Solid Cultivation in a Home-based Materials Production Site
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am a fifty-four year old female Falun Dafa disciple. I started practicing in 1997. During my cultivation practice, I have gradually perceived the significance and profoundness of Falun Dafa. Here I'd like to report to Master my cultivation experience while working in my home-based Falun Dafa materials production site, and also share my experience with fellow practitioners.
1. Setting up a Home-based Materials Production Site
In the first half of 2005, due to the persecution, the practitioners in the only materials production center in our area were arrested. After that, we relied on out-of-town practitioners for truth clarification materials since none of the remaining local practitioners knew how to do it. Then I read an article published on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website. It suggested practitioners to set up their own home-based resource center. I wanted to do that myself and felt that setting up a home-based resource center was my sacred quest. I realized learning the computer was an essential skill needed for saving sentient beings. I was determined to learn how to use the computer as soon as possible. Master saw my determination. Soon, my daughter brought me her used computer from thousands of miles away. I asked practitioner A to teach me how to print truth-clarification materials. In the beginning, we did this while my husband was not home. Several days later, I bought an ink jet printer and started printing single page fliers. My home-based resource center began operation.
2. Harmonizing Family and Operating My Home-based Resource Site Consistently
My husband practiced Falun Dafa before the persecution. He knew Falun Dafa was good. But when the persecution began, he quit because he was afraid of the persecution. Contrary to his normal behavior, he interfered with my practice and did not allow me to practice. I knew it was the old forces' interference. They wanted to destroy me and my husband. I did not acknowledge them. I denied all of their plans. I asked Master to strengthen my righteous thoughts. I was diligent in my cultivation practice, and, at the same time, I used my supernormal abilities bestowed by Master to eliminate the evil factors behind my husband. I had a job and my husband came home very late from his job. I took care of almost all the household chores. Time was short and there were many hardships. To learn to use the computer as quickly as possible, every day after I returned home from work, I sat at the computer and reviewed my notes. The fellow practitioner came to teach me whenever it was possible. I learned wholeheartedly. Soon, I learned how to burn discs, print, download, as well as install common software. I could operate independently.
Once I had everything working smoothly, a conflict appeared. My husband interfered with my truth clarification work again. He became angry every time he came home and found that I was closed up in the office working on Dafa materials. I thought that the conflict did not happen by accident; it was my chance to improve my character. I looked inward to see what I did wrong. I found that I had been selfish. I thought that I was great because I was doing the great thing of validating Fa and saving sentient beings; other things had become lower priorities. So I did not pay attention to others' feelings. My husband was tired and hungry after work. I did not cook for him because I was busy. Master said,
"Our discipline right in this tense environment has the real you get gong, and that's why we need to conform to how ordinary people are as much as possible. We don't have you really lose any material things. But right here in this material environment you have to improve your character." (Zhuan Falun)
Since then, when I come home from work, I first send forth righteous thoughts at 6 p.m., then study the Fa. When it gets close to the time for my husband to come home, I start cooking. Over dinner, we talk and share our thoughts. I pay attention to him and take care of him. He felt the benevolence and tolerance coming from the Fa. I told stories about other practitioners' families, how their families supported their Dafa work and assisted with the work of the home-based resource sites. Those stories inspired his good thoughts. I told him that the print outs would save people by informing them about the truth of the persecution and bring forth their righteous thoughts. It was a great kind deed. He gradually began to feel the mercy of the Fa which strengthened his righteous thoughts, and I led him step by step to help out. Later, he understood and supported me. Sometimes, he assisted me. When I did not know how to print a cover for a disc, he helped me produce the cover. When I prepared letters, he helped me address envelops. He also helped to clarify the facts about Falun Dafa and persuade others to denounce the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I had packing materials that needed to be disposed of elsewhere for safety reasons. He took care of them without me having to ask. When I was busy, he cooked. Sometimes, he even brought my plate to my office.
When I rectified myself using Dafa, and engaged my family, it was "the shade of willows, the blooms of flowers, a place to rest my head" (Zhuan Falun). My family accepted the facts about Falun Dafa quickly. They were among the first ones who denounced the CCP. I knew it was the power of Dafa that made these things possible.
3. Publishing Our Local Minghui Weekly
We published our first Minghui Weekly local version this May (2008). The publication was triggered by practitioner B's arrest. Practitioner B was detained at a brainwashing center in May. Local practitioners worked together and tried many different ways to secure her release. When editing the persecution facts, we failed to learn about the persecution that she had undergone before. The Minghui website had a simple summary stating that she was imprisoned for three years for practicing Falun Dafa. We talked to other practitioners and her family, but the details were not clear. Saving this fellow practitioner was urgent. What should we do? Practitioner A discussed with me and asked, "Why not take this chance to publish our local Minghui Weekly?" The weekly did not require a long story. It could contain a variety of content. It would strike fear into the wicked people even if the persecution was exposed on the back page of the weekly. I agreed. Practitioner A talked about the solemnity of the weekly, and the weekly should not stop regardless of our hardships. I expressed my willingness to manage it. We reached an agreement and published our first Minghui Weekly local version.
When the local Minghui Weekly was published, some practitioners mailed it through the post office; some handed it out in person. It indeed struck fear into wicked people. A police officer who participated in the persecution said hollowly to practitioner B's family: "It was just a seminar (actually a brainwashing session); but it was on the web (exposed on the Minghui website), the TV (New Tang Dynasty Television carried the story for about a week), and the newspaper (local Minghui Weekly); it became a big deal."
Since its debut, the local Minghui Weekly has had a good response. One reader has had righteous thoughts, collected every issue, and said that the paper would be a tribute to practitioners' efforts in the future. Another reader felt the mighty power of Falun Dafa after reading the Weekly. She has asked for Falun Dafa talismans for her friends on many occasions. She was among the first to denounce the CCP. Now she reads Falun Dafa information online through Dynaweb, a program that allows people to break through the internet blockade.
So far, my home-based resource site has been operating steadily. To say it most simply and straightforward: it was Master who did it. From my experience, I gained a deeper understanding of Master's words,
"Disciples' righteous thoughts are strong
Master has the power to turn the tide" ("Master-Disciple Grace" from Hong Yin Vol. II)
Heshi to Master!
Heshi to practitioners around the world!
October 13, 2008