Minghui Fahui | The Road of Truth Clarification Widens When We Let Go of Attachments
(Minghui.org) When practitioners share truth-clarification experiences, some fellow practitioners will say that they have difficulty because they don't have much education, don't know how, and are embarrassed to speak. However, as Dafa disciples, we should look inward instead of looking outside. In fact, these perceived weaknesses are due to our own attachments and inner notions forming obstacles that prevent us from clarifying the truth. Many practitioners who start clarifying the truth have this problem. But if we proceed ahead steadfastly according to Master's requirements, it is just like what Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find, “After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!” (Zhuan Falun)
When I was a child, I was a very shy boy. Although there have been some changes, I still don't like to communicate with people. I can clarify the truth to people that I know, but don't dare to speak when I am facing strangers. So I would like to share my experiences in truth-clarification and persuading people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
Leave Your Pride Behind and Communicate Actively to Pave the Road for Truth-Clarification
Chinese people have for many years been instilled with “lies, deceit, and struggle.” So currently, among Chinese people, there is no trust among people. Everyone is wary of others and indifferent. As a result, people in society fight against and cheat each other, which creates more difficulty for our Dafa disciples in clarifying the truth. We should overcome this problem with our righteous thoughts and step forward to clarify the truth.
The first step in clarifying the truth is starting a conversation. At first, I felt it was too brazen to talk to strangers, and didn't dare to speak. I was full of worries. I just could not leave my pride behind. Master said,
“Did you know that in order to save you the Buddha once begged for food among everyday people? Today, I once again make the door wide open, and teach this Dafa to save you. I have never felt bitter for the numerous hardships I have suffered. Then what do you have that still can’t be abandoned? Can you bring to heaven the things deep down inside that you cannot let go of?” (“True Cultivation” from Essential for Further Advancement)
When I study the Fa more, I realize that clarifying the truth is to save sentient beings with our kind hearts. It is a great, glorious thing. The more I clarified the truth, the more experience I accumulated. I would like to introduce my way of clarifying the truth.
Talking Point 1. I usually start with the weather and disasters, then cosmic events, and then quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations to ensure one's safety. Sometimes, when it was very cold in the summer, I talked very naturally with people around me by saying, “It is rather cold today.” Then I would say, "I see the weather is so weird, it was not cold when it should be cold, not hot when it should be hot. It's unusual. In the past, people would talk about 'seeking harmony between nature and humanity.' If a person's yin and yang were not balanced, then he would develop disease. In the days before the CCP forced us into atheism, people would talk about unusual weather being a portent of disaster, as the cosmic yin-yang relationship was upset. Of course, the CCP destroyed Buddha statues and forced everyone to give up their spiritual beliefs. When you go to school, you are required to join the Young Pioneers, and some would join the Youth League and the CCP. You have to pledge to be atheist to do that. Our heritage is the traditional Chinese culture, not Marxism. Perhaps this strange weather is a sign of disasters to come, because of Chinese society's moral decline due to atheism. We should quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations to ensure our safety.”
Talking Point 2. We can start talking, and then lead into truth-clarification. Sometimes, when I saw officers from the city chasing after street vendors, I would say, “It is really not easy for people. Even when you want to start a small business, they don't let you. The CCP is so bad. Those with power think that they can do whatever they want, but actually heaven has rules.” Then I would transition into talking about the “three withdrawals.” Sometimes, people would talk about the demonstrations in the streets against the Japanese arising from the territorial fight between China and Japan. I would point out how the CCP allows, and encourages, those protests, but immediately cracked down on Falun Gong whenever practitioners peacefully requested the right to practice. The CCP arbitrarily makes up rules to further its own ends.
Talking Point 3. Talk to people according to their interests. When you have a mutual interest, it is easier to persuade people to quit the CCP. When I meet migrant workers, I would say, “It is really not easy to make a living. We all have to leave our hometowns to find work. There is not much farmland left, as most was sold by the officials. The CCP said that the landlords were beaten and their land was divided up among the people. In reality, the landlords were beaten so that the CCP could grab their property. Now, the land is not divided among the people, but sold off. The Chinese communist regime has always deceived the public, from the Cultural Revolution to the June 4 student protest, and then the persecution of Falun Gong. The persecution of Falun Gong has now been exposed. In many countries, Jiang has been sued in the courts.”
Let Go of the Attachment to Comfort and Do Not Stop On Road of Clarifying the Truth
The weather was sometimes very bad when I went out to clarify the truth. Sometimes, I considered staying home, as the attachment of comfort had developed. I remember during some of the coldest days of the year, the biting wind chilled me to the bone. I considered not going out to clarify the truth, but then I felt very guilty. Dafa disciples should be able to endure the toughest hardships. No one can prevent me from doing Dafa projects. When I am determined, I go out to persuade others to quit the CCP. When I come back, I have often successfully persuaded over ten people to quit. I usually clarify the truth at hospitals, bus stops, and waiting rooms. For a while, I was successful in clarifying the truth in waiting rooms, where there is no wind or rain. Also I did not need to go elsewhere. This thought caused my attachment to comfort to grow. I didn't want to go to other places to clarify the truth and just went there every day. Because of my attachment, the evil took advantage of my loophole and someone reported me. Under the protection of Master, someone told me that the staff there had noticed me, so I no longer went there. But my environment for clarifying the truth was lost. I was looking for a new way to clarify the truth. I saw that all the people passing by were those with predestined relationships. I walked with them and talked to them. Then, after I finished with the first one, I talked to the next one. Over time, I could feel that the road of my clarifying the truth has widened.
Some practitioners feel that they do not have time to persuade people to quit the CCP. Actually, this is due to interference arranged by the old forces, which we should eliminate. Early in the year, I was busy with my new job, which is very far away. There were fewer chances to help people to withdraw from the CCP. I realized that it was interference, so I sent forth righteous thoughts more strongly. Soon, my work start time changed from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. I then asked my wife to drive to work and I took the bus to work. Starting at 6:30 a.m., I went out to clarify the truth until I got on the bus at around 7:30 a.m. I can persuade around ten people to quit the CCP during this time. My job also involved going on business trips. I didn't like that because I worried about missing the opportunity to help people withdraw from the CCP. I know that I should not be attached to time and place, as we help people any time, anywhere. Even when I was on a business trip, I went to bed very early and went out to clarify the truth in the morning. Even when I was back at the hotel, my colleagues had not woken up. Sometimes, when I was about to clarify the truth and the bus came, I wondered whether I should go ahead to talk with people. I thought that I should do it, and then Master would strengthen me. I then focused on clarifying the truth with righteous thoughts. I often persuaded others to quit the CCP with only a few words. After I finished, the bus arrived right on time. I sometimes saw people on bikes waiting for the green light. Although it was only thirty seconds, there was enough time to very quickly do the “three withdrawals.” When I had strong righteous thoughts, I sometimes felt like I was clarifying the truth in another dimension.
Letting Go of Frustration and Moving Forward to Face Obstacles
When I clarify the truth and convince people to do the “three withdrawals,” some people who do not know the truth slander Dafa and Master. I remain calm and do not fight with them. I send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth with benevolent thoughts. I was once clarifying the truth to a man, who became very angry and said, “If Falun Gong is so capable, go blow up Tiananmen Square.” I then adjusted my attitude. I said, “I can see, brother, that you are also a benevolent person. We study Dafa to be benevolent. We cannot be malicious or fight with evil. You wouldn't do so, either.” Then the man laughed, and was no longer angry. I knew that my benevolent thought touched him. So I said, “You'd better quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations to keep yourself safe.” He agreed immediately. Sometimes, the people that I clarify the truth to are not so willing to listen. I would then sincerely say something like, “Actually, all I have done for you is to help you be safe. I have no personal agenda here.” This approach can often help the person see our intent and sincerity, and enable him to quit the CCP.
Letting Go of Complacency and Quickening One's Pace to Clarify the Truth
I sometimes didn't want to continue when I was clarifying the truth to certain people. I felt that what I had already done was enough. Gradually, I noticed that I was becoming complacent. Master said in Zhuan Falun, "One's gong level is as high as one's xinxing level, and this is an absolute truth." My xinxing had not improved, so more people didn't agree to withdraw from the CCP. One morning, I persuaded ten people to quit and was ready to get on the bus. I then saw a few migrant workers across the street, so I decided not to stop at ten people, and to take the next bus instead. So I went across the street. Two people quickly quit. I then saw four more people at another stop, so I went there. All four people there quit. Within ten minutes, I persuaded six people to quit. With just a slight difference in my thoughts, more people will quit.
These are my understandings and experience in truth-clarification and the “three withdrawals.” We should act according to the situation and adjust how we talk to people. The form is not that important, but our attitude and thoughts are most important. We should have strong righteous thoughts and let go of every attachment. We will then have more wisdom, and we will have better results in clarifying the truth. Every person's situation is different, and the way we clarify the truth needs to adapt. Studying the Fa well is the foundation. Just as Master said in Hong Yin,
The paths of cultivation are varied
But none is outside the Great Law
When one is attached to nothing
The path underfoot is naturally smooth
(“Unimpeded” from Hong Yin Volume II)