A Touching Experience of Clarifying the Truth in the Classroom to Awaken Students
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I obtained Fa in late 1995. After July 20, 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to persecute Falun Gong, I went to Beijing to appeal and was detained. I was later harassed several times, which brought my family a lot pressure and gave me many ordeals on my path of cultivation. Only under Master's care have I been able to persevere through all the ordeals. Here I'd like to share my experiences.
1. Clarifying the Truth About Falun Gong in the Classroom: Awaking Students' Hearts
I am a teacher. My students are the ones for whom I should help clear up misconceptions about Falun Gong and save. I have grasped any chance to relate the course content to clarifying the truth about Falun Gong. After school, I tried to find opportunities to persuade them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. As long as I tried my best, the results were usually good. I used to play a truth-clarification video in class, but I was reported by a student, and stopped playing the video due to fear.
One afternoon in June 2011, I had four classes to teach. After the first class, I went to the lounge. The head student from a class told me that one girl had fainted and was sent back to the dorm by classmates. During the third class, a girl asked, “Teacher, I feel dizzy and want to vomit. Can I go back to the dorm to rest?” I allowed her to. Less than five minutes later, another girl came to me, “Teacher, the girl who went back to the dorm sent me a text message. She can't go back to dorm by herself and wants me to help her.” I immediately allowed her to help. At the time, I couldn't control my mood and said to all the students, “There's a girl in the first class who fainted and was sent back to her dorm. Now another girl in your class has had to go back to her dorm. I can no longer remain silent, because this has reminded me of a past experience.”
Tears began to flow down my face, and then the class became very quiet, followed by warm applause. They really wanted to know about my experience. I told them, “I used to regularly faint on the bus, and would be dragged off the bus and left on the side of the road. I would also faint on a crowded train, and then be carried out of the train. After I came to I saw that I had been transferred to the next train. I feel so fortunate that I can stand here today, full of health. It is all because of Falun Gong. Falun Gong saved my life. Since practicing Falun Gong, I have never been sick. I appreciate my Master from the bottom of my heart.”
I saw several students' eyes tearing up. I tried to calm down, but I cried too because I was too excited. The students applauded again. I knew it was Master encouraging me. It was sentient beings hoping to be saved. I told the students my story of practicing cultivation, and I very quickly told them the facts of the April 25th appeal and the CCP-staged “self-immolation” in Tiananmen Square. At the end, I said to the students, “Please remember, the persecution of Falun Gong is the most appalling injustice throughout the ages! And that Falun Gong is the real science of the universe!” I could see that the students were deeply moved.
At the beginning of the semester, I thought this particular class was the most poorly behaved one, and I was very disappointed with them. After I shared my experience with them, strange things started happening. The attendance rate and the test scores became the best of the four classes. They also paid attention during class better than students from the other classes. Another class, which I thought was the best at the beginning, actually got the worst test scores.
“As I’m describing this to you, you might be thinking, “Well, from what I see, there is nothing great about the people in this world. You see people of every form and description, with some even being slovenly. Some people in the countryside live really tough lives, while some city folk are quite snobbish and behave distastefully, and there are plenty of young folks who try to look ‘cool.’” That’s just the way of human society. Not everyone can work at some major corporation, or be a boss, so some people have to fill those other roles. Only a small number of people can become artists or stars. It’s the same with everything else. Having different social classes is a form that human society takes, but these are not the ranks of those beings. So, no being is simple, despite their outward appearance. You might discover that a garbage collector, if you look back [at his previous lives], was formerly a massive god in the cosmos who, under the illusion here, and in the course of his reincarnations, has become completely lost—lost to the point that he remembers nothing. [The illusion] is such that many beings, in the course of reincarnating, are resentful about their lots in life, and know nothing about the mission that brought them here.” (“What is a Dafa Disciple”)
When I read this paragraph again, I enlightened to deeper meanings and something that was new for me.
2. Don't Give Up on Saving Sentient Beings Half Way Through the Process
One night in 2010 I went to get materials from a place that is a half-hour from my home. At the time, it was raining a bit. After a while, I finally got into a taxi. The taxi driver was about 30 years old. I mentioned that life for the common folk was very tough under the CCP's control. He couldn't agree more. I then asked him if he had joined the CCP or any of its affiliated organizations. He was very hesistant and said he wouldn't listen to anything related to Falun Gong. He tried very hard to stop me. If it was earlier, I would have given up. However, at that moment, all I could think of was that I must save him. In my mind, I asked Master to help me, and I was determined to persuade him to quit today. The taxi then slowed down because of a traffic jam.
I started to clear up his misconceptions about Falun Gong, from the CCP-staged “self-immolation” to telling him how Falun Gong had spread around the world. I told him that all the CCP's propaganda was lies, and told him he should not be deceived, and that all I wished for was a better future for him. While I was talking, he fought back at first, but soon became quiet and listened to me. Later I said, “Please withdraw from the CCP.” He said, “Thank you. I didn't believe the CCP, but neither did I believe Falun Gong.” He said his grandparents were landowners and had been persecuted by the CCP, and so he was very scared of being persecuted.
At that time I was only 100 meters away from my destination. I was worried a little, but I soon realized it was interference. I told him very firmly, “We have talked so much, there must be a reason behind it. You can give me an alias that no one else knows. There's nothing to worry about.” He said, “I really thank you. Okay then.” I am thankful for Master's arrangement, which let me have enough time to clear up any misconceptions and save him.
After I got out of the taxi, I sincerely apologized to the person who had waited a long time for me. She was about 50 years old and was a lower-level officer. Shortly after, I got to know that she was a Christian. I told her I practiced Falun Gong because my health had been very poor. She understood and said, “As long as it can make you healthier, you should continue to practice.” I found out she had joined the CCP and asked her, “The moment when you joined the evil party, did you lift your fist to swear that you would sacrifice yourself for the party?” She was surprised, “Yes!” I said, “Once you swear, the oath exists. Hurry and withdraw from it with an alias.” I told her that not only she, but also her husband and son, should withdraw. She happily agreed, and said that she would definitely persuade her son to quit.
On September 3, 2011 I went to a supervisor's home to deliver something. His wife said that she was not in good health, and that her husband had asked her to get more exercise. I said, “Exercise won't help you cure the root of your illness.” She was confused. I continued, “I practice Falun Gong.” Suddenly the atmosphere was cold. Soon, I said, “I say this because Falun Gong saved my life. My own experience proved that Falun Gong is the real science.” The husband was somewhat scared. I said, “I want to let you know why I practice Falun Gong, why I went to Beijing to appeal. Only practicing Falun Gong can truly heal sickness and help a person to keep fit.” I felt that my whole body was enveloped with energy and I incessantly talked about Falun Gong.
I told them why I went to Beijing to appeal. The wife asked what the April 25th event was all about, and I explained it to them very patiently. The whole family listened to me quietly. Then the wife said, “This is the first time I have listened to Falun Gong information in detail. You don't have it easy under the persecution. How do you do the exercises?” I said, “They are very easy to learn.” I then showed her all five of the exercises. “Next time when I come, I'll bring you the video that teaches the exercises, and you can learn by following the movements.” She said, “Thank you! Please do come often.”
Everything that happens is just as Master has said,
“... this is something huge—everyone is waiting to be saved!—so as long as you don’t overdo it, people will understand. We really do have some people who have done a great job, who have gone about things in a very natural and poised manner in upscale neighborhoods. And when they’ve spoken with people, they have been quite at ease. Instantly the other party has been delighted, just as if they’d been waiting for you. That really is the case. There has been a great deal of groundwork done in advance. All that’s missing is your carrying things out with righteous thoughts. Yet you haven’t had the righteous thoughts that it takes.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa”)
Thank you Master for your compassionate salvation! Thank you fellow practitioners for your support and help! If anything is inappropriate, please correct me with compassion.