Seize Every Moment to Clarify the Truth
(Clearwisdom.net) I was previously a high school teacher. Due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, I was illegally confined for several years, and subsequently lost my job. None of these tribulations swayed my steadfast belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. No matter what happened to me, I did not slack off in my cultivation. After I was released, I was determined to be diligent in doing the three things, and clarifying the truth to more people.
Throughout my teaching career, I've experienced incredible miracles which helped to strengthen my determination to study the Fa well, and save more people. Studying the Fa and practicing the exercises did not interfere with my work, rather, they helped me to be more efficient. I recite the Fa daily, read Teacher's lectures from the Fa conferences, and copy the Fa by hand. Utilizing my teaching position, I clarified the facts to the students' parents and helped them to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Most students and their parents were willing to accept the truth. One student's father was the head of the local detention center. After hearing the truth, he told me that he would not believe the CCP's deceitful propaganda any longer, and withdrew from the Young Pioneers.
To help people to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, I started with my relatives, old classmates and friends. Some of my former classmates currently live thousands of miles away, so I used public telephones to tell them about the evil nature of the CCP. Some of them didn't accept the truth at first, so I sent forth righteous thoughts. Some of them accepted the truth and agreed to withdraw from the CCP after I sent forth righteous thoughts for five or six months. I realized that in order to save people, practitioners need to possess real benevolence. Otherwise, we would not have the perseverance and patience to save people. It's just like what Teacher said in his poem "For the Good of the World":
"With righteous thoughts,
save the world's people.
I just don't believe their consciences
are irretrievably lost."
While attending a high school reunion, I caught everyone's attention. Some of us hadn't seen each other for twenty years. Most of my classmates heard that I had been imprisoned for several years for practicing Falun Gong. They thought that such a long imprisonment would have aged me considerably. When they saw me, they quite surprised. Not only was I in high spirits, but I looked younger and more beautiful. They commented "We all are twenty years older, yet you look like you are twenty years younger." I told them that this was due to practicing Falun Gong.
I gave a short speech at the reunion. My former teachers and classmates were greatly moved by my words, and some were moved to tears. In my speech, I wished them well while sharing them the truth about Falun Dafa. I shared with them my thoughts about life's real meaning and the principles of how to behave as a human being. Dafa unlocked their long sealed memories and helped them to understand the reasons why they came into this world. As a result, close to forty classmates and teachers withdrew from the CCP and other organizations.
I used to be an introverted person. After I learned the significance of quitting the CCP, I started to make more friends. I attended relatives' and friends' parties so that I could have more opportunities to help people to withdraw from the CCP. One time I had dinner with four of my friends. All of them agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its related organizations. One of them is my best friend and a former co-worker. She told me that when I was illegally imprisoned several years ago, the school authorities notified the whole school district about my situation. At various public and private meetings, she expressed her sympathy and support for me to officials and co-workers. She told people who didn't know the true situation [about me], "She benefited significantly from Falun Gong. Bystanders may not understand her, but she is a person with great thinking abilities and opinions, and has a mind of her own. Moreover, so many people practice Falun Gong. If it's not good, why would so many people practice it? It's unfortunate that she lives in the current time of injustice, but after this, she'll be a model for us to learn from. Such a kind-hearted, truthful and righteous person was sent to prison; this is a tragedy of our time." I was moved to tears by her brave words, and more importantly, I was happy for her having positioned herself well for future salvation. All of my four friends expressed their desire for this tragic time to end as soon as possible.
More and more people approached me on their own. They wanted to talk to me about the troubles in their life. They told me that practitioners are different from normal people - practitioners are normally calm, kind-hearted and very considerate of other people. They experienced a pleasant feeling when spending time with me. Talking with me helped them to be more tolerant and positive, as if their outlook on the world and life had changed. I would use these opportunities to tell them about Zhuan Falun, and some of them read the book. Some would recite "Falun Dafa is good" every day. Some became practitioners, including several people who used to work for the 610 Office and were assigned to "transform" practitioners.
I have been doing what Teacher asked his disciples to do. Of course, there are still improvements that I need to make. My cultivation still falls short of the requirements of a true Dafa disciple, but I'm determined to strive forward diligently. I believe that I'll do better.
I was enlightened to this understanding: when Teacher's new articles were published, it meant that the Fa-rectification process had made new progress, or entered a new phase. Before I read Teacher's article "Thoroughly Dissolve the Evil", I was making banners at home. The banners read "CCP, Immediately Stop Persecuting Falun Gong Practitioners. Release All Falun Gong Practitioners Unconditionally." After studying Teacher's article, I felt that I had done the right thing. On November 18, 2006, Teacher wrote "To the Australia Fa Conference." That day, I was able to recite twelve pages of Zhuan Falun. Before that day, I could normally recite five or six pages. After that time, I was able to recite twelve pages every day, sometimes even sixteen pages, yet this didn't affect my other work.
After Teacher's article "My Thanks to Sentient Beings Who Have Sent Greetings" was published, for several days, I dreamed about clarifying truth to predestined people. One time, two images appeared in my dream. In one image, after a big storm and flooding, the sidewalk was flooded with water. I was talking to a former classmate from my elementary school, who was standing next to me. All of a sudden, she disappeared into the water without a trace. I was so worried that I cried. At the same time, another image appeared. One of my old neighbors also fell into the water, but the instant her body hit the water, the water receded, and shortly afterwards, the water disappeared. She said to me with a smile "Did you see that? I'm fine." I asked her, "Do you know why you are safe? Do you know the reason behind it?" She replied, "I don't know." I told her, "You have a Dafa postcard." She said, "Oh, yes, that's right." This neighbor withdrew from the CCP a long time ago, and had a Dafa postcard. As for my old classmate, I haven't seen her for over twenty years.
This dream taught me that if we don't tell people the facts and help them withdraw from the CCP, then we won't be able to save them even if we're just a foot away from them. On the contrary, in the same disaster, people who withdraw from the CCP and its related organizations are safe. Additionally, this dream also taught me that I haven't done enough. I haven't even saved people that are close to me. I strongly feel the urgency to save more people as quickly as possible.