Ascending in the Process of Validating Dafa (Part II)
(Clearwisdom.net) (Continued from Part I: http://clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2008/12/20/103135.html)
5. Treating a "Spy" with Righteous Thoughts
In 2006, a message on our local Internet sharing forum stated, "Z has become a spy and has betrayed Practitioner A. The police have arrested A already, and Z confessed to this himself. It was said that Z has been to many practitioners' homes recently and he has given much information to the police. It is hoped that practitioners he visited recently pay attention to this."
After reading this, I was stunned and began to complain about Practitioner B. About a month before, B had brought Z to my home. I did not know Z at the time. Practitioner B introduced him to me, saying, "Z is a fellow practitioner with many questions. He has already had some discussions with several practitioners, but he still has some more questions. I was hoping you could share understandings with him."
I talked with Z and noticed that many questions he raised were from those who had enlightened along an evil path. By then, I was really disturbed, "How could Practitioner B bring Z to my home?" Many visitors came to my home that day. I'd always had negative feelings about those that had enlightened along an evil path. That time, however, I had to deal with it. Our discussions that day went well, and many of his opinions were rectified.
About 10 days before betraying Practitioner A, Z arrived at my home again. Other practitioners and I were repairing printers. When I read the news of Z's defection on the local Internet sharing platform, I immediately felt some substance pushing towards me. Because I had been diligently studying the Fa recently, I immediately remembered what Master' said about spies. I realized that it was not enough if I myself was clear on this issue--if other practitioners who read about it were not clear on the Fa, they might be disturbed and acknowledge the old forces' arrangements. I sent my own message to the sharing platform: "I think since this has happened, we should face it with righteous thoughts. Master said,
'When your minds are very righteous, a special agent wouldn't dare to stay where you are. He only has two options. One is to be assimilated by the righteous field, since the pure and righteous field that Dafa disciples give off purges everything that's bad in a person's mind. The pure, righteous field would disintegrate it, disintegrate everything that's unrighteous in the person's consciousness, and that's another manifestation of salvation and a reflection of compassion. When everything bad in a person's consciousness has been disintegrated and he's only left with a simple, pure mind, then that person will recognize and appreciate what's upright and good. So hasn't he been assimilated? Then the other option is to run away as quickly as he can, because the bad person's thought karma and bad concepts are afraid of being disintegrated.' ("Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference")
"Since Z is here, instead of running away, this means our field is not righteous enough and we need to look within. Although he has been to many practitioners' homes, if we do not acknowledge this, he will not be able to have a negative effect. If we are persecuted once he reports to the police, doesn't this mean that he is arranging our path? He has been to my home twice, but I do not acknowledge this. We need to take the path Master has arranged, not the old forces."
After sending the email, I felt less pressure. Within the next several days, four more practitioners were arrested related to this.
In a local sharing meeting on rescuing practitioners, I talked about my own understanding. I said Z was in fact a victim, used by the old forces. If possible, we should save him. After all, he had practiced in the past, and we should cherish this.
Several months passed. One morning my doorbell rang. I looked hrough the door viewer and saw Z. Several practitioners were at my home then, and they all agreed not to open the door but to send forth righteous thoughts. However, compassion told me not to refuse to let him in. I told the others, "For a long time, I have been thinking of saving him but did not have a chance. Today he has come here and I cannot miss this opportunity." Seeing how nervous they were, I told them, "You can lock the small room from inside, and I will talk with him in the big room. If you feel it necessary, please feel free to leave the small room at any time."
My wife had strong righteous thoughts at that time and let him in without any suspiciousness. Z limped into the room. I asked him as usual. "What happened to your leg?" He said, "I was tortured in the labor camp." I said, "You were not like this last time." He said, "Yes, it has improved, but after Practitioner A was arrested, it got worse." I hinted that I wondered if there was any connection between the two. He replied, "I have committed a sin." Then he started to cry. I said, "Before you cry, could you tell me what you think about this?" He said, "Yesterday evening at about 10:00 p.m., I was lying in bed half asleep when I saw Master coming in through the window on a lotus flower with wonderful music playing. Master touched my head and asked me to find someone, I did not know who. Then Master gave me a hint, but I still did not know who it was. Master pointed in one direction, smiled, and left. I suddenly woke up, realizing I must have done something bad. Then I realized that he was pointing me to you." I asked, "Did it occur to you that I might not open the door?" He said, "I thought about that, but since Master gave me the hint, I wanted to try anyway."
Then he told me how he was used by the police and what he was thinking when he reported on Practitioner A. I asked him how he reported to the police. He said he did it once a day. He had to tell where he had been, what happened there, who was there, and what they were doing. I said, "You have been to my home twice. How did you report this?" He said, "Please do not ask me." I said, "You can tell me, I will not mind; if it were otherwise I would not have let you in." He said, "I told the police what I saw." By then, I did not harbor any complaints or hatred towards him. In my heart, I was saying to Master, "Master, thank you for your compassion in saving me and saving him." That day, Z wrote a Solemn Declaration.
When Practitioner A was illegally sentenced, Z wanted to appear in court to tell about what the police had done. Then, realizing the insanity of the evil Party, we felt doing this might not be safe, so we videotaped him. The attorney we hired stated a not-guilty for Practitioner A and played the videotape in court, which revealed how the police persecuted practitioners by threatening and deceiving them. This greatly intimidated the police, judicial personnel, and Procuratorate officers.
From this, I realized that, Master has prepared everything for us to save sentient beings. As long as our hearts are there and we consider things based on how to validate the Fa as well as how to save sentient beings, all those so-called unsafe factors will immediately disintegrate. Meanwhile, we will have a very good opportunity to save sentient beings.
6. Personal Cultivation Helps Validate the Fa in the Fa-rectification Period
On July 20, 1999, the evil started its massive persecution against Dafa practitioners. The most severely persecuted were the practice site assistants. Some of them were illegally sentenced, sent to labor camp, or forcibly "transformed." I realized that it was the old forces' arrangements. By persecuting practice site assistants, the old forces attempted to "test" more practitioners.
Master said, "All of our volunteer workers must first be genuine cultivators with high-level xinxing, as they are role models for xinxing cultivation. We do not need the types of leaders like those among everyday people. " ("It Is Not a Job, but Cultivation Practice" Essentials for Further Advancement) I think that personal cultivation is to lay a foundation for Fa-rectification so that we can do better. Therefore, I always try to be diligent at Fa-study and do the three things well. When other practitioners are coordinating, no matter how they perform, I should always help improve things without complaining.
In May 2006, the Minghui (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) website once again highlighted the article "Expose the Evil Happening Locally to the Local People (With Master's Comments)." We all realized that this was needed for Fa-rectification. Although we have shared a lot among local practitioners, very few persecution facts were publicized on the Internet.
In one of our experience-sharing meeting, we realized it was because we coordinators did not do well. Looking back, the type of persecution that I went through was typical. Although it had been exposed in the past, the reports were scattered. Why not follow Master's words? I decided to use real names to expose the persecution that my family and I had been enduring over the past several years. In this process, the evil tried to interfere by taking advantage of my human notions. For example, when I was halfway through, a practitioner suddenly came to me and said he had overheard a police chief mention he might take me for a physical exam and arrest me again. I realized two things: One, the evil was afraid of being exposed and used this to try to deter me; two, I have areas in my xinxing that need improvement. I told this practitioner that we do not acknowledge old forces' arrangements since they do not count. I was thinking that I was doing the most righteous thing and nothing could stop me. Exposing the evil deeds of the police chief was also saving them.
After my article exposing the persecution was published, a practitioner just released from the labor camp came to visit me. He said he saw the police chief on the day he was released. The police chief told him he had not seen me for a while and asked the practitioner to visit me for him. When I heard this, I knew Master was giving me a hint that I had done the right thing. The awakened side of the police chief also knew I was saving him. Almost all local coordinators then used real names to expose the persecution to disintegrate the evil. This suppressed the evil and we were safe. After we shared this with fellow practitioners, more and more articles came out exposing the persecution, and the cultivating environment in the local area also improved.
Just like one practitioner said, "A coordinator may not be the one who does the best in cultivation. However, whether he does well or not will influence many practitioners."
In the past several years, I have gradually gotten rid of the notion that "I am a coordinator and I am different from most practitioners." I have also tried to make use of every opportunity to clarify the truth to people.
Right now, my understanding is that everything we are doing is to validate the Fa and save sentient beings. When others are doing well, we should humbly help to make things better. When there is difficulty, we should take the initiative to do well ourselves first. In the past years, when paying attention to Fa-study and looking within, I was able to walk righteously and oppose the old forces' arrangements. However, when I neglected Fa-study and was unable to look within, I made mistakes and was persecuted.
I will follow Master's words and walk the final steps well. I will also improve in validating the Fa and saving sentient beings until I reach consummation.
November 23, 2008