Making Phone Calls to Clarify the Truth and Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Master! Greetings all fellow practitioners!
1. How it started
I'm a veteran practitioner who has practiced for 15 years. When I read the 2008 China experience sharing articles via the Minghui website, I cried and was deeply touched by fellow practitioners' selfless efforts in saving sentient beings. The idea of using cell phones to make phone calls or send text messages to clarify the truth greatly inspired me. I discussed it with some of my fellow practitioners during last Chinese New Year: Shouldn't we do so as well?
2. Learning How to Use Cell Phones
Master read my mind! Soon after the discussion, a non-local fellow practitioner brought us a high-tech cell phone. Unfortunately, it didn't come with a manual. Since none of the local practitioners had used it before, the phone had been put aside for a week. Just when I started to worry, my daughter came home. She used to study the Fa and saw how I had benefited from the practice. She volunteered to try it for me. Soon she brought back the cell phone with the recorded truth-clarification messages. I was so excited! She also demonstrated how to dial numbers, press the "send" button, and play the messages upon someone answering the phone.
3. Collecting Phone Numbers
After learning how to use the phone, my first step was to collect phone numbers from advertisements. The numbers were soon exhausted. One day I walked by a supermarket and the salesman handed me a 2008 phone book with hundreds of commercial numbers from both the city and the suburban areas. Inspired by the idea, I also purchased the latest "Yellow Pages" book. Shortly after, a fellow practitioner "accidentally" discovered a state-wide phone book with numbers from every city and county listed within. I took it home immediately, as if holding a treasure.
I cut paper into slips and put phone numbers on each with the county/city name and area code. After each call, I marked to the right of the number based on the recipient's feedback. If it was an invalid number, I crossed it out. If nobody answered the phone, I marked a circle. If the person was impatient and only listened to partial of the message, I used the half-check sign. If the person listened to the entire message, I placed a check sign next to it. Each day after I got home, I reorganized the slips. The circled ones would be my next target, whereas, the partial checked ones would require retries from a different angle. I also sent forth righteous thoughts to eradicate the evil factors that prohibited those folks from listening to the truth-clarification messages. I sincerely hope they can come to learn the truth soon and be saved.
4. Traveling on Foot to Make Phone Calls
I get up at 3:30 a.m. each morning to join the 3:45 a.m. group exercise and send forth righteous thoughts at 6:00 a.m. (China time). Usually, I'd leave home by 7:00 a.m. and buy two steamed buns as breakfast on my way to some suburban or rural areas. There, I could get strong cell phone signals with minimum background noise. I tried residential numbers before 8:00 a.m. and business numbers afterward. At 11:00 a.m., I started walking back and could often reach home in time for sending forth righteous thoughts at 12:00 p.m. I then set out again at 2:00 p.m. to some quiet streets or alleys closer by. I made calls while I walked and returned home for sending forth righteous thoughts at 6:00 p.m. At night, I took care of the household chores, prepared the next day's numbers and studied the Fa till 10:00 p.m. After a little rest, I got up for sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. I was busy all day long and never had enough time.
On average, I made about a hundred calls a day. Some hung up as soon as they heard the beginning of the message. Some cursed while they listened. Some asked others to join the call: "Come on. Falun Gong is calling. It asks us to remember Falun Gong is good and urges us to withdraw from the CCP." Then they all laughed. Some remained quiet during the entire call. Some said "Thank you" and agreed to withdraw. Sometimes only a dozen or fewer out of the hundred people would listen to the complete message. The outcome affected my mood initially. Gradually, I learned not to be affected by the results.
To avoid being followed, I went to different places each day. Since finding a restroom wasn't an easy thing, I did not drink any water after I left home. In the summer time, I wore my sun hat, sandals and an umbrella, making the phone calls while I walked in the countryside. If I rested a little longer under a precious piece of shade, I would come under suspicion by the locals who'd question me, give me a difficult time or simply drive me away. I traveled about countless miles on foot every day. Although it wasn't easy, I felt happy.
I posted truth-clarification messages on walls wherever possible. I took bills with truth-clarification messages on them with me. I used them to purchase goods. I also gave out CDs, flyers and cards with truth-clarification messages to those I came across who had a predestined relationship with Dafa.
I hurried home each day upon completing my phone calls. I had to buy groceries on the way back and start cooking dinner as soon as I got home. Sometimes, I didn't have time to cook. My husband would curse, mocking me that I was even busier now than when I had a job. Sometimes my daughter would complain that I didn't help her with the grandchild. Sometimes I relaxed in cultivating xinxing at home and forgot to treat myself as a cultivator. I'd yell at them or burst into tears at the unfair accusations. Through studying the Fa and looking within, I realized my jealousy and resentment towards my family. I was strict with them instead of with myself. As I improved my xinxing, I achieved harmony with my family.
5. Saving Sentient Beings with One Heart
With Master's compassionate protection, more local fellow practitioners started using cell phones to clarify the truth. I volunteered to do the coordination. Some helped to change the cell phone numbers, some brought the printouts of operation manuals and security procedures. After we read them through, we discussed and reminded ourselves of the security/technical tips. Some downloaded truth-clarification messages from Dafa sites. Some went to wholesalers to purchase mass calling cards. Some helped write down phone numbers. Many kept an eye on collecting target phone numbers.
Once, two fellow practitioners were seized by the police in a rural area. One after another, we sent truth clarification texts and voice messages to the police station, the business units and the residents in that area. Hours after the incident happened, one fellow practitioner went to the police station to ask for the release of the two practitioners. The answer was that the "suspects" hadn't arrived yet. However, the police station had already received multiple truth-clarification phone calls. These phone calls halted the evil in time, clarified the truth to the local police and successfully rescued these fellow practitioners.
Fellow practitioner A started making phone calls not long ago and wanted to quit due to the rejections from people who received the messages. Just then practitioner B who wasn't part of the phone project came and brought the exciting news: "The folks in my hometown (a remote area deep in the mountains) received truth-clarification phone calls. At first, they thought the calls came from the U.S. The messages made them realize that Falun Gong was persecuted only in China, that the Tiananmen Self-immolation Incident was a fake, and that they should withdraw from the CCP soon. I didn't even open my mouth and they volunteered to provide their names for the withdrawals." Practitioner B's words made practitioner A realize the effectiveness of making phone calls. So practitioner A continued on with stronger righteous thoughts and received more positive responses as a result.
Fellow practitioner C had strong attachments of fear since the persecution began. Practitioner D gave practitioner C a cell phone and showed practitioner C how to send messages. Practitioner C followed, but was not very diligent. As practitioner C studied the Fa and discussed with other practitioners, plus his wife's influence (she also practices), he finally bought himself a brand new phone and became independent in sending truth-clarification messages. In addition, he bought his son a new phone and planned to teach him as well.
A fellow practitioner in his seventies volunteered to record the phone numbers for me. I showed him how to use one remote number to make up thousands of numbers in the surrounding areas. We tried these numbers at night and got a 95uccess rate. Some listeners couldn't wait to ask us about the details of withdrawing from the CCP. People really were waiting to hear the truth about Falun Gong.
One day the wife of a national security officer told fellow practitioner E that she received 8 messages about Falun Gong the night before. They were all from Yunnan. After the husband got off work, she questioned him, "Did you catch Falun Gong practitioners again? Even the folks far from Yunnan know what you guys are doing. You need to find a new job. Any job is better than your current one."
6. Saving Money to Buy Phone Cards
My monthly post-retirement income was very little. My husband didn't have a fixed income either. We lived our lives on a tight budget and so did lots of other fellow practitioners. We literally saved every penny we could in order to buy phone cards.
Despite this, I put truth clarification as my top priority. In 1994 I was diagnosed with early-stage colon cancer and was ready for surgery. A week later, I was introduced to Dafa and went to Guangzhou to listen to Master's Fa-teaching lectures. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a few words to express my gratitude: "Thank you, Master, for reducing the karma for me, for giving me back a healthy body. Thank you, Master, for providing me such a precious opportunity to cultivate, for teaching me the Fa of the Cosmos, for giving me the golden path to return to my original self. Thank you, Master, for guarding me along my journey, for giving me wisdom and strength. My extended life is for cultivation and for assisting Master in rectifying the Fa and saving sentient beings only. If I didn't have the fortune to become a practitioner, I can't imagine how much money it would take to restore my health, or how much suffering I'd have to go through." Heaven's destruction of the CCP is imperative. As long as I can have a basic life style, I prefer devoting all my efforts to saving sentient beings over making money.
I sincerely hope we, the practitioners in China, can take the Fa as teacher, can let go of ego and selfishness, can strive forward and can consolidate into one indestructible body with practitioners abroad. My dear fellow practitioners around the globe, let's remember Master's words: "...always cultivating as if you were just starting will surely result in achieving your ultimate rank." ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference")
Please kindly point out anything incorrect in my understanding.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!