Every Thought Is to Save People Amidst this Environment of Persecution
(Clearwisdom.net) I want to thank Teacher for his compassion, for waking me up to come down to the human world, to fulfill my mission and vow, to save people, and to cultivate Falun Dafa. I express my sincere gratitude to Teacher.
I can remember when a colleague introduced me to Dafa in the spring of 1996. She asked what I wanted to do after retirement. I replied, "Buddhism." A stranger overheard us and mentioned that she practiced Falun Dafa. This was the first time I had ever heard of the practice. She offered to give me two books; Zhuan Falun and Zhuan Falun II. After I read "In the muddy human world, pearls and fish eyes are jumbled together. A Tathagata must descend to the world quietly." ("Enlightenment" from Essentials for Further Advancement) tears rolled down my face. This is exactly what I've been waiting for.
I continued to study the Fa and upgrade my xinxing. The more I studied, the more I learned that Falun Dafa is profound. I understood the real purpose of life and what cultivation is all about. My body and my xinxing kept improving. It's like a bottle full of dirty stuff, as I poured out the dirty things, the bottle floats upward. I continued to let go of old notions and the attachment to fame, self-interest and sentimentality. I remembered what Teacher said, "the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments." (Lecture One, "Genuinely Guiding People Toward Higher Levels," Zhuan Falun, 2000 Translation). I focused on my xinxing.
I thought that it would be a good idea for everyone to learn Dafa. I invited neighbors to my home and played the video of Teacher's Fa lectures. I also played the videos for people passing by my house on the street. I went with practitioners to different exercise centers and taught the exercises and spread the Fa.
When the persecution of Falun Gong began, Jiang Zemin used his power to persecute practitioners. The entire environment changed. I believed in the Fa so much that I went to Tiananmen Square and displayed a Dafa banner. I also went to Jinshui Bridge and shouted, "Kind-hearted people, wake up quickly, Falun Dafa is good."
During my tribulations, I thought of Teacher's articles, "Dafa is Indestructible" and "Fa-rectification Period Dafa Disciples." I said, "As a Dafa disciple, your steadfast, righteous thoughts are absolutely unshakable" ("Dafa is Indestructible" from Essentials for Further Advancement II). Teacher's words have encouraged me and anywhere I go I tell fellow practitioners to go through this test with righteous thoughts.
I've asked, "As a Dafa practitioner, what can I do and what should I do for Dafa?" First, I need to be steadfast in the Fa. Secondly, I should share my understanding with fellow practitioners to help them understand the Fa, to enhance their xinxing and provide them with financial assistance.
During this period of time, there weren't enough truth-clarification materials in a few cities, however I went to deliver what we had. In one city, the police arrested me and put me in a county prison. I didn't tell them anything. As a Dafa disciple, I enlightened to Teacher's words. In any environment and under any pressure, we should never comply with evil. We should maintain our righteous thoughts, steadfast and unshakable. We should completely reject the old force arrangements and quickly save people. If he is a staff member from the 610 Office, a policeman, or an inmate, he is a candidate for me to save. It didn't matter how much they interfered, threatened, or tortured me, I had to tell them the truth. If they transferred me to another location, I should clarify the truth. I should apply the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance in every thought and in every action. My facial expressions, my tone of voice, and what I say should demonstrate a Dafa practitioner's kindness and the words I use to tell people Dafa is good.
Anyone I saw, a policeman, guard, inmate or a new arrival, I would try to save them. I didn't want to miss one single person. I used kindness to remove their ignorance. I couldn't let a life miss the opportunity to see the truth.
An inmate was sentenced to death for killing the son of her husband's mistress. Her execution was within a few days. I thought, "I should save her. and let her know, "Falun Dafa is good." If she died, she would go to a better place. So, I told her to recite from Hong Yin II, "Dafa Is Good." There's a saying, "Having heard the Tao in the morning, one can die in the evening." No matter how big the crime she committed, as long as she identifies with Falun Dafa, she could be saved. Prior to her execution, she continued to recite the words from Hong Yin II. Later, a guard came in and announced the suspension of her death sentence. The prisoners heard this and were moved. She cried and said, "It is Falun Dafa that saved my life. I will continue to practice Dafa." Another inmate also cried and said, "Falun Dafa is good and just by reciting it is good can change a person's life. It's a miracle!"
After I left prison, I returned to my hometown. I continued to do the three things well and to study the Fa. I read the teachings and the articles several times to make up for lost time. I also went to different villages with practitioners to clarify the truth. I didn't want to miss a day. Do you think a woman in her seventies would be tired riding a bike for forty miles? Do you think the path to cultivation is painful? Indeed it is, but inside I am happy. I knew that part of my cultivation was to help Teacher save people. On a good day, I saved several people. I should not show off. On a poor day, I saved only a few people. I should not be discouraged either. I do know I should find my gap and continue to be diligent.
There are many things that I want to share. I know I have many areas that do not meet the Fa's requirements and I know I still have attachments. I will remember to always look within and improve my cultivation with fellow practitioners.