Persuading People to Do the "Three Withdrawals" and Saving Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I was introduced to the Fa in 1995 and have cultivated for more than 12 years. But since I neglected diligent Fa study and cultivation, I have not yet done well with the three things that Master told us to do.
Today I thank Master and fellow practitioners for giving me an opportunity to review and summarize my personal experiences in my efforts to save sentient beings. This summary helped me see my drawbacks and shortcomings and pointed the way to improve myself on my path from now on.On January 12, 2005, The Epoch Times newspaper published an article entitled "Solemn Statement of The Epoch Times." As soon as I saw the statement, I discussed it with my husband. We decided to renounce our memberships in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations using our real names. My husband quit the CCP, Chinese Youth League and Chinese Young Pioneers. I remember only 40 people having renounced membership back then. I felt relieved and excited after quitting all the CCP's affiliated organizations. For me, the solemn statement was right on time because I had always wished to do so. My wish was finally fulfilled. Then I thought we should let more people know about it and urge them to quit the CCP. My thought was not to let them miss such a precious opportunity.
"So what this says is, the goal of Dafa disciples' clarifying the truth during this period is to save people and eliminate the poisoning of people by those old elements and by the vile party's evil specters. The reason is, the old forces are to be weeded out during Fa-rectification, the vile party and the evil specters will likewise be weeded out for sure, and all who have a hand in what they do will be weeded out. This is a law laid down in Fa-rectification, and it has to be done this way. If we don't go and save someone like that, he or she will be weeded out by history along with the evil." ("Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006")
I realized that saving sentient beings is my huge responsibility.
Initially I didn't know where to start or what to say. As we often distributed flyers in front of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, we met quite a few Chinese people every day and tried to persuade them to quit the CCP while distributing flyers. As a result, hundreds of people withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The more people quit, the more we were encouraged, and the more we felt Master's compassion. In those days, people's words and reactions led me to feel their high expectations. Many people commented, "The Chinese people are hopeless if the vile Party doesn't get eliminated. You are contemporary heroes, the people's hope. Thank you so much for your efforts!" They kept telling us, "You should pay much attention to your safety and take care of yourselves!"
I remember a young man from Northeast China commenting, "I wanted to quit the CCP a long time ago, because I am pretty sure this vile Party is not the Chinese people's hope, but their disaster. Not only would I like to quit the CCP, since my family members are Party members, I will also persuade them to quit the CCP."
One day three gentlemen told us while in tears, "We can't even tell you how many hardships our families bear from this vile Party. My father was beaten to death, and our whole family was implicated and torn apart. We can no longer remain silent. I am determined to quit the CCP. I would like to see their toppling from power with my own eyes. Such a vile Party offends Heaven and reason!"
We have taken advantage of every opportunity we could to meet Chinese people and persuade them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations in places like supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, at the airport, on the street, on the bus, and other locations. Whenever we meet Chinese people, my first thought is. "I need to grasp this opportunity and persuade them to quit the CCP." There are a lot of Chinese people in the Los Angeles area, and I must explore every avenue to grasp such an opportunities. Since I have not done well at this, I feel there are still a lot of Chinese people waiting to be saved.
I grew up in China, and can speak several dialects. I figured this might be my leverage for persuading people to quit the Party. I figured out the following ways:
(1) Listen to where the individual is from by their dialect. Try to speak their dialect, hence making the conversation easier and more natural.
(2) Based on an individual's age, I approach them from different perspectives. For example, I call them big brother, big sister, elderly gentleman, elderly lady, little brother and sister, etc. I use my life experiences to steer our talk in the right direction, with the goal of persuading them to quit the CCP.
(3) Talking about my experience living outside of China is helpful in making a connection as well.
(4) I tell them about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and how that led to the exposure of the evildoings of the Party. Everyone suffers and everyone should stand up for themselves by quitting the CCP.
(5) Persistence ï¿½" I keep trying until they agree to quit the CCP.
(6) I show my gratitude that their understanding and support not only rescues themselves, but also makes a contribution to humanity.
(7) I ask them to persuade people around them and their relatives to quit the CCP.
One day my husband and I went to a coin-operated laundromat and saw some carts there that hold clothes. It suddenly occurred to me that we could make similar carts to be used for persuading people to quit the CCP. After a discussion, my husband started to make a cart. With help from other practitioners, I designed and put up a special sign reading, "Los Angeles Quitting the CCP Service Mobile Unit," and "The CCP's downfall is the will of Heaven. Expose the evildoers, tell right from wrong, good is rewarded with good, and evil meets evil, cherish the opportunity of salvation, seriously consider withdrawing from the CCP."
Thus, a "Quitting the CCP" cart was created. It drew lots of attention and was quite mobile. We have used this cart to help hundreds of people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
One day two elderly persons came to us. They held our hands with tears in their eyes and said, "You are the ones we have been looking for. I would like to quit the evil CCP." One of them handed us two dollars, saying, "Even though I don't have much money, this is from my heart. I know you guys give up a lot to do this. Please buy yourself a cup of tea."
I also met a person in his 80's who said that he is a loyal Epoch Times reader and was greatly encouraged by the Nine Commentaries. Although he didn't practice Falun Gong, he wanted to take responsibility for the country as a true Chinese. Therefore, in the past more than a year, he has copied the Nine Commentaries onto CDs and mailed them to his relatives and friends. He also clipped good articles from The Epoch Times newspaper and sent those to China.
I was so moved and said to him, "Good people like you will be rewarded. You are doing the best thing in the world." At the same time, I realized that even everyday people can do this, so as a Dafa disciple, I should do much better with what Master asks us to do. I also realized that there are lots of Chinese people awaiting to be saved by us!
Of course, I have run into things that temper my xinxing. I remember meeting some people who spoke quite arrogantly. They did not show respect to Master and Dafa and even insulted us. Because I didn't guard my xinxing, sometimes I lost my patience and argued with them. At some point, I thundered against them, smoldering with indignation, and even said in my heart, "This man is finished, he is hopeless." Master said,
"Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring
Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world"
("The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos" from Hong Yin Volume II)
In such cases, after careful deliberation, I realized that I was exhibiting a lack of benevolence due to not studying the Fa diligently. I will overcome such shortcomings in the future.
So far we have persuaded 956 people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I understand that all of this has been done by Master. All we need is the willingness to save sentient beings. Master wants us to "Compare in studying, compare in cultivating," ("Solid Cultivation" from Hong Yin) and find our shortfalls through our experience sharing so that we can improve in the future and truly achieve the goal to "save sentient beings with our benevolence."
Due to my limit understanding, please point out anything that is not up to cultivation standards.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, Fellow practitioners!