Not Giving Up On Any Sentient Being
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
In the form of performing arts, ShenYun is what Master chose to save sentient beings. It's also a good opportunity for Dafa disciples to validate Dafa and at the same time save sentient beings. On the first Shen Yun tour in Taiwan, I only invited my family, relatives, and friends without telling more people about this wonderful news. I found such excuses such as: "I live in Miao-Li, it's too far away from Taichung City and I only need to make phone calls as usual to clarify the truth and save sentient beings." As a matter of fact, it was a selfish excuse that originated from my fear.
During the second Shen Yun tour in Taiwan, I became clearer on its purpose. It is Master who directly rectifies the Fa; we are Dafa disciples who have the mission to assist Master in Fa-rectification. However, I still possessed fear in regard to selling the tickets. In the morning, I would find excuses such as: "Ahh, they are so busy in the morning, they don't have time to listen to me. It is better that I go in the afternoon." However, when noon arrived, I changed my mind and thought that it would be better to go in the evening. So on and on, day by day, I still didn't go out to sell tickets. Although I still called sentient beings daily in Mainland China to persuade them to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, I still had the feeling that there was something important missing, which made me feel uncomfortable.
That empty feeling stayed with me for a long time.
In the "Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference," Master said,
"Right now, one important thing that needs to be attended to is the matter of how to save more sentient beings, and it is something Dafa disciples are to accomplish during their current process of achieving Consummation. This is Dafa disciples' mission, a duty that cannot be shirked, something that they must do and must complete."
Looking inward, I found my attachment to fear. It's our sacred mission to promote Shen Yun--how can I save sentient beings if I cannot eliminate this fear and have righteous thoughts? When my righteous thoughts returned, the mercifulness of saving sentient beings also awakened. When I promoted the tickets, everything changed. This year, I had no fear when promoting Shen Yun. When asked which date I wanted to promote tickets for, my first thought was not to get weekend tickets. From the experiences of the previous two years, weekend tickets are always sold first, so I would not worry about it, unless I met someone who wanted weekend tickets, and then I could go get the tickets for him or her.
During the weekdays, people go to work, and tickets during those days are comparatively harder to promote. When I divided the weekday tickets among other practitioners, they wondered why there weren't any weekend tickets. After I shared my understandings with them, they all understood.
As a matter of fact, when I heard practitioners complaining, since weekend tickets are easier to promote, I was a bit upset. "If weekday tickets are difficult to promote, I can do it myself." I bought a secondhand laptop to show and promote the show door to door, but I couldn't sell any tickets. The organizer, a non-practitioner who suggested we rent a tour bus for the Shen Yun performance, was in a car accident and the neighbor who volunteered to help promote tickets was preoccupied dealing with her divorce.
None of these incidents was coincidental, so it must have been me. I looked inward and found my attachments. I got upset due to fellow practitioners' comments, which triggered my attachment of not being able to accept criticism. Moreover, I tended to force fellow practitioners to follow my understandings and I wasn't considerate.
In the "Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan," Master said,
"Those who are attached to saving face will be made to hear things that are embarrassing, hitting upon that attachment that causes you not to be able to stand hearing others' critical remarks."
I realized it's a Dafa disciple's mission to save sentient beings, so how can we depend on ordinary people? How could sentient beings be saved if our attachments were not eliminated? After the attachment was found and eliminated, every ticket was eventually sold.
In the "Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference," Master said,
"Namely, the change that a Shen Yun performance brings about locally is enormous. So many people become clear about Dafa in one fell swoop, and they change for the better. That would be awfully hard for you to achieve under normal circumstances."
For all these years on a daily basis, when I called the sentient beings in China to stop the persecution and urge them to withdraw from the CCP, I could figure out their identity or whether they spoke the truth from the questions they asked. Many of them would say that they had never joined the Party or its other organizations, so we would tell them what they needed to know, and they would sense our sincerity for their wellbeing. I would further ask them to carefully think again if they had joined the organizations in question. Usually, they would answer, "Yes, but it was such a long time ago." Then I would say, "Then let me help you withdraw from it, OK?" Normally, they would agree or they would ask me to provide them with the information to withdraw. When some yelled at me and called me anti-party, I would usually tell them that I was Chinese but I had never joined the Party nor was I involved with politics. I would then ask, "Don't you feel that the political system is very corrupt? We should not get involved." Some would reply, "Yes, yes, yes!" Then he or she would calm down and listen to me. When their conscience became clear, they would withdraw and some said, "Now I understand."
Making phone calls to China has helped me to upgrade my xinxing. Would I be irritated when people yelled at me? Would I persevere when nobody answered the phone or someone hung up on me? Many of my attachments were gradually eliminated in this process. The most important thing is to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. When the heart is pure and the thought for saving sentient beings is strong, the result will be totally different. Even if we are busy, we should still make phone calls. Sometimes when my heart is not calm or I am in a hurry, what I say lacks mercy, the sentient beings cannot feel my compassion, and they tend to hang up. At that moment, we should stop calling and look within.
Once there was a telephone number I called repeatedly, but no one answered. Every time I started to delete the number, I had the thought, "No! It may be a sentient being that is waiting for me to save him." After calling for more than 20 days, I really wanted to delete it, but every time I told myself, "OK, one more chance, last chance." On the last try, after the second ring, someone picked up the phone. He was a member of the CCP and agreed to withdraw after I said only a few sentences. I realized that, if I had lost my patience, this man would have lost his chance.
For the past several years, what has made me the happiest is when I tell sentient beings to remember, "Falun Dafa is good!" their response is, "Oh! OK, that is good, very good! Thank you so much!"
There are several practitioners at my exercise site who are diligent in participating in Fa study and sharing their experiences and sometimes in supporting Dafa activities, but they had only written a few letters to clarify the truth. They should have been able to participate in more Dafa work, so I visited them to better understand their situation and to share my understandings of how Master wants disciples to do the three things well, as only writing a few letters is comparatively not enough to save sentient beings. They told me that they wanted to do more, but they had no idea where to start. I encouraged them to come to my home so that we could call China together, promote the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and advise sentient beings to withdraw from the CCP. After their first session calling China, they were surprised to learn that it was so easy to make phone calls to clarify the truth. They thought that it would be very difficult. So now they have been doing a great job. On the first try, one of them successfully persuaded a sentient being to withdraw from the CCP. That sentient being told her that he had received between seven to eight phone calls to advise him to withdraw from the evil CCP, but he didn't. This time he agreed, "Please help me withdraw from the CCP."
My understanding is that every Dafa disciple has his or her own sentient beings waiting for salvation. If you haven't started to make phone calls yet, hurry up! Your sentient beings are waiting for you! Do not leave room for regrets and have your heavenly body empty. It's really not difficult to make phone calls. My daughter-in-law, who is not a practitioner, told me that she listened to my phone conversations and she already knows how to advise people to withdraw from the CCP. In "Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference," Master said,
"As long as you are doing things out of a wish to validate the Fa and save sentient beings, I will affirm all that you do. And when you go do those things, there will be my Law Bodies or gods there to amplify it and make what you do yet more magnificent and extraordinary, and they will assist you."
Along with the progress of Fa-rectification in the last stage, the standard for the consummation of Dafa disciples is getting higher and higher. My understanding is to value every minute and every second without exceptions--we shouldn't be late for group Fa-study and experience sharing. It's also important to be strict with the daily exercises. Fa-study, the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, and saving sentient beings are all my daily requirements, because I know if I miss one day, I can never ever make it up. These are my strict requirements, because there are no days off when it comes to cultivation. The same is true with saving people. I should do well first, and only then can I lead other fellow practitioners.
Earlier, I was one of the first to go to Hong Kong to clarify the truth. After returning, I shared my experiences, and more and more practitioners joined and went to Hong Kong to validate the Fa. Later on, I made use of the Internet QQ chat forum, and fellow practitioners mobilized to follow suit. Later, I started to make phone calls to stop the persecution. By going through this process, we have gained experiences to share with fellow practitioners. Otherwise, they wouldn't know how or where to start.
Before cultivation, I was a housewife supporting my husband in his business. I don't have a sophisticated educational background, and all those years I just followed my husband around. However, since I started cultivation, I have changed from being scared to talk to being here to share my experiences with you all, and I have also encouraged fellow practitioners to share their experiences. It's natural for practitioners to say that they have fear, but as long as we encourage each other compassionately, we can break through this fear. Three practitioners who often have contact with me are now coordinators. The most important thing is that practitioners can upgrade themselves through the process of studying the Fa. As long as we can let go of attachments, Master will give us the best blessings.
In the "Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference," Master said,
"Dafa disciples all have in mind the thought, 'We will rush to the front lines, no matter how hard or exhausting it may be or if it means long nights without sleep--we can, and will, do whatever it takes.' But, when it comes to management, they falter.'"
The progress of Fa-rectification is continuously forging ahead. Everyone knows about the importance of the media, in particular, the sales. At first, I had the urge to participate, but afterwards I realized that it requires some degree of professional ability and full-time involvement, which is to me a great challenge.
This year at the NTDTV fund-raising banquet, I learned that it was required that we clarify the truth to enterprises. I had wanted to do this wholeheartedly, but it took a while for me to do anything about it. I was still making phone calls to save sentient beings every day, but once I put down the phone and thought of clarifying the truth to enterprises, which requires us to take action, I tensed up and stopped myself. This feeling was one of mental discomfort: the struggle within plus the sense of guilt was really an unpleasant feeling.
In the "Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting," Master said,
"All sentient beings are waiting to be saved, and I can tell you something certain. If Dafa disciples don't act to save them, those people, no matter in what corner of the world they may be, will have no hope unless you go to save them. And that especially holds true for the Chinese people."
I must eliminate the fear of clarifying the truth to the enterprises. I want to save sentient beings--how can an enlightened being be scared of ordinary people?
I thought of the small businesses that my husband was familiar with. At first, I didn't even dare to make the phone calls myself and even asked him to make the calls. My husband asked, "Why don't you do it yourself?" He made me realize that I had to do it myself, so I gathered myself together and made the phone calls. After the first call, it wasn't as difficult and scary as I had imagined it. It was just my fear. After this experience, I eliminated my fear for the second time. Even though I am still involved in several different Dafa projects at hand, including the responsibility to be the coordinator at the exercise site, whenever I have free time, I will try my best to learn how to help with the sales for NTDTV. I hope that more practitioners with experience and qualifications join the sales team for NTDTV, because we are here to save sentient beings. Master said, "When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: 'After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!'" (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun, 2000 Translation Version)
All of the above is my personal cultivation experience. If anything is inappropriate, please kindly correct me.
Finally, I would like to share with you Master's poem in
Study the Fa and gain the Fa,
Focus on how you study and cultivate,
Let each and every thing
be measured against the Fa.
Only then, with that,
is it actually cultivation."
Thank you, Master! Thanks, everyone!