Saving People Should Be Foremost in Our Thoughts Every Day
(Clearwisdom.net) Here, I want to share some of my understandings of assisting Master during Fa-rectification and saving people with fellow practitioners.
I started to practice Falun Gong in December 1995. Before I obtained the Fa, I suffered from a lot of diseases for a long time. After I started practicing Dafa, Master purified my body and changed me into a brand new person. When Jiang's regime started the insane persecution against Falun Gong, I made up my mind: Let Master decide everything for me, I'll just focus on cultivation practice and validate the Fa, be more diligent and strive forward vigorously.
1. Saving People Should Be Foremost in Our Thoughts Every Day
It's my great fortune to become a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period. Being a particle of Dafa, it's my biggest honor to give of myself for Dafa.
Master has told us,
"'Falun Gong' is the name that the Great Law of the cosmos assumes here in this world. What Dafa disciples are doing here is validating the Fa, and they are Disciples of Fa who are saving sentient beings, and have tremendous missions. Put another way, they are emissaries of the Divine." [....] "By making it to the present, and by partaking in saving sentient beings, you are blazing a path for yourself, establishing your own mighty virtue, and fulfilling your historic mission." ("Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference")
To save people isn't simply words. As Fa-rectification Period disciples it is our mission and is a matter of life and death for all the sentient beings in the universe. In order to save people, I spend a lot of time studying the Fa. I study two or three lectures of Zhuan Falun every day, and for Master's new articles, I try my best to recite all of them. Studying the Fa well is the prerequisite and foundation of saving people, and it is the only source of strong righteous thoughts.
I've also increased the frequency of sending forth righteous thoughts. In addition to sending forth righteous thoughts at the globally agreed upon times, I also send righteous thoughts to eliminate the xinxing problems between my family members and I, as well as issues with fellow practitioners, "...eliminating the bad thoughts, karma, bad notions, and external interference..." ("Guiding the Voyage") in time.
Every day in the morning, I go with fellow practitioners to clarify the truth in the market, on the street, in the park or by the river. More and more people have been saved. Saving people has become a part of my daily life.
2. Clarifying the Truth Face to Face
I started to clarify the truth in late 2001. No matter if it's friends or family members, even strangers, as long as I have a chance to talk to them, I explain the truth about Dafa to them, and ask them to remember Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good and to not believe the Communist regime's slanderous lies. Sometimes I clarify the truth to more than 10 people in only one or two hours.
Since 2003, I began to clarify the truth to sentient beings face to face with fellow practitioners.
One day, while I was walking in the park with another practitioner, a lady about 50 years old came over. We smiled at her. After brief greetings, I started to clarify the truth to her and she agreed to quit the Communist Youth League after only a few sentences. Then I told her about the beauty of Dafa and the truth about the Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax. Before she left, she said, "I want to read some Dafa books, I want to know more about Falun Dafa." The next day, I brought her a copy of Zhuan Falun.
There was another time when I clarified the truth with two other practitioners. We met a lady and we started clarifying the truth after we greeted her. In the end, she also wanted to read Dafa books. The next day, I brought Zhuan Falun to her and her husband was there. So I also clarified the truth to her husband and helped him quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Unexpectedly, her husband couldn't wait to read Dafa books after he got them. Later, this couple both started practicing Dafa. Not only the couple, but their son and daughter, as well as their sister also started to practice Dafa.
There are many examples like this, and it indeed encourages us to keep on saving people, as it shows the power and effectiveness of clarifying the truth to sentient beings face to face.
Our righteous thoughts eliminate the old forces' interference, and awaken the good side of sentient beings, which makes it easier for them to understand and accept the truth.
3. Bringing Back Former Fellow Practitioners Is an Important Step in Saving People
Several years ago, I met practitioner A. Later, I invited her to join us in saving people; she agreed and became a member of our group. However, before the Beijing Olympics, she suddenly disappeared. One year later, I finally met her again.
It turned out that before the Olympics, the residential committee pressured her and she was afraid. In addition to this, her younger daughter, uncle, and aunt (also practitioners) died recently as a result of physical tribulations. All of this greatly shook her and she wavered in her cultivation. I helped her straighten out the reasons for their deaths: If practitioners don't cultivate diligently enough, and if they can't keep up in studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts, the old forces will take advantage of their loopholes and may persecute them to death. While we were talking, two young people came to ask for directions, so I took the chance to clarify the truth to them and helped them quit the CCP. After that, I kept on talking to practitioner A. I said, "Look, it's so urgent to save people, Master is guiding people to us. Hurry up and step forward to save people." From then on, she became steadfast in her cultivation and went out to save people with us. Once, during group study, she began to cry very hard. She thanked me for bringing her back. I said, "Don't thank me, we should all thank Master!" Not long after that, practitioners A's complexion returned to looking healthy and rosy and she seems much younger.
There are several similar examples, including my brother and sister-in-law, a former assistant of the local Dafa Association, and one of my relatives. This year when I went back to my hometown in the countryside, that relative had a rosy complexion and looked much younger. Last year her husband had an accident and died while he was doing some part-time work. Afterward, she became very depressed and her face was very pale. For quite a while she even stopped studying the Fa. I encouraged her: "Perhaps your husband didn't truly practice Dafa, but was following the old force's arrangements. You have to put down your sentimentality for him and cultivate diligently. If you can succeed in cultivation practice, he'll also benefit from it." Finally, she resumed cultivating diligently. Several days later, she came to me and said: "Thank you for helping me, let's clarify the truth together." Within one day, we helped 53 people quit the CCP.
Those former practitioners who left Dafa because of fear or other reasons are facing great danger in the future. Not only them, but the sentient beings who are waiting for them so that they can be saved are also facing the situation of being eliminated. We should help our former fellow practitioners to come back, since their state affects the one body as well as the salvation of countless beings. Helping them come back and encouraging them to resume cultivation is of utmost importance.