A New Practitioner: People Are Waiting for Salvation
(Clearwisdom.net) I began practicing Falun Gong in April 2009. At that time I was in my 40s, but felt weaker than an 80-year-old lady. After practicing Falun Gong for three days I was given a new lease on life as all of my sicknesses disappeared. My husband is a Dafa practitioner, so I followed him to study the Fa, visit the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) and distribute truth clarification material. I used my own experience to clarify the facts about Falun Gong to people face to face and ask them to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. In the past two years I have successfully asked more than 2,000 people to withdraw. In September 2010, the police arrested my husband for practicing Falun Gong. The next day I went to the local police station to demand his release. I then clarified the facts about Falun Gong to the police officers from the National Security Group. I went to the Procuratorate to clarify the truth and then to the court. I spoke to all the officers I met there, from the court chief to staff members of all levels. In my talks with them I came to learn that they had received telephone calls from overseas Falun Gong practitioners and that they were astounded by what they heard. As my truth clarification proceeded, the court chief in charge of my husband's case became quite evasive and would leave his office and go to the bathroom whenever he saw me. It was funny.
– From the author
Greetings, my fellow practitioners!
I began practicing Falun Gong in April 2009. Before that I had suffered from a serious sickness which made me unable to carry anything heavier than 500 grams. In my 40s, I felt weaker than an 80-year-old lady. After practicing Falun Gong for three days I was given a new lease on life as all of my sicknesses disappeared. I am very grateful to Teacher for keeping me in his mind and accepting me as a Dafa practitioner at the closing stage of the Fa rectification. My husband is a Dafa practitioner, so I followed him to study the Fa, visit the Minghui website and distribute truth clarification material. I also used my own experiences to clarify the facts about Falun Gong to people face to face and asked them to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. In the past two years I have successfully asked more than 2,000 people to withdraw and have distributed more than 10,000 Shen Yun DVDs. In the following I will share with you some of my experiences and personal understandings in my truth clarification.
Clarifying the Facts about Falun Gong to Local Authorities Face to Face
In September 2010 the police arrested my husband for practicing Falun Gong. At the time I remembered Teacher's words: “Wherever a problem arises, that's where you need to clarify the facts.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference”). The next day I went to the local police station to demand the release of my husband. I clarified the facts about Falun Gong to the police officers from the National Security Group and told them that they would receive karmic retribution for persecuting Falun Gong. I told them that Falun Gong is cultivation practice of Buddhahood and that it offers safety from catastrophes. I also informed them that Falun Gong is now practiced around the world and told them about the great changes that I underwent after I began to practice. I proceeded to do that with everyone I met, no matter how many of them there were. When I spoke in the office of the National Security Group, people were very frightened, saying, “Keep your voice down. You do not need to speak so loudly—we can hear you.” I said, “I do this really for your own good.” Sometimes I would be moved to tears when I was explaining the truth about Falun Gong to them. Since then they have treated me more kindly.
One day they arranged to have a private talk with me. Several male and female police officers came to chat with me. They suddenly asked me, “Do you also practice Falun Gong?” I said, “That is a private issue whether to practice Falun Gong or not. Do you think that every single person has the privilege of practicing Falun Gong?” I then clarified the facts to them for so long that the police chief tried to evade me whenever he saw me. I clarified the truth there for more than two months. A young man from the police station who had quit the CCP at my urging asked me to go downstairs to tell two of his good friends to withdraw, too. He told me that he was very happy from the bottom of heart after he withdrew and that he could not help grinning. I then persuaded his two friends to quit.
Three days after my husband was arrested, I went to the local 610 Office and the Political and Law Committee to clarify the facts. When I was at the gate of the government building my heart beat faster, but then I thought of Teacher's Fa from Hong Yin II:
“If you have fear, they will grab you
Once your thought is righteous, evil will collapse
People practicing cultivation, filled with Fa
Sending righteous thoughts, exploding rotten ghosts
Gods are in the world, validating Fa” (“What’s There to Fear” from Hong Yin II)
and Master's words in Zhuan Falun, “With the wave of a Buddha’s hand all of the human race’s sicknesses could be gone, and they can definitely do that.”
I thought: I am cultivator of Buddhahood and I have Teacher at my side; what is there to fear? I could not remember anything else because I was new to Dafa, but with such words in my mind I felt the divine beings that safeguard the Fa were already next to me and protecting me.
Intending to save them, I clarified the truth to those officials. I told them that Falun Dafa is good because it teaches people to be good and that it is a cultivation practice of Buddhahood. I told them that the self-immolation in Tiananmen Square was actually deliberated staged by the CCP in order to defame Falun Gong. After committing so many crimes against the Chinese people, heaven will destroy the CCP soon. Falun Gong saves people and tells them how to escape the catastrophe that might overtake them when heaven destroys the CCP. A director from the Political and Law Committee called the National Security Group to come arrest me. He asked the police officer from the National Security Group over the phone, “Is Falun Gong criminal in any way?” I said to him loudly, “Falun Gong is innocent!” When he finished the call, his attitude toward me became more friendly. He said, “Just go. I understand what you have said.” Before I left I told another person in the office to remember, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good” and that by keeping the words in mind they would survive the future catastrophe. They responded by saying, “Yes, we will remember it.”
I then headed for the Procuratorate to clarify the truth. As I left, I saw the officer who had heard me explain the facts inside. I asked him to withdraw from the CCP and he finally agreed to to do it with the alias I gave him.
I then went to court to clarify the truth. I spoke to everyone I met, from the court chief to staff members of all levels. As I talked to them, I learned that they had received telephone calls from overseas Falun Gong practitioners and that they were astounded by what they had heard. As my truth clarification proceeded, the court chief in charge of my husband's case became quite evasive and would leave his office and go to the bathroom whenever he saw me. It was funny.
However, the 610 Office still refused to release my husband and planned to put him on trial. I told them that I had to be informed when the trial began and that I would provide a defense for my husband. But, out of their treachery and cowardice, they held the trial secretly and sentenced my husband to imprisonment. They did not allow me to defend him, so I wrote the defense and distributed what I wrote to all the staff members of the court, the police station, and the Procuratorate. When I distributed my defense letter to pedestrians at the gate of the courthouse, many people took it and read it. They were very sympathetic with me and cursed the CCP for persecuting my family. Some of them agreed to withdraw from the CCP right away.
I then went to the police station to get back my things that they had taken away when they arrested my husband. When I asked for my mortocycle, the police officer told me that I had to give them my fingerprints, but I refused and began to argue with the chief of the National Security Group. He threatened me that he would arrest me. I asked Teacher for help: “Teacher, please help me. Please shut him up.” I heard the officer smiling right after my plea, and he returned my motorcycle without getting my fingerprints.
I was very grateful for Teacher's help and truly felt the compassion and majesty of Dafa. No evil dares to stand in our way given that we always conduct ourselves with righteous thoughts and righteous actions in a noble and open manner. We do our best to save sentient beings but should not be attached to the result of our efforts. We only need to do it. In the more than four months that I clarified the truth to the authorities including the court, police stations, the Procuratorate, detention centers, and pedestrians, nearly 1,000 have people agreed to withdraw from the CCP, the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers (the “three withdrawals”).
People Are Waiting to Be Saved
One day I went home to see my elderly father. As I passed a garbage can in my neighborhood, I saw an old man picking things out of the garbage. I felt sorry for him but hesitated to talk to him. I then remembered Teacher's words—that he even saves the secret agents of the CCP and that we should not be picky in our salvation of sentient beings. I then approached him and asked him if he knew about the “three withdrawals.” He said he had heard about it but did not know the details. I then told him what it meant to withdraw from the CCP and/or its youth organizations and the true story about the fabricated self-immolation at Tiananmen Square. I also told him to remember that “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good” so that he would be safe when heaven destroyed the CCP. He said, “I am a Communist Party member. I will quit.” Then he told me his name.
One day in the market, I helped an old man who came to buy vegetables quit the CCP. Before I left him, a man in his 40s came up to me. I thought, “Anyone who comes to me may have a predestined relationship with me.” I then began to tell him about the prehistoric rock from Guizhou Province with the characters foretelling the destruction of the CCP. Right when I had begun to talk, he dragged me to another place, saying that he would like to know more. He said, “Lady, you are really good. Do you practice Falun Gong?” From his tone I could sense his treachery, but I still went on telling him the true story about the self-immolation at Tiananmen Square, the heavenly law of karmic retribution, and some true cases of people who received karmic retribution for persecuting Falun Gong. He agreed to quit the CCP and then told me his name, asking me to give him an alias for his withdrawal. However, I had a feeling that he was an undercover cop. I said to him, “Even if you are a police officer or a secret agent of the 610 Office, I will still save you from being destroyed along with the CCP. Do not persecute Falun Gong.” He still said, “You are truly good.” Before I left, I said to him, “You have been very active in your job. Let me give you a book entitled Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Hearing this, he suddenly seized my purse, saying, “Aha, you have the Nine Commentaries!” I seized my bag back promptly and said, “No, I do not have the book.” It was true, as there were only the truth clarification leaflets and VCDs in my bag. I had left the books in the front box of my bicycle. I left the market immediately after I got my bag back. After I had walked about 30 meters, I looked back to see if the man was following me. He was still there. On my way home from the market, I came across two more people and persuaded them to do the “three withdrawals.” I knew that Teacher was at my side all along to protect me, for I was very clearheaded not to give the man anything. Usually I would give out materials after I had finished explaining the facts, but that day I was very clearheaded and did not give him anything; my heart was fearless.
Early in September 2011 I went to the prison to see my husband, but I was not allowed to because the prison guards were afraid that I would clarify the truth to them. I thought anxiously, “No, I must see him. I must clarify the truth to them.” I then found the prison warden and he finally allowed me to see my husband. After meeting with my husband, I went to the bus stop to go home. On my way I saw the person to whom I had clarified the truth when I was on my way to the prison. I asked him, “Why are you still here? Everyone has left.” He said, “I am waiting for you. Everyone else who came with you caught the bus and left. What should I do?” I said, “We can go home by the night bus.” Thinking that he might have some predestined relationship with me, I began to clarify the truth to him. Wary that he might have been a CCP agent, I focused on the stories about karmic retribution to deter him from thoughts of persecuting me. I asked him, “Why did you wait for me?” He said obscenely: “How old are you? Let's book a hotel room and stay for a night together.” His words reminded me to look inside to let go of my desire of lust. I said solemnly, “The ancient Chinese say that lewdness is the worst of all sins. You will lose your virtue saying something like that, and that is very bad for you. It is the CCP and Jiang Zemin who have led the Chinese people astray. I will save you no matter how bad you are as long as you do not persecute Falun Dafa. Remember 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good' and you will secure a nice future if you withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Are you a Communist Party member?” He said, “I am a member of the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers.” I gave him an alias and said, “You can quit them with this alias.” He replied, “OK, thank you very much.”
I arrived at the bus stop 90 minutes before the bus came, when a man dressed like a laborer joined me. He sat beside me and started to talk to me straightforwardly. I thought he might have had some predestined relationship with me. In our chatting I found him an honest man of the type that was already very hard to find in China nowadays. His girlfriend got an extensive burn and had a skin graft, but he still married her without hesitation. In the past decades, he took care of his wife very well and kept comforting her, saying that he would never let her suffer and that he would provide a good life for them. He had twin boys who were university students. He also had an adopted daughter, also a university student. There were three university students in his family, which is quite an honorable thing in China. From our conversation I learned that he was not a laborer but a labor contractor on his way to demand payment of a debt that he was owed. He told me that he had been trouble-free in whatever he did and had never had any affairs with other women. I said, “I think I know the reason why you are always trouble-free. You fulfilled your pledge to marry your girlfriend despite all that might have befallen you, and you remain faithful to your marriage. The heavens admire your virtue and help you. That is why you are always trouble-free. A good person like you must be saved.” I then told him the truth about the staged self-immolation even at Tiananmen Square, the rock bearing apocalyptic message about the destruction of the CCP in Guizhou Province that heaven will destroy the CCP, and how Falun Gong is practiced around the world. He said, “I am a Communist Party member. How can I quit?” I said, “I will do that for you.” He then told me his name. I asked him to tell his family members to do the “three withdrawals,” too. He promised that he would certainly tell them, without delay. I told him to remember: “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good.” Before we got on the bus I asked him if he remembered my words. He said, “I will never forget them. I remember all of them. You can be certain of that.”
When the bus came, I took my seat. A little while after the bus set out, a young girl left her seat and sat beside me. I chatted with her. She said she suffered from a constant pain in her head. I told her to repeat “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good” in her mind. She carefully input the words into her mobile phone. When I mentioned the self-immolation at Tiananmen Square, she said she had never heard of it because she studied poorly in her school. I then told her the true story about the self-immolation and told her about the heavenly law of karmic retribution. I then turned to the topic of the “three withdrawals.” When I asked her to do the “three withdrawals,” she said her head hurt and then asked me to talk about something else. I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear the bad elements behind her, but her head still pained her when I asked her to do the “three withdrawals.” I told her, “It is because of the communist specter moving to prevent you from being saved. If you quit its organizations, it will not be able control you anymore.” She agreed to quit and told me her name. After a little while, she told me that she was somehow scared to look at me, and she was shivering with cold. I asked, “Did it happen right after you agreed to quit the CCP?” She said yes. I told her, “It is not you that is scared, but the evil specter. If you truly quit from it in your heart from now on and let it go, you will be fine.” After a little while she said to me, “I am fine now and not scared anymore.” She looked at me for a little while and said, “Auntie, you have the look of a Bodhisattva in my eyes. A Bodhisattva has saved me just now.” I told her, “Falun Gong is supposed to save people. It is the salvation from the Buddhas, Taos and gods.” In a single day Teacher arranged three people of entirely different backgrounds to come to me. Thank you, Teacher.
1. Sentient beings are waiting for our salvation, no matter who they are or from what social strata they come. Some of them might have done many bad things before, but they still have a side that is aware and eager to be saved. We can not be picky in who we offer salvation to: “...and to pick and choose would not be merciful.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference”). Saving sentient beings is urgent and shall not be delayed. We will not disappoint the expectations of sentient beings. Teacher says: “...and next time around [when Shen Yun performs], that seat will belong to someone else.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”).
2. Studying the Fa well is of utmost importance. Teacher says: “That is why Fa-study is still the most, most important thing—it is the fundamental guarantee for all that you are to do.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”). We must read the Fa lectures given after July 20, 1999. It was not long after I finished reading all Teacher's Fa lectures that my husband was arrested. Another important thing to do is to read the Minghui website regularly, because the experience sharing articles there have been very helpful in my cultivation. By doing so I learned how and what to do after my husband was arrested. It is truly safe if I can do everything in accordance with Teacher's teachings.
I have had the experience of being distracted from my Fa study, in which case I had problems clarifying the truth. When I study the Fa well, I have a purified heart when clarifying the truth to people so that they can be saved successfully. When there are no human notions, our divine side takes over. Actually, Teacher has already paved the way for us. Once I clarified the truth to four people I met within less than 200 meters. They seemed to be waiting for me and listened to me explain the facts one at a time. I did not realize it could have been arranged by Teacher until I had finished. It was Teacher that brought these people to me. In tears I thanked him with gratitude. Fellow practitioners, step forward. Teacher has paved the way for us. Our truth clarification is bound to succeed if we do it.
3. I am cultivating myself as I clarify the truth. In my face-to-face truth clarification I have come across all kinds of people and have gotten all kinds of responses. Some threaten me to “shut up,” some verbally abuse me, some scorn me with sarcasm, some treat me indifferently, while others express their gratitude to me. All my human attachments, such as being afraid, seeking comfort, evasion of difficulties, and being too engrossed, surfaced. There is also the issue of cooperation among fellow practitioners. It provides me with the best opportunity to improve myself in my cultivation. Sentient beings provide us with such a precious environment. If we do it with true hearts, Teacher will bestow wisdom upon us and elevate the level of our cultivation. Teacher says: “Dafa disciples are now sentient beings' only, sole hope for salvation.” (“Righteous Thoughts”)
I am a retired worker with a poor educational background. Although I have not cultivated in Dafa for very long, I keep Teacher's requirements in mind all the time: cultivating myself and saving sentient beings. I wrote this article under the encouragement of my fellow practitioners, who wrote a draft for me, hoping that I could share my cultivation experiences with fellow practitioners. I hereby sincerely call out to all fellow practitioners: Let us step forward to save sentient beings immediately. We will improve and ascend in our cultivation as a whole body, and we will fulfill our prehistoric pledges and return to our home with Teacher.