Minghui Fahui | Cooperation Among Practitioners Strengthens Our Truth Clarification Efforts
(Minghui.org) I returned to group Fa study and doing the exercises in 2008. At that time, although every practitioner in our group was actively telling people the facts about Falun Dafa and persuading them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations, we hadn't formed one body and our energy was scattered. Moreover, we were not independent in producing truth-clarification materials, and relied heavily on support from other practitioners. If we wanted to do well in clarifying the truth, the foremost thing needed was to solve this problem and set up our own truth-clarification materials production site. Only through doing this could we form an independent mechanism. I later heard from a practitioner that some villages were serious lacking truth-clarification materials, so I thought of setting up my own truth-clarification materials production site.
– from the author
My Truth-clarification Materials Production Site
I had a strong attachment to fear because the conditions in my family were volatile, and prevented me from setting up such a production site. I encountered many difficulties during the process. I was not sure if I could make it. I thought, “Since Teacher arranged for me to hear of this, it is not accidental. No matter how difficult it is, I must make it happen.” A fellow practitioner suggested that I not force myself. I said to him, “I will definitely set up a truth-clarification materials production site even if I have to dig up a corner under the ground.”
I first persuaded my family to purchase a computer, then I borrowed a printer from my elder sister, and finally persuaded my family to purchase a car. An independent production site was thus set up. It is easy to describe it, but every step forward was filled with difficulties.
My family didn't understand me at the time, and my wife objected strongly. I was holding down a job and was very busy. At the beginning, I had to make time to print materials with no one else knowing about it. One afternoon, my wife returned home while I was printing materials. She was furious and said, “Are you operating a printing factory? We can't go on like this. Let's get divorced. If you disagree, return the printer; otherwise, I will talk to your parents about this!” She quarreled like this for four days.
I felt much pressure and no one could sense my inner pain. For the first time in my life I understood what it means by “sitting on pins and needles” and “burning with impatience.” I had no choice, and cried constantly. I knelt down in front of my wife and said, “I kneel down in front of you as a Falun Dafa practitioner. I beg you. Please stop preventing me from doing this. It's the Fa-ending period and sentient beings are in danger! There is gold under a man's knees. Nothing can stop me from doing this. My last choice is to rent a house, but it's more dangerous.” My wife was astonished at my behavior. Her lips trembled and she couldn't speak for a long time. I didn't know if I was conforming with the Fa by acting this way, but since then my wife was not opposed to my producing the truth-clarification materials.
I downloaded all of the truth-clarification materials from the Minghui website. At the beginning, I combined one flyer with the pamphlet. Later a practitioner said that one flyer was not enough. I then included a letter to people with predestined relationships and combined it with the flyer. Due to limited time, this brought me many difficulties. I finally solved the problem by reducing the quantity of pamphlets and increasing the quantity of flyers.
Cooperating with Each Other Silently and Spreading the Truth Widely
We distributed 400 fliers per week. I bought a local map and chose the areas for distribution, which were not located in one district and never the same area. I studied the map carefully each time, on the previous night, and decided which villages to visit. We distributed the materials very quickly after I told practitioners what to look out for. Sometimes I left for a while and came back shortly before pick-up time. Usually two practitioners covered one village. By doing this, the target was small and not easy to locate. Moreover, they worked efficiently because they were clear about what needed to be done, and what had already been done, so as not to duplicate practitioners efforts.
Many miracles happened. I felt that Teacher was beside us, watching and protecting us. One day in winter, due to a slippery road, my car got stuck at the bottom of a slope in a village. As we were looking for a way out, a drunkard came by. A fellow practitioner asked him for directions. He said, “I was in charge of constructing this road. If you hadn't met me, you would not have any way out of here today. I am going to do a good deed today and take you all the way to the big road.” After saying this he got into our car. We drove back through the village and along a very narrow mountain path. The road was winding and covered with snow. Fellow practitioners told him the facts about Falun Dafa and gave him several copies of truth-clarification materials.
One hot summer day, fellow practitioners went out to distribute materials in different villages, and were unable to get back to meet on time. I asked Teacher for help and sent forth righteous thoughts silently. After a while the weather changed and it started raining. The fellow practitioners arrived quickly and once everyone was in the car, the rain stopped.
We also encountered many dangerous situations, where only righteous thoughts could help us. I think that we should try to avoid danger by using our wisdom. If we can't avoid it, we should keep in mind that we are practitioners, not everyday people.
One time, a man on duty in a village was suspicious of us and chased us. There was still one practitioner in the village. Suddenly a thought surfaced in my mind, “A practitioner is being chased by an ordinary person! It's so unreasonable! ” I jumped out of the car and shouted loudly at him, “Why are you chasing my car?” He was frightened and said, “I am not a bad person. I am here looking for someone.” He walked around my car. I asked him, “Is the person you are looking for in my car?” He was very frightened and said, “So-and-so said he was in your car.” The person that he mentioned is a well-known local teacher. It's possible that he was on duty at the time. I suddenly had an idea and said, “So-and-so was my teacher. I graduated many years ago and thought of visiting him. Please forward my greetings to him. I will go to see him when I have time.” He said, “OK. OK. OK.” At that moment the fellow practitioner caught up with us.
During the last Mid-Autumn Festival, the weather was very windy. A young practitioner was stopped by a strong man. She told him the facts about Falun Dafa while we sent forth righteous thoughts. Suddenly I felt that something was wrong, “I am a practitioner. Why am I afraid of an ordinary person? How could we be stopped by an ordinary person?” I got out of the car, walked over to them and pulled the fellow practitioner towards the car. That man drove his motorcycle in front of my car. He took out his cell phone and was going to make a call. Practitioners were sending forth righteous thoughts. I said, “Brother, are you working for the local government?” He said, “I am in charge of this area.” I said, “Don't make a call in haste. Listen to what I am telling you.” He said, “OK. Go ahead.” I said, “Brother, we don't know each other. Maybe we will meet each other in the future when you are in trouble, and I will help you out then.” As soon as he heard of this, he apologized to me immediately, “I'm sorry. I drank a lot today; otherwise I would not have done this. I'll keep in mind what you said. Just leave immediately.”
I thought, “In ancient China, Zhang Fei (a military general from the Three Kingdoms periods) defeated millions of soldiers. Guan Yu (a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han Dynasty of China) fought independently to break through numerous warriors while looking for Liu Bei. Today, Teacher endowed practitioners with supernatural abilities. We have been waiting for Dafa for eons. What's to be afraid of, even if millions of demons are right in front of us?” We later shared our understandings with each and identified many human attachments, such as fear, competitiveness, the attachment to doing things, affection between man and woman, and so on.
Cooperating Well Breeds Success
There are seven practitioners in our group. During the past three years, we have cooperated with each other and distributed tens of thousands of copies of truth-clarification materials in about six hundred villages. One day I asked myself, “None of us in the group thinks that he or she has cultivated well. Every practitioner has many shortcomings and looks ordinary. None of us has done any great thing, but together we have accomplished great things. How did we do this?” We found that the key was cooperating well with each other.
We seven practitioners are all very ordinary, however each of us has his or her own obvious strengths. We combined these strengths and formed an indestructible one body. For instance, Practitioner A was not afraid of failure. He never gave up until he met with success. Practitioner B always kept in mind the one body, and he played it safe. He was calm and very considerate, and paid much attention to safety. He always raised good suggestions at the right time. Practitioner C and D held barely any fear, and always helped us add righteous thoughts when we were hesitant. Practitioner E was very straightforward. She always pointed out other practitioners' problems with compassion. This played a great role in improving us as one body. Practitioner F provided us with a steady environment for group Fa study. Practitioner G was very kind and never looked down upon anyone. He always offered encouragement in predicaments or when someone felt depressed.
We found that no problem would occur when we cooperated well with each other. One time, practitioner E brought up the issue of safety problems with cell phones. Though some practitioners said she was making a fuss, we still adopted her suggestion. Several days later, we heard the news that one practitioner was taken advantage of by the evil due to safety problem issues with a cell phone. I thought, “Teacher told us to cooperate with each other well. If we didn't do so, we would not be following what Teacher said, nor would we align with the Fa.”
We must listen to others' suggestions and make changes when needed. If we don't have a certain problem that is discussed, we may take the suggestion as a warning. We must not take anything for granted and ignore it. This is not an issue of any practitioner's suggestion being right or wrong. It's an issue of having loopholes in our cultivation if we don't follow the advice of others or look inside of ourselves. Even wise ancient emperors listened to advice that was harsh to their ears, so why couldn't we practitioners do well in this respect? I thought, “Teacher has arranged everything well for us in remote ages, including who would be part of a group. It's not accidental at all. As long as we cooperate well with each other, we will do everything perfectly and leave no loopholes for the evil. Teacher emphasized again and again the importance of cooperating well with each other.”
“In practicing cultivation, you are not making real, solid progress on your own, which would effect great, fundamental changes internally. Instead, you rely on my power and take advantage of powerful external factors. This can never transform your human nature into Buddha-nature. If every one of you can understand the Fa from the depths of your mind, that will truly be the manifestation of the Fa whose power knows no boundary – the reappearance of the mighty Buddha Fa in the human world!” (“Cautionary Advice” from “Essentials for Further Advancement”)
The above is my personal sharing. If you find anything inappropriate, please point it out compassionately.