Obtaining the Fa Amidst Hardship--Compassionately Saving Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I have enlightened to the fact that every Dafa disciple during the Fa-Rectification period has the responsibility to convey the facts about Falun Gong and the persecution to the world's people. In the course of saving sentient beings, we disciples are raising our levels.
Obtaining the Fa Amidst Hardship
I was born into a mining family. I lost my mother when I was young. My father remarried and my stepmother gave birth to two daughters and a son. My father was the president of the mine. He loved to gamble, and paid little attention to family matters. My stepmother had full control and responsibility for the family. My younger sisters and brother went to school. I was the only one unable to attend. I got up every day at 5:00 a.m. From childhood on, I was responsible for all of the chores inside and outside of the house, including carrying the water, burning the grass for fuel, cooking the meals, and washing the clothes and dishes. If I didn't do what my stepmother wanted, she either beat me or swore at me. In my spare time I had to go to the mountain to cut grass for fuel. I grew the vegetables for our food and raised the chickens and pigs. In the winter it was so cold that my skin cracked. I silently endured, yet I felt that as the older sister, I should do more.
I remember one time when my stepmother cruelly abused me, “Your real mother died. Why didn't you go with her? You're an unnecessary bastard!” I couldn't bear it and said, “I'm my father's daughter. You have no right to abuse me.” “Abuse you? I want to beat you to death!” She grabbed a thick wooden stick and started hitting my head with it. I couldn't bear the pain and ran. She ran after me and continued hitting me. She dragged me into the bathroom, shut the door, and continued to beat me. The neighbors tried to stop her. She said, “Whoever doesn't want to get paid can come over here and meddle in my affairs!” (The mine was suffering from a deficit in 1964. She was the financial affairs section chief and every month borrowed money from the county town in order to pay the miner's wages.) She stopped hitting me when she got tired. She told me she would marry me off to someone in a remote mountain area in exchange for tea leaves.
Afterwards I thought, “People! Why bother to live? Why should I be pushed around?” I was prepared to run away from home at any time but where should I go? Vague thoughts formed in my mind, “Who am I? What am I? Why was I born into this family to suffer hardship?” I knew I wanted to leave sooner or later. When I was 15 I went with a companion to Shenzhen. to serve as apprentices. I taught myself to read and write. I stayed there for over 30 years. I had my own career and family. I was very fortunate to begin practicing Falun Gong at this time, and I came to understood the true meaning of life.
Compassionately Saving the World's People
Fa rectification has entered a new phase, having progressed from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecuting Dafa and Dafa disciples, to the world's people gradually understanding the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution, and to the great tide of large numbers of people withdrawing from the CCP. The number has reached almost 100 million. For a variety of reasons I went back to my hometown, where I hadn't been for a long time. I studied the Fa and meditated in my spare time. I thought, “My stepmother is a sentient being waiting to be saved, so I should clarify the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution to her.” I didn't want to have any regrets. They had left the mine a long time prior because it had gone bankrupt, had moved to a prosperous, medium sized city. It was difficult to clarify the truth to them because they had a vested interest in the CCP and they lived in a luxurious residential area. On several occasions I made a special trip to visit them but was met with freezing irony and burning satire. I brought them many gifts and clarified the truth, but they just threw away the materials right in front of me. My stepmother yelled at me abusively and drove me out.
Master can help us as long as we have sincere hearts to save people. He gave me a hint to open the door. I enlightened to the idea of opening a supermarket in their vicinity. I did so, and business was very good. One day my stepmother inadvertently walked in and saw me. She said, “What are you doing here?” I said, “Welcome. We have genuine goods at fair prices. This is my store.” She said, “I heard people say that a huge supermarket had opened up nearby. How could it be yours? It's impossible!” I said, “ Please feel free to take whatever you want. It's not a problem.” She chose a whole cart full of goods and said, “I want it all.” I helped her to pay for them and gave her a DVD of Shen Yun. I hired a taxi to take her home and said, “Whatever you need in the future, please feel free to come and get it. It's free of charge, but you must watch the DVD. It is a first class show.” From then on, whatever the family needed, she would come and get it. She also encouraged my sisters and brother, and neighbors to buy merchandise, and I gave them a discount. I also gave them a gift, the Shen Yun DVD. They were all happy to get it. One after another they voluntarily withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations and were saved.
Our local practitioners had a good starting point. We were mindful of having a limited amount of time, were conscious of security, and were aware of the responsibility to save more sentient beings. We decided to each undertake a designated area and we helped one another. We did not let the evil misuse the law or take advantage of any loopholes. At one time we temporarily stopped giving out truth clarification materials in our local area because we saw something suspicious. Instead we handed out the materials in a remote mountainous area. According to the requirements of the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net), the Shen Yun DVDs, truth clarification materials, and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were to be handed out separately. In short, when Dafa disciples get together, they become one, and when they disperse they become particles. It is best not to use cell phones to communicate, do the three things safely, save more people, and don't wait or depend on others. The great power and virtue of every particle of Dafa should be brought into play for the greatest effect.
During Fa rectification, everything is in Master's hands. Our responsibility during Fa rectification is to assimilate with what Master wants, and not fall behind.
This is what I enlightened to while studying the Fa. Fellow practitioners, please point out anything inappropriate on my part.