Being Single Minded in Saving Sentient Beings
Greetings, Fellow Practitioners!
It has been ten years since I obtained Dafa in1999. I have been diligently cultivating for ten years in spite of the persecution launched by the CCP in July 1999. Thank you, the Minghui website, for holding the Sixth Internet Experience Sharing Conference. I would like to report to Master and fellow practitioners about my experience over the last ten years.
Obtaining the Fa, letting go of self
At the end of 1998, I began reading Zhuan Falun when a practitioner at work introduced the practice to me. I attended a Fa conference at the beginning of 1999 in another city. At the conference, fellow practitioners discussed their experiences. Whether they talked about their miraculous experiences or the process of their xinxing elevation, I was deeply moved by all of their stories. The atmosphere at the conference was serene and calm Any lost items were sent to the front table, including purses, necklaces, etc. Fellow practitioners helped me with my flight ticket. I was aware that this is a Fa that helps people to elevate their moral standards and guides people to be kind. After I returned home, the first thing I did was to open Zhuan Falun and read it again.
One day in a dream, I felt someone was trying to wake me up to go to a Fa study group. I thought it was my husband, but when I woke up, there was no one around. I realized that Master was encouraging me to obtain the Fa. I knew there was a group nearby, but I did not know the exact location. I went out that night and it seemed that there was a red light in front of me, guiding me. I followed the light and met a young man, who was also a practitioner. I asked him whether he knew any Fa study groups nearby, and he answered, "Follow me." That was the beginning of my cultivation.
I was a very competitive person. I was attached to fame, personal gain, and affection and was very stubborn. I began working in my twenties. I was so tired and had all kinds of illnesses before I obtained Dafa. I took pills and injections on a daily basis. But shortly after I obtained Dafa, my illnesses disappeared.
Two things happened in 1999 that tested my xinxing.
My relative and I established a small business. Later a county administrator wanted to join us in the name of his relative. Because our business was doing very well, he wanted to take it over. I could not sleep well and lost my appetite. I kept wanting to fight with him. Master reminded me of the Fa during critical moments. Master said,
"In ordinary human society, people compete with, deceive, and harm each other for a little personal gain. All of these mentalities must be given up. Especially for people who are studying the practice today, these mentalities should be given up even further." (Zhuan Falun).
I decided to give up my part. I talked with him for over two and half hours, and I told him that if I did not practice Falun Dafa, I would never submit during a conflict. What I cared for now was not power and prestige. He nodded his head in agreement, and when I was persecuted by the evil, he was able to speak up for Dafa.
In the fall of 1999, our county held a competition and evaluation of the public officials. By participating, I got almost full scores and kept my job. However, at our facility there was a young man that did not pass. He got very upset and was almost suicidal. Even though the place where I work has privileges, I am a cultivator and did not care much for such things. After I gave it some thought, I decided to retire ahead of time and give the position to that young man. He was so moved that tears ran down his face, and he knelt down in front of everyone as he thanked me profusely. When TV reporters wanted to interview me, I declined. I said I was not a role model, just a cultivator. As long as they knew that Dafa was good, then that was enough for me. When I walked away from my job I felt cool and composed--I felt free.
Elevation through firm belief in Master and the Fa
After July 1999, the CCP began slandering Dafa in an overwhelming manner, suppressing and arresting Dafa practitioners at will Many of my relatives were scared. I had benefited so much from practicing Dafa, I only had one thought at the time: Believe in Master and the Fa. I decided to come forward and use any chance to tell the world that Falun Dafa is good, that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good. In a CCP political class, I talked about what Falun Dafa is and why it is good. Over fifteen hundred people were attending the class, and they understood the truth about the situation. Since I had worked in a government organization for a long time, I had come in contact with numerous people. I had good opportunities to clarify the truth to people face to face. Some of these people included the county Political Legal Committee deputy secretary, the director of the judiciary, the section chief and 610 Office personnel Besides that, I sent informational material to resident buildings and villages and posted Dafa information on every street.
One night when I went to a village to distribute Dafa materials, I passed a deep ditch along the way. I had all kinds of thoughts before I left. I was afraid my husband would be upset, worried about my business at the store, and I left in a hurry, so I ended up getting lost. I spent two hours in the ditch and could not find my way out. I thought, "How could I get lost doing something so noble?" I suddenly remembered Master's words,
"I will use any troubles or unpleasant things you come across--even if they involve work for Dafa, or no matter how good or sacred you think they are--to eliminate your attachments and expose your demon-nature so that it can be eliminated." ("Further Understanding"in Essentials for Further Advancement)
I began sending forth righteous thoughts to clear away interference, clear away my fear, and eliminate my attachments to personal benefit. A few minutes later, I saw stairs up to edge of the ditch. There was a flashing red-yellow light. I walked out of the ditch and distributed the truth clarification materials. I knew Master was encouraging me. I also understood that only when you give up human attachments, can you obtain the Fa.
In May of 2005, the local police began massive arrests of Dafa practitioners. When they held brainwashing sessions, some practitioners could not stand the torture and brought up my name. Since I was considered an important person locally, my husband and family urged me to hide somewhere. I went to my sister's, thousands of li away, with the attachment of fear. When I studied the Fa that night, Master stated,
"A Dafa disciple who fails to achieve the effect of safeguarding and upholding Dafa has no way of reaching Consummation." ("Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I suddenly realized that I wanted to go home.
One morning shortly after I returned home, several police cars arrived with officers from the Public Security Bureau, the local police station, my workplace, and the 610 Office. They attempted to take me to a brainwashing center. I did not have any fear. I thought, "This is a good chance to clarify the truth." The police from the Public Security Bureau threatened me. They tried to force me to give them the names of fellow practitioners, wanted me to slander Master, wanted me to write a "Guarantee Statement" or else they would send me to a brainwashing center. I told myself I would never forsake Master and my fellow practitioners, and I would never give up Dafa. I asked Master to support me and sent out strong righteous thoughts, "Eliminate my fear, let Master arrange everything." I said, "I have saved seven lives in my lifetime. What do you want me to 'transform' into? As an official I was never corrupt, nor did I take advantage of others. Do you want to 'transform' me to a wicked person?" Master helped to change my body. Suddenly my blood pressure shot up, my face was red, and I passed out, but my consciousness was clear. Witnessing this, the leader said, "Let's go, what is the point of arresting a kind person." Then they left.
From that point on, I was completely involved in truth clarification. One time, I heard that there were about 40 people planning to set up the brainwashing center again. That night I called all the colleagues I used to work with, clarified the truth about Dafa to them, and told them not to report any Dafa practitioners. The result was that only one name was reported, and the brainwashing session was canceled.
Since July 1999, I have taken advantage of all kinds of opportunities and used all kinds of methods to tell people about Dafa. Sometimes I distributed materials all night long. During the process, I experienced the wonders of Dafa and believed in Master and the Fa even more. Clarifying the truth is my cultivation path, which has helped me elevate my xinxing.
Saving sentient beings with compassion
Viewing family members as sentient beings
I was very attached to my daughter. Over the years, the CCP's persecution of Dafa created enormous pressure for my daughter. Even though I became healthy after practicing Dafa, my daughter still forbade me from exercising or studying Fa. I told her about Dafa many times. She refused to listen, because she was afraid that it would affect her One time when I visited her, she chased me out in front of many people. I walked out of her house in tears and sat on her stairs for over an hour in the dark and cried and cried. The pain was deep, down to the bone. In July of 2008, a fellow practitioner noticed there was a thumb-sized bump on my neck. I thought nothing was going to happen, that it would be gone in few days, so I sent forth righteous thoughts daily to eliminate it. After twenty days, it grew to egg size. I thought, "There has got to be something wrong" and thought that I was being taken advantage of by the old forces. I only listen to Master. The next day, fellow practitioners helped me send forth righteous thoughts, and I looked for my attachments. When I read, "If you cannot relinquish the attachment or concern for illness, we cannot do anything and will be unable to help you." (Zhuan Falun). I felt as if there was a needle on my bump. I finally found my attachment to my children, and after few days, the bump disappeared. I knew that Master had removed it for me. It is truly,
"There is no affect between master and disciple
The Buddha's grace remolds Heaven and Earth"
("The Master-Disciple Bond" in Hong Yin Volume II)
After I let go of the attachment, I could often guide her to read Dafa material. She gradually was able to listen. One day I read Master's scripture Realms. She suddenly understood how to be a good person and the need to be kind. From that point on, she changed, and now she has also walked on the path of believing in Master and Fa.
Cultivating away affection between husband and wife
My husband and I get along well. Even though he does not practice Dafa, he is not against my practicing. However, he would not abide by the principles of Dafa. Because I did not let go of sentimentality, I developed a heart of fighting and resentment, which created conflict between us. Whenever conflict surfaced, he would not come home for several days. When that happened, I could not sit still to read the Fa. I kept calling him until he turned his phone off. Several days later, my legs hurt so bad that I was unable to turn over in bed. They hurt for two straight days, and I could not do the sitting meditation. Fellow practitioners helped me send forth righteous thoughts, but it did not work. I thought, "Master told us that everything happens for a reason." I opened Zhuan Falun and saw the teaching immediately. Master said, "as a cultivator you should let go the attachment of fame, benefit and sentimentality." I realized that recently I resented my husband because he did not cultivate diligently. I still had a strong attachment to affection with him. After I found my attachment, I began eliminate it. My legs stopped hurting that very night. I got up early that morning, a few minutes before six. I opened my eyes and I saw Master's fashen sitting beside me and meditating with me. When I wanted to see clearly, the fashen disappeared, my tears running down my cheeks. Master wanted me to look inward. Once my attachment was gone, my husband began study the Fa and exercise with me and was able to abide by the principles of Dafa, and clarify the truth with me. I understood better Master's words,
"If you are free from this sentimentality, nobody can affect you. An everyday person's mind will be unable to sway you. What takes over in its place is benevolence, which is something more noble." (Zhuan Falun)
Cultivating away a jealous heart
After I obtained Dafa, I told my mother-in-law about the goodness of Dafa many times, but she was always suspicious. After I was married, on the surface I treated her right. She has many children, and when she didn't handle things quite fairly at times, I developed a heart of jealousy. In April of 2008, my mother-in-law went through cataract surgery, and she was worried about who would take care of her after the surgery. When I said that I would do so, she was moved to tears. After the surgery, I fed her meals, washed her clothes, and helped her to the bathroom. I used Dafa as the standard. I took care of most of the medical bills, as well. One of her eyes was still blurry after the surgery. I told her to recite "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good," and also gave her a Dafa book. Now her vision is completely recovered, her leg pain which plagued her for many years is gone, and the ill will between us that lasted for over 30 years is gone.
Cultivating myself and bringing back former fellow practitioners
Master mentioned many times in Fa lectures that we should help former fellow practitioners to catch up with the Fa rectification period and do the three things well. Since July 1999, the CCP has frantically persecuted Dafa. Some practitioners were held in prison, and their homes were raided. Some fellow practitioners and their families developed fear, some burned Dafa books, some hid their books, and some wrote Guarantee Statements. Some left Dafa because of interference and stopped studying the Fa and exercising. Some went through severe illness karma. Fellow practitioners and I studied the Fa together and discussed how to bring back our former fellow practitioners. We first prepared exercise tapes and Dafa books. When we met them, some of them did not talk to us. Some of them avoided us altogether. Some of them left the house before we arrived. Some of their relatives stated, "What if our practitioner family members are arrested again, who will take care of their children? Could you help?" They believed that we were against the CCP. I went to see another one, but was chased out by his family. I wondered what kind of mindset I should have to handle them. What should I do in order to save them? We began looking inward and tried to find our attachments. We found that we had the attachment of being uncomfortable when being criticized and losing face; we were worried about taking responsibility if former practitioners were arrested again. We found that we were attached to fame and benefit if we did save them. After we found all those attachments, we began to study the Fa and eliminate them. Master said, "When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it." (Zhuan Falun). After we understood the Fa, our attitudes stabilized. We studied the Fa again with them, sending forth righteous thoughts. We eliminated interference and asked Master for his support, and to help find where they were blocked. I also clarified the truth with the family. After long term patience, care, and compassionate help, a dozen former fellow practitioners came back to Dafa and are now diligently doing the three things well. One is in her 60s. Since she returned to Dafa in 2005, she has been actively involved in truth clarification and has helped over one thousand people quit the CCP. Other former practitioner came back and their illness karma was also eliminated.
Being single-minded in saving sentient beings
One of my college classmates became the deputy secretary of the local CCP Political Legal Committee and was responsible for persecuting Falun Gong. 2005 was the first time for me to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to her. I told her about how my health had improved after doing the exercises, but she refused to listen She said, "If it is that good, you should exercise at home--it is society that forbids you from practicing." In 2007, she brought up my name in one of the meetings suppressing Dafa. I went to clarify the truth a second time but with the attachment of fighting, and the result was worse. She had breast cancer in 2008. After her surgery I went to see her with a calm mind. I expressed my sympathy and then said that it was my fault that we had a disagreement and that my attitude did not meet the standard of a Dafa practitioner. I talked again about the goodness of Dafa and the facts about the persecution. She accepted it without any hesitation and also quit the CCP and said that she would no longer arrest any Falun Gong practitioners. In July of 2009, I saw her again. She looked great, with a healthy glow on her face. She said, "Thank you so much." She truly experienced the wonders of Dafa.
Five years ago, I told the chief of a judiciary about Dafa and helped him quit the CCP. I saw him this year, and we caught up. He said that he had just returned from a hospital and he had a clean bill of health. He said that he recited daily the nine characters that I had taught him--"Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good." He has not arrested any Falun Gong practitioners and tried his best avoid it. Another director in his department also quit the CCP after I told him the facts and did many good deeds for Dafa, rescuing four practitioners.
In the winter of 2007, there was a big snowstorm and the streets were very slippery. I was on my way home when a taxi could not stop and hit me from behind. I was thrown twenty meters and slammed to the ground. It took me a long time to get up, and I felt dizzy. I thought there was nothing wrong, and said, "Master, please support me." After ten minutes, I heard someone yell, "Help me take her to my car. We need to go to the hospital." I opened my eyes and saw the driver, a 20-year-old fellow. He said, "I am responsible for the accident. It was very slippery and I could not stop the car." He helped me up. I moved around, and I did not hurt anywhere. I said, "I am fine, nothing is wrong. It is not easy for you to make a living. If we go to the hospital, it will cost you. I am a Falun Gong practitioner, so I will be fine. I will not take advantage of you." He was moved to tears. There were over 70 bystanders nearby. I told them in a loud voice, "Remember, Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good." I gave him an alias and helped him quit the CCP and its related organizations.
In the fall of 2008, I was told to order CCP magazines at work. I found the deputy secretary of the Party committee and formally gave him my resignation from the CCP. When he asked me why I would do such a thing, I told him that Falun Dafa is good and that I benefited enormously from practicing it. I mentioned the staged Tiananmen Square immolation incident and said that I wanted to tell everyone the truth, that Falun Gong is being persecuted. He nodded his head. I said I also wanted him to quit CCP, but he did not react. Several days later, I saw him again and I immediately thought I needed to encourage him again. I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked for Master's support. I said, "Brother, quit the CCP and its youth organizations. I do not want you to be affiliated with it, because it will be eliminated by heaven. I'm running a risk today to tell you this--my purpose is to save you. You will be out of danger only if you quit the CCP." He nodded his head and with tears in his eyes, he said, "Help me quit the CCP."
In July of 2009, I planned to go to my hometown to clarify the truth. After I got off the bus, I still had about ten kilometers more to go. A taxi came to me. The young fellow said, "Auntie, five yuan will be fine, I only need enough for the gas." After I got in his car, I said, "You are a kind fellow, I will add one more yuan." He was very happy. I told him the facts about Dafa, and he replied, "Thank you, Auntie. Help me quit the CCP and its youth organizations, and write down the nine characters for me. I will abide by it." I saw my cousin, whom I had not seen for over 30 years. She had become old and had many health problems. I told her that I had had all kinds of illnesses just like she did, but all of them disappeared after I practiced Falun Gong. She asked why the government forbids people from practicing it. After we talked, she said, "Help me to quit the CCP. I believe your Dafa." During my hometown visit, I helped 30 people quit the CCP and understand the truth about Dafa. During the entire process, Master was helping, and I was cultivating.
Coordinating group Fa study
Group Fa study is a cultivation path Master left us for us to elevate together. Before 2005, our material site was raided and fellow practitioners were persecuted. The power of our group was weak. Under such circumstances, I still had fear. I felt it was dangerous to be the coordinator, so I did not establish a local material center, and most of the Dafa materials were sent to us from other areas. The publishing of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Master's "Turning the Wheel Towards the Human World" were like a stick warning to me. I realized, "If I wait for others to help Master rectify the Fa and save sentient beings, will I still be worthy of the name 'Fa rectification period Dafa practitioner?'" With Master's support and fellow practitioners' cooperation, I became the local coordinator. I established a local material center so that fellow practitioners could receive Dafa materials in a timely manner. By our learning from each other, Fa study groups quickly blossomed everywhere. Each group did very well in clarifying the truth, sending out the Nine Commentaries, and sending out Shen Yun Performing Arts DVDs. Our group Fa study continued.
On September 21, 2009, a local practitioner was illegally arrested. After we heard the news, we cooperated well right away, sending forth righteous thoughts and looking inward for loopholes. We divided into three teams: one team stayed at home sending forth righteous thoughts for long periods of time, another team organized the truth clarification materials to expose the persecution, and the last team divided into six units to go to local police stations, government offices, and local villages to clarify the truth and rescue our fellow practitioner. Another practitioner and I went to the local village. When we arrived, it suddenly started to rain hard, and it was pitch black. We were not familiar with the village--how would we distribute our materials? We sent out strong righteous thoughts and asked Master to support us to stop the rain. Three to five minutes later the rain stopped. There was a colored cloud in the sky, so bright that it lit our way. After we finished the job we were completely wet, either from the rain or our sweat. When we arrived home it was midnight. Due to our group efforts, our fellow practitioner came home two weeks later.
Over these ten years, through my truth clarification, I have helped six to seven thousand people quit the CCP: from the county mayor to the police director, and many other walks of life.
Over the past ten years with Master' protection, I have been elevated through doing the three things.
Please kindly point out any shortcomings in my sharing.