Experiences Installing TV Satellite Dishes to Clarify the Truth
(Clearwisdom.net) In August 2004, when a fellow practitioner asked me whether I would like to work on the satellite project, I hesitated because I did not have any experience and we had no funding or technology. Through exchanging understandings with him, I came to realize that the NTDTV satellite dish project was part of Fa-rectification and played a very important role in truth clarification. Master has also said that our media would become the largest media throughout the world.
After having a clearer understanding based on the Fa, I grew in confidence. A fellow practitioner who worked on the project had shared a personal experience with me. He said that he once lost his balance while installing a satellite dish on top of a customer's roof. He was about to fall from the roof when he felt a big hand give him a firm push from behind. He was then able to stand upright again. Merciful Master had been guarding and protecting him as well as guarding the satellite dish project. As a result, he has never stopped moving forwards with the project no matter how painstaking and difficult it was. His experience touched me. I realized that Dafa disciples are supernormal. Additionally, there is Master and the Fa. As long as we take ourselves as Master's disciples and as particles in the Fa-rectification, how can we have any reason for not doing this important project? In this way, I started to work on the satellite dish installation project with the arrangement of Master.
After the initial joy and excitement, I gradually began to experience the sweet, sour, bitter and spicy parts of the actual work. Satellite dish installation is outdoor work, which is subject to the limitations of the weather. Sometimes the work has to be delayed and sometimes we return home without getting anything done. At the beginning, we would passively wait and take any problem as being normal. Later, I remembered that everything in society is caused by Dafa disciples' hearts. Whether I can take myself as a cultivator and whether I can look at the weather issue from the perspective of the Fa is the crucial point. On the other hand, the old forces may be interfering with our truth clarification. If I cannot enlighten deeply enough within the Fa, if I cannot keep a pure attitude and cannot maintain strong righteous thoughts, I may have loopholes that will be taken advantage of, and this will influence our truth clarification and saving sentient beings.
Later on I began to study the Fa before going out on installations. I sent forth righteous thoughts with the thought of eliminating all interfering elements, including the weather. I firmly denied the arrangements of the old forces. Righteous thoughts and wisdom all come from within the Fa. Through studying the Fa, I have understood Master's words: "Dafa Disciple's righteous thoughts are powerful." (Essentials for Further Advancement II) I have also realized that my deeply rooted mentalities of everyday people are still functioning because I often fear the bad weather. I have realized this attachment and understood Master's poem:
"Should you have fear, it will seize you; If thoughts are righteous, evil will collapse" (What's to Fear, Hong Yin II)
I started to Send Forth Righteous Thoughts with the specific aim of getting rid of my attachment of fear.
Several times the sky was full of dark clouds and even some rain fell, but because my fellow practitioner and I were both holding strong righteous thoughts, the rain would not fall until after we had finished the work.
Installing satellite TV dishes has not been a smooth path. One unexpected incident happened several weeks ago. A customer needed to reinstall the dish because he was moving. His house was pretty high and my ladder could not reach the roof. I had to put the ladder on the top of the kitchen behind the main building and then climb onto the main building roof from the kitchen roof. When I was climbing to the top of the ladder and trying to climb onto the roof I slid off with the ladder and dropped onto the kitchen roof. Because I fell awkwardly on my left hand, it became swollen. I was not afraid, but I felt very unusual. I could not figure it out. Just when I was worrying that it would be difficult for me to get the work done, I saw that a neighbour was having another type of satellite dish installed. Those workers had a very long ladder. I thought that I might be able to borrow the ladder from them, so I went to ask him. Before I finished my sentence, he said: "I knew you would come. Why didn't you come earlier?" And then, as I was just starting to install the dish he put up the ladder, climbed up to the roof and disconnected the cable for me. I thanked him a few times, but my heart was not calm. I realized that it was merciful Master who helped me.
On the other hand, I thought I have done this work for two years now and have never encountered anything like this. Why did it happen this time? Master says in the Fa, "You should also be clear that 'natural' does not exist, and 'the inevitable' has reasons behind it." ("Expounding on the Fa" from Essentials for Further Advancement) Then what was the reason for this incident? Sharing with my wife, she realized that it might be that I was not practicing cultivation diligently and that I was not doing the three things well. This caused me to fall down. Her words touched me deeply. Thinking about the period before the event, I saw that I had used most of my time and strength for work and business. I did not have enough time to do the three things. So Master mercifully gave me a hint and let me enlighten through this and improve. Cultivation practice is like rowing a boat against the current; if we do not move forward, we will move back. Master says in Zhuan Falun, "Every test or every tribulation is related to the matter of either progression or regression in cultivation."
During the past two years of my work, the biggest feeling of encouragement was no more than the change of our customers' attitude and heart.
I remembered that during our car tour, I went to deliver materials to fellow practitioners, and met with an old customer. Although we had not met each other for more than a year, he came out to greet me like an old friend and started to chat with me. I told him about our car tour. He listened carefully and asked questions from time to time. At the end when I left, he gave me a big bag of dumplings as a guesture of goodwill and told me to share them with the other practitioners. I could feel sentient beings' kind nature and good sides being revealed after they had learned the truth. I also witnessed the effect and power of our media in truth clarification.
Among our first customers is an old Chinese traditional medicine doctor who has been living in Ireland for decades. He told me several times that he had watched programs on all the Chinese TV stations and thinks that NTDTV is the best. He has introduced several new customers to us.
There is another customer who is a businessman and is quite accomplished in the Irish Chinese community. After watching NTDTV for half a year, he told us that at first he was shocked. He thought, "Why does this TV station criticize the CCP so severely?" However, after watching for some time, he now watches NTDTV every day. On one occasion, several staff members from the Chinese Embassy went to visit his home. He turned on NTDTV and introduced the program contents to them. The Embassy staff asked why he dared to watch such subversive programs. He replied, "Why not? What they say is all true. You should watch and find out for yourself."
Later, he said to us sincerely, "You are doing a magnificent job. The more people who watch NTDTV and realize the CCP's true face, the more its foundations will become unstable. Nowadays, Chinese people under CCP rule have become walking corpses without minds or souls. Because of the party, people would sell their family name and dignity for money. They may even not be concerned about or considerate of others. This is very sad and shameful for the Chinese people. The man said that if he had enough money his would like to install an NTDTV dish for every Chinese family so that all Chinese people could become aware of the CCP's evil nature and find out that their roots have been lost.
Thank you Master, thank you fellow practitioners.