Do Not Let the Cold and Snow Interfere with Saving Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, many areas in China were covered in snow. The snow lasted for long periods of time and the situation was more serious in areas such as the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. This situation affected our truth-clarification work, group Fa study, and group practice. Our activities were limited by the snow.
We know that Falun Gong practitioners are not here to enjoy comfort but to assist Master in the Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings, which is the most urgent task currently. How can we be stopped by the cold weather and inconveniences caused by the weather? Looking at so many truth-clarification materials that had not been distributed, and thinking about the many sentient beings waiting to be saved, I felt very worried yet did not take any action. I was still protecting myself with a strong attachment to comfort and selfishness. I kept wanting to wait till the weather was better before doing anything. Thus I begged Master to increase my righteous thoughts and to eliminate all interferences and attachments to fear. Whatever it is, I must do what a practitioner should do. I also sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the elements that interfere with sentient beings and their understanding of the facts about Falun Gong. I wanted the truth-clarification materials to be spread on a wider scale.
I took all the materials and put them in a bag, stepped outside on the wet and slippery road, and set off. If one has the sincerity and determination to save sentient beings, Master will make wonderful arrangements. I soon got used to the cold wind that pierced my bones. It was difficult to put materials on some windows and I was very worried. When distributing the materials I hoped that I could leave quickly, and this showed my attachment to fear. The ground was frozen and slippery and it was difficult to move around, so I had to proceed carefully. In my heart, I always feel this regret. We should create the environment to clarify the truth in an aboveboard manner in public and on a larger scale. But as of now, the environment in this area has yet to be rectified. Most of the time we secretly distribute truth-clarification materials to let people know the facts. Although I had these thoughts, I continued to clarify the facts and encouraged myself that as long as I follow the requirements of Master and did not give up, the bad elements would become less.
I walked around in this small city and people continued to walk past me. I kept on walking and distributing. I tried my best to give people truth-clarification material in a timely manner. I soon was able to distribute all the materials in my bag and felt that Master was encouraging and helping me. I had never been that efficient before and sometimes felt down and thought that perhaps it is because I did not do well. Perhaps someone was trying to remind me that the material was not placed properly and that each and every piece of material is very precious. Perhaps my heart was still not pure and I was thinking about completing a task.
When I returned home, I suddenly realized that I still placed too much emphasis on myself. I was still very attached to things in this world and thus for a long time let my pessimism, procrastination, and even bad weather become excuses for not being diligent. This hindered my progress, and I thought perhaps fellow practitioners also had notions and situations similar to mine. Therefore, I wrote down my understanding to encourage all of us not to allow anything, including the attachment to comfort, hinder our progress and prevent us from being diligent. What we must do, we definitely need to do better, and we need to have higher expectations of ourselves.