Forming One Body to Save Sentient Beings
(Minghui.org) Upon my recent arrival in another city, I found that the fellow practitioners there have acted as a whole and created a relatively favorable environment to save sentient beings. This really encouraged me. Here is what I encountered.
Saving Sentient Beings in a Favorable Environment
Four fellow practitioners and I went out to clarify the truth. Together we walked along and spoke to everyone we encountered. Whenever a person passed by, one of us would approach him (or her) to have a conversation with him and advise him to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. If he did, we would bring out the truth-clarifying materials. After briefly explaining it, we would ask him to take it home.
We walked, talked, and distributed the materials, and finally arrived at the long-distance bus station. There were many buses parked along the street, with many people already sitting inside. We each got on a bus and clarified the truth from the front row to the end row and then got on another bus. Soon every practitioner had written many names in their notebooks of those who agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its associated organizations.
One fellow practitioner said there were many city government officials, including cadres in the political and legal committees, directors of the 610 Office, a police department head, a domestic security division head, etc., who had withdrawn from the CCP and recognized that Falun Dafa is good. Many police officers and police station chiefs did the same.
Last year, an elderly fellow practitioner was reported to the police for clarifying the truth in public. The police came and put her in their police car. At that time, she was carrying a big bag with truth-clarifying materials in it. After the police car turned the corner and the accuser was out of sight, the police just dropped her off and let her go. When she came back and shared the story with fellow practitioners, the practitioners realized, “We didn't clarify the truth deeply enough to those police officers.” So, they clarified the truth to police again, “Although you let us go, those who had accused us would think they did the right thing since you took us away. Isn't that bad for them?”
Since then, “110” [like 911 in the US] police do not show up when such reports are called in. The practitioners now clarify the truth to the accuser. Some of them have changed their attitude, and some even agreed to quit the CCP. At least they will not do such a thing again.
The practitioners distributed truth-clarifying desk calendars before the Chinese New Year. Some were given out on the street or in the villages. Some were distributed at the entrance of a big shopping center, and several hundred calendars were gone shortly. Some ordinary people called out, “Falun Gong's giving out desk calendars. They are so beautiful. Go get one quickly.”
This year, practitioners hung a large Shen Yun Performing Arts poster in the most crowded location and distributed Shen Yun DVDs. Many people saw the poster and came to get the DVD. Some DVDs were distributed at the entrance of the shopping center. Many people came to ask for it.
Any social event can be used to clarify the truth and advise people to quit the CCP. Once an overseas Chinese held a birthday party. Practitioners went there in groups of two, one to send forth righteous thoughts and one to clarify the truth. More than 200 guests at the party quit the CCP.
When practitioners went to the farmers' markets, the vendors called, “Hi, Falun Gong, come! Falun Gong, come!” When asking a vendor whether he had quit the CCP, he said loudly, “I have done it to be safe.” Without being asked, another vendor nearby came up and said, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. I also have done it to keep safe.” Another vendor called out, “Falun Gong, come here. I want to quit the CCP.”
Once I met a police officer when I was clarifying the truth. When I talked to him about quitting the CCP and about Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, he suddenly said, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness- Compassion-Forbearance is good. I knew this a long time ago.” I quickly said, “Then, just withdraw from the CCP!” He simply replied, “OK!” I turned to his wife and asked, “How about you?” She smiled and said she had done it through a colleague at work.
Let the Favorable Environment Occur Everywhere
When the persecution started, the practitioners in this city were caught unprepared and suddenly became disorganized. At that time, under such an unprecedented evil persecution, two practitioners realized that fellow practitioners must be united and cannot be separated. They visited the practitioners one by one. Together they shared their understandings of the situation and discussed how to deal with it. They realized they should go to Beijing and Tiananmen Square to validate Dafa. Therefore, 90% of the practitioners in this city have followed the progress of Fa-rectification.
These practitioners also suffered after the brutal persecution began in 1999. Many were detained and tortured, and some had their families destroyed. It was not easy to endure and yet to create such a favorable environment as it is today. How have they been able to maintain such righteous thoughts and righteous actions? How can the current favorable environment be created in China under the rule of the CCP? I will briefly summarize a few suggestions:
1. Stressing Fa Study and Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts
Master said on November 18, 2006 in “To the Australia Fa Conference:”
“The regions that have done well saving sentient beings and validating Dafa, and where great changes have transpired, are always places where people have studied the Fa well. And the Dafa disciples who have improved quickly are always those who have made Fa-study a priority. That is because the Fa is the foundation; it is what's fundamental for Dafa disciples; it is what ensures everything; and it is the avenue by which a human being journeys toward godhood.”
Indeed, the local practitioners in the city have done very well on Fa study and sending forth righteous thoughts. Group Fa study is from 2 to 5 p.m. every day. Sending righteous thoughts is at the top of every hour during the Fa study. Group Fa study was resumed in 2001, and many new Fa-study groups were formed in 2007. Now, 98% of the practitioners regularly participate in group study. Many groups study the Fa every day of the year, even on Chinese New Year's Eve. Those who have regular jobs during the day study the Fa in the evening for two hours a day. Some also study the Fa individually for one hour in the morning. On the weekends, they participate in the afternoon group Fa study.
Because of the group study, whenever they encounter any problems, practitioners all regard the Fa as Master and follow the right direction, even in the darkest period of the persecution. Whenever Fa-rectification is in a new stage, the practitioners can follow it.
2. Looking Inward, Letting Go of Self, and Eliminating the Gaps to Form One Body
Everyone dissolves into the Fa and looks inward when encountering conflicts. Fellow practitioners form one body with righteous thoughts and righteous actions and cooperate harmoniously. They improve and enlighten as one body. Everyone can give up self and harmonize with the group to cooperate with others on group projects, such as sending righteous thoughts for long hours and saving their fellow practitioners.
Because of the effects of the group sending forth righteous thoughts and clarifying the truth, more and more people in the courts and law-enforcement know the truth. There has been no persecution case that has resulted in death among the practitioners who were detained in this city since July 20, 1999.
On one occasion two practitioners were arrested. Under pressure, they told police that their truth materials were obtained from practitioner Wu. The police went to Wu's home. They kicked the door wide open and yelled at Wu, “So-and-so said you gave him the materials. You tell us what we should do.” Apparently, they wanted to arrest Wu immediately. Wu was sitting with crossed legs and was doing the fifth exercise at that time. He didn't move at all. He just waved his hand once and said to the police with a smile, “I say, then you should release him.” Somehow, it was as if the police had gotten an order from their commander. They just turned around and left. When they got back to the station, they indeed released the two practitioners. Wu didn't acknowledge the persecution and treated the practitioners with compassion; the evil persecution was resolved with compassion.
3. Regarding Doing the Three Things as the Most Important Thing in Life
Practitioners get up at 3:40 a.m., do the five exercises, and then send forth righteous thoughts. Some prepare breakfast for their family while others start Fa study. After breakfast, the practitioners who do not need to go to work will go out around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. to clarify the truth in groups of two. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., it's the time for group study. Experience-sharing will normally be held in the evening. Those who have jobs will go to the countryside during the weekend to clarify the truth. Everyone regards doing the three things as the most important thing to do in life. Everything else revolves around the three things.
4. Establishing Material Production Sites “Like Flowers Blossoming Everywhere” and Managing Funds Carefully
Practitioners cooperate to compile and distribute truth-clarifying materials and make sure the quality of the materials is high. At the same time, the funding is carefully managed to ensure that every penny is used on the materials.
Since my cultivation level is limited, please point out anything inappropriate in my understanding.