Validating Falun Dafa in Steady Steps While Denying the Old Forces' Arrangements
(Clearwisdom.net) Since July 20, 1999, when the persecution of Falun Dafa began, a number of practitioners have become acquainted with one another during the process of validating the Fa. We follow Teacher's requirements and play the role of particles in a group, validating the Fa in steady steps along the stormy path. The following is to share our experiences with fellow practitioners:
1. Not Going to the Extremes, But Complying With the Everyday Life the Best We Can
Our group is composed of senior citizens, adults, and children. Some are from the rural areas, and some are from the city, and we have different work environments. During the past five years, we have used different methods to validate the Fa in a steady and firm manner, denying the old forces' arrangements.
Since July 20, 1999, to keep up with Teacher's Fa-rectification and to have a stable Fa-rectification environment, several practitioners established a small printing center to make truth-clarifying materials, funded with our savings. We purchased computers and printers. Of course, the money was hard to come by, and practitioners saved it bit by bit.
One practitioner lives a very simple life, yet he gave us 10,000 yuan to purchase the equipment. We used the money carefully, never wasting any of it. To keep the printing center safe, we follow Teacher's instructions: "...the division of roles is orderly, together there's a form, and separated there are particles." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference") We make full use of each person's strengths. Whoever is competent at a particular job will do it. However much good the practitioner can create with it, the practitioner will, using their righteous thoughts and actions. On the surface, they comply with everyday life and mingle with everyday people. In their hearts, however, they are validating Falun Dafa with their divine side, completely denying the old forces' arrangements.
We have clear work assignments. Some practitioners download files, some make photocopies, and some deliver the materials. Each and every practitioner is courageous and careful, leaving no trace of whatever they do for the evil to exploit. Each practitioner only maintains contact with one other practitioner, no one else. For example, those working in the printing center have little contact with other people. Therefore, the printing center has been operating very well, without interference from the outside world. This guarantees that other practitioners will receive materials in time, know the overwhelming power of the Fa-rectification, and keep up with the Fa-rectification process of saving sentient beings.
During the process of validating the Fa, while studying the Fa, we enlightened that there has to be a good environment. We cannot wait or rely on any individual to create it. We have to create it ourselves. We follow the requirements of Falun Dafa for being a good person and think of other people first in all circumstances. At the work place, we work very hard. At home, we are good spouses and parents. At school we are good students. Our words and actions are recognized by society and families. Hence, we form a relatively good cultivation environment within the Fa-rectification.
When introducing Falun Dafa to other people, we do so according to their receptiveness. We try to let the facts speak for themselves and share our own experiences while revealing the persecution of practitioners imposed by Jiang Zemin and his followers. The result is usually good. The family members of the practitioners support Falun Dafa. One by one, those who used to have negative thoughts about Falun Dafa have changed and have started to support it, while condemning the evil. One practitioner's spouse used to be afraid and didn't support him in doing Dafa work. Now she sees the positive changes in her husband and the trend of Fa-rectification, so she helps distribute truth-clarification materials with him. Another practitioner's mother did not practice, but she saw the great benevolence of our Teacher through her child. She protected practitioners and the Falun Dafa materials. Before she passed away, she spent of all her savings to make materials. Because we follow the Fa as our teacher, we do not go to extremes, and comply with everyday life, we have won more and more support from everyday people. So the cultivation environment of Fa-rectification is becoming better and better.
2. Continuing to Study the Fa, Doing the Practice, and Doing Well the Three Things Teacher Requires
Teacher has repeatedly told us, "No matter how difficult your environment is, no matter how busy you get, you cannot forget to study the Fa. You must study the Fa, because it is the absolute, most fundamental guarantee of your improvement." ("Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.") We memorize Teacher's words and make Fa-study the first priority under all circumstances, and we keep practicing and studying the Fa every day. To do well in Fa-study, several of us gather together to study, do the exercise practice, send forth righteous thoughts, share experiences, and encourage each other every week. During experience sharing, we realize that only when we do well in Fa-study can we have strong righteous thoughts, do well in spreading Falun Dafa, and produce better results. And the evil will be more afraid. It is exactly like that. Now, more and more people are learning the truth, and our efforts in Fa-rectification are bearing fruit.
There are several practitioners who are nearly sixty years old. They have been studying the Fa, sending forth righteous thoughts, and clarifying the truth diligently during the past five years. They have little time to rest, yet they maintain an orderly family life and work environment. Another practitioner, while attending to her bedridden eighty-year-old mother and preparing for her son's wedding, still keeps studying the Fa, doing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, and clarifying the truth, never letting the everyday tasks affect Falun Dafa work. During the past five years, no matter how rampant the evil became, we were not afraid. Most of the practitioners have daytime jobs like other people. They work on Falun Dafa related projects after work, sometimes deep into the night. We have been following the path arranged by Teacher to validate Falun Dafa and save sentient beings, leaving no room for the evil.
3. Coordinating Well and Understanding the Fa From the Fa's Perspective
The particle cluster formed by practitioners in our area is linked together in every way and from every perspective to validate Falun Dafa. All of us can think thoroughly and completely about the overall situation, understand one another, and be tolerant of others. When any of us have conflicts, we look at the merits of the other person and look within ourselves and cooperate well together. We have formed teams consisting of two or three practitioners each, and although members of one team do not know those of another team, we are tolerant and accommodating to each other while doing Dafa work. We are able to understand the Fa from the Fa's perspective. We pay attention to safety at all times to protect ourselves, as well as other practitioners, guaranteeing that the truth-clarification work will proceed smoothly. One practitioner is nearly sixty years old, and she coordinates the different linked groups. She does a great job. Meanwhile, she is also in charge of distributing materials to dozens of sites, and she takes care of her family. She travels long distances every day, and although it's hard work, her spirits are high. Her belief in Falun Dafa is rock-solid. During the past five years, because we have cooperated well, we have made great progress as one body. We measure ourselves against the Fa when anything happens.
4. Teacher is Protecting Us at All Times, and the Path of Fa-rectification is Getting Wider And Wider
The path of Fa-rectification is full of hardships. If Teacher weren't protecting us, we wouldn't be able to take one step. During the past five years of Fa-rectification, we have persevered in such an evil environment and walked steadily forward. We feel that Teacher is by our side all the time. While making the truth-clarifying materials or distributing them, we have encountered a lot of danger. Every time we made it through a narrow escape, it was because we had Teacher's protection. For example, when a practitioner was putting "post-its" with truth-clarifying words in a telephone booth, a plain-clothes police officer found out and followed him on a bicycle. The practitioner immediately remembered to ask Teacher for help. After he had the thought, the police officer turned around and left. There have been many examples like that. We realize that as long as we have righteous thoughts and actions, Teacher will take care of us. Now we continuously send out the truth-clarifying materials to hundreds of thousands of families, and to people with predestined relationships. Our steps are everywhere, in the cities and villages. The path of the Fa-rectification is getting wider and wider.
After reading Teacher's new article "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People," we realized that it is more urgent than ever to save sentient beings. We feel Teacher's great benevolence and the divine missions on our shoulders. We have to cherish the opportunity and clarify the truth with clear minds and rationality. We should let go of all the human mentality and seize the time to save sentient beings.