Saving Sentient Beings at My Place of Employment
(Clearwisdom.net) I work at a restaurant as a waiter. At the beginning, I considered my job low class so whenever I saw people I knew, I would hide from them. I missed out on many opportunities to clarify the truth. With more Fa study, I realized that this was an attachment to my reputation, which I must get rid of. So the next time when I saw people I knew dining in the restaurant, I approached them and clarified the truth. Once, a retired teacher came to the restaurant. I talked to him enthusiastically. When I mentioned the facts about Falun Gong to him, he waved his hands, and said, “I heard about it before, but I don't believe it.” Without being influenced, I smiled and continued our talk. He was surprised at how much I knew, “As such a young man, how come you know so much?” I then shared with him how I changed both physically and mentally after practicing Falun Gong. He was convinced, and said, “You are such an honest person. I have trust in you. Please help me quit the Chinese Communist Party.”
--From the author
Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
Clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings are Falun Dafa disciples' responsibilities and missions. When the Eighth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China started, I wanted to share my cultivation experience, but I did not know how to write. Under practitioners' encouragement, I recited my cultivation experience, and a fellow practitioner took it down and wrote the article.
In 2008, a practitioner asked me to help out in his restaurant. The job required a lot of work, and was very dirty. I had to work in a very noisy environment, plus I had to walk a long way every day. So I did not want to take the job at the beginning, but I did not say anything to the practitioner. However, after I worked for a while in the restaurant, I realized that it was actually a great place to clarify the truth, since there were so many customers that needed to be saved. I decided to continue working there.
Eliminating the Attachment to Reputation and Comfort Through Truth-Clarification
I work at a restaurant as a waiter. At the beginning, I considered my job low class so whenever I saw people I knew, I would hide from them. I missed out on many opportunities to clarify the truth. With more Fa study, I realized that this was an attachment to my reputation, which I must get rid of. So the next time when I saw people I knew dining in the restaurant, I approached them and clarified the truth.
There were a lot of customers in the restaurant so all of us waiters were very busy all day. We had to run back and forth and wash dishes all day. My colleagues all had sore feet after a day's work. I knew this was a great opportunity for me to get rid of my attachment to comfort and to light duties. I did not want to work hard, which was an attachment that I should get rid of. Day by day, I did not feel any soreness. After a day's work, I did not feel tired at all. I studied the Fa in the evening, and I stayed up until midnight to send forth righteous thoughts. In the morning, I got up early to join the morning exercises with practitioners from around the world. Faced with all the people being saved every day, I felt very heartened. Most people in my line of work don't last too long. They typically quit out of fatigue after a month or two. There was a period of time when my wrist and thumbs began to hurt and I decided to stop working. In my heart I told Master, “Master, perhaps my path here has completed. Isn't this pain telling me to go? However, I cannot bear to give up the people who come here to be saved. If my path here is not done, let my hand be healed by tomorrow.” A miracle then occurred: my hand was painless the next day. A year has passed and it has not hurt since. I cannot use words to describe Master's compassion and protection of disciples. It has strengthened my confidence in clarifying the truth here.
Clarifying the Truth to Different People
Faced with customers everyday, I would always tell myself to maintain a peaceful, calm mentality, and greeting them warm-heartedly with a smile on my face. If they needed help, I would offer my help without waiting for them to ask, drawing our relationship closer. If a customer bought a lot of things, I would help them to carry it to the bus station. If a customer's nose started to bleed, I helped clean their nose. This way, they'd always be willing to listen when I clarified the truth to them. Some customers were especially stubborn, but I would not give up. Because they come here to eat regularly, I developed relationships with them gradually, breaking down the barriers and slowly opening up their hearts. In the end they all agreed to withdraw from the Party and its related organizations, and understand the goodness of Dafa.
Once, a retired teacher came to eat and I greeted him warm-heartedly. When I started talking about Falun Gong, he clapped his hands, “Others have talked to me about this before, I don't believe it.” I smiled and my heart was not moved, and I continued talking to him, from the CCP-staged Tiananmen “self-immolation” to prophecies from around the world, to the current morality of society, the Cultural Revolution, and the stone predicts the demise of the CCP. He was very surprised and exclaimed how someone as young as myself could know so much. I told him, “In fact, I've never attended school, as my mom passed away very early when I was young. It is Falun Dafa that has opened up my wisdom, allowing me to read and write. Right now I can read Falun Dafa books easily, and newspapers too.” I told him about the physical and mental benefits from my practicing Dafa. He was convinced, “Seeing how honest you are, I believe what you're saying now. Help me withdraw from the Party then!”
Another time, I clarified the truth to a young boy and he agreed to quit the Party. At that moment, two of his family members came to grab the boy and placed a note for me on the table. It said, “If you talk about this any further, I'll report you to the police.” My heart did not move and I thought, “Why didn't I clarify the truth to these two adults? If I had clarified the truth to them, would they have written such a note?” From then on when I clarify the truth I talk to both children and adults. They feel very happy after understanding the facts and even ask me for a protection amulet. Some customers believe in other religions. I tell them, “Even if you believe in Jesus or Sakyamuni, both of them are gods. If you joined the evil CCP, it is atheist. Why will the gods not help you when you have trouble? Because all faiths require you to follow it wholeheartedly. If you do not withdraw from the atheistic Party, how can the gods help you? Isn't this a huge conflict?” They will answer, “Oh I see, then help me quit it!” I also tell them, “Recite 'Falun Dafa is good', and it'll be good for your faith too!” They also agree.
Over these years, many people have understood the truth from me, but I still cannot relax. I have to remember to constantly fill my heart with the urgency to save beings. From now on, I have to work harder in terms of studying the Fa and cultivating myself solidly—to become clearer on the principles of the Fa, to cultivate myself better, and to save more sentient beings.
Fa-rectification is now nearing the end. I will be ever more diligent and not allow myself to relax in the remaining time. Please feel free to point out any inadequacies in my sharing.
Thank you Master, thank you fellow practitioners.