Organizing Road Excursions to Clarify the Truth and Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) Dear Master! Dear fellow practitioners!
Here I would like to share how our Fa-study group organizes road excursions to clarify the truth and save sentient beings.
Road excursions may sound familiar to practitioners outside of China where one can drive around to various places to sightsee during vacation. However, few practitioners in China own a car and clarifying the truth in this way seems unlikely. Master said,
"So a lot of the things you do look like what ordinary people do, but their very nature is different. The fundamental difference is that our ultimate goal and our starting point are different from theirs. We're only utilizing some ordinary means in the ordinary society." ("Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003 ")
After thinking it over, I decided to share our experience and understandings on this project during the last two years.
Clarifying the truth in the countryside for the first time
In 2007, a young practitioner bought a car and he came up with the idea of using road excursions for truth-clarification. Practitioners in the Fa-study group discussed this and thought that it was a good plan. So we worked together to prepare a variety of informational materials and chose a nearby countryside for our first tour.
There was a market fair in the village on the day we arrived. It was about 9:00 a.m. and many people were already there. We quietly sent forth righteous thoughts and placed materials outside the gate of each home. Occasionally, we met people who knew us and we greeted them. Some dogs were running around, but they did not bark at us. Soon afterwards, we finished distributing all the materials we had brought. On the way back, practitioners shared their understandings on this with excitement. We also thanked Master for his help and decided to do better in the future.
Driving to a practitioner's hometown on three different occasions for truth-clarification
There are five practitioners in my Fa-study group. During the past few years, all of us have been able to independently prepare truth-clarification materials at home, including getting online, downloading and distributing them. In addition to weekly group Fa-study, we have clarified the truth during road excursions from time to time.
One practitioner's hometown is in the countryside near the ocean, which is hundreds of li away (one li is about 0.3 mile). Since the persecution started, this practitioner has returned several times to clarify the truth but achieved no results. After experiencing the Cultural Revolution and the political campaigns, most people learned a hard lesson and they dared not accept or read our informational materials. Therefore, this practitioner was unable to save many people during her short visits. After hearing about this, we were all worried about the situation. If the village residents were afraid of accepting the materials face-to-face, how about distributing them indirectly? We did not know whether this would work and decided to give it a try.
Considering the urgency of the situation, we went to the village as soon as the driver practitioner was free. There are several hundred households in the village, and this practitioner is very familiar with their locations. So we placed truth-clarification materials at the entrance of each house.
We had prepared more materials when we returned again in the following years. In addition to pamphlets and booklets, we also brought banners, DVDs and posters. We also had an additional practitioner join us. Because we had done this for over a year and accumulated some experience, we covered other villages on the way as well. For roadside villages, we distributed materials. For those far away from the road, we went into the villages and hung up banners and posters or attached messages to trees as well as utility poles. In this way, we covered many villages near 5 cities and the entire trip took us more than 30 hours.
Doing this, we were also wondering about the effect it would have on the people in the villages. So on the way back from a recent excursion, a practitioner went to her hometown again to check as well as further clarify the truth face to face.
This time she stayed there for a while at her relative's place. As soon as she arrived, her childhood friend came to visit her. After talking for a while, this practitioner began to clarify the truth and asked her friend to quit the CCP. The friend immediately agreed to quit and he also knew that Falun Gong is good. Her relative told the practitioner that they had received informational materials twice in two years and they were well-written. Other people in the village also received them. Although they did not know where the materials came from, they liked them very much. The Party Secretary secretly told the practitioner that the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party is very factual. The more he read, the clearer he became about the dark history of the CCP.
This practitioner then went to visit an old classmate and there happened to be a reunion. She realized this was an arrangement by Master. So she took the opportunity to clarify the truth and asked other people to quit the CCP. Soon afterwards all of them agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. One of the classmates said he had a truth-clarification booklet. He had read it so many times that he had almost memorized it.
From the practitioner's experience, we learned that the truth-clarification materials had awakened those people who had been brainwashed by the CCP. Therefore, they were more likely to quit the CCP when we asked them. Master said,
"At the same time, when you're clarifying the truth you can resolve the problem of many people having been deceived, the misunderstandings, and the prejudice. After all, the lies in the propaganda from this evil persecution that's happening in China have misled sentient beings. They have covered up the truth with a deceitful show. When met with the truth, people will think things over carefully, and how people respond to all this is their own choice." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference" July 22, 2002)
This experience encouraged us and made us more determined in doing the three things well. Here I would like to call on more practitioners to let go of human notions and pay more attention to distributing truth-clarification materials, especially in the rural countryside. If this is done well, it will lay a good foundation for face-to-face truth-clarification later.
Improving during the car tour
In the past two years, we have traveled more than 15,000 kilometers (about 10,000 miles) to most cities and towns within the province to clarify the truth. It was difficult because during the trips we had to stay a long time in the car with limited space. Plus, sometimes we had to walk in villages or mountains all night long. Among us, all are elderly practitioners with the exception of the driver who is middle-aged. What kept us continuously doing this despite the difficulty? The answer is simple: Fa-study. We studied the Fa each time before we headed out. Master said,
"You are Dafa disciples, so no matter what environment you're in, when you do things like clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings, you should display the demeanor of a Dafa disciple. You're cultivators after all, so if you want to do this well, the most important thing to do is to study the Fa. No matter how busy you are, you have to study the Fa." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference")
From the cooperation between practitioners, we can tell the degree of Fa-study. Throughout the car tours, we have seen this all the time, from route planning to material production and collection, from what to do in case of an emergency, to the use of materials. When practitioners insisted on their own opinions, the effects were limited. Sometimes even if we agreed on the surface, hidden complaints still negatively affected the truth-clarification. Nonetheless, we have been continuing the group Fa-study and each of us can find our own shortcomings in a short period of time. Right now with fewer and fewer disagreements, we are doing much better in cooperating with each other to clarify the truth and urging people to quit the CCP.
November 10, 2009