Letting Go of Human Notions and Saving People
(Clearwisdom.net) I recently met a person who was considered to be bad and untrustworthy by people who knew her from neighboring villages. After overcoming my notions and attachment to fear, I clarified the facts to her about Falun Gong. I learned a lot of things from this process, so I would like to share my experience with fellow practitioners.
This person and I had had conflicts for more than ten years, and we never really talked to each other. However, after I started practicing Falun Gong, I let go of my resentment towards her, since I understood from the Fa that practitioners have no enemies. Years prior to that, I organized an entertainment group to advocate true, traditional Chinese culture and lead people to the righteous path. However, this group was disbanded due to her interference. She also told people, "She [referring to me] is a Falun Gong practitioner. Don't learn from her." I was not affected after hearing this however, and gave up my attachment. To my regret, at that time I did not enlighten to the fact that I should clarify the truth about Falun Gong to her. Master said, "Wherever a problem occurs, that's where you need to clarify the facts." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
Over the years, she did some bad things, and I thought many times that I should try to save her, however my human notions and attachment to fear prevented me from doing so. In fact, I thought she was too bad to be saved. I was afraid that when I told her the facts about Falun Gong, she would not believe it. I was also afraid that she would report me to the government. Thus, I missed many opportunities.
I once needed to speak with her, since she was a cadre in the village. At her home, after saying no more than a few sentences, she started to complain about the Chinese Communist Party. She even cursed when she mentioned something that she was very angry about. When I hesitated to mention the truth about Falun Gong, she said, "To believe anything is better than to believe in the Communist Party. Both Christianity and Buddhism teach people to be good." From the look in her eyes, it seemed that she was looking forward to learning about Falun Gong. My heart was deeply touched, and I enlightened that Master saw my attachment to fear, so he used this opportunity to motivate me. Master allowed me see her Buddha nature and benevolent thoughts, which gave me the confidence and courage to save a person with a predestined relationship. Here I want to thank revered Master for his salvation.
I made up my mind not to miss the opportunity this time. I said to her, "Please think about it. How many people have you affected while you were looking for fame and gain? How many virtues have you lost when you were cursing?" I also told her about the relationship between gain and loss. She said, "I understand it now. I will never curse again."
I said, "If you follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, you will be a good officer." She said, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is so good. I will only believe in these three words. I will do things based on this criteria in order to be a good person." I said, "It is true. To be truthful, to be kind to people, and to be tolerant of others can lead to a meaningful life." She smiled.
I then started telling her the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong. From the staged "Tiananmen Square self-immolation" incident, to the lies, cruelty and violence used by Chinese Communist Party members. From the decline of morality and the corruption in the Communist Party, to the fact that ex-president Jiang Zemin was being brought to justice in the world's courts. I also mentioned to her that Falun Gong was now practiced in 114 countries and regions. She said, "What you just said is very good. It is all true. It is the best lesson ever for me. I feel extremely comfortable. Please come to talk with me again when you find time in future. I really like hearing about this." We continued talking for more than an hour.
When I saw how excited she was about Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I felt happy for her from the bottom of my heart. I also felt guilty for not having done this earlier. I felt sorry that I had not done a good job in doing the three things. Due to my human notions and my attachment to fear, I passed by many people without telling them about Falun Gong, which kept them from being saved. I did not do well because I did not completely trust Master and the Fa, nor did I do well in my righteous thoughts or actions. I did not put the Fa first. I thought too much about everyday people's issues. From this moment on, I will study the Fa well and do a good job as a Dafa practitioner. I will cultivate diligently and closely follow Master's Fa-rectification process. I will look inward into my every thought under Master's immense blessings.