Master Holds My Hand
(Clearwisdom.net) When I understood the Fa, my righteous thoughts became firm and strong. I also found the loophole which was allowing me to be persecuted. I realized that practitioners need to walk the path of Fa rectification and should validate the Fa and not themselves. I shared with fellow practitioners at the local materials production center that we need to have “flowers blossoming everywhere” and needed to turn this large materials production site into small, individual sites. Those who know how to make the materials needed to help those who did not know, those who were capable needed to resolve the source of the materials. We needed to be gardeners, attentively planting, pruning, and caring for the little flowers.
--By the author
Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
This is the fourth time I have participated in the Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China. With this platform, we can compare our cultivation paths and find our shortcomings. Thank you, Master, for this opportunity.
I obtained the Fa in 1997, so it has now been 14 years since I started cultivating. I am deeply grateful for Master's compassionate protection and fellow practitioners' support. I would like to share my experiences over these years.
1. With Righteous Thoughts and Actions, Cooperating Well as a Group to Rescue a Fellow Practitioner
Over the years, all the Falun Gong practitioners that I knew well who had good computer skills and worked at materials production sites, and who took on the roles of coordinators, were all, one by one, persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I wondered why. Validating Dafa should not be a reason to be persecuted. We know on the basis of the Fa that any loopholes that Dafa practitioners have will be rectified during cultivation, and, therefore, the evil is not qualified to test us. But as Dafa disciples, we should not slack off. We need to find our loopholes and correct them and not allow the old forces to take advantage of us. I discovered that the persecuted practitioners tended to have a mistaken notion that doing things was cultivation. They did not quiet their hearts to study the Fa well and solidly cultivate themselves.
Before and after 2010, over a dozen practitioners were arrested, with the authorities on a rampage to destroy materials production sites. The practitioners who managed these sites felt tremendous pressure. We therefore lacked truth clarification materials in our area, as well as in nearby cities and towns. Under these circumstances, I began taking on the responsibility of rescuing fellow practitioners and managing a materials production site, and I became one of the coordinators in our local area.
I deeply felt that coordinating Dafa projects was cultivation and not a mere job. As such, a coordinator must first cultivate oneself well, do the three things well, and in order to accommodate the group, should search within unconditionally whenever a conflict arises. I tried my best to carry out my task according to these standards. If a coordinator can walk every step well, he or she can greatly influence fellow practitioners.
“For a Dafa disciple, cultivation is first priority. That’s because if you fail to cultivate well, you will not be able to accomplish what you are to do; and if you fail to cultivate well, your power to save sentient beings will not be that great. And if you cultivate a little worse, then you will view and consider problems in the manner that ordinary people do, which would be still more awful. So you absolutely mustn’t slack off or lower your guard.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa – Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”)
On the path of helping Master rectify the Fa, if you want to coordinate well, you have to study the Fa well, cultivate yourself well, and completely believe in Master and the Fa. Only then will you be safe.
In early 2010, we invited two lawyers to defend Practitioner A. The understanding and cooperation among our fellow practitioners made us feel the power of the group. With Master's support, facing dozens of police cars, hundreds of armed police, and countless plainclothes agents, most of the practitioners in our area went to the courthouse, sent forth righteous thoughts, supported our fellow practitioner, and clarified the truth about the persecution. According to the defending lawyer, it was the largest open court trial of a Falun Gong practitioner, and also the most successfully defended case. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase knowledge of the law to the Public Security authorities. I coordinated practitioners and participated in trying to rescue this fellow practitioner. I sat in the public gallery of the courtroom and sent forth righteous thoughts in close proximity to eliminate the evil.
After I finished the exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts, as I left home to go to the courthouse, a family member asked me, “Are you afraid?” I said, “No.” They then asked, “What's on your mind now?” I said, “Master is holding my hand, I will go with Master.” The relative said, “OK you may go. I feel better.”
Yes, I have Master, and I have the Fa. What should I be afraid of? Before I entered the courthouse, while facing the evil video camera, undergoing a body search, and having my ID checked, I had only one thought, “I am a Dafa disciple. No one is qualified to check me!” The police officer then put down his camera.
In the courtroom, even though the temperature was 20°C (68°F), my teeth were chattering as if it were cold. I felt there were large numbers of evil factors gathering in other dimensions. With Master's protection and practitioners' strong righteous thoughts in and outside the courthouse, the evil factors were eliminated on a large scale. This was evident in the courtroom by a number of events. The public prosecutor lost his voice, removed the microphone from near his mouth and turned sideways, afraid to face the public. The judge became flustered and exasperated, and constantly banged his gavel. The 610 Office personnel and policemen went in and out of the courtroom in great confusion. When the lawyer defended the practitioner, his voice resonated throughout the courtroom, shaking the court inside and out. When the police officers and the CCP members came into the courtroom, they all listened attentively.
This event showed wonderful cooperation among all practitioners. We moved a big step forward. Even though the practitioner was sentenced, the legal defense shocked the evil, and numerous sentient beings got the opportunity to understand the truth, especially the police. They learned that it is legal and a human right to believe in Falun Gong, and that it is illegal to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. This event opened up a new way to save sentient beings in our area.
2. Validating the Fa and Not Oneself
Shortly after the trial, several practitioners were nevertheless arrested, sentenced, or sent to brainwashing centers. Almost all of them were coordinators or those who ran materials production sites. Facing the evil persecution, I was upset, confused, and scared. The pressure from other dimensions made my body hurt all over. Whether I studied the Fa, did the exercises, or sent forth righteous thoughts, I could not become tranquil. I felt separated from the Fa, my righteous thoughts would not go out, and whenever I thought of my fellow practitioners, I could not hold back my tears.
I knew this was not a good state to be in. I knew my responsibility, and I had to hurry up and behave like a true Dafa disciple. Besides exposing the evil deeds, I also began memorizing Zhuan Falun. Even though the speed of my memorizing the Fa was slow, I felt assimilated to the Fa again. Master said,
“I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.” (Zhuan Falun)
When I understood the Fa, my righteous thoughts became firm and strong. I also found the loophole that allowed me to be persecuted. I realized that practitioners need to walk the path of Fa rectification and should validate the Fa and not themselves. I shared with fellow practitioners at the local materials production center that we needed to have “flowers blossoming everywhere” and needed to turn this large materials production site into small individual sites. Those who know how to make the materials needed to help those who did not know, and those who were capable needed to solve the source of materials. We needed to be gardeners, attentively planting, pruning, and caring for the little flowers.
Two fellow practitioners from out of town once came to pick up truth clarification materials. It took them half a day’s journey to get here, taking several buses. They asked us to prepare another large bag of materials. I began sharing experiences with them and said we would try our best to offer them technical support and that they should make more materials locally to meet their needs. We all needed to eliminate the attachments of fear, and waiting, and relying on others. We needed to all improve together as a group, be more mature, catch-up with the pace of Fa rectification, and not let the old forces take advantage of our loopholes. Only then could we save more people.
They now have their own materials production center. We did it together, not like previously when we were validating ourselves and supplied them with materials.
Master told us,
“As for you, disciples of Dafa, the closer it gets to the end the better you should walk your paths, seizing the day to cultivate yourselves well. After doing a whole slew of things, you might find, if you look back upon them, that all of it was done with a human mindset. When it is a human being doing human things, and things are not being done with righteous thoughts, there won’t be any Dafa-disciple mighty virtue in those things.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”)
I often remind myself that I want righteous thoughts and not a human heart. I want to validate the Fa, not myself. Otherwise it is relatively easy to develop the attachments of doing things, elation, validating self, while still thinking that I am doing my best to validate the Fa. How dangerous that is! In order to save more sentient beings and have Master worry less about us, we have to study the Fa well, truly cultivate ourselves, eliminate our human hearts, learn our lessons well, and become more mature.
3. Use Righteous Thoughts and Deeds to Eliminate Interference from Other Dimensions
I often felt the evil interference from other dimensions.
During the past New Year, I downloaded the Shen Yun video information and wanted to send it to a fellow practitioner. As soon as I connected it to my computer, the computer crashed. I sent forth righteous thoughts many times, but it would not turn back on. I had to fix it. Another practitioner with computer skills told me that my hard drive may have crashed, and as it was a secondhand computer, it would not be worth fixing. I could not sleep all night, thinking, how could my Fa equipment not work? I searched within and found those attachments of fame, personal benefit, and sentimentality that I had not completely cultivated away. I then had a strong thought. Old forces, you have no right to interfere with Shen Yun saving people. If I have a loophole, I will rectify it in my cultivation. You are not qualified to interfere with me when I'm doing Dafa related things.
The next day, when I saw my computer in pieces needing repair, it was unbearable. I knew that the evil was afraid of my Fa equipment and had tried its hardest to destroy it. I asked myself, “Where are my righteous thoughts after cultivating for so many years?” I apologized to the computer over and over in my heart, “I am so sorry, forgive me for my ignorance that caused you so much harm. Please continue your great work. When I achieve consummation, you can be a sentient being in my world, but your mission is not over yet. Please don't give up the mission. Help Master rectify the Fa with me! Master, help save my Fa equipment!” I told a fellow practitioner, “Please put my computer back together. It has its mission, it isn't broken! It's my fault, I have a loophole. I will go home and send forth righteous thoughts, and it will work for sure!” After the practitioner tightened the last screw on my computer after putting it back together, I turned the computer on and it started normally! Tears ran down my cheeks, it was truly,
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn back the tide.”
(“The Master-Disciple Bond” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
It seemed that when the evil tried to interfere with my computer, it did not just want to destroy my Fa equipment, it also tried to disrupt my Internet. I use dial-up to get online, but our phone line had not been working for over six months. We hardly ever make phone calls, so I didn't remember to call to have it repaired. One day, a family member called the phone company asking to have the line repaired, but they did not come, so we found a friend to help. He said, “How could you get online when your phone line was not working? It is really strange. The line was broken inside, but the outside cover was not broken at all. How could that be?” Yes, how can an everyday person understand this? Over the years, no matter how much the evil attempted to seal off my Internet or phone line, or tap my
phone, it was useless. No one can block my connection with the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net).
On the path of Fa rectification, I feel the importance of believing in Master and the Fa, righteous thoughts and deeds, and cultivating oneself well. The evil in other dimensions has been watching us closely, seeking to take advantage of our loopholes.
One night, I went to a practitioner's home to teach him how to get online. A few minutes later, there was a gust of wind outside, sending sand flying everywhere and stones hurtling through the air. Lightning and thunder surrounded the practitioner's home. The rain hit the windows very loudly. It seemed as if the roof was ready to fly away. The practitioner suddenly said, “I am very uncomfortable, I am not able to make it.” I yelled, “Hurry up, ask Master for help, send forth righteous thoughts!” There was another practitioner there also, and we asked for Master's help and sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil interference. Half an hour later, the practitioner's complexion returned to a normal color. It was another lesson learned. From that point on, whenever I do Fa rectification related activities, I ask for Master's help first to eliminate interference from other dimensions.
Master told us,
“With such an enormous Fa here, the Fa will be with you when your thoughts are righteous, and this is the greatest assurance. But on the other hand, when your righteous thoughts are inadequate and not in line with the Fa, you will be cut off from the Fa’s power, and it will seem like you are alone and getting no help. Even if the things you are doing are Dafa things, you still have to conform to the Fa or else the Fa’s power will not be there.” (“Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan”)
“If your righteous thoughts are amply strong, you will manage to do well the things that Dafa disciples are supposed to do.” (“To the Midwestern US Fa Conference”)
Study the Fa well, take the Fa as Master, and firmly cultivate yourself. You will only be safe if you are within the Fa!
During the past 14 years, it was Master who guided me on my path to today. As a being full of karma, Master picked me up from hell, cleansed my body, held me up, protected me along the way, compassionately enlightened me in cultivation, held my hand when I went through difficult tests, and nurtured me into a Fa rectification period Dafa disciple. I am enveloped in Master's enormous compassion. Even though I still have shortcomings, fear and resentment, and moments where I lack righteous thoughts, I know I will rectify myself in Dafa. No matter how difficult my cultivation path is, no matter how many dangers lie ahead, I will follow Master, do the three things well, and return Master's grace!
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!