Learning to Make Materials to Expose the Evil and Solidly Cultivating During the Process
(Clearwisdom.net) I was ecstatic when I saw the “Call for Papers for the Eighth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China” and thought to myself that I must work hard to submit an article this time. During the last seven conferences I had intended to write about my experiences, but never produced a single submission because I had trouble putting my thoughts down on paper. Strengthened with wisdom and greater courage through my continuous cultivation in Falun Dafa, I began the process of writing as soon as the call for papers was announced this year. I am submitting my article to share experiences with fellow practitioners and to report to our revered Master.
Master Healed My Wounds
Ever since I was lucky enough to obtain the Fa, I have cultivated in accordance with this Great Law of the universe. I deeply understand that cultivation is the fundamental purpose of my life.
I’ve never had any regrets over my efforts to expose the persecution of Falun Gong, even though I suffered greatly when it came to my job and family. Moreover, I’ve never wavered in my belief in Master and Dafa during my ordeals. While I was in detention, I briefly experienced fear, but I firmly believed that Dafa and Master are the most righteous. I felt that Master was right by my side, compassionately watching over me. I knew that Master was suffering for me when I was tortured. Even though my wounds kept oozing fluid, I didn’t resort to any medical treatments. Instead, I studied the Fa and practiced the exercises. One night in my dream I saw Master come to my bedside and gently touch my wounds. After I woke up, my wounds were a lot better, and they quickly healed soon thereafter.
Going from Asking for Materials to Making Materials Myself
At the beginning of the persecution, a group of our local practitioners produced a great amount of truth-clarification materials, as well as copies of Master’s new articles or lectures. However, the text on many of these materials was almost illegible. I felt bad watching people trying to read the words. I thought to myself that perhaps one day I'd have the opportunity to make materials myself.
With this one thought, compassionate Master arranged for a practitioner to come help me purchase a computer and teach me how to operate it. For security reasons, we didn’t give each other our phone numbers. Miraculously, every time I needed help, he just showed up without my having to contact him. He never told me in advance that he was coming, and the very first thing I said to him every time I saw him was, “Master has arranged for you to come help me.”
My wish came true when I was finally able to make high-quality materials to supply other practitioners with on a regular basis.
Learning to Look Inward When My Computer Malfunctions
One day my computer suddenly froze and no matter what I tried, it just wouldn’t work. Just when I was feeling frustrated, a fellow practitioner reminded me to send forth righteous thoughts to eradicate the interference. I sat down to look within and realized I had a strong attachment of doing things just for the purpose of doing things. No wonder I failed to maintain a calm mind.
Then I recalled another time when I had sent forth righteous thoughts together with another practitioner. After we were done, he very seriously pointed out to me that my right hand was not upright. I felt extremely ashamed of myself, knowing that my mind had been wandering all over the place while sending forth righteous thoughts. My absent-mindedness prevented me from achieving a good effect while sending forth righteous thoughts.
I realized that as Dafa disciples, we must solidly cultivate ourselves and should not be attached to doing things. I crossed my legs, straightened my back and began to focus my mind on sending forth righteous thoughts. I felt my whole body surrounded by a strong energy field and warmth. After I finished sending forth righteous thoughts, the practitioner who had reminded me to get rid of interference told me that he saw a whiff of smoke coming out of the back of my computer. When I powered the machine back on, it worked just fine.
Building a Bridge for the Public to Learn the Facts
On November 15, 2003, Minghui published Master’s comments for the article, “Expose the Evil Happening Locally to the Local People.” I saw my gap and was determined to follow Master’s instructions to make more materials to expose the evil persecuting local fellow practitioners.
(1) Master taught me how to make truth-clarification materials
At that time, I didn’t even know the basic functions of the office software, but I just had a firm belief in Master and was positive that all difficulties would be overcome. In order to do a good job, I bought books on typesetting and typing, only to find that I had no clue what the books were talking about. I reminded myself to be patient and not to rush. I calmed down to try to figure things out. Miraculously, whatever office tools I needed, my hand would just move the cursor over to the place on the computer screen where the right tool was located. I knew Master was teaching me to how to use office applications, and I was immensely grateful.
When the very first copy of materials was done, I couldn’t believe that I, a computer-illiterate person, had made them. With Master’s help, I was able to successfully compile materials exposing the local evil and then send them to Minghui for publication.
I was very mindful of the importance of the local truth-clarification materials in suffocating the evil. I worked with other practitioners to distribute these materials to local people to enable them to know the facts about what was going on in our area.
(2) Cultivating myself in the process of editing articles and letting go of my attachment to seeking perfection
I strove to produce the highest-quality articles during the editing process. As such, I read each article over and over again, making revisions along the way. In order to reduce typos and bad grammar, I also asked fellow practitioners to double-check my revisions. Moreover, I worked hard to format these articles because I wanted them to look neat and appealing. Before I knew it, however, an attachment gradually surfaced.
Once I spent a large amount of time fine-tuning the layout of a page, which resulted in a significant delay on another important issue. One fellow practitioner told me it was time to get rid of my attachment to seeking perfection. I looked within and had to agree that he was right. I would work on an urgent article for a long time, when in fact it should have been sent out as soon as possible. I longed to make better and better materials, but neglected coordinating and cooperating with the whole body of practitioners. Whenever I failed to submit an article to Minghui in a timely manner, the article was less effective in shocking the evil.
I acknowledged my shortcomings to the practitioner and promised to change myself. From that point on, I worked hard to improve my efficiency without compromising quality.
Being a Minghui reporter requires timely compilation and submission of articles exposing the persecution. This sounds like an easy task, when in fact it requires great perseverance.
Oftentimes, I edited a long article about the persecution during the day and then had to revise at least three shorter articles at night. After I submitted all of the articles to Minghui, I had to do follow-ups on the practitioners being persecuted. In the meantime, I also needed to work on the selection and production of truth-clarification materials to be handed out locally. There were times I felt exhausted, but I always remembered to recite Master’s teachings to encourage myself. I knew it was then time for me to break through my human notions and strengthen my righteous thoughts. After all, it was my responsibility to provide Minghui with timely and accurate materials exposing the evil in our local area.
One day I received a notice from Minghui regarding important requirements of Minghui reporters. I read the notice carefully a few times to make sure I fully understood the expectations. Even though I was not well educated, I was able to edit and compile a lot of truth-clarification materials, thanks to Master’s strengthening and Minghui editors’ help. During the whole process, I truly felt that Master was giving me wisdom to do my job well. At the same time, I kept learning from Minghui editors to improve my reporting and editing skills.
It's sometimes tedious to compile the facts about the persecution. I needed to verify a lot of incomplete information regarding the persecution of our local practitioners. In order to have first-hand materials, I often sat in front of my computer for an entire day, looking up on Minghui information about the persecution of our local practitioners. With Master’s strengthening and fellow practitioners’ help, I was able to make my first statistical table showing the facts of the persecution of our local practitioners. This chart came in handy when we later started to make local truth-clarification materials.
Sometimes I'm busy working on material compilation when local coordinators contact me to make other materials to specifically target a detention facility in our area. Without reservation, I immediately begin making their materials. I know that other practitioners’ things are my things, and that only when Dafa disciples cooperate well as a whole body can we be the most effective.
Enlarging My Capacity
Once a practitioner ordered quite a few different varieties of materials in large quantities, and I worked hard together with several fellow practitioners to meet his request. To our surprise, when we were done, he changed his mind. I became angry and knew that I needed to look inward.
I remembered Master’s teaching:
“Divine Being: These problems have already become very serious. It would be good if they could manage to search within themselves for the things that they have been able to find in others.
Master: It’s time for them to become clearheaded so that their environment can turn into one for true cultivation practice, and thus they will be able to become real gods.” (“A Dialogue with Time,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
I identified my shortcomings: I wasn’t compassionate enough and had failed to have forbearance towards this practitioner. When I dug further, I realized that I felt that he had misled me, when in fact it had been my jealousy at work. After I let go of my human notions, another practitioner came and took all of the materials that we had made.
When I run into conflicts with fellow practitioners, I use these instances to improve my xinxing. No matter who appears right or wrong on the surface, I try my best to treat the other person kindly and at the same time look within to identify my own attachments. I'm usually able to find my gap and rectify myself.
I really cherish every opportunity to improve my xinxing and do not dare to let down my guard even a bit.
Master said in Zhuan Falun:
“In genuine cultivation practice one must cultivate one’s own heart and inner self. One should search inside oneself rather than outside.”
I also came to the realization that only by following Master’s teachings without any reservation can we be considered genuine cultivators.
Reading Minghui Articles Helps to Strengthen My Righteous Thoughts
The first time I managed to break through the Internet blockade to read Minghui and see Master’s image, my eyes lit up and I said to Master in my heart, “Master, I can finally get on Minghui all by myself.”
Since I benefited tremendously from reading Minghui, I also started to make copies of Minghui articles for other practitioners who were unable to access it. There was one such elderly practitioner to whom I provided Minghui articles for several years. Eventually he asked me to help him log onto Minghui. The effect of Minghui in strengthening practitioners’ righteous thoughts cannot be underestimated.
Keeping Up with Fa-study and Benefiting Immensely
Even though I have a long “to-do” list every day, I always keep in mind Master’s teachings. I make sure to study the Fa first before I set out to do any other things.
“A person who truly cultivates will gain things naturally without pursuing them. All of the gong and Fa lie in the book, and one will naturally obtain them by reading Dafa. Those who learn it will change automatically, and they will already be in the Dao when they read the book over and over again. Teacher will certainly have Law Bodies (fashen) safeguarding them quietly. With perseverance, they will certainly achieve Righteous Attainment in the future.” (“Seeking Discipleship with Teacher,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
Whenever Master’s new lecture or article comes out, I study it at least five times. I study Zhuan Falun every day before I study Master’s other lectures. Master has emphasized that disciples must study the Fa; thus, I try to measure everything I do with the Fa.
For instance, sometimes other practitioners provide materials for us to make DVDs and brochures for them. We always double-check the contents of their requests to ensure accuracy and validity. If there is anything we cannot verify on Minghui or other Dafa sources, we decline to make the materials. As Dafa disciples in charge of a materials production site, it is critically important to ensure the reliability and credibility of our information sources. This is being responsible to our fellow practitioners, as well as everyday people.
No matter what I hear or see, I always check to see if it conforms to the Fa. Only by following Dafa’s requirements can we be called Dafa disciples.
A Seamless Whole Body
There is no barrier between myself and other members on our team; we are a whole body. When we do run into conflicts, we all know to look within, while being mindful that validating the Fa is every practitioner's top priority. As a result, conflicts dissipate fairly quickly. Every member measures his or her own behavior with the Fa and cooperates with each other smoothly. This is exactly why our production site has been on a righteous path since the very beginning.
Only by firmly believing in Dafa and under Master's compassionate care have I been able to follow Him and walk my cultivation path during the past dozen years. I feel that writing this article was a cultivation process in which Master further purified my body and enabled me to have a clearer understanding of many issues. I have come to appreciate even more this precious opportunity to cultivate this great Fa.
I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the compassionate Master! I would also thank my fellow practitioners for their help. Please point out anything inappropriate.