Look Within at All Times, Be Selfless and Cooperate with the Group
(Clearwisdom.net) Through trial and error, a few practitioners in our area successfully put together a satellite receiver that could receive New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) broadcasts towards the end of 2005. Now we face the problem of promoting and popularizing NTDTV.
In the process of studying the Fa, I came to understand the importance of NTDTV in saving sentient beings. As a practitioner, it is my duty to assist Teacher. However, I didn't have contact with many practitioners because of my attachment to keeping to myself and the fear of being persecuted. I needed to eliminate the human notions and attachment of protecting myself because they are not in line with the characteristics of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Ever since I eliminated my attachments, I have been going to local villages and other cities to promote NTDTV. Now I don't hesitate to validate the Fa and save sentient beings.
During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, more than 100 practitioners from my area were arrested, many of them coordinators. This made validating the Fa as a group more difficult and critical. Several practitioners got together and shared about the situation and being one body. We came to understand the seriousness of the evil persecuting practitioners because we didn't coordinate and cooperate as one body; it was as though we were loose sand on a plate, and the old forces could easily separate us.
Although we needed coordination, I didn't bring it up with other practitioners because we felt pressured and thought that we wouldn't be able to take this kind of heavy responsibility. In reality, it was still my selfishness getting in the way.
In May 2009, due to Teacher's arrangement, several of us who were interested in coordination work got together to discuss cooperating and coordinating as a group. Every practitioner was willing to be an assistant, but no one wanted to be a coordinator. As a result, our meetings were not productive, since no one took the initiative to focus on a specific topic to discuss or say what needed to be accomplished and how. Although I mentioned that this arrangement was not correct, I was unwilling to do anything about it since I just thought, "Do well with what I have and cooperate with others if needed." It looked liked I was doing things based on the Fa. In fact, I didn't want to step forward to solve this problem because I was afraid of getting into disagreements with other practitioners and of being persecuted, and I lacked enthusiasm to do the work. That was why I designed a "path" for myself, even though I knew it wasn't quite right.
At that time, Teacher's lecture, "Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan," was published. At group study, I clearly felt my selfishness like a hard shell tightly surrounding my heart and separating me from the characteristics of the universe. Teacher's Fa was like a huge hammer that broke through the hard shell piece by piece. After I finished reading the lecture, the hard shell had disappeared and I felt rejuvenated. My righteous thought to take part in group coordination took hold--I would do whatever and whenever for the group as arranged by Teacher.
From then on, I felt as if Teacher was encouraging me every step I took. I was clearheaded on what to do, who I should find to coordinate a certain project, what problem should be resolved, what project should be discussed and how to go about it, and how the meeting should be conducted. Thus, practitioners cooperated well with each other and we were able to validate the Fa better.
During the sensitive days around October 1 (Chinese Communist Party's National Day), we continued to do what we should without being interrupted or interfered with. If a practitioner got arrested, other practitioners immediately went to collect the necessary information to post on the Internet while still other practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts within a short distance. We also continued distributing and posting informational flyers about Dafa, and made recorded phone calls. It didn't take long before the arrested practitioner was released. In the last several months, three practitioners were arrested and each was quickly released because of the whole body coordination and cooperation.
It is because of Teacher that I am able to eliminate the attachment of selfishness and fear of getting hurt. I also wouldn't have been able to open up to and cooperate well with practitioners.
Thank you, Teacher!
Thank you, fellow practitioners!