Making Good Use of Every Situation when Validating the Fa and Helping to Save People
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I have been working in administration affairs at an organization. The title of my report is: Making good use of every situation when validating the Fa and helping to save people.
I was fortunate to begin practicing Falun Dafa and start my journey of cultivation in 1995. Over a dozen illnesses that were difficult to cure disappeared. I have become rejuvenated and it is hard to express my excitement in words. I thought back then that it was Master Li who had saved me, and it was Dafa that gave me a second life. The meaning of my life's existence is for Dafa. Now, I must take advantage of every opportunity and circumstance in life to promote the Fa, validate the Fa, uphold the Fa, and help to save people. My report has four parts.
I. Individual Cultivation: Promoting and Validating the Fa is My Personal Responsibility
1. Promoting the Fa with Righteous Actions When Handling Small Things at Work
Superiors and colleagues at work witnessed Dafa's miraculous effects when I was cured of over a dozen illnesses. Dafa also purified my mind. At work, I paid attention to improving my xinxing. I was not interested in fame and personal gain, and I took into consideration other people's interests. The management in the organization appreciated my efforts. I was promoted to the position of director of the Administration Office, director of Supervision Department, chairwoman of the Workers Union, and director of Women's Affairs Office along with other titles. My work schedule was tight, but as Master pointed out in the article "Cultivation and Work" in Essentials for Further Advancement,
"In fact, Dafa's content is profound. Abandoning ordinary human attachments does not mean giving up an everyday person's job. Giving up fame and self-interest is not to distance yourself from the society of everyday people. I have repeatedly pointed out that those who practice cultivation in the society of everyday people must conform to the ways of everyday people's society.
"Viewed from another angle, if all leadership positions in the society of everyday people were filled by people like us who can let go of the concern for their own reputation and self-interest, what great benefits would it bring to people? And what would be brought to society if greedy people were to assume power? If all business people were cultivators of Dafa, what would society's morality be like?"
By assuming a leadership role, I would be coordinating and working with more people in both higher and lower positions. This would offer me many great opportunities to promote and validate the Fa. I agreed to these assignments on the basis of the Fa. I set high standards for myself in my work based on the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance. Despite the numerous jobs I was responsible for, I never complained about the hardship, I never argued about my compensation, and I never took advantage of the privileges that came along with these positions. I have promoted the Fa by taking righteous actions.
For example, I earned the trust of my superiors by saving money whenever I made a purchase. I was thought of as a trustworthy person when handling business tasks. I told them that I was trustworthy because of my cultivation in Dafa. I also shared with them my understandings on gain and loss, virtue and karma. An elderly lady sat across from me at work. On one occasion, she asked me for two bottles of ink. I said sure. The next day, I brought her two bottles of ink from home. She immediately realized that I was a practitioner, as only a practitioner would refrain from taking something from the office inventory. She felt quite guilty that I had to pay for the ink out of my own pocket. I showed her the paragraph in Zhuan Falun that discussed a similar scenario,
"There are many outstanding examples in terms of xinxing improvement. One practitioner works in a textile factory in X city of Shandong Province. After studying Falun Dafa, he taught other coworkers to practice. As a result, the factory has taken on a new look. He used to take home pieces of towels from the textile factory, and so did the rest of the employees. After practicing Dafa, instead of taking things home he brought back to the factory what he took home before. When others saw his actions, nobody would take things home anymore. Some employees also returned to the factory what they previously took home. This situation occurred throughout the entire factory."
She understood the value of the words and praised Master's teachings.
I adhered to the principle of truthfulness. When applying regulations governing attendance and penalties, I treated everyone the same. I went by the same rules, regardless of whether the person was my superior or my subordinate. I earned the trust of my colleagues. We received notice from higher organizations that the positions in our organization were to be opened for rehire. Employees would be hired based on votes from their peers. The competition was intense. Before the process started, employees came to me to verify that I would be on the committee that counted the votes and performed the evaluations. If I was not going to be on the committee, they were going to go to the highest leadership to voice their concerns about the possibility of mishandling the votes during the hiring process. When they knew for sure I was on the committee, they were relieved and told me that even if they were not hired, they would not contest the process.
By integrating cultivation in to the small things at work, I was able to carry out righteous actions. I never offended my colleagues, and I have been able to promote the righteousness of the Fa by my own righteous actions.
2. Telling Others with Dignity and Honor that My Accomplishments at Work Were a Result of My Falun Dafa Cultivation
Besides restoring my health, Dafa gave me intelligence and the ability to be a very capable person. I was able to excel in my work by using my expertise. I earned praise from the superiors and officials in the same line of work throughout the city and province. I was invited to share my experiences at municipal and provincial conferences. Master said in the article "The Fa Rectifies the Human Heart" in Essentials for Further Advancement,
"Cultivation practice is a great and magnificent thing. Why can't you tell the interviewers in an open and dignified manner that you do those things because you practice Dafa cultivation?"
When writing a speech, I always wrote with Dafa in mind. At the end of each speech, I announced with pride that all my accomplishments were because of cultivation in Dafa. The audience would respond with applause. Sometimes, leaders and journalists would visit our organization, and I took every opportunity to tell them about the benefits of cultivating Dafa with dignity and honor.
3. Upholding the Fa in Our Region
A local newspaper in my city published an article that defamed Dafa. I knew it was the responsibility of practitioners to uphold Dafa, so I talked with fellow practitioners, and we decided to present the facts to the managers of the newspaper and to the editor-in-chief. They listened to our presentation, and the following day the newspaper published an apology. The dignity of the Fa was upheld, and suspicions that had been sowed in people's minds were cleared.
After the Guangming Daily newspaper published an article attacking Falun Gong in 1996, similar articles started appearing in various regions. I wrote letters to defend the Fa. We studied Master's articles, including "Huge Exposure," "Digging Out the Roots," "For Whom Do You Exist," and "For Whom Do You Practice Cultivation." We also tried to memorize some of these articles. This gave us a firm foundation in cultivation during the Fa-rectification period. Looking back, I have a greater understanding of Master's words from Zhuan Falun,
"I think that those who can listen to my lectures in person, I would say, honestly... you will realize in the future that this period of time is extremely precious."
II. Fa-Rectification Period: Shouldering the Responsibility of Upholding and Validating Dafa
1. Validating the Fa in the Provincial Capital and Beijing
After April 25, 1999, practitioners felt that something was going to happen. Along with writing letters and clarifying the truth by word of mouth, I prepared to step forward to validate the Fa. On July 19, 1999, I told my superiors that I needed to take a few days off to visit my home town. I was given two days of vacation time. I figured as long as I could get some time off, whatever time I was given, that would be enough. On the morning of July 20, I joined practitioners in front of the provincial government building. We sat next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm. We kept telling the police officers the facts about Falun Gong. All of the officers at the scene were moved. We realized that the problem was not something that could be resolved at the provincial level, so we boarded a long distance bus that night. It took five days and numerous connections before we arrived in Beijing. Every day we recited poems from Master's Hong Yin, and when we arrived, we went to Tiananmen Square. Tens of thousands practitioners were in the Square voicing their support for Master and Dafa. We greatly shocked the evil.
Three weeks later, when I returned to work, the management at higher levels called me to a meeting. After commending my good work, they got to the main topic - "Why had I not shown up to work for so many days?" I replied giving two reasons and took others into consideration. I explained that if I had not gone to Beijing, I would have to join the overwhelming campaign that was slandering Dafa. It was Dafa that restored my health and it was Dafa that taught me how to be a more virtuous and noble person. I explained that a person must have a conscience. How could I join a campaign that vilified Dafa? That was one reason why I left on the trip. The other reason was that I had worked through so many holidays over so many years. I had never asked for compensation or any type of exchange for the vacation time I had not used. I took three weeks off because of extraordinary circumstances. The leaders from my organization did not blame me. Under pressure from the provincial level organizations, they asked me to write a promise statement. I wrote a few statements substituting the word cultivation with exercise, determined that I would continue my cultivation. However, a television report stated that 98% of practitioners had been "transformed," while there were still some stubborn activists. I immediately realized that I had made a grave mistake by writing the statement, as I was counted as one of the 98% who had been "transformed." Those stubborn activists were in fact the steadfast practitioners that we all should have been. Every day I studied the Fa and did exercises. There was never the slightest doubt in my mind that I was to persevere in cultivating Dafa. After studying Master's article "Some Thoughts of Mine," I realized I needed to step forward to remove human attachments. I started preparing for more Fa rectification activities in Beijing.
2. Going to Beijing the Second Time to Uphold Dafa
After Master published "True Nature Revealed" and "Towards Consummation," I became more determined to go to Beijing. I began to train my colleagues to take over my responsibilities and I scheduled upcoming work. I wrote a speech to validate the Fa to present at the municipal and provincial level. When I finished, I left a 15 page letter for my organization, detailing the reasons why I had to go to Beijing. The letter addressed moral and legal issues.
In 2000, I carried a 3-foot wide by 6-foot long banner and boarded a train with fellow practitioners. When we arrived at Tiananmen Square we posted our letter of appeal to leaders of the Party Central Committee, and then we unfurled the banner in Tiananmen Square. The police were terrified and rushed over in police vehicles. We were taken to a police department and over a dozen officers took part in our interrogation. With Master's protection and care, I answered all of the questions without any fear. They asked why I had come to Tiananmen Square. I told them that this was the capitol of China. Most people around the world would want to come here. Being a citizen of China, I had the right to be here. When asked why I unfurled the banner, I told them that I was trying to tell people Falun Dafa is great and that people would be blessed for knowing this. I refused to sign statements that charged me with disrupting the social order. I told them this charge was given to those who do damage as a result of violence and threats. How could an empty handed woman do any damage? I told them it was actually the police who pointed guns at me and threw me into the police car. They were unable to come up with a response.
After I explained why I had not violated any laws from a legal perspective, they told me that I was selfish and I was not taking my family into consideration. I told them that I had a happy family, a good job, and a decent salary. I said, "If I were selfish, I would not have come to Beijing. I am fully aware that what I face is the possibility of losing my job and being thrown into a prison". I explained that because of sincerity and compassion, Dafa practitioners risked their own lives to tell the truth and that the police would be rewarded for treating practitioners well. I continued, "Wasn't this unselfish? How could you say it was selfish? We think of our country as the motherland. You, as guardians of this land, with guns in your hands, have cornered the motherland's best sons and daughters and now they have nowhere to live. The policy that you are carrying out is wrong."
Strengthened by Master, I made these statements with compassion and the officers were moved. One officer could not keep himself from praising what I said.
After returning from Beijing, local police officers conducted more inquires about me and accumulated about five pages of written notes. I discussed with them the motives of my going to Beijing. I thought to myself, whoever reads the five pages of notes containing contents that validated the Fa would be given the opportunity to realize the truth. Although the officers in charge of the case complimented me on what I said, they used the excuse that they were simply carrying out orders from higher authorities to question and detain me. I patiently explained to them that the orders were wrong. I was illegally held in the detention center for 45 days. While in the detention center, we clarified the truth to the inmates, guards, and to the director of the detention center, who had since stopped harassing practitioners. Some of the practitioners were especially polite to the guards and were apologetic that we had caused them extra work and inconvenience. I felt this was not quite right. We discussed this issue and reached the understanding that we were being held illegally and that we were the ones being inconvenienced. After improving our understanding based on the Fa, we continued to clarify the truth to the guards with honesty and dignity.
According to regulations issued by the Communist Party leadership, practitioners had to sign statements denouncing Falun Gong before their families were granted visitation. I refused to sign anything. My family had to use personal connections before my husband was allowed to see me. He yelled at me in front of the guards and other visitors. I took the opportunity to tell the guards, "Look, my husband is so angry with me. This situation is the result of being unlawfully detained. Isn't this persecution?"
On one occasion, officers from the city's Political Security Division came to interrogate me. I recalled Master's poem "Benevolent Might" from Hong Yin,
"Dafa is what you carry everywhere,
Zhen Shan Ren rooted in mind;
A great Arhat walks the earth,
Gods and demons fear with awe."
I was determined to change the field to a positive one. They told me that my name was given out by fellow practitioners. I asked where they obtained this information. It turned out that a Falun Gong materials production site had been sabotaged. I explained to them why it was important to tell the truth to the public. I went on to say, when one does good things one is rewarded, however a person would face retribution by carrying out bad deeds. I calmly answered their questions and protected fellow practitioners' identities. I later learned that these two officers were known for being quite rude. But they were rather polite while they were interrogating me. The reason for there decency could have been because the part of them that was aware of the truth was playing a role in this regard. When I left the detention center, one officer sang a song as I walked by him. He changed the lyric from "not a single word is needed, and the motherland knows about me" to "not a single word is needed, and the motherland knows about you."
I was then taken to the local police station. Officers demanded a deposit and a guarantee statement before I could be released. I firmly declined by asking them to show me the official documents detailing this policy. I told them that I had been unlawfully held in custody for 45 days, which severely disrupted my life, work, and caused me economical and mental harm. I demanded that they promise never to harass me in the future. Leaders from my organization, colleagues, and fellow practitioners walked out of the police station with me and I returned home with honor and dignity.
3. Upholding the Fa in Daily Work and Preventing People with Predestined Relationships from Committing Wrong Deeds
After my first trip to Beijing, I was reappointed to the original position I had held before the organization-wide rehiring. Although I was preparing for my second trip to Beijing, I continued to do my job well, just as a practitioner should. Superiors and colleagues who worked with me had a good understanding about Falun Gong. There were many activities back then organized by the evil party. Each leader in the organization had to deliver speeches on the issue of Falun Gong. It was my job to write the reports for the top officials, but other leaders often came to me for help when drafting their reports. I was glad to help them because if I did not help them, the reports tended to start with a lengthy paragraph slandering Dafa. I earned the respect of the superiors by writing their reports so that they did not attack Dafa. When it came time to organize employee sessions that would attack Falun Gong, I was able to withhold documents which prevented such sessions from turning into events where employees committed crimes against Dafa. Some colleagues commended me for my courage. They said that our organization was different from others because it had refused to bend to the party indoctrination. I was able to be steadfast in fulfilling the responsibility as a Dafa practitioner to uphold and safeguard the Fa, by only looking at the side of others which was aware of the greatness of Dafa.
Master pointed out in "Path" in Essentials for Further Advancement II,
"For a Dafa disciple, safeguarding and upholding the Fa is only natural."
After returning from Beijing the second time, the top official in our organization told me that our organization had been criticized several times at the municipal-level meetings. Again I explained to them why it was a great thing to speak out for Dafa and why it was my obligation to do so. My efforts in clarifying the truth to them helped them to view Falun Gong positively. In order to keep my job, managers of the organization submitted a file to a higher party organization to rescind my party membership. However, there was no follow up and I was able to keep my position in charge of party affairs. Shortly afterwards, we received instructions that we were to hold brainwashing sessions to "transform" Falun Gong practitioners. I told the top official that it did not make sense to "transform" good people. I volunteered to talk to the people sent by the higher organizations. The official was worried about what I was going to say. I told him practitioners only say good and correct things. After that there were no further orders to hold brainwashing sessions.
Because the officials in our organization had been so considerate, I was concerned that they might have reported to the 610 Office that I had been "transformed," to protect me. I went to the higher level organization to make sure our organization had not reported that I had been "transformed." The leaders were surprised and asked, "How is it that you still have not been 'transformed'? How did you get out of the detention center?" I told him that I walked out of police custody with honor and dignity because the custody itself was illegal. The leader was not happy about what he learned. He said, "It is a shame that your organization has people like you, who refuse to be transformed." I explained to him that our organization should be proud of the practitioners who worked there. I went on to explain why our country should be proud to have had Falun Gong originate in China and with such popularity. In the end, he changed his attitude. He agreed to make sure that my name was not submitted as part of the list of those who were transformed.
Once, on a political review approval form to join the Communist Party, the applicant wrote that they had not participated in any Falun Gong activities. This type of negative comment needed to be removed. I called the party secretary of the district's party committee and explained to him that the review needed to be rewritten. He agreed. I went to their office immediately. He asked his subordinate to fill out the form again. During these years, I was very careful to make sure that no negative comments were made against Falun Gong on either the political review forms or on application forms. There was only one occasion where an applicant had written words attacking Dafa on his application to join the party. I called him in and asked him to rewrite it. He was anxious and explained that he had not carefully read what he had written. He had downloaded and copied it from the Internet. After I explained to him why he should remove the sentences attacking Falun Gong, he understood and deleted those sentences.
When the slander campaign was happening, I saw a banner attacking Dafa hanging from the window of an office building near my home while riding a bus. It was eye-catching. It occurred to me that this was not a coincidence, so I studied the area. The banner hung from high up on the building all the way to the ground floor, where security guards were stationed. I prepared some ink used for cloth and went there at 3:00 a.m. to destroy the banner. But when I arrived, the banner was gone. This reminded me of what Master said in Zhuan Falun,
"...cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while transformation of gong is done by one's master."
On another occasion, a large number of posters slandering Falun Dafa were given to our organization from relevant city departments. A young official placed these posters in the hallway, visible to people who came to our office on business from various regions. I immediately looked for this colleague and told him that I was addressing this issue with him as a manager. I explained that when a person does something wrong, even when they are following orders, that person would still be held responsible for their actions. I told him that as a friend, I saw a great future in him and it was in his own best interest to remove the posters. He understood what I had said, and removed those posters.
III. Taking Advantage of Various Opportunities in Life and Work to Present Truth
Master said in "Rationality" in Essentials for Further Advancement II,
"Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth3 with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy...."
This teaching has enlightened me. I took opportunities in my work and in my life to help.
1. Clarify the Truth when Talking to Employees
In order to facilitate clarifying the truth, I set up routine one-on-one meetings. Based on an employee's performance, I periodically called them to my office for private meetings. We discussed their work, life, and any difficulties in their lives that were not resolved. While helping them solve their immediate problems, the topic of Falun Dafa and Zhen-Shan-Ren would naturally come up. I was able to reach out to the employees with whom I did not have direct contact with during daily work. I also talked to college students who worked as interns in our organization. This broadened the sphere of people at work to whom I was able to clarify the truth.
2. Clarifying the Truth to Customers Through Service
Along with the employees, there were customers and visitors who also needed to learn about the facts about Falun Gong and the persecution. My job description did not include direct contact with customers. I came up with the idea that I would supervise quality service, and would then have access to the receptionist area. I supervised our customer service staff and helped them answer customers questions. My help with customer service was well received. The topic of Zhen-Shan-Ren and the unfair treatment of Falun Gong practitioners often came up naturally. Sometimes I would have to walk the customer out to the bus stop so that I could further clarify the truth to them. Many customers, especially the elderly, were touched by my service and sincerity. Upon learning that I was a Falun Gong practitioner, they asked me to relay their greetings to Master Li.
One day, a female police officer arrived just before lunch time and sat in the reception area during the lunch break. I wondered if she was there because the police had received reports about me. I immediately realized this was a wrong thought and that she came to learn the truth. So I greeted her and found out that she had run out of time to get her business done before lunch, and was waiting in our area until the lunch hour passed. She came from a remote region in our city, and her work was quite tedious. I offered to bring her some food for lunch, but she thanked me and insisted that she had lunch. I sat down and chatted with her. I asked her whether she had handled Falun Gong cases. She said that she had. I started to tell her the history of the persecution. After lunch, I helped her to get her business done quickly, and she was very grateful. I saw her off at the bus stop and she thanked me again and told me that she realized the true situation of Falun Gong. We waved goodbye and I was pleased that she was aware of the facts.
3. Opening a Person's Mind and Clarifying the Truth in the Face of Severe Conflict
One day, a lady in her forties had an argument with an employee in one of the subordinate organizations. Somehow, she fell down. The next day, she came to our office and complained that she suffered skin rashes as a direct result of mistreatment she had received the day before. She threatened to file a lawsuit. No one was able to calm her. The superiors did not know how to handle this case. I invited her to my office and told her about my own experiences during cultivation. Then I explained to her why there was karma, retribution, and why being kind and considerate would benefit a person. She was receptive to what I said and in the end, she realized the truth and gladly left for home.
IV. Helping People Quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Its Affiliated Organizations
In late November 2004, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published. The superiors and colleagues I worked with had already quit the party. I seized every opportunity to talk to people I did not work with. With steadfastness in Dafa, I was able to build an environment for promoting the Fa, validating the Fa, upholding the Fa and clarifying the truth to save people. I did this by complying with the norms of everyday society and without sacrificing work quality. When the harshest campaign against Falun Gong was going on, my managers raised my salary by 3%. They notified me directly because they were concerned I would not accept the raise. Among my family and friends, I have tried to reach out to everyone. Whether I am grocery shopping, riding or waiting for the bus, it is natural for me to direct the topic of conversation to the persuasion of others and to quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I attend weddings and funerals whenever possible to help save people. At my mother-in-law's funeral, over 70 guests quit the CCP. When my eldest sister was hospitalized, I visited her at the hospital and talked to the patients and everyone in her room quit the CCP.
I have tried to make use of all occasions at work and in life to help spread the truth about Falun Dafa and to save people. I have done what I should do. Yet, I have deficiencies, such as, when it comes to looking within to improve myself. I must reach out to others and do what Master has asked me to do. I must help save others to fulfill my prehistoric sacred vows. I will follow Master teachings on my way home.
Written on October 29, 2009