Immersed in Master's Compassion on Every Step of My Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings compassionate Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
Since I obtained the Fa ten years ago, Master has immersed every step of my cultivation path in His compassionate care.
1. Breaking Out of Detention in Nine Days
On July 20, 2002, I was arrested and taken to a local detention center. I did not have any fear. Instead, I told myself I committed no crime and asked Master to please help me get out of detention.
My celestial eye saw a golden shining Falun spinning behind each of the determined practitioners. I also saw Master's Fashen appear in the sky. I asked other detained practitioners excitedly to hurry and take a look at the Falun. Even though they couldn't see it, they knew that Master was encouraging and protecting us. We were immersed in boundless Buddha compassion and became even more determined to resist the persecution and validate the Fa.
On the ninth day of my incarceration the police notified me they were about to send me to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City.
I told them what they said didn't count! They asked whose words would count. I replied, "Master's words." They didn't believe it, but I assured them Master would rescue me for sure, and I continued to clarify the facts to the police on the way to the labor camp. I told them of the changes I experienced since taking up Falun Gong. I also explained to them how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) staged the Tiananmen Square Self-immolation incident to frame Falun Gong. When I was advising them of the heavenly principle that good and evil would receive their due retributions, a policeman said he sprained his angle when taking down a banner reading "Falun Dafa is good" and asked me if that meant he had received his retribution. I said "yes," but comforted him that he would be fine if he recited "Falun Dafa is good" in his mind and stopped doing his evil deeds. During my truth clarification, none of the eight policemen ever stopped me. I knew it was compassionate Master strengthening me.
Upon arriving at the forced labor camp I had to undergo a medical examination. I failed, and the labor camp refused to accept me, and I was released.
2. Firmly Refusing the Evildoers' Request
My company management threatened to fire me if I refused to write a guarantee statement promising to give up my cultivation. I firmly refused their request and told them Dafa is the most righteous cultivation path, and Master is the most compassionate teacher. I made it clear that I would never betray Master and Dafa. I was out of work for four years. Later, with Master's compassionate care and arrangement, I took a job at a company owned by a fellow practitioner. This new job gave me more time to study the Fa and do truth clarification activities.
Looking back, I realized that I was still holding onto human emotions. If I had realized that the evil were indeed controlling the persecutors and were victims themselves, I could have sent righteous thoughts to eliminate evil in other dimensions that were behind these manipulations and saved them from paying a hefty price for their persecution of Dafa.
3. Compassionate Master Strengthens Me
In January 2003, I was notified that a group of nine people from my company would come to visit me the next day. I immediately sent righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil controlling them and was determined to have them know the truth and save them. I asked Master to strengthen me.
I wasn't a very outspoken person, but when they arrived I was able to clarify the facts to them for over one hour. I told them how I got rid of the many illnesses and I changed from someone who used to steal things that belonged to my company, to a person who strives to be considerate of others. After I began Falun Gong practice I went to apologize to my colleagues with whom I had conflicts, which was inconceivable for me to do before my cultivation.
I also talked about the staged Tiananmen Square Self-immolation, as well as the wide dissemination of Falun Gong to over 80 countries around the world. They listened to me quietly the whole time. One person asked, "When did you become so talkative?" Another one stood up, "We came here to reform you, but you reformed us instead."
Once they left I stood in front of Master's portrait, and tears streamed down my face. I knew it was Master that gave me the wisdom to clarify the truth. I came to the realization that Master had indeed done everything. When I melted into the Fa and considered everything from the perspective of the Fa, I became a particle of Dafa, and the mighty power of the Fa then manifested itself, making it crucial to comprehend the Fa from the perspective of the Fa.
4. It is Extremely Important to Change One's Notions
In May 2006 the Party secretary in my company contracted lung cancer. Learning of this I immediately thought she must have received retribution, as she was the main culprit in persecuting me. When I spoke with colleagues about her retribution one of them said, "Aren't you cultivating compassion? Why aren't you showing her any sympathy?" I was taken aback and realized that Master was using him to give me a hint.
When I looked within, I realized that I harbored deep resentment for the Party secretary. Even though I had often clarified the facts to her in the past four years, I didn't do so completely for her own good. As a matter of fact, I was trying to seek justice for myself and occasionally could not remain calm when speaking with her. Was this my true self? No, absolutely not. It was the evil side of a human being. I am a Fa rectification period Dafa disciple, a being created by the Fa to be considerate of others. I remembered what Master taught us,
"Dafa disciples should do everything cool-headedly and with Shan thoughts. Whether you're clarifying the truth to people or participating in an activity, you should always have people see the goodness and kindness of Dafa disciples. Absolutely don't do anything that's too extreme. When you save beings and clarify the truth, if you speak in an extreme way it won't have a positive effect. That's because when you lack Shan you won't disintegrate the evil elements that exist in the minds of those people who have been poisoned, so you won't be able to achieve a positive effect." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference") (verified)
I knew that she was also a sentient being who had a predestined relationship with me and I must compassionately save her.
When I went to work the following day I clarified the truth to her again. The Fa then disintegrated the evil elements that controlled her, and she quit the CCP and removed the CCP flag on her desk. I assured her that Master would save her if she treated Dafa with kindness. She agreed and has since kept her promise.
One month later I heard she lost the money she had saved for her child's college education. I thought she must be very anxious, which was not good for her illness. I went to see her and offered to give her 2,000 yuan. She was very moved and said, "Dafa disciples are truly cultivating Buddhahood. I know you truly want to help me. I will accept the 2,000 yuan and thank you so much." I told her to thank our Master instead. This incident made me realize that only by living and conducting ourselves according to a true mindset of saving sentient beings can we change people's mind and rescue them.
5. Looking Within When Faced with Conflicts
Prior to beginning my cultivation I was a very competent person and was very self-centered. I couldn't stand other people criticizing me. Since beginning cultivation I realized that I must let go of my ego in this regard, but after so many years of cultivation I still sometimes failed to abolish this shortcoming.
I began making and delivering truth clarification materials on April 25, 2002. I was very busy every day and always made sure I had materials made and delivered to fellow practitioners in a timely manner. I thought I had given all I had to the Fa, so I felt very upset when some practitioners commented that I was obsessed with doing things. I couldn't understand why they talked about me like that. For several days I was preoccupied with their comments.
Just then Master arranged for me to study "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles" with a fellow practitioner. I came across the following passage:
"Why do you get agitated when you are criticized? How many of you seated here can keep at ease when someone points at you out of the blue and berates you? How many of you can stay unruffled and search for the reason on your part when faced with others' criticism and chiding?
I'm not blaming you, but from now on you all must pay attention to this. You must get to the point where you are able to take criticism, regardless of who it's from. If there is truth to it you correct yourself, and if not, you are mindful of it. If you can stay unruffled while being criticized or chided, you are improving." (verified)
I suddenly realized that Dafa practitioners must remain unmoved and look within when faced with conflicts. If I simply focused on the issue itself and tried to argue about who was right or wrong, I was still harboring human notions. The "me" that was moved by the conflicts was not the real "me," but a "me" made of human notions. Realizing this, I felt that the "me" made of human notions was gradually disintegrating. I saw my attachment to doing things. Right then, Master showed me a huge lawn in the sky with three big characters reading Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I also once noticed the word "Forbearance" appear on the door of my home. I knew that Master was giving me hints to look within.
I have experienced numerous things in my ten years of cultivation. What I wrote above is just a little bit to share with everyone. I know that I still have much in my cultivation that needs correcting, and I believe I will keep improving in the Fa. I will be more diligent in saving sentient beings and become a qualified particle of Dafa.