Cultivating Compassion in Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, respected Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am fortunate to be a Falun Gong practitioner during the Fa-rectification period. I have traveled my journey of 12 years of cultivation with Master's benevolent salvation and protection. I have deeply realized that my responsibilities and missions are to cultivate well, offer salvation to sentient beings, and assist Master in Fa-rectification.
During these years of Fa-rectification, in order to fulfill our prehistoric mission assisting Master in Fa-rectification, we should have a compassionate heart. How do we cultivate compassion? It needs to be cultivated step by step. In our daily life and work, Dafa requires us to attain the righteous enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. We should touch the hearts of everyday people with our righteous behavior to make them truly feel the nobility of Falun Gong. Within our strong and compassionate righteous field, they will admire, trust, and respect us, which will be helpful in saving them.
1. Caring for Fellow Practitioners
I have tried my best to do this with a pure heart. I remember that Master said, "The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington D.C. Fa Conference") I realize that we should also treat non-practitioners in other practitioners' families with compassion so that they can experience how respectful practitioners are.
A young fellow practitioner's husband insisted on divorcing her. Although the practitioner had several conversations with her husband, he still insisted. The practitioner thought, "I have shared my thoughts with him from the Fa perspective. He also learned Dafa before. Why is he so determined to divorce me?" The parents on both sides also tried to persuade him to change his mind, but nothing helped. The fellow practitioner did not know what else to do. She was puzzled as to what might have gone wrong. I shared my thoughts with her: "Although your husband read Dafa books, on the surface, you did try to persuade him from the Fa perspective. In fact, deep in your heart, you tried to use the Fa principles to force it on him. He could feel the impurity. No matter what you do, you should always maintain compassion and seek to understand his feelings from his perspective. If you truly treat him benevolently, look inward and compare this with the Fa's requirements to find your own shortcomings and correct them, and share your thoughts with him openly and honestly, the end result will be different. Master will help you. Please do not push away somebody who once walked into the Fa. Please do not do anything that would make the old forces happy. You must study the Fa more and send forth righteous thoughts."
After sharing with her several times, this practitioner finally realized how to cultivate compassion. She said with confidence, "I finally realized what compassion truly is." Now, their family is very happy together. They both are cultivating Dafa. Her husband is also actively involved in validating the Fa.
In our cultivation, we should treat all sentient beings benevolently so they can truly witness the wonderfulness of Dafa and the benevolence of practitioners. Master encouraged us compassionately:
"Dafa disciples, you are golden light in the mortal world, the hope of the world's people, Fa-disciples who help Master, and future Fa-Kings. Keep diligent, Awakened Ones that walk the earth: Everything of today will be the glory of the future." ("Congratulatory Message" 2005)
2. Treating Family and Co-workers Benevolently
I was transferred from a branch office to headquarters, a very evil place that persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. I knew clearly that it was Master who arranged for me to be here to offer salvation to the sentient beings!
How could I awaken these people who were deceived by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? I must be strict with myself. I worked very hard and always thought about others first in order to gain their trust. Gradually, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance was seeded in their hearts. They were touched by Dafa's power. Four of them have read Zhuan Falun. Some have withdrawn from the CCP, and so have their families. What moved me the most was that when they found Dafa books and tapes confiscated by the CCP, they often protected them and handed them over to me secretly. I am so happy for them. They are finally saved.
Dafa is harmonizing. We should harmonize our families, the cultivation environment we are in contact with everyday. Through Fa-study, I realized that I should be even more compassionate to my family members because they are closest to me. Why did we all end up in this big family? It was because of our prehistoric vows that we would re-connect with one another when Dafa was introduced to the world. Therefore, no matter how busy we are with Fa validation, I always try my best to take time to take good care of them. If I do not have time, I communicate with them so they can know what is going on and support us. Let us not ignore them because of our busy schedule of Fa validation. They will think that we are selfish, gradually creating distance and resentment. It will become difficult when we try to clarify the facts" to them. Therefore, I always try my best to harmonize my family. My kindness, tolerance, and compassion have helped me gain their trust and respect. They all know Dafa is good. Most of them have quit the CCP. Some have even taken up cultivation. Some have read Dafa books. Some have been protected by Master in dangerous situations.
What is the most important and benevolent thing for sentient beings is to let them know that Dafa is good and to exhort them to quit the CCP as soon as possible.
"...for Dafa disciples to do an even better job of clarifying the facts and saving the world's people and sentient beings. The closer it gets to the end, the more you cannot let up; the closer it gets to the end, the better you must study the Fa; the closer it gets to the end, the stronger your righteous thoughts must be." ("To the Canada Fa Conference")
I have been following Master's teachings because we have waited for this opportunity for thousands of years. "The countless years of hardship were all for this time" ("A Will That Ebbs Not") I diligently recall everybody who has a predestined relationship with me. I created a list and tried my best to contact them. When Master saw that I had such a heart, oftentimes he arranged to send these predestined people to meet me.
3. Operating the Material Production Site with Righteous Thoughts
My family informational material production site is in operation. This was a process of cultivating my xinxing. I know this is a very serious task. I must study the Fa well and always maintain strong righteous thoughts.
But sometimes while making materials, if one thought fell short, the evil took advantage of it immediately. Either the materials were printed incorrectly or the machine stopped working. Sometimes I was so busy that I did not even have time to study the Fa. I quickly realized that this is the evil interfering with my saving sentient beings. I would not let it succeed. I adjusted my mindset and studied the Fa with a calm mind to regain my strong righteous thoughts. In the past, I thought computers were controlled by aliens, so I resented them. I did not want to touch them or learn how to use them. Now computers have become the Fa's weapons for saving sentient beings. No matter how hard it may be, I decided I would learn how to use them.
With Master's strengthening, I easily learned how to get onto the Internet, download, edit, and print. Sometimes when there are issues with the computer, I can even solve the problem by myself. It is tiring to make materials. Sometimes my legs become swollen from standing for too long or I do not have time for lunch. Nevertheless, I still feel happy because I am doing the noblest thing. While I have been making materials, Master has been protecting me benevolently and giving me hints regularly. Sometimes, miracles happen that surprise me. Once the printer made a strange sound like, "Take a quick look at me now!" I immediately looked at it and saw that a piece of paper was stuck, and would soon have wasted much more paper. I pulled it out immediately.
In order to save time, I decided to buy a faster color printer so I could have more time to study the Fa and save sentient beings. I was thinking that I would give my original printer to another practitioner to make informational materials. All of a sudden my original printer stopped working. I tried to fix it, but instead of examining myself, I only focused on the printer. I could not find the problem and thought, "It must be the printer. It might have been the heavy workload. I'll give it a break." So I turned it off. Just as I pulled the plug, I immediately realized that the printer was not happy that I was going to send it away. I said to the printer, "If you are willing to work with me on Fa validation and you do not want to leave, I will not send you away." When I turned it on again, everything was back to normal. Similar things happened many times. It is truly miraculous. I deeply realized that as long as we treat the Fa as our Master, any issue can be resolved.
4. Advancing Together
I was fortunate enough to have entered cultivation with the guidance of several practitioners at my workplace. We studied the Fa and practiced the exercises together every day. I was so happy. Since 1999, when the evil CCP started the persecution, we have not been able to do those things together. But we often try to find opportunities to share experiences with each other in order to encourage one another.
There have been many reports on "Minghui Weekly" that after fellow practitioners established Fa-study groups, practitioners were able to advance together rapidly. In the beginning, I did not think too much about that. I just found a Fa-study group and joined them. Through Fa-study, I realized that I should not only be concerned with my own advancement. I should organize fellow practitioners near me to study the Fa and advance together so we can all follow Master home.
With a coordinated effort, our Fa-study group was established. Within this group, we share our experiences and thoughts. When any behavior does not comply with the Fa's requirements, we kindly point it out for each other right away. We advance together from the Fa's perspective. We have eliminated gaps among us. As long as it is for Fa validation, we can all let go of our personal things and join the mighty current of Fa-rectification. The Fa-study group has helped us improve and advance as one body.
Finally, I would like to encourage fellow cultivators with Master's poem from Hong Yin II, "Righteous Gods:"
"Righteous thought, righteous action
Advance wholeheartedly, do not stop
Purge the ghosts that disrupt Fa
Treat all beings with kindness."