My Experiences Using a Cell Phone to Clarify the Truth
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Master, Greetings Fellow practitioners!
I obtained the Fa in July 1998. I have never shared my experiences at a Fa conference, because I thought I had nothing to share. But later, I realized that the purpose of sharing cultivation experiences is not to validate myself, but to validate Dafa. So, today, I would like to share my experiences in validating the Fa.
I live in a big city. During the past years, practitioners have kept clarifying the truth and many people have awakened to the truth, so our cultivation environment is now relatively better. After the Sichuan earthquake, we realized that a lot of people passed away before they had learned the truth, so we decided to make phone calls to clarify the truth to people living in various places where there are no practitioners. During the Beijing Olympics, we used cell phones to help practitioners in Beijing clarify the truth.
1. Sending Group Messages
Fellow practitioners kept using their cell phones to clarify the truth to people living in remote areas. After a while, we gained some experience in breaking through the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) blockages of sensitive messages on cell phones. The feedback messages that we received to our calls were quite positive; some people even quit the Party right over the phone! However, when we started sending messages to people in Beijing, some practitioners were worried, since the CCP was being very cautious and using extra security with everything having to do with the Beijing Olympics, they may have enhanced their blockade to discover who was making the calls.
Master told us in "Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Fa Conference,"
"Master affirms what Dafa disciples have done. As long as you are doing things out of a wish to validate the Fa and save sentient beings, I will affirm all that you do. And when you go do those things, there will be my Law Bodies or gods there to amplify it and make what you do yet more magnificent and extraordinary, and they will assist you."
We realized that this human history has been arranged for us, and we must play our righteous role in it.
When we started sending messages via cell phone to Beijing, the evil in Beijing was irritated. They enhanced the blockade on cell phones. All the fellow practitioners in my city had difficulty sending messages via cell phone. Some practitioners thought about stopping this project and resuming it later. During that period, a paragraph of Master's teaching often surfaced in my mind:
"With a lot of the Fa-rectification things, it's not that there is no way to do them. No matter how hard it is, there is a path for you to take, even though it is a fairly narrow one. You have to go down that path correctly, and it won't work if you come up even a little short or stray a little bit. Nevertheless, there is a path for you." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York")
During that period, I felt that I was a soldier, fighting the evil. So every time before I sent a message via cell phone, I stood in front of Master's portrait and asked Master for help. Then, I sent forth righteous thoughts to the cell phone. Ever time after sending messages via cell phone, I felt that I had just waged a battle and I was also tired. Later, I realized that I was too nervous. Why was I so nervous? Was it because other practitioners had encountered difficulties? But should I let that affect me? Why did I acknowledge the evil's persecution? Then wasn't that also an attachment? Master has said:
"The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston")
After I recognized my attachment, my heart calmed down. I remembered to keep a peaceful state of mind when sending messages. When I encountered difficulties, I looked inward based on the Fa. I followed the principle of "Do, but not pursue" with Master's help, and things went relatively well. Sometimes, I could send out many messages without encountering any interference. I have also been able to eliminate some of my attachments.
With everybody's xinxing improving, more and more evil was being eliminated by our righteous thoughts. Now, we have little trouble in sending truth-clarifying messages through cell phones. Many people that received our messages have given us positive feedback. Looking back over the path we've walked, I now have a better understanding of Master's words:
"It's gratifying that you have made it through. No matter what hardships or ups and downs Dafa disciples have gone through along the way, in retrospect, those were but a means of tempering you. It has made you more mature and helped you to remove your human attachments in the process, culminating in your progression towards Consummation. That is the path you have traveled. When you look back, you will find that to be the case." ("Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference")
2. Making Phone Calls
Some people called me back after they received my truth-clarification message. Before, I never answered their calls. Some fellow practitioners suggested that we should answer those calls and further clarify the truth, but I always had concerns and fears. One day, after I had sent out 200 messages, the phone rang. I ignored it, but it kept on ringing. I worked up the courage to answer it. A man with a cheerful voice said, "I've sent four messages to you and kept calling you. Why didn't you answer my calls?" I apologized and asked him if he understood the message that I sent him. He said he totally understood it, but that he is not a member of the communist party. "I love this country, but I don't like the Party," he said. I told him that I am a Falun Gong practitioner, and what I told him was the truth. I asked him to convince his family members to quit the Party. He agreed, and he was happy to hear what I had to say.
Later, I saw the messages that he had sent to me before. One said, "You don't reply to me. I am sad. I am a lost lamb, and I am looking for direction." Another said, "You've chickened out, haven't you? You're a coward. I guess I overestimated you. You won't succeed." It was late at night. I went to do the sitting meditation. Thinking of the messages, I cried -- everybody wants to be saved, but I didn't dare to clarify the truth to them due to my attachment to fear. My messages were like a guiding tower of light for them. If I hadn't replied to his phone call, then he would have been lost forever. I realized that this was a chance given to me by Master to help me step forward.
The next day, I told a fellow practitioner about my experience and asked her if she wanted to make phone calls to clarify the truth together with me. She was happy to do so. So, we set up a time.
The first time we made phone calls, we had trouble. It was storming and thundering heavily. It was impossible to make phone calls outside. My fellow practitioner decided to make her phone calls at home, and we sent forth righteous thoughts when the other was making the phone calls. When my turn came, I was so nervous that my voice even changed. However, we encouraged each other. After every call, we reviewed how we did and how we could improve. In two hours, we convinced eight people to quit the Party. Some people said they would quit the Party later by themselves. They also learned the facts about Falun Gong. I knew that Master was helping us. We finally took the first step in making phone calls.
We encounter all kinds of people when making phone calls. Sometimes, we can convince a dozen people to quit the Party a day, but sometimes we cannot convince any people. The process is filled with both happiness and frustration.
One day, I talked to a young man. I talked about the evil history of the CCP and told him about the current trend in China of quitting the Party. I thought he was listening carefully, but he suddenly hung up. I called back, and he said he had something urgent to do and began to hang up again. I quickly asked, "Sorry, I just have a quick question, have you been a member of the Communist Youth League?" He said, "That's none of your business." I said, "No, it's not my business, but it is your business." He hung up, and I was saddened. I looked inward. Maybe he really had something urgent and could not keep talking to me. Maybe what I said hurt him. I made many phone calls that day, but I kept thinking of that call. One hour later, he called back. I said to him, "I'm sorry, it was my fault. I think we have a predestined relationship, so I really want you to avoid being harmed by any future disasters! What I wanted to say, was that being a Party member is directly related to your life. You will be saving yourself if you quit the Party." I strongly believed that he was listening, but all of sudden he hung up once again. I was so frustrated, but I calmed down and encouraged myself to call him back again. He answered the phone and said, "Sorry, my cell phone battery went dead." He also told me he had been a member of the Communist Youth League and he would like to quit it. He also said that he would convince his family members to quit too. Before we said goodbye, he thanked me. I was grateful that Master gave him these chances.
Once, I was making phone calls with a fellow practitioner. An elderly lady talked to me on the phone. I asked her if she understood the message that I sent her earlier. She said, "Yes, I understand it." Her voice was so calm and solid. I had the intuition that she would quit the Party. I briefly reviewed the evil history of the CCP and asked her if she wanted to quit the Communist Young Pioneers with my help. She happily agreed. I didn't know why I cried afterwards. The conversation had only lasted 2 or 3 minutes, and she didn't say much. But the calmness and steadiness in her voice made me believe that her family members had been persecuted by the CCP and she had been waiting all her life for this day to come so that she could finally quit the Party. A few minutes later, to our surprise, the same lady called my fellow practitioner, telling her that she had already quit the Party. This experience reminded me of Master's saying that many Chinese people are trying to quit the Party and they are seeking help from us. It also made me realize our responsibility.
Making phone calls to clarify the truth is a process of getting rid of one's attachments. Many hidden attachments get exposed during various tests. Once, I called a man, and he kept quiet while I was talking. I told him a lot. When I was about to tell him about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, he interrupted me and said, "I am a policeman from the Beijing Police Department. What you said just now has been recorded." Then he hung up. At that moment, all of my fears and the attachments to comfort and family came rushing out. It was so overwhelming that I thought I would not be able to stand it. I had encountered a similar situation before, but I was never this scared. I thought about asking Master for help, and then I sent forth righteous thoughts. But I felt that my righteous thoughts were very weak.
When I was in the middle of this tribulation, my cell phone suddenly rang again. "Shall I answer it?" I asked myself. Not everybody has this chance to be saved. If I ignore it, this life will lose the chance. The phone rang off and on several times. What should I do? I didn't want to lose this precious chance to save a life. I told myself that I had to face the tribulation first, and then Master could help me. So, I answered the phone. It was a party member. I talked to him for 20 minutes, and he quit the Party. That night, I made many calls. Every time after I talked to people, my fears and attachments were eliminated a little bit and became weaker and weaker. Finally, my fear disappeared. The problem I had a few hours earlier was like a dream, which was so far away and unreal. I talked to many people that night, and all of them quit the Party. I knew Master had helped me, protected me and was eliminating many bad things for me.
We started the project of clarifying the truth via cell phone only a few months ago, but every practitioner who has been involved has learned a lot. Throughout this time, I have deeply felt Master's benevolence and how great the Fa is. Clarifying the truth is like a mirror, which shows me my attachments and where I need to improve. When I have difficulties, if I enlighten from the Fa or improve my xinxing, Master shows the power of the Fa to me and helps me to break through the difficulties. The process gives me a better understanding that "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master." (Zhuan Falun) I also realized that modern technologies, such as cell phones, text messaging, etc, were invented for practitioners to clarify the truth.
Many of my attachments have been exposed. The worst one is the attachment to fame and validating myself. I sometimes show off, and I have an attachment to zealotry. Once these attachments were exposed, I could sense them and get rid of them immediately. I believe this is a process of going from a human to a divine being.
"The ten years of Fa-rectification have recreated the cosmos, have saved countless sentient beings from degeneration and annihilation, and have established the immeasurable colossal firmament's all-encompassing and eternal Fa-principles and immeasurable wisdom." ("The Blessings from Dafa")
Nobody can imagine how much Master has done for the beings in the universe. All the achievements that Dafa practitioners have made are due to Master. Fellow practitioners, let us cherish our opportunities, purify ourselves, save more beings and report more good news to Master.