4. Clarify the Truth, Save Sentient Beings
Through studying the Fa, we feel deeply the great responsibility and urgency to use our time wisely. In order to save sentient beings, the first step is letting them know the facts about Falun Dafa. To assist those people who have barriers to understanding the truth, the publication of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, which clearly explains how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed its twisted ideology on the whole of modern Chinese society, has recently come to be seen as an urgent task. So far in our region we have printed 7,000 copies of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
As the old saying goes, "The logistics must be in place before the soldiers can be mobilized." The workload of our materials site has also increased. Over the past several years we have gone from using only materials produced in other regions to now printing everything ourselves on-site. At the very beginning, even though we had nothing, the majority of practitioners in our city were able to follow Teacher's requirement:
"So in clarifying the truth, don't wait, don't rely on others, and don't just hope for changes in external factors. Every one of us is creating history for the future, that's why everyone is not only participating in group activities, but also taking the initiative to look for things to do. As long as something is good for Dafa, you should take the initiative to do it, take the initiative to work on it."
("To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference"
("To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference"in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
With no materials, some practitioners used photocopier paper to make copies of truth-clarification information, some wrote messages with chalk, some wrote on adhesive paper, some made small flags from colorful paper and wrote messages on the flags, some bought the cloth to make banners with, and numerous other creative ideas were used to get the work done. During those early years, the messages, banners, adhesive-paper-signs were everywhere in the public places of our region.
Since developing the materials site, the types of materials we have available to us for use in exposing evil has increased, and many more topics are now being covered:
1. The material now available covers a diverse range of topics. Originally, the truth-clarification material was hand-made; now it looks more professional and covers many more subjects. We distribute such things as colored flyers, booklets, serialized cartoons, all kinds of truth-clarification cards, CDs, banners, calendars and more. We manufacture the different materials based on the requirements of the Fa-rectification. The number of our different materials that we know for certain to have been transported to Beijing, Songyuan district and Yushu City of Jilin Province, Harbin City, Daqing City, and Jiamusi City of Heilongjiang Province, and Manzhouli City of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region is now approaching 300,000 copies.
2. Coordinators at each level give prompt feedback about the demand for the various items and how well they are being received; the amount of material produced is then done in accordance with that input. This has reduced waste, and we are continuously updating the contents to try our best to explain the questions that everyday people are not clear on. These materials have had very good effect.
B. Truth Clarification
a. Use of personal life conditions to clarify the truth
Practitioners from every level of society use their own life experiences while clarifying the truth, as illustrated by the following examples:
i). One practitioner sells steamed sticky-buns with bean and jam fillings; her business is thriving. She enlarged truth-clarification cards and hung them on her tricycle where people would see them. On her vehicle she also places various other materials like flyers, booklets, cards, CDs and so on. She serves every customer with an open heart, and tells them the truth about Falun Gong. She has lots of customers, more than she can handle. One day, when a policeman came to her booth, she told him the truth of Falun Gong. This policeman said, "Do you know that I am from the detention center?" Her reply was, "Police should also know the truth. I broke out of the detention center."
ii). A young female practitioner was distributing CDs to passengers in a public-transport vehicle. When one woman threw the CD to the ground, the practitioner picked it up with tears in her eyes. She said sadly, "We practitioners live very frugally so that we can use the money we save to buy CDs to give to you. These CDs are to help you know the truth and no longer be deceived by lies so that you can have a good future!" The woman, moved by the practitioner's compassion, said, "Little sister do not cry. I'll take the CD and go home and watch it for sure!"
b. Clarify the truth to every family
Ever since the publication of Teacher's article, "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People," practitioners in our city have put more effort into truth-clarification. Practitioners, especially those in rural areas, have now clarified the truth to someone in every family. When they finish clarifying the truth in their own villages, they go to those that do not have practitioners, and clarify the truth to every family there. Some practitioners have gone to villages far away from their own homes to clarify the truth. When sentient beings come to know the truth, some of them invite practitioners to stay for meals, some invite practitioners to stay to rest before journeying home, some also wanted to participate in truth-clarification themselves, and some even want to learn the Falun Gong exercises immediately. In this region, the majority of people have come to know the truth; they all know that Falun Dafa is good. In some remote areas with few or no practitioner, practitioners from other areas have spontaneously organized visits to those places to clarify the truth and distribute materials. Truth-clarification materials are now distributed in all parts of our district; the entire region contains 9 towns, 15 townships, 246 villages, and over 650 natural villages that have all been covered with truth-clarification materials.
c. Traveling long distances to clarify the truth
Practitioners in some villages and towns of our region regularly visit areas of the neighboring province where the effort of truth-clarification was weaker. Often, after finishing long days of farm work, their evenings are spent carrying truth-clarifying materials to these places; they have walked more than one hundred miles by foot to accomplish this task. After distributing the material all night, they need to return home before 5:00 a.m. in order to prepare food for their kids to take to school. Many times they need to run to get there and back on time. On one occasion, more than 10 practitioners clarified the truth like this for 11 or 12 consecutive days. To save sentient beings, these practitioners do not fear death and they don't give in to hardship or fatigue. Non-practitioners cannot imagine how much effort they put into this and the hardships involved. As practitioners, we know that a pure heart enables one to achieve anything.
(To be continued)