Cultivation Experiences while Collecting Information for Minghui
I discovered that when organizing Falun Gong materials and polishing articles provided by fellow practitioners as long as I remain calm, I'm highly efficient in what I do. Once, a practitioner delivered material that exposed criminal activities by a local brainwashing center because she just couldn't work on it any more. I read through the many pages and didn't immediately jump into writing, but calmed down, instead of becoming hot-tempered or anxious. I concentrated on reading through the material when I suddenly realized that my surroundings had become so quiet, as if there was nothing else, only me focusing on reading the material. I read it twice, before structuring the article. I produced subtitles, such as “beating,” “barbaric force-feeding,” and “drug torment and mental torture,” which just rolled through my mind as if I was watching a movie. I realized that Master was helping me, so I selected and organized the material according to the subtitles, and quickly finished writing the article. I submitted it to Minghui, and it was published.
--from the author
Greetings, esteemed and compassionate Master!
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am a 72-year-old veteran practitioner who began to practice Falun Dafa in 1996. During my fifteen years as a practitioner, Master's mercy and Dafa's mighty virtue allowed me to firmly keep walking on my cultivation path until today, despite repeated difficulties and conflicts. I could speak of many cultivation experiences and enlightenment stages, but given limited space, I will share some on how I do the three things well, including of the past seven years of editing articles for Minghui, the Chinese edition of Clearwisdom.
Taking the Initiative to Submit Articles to Minghui
One day in 2004, a retired practitioner moved from another city to my county. She told me that her son was arrested by local police and taken to a forced labor camp. I thought about this and then discovered that in the county where her son worked, there were only he and his wife practicing Falun Dafa. They had no way to promptly send the persecution information to the Minghui website and only practitioners in other counties could help them. While I was thinking, the thought “Dafa disciples are one body” (“Master's Comment on a Student's Article”) flashed through my mind. I took this as a hint from Master that told me that the Falun Dafa practice had no boundary, be it a physical location or a different nation. Therefore, I submitted an article about the persecution of this practitioner's son to Minghui, which was published.
Then, I heard from a local practitioner the story of a woman in their village changing her attitude towards Falun Gong. This woman had framed and slandered Falun Gong for some time and as a result she came down with a brain tumor. Practitioners talked to her about Falun Gong and the unprecedented persecution. She listened and understood that she received retribution for her wrong-doing and was willing to make amends. She recited “Falun Dafa is Good" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.” Within a short time she recovered from her brain tumor and she believed that she was rewarded for supporting Dafa. As this story circulated, many local people recognized the goodness of Falun Gong. Then, I sent an article about this to Minghui, which was published.
Thinking about submitting articles to Minghui, I realized that I needed to take the initiative and submit practitioners' stories to Minghui. I believed that this was most likely my cultivation path arranged by merciful Master.
In 2005, our area formed a central coordination team and I was charged with submitting articles to Minghui. We believed that this was Master's arrangement for us. Providing information to Minghui is a requirement of Dafa. I was certain that I should be involved in this activity.
Abandoning Selfishness While Writing Articles
In 2005, practitioners in my county began to actively expose the evildoings of local police and anyone involved in the persecution of Falun Gong. Most of the practitioners didn't have a high level education and some had no education. Therefore, I had to help many people to write articles exposing the crimes the Communist regime committed against Falun Dafa. I worried about being exposed, because some practitioners might not watch their tongues and neglected to cultivate their speech. Therefore, I suggested that practitioner A collect the materials, I would write the articles using these materials and another practitioner would submit them to Minghui.
Practitioner A brought the first materials rather quickly. I wrote a draft and then verified the information, a task that couldn't be done by other practitioners. Practitioners that suffered persecution told me their real names, addresses and the persecution facts, including time, location, persecution method, name of evil police and evildoers in detail and without holding back. Practitioners' righteous thoughts deeply impressed me. I recognized that I still held a fear, was selfish and considered my safety first and foremost. This spurred me on to do all tasks myself, from collecting information, writing the draft, verifying the information with practitioners, and finalizing the article. In the process of finishing the articles I was able to let go of my fear.
Exposing local police's bad deeds on Minghui was instrumental in frightening the local persecutors, and save sentient beings. For example, one day a practitioner was reported when clarifying the truth about Falun Gong and distributing informational materials, and was taken to the local police station. Police found truth-clarification materials in the practitioner's bag. Two police officers appeared frightened, glanced through the material and said, “Check if my name is on it.” In less than two hours, this practitioner returned home.
Another police officer said to one practitioner, “I did not persecute you, right? When you cultivate to a high level, and see your Master, say some nice words about me.”
Since 2005, our local environment had improved vastly. Practitioners understood the meaning of "the appearance stems from the mind," which means that the environment is created by us, and changes along with our mentality.
Writing Articles with a Pure Heart
When polishing articles from materials provided by fellow practitioners, the materials were often not organized. But, some of the information was good for sharing, but too short. I told myself to calm down and not become irritable. Then, I found that when I truly calmed down, I recognized many attachments that needed to be abandoned, including being afraid of getting into trouble, impatience, complaining about other practitioners, looking down on fellow practitioners, regarding myself infallible, and so on. I gradually eliminated these attachments while polishing and writing the articles. My xinxing improved and my cultivation level rose.
I discovered that, when organizing Falun Gong materials and polishing articles submitted by fellow practitioners, as long as I remain calm, I'm highly efficient in what I do. Once a practitioner delivered material that exposed criminal activities by a local brainwashing center because she just couldn't work on it any more. I thought that my fellow practitioner was very busy and had to deal with many things, so I should take over. I thought about reorganizing the article as soon as possible, and promptly exposing these criminal activities.
I read through the many pages and didn't immediately jump into writing, but calmed down instead of becoming hot-tempered or anxious. I concentrated on reading through the material when I suddenly realized that my surroundings had become so quiet, as if there was nothing else, only me focusing on reading the material. I read it twice, before I structured the article. I produced subtitles, such as “beating,” “barbaric force-feeding,” and “drug torment and mental torture,” which just rolled through my mind as if I was watching a movie. I realized that Master was helping me, so I selected and organized the material according to the subtitles, and quickly finished the article. I submitted it to Minghui, and it was published.
To be honest, my educational level and ability wasn't sufficient to have me reorganize such a long article into sections with subtitles. It was merciful Master that saw a disciple's pure heart. He gave me wisdom, so I could produce a valuable persecution article. I only held the wish to finish this article as soon as possible. In my understanding, everything was done by Master.
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Zhuan Falun)
Despite my fifteen years of cultivation, I still hold human attachments that need to be eliminated. To do this I need to study the Fa diligently and do the three things well. All attachments are for me to eliminate while cultivating. This means in my mind that I'm assisting Master in the Fa-rectification.
In closing, I would like to encourage fellow practitioners, as well as myself by quoting Master's “What Does it Mean to “Help Master Rectify the Fa”?”
“The expression “help Master rectify the Fa” isn’t just big, empty talk. Although I have only discussed a few problems, there are in fact a lot of other instances of failing to believe in the Fa. Hanging in the balance at this dangerous juncture is nothing less than, for Dafa disciples, the wait of tens of millions of years; for our students, your sole, true wish for coming to this world; and for Master, whether He will manage to widely save sentient beings—including all of you—in this Fa-rectification.”
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!