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Study the Fa Well and Strengthen Our Coordination as One Body

February 24, 2007 |   By Xin Ci, a practitioner from the countryside in Heilongjiang Province

(Clearwisdom.net) Two days before I wrote this article, two other Falun Dafa practitioners and I decided to walk to a village 15 li (about five miles) away to clarify the truth. After my dinner I went looking for the two practitioners but they had already left half an hour before, so I hurried to catch up with them. It was right after a snowfall and it was hard to walk in the mountains. I sent forth righteous thoughts as I was running and arrived at our destination about 70 minutes later. As soon as I entered the village I saw one of the two practitioners, who had already distributed some of the materials. I thought, "The trip was worth it even if we only we distributed just one copy of the truth-clarification materials and saved one person." We worked together and finished distributing the materials and then went outside the village to wait for the other practitioner. He did not show up until a long time later. It turned out that he had been followed, and it took some time for him to get rid of the person that was following him.

Although no serious consequences occurred, we did look within to examine ourselves. The practitioner who was followed was a young man, just divorced. He had recently come back from another city and had not studied the Fa or done the exercises for several months. As a result, the gap between his behavior and that of a genuine practitioner had grown larger and larger. Rather than helping him, we criticized and laughed at him. We realized from this behavior our attachment to showing off. We also noticed that we did not coordinate well, study the Fa well, or cooperate well with each other as one body. We are Dafa disciples and we are one body. We cannot leave loopholes for the evil to persecute us, and only by reaching a state of harmony can we become indestructible. We have to study the Fa more, send forth righteous thoughts more, and coordinate better as one body. Only in this way can we do the three things well.

After returning home, the sunny weather turned windy. The strong wind wiped away the clear footprints we had left in the snow. It snowed again and did not stop until the next day. I realized that the footprints in the snow were only from the three of us. Teacher was helping us and clearing them away for our safety. Teacher has done so much for us and is caring for us all the time. Without Teacher’s compassion, what can we do and what can we achieve?

I am a practitioner who lives in the countryside. I was very fortunate to start practicing Falun Dafa in early 1997. However, when the persecution started on July 20, 1999, I stopped my practice due to fear. I wasted five years. In early 2005, with Teacher’s help, I returned to cultivation. Teacher has been waiting for us—the practitioners who fell behind and who are not diligent—and has given us many opportunities. We need to cherish this unprecedented opportunity. I felt that time was very urgent, so I immediately devoted myself to Dafa. I found fellow practitioners in my village and obtained copies of all the Dafa books.

With other practitioner’s help, I improved very fast. We worked together as one body, no matter whether it was truth-clarification, Fa-study, doing the exercises, or asking people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its subordinate organizations. We are very happy and determined as we walk our cultivation journey during this Fa-rectification period. There are not many practitioners in the countryside, and some are not diligent, so we cannot just sit at home and wait or rely on others to take the initiative. Instead, we have to be proactive and rational so that we can get in touch with practitioners in the city and obtain truth-clarification materials. If the conditions allowed, it would be best to make the truth-clarification materials ourselves. This would not only help to lower shipping costs but also reduces the evil’s interference. Compared to practitioners in the urban area, we have many advantages in preparing and distributing truth-clarification materials since we are very familiar with the nearby places and the local customs. Plus, our plain clothing is not eye-catching. Two practitioners can go together, which is quick and safe. In contrast, it is not convenient for practitioners from the city to distribute truth-clarification materials in the countryside. Four or five of them would need to come together, which requires either driving a car or taking a taxi. It not only costs a lot but also draws much attention. Plus, they are not familiar with the local surroundings. People easily notice the fact that they are strangers, so it is not safe for them to carry a big bag of materials to distribute along the streets. Of course, they do have certain advantages, for example, people in the countryside may consider those from the city more knowledgeable and thus tend to listen to them and accept the truth easier.

When distributing truth-clarification materials we normally choose the early evening, just when it begins to turn dark. Our plain clothes do not draw much attention. If we come across someone, we can greet them and then move on. Of course, the time can be flexible rather than fixed so as not to leave a loophole for the evil to take advantage of. When entering a village, we first send forth righteous thoughts and ask Teacher to help us. If our thoughts are pure, there should be no problem. Even if someone who does not know the truth reports us to the police, we can safely leave since we are familiar with the surroundings. Meanwhile, we need to coordinate well.

Another practitioner and I once went to a nearby village to distribute the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. We left before dusk and it was still light when we arrived at our destination. We stopped to rest close to the village. Since it was only the second time I had ever distributed truth-clarification materials, I felt somewhat nervous (the attachment of fear). It was in the spring, so I carried a sickle as if I was collecting firewood, and nobody paid any attention to us. The practitioner I was with asked me to post truth-clarification words in the village, and he went around distributing the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party". I finished and waited a long time but still did not see him coming out of the village. So I went back to look for him. Since we did had not decided earlier about our meeting location and time, we spent more than two hours looking for each other in the village. There was a large ditch more than four meters deep, and we crossed it twice. As a result, there was mud on our shoes and clothes. Later, with Teacher’s help, we found each other. That practitioner seriously pointed out my shortcoming. I was not angry but calmly shared my understandings with him. Not only did I find my mistakes, but I also found my hidden attachments of pursuit, zealotry, and fear. By considering things from the Fa, I rectified my shortcomings. I also understood how to better walk the path of following Teacher and saving sentient beings.

In the past two years, we have visited almost every street in the nearby villages, regardless of the blazing sun or the chilly winter. We just hope that, by reading the truth-clarification materials, more and more people will come to know the truth and have a wonderful future. During this process, we need to study the Fa more, send forth righteous more, and cooperate better with each others. With help from Teacher, the guidance of the Fa, and encouragement from fellow practitioners, we are doing better and better, with less and less attachment of fear. As a result, more and more people have quit the CCP and its subordinate organizations.