Feel the Power of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance
(Clearwisdom.net) Master said,
"If you, as Dafa disciples, want to effect change in a person when you clarify the truth and want to save him, you must not arouse the negative elements in that person. You must hold to being shan, and only then can you resolve problems that may arise and save that person."
"For a cultivator, looking within is a magical tool."
("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference")
Master clearly advises practitioners of the ways to save sentient beings, and the importance of cultivating compassion. I have an experience and understanding that I would like to share in this regard.
In 2004, I was reported by somebody while clarifying the truth and sent to a detention center along with a fellow practitioner. The head of the detention center coerced someone into tearing the zipper off my jacket. I resisted. He slapped me on my face. I shouted at him, "You slap me! You will get karmic retribution!" He slapped me again and said to me evilly, "Do you see me getting karmic retribution?" Although he slapped me hard, I did not feel hurt. I knew it was Master who endured it for me. I looked inward, "I did not cooperate with the evil's request and command, which is what Master asks us to do. There is nothing wrong with that. Then why was I slapped?" The fellow practitioner said to me, "You should continue to look inward. You will figure it out." It turned out I still have the competitive mentality: in another words, I am a Dafa practitioner, whoever hurts me will get karmic retribution! By holding this thought, I had put myself higher up. It was my unkind side that irritated his bad side, which allowed evil factors in other dimensions to control him. This is why he slapped me. After I found my attachment, I wanted to see him again to clarify the truth and save him.
The next day, four to five people, including the detention center head, deputy head, and political head, came to "transform" and threaten us, "You think we do not know what to do with you if you go on a hunger strike? If you do not eat, we will force-feed you. You will suffer." The fellow practitioner and I were not scared or affected by what they said. I followed what the Fa requires us to do. Master said,
"Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring
Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world."
("The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos," Hong Yin II)
I said silently to Master, "Master, please strengthen me. I want to save him. I do not want them to commit any crimes against Dafa." I smiled at the head, "Yesterday, I made you angry. It was my fault. I should not have said what I said. Please forgive me." He immediately said, "Let's forgive each other. I should not have slapped you." I said, "You slapped me. I do not mind much. But I want to let you know that Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Treating practitioners well is the same as treating yourself well. They are all good people. You should not only know this yourself, but should also tell your family to remember Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Then you will have a good future." The fellow practitioner also told them that, from the Fa's perspective, "We believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is nothing wrong in our striving to be better people and do good things. We are being wronged. We have no other way to protest but going on hunger strike to prove that we are innocent. Jiang's regime is wrong to persecute Falun Gong. We hope you can differentiate right from wrong and stop persecuting practitioners. It does not do you any good." These simple words touched them. They changed from hating practitioners to feeling admiration for us. In this process, we did not harbor any resentment toward them and we did not possess any selfish thinking. All we thought about was their well being. Later, I heard that the head read Zhuan Falun and was truly saved. He even started to help practitioners.
Compassion is an enlightened being's nature. Therefore, practitioners should cultivate compassion. When we encounter issues, we should utilize this compassion to resolve the conflict. We should treat sentient beings compassionately, no matter whether they are kind or evil. However, with regard to those evil lives that are not savable, we should use our righteous thoughts to eliminate and dissolve them. This will lead to saving more sentient beings and fulfilling our vows.
While writing this article, I feel that my capacity has increased. The bad substances such as the competitive mentality, resentment, and the Party culture have been dissolved. I felt encompassed by Master's mighty energy field of compassion. It was so wonderful. The process of writing my experience is a process of upgrading my Xinxing. It is also a process of eliminating my attachments. I hope fellow practitioners can all pick up the pen: the Fa weapon the gods and Buddha's gave us. We can all strive to validate the Fa by bringing Dafa's wonderfulness and miracles to people.