Believe in Dafa and Master, Eliminate Human Notions and Save More People
Greetings to Master, greetings to fellow practitioners!
I am a blue collar worker and have never written an article before. Thanks to Master's arrangement and the opportunity provided by the Fourth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China and thanks to the encouragement from fellow practitioners, I have written down my cultivation experiences to share with everyone. Please kindly point out any mistakes in my sharing.
1. Eliminating Human Notions and Setting Up a Family Truth-Clarification Materials Center
I have not had much education. I sometimes even have difficulty understanding words and sentences in an article and never thought that I could have learned how to use computer or printer. When studying Master's "To the 2005 European Experience Sharing Conference," I learned that "Mankind's history was established for the Fa-rectification, and only Dafa disciples are worthy of displaying their glory here." I felt that I understood the meaning of this sentence and thought to myself that it would be great if I could make truth-clarification materials. Then I could help relieve the pressure on fellow practitioners and better save people. The more I studied the Fa, the more I felt that I should make these materials. I should not be stopped by the human notion that "I am not highly educated."
At that time, my employer went bankrupt, all the employees lost their jobs, and I had to discuss spending money to buy a computer with my husband, who also works but is not a practitioner. At first I thought that, since my husband was the only one who earned money, he might not agree to spend so much for a computer. Immediately, I realized that this thought was not from my true self. I am, after all, a Dafa practitioner, I cannot acknowledge any arrangements by the old forces and I will be able to deal with any matter. I asked for help from Master. I discussed the issue with my daughter first and she supported me. Later, our whole family discussed buying a computer and my husband agreed without any hesitation. The next day, my daughter brought a computer and printer home.
Facing the mouse and keyboard, I had no idea how to use them, not to mention how to make truth-clarification materials. At first I asked my daughter to type a short truth-clarifying article for me. I printed copies of it and went out distribute them. After doing this several times my daughter did not want to do it anymore and complained that I was too slow to learn. I felt it was so difficult. I then realized that I am a practitioner and I must have faith in Dafa and Master. The following words from the Fa came to my mind:
"The ten years of Fa-rectification have recreated the cosmos, have saved countless sentient beings from degeneration and annihilation, and have established the immeasurable colossal firmament's all-encompassing and eternal Fa-principles and immeasurable wisdom." (The Blessings From Dafa")
Reading this sentence, I felt that my capacity was enlarged; I believed I could break through the barrier with the power of Dafa.
Several days later, a fellow practitioner came to visit me. He brought a USB flash drive which had all kinds of articles from Clearwisdom.net. I was surprised and very happy that there is such great thing, thanks to Master. Later, more fellow practitioners came to teach me the technology so that my home could be an independent material production center. I did my best to learn and fellow practitioners were very patient to teach me. Though there were difficulties in the learning process, I overcame them with Master's strengthening and fellow practitioners' help and benevolence.
I did not know how to type. This stopped me from typing the statements of withdrawal from the CCP. But I figured out a way--I asked my daughter for a dictionary and marked all the pinyin (romanization of Chinese characters) on a piece of paper. It is much easier to type with the help of this paper. Now I can help people around me to submit withdrawal statements.
I've learned how to visit Clearwisdom.net and how to download articles, pamphlets, flyers and weekly publications. I can add local news to expose local persecution events when editing "Minghui Weekly," help people withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, make copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and even burn truth-clarifying CDs. This is the power of working as one body.
I used to have the attachment of being afraid. When buying paper, I only bought ten to twenty pages at a time. Thinking back now, it seems funny, but at that time I was so afraid. When printing pamphlets, the more I printed, the more scared I got. For example, if I needed 300 pamphlets, I was not afraid to print one or two hundred, but the closer it got to 300, the more scared I got. I told myself it was not my true self that was afraid, and I must eliminate the attachment. After studying the "Fa" and looking inwards, I eliminated the attachment of being afraid and now I am not scared no matter how many copies I make.
2. Keeping Righteous Thoughts and Earning Money to Make Truth-Clarification Materials
Because my employer went bankrupt, my husband became the only wage earner in our family. I used the money I saved from my family's daily expense to make truth-clarification materials; fellow practitioners also helped to buy some supplies. Later I thought that I should not use my husband's wages but money I earned myself to make materials. In our family life I always do everything according to the Fa, so my family environment is harmonious. My husband supports Dafa and what I do. Yet I felt I should earn the money myself. I told my husband that I wanted to find a job and he said, "You don't need to find a job, this (making truth-clarification materials) is your job." At first I did not understand why he said this, but soon I understood that Master had arranged a better path for me.
One day, I received a phone call from the person in charge at my former place of employment. This person told me to go and get my retirement paperwork. My employer had stopped offering retirement packages four or five years before. Many employees who reached retirement age could not get any retirement benefits at all, while I had just reached retirement age and all of a sudden they offered me the retirement package. I knew it was Master helping me.
Still, the old forces would not stop interfering. When I went to the meeting for the retirees, the person in charge announced that everyone had to pay an approximately 1,000-yuan "kickback fee" for the higher authority to offer the retirement package. People protested and said that it was illegal for us to pay a fee to get a retirement package, yet everyone was forced to pay. The retirees said, "There are no rules in the CCP society." The general manager said that whoever did not pay the fee would automatically forego the retirement package.
My first thought was that I would not pay the unrighteous fee even if I could not take the retirement package. Soon I recognized that although this thought seemed very firm, it was actually wrong because it was according to the old forces' arrangements. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts to deny it, telling myself, "I am a Dafa practitioner, I will get the retirement package today without paying the fee. I totally deny the financial persecution from the old forces. I believe in Master and only walk on the path arranged by Master."
Both the general manager and accountant of my former work unit had accepted the Nine Commentaries and other Dafa material from me before. I had clarified the truth about Dafa to most people there and most people withdrew from CCP. I told myself it is a Dafa practitioner's responsibility to do only what is righteous and I should not worry too much. "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master." (Lecture One in Zhuan Falun)
Everyone else went to pay the fee and do the paperwork. I stayed and sent forth righteous thoughts for a while asking Master to help, then I went to fill out the paperwork, too. I was very calm, filled out all the forms, and got my retirement package. The general manager, accountant, and all my coworkers watched me, and no one said a word. Another worker did not pay the fee either, and the general manager argued with her. Under Master's protection, I did not have to pay any fee and received my retirement benefits. Now I have a stable income without working. My family members witnessed the power and beauty of Dafa once again and I realized my wish of saving people with my own income.
3. Turning a Bad Thing into a Good Thing to Validate Dafa
One day last year when I was riding my bicycle and making a turn, a fast-moving car crashed into me. I only had one thought: "I am a Dafa practitioner, I will not be hurt with Master's protection." I got up from the ground and told myself that it was the evil trying to take advantage and that I must deny it and turn a bad thing into an opportunity to save people.
It was raining that day and about a dozen people saw the accident. The driver was a woman and she was scared. I told her, "Don't worry, I am fine. I practice Falun Dafa." Then I started telling people the truth about Dafa, that Dafa is good and how it is spreading around the world. I told them how the CCP persecutes Falun Gong and the truth about the staged self-immolation incident on Tiananmen Square. I told people not to be deceived by the propaganda on TV and to withdraw from the CCP as soon as possible.
The driver said, "I withdraw from the Young Pioneers (a CCP related organization for children). My name is Xiaoying." She asked if she could take me to the hospital. I said that it was not necessary. My bicycle was dented and I could not find a repair shop because of the rain, so the driver offered to give me a ride home. I took this chance to tell her the truth in detail and gave her a flyer. When I got home, she offered me some money to repair my bike, but I told her, "I will not accept money from you. Please remember 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' is good, Falun Dafa is good." She said, "I did not believe in Falun Dafa before, but now that I have witnessed the power of Falun Dafa, I will tell all my friends and relatives that Falun Dafa is good, and to withdraw from the CCP."
4. Saving More People with Benevolence
As the Fa-rectification process moves forward, I feel it is more urgent to save people. Every day after studying the Fa, making and distributing truth-clarifying materials, and doing housework, I don't have much spare time. So I fully utilize the time for shopping to clarify the truth face to face. Now I do almost all the shopping for my family, because it gives me more chances to save people. After clarifying the truth to people in one market, I start shopping at a different one. I don't let anyone pass by without finding out the truth.
The merchants at the markets are usually busy, especially early in the morning. Normally, I send forth righteous thoughts first, then tell them in short sentences the message that the CCP's days are numbered and that withdrawing from the CCP will lead them to a happy life. Sometimes, although they agree to withdraw, they don't really know the truth, so then I give them truth-clarification materials. Sometimes when I don't have materials with me, I go home to make more pamphlets, flyers and Nine Commentaries booklets and bring these to them the next day. Because all I think about is saving people, most people accept them.
My experience is that we must study the Fa well and purify ourselves. If we have any human notions there will be interference.
A man selling eggs in the east market was a CCP member. When I told him the truth and asked him to withdraw from the CCP, he shouted, "Why do I have to withdraw from the CCP? The CCP gives me money; can you give me money if I withdraw?" I sent a thought in my mind, "I must save you; I will not give up on you."
Several days later, I went to buy eggs from the man again and gave him truth-clarifying materials, which he accepted. Days later (I purposely gave him time to read the material), I went again to buy his eggs and clarified the truth to him more in depth, focusing on the issue that "the CCP doesn't give anyone money, the CCP deprives people of their hard-earned money." I also gave him the Nine Commentaries.
One day when I went to him again, he had two other customers. When I gave him some materials, he started reading with the other two customers. After a while, I felt it was time, so talked to him about withdrawing from the CCP while I bought eggs. He agreed to withdraw this time and thanked me.
My sister's child was getting married. My sister and my father talked to me. My sister said, "I know Dafa is good, but please don't clarify the truth on the wedding day. I haven't had any problem with you clarifying the truth before, but you cannot do that on the wedding day. My child works for the police department, and many police officers will be there even though they will be in plainclothes. I don't want them to know that you practice Falun Gong." My father also said, "If you want to go to the wedding, you cannot clarify the truth there; if you want to clarify the truth, you can't come to the wedding."
I only had one thought in my mind: "I am a Dafa practitioner, and I will only do things according to the Fa and not get moved by people." I said, "I will go to the wedding, and I will clarify the truth. It is my responsibility to tell the truth. Your life is saved but there are many lives not saved yet. How can I not save them?" My sister did not say anything after hearing this.
Two days before the wedding, my sister called me and told me to come to the wedding early. That day, I helped eight people withdraw from the CCP and gave many people copies of the Nine Commentaries. Many people listened to me and called others, "Come over and listen to her."
Master told us in Zhuan Falun, "What's not a right mind? It refers to a person's inability to always treat himself as a practitioner."
My experience is that we must remember we are Dafa practitioners all the time--it is very important to have this thought. For any thought that comes, we must immediately measure it against the Fa; if it is not according to the Fa, we should eliminate it. This is based on longterm cultivation. I continue to study the Fa with fellow practitioners in a group, look inwards when encountering conflicts, and always consider others first; this way we can improve fast and work well as one body.
I must let go of all my human notions as soon as possible, eliminate notions like "I cannot clarify the truth this way or to that person," do the three things well with a pure heart, and save more people. We should not let Master worry about us anymore.
Heshi to our respected Master.
November 1, 2007