Cultivating Myself Well While Explaining the Facts
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings to Master and fellow practitioners!
During ten years of cultivation, I have tottered my way forward, experiencing both sweetness and bitterness along the way. Sometimes I experienced a good cultivating state and sometimes not, but I firmly believe in Master and Dafa. I am writing a report about my realizations during my cultivation process as a Dafa disciple. Please compassionately point out my mistakes, so that I can correct any errors and so that we may improve together as a whole.
After Master and Dafa were slandered in 1999, Master told us that we should explain the facts about Dafa to people. I would ask everyone I met to remember, "Falun Dafa is good."
By reading Master's new articles, as well as the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Decomposition of CCP Culture, I realized that it was our responsibility and mission to persuade people to withdraw from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) and its affiliated organizations, help people to purge the CCP's bad influences from their minds, awaken their consciences, and offer people salvation according to the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. Master says, "Dafa disciples are the sole hope of salvation for the beings in each region and each nation." ("My Thanks to Sentient Beings Who Have Sent Greetings")
In the fall of 2004, fellow practitioners A, B and I went to villages by bike, dozens of miles away, to tell people the facts. After we finished at a small village, we climbed over a hill, entered another village, and happened to see a large group of people sitting together, enjoying the cool weather. We chatted with them about the hardships of making ends meet and of many people losing their jobs. Then we talked about Falun Gong. Several young people said that TV programs said that Falun Gong was not good. We explained the facts to them patiently, one talking, the others sending righteous thoughts. We talked for about forty minutes, and in the end all of them seemed to understand the facts and accepted our truth-clarification materials.
We then visited the families one by one to explain the facts. After two hours or so, we tried to push our bikes and couldn't move them. We had flat tires, as the valves had been pulled out by someone. We pushed ahead and left the village. The winding, hilly road was covered with sand and stones. We walked several miles and arrived at the next village. It was quite late when we had finished talking to people there.
Master said that we should search inside whenever anything happens to us. I disagreed with practitioner B about finding the tire valves and how to get home. Both of us are strong-willed. I insisted that they listen to my advice. I even left them behind and pushed my bike forward quickly, to prove that I don't fear hardships. They fell far behind. When I saw the fellow practitioners walking behind me with dreary expressions, I searched inside. The three of us were a whole. How could I always want to show that I was right and order others to follow me, regardless of other people's feelings? I sent righteous thoughts to purge the bad things and encouraged my two fellow practitioners. They also searched inside, and the gap among us was removed. We didn't felt so tired then, and we recited Hong Yin together. The moon was rising, casting a bright light upon us. We said to each other: what a good thing it would be for Master to send a truck in our direction.
We again walked for a while, and soon heard the sounds of a truck and saw a bright light coming from behind us. A truck was driving toward us. The driver stopped and told us to get in the truck if we were not afraid of the cold. Two people got off the truck and helped us load the bikes onto the truck. The driver said that he hadn't planned on making the trip to town tonight, but then suddenly felt the urge to do so. We three understood why.
During the whole process, even though we encountered some interruptions, we were keenly aware of Master's great care for us. We also were made aware that as long as we can get rid of our ego, conduct ourselves as part of the whole and believe in Master and Fa, miracles will appear.
In 2005 I went by car to the countryside with five fellow practitioners. Two of us formed a team and were in charge of a village. I went to the innermost village with practitioner B. We explained the facts to everyone we met, and we knocked on every door. We went into a yard where two men were harvesting fruit. A man in camouflage clothing looked at us angrily. We talked about Falun Gong with him and he said, "Do you know who I am? I am the person in charge of arresting Falun Gong practitioners."
I was calm and said, "Perfect. People like you most of all should learn the facts about Falun Gong. You look like a good person, but you don't know what Falun Gong is all about. You just know what the TV programs say, right? Falun Gong demands their members to be good people. Are you right to arrest good people? Is there anything wrong with explaining the truth to you and asking you to do some good?"
I told him about the benefits of practicing Falun Gong and how the CCP has persecuted Falun Gong, and I gave him some examples about karmic retribution. Meanwhile, fellow practitioner B sent righteous thoughts. After a while, the person smiled and invited us inside for some fruit. I gave him some truth-clarification materials, and he told us, "Don't talk about these things in the street. Don't do too much, and please leave quickly after you're done. Otherwise, if people report you, I will have no choice." We wished him well and left.
We thought that we were almost done and left the village. There is no practitioner here, and people seldom received truth-clarification materials. Practitioners generally thought that it was hard to clarify the truth at this place. The main reason was that we didn't do well or feel an urgency to offer people salvation. We carelessly made conclusions for people based on our human notions and attachments, and we didn't use our righteous thought in looking at the issue. The process of helping people see the facts about Falun Gong is actually a process of applying our understandings of the Fa to things that happen in real life.
In the summer of 2007, a fellow practitioner, my non-practitioner family member and a new practitioner and I drove to another place to clarify the truth. The whole way involved hilly paths, some of which were at a near-vertical incline. The car's wheels were running just along the edge of the deep ditch. We kept asking Master to strengthen the driver and the car. The driver was new, but handled everything well. That was all due to Master's compassionate protection.
When we arrived at the village, my relative warmly welcomed us. He promised to take us to explain the truth in the village. After a meal, we walked over a hill to another village. Most of the people there never ventured out and knew nothing about Falun Gong. We saw their honest and kind faces and felt the urgency and importance of offering people salvation. Life is precious, and we should save every one that we can.
During these activities, it became crystal clear to me that studying the Fa and sending righteous thoughts well were crucially important. Practitioners cooperating well with each other might get the best result. During our efforts to clarify the truth to people, we shouldn't treat people as strangers, but as if they were family. We should talk with them naturally, and certainly without wariness or as if we were lecturing. We came to help people and should handle our speech and actions well. Tailoring our message to the audience, we should first make them understand that Falun Gong practitioners are good, capable people. Master teaches us to clarify the truth according to different people's circumstances. We should be reasonable, patient and flexible. Practitioners are becoming more mature. Every practitioner has his own way to clarify the truth, and each has his own unique experiences.
I feel that I have so many shortcomings and lag far behind other practitioners. All of us should do well in studying the Fa, sending righteous thoughts, and clarifying the truth, so that we can fulfill our mission as Dafa disciples during the Fa- rectification period.