Truly Thinking about Saving Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) The Minghui/Clearwisdom website has reported that when some Dafa practitioners were illegally arrested, they clarified the facts and were quickly freed from the detention centers under Master’s protection and fellow practitioners’ support with righteous thoughts. This also happened several times in our region. Some fellow practitioners, when they heard that the practitioners had been freed from detention, blurted out, “What strong righteous thoughts they have!” They showed their respect and even, to some level, admiration. I personally believe that this is a reflection of their not clearly understanding the Fa.
“The true victims of persecution are the world’s people, not you.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference”)
When the police, in front of others, handcuffed practitioners and pushed them into police vehicles, it might have negatively impacted those who saw the arrests. It could also have brought huge mental pressure on those kind people who had already declared their withdrawal from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
In fact, even before the arrests, Master had been protecting us and giving us hints of our attachments; it's just that we had not yet identified them. Sometimes we have taken Master’s protection as our having strong righteous thoughts, and we failed to look inward upon encountering problems, while also possessing the feeling of complacency. This mentality can cause much damage to our truth clarification. I do not want to criticize fellow practitioners, but as the issue has surfaced, we need to search within ourselves to see what was on our minds at that time. Here I want to share some of the problems that I have encountered during my truth-clarification efforts.
A fellow practitioner and I once went to a bus station to clarify the facts. One middle-aged man accepted truth-clarification pamphlets and then said something disrespectful about Dafa. He also said that he would call the police. I was shocked, but immediately regained my calmness. We talked to him, clarifying the facts about the persecution as he started to read the pamphlet. Then, over 10 young men suddenly came out of the bus station office. I was a little astonished again, but sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master for support, silently saying: “Our truth-clarification is the best thing to do. Even if we have attachments and gaps, we still will not allow the evil to persecute us.” I then loudly said with a smile, “Oh! Here come so many people to hear the truth!” My fellow practitioner also said loudly, “Young man, remember that Falun Dafa is good; you will be safe and fortunate!” The young men just stood there, about three or four steps away from us. The other practitioner asked them, “Have you withdrawn from the CCP and its affiliated organizations?” The leader, who was a little older than the others, waved his hands, and all the young men went back into the office. The leader said, “You can go outside!” We then went out of the steel gate and continued to give out materials. He watched us giving out the materials, but he did not say anything.
My fellow practitioner and I then went to a relatively quiet alley to clarify the facts. Two individuals took the pamphlets and then sat down on a bench, saying, “Aren't you afraid that we will call the police and have you arrested?” We told them, “Falun Dafa teaches people to be good. Everyone knows this is good! Now they are withdrawing from the CCP and its related organizations. Have you heard about this?” Just as I turned around, I saw a police vehicle coming toward us. It was only a few meters away. It was one of those vehicles used to monitor Dafa disciples. “Send forth righteous thoughts,” I said quietly to the other practitioner. The vehicle cruised very slowly and stopped less than a meter away from us. After the vehicle left, we adjusted our minds and continued to clarify the facts. I felt that we achieved a very good effect in our truth-clarification.
Several days later, two of us again went out to clarify the facts. But this time, all of our materials were taken away by the plainclothes police. Our righteous thoughts were not strong enough, and we did not insist on the return of the materials. I felt very bad after going home. I knew that our cultivation states were not correct. To let go of the attachment of fear, we went to the residential compound of the police’s families to put up posters. In an area no more than 100 meters away from the compound, right after we put up a banner reading “Falun Dafa Is Good” on an advertisement board, a police vehicle came and suddenly stopped. We stood there peacefully. The vehicle then went to the compound, and we followed it. As we placed the materials by the entrance of each building unit, my heart was beating very fast, and my legs were weak. Then someone walked toward us. We left the compound after only putting up three posters. With the hint from Master, I knew that I had the attachment of fear. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts: “Truth-clarification materials are the Fa's tools. It is the old forces that are scared. Dissolve all the elements that have caused the fear.” When the fellow practitioner and I again went out to clarify the facts, our truth-clarification materials were taken away for the second time. I then again sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the elements that caused my fear. In the meantime, the fellow practitioner went to clarify the facts to the person who had taken the materials, saying to him: “You will get karmic retribution for trying to damage Dafa and destroy the materials. However, your entire family will benefit if you protect Dafa disciples.” He then returned all of the materials to us.
The next day, that fellow practitioner and two other practitioners were arrested when they went out to clarify the facts. They were released and returned home a week later. When I talked about this issue with the two practitioners, they said, “We didn't seem to have any attachments!” I said, “That is impossible. Given that incident, some attachments must have been exploited by the evil.” Then I felt very dizzy. A thought came to my mind: “Alright, since they do not want to accept my suggestions and I have also been encountering inference that I have not broken through yet, I am not qualified to give others guidance.”
However, I soon cleared my mind by sending forth righteous thoughts. I then again said to the practitioners, “Try again to look inward. Do not let the evil exploit our gaps again.” Then one of them said, “I seemed to be jealous of her. She always walks in the front. She gave out all of her pamphlets, while I only handed out a few.” Another practitioner said that she also seemed to have the attachment of fear. The atmosphere became harmonious. The practitioner who mentioned her attachment of fear told us that she had encountered major interference from her family. Recently, she did not want to participate in group Fa study, and she had temporarily stopped her truth-clarification work. She also came to understand that these were all incorrect thoughts.
There was also an elderly practitioner who watched television at 5 p.m. every day. I reminded her not to watch those messy things that may pollute her mind, but she felt that it did not matter if she watched it for just a short while. Before long, she was taken to the police station several times and was able to get out very quickly. She did not realize that she had gaps that had been taken advantage of by the evil. It's the sentient beings who do not know the truth that are truly endangered.
This is my personal understanding. Please point out anything improper.