Cultivate Well and Seize the Moment to Save People While Harmonizing as One Body
(Clearwisdom.net) We have become more and more mature in assisting Teacher in Fa-rectification and in realizing the process of validating Dafa and saving sentient beings. The closer to the end, the more important it is to seize the moment to save people
1. Harmonizing as One Body
The practitioners in our area have sufficiently realized the importance of harmonizing well as one body in Fa-rectification.
a) We set up Fa study groups
Group Fa study and practicing the exercises is the cultivation method Teacher gave us. Our Fa study group increased from three people in 2002 to seven people now. Since 2004, the three villages in our area have 23 practitioners in five groups. We have basically been persistent and not wavered for three years and thus built a foundation for doing the three things well as a whole.
b) Creating a good environment for clarifying the truth
There is a local trade fair that takes place in our area every three days, and many people come and congregate. We have made good use of the opportunities presented by the trade fair. Fellow Practitioner A uses Practitioner B's family room in the beauty parlor to repair electronic goods. The back room is used for storage but also connects to the big market. It has the advantage of linking the front and back. On every fair day, four of us work separately. For three years, fellow practitioners in every group can come here to exchange information about their situations, transmit information, distribute truth-clarification materials, and discuss issues. If there are enough practitioners present, we may also find a short time to exchange views, sometimes send forth righteous thoughts, or study on our own. Many people pass by. Two of us work together to clarify the truth to people and advise them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. At the same time, we play truth-clarification DVDs to allow people to see the truth at any time. This small repair center has become a good place for us to validate the Fa.
c) Establishing a truth-clarification materials production site at home
Along with the rapid development of Fa-rectification, the editors of the Minghui/Clearwisdom website suggested having truth clarification materials production sites everywhere. We realized that we could not "wait, rely on others, and ask for" materials. After discussion, and help and guidance from coordinating practitioners, we established a materials production site at my home, which not only alleviated the pressure on other sites, but was also convenient for us. Practitioner B, who is good at technology, undertook the burden of making the materials. For over a year, we have been uploading, downloading, printing, making materials, and performing simple maintenance without incident. We now have a guaranteed source for the necessary materials for our activities in validating the Fa.
d) Gaining access to NTDTV and Minghui Radio broadcasts
Along with the establishment of a materials production site in my home, the installation of a dish to receive broadcasts from New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) and Minghui Radio has made it even more convenient to do the three things well. A group of coordinating practitioners and Practitioner A's technical expertise are on call at any time for installation and maintenance. Four households in our group have completed the installation of the required equipment, and very soon one household in another team will also get the equipment installed. This can basically guarantee our morning practice together with other practitioners in China. We can also receive Minghui broadcasts and the colorful television programs from NTDTV at any time.
2. We Must Cultivate Ourselves Well
The progress of Fa-rectification activities proves that the process of harmonizing as one body is also a very good process of cultivation. For three years, because we are able to look inwards, fellow practitioners have cooperated with each other quite well, never having minor disagreements, not to mention conflicts. When Dafa practitioners' hearts can communicate and harmonize with each other and there is no gap and no sense of oneself, they coordinate well, manifesting the function of every particle in every project for saving sentient beings and form a joint force that makes the harmonized one body manifest greater effects. In validating the Fa, I pay attention to improving myself at all times.
a) Studying the Fa well is the guarantee
Our group studies the Fa together everyday. Besides sending forth righteous thoughts at the set times and studying the Fa for two hours, we use the remaining time to exchange views. In addition, I continue studying for another hour after group study, and study another two hours in the daytime, studying a total of four to five hours each day. By truly achieving what Teacher required us to do in "To the Australia Fa Conference," "Don't just go through the motions when you study the Fa. You should study with a concentrated mind, and you must really be studying," we are able to cultivate ourselves well and validate Dafa well.
b) Abandon human notions at critical moments
I generally thought that my xinxing had been cultivated quite well, but at a critical moment, I realized it had not. In July 2007, fellow practitioners and I went to Jinan to rescue practitioners who had been illegally arrested. On the way back, in the waiting room of the train station, Teacher used a fellow practitioner's mouth to say, "If someone has a pen, you should write, 'Extinguish the Chinese Communist Party! Resign from the Party to save your life!' on the notice board." I looked at the notice board, but there were no messages like that at all, only two notices. And then I looked around the waiting room. It was so crowded and the staff members were walking around. It would be quite obvious if someone wrote anything. My mind flashed, "Aren't fellow practitioners detained here?" Fear suddenly replaced the fervor I had in the beginning. I did not make it! Between the thoughts of a human and those of a god, without divine thoughts, then it is human thought that prevails.
Obviously, to practitioners, one of the biggest human notions is fear, just as Teacher says ,"Faced with tests, a person's true character is revealed." (Hong Yin II) Only by keeping Teacher's words firmly in mind at critical moments and not forgetting that one is a practitioner determined to assiduously temper oneself, only then we can truly remove the fear. I deeply understood that we can't ever relax our efforts to abandon human notions.
c) Look inwards on all aspects
Teacher repeatedly told us to "look inwards." I earnestly checked myself and found I still have many human notions. Before setting up the materials production site, I "waited, relied on others, and asked for" materials. After it was established, I relied on Practitioner B. When I clarify the truth effortlessly, the mentality of showing off and the pursuit of comfort emerge. When my xinxing can't catch up, I feel sleepy during Fa study and my hand positions falter while sending forth righteous thoughts. When writing experience sharing articles, I feel I am quite poisoned by the CCP culture and can't write them well. Along with improvement in my understanding and xinxing, after deep searching, I realize there are many more such imperfections. In practice I have come to realize that looking inwards is the master key to opening all the locks in our heart. Looking inwards enables one to let go of oneself, harmonize one's body, dissolve conflicts, balance one's mental state, get rid of all negative thoughts, and take the initiative to look for fellow practitioners' good sides. Keeping Teacher's words in mind all the time, we are able to cultivate ourselves well, harmonize as one body, and save sentient beings well.
3. Seize the Moment to Save People
We must not let Teacher worry again. We must be concerned about what Teacher is concerned about and grasp every opportunity to save people.
a) Comprehensively clarify the truth
Based on our previous foundation, we have seized every moment ever more tightly this year. Every market day, practitioners go out separately to clarify the truth and distribute materials face to face. Out of five groups in our village, all of the practitioners in three groups distribute materials at night. Group 1 has four people. One of them, over 60 years old, started to practice Falun Dafa three years ago. This practitioner has high xinxing and enlightenment quality and, with sufficient righteous thoughts, no fear. Every time, he goes out on his own, with over 100 pieces of material, over hill and dale. He often comes home between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m., his path having covered more than half of the townships of the entire village. One female practitioner in Group 2 is over 70 years old. She could not walk far and had difficulty doing housework before she practiced Dafa. Now she walks more than 10 miles, crossing mountains and rivers, in one night. When she is tired, she sits down to send forth righteous thoughts. She thinks, "I am a Dafa practitioner, fearing no hardship," and she can easily complete her mission every time. She clarifies the truth to whomever she meets at the market or in the village. Once, she clarified the truth to an elderly lady from another village. That person wanted to report her. She peacefully continued explaining the truth that saves people and made that elderly lady understand the truth.
Our fellow practitioners overcome various difficulties while sincerely saving people, which I feel is very touching. Because I firmly believe in Teacher and Dafa and regard the effort to "validate Dafa and save sentient beings" as primary at all times, I use every occasion in my daily life, such as visiting relatives, shopping, traveling, and dinner parties, to clarify the truth face to face, give people materials, and urge them to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. In addition, we also make phone calls, write letters to encourage good behavior, write truth-clarification messages on paper money, hang banners, use loudspeakers, and find other ways to clarify the truth and validate Dafa. We have seen positive results from these activities.
b) Place the base point correctly in saving people
We are firstly clear that "All that Dafa disciples do at present is for the purpose of clarifying the truth and saving the world's people." ("To the France Fa Conference") One must understand correctly that the relationship between Dafa practitioners and everyday people is one of saving and being saved. In the autumn of 2006, when I visited relatives, I met a former secretary of Political and the Judiciary Committee. At the beginning of our chat, I was a bit restrained by being in the presence of one of the "old cadres" of the CCP culture. Later, when I broached the relevant topic, he also admitted that the CCP would collapse sooner or later. By then I had told him, as a Dafa practitioner, about social reality and the inevitable truth of Heaven's extinguishing the CCP. We had a very pleasant conversation and, although he did not quit the Party due to time constraints, he understood the truth. This time I enlightened to the fact that, no matter who the person is, as long as he is the object of our salvation, we should save him in an open and honorable way.
In the process of saving people, it is quite possible to meet people who are muddle-headed, unwilling to accept the truth, or who even oppose the truth. We should place our point of view correctly: save him with a sincere heart for his sake. Only then can we achieve the purpose of saving people. In the summer of 2006, I spoke to one of my old classmates from another village about withdrawing from the CCP. He did not specifically say he disagreed with quitting, but tactfully said, "The CCP also gives me my wages!" I explained to him in more detail and gave him a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, but he said nothing. I also came across several other people with similar attitudes, but they did not move me. Instead, those occasions made me feel that these people are truly worth saving. A year later, I went to my classmate's home again. This time, he happily withdrew from the Party, as did his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. This story proves that, as long as our mindsets are correct, Teacher will help us.
c) Change lessons into power
The lesson I learned in the waiting room of Jinan Station in July was on my mind all the time. Through studying "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People," "Pass the Deadly Test," "In Fa-Rectification Your Thoughts Have to be Righteous, Not Human," and others of Teacher's lectures in regards to abandoning human attachments, I fully realized that fear has to be abandoned. The lesson cannot just turn into a permanent regret, but must turned into something that empowers us and helps us go forward. Previously, I had no concept of "I am a god" in my mind, as I only thought I was a practitioner, or a practitioner on the path to godhood. Without improved understanding, there is no improved action.
Early last month, on public transport from the county seat to my hometown, there were three groups of people. My righteous thoughts were very strong all the way and I explained the truth to them in detail according to the sequence of their destinations. I spoke about the beauty of Dafa and the corruption of the CCP. They listened carefully, and each of them quit the CCP. I told an elderly lady with many diseases about the miracle of Dafa; asked her to often recite, "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is good;" helped her spouse quit the Party; and told her grandson not to join the Young Pioneers (a branch of the CCP for young people). Five other people quit the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers. Three businessmen nearby paid attention the whole time I talked. Most of the people in the vehicle understood the truth. This joy of "abundant harvest" helped me truly understand the real connotation of "Cultivation is up to you, gong is up to the Master."
d) Do not forget fellow practitioners from former days
While saving sentient beings, I firmly remember Teacher's guidance about not wanting to miss even one disciple. Therefore, I do not forget fellow practitioners from former days and people with predestined relationships. In 2007, we sent materials to ten or so people with predestined relationships, introduced Dafa, and taught the exercises many times. Although they didn't take the opportunity to truly become cultivators, it built a foundation for them to practice in the future. We can't give up on former practitioners who have fallen behind. After frequent conversations with diligent practitioners, a practitioner who was persecuted many times recently returned to Dafa and expressed determination to continue practicing. Now our group has been restored to its former vitality.
An old colleague of mine in another village went everywhere to introduce Dafa before the persecution began on July 20, 1999. After the CCP's suppression, fear and suspicion made him and his spouse fall behind. From the winter of 2006 to the autumn of 2007, I repeatedly traveled several dozens of miles to visit him five times. I explained the truth, analyzed situations, introduced Teacher's new lectures, and sent him Dafa books, Teacher's lectures on tape and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and other truth-clarification materials. Not only did he quit the Party, his relatives also quit and he returned to the practice of Dafa.
For several years, while validating the Fa and saving sentient beings, because I steadfastly believe in Teacher and Dafa, I put the three things Teacher has asked of us foremost in my heart. I also took the initiative to look inwards at all times. I did what a Dafa practitioner should do in cooperating with fellow practitioners and harmonizing as one body. However, I am still not doing enough to save people. I don't spend enough time, and I am not very efficient. Based on the requirements of Teacher and Dafa, I still have big gaps compared to more diligent practitioners. In the limited time for assisting Teacher in Fa-rectification from now on, I must improve more assiduously, be concerned about what Teacher is concerned about, clarify the truth with fellow practitioners, and save sentient beings well. We will thereby realize our great prehistoric wish and not disappoint Teacher's great expectations.