Improving Our Xinxing and Saving More Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) When we clarify the facts about Falun Gong, we are saving people. Master said in "Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting": "A Dafa disciple's priority is to save people." and "Your top priority right now is to save sentient beings."
1. Clarify the facts and remove human notions
For me it is relatively easy to clarify the facts about Falun Gong when talking to people that I am familiar with, such as friends, colleagues and relatives. To strangers I had much more difficulty. Also, it was easier for me to talk to retailers when I was making a purchase. It was also easier to speak to one person at a time rather than a group of people. Once I was buying apples, and I wanted to talk to the merchant about Falun Gong. However, along came a lady who was quite chatty. I was waiting for her to leave, but she would not. Finally, I could not wait any further, and I asked her to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. She accepted my suggestion and thanked me for it. At this point I realized that it was Master who arranged for people with a predestined relationship to come to hear the facts. Now I understand that it is not an issue of dealing with retailers or buyers, strangers or friends. When we let go of human notions, Master brings the right kind of people to us.
One day I was returning home after Fa study and saw several workers resting by the roadside. I asked for Master's guidance and went over to speak to these people about practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and becoming a better person. They all agreed with what I said, and agreed to have me withdraw from the CCP for them using aliases.
There was another time when I saw many workers working on both banks of a river. I walked over to them and spoke to each of them one at a time. I brought up the facts about Falun Gong gradually. Not one of them objected to what I said. At the end of the day, I had talked to over one hundred people.
I have persisted in going out to clarify the facts about Falun Gong every day regardless of the weather.
2. Clarifying the facts and saving more sentient beings
I began my cultivation in 1995. When the persecution started, I stopped my practice. The objective of the old forces was to force us to give up our practice and be destroyed. Master said in Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference,
"But I haven't done things that way--I will save him. He didn't do well today, but aren't you old forces still persecuting people? I'll have him do things over tomorrow, and definitely have him do them well!"
When I saw these words, I felt the great compassion from Master, knowing that He did not give up on us.
I returned to my cultivation in 2004 with the help of fellow practitioners. I made up my mind that I would catch up with the progress of Fa rectification.
I understand that the reason for our coming to Earth is to assist Master in Fa rectification and to save sentient beings. Hence, we must do this job well. When we see sentient beings, we must try to save them regardless of how they have reacted to Dafa. On the surface when we speak to a person, it seems to be just one person. However, in Touring North America to Teach the Fa, Master said,
"If they really correspond to gigantic cosmic bodies, then when you clarify the truth to one of them you're rescuing a gigantic cosmic body, a gigantic group of beings, and you are rescuing a Lord, or a King."
Thus, this is a serious matter and it involves great responsibility. Through Fa study, we have also learned that the Three Realms were created for Fa rectification and the salvation of sentient beings. If we do not do it now, there will be no second chance. Master said in "Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting":
"Dafa disciples, after thousands--or tens of thousands--of years, what you have sought to do has arrived. If you don't do well at it, how will you stand before all of this one day? "
The process of clarifying the facts is the process of saving sentient beings. It is an action we do for others, and a process of letting go of self and removing human notions. My fear of persecution, imprisonment and arrest is going away gradually as I continue to talk to people about Falun Gong and expose the persecution.
There was a case when I saw someone about forty years old using a cane to support himself. I walked over to him and said, "Your illness may go away someday." He replied, "How can that be? You can learn Falun Gong." Then, he shouted out loud across the street, "There is a Falun Gong practitioner here!" It happened so suddenly that my heart began to beat really fast. However, no one paid any attention to him, so he said to me, "The Olympics are coming up. Why don't you stop doing this?" I replied, "This is for your benefit," and left.
Afterwards, I realized that the incident occurred to help me remove the fear that I had. About two months later, I saw over ten workers at a workplace. I went over to talk to them about Falun Gong, and they all accepted what I said, including a fifty-year-old security guard. Then, a police officer in his twenties came and said, "You are a Falun Gong practitioner, and I'm going to bring you in." I remained calm and viewed this as an opportunity to help him. I looked at him and realized that I should be compassionate towards him. After a while, he told me that I could leave.
My experiences indicate that the saving of a sentient being does not depend entirely on that person. It also depends on how well we have cultivated ourselves. If we have strong righteous thoughts, our compassion will be full of energy and affect others in a positive way. In fact, it can disintegrate all negative factors associated with the person we encounter and make him receptive to what is good for him. This is one of the reasons why our own cultivation is very important.
The saving of sentient beings concerns all Dafa disciples. When all of us are doing this job well, the evil will be eliminated very quickly.