aware of it. When I had strong righteous thoughts and did what Master requires, everything was smooth, and sometimes miracles happened. Last September I was arrested when clarifying the truth and was sent to a police station. Five hours later I escaped while eight policemen were watching me. It seemed that I walked in another dimension so that the policemen could not see me. When I went through the gate, the policeman on duty looked at me and tried to ask me something. He opened his mouth, but could not say anything. I had two other experiences where people tried to catch me when I was clarifying the truth, but I sent strong righteous thoughts to stop them, and they were unable to do a thing.
My tribulations were due to my incorrect thoughts and fears and other attachments; clarifying the truth is not the reason for tribulations. We should look inward when encountering tribulations. Nothing can sway a genuine cultivator whose mind is always on saving people. Such a cultivator is capable of accomplishing anything.
Solidly Cultivating Myself while Clarifying the Truth and Convincing People to Quit the Party
Prior to becoming a cultivator, my biggest problem was laziness. During the early stages of my travels to offer people salvation, when daytime activities had exhausted me I could not read the Fa well at night. I thought, "How can I get rid of my desire for comfort?" I decided that I must set some parameters for myself. I set three goals and vowed to Master that I would do well, no matter how big the tribulations. The goals were these:
1. Be diligent. I must go out to convince people to quit the Party, no matter what the weather, and whether or not it is a holiday. I must go out to clarify the truth for nine hours a day. I would leave at 8:30 in the morning and return at 4:30 in the afternoon. I must walk for at least 15 miles every day. I eat lunch outside. I cook and have dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. I go out to clarify the truth again from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I read the Fa and send righteous thoughts from 8:30p.m. - 12:30 a.m. From 12:30 to 4:30 a.m. I sleep. Then I get up to do the exercises and send righteous thoughts. I don't take a bus or taxi when traveling, unless I need to go to another town.
2. Get rid of the attachment to food and comfort; stay in the cheapest hotel and eat the cheapest food.
3. Get rid of the attachment to fun. I don't watch TV or go to tourist spots. I only do what a Dafa disciple should do.
My attachment to comfort is very strong. Sometimes, if the weather is not good and few people are on the street I get exhausted and my legs get swollen. If that happens, I often tell myself that Master will understand if I don't go out to clarify the truth the next day. However, the oaths I swore in front of Master's portrait also jump into my mind, which always drive away my unrighteous thoughts. Since I am a Dafa disciple, I should do whatever I vowed to Master. No matter how much pain my legs and feet are in, the pain disappears after I finish the exercises in the morning. My xinxing and ability to clarify the truth and convince people to quit the Party have also improved.
I realized the effect of clarifying the truth and convincing people to quit the Party does not depend on one's ability to speak well or education level; it depends on one's compassionate heart and on one's wish to offer people salvation. When my divine side is strong I feel strong energy around me, people are willing to listen to me and I enjoy clarifying the truth. I can tell it is Master's Fashen helping me. Fellow practitioners have clarified the truth and promoted the Nine Commentaries for a few years, so most people have heard about quitting the Party. I have convinced many people to quit the Party. Superficially viewed this might look to be my achievement, but is actually due to the united efforts of many fellow practitioners as a whole body. What I have done is simply the final step in completing the whole process.
Suggestions: Never miss an opportunity to talk to people who smile or wave at you. Those are the predestined ones for you to clarify the truth to. Most of the people I encountered quit the Party. Also, I always pay attention to the people around me and focus on looking for people to clarify the truth to when I am walking in the streets. Master always arranges for me to meet people who have a predestined relationship with me.
Sometimes I have problems. Looked at from an everyday person's viewpoint the problems are impossible to solve, but with strong righteous thoughts we can change everything. Our human mindset must not limit us. Dafa disciples have divine powers. We should remember,
"Gods walk the earth,
validating the Fa."
("What's to fear", Hong Yin II, English Translation Version A)
People's minds are easy to change. When we have strong righteous thoughts we can change their minds, and miracles will happen.