Cultivating Myself and Saving Sentient Beings at My Workplace
Greetings, respected Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
It has been twelve years since I started practicing Falun Gong in the fall of 1997.
Saving Sentient Beings at My Workplace
One of my colleagues is from Kaifeng City, Henan Province. After graduating from college, she stayed in this city and found a job in our company. I mentioned Falun Gong during one of our conversations and asked her whether she knew about Liu Chunling. She told me, "I heard about what happened to her. People in our area all know about it." I asked, "Do you know that the self-immolation of Falun Gong practitioners incident was fabricated?" She was very surprised and told me that no one in her area had suspected it. I asked, "Have you ever met Liu Chunling? How do you know she practices Falun Gong?" She could not answer my question. I then analyzed the suspicious events of the self-immolation incident. After this, I told her that Heaven will eliminate the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and one needs to withdraw from all CCP organizations to keep safe. Eventually, she readily withdrew from the CCP.
For me, the most difficult part is introducing Falun Gong to the conversation. Once the initial obstacle is overcome, the rest is easy. Although all of my colleagues declared their withdrawals from the CCP, their understanding of Dafa was not adequate. I was thinking that I could play a DVD with information about Dafa for everyone in my office. However, one month passed and I had not carried out my intention.
Looking inside, I found my human notions and fear that others would not accept or understand what I was doing. When I dug deeper, I found fear that my reputation would be damaged. My thoughts were still selfish, which was the nature of the old universe. I decided to firmly eliminate the interference from the old forces and notions they forced upon me. One time, while sharing with several other practitioners, I told them that I wanted to play a truth-clarification DVD at my office. I would first play the Gala performances, then the film "Walking Through Storms," and then the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. I found that it was a good opportunity to let go of my human notions as I needed to keep my promise once I said it to others.
I played gala performances and other informational DVDs during the noontime break. Many of my colleagues came to watch. After that they had a deeper understanding of Dafa, which laid a good foundation for their futures.
Clarifying the Truth During Interviews
Many interviewees are new college graduates. I usually start by talking about work. After obtaining some information about their expertise, I ask them what kind of social activities they participate in, whether they had been a class representative or worked on a student committee, whether they joined the CCP, and whether they knew about withdrawing from the CCP. I then start telling them some facts about Dafa and the persecution of Falun Gong. Of course I use different approaches according to the situation. I found that it was the first time for many people to hear that self-immolation incident was fabricated. Therefore I would always include this topic in my conversation.
After learning the truth, many people would immediately withdraw from the CCP, others said that they would withdraw at home. Some were very grateful after they withdrew from CCP and felt that the interview was worthwhile even if they did not get the job. However, there were a few people who were poisoned by the CCP and refused to accept the truth. Before they left, I would try to tell them the ways that they could withdraw from the CCP and hoped that they could realize the true nature of the CCP. I tried to be compassionate even when they did not accept what I was saying at that time.
During the interview process, there were interfering factors of lust. I was more willing to converse if the interviewee was attractive. Most interviewees were females. On several occasions, I wanted to end the interview as soon as we finished talking about work-related issues because they were not attractive. However, every time I was about to avoid clarifying the truth, I would remember Master's words,
"The reason is, as seen from divine realms, mankind and human society are a truly terrifying sight to behold, and that was especially so in this case, since the gods were able to look at human beings during their worst time. They were brave enough to descend because of their steadfast faith in Dafa and their conviction that Fa-rectification would surely succeed. [They believed that] the Fa could definitely save them, that Dafa would definitely succeed (enthusiastic applause), and that Fa-rectification would definitely succeed, and it was thus that they had the godly courage to come to the human world." ("Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capital")
I then eliminated the interference of lust, let go of my notions about which sentient beings to save, and led the conversation to the facts about Falun Gong and the reasons for withdrawing from the CCP. Most of the time, they would readily accept the truth.
"Saving people is just that, saving people, and to pick and choose would not be merciful." ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference").
One time the interviewee was a college graduate, however, he looked more like a gangster. I felt uncomfortable talking with him. After asking several simple questions related to the job, I wanted to end the interview and did not want to clarify the truth to him (mainly because his appearance gave me an impression that he was not a nice person). When I was just about to end the interview, one performance from the last year's Shen Yun show came to mind. In that performance, the two young men wore "modern" clothing and appeared very demon-like. However, they eventually were led to the Buddha Fa and decided to abandon all of their bad habits and started on a path of cultivation. "The Buddha Fa is boundless." Why not try to save him?
I adjusted my thoughts and quickly started to clarify the truth. I noticed that when I talked about the discovery of the "stone with words," the fabricated self-immolation incident, and the CCP's harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, his face twitched. Maybe that was the compassion that had been deeply hidden in his heart. He listened attentively until I finished. I helped him to withdraw from the CCP using the alias "Ming Lu" and told him that he had chosen a bright future for himself. He was very grateful.
The preceding are some of my experiences. Heshi!