[Celebrating May 13] New Practitioner: Living up to This Extremely Rare and Precious Opportunity (Part 2)
(Continued from Part 1 http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/5/25/140120.html )
Eliminating the attachment of fear and eliminating the evil billboards
I once accidentally re-entered a certain residential area passageway. I turned my head away so I would not have to look at the billboard that was covered with articles that slandered Dafa. As I did, I saw the billboard opposite me had five to six posters that slandered Dafa. I knew that Master had brought me to this place again. Nothing can describe how upset I felt. My heart was beating faster, and my legs became weak. I was already in tears when I reached home. I was calling out silently for Master, “Please rest assured, Master! I will take care of this.”
During the day, people walk by the billboard regularly, and it is brightly lit at night. There are security people everywhere, and the two passageways are monitored by surveillance cameras. The last time, I turned off the power switch and opened the glass windows of the billboards while another practitioner removed the slanderous articles. The security people were alerted by the lack of power and the noise from opening the windows. That time, we finished the task in a very short time and left quickly. This time, the situation was more difficult. Would they have taken measures to prevent it? Would someone always be monitoring the surveillance cameras? Would it be all right to do it the same way? So many considerations--I really couldn't take such risks any longer... Then I thought, “No, that is not right! I am a Dafa disciple, I have Master with me. What's there to be afraid of?” My attachment of fear challenged my righteous thoughts.
“Fear can cause one to make mistakes, and fear can cause one to lose a predestined opportunity.” (“Pass the Deadly Test”)
I went to take a look at the area again at 1:00 a.m. It was drizzling and there was even a person resting below the billboard. I sent out a thought, “Please have a big rainstorm, revered Master.” At that moment, I made a decision, “Helping Master to rectify the Fa is a responsibility we cannot shirk. That is every Dafa disciple's prehistoric vow. Please be assured, Master.” That day, I bought a big umbrella and prepared. I studied the Fa with a calm mind and sent forth righteous thoughts during the day. At night, I set my alarm for 2:30 a.m. When everything was ready, I went to bed. I waited for the alarm to sound so that I could go and eliminate those evil things. I wondered if it would rain. I slept very soundly till half past two. The alarm rang and I woke up.
I was suddenly startled by noise from outside. I opened the window and saw dark clouds in the sky. Rain started to pour down. I thought, "Heaven and Earth are angry! My legs started to shake. I couldn't stand still and my heart was beating wildly. I sat down and sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master to strengthen me. Slowly, I calmed down, changed my clothes, opened the big umbrella, and went out.
All the sounds between the Heaven and Earth were drowned out by the sound of the heavy rain. Splashing as I walked, I went to the residential area and found the master switch. I switched off everything and the area was pitch-dark. When I opened the glass windows, the sound was drowned out by the sound of the heavy rain. All the evil things were taken down and destroyed.
After finishing everything that needed to be done, I continued to send strong righteous thoughts and asked Master to strengthen me to leave the area. In my plan, I wanted to take a taxi and leave. I thought of nothing and only focused on sending forth righteous thoughts. Just as I neared the intersection, a taxi came an stopped in front of me. I got home safely.
It was a miracle that this taxi came when it did. It was well past 3:00 a.m. and it was pouring rain. After changing clothes, it was just ten minutes before 4:00 a.m.--time for Dafa disciples to do the exercises. Nothing was delayed! Master! I know that all these are because you worry about your disciples! I do not know how to express my gratitude to revered Master!
3. Righteous Thoughts Help Me On the Road
During winter the previous year, I was preparing to go to the central plains to help Master to rectify the Fa. I need money to travel, and I only had a zither to sell because I had already sold my jewelry when I did not have any money before. Jewelry is easy to sell, but who would buy a zither? I asked Master for His arrangement. At this time, my husband met a new friend and the wife of that friend wanted to have breakfast with me. Not long after meeting her, she told me that she was learning the zither and wanted to buy a good zither. I smiled when I heard that and sold her the zither. I bought a large backpack and packed all the truth clarifying materials and goods into it.
Before leaving, I told my husband, “I am going away for a few days.” He said, “This won't do. I'll divorce you if you go.” I sent out a thought, “I must go, but we will not get divorced.”
Security at the train station was particularly strict, and I saw many police officers standing around. I thought of the materials in my bag and sensed the attachment of fear. My legs again became weak, and I thought, “Why don't I just go home!” On second thought, that was not right! That was not me, it was the bad thoughts that were interfering with me so that I would go home. Why should I be afraid? My Master is the Lord of Buddhas! What can hinder Dafa disciples from helping Master to rectify the Fa! I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts, “Eliminate all bad thoughts and interference and be upright and buy the ticket.” After reaching the ticket window, I suddenly realized I didn't know where I wanted to go! I saw a certain city and thought, “OK, I will go to that city.” Even though all travelers have to show their identity card to buy a ticket, I thought that I would not. Just then, someone walked over and asked if I wanted to buy a ticket, and that he could sell it to me at the original price. I took the ticket and looked at it. It was the city where I wanted to go. This was another arrangement by Master. I thanked Master in my heart. Watching the crowd and thinking that I was going to a distant place, I wondered, "What will be the road ahead?" I didn't know. At this moment, Master's Fa came into my head,
“Ten thousand miles I gallop, breaking demons’ battle array
Cutting down all dark minions, eliminating wicked deities
I heed not their thick fog or the gale winds they whip about
Mountain rains en route wash off dust from the expedition”
(“Expedition” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
At that moment, I felt like I spanned Heaven and Earth and I was omnipotent. After settling down in that city, I went out to put up posters and write truth clarifying messages. Those days, I really felt the sacredness of Dafa disciples helping Master to rectify the Fa in the world. I put up posters in suitable locations and wrote “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” in suitable locations. As I walked, I left the beauty of Dafa to sentient beings. One day before I set off, I sent out a strong and pure righteous thoughts, “Please strengthen your disciple to have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, Master. Let your disciple have a pure and peaceful state of mind and spread the beauty of Dafa to sentient beings so that more people with predestined relationships can be saved. Please strengthen all those truth clarifying messages so that they can be preserved until the Fa rectifies the human world, Master.”
I walked from village to village, writing, “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” in obvious places. I continued to walk and continued to write and do not know how many villages I visited in one afternoon.
The surroundings that whole afternoon were very quiet. I saw an appropriate location at an important and very visible junction. However, the villagers' houses were right nearby and someone would be able to see me if he walked out. I sent righteous thoughts, “Please strengthen me, Master. Don't let anyone come here until I'm finished.” Just as I started to write a few words, two dogs jumped out and started barking. Fortunately, the dogs were tied, but I needed to leave. But I couldn't leave if I was only halfway finished. I went through the vegetable garden and walked around the house in a circle and sent righteous thoughts at the dogs. I came back and continued to write but the dogs continued barking. I couldn't be bothered with it any longer. “You can continue to bark and I will continue to write!” Once again, I asked Master to strengthen me, “Do not let anyone see me.” Afterwards, I calmly finished writing, “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good." Master said,
“If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist. This is not to be self-imposed, but is achieved by truly and calmly letting go of it.” (“Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I knew that Master was by my side, and as long as I did it, Master would be able to accomplish it.
It was already late and I was walking down a very narrow road. When I looked up, I suddenly realized there were many people in front of me, and even some small shops. I was puzzled for a moment. I had been walking in a rural area all afternoon. So, how did I suddenly end up in a town? I felt as though I had come back from another dimension. I was thirsty and went into a small shop to buy a bottle of milk. I asked for directions to the city. A few people told me at the same time, “Isn't that the bus stop? The bus is here. Get on the bus quickly!” I saw a bus stop not far away. Two seniors waiting for the bus said to me, “You came at the right time. It will take a very long time for another bus to come.” I took the bus back to the city. I knew that this bus was arranged by Master. No words can express Master's mighty grace.
I went to a village on the last two days. Every household had a tall gate tower with a neat iron gate. It was the best place to put up posters. and from the village, there are rows of clean and new poles. This was just what I was looking for. With people coming and going, I had to avoid people and not mess with the dogs, and I needed to put the materials in very obvious locations. It was actually very difficult. The poles were in the fields and there was nobody there. I can write quietly and the villagers would be able to see it when they reached the field. However, there was a large graveyard in each field. In the past I was afraid of these places, but now was a Dafa disciple. Master said,
“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)
These things, being afraid of graveyards and interference from dogs, were directed towards my human attachments. Thus, I must make use of this opportunity to eliminate them.
That afternoon, I used strong, pure, and persistent righteous thoughts from beginning to end. It took approximately five hours and I recited Lunyu and Hong Yin and continuously sent righteous thoughts. While putting up the posters, I tried to avoid the villagers, and steadily and naturally put the posters on the gates.
As for the dogs, I sent forth righteous thoughts to stop them from barking. There were some who barked loudly, but I was not afraid. I just continued. At the graveyards, I sent out a thought, “Remember 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,' and you will have a good future.” When I finished sending this thought, I felt the sacredness and wonderfulness of Dafa, and the attachment of fear was instantly gone.
I walked to countless villages that afternoon, and wrote countless messages. I could not remember how many graveyards I passed and not once did I stop. When the sky turned dark, and just as I no longer felt like walking, a taxi appeared. The car stopped and I saw a man, a woman, and a child in the car. The driver said, “You are so fortunate. If I had not brought them here, you wouldn't have found a car in this place. Let me drive you back.” Thus, I returned. Master! I knew that this car was arranged by you! Thank you!
Upon reaching the hotel, I was thirsty and hungry, and had to buy something to eat. It was already very late, but I managed to find a small supermarket. There was only a lady manager in the supermarket. I asked Master to strengthen me, “Eliminate the evil factors that keep her from understanding the truth.” I asked her, “Did you wear a red scarf when you were in school?” She said immediately, “Yes, I did! I was also a Youth League member!” I continued, “Do you know that the League is not a good thing? If you want to be safe, you should leave it and quit the organization.” I only said a few sentences and she said, “This is good! I'll quit!” I gave her a pseudonym and asked her to recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She looked down and said, “Actually, I am very kind but I am not living good life.” Afterwards, she said immediately with a smile, “Let's not talk about this,” and followed me in reciting repeatedly, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
I felt happy that a life had been saved. When I reached the hotel, I found three amulets and took them to the woman. Actually, the road I traveled was very long, and the temperature varied greatly from day to night. It hurt when the cold wind blew in my face, and the pain from the blisters on my feet made every step difficult. I knew that I didn't feel the pain during the daytime because Master helped me to bear it. I recited silently, “Please be assured, Master! No pain will keep me from taking the path that I have to take.” When the woman saw me, she was very pleased and touched when I gave her the talismans, and she continued to stuff food into my arms. While refusing, I said to her, “I can't take any of these things. I came here to tell you about the wonderfulness of Dafa.” I had mixed feelings in my heart. Maybe our predestined relationship was not shallow.
On the fifth night, I suddenly remembered that my husband must be very worried about me, so I gave him a call. This thought attracted trouble. A few days before, he had only asked me to be careful when I called him. This time, he said, “I will divorce you if you do not come back.” I knew that it was time for me to return, and promised him that I would be back very soon. Two days later, I reached home. I was very surprised that my husband took the day off and waited at home for me. He bought a lot of fruits and snacks. He did not say a word about my “running away from home.” I thought, “It is so good to be a Dafa disciple. As long as I am saving people and have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, I can follow Master's arrangements and travel freely.”
4. Sentient Beings are Waiting to be Saved
I would like to share my experience on clarifying the truth face-to-face.
I once went to a computer repair shop to clarify the truth to the lady manager. The shop was crowded with customers. The lady was chatting with a customer, so I sent out a thought, “Lady manager, come over to me and I will clarify the truth to you.” After sending out this righteous thought, I asked Master to strengthen me. I saw her suddenly shop chatting, and she walked over to me and sat down. At that time, my husband was standing beside me, so I sent out a thought so that he would leave. His phone rang and he went outside to take the call. I had only said a few sentences when she agreed to do the “three withdrawals.” At that moment, my husband came back and I thought, “I still have not clarified the truth to the lady manager!” Thus, I sent forth righteous thoughts again so that he would leave. His phone rang again and he went out again, so I was able to clarify the truth to the lady successfully. When I was talking to her, the surroundings were very quiet and she could hear me clearly.
An Unbelievable Change
The previous year when I went back to my hometown, I was just in time to celebrate my father's birthday. I thought that this was a very good opportunity to clarify the truth. I was chatting with my relatives when someone mentioned the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A large table of people suddenly began acting as though they were possessed by some evil spirit, and they all got excited and spoke about the “greatness” of the evil party. I was very upset and was just about to explain the facts to them when I quickly calmed down and looked inward. I then used righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors behind them. After a while, they calmed down and did not mention the CCP again. When the meal was over, I sent a righteous thought, “Let the female guests who had heard the truth leave and the male guests who have not, stay.” Sure enough, my aunt and cousin left. I sent another thought, “Let them leave and walk out one by one.”
As expected, my second uncle walked out alone and I went up and said, “Uncle, please quit the Youth League and Young Pioneers.” He said, “I am also a Party member!” I said, “Then, quit all three!” He said, “Okay, I will quit. I listened to you and I will quit all of them.” I said, “You must remember “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” He said, “Ok, I hear you and I have remembered it.”
Just then my cousin walked out. I walked up and said two sentences to him, and he agreed immediately to quit the Youth League and the Young Pioneers, and also remembered, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
The old uncle then walked out and I told him about the “three withdrawals.” He said that he did not join any of the organizations, so I said, “Then please just recite often, 'Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.'” He said he would remember.
I talked about the “three withdrawals” to another uncle and he immediately agreed to quit the Young Pioneers, and afterwards, he said very loudly, “Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is really good!”
The before and after change of these few people was truly startling. It appeared to be very difficult to clarify the truth to these few people, but they were saved with just a few words. Actually, all sentient beings are waiting to be saved! It is our thoughts that are hampering us. Thus, we cannot be led by illusion in any environment.
At the Critical Moment, the Old Lady was No Longer Confused
My friend took me to his brother's house, where an older lady was watching television. I saw that everyone had left and asked, “Are you okay?” She said, “I am almost 80 and I am not in good shape, so I have to sit in a wheelchair.” I asked, “When you were young, did you wear the red scarf?” She said, “I have worn it and I was also a Youth League member.” I said, “You should quit both organizations if you want to be safe. What's your name? I will help you quit.” She said, “Okay, I will quit.” I continued, “If you want to be healthy, you need to sincerely recite 'Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' every day.” She said, “Okay! Teach me how to say it.” I taught her over and over again, but she could not remember. I then wrote it on a piece of paper. She said, “I won't listen to the lies on television again. I will recite these words every day.” At that moment, her daughter, son-in-law, and my friend returned. When my friend saw her struggling to read it, he sat down and taught her over and over again. This time, the old lady said again, “I won't watch the television again. I will recite these words.” Afterwards, she suddenly asked me, “Who taught you these few words?” I said, “My master.” She asked, “Who is your master? Quick, write down your master's name for me.” I was startled and thought, “Can I write Master's name down?” At that moment, the old lady said with a flashlight in her hand, “Write with this pen,” which puzzled me. Her daughter said, “My mother has dementia and her mind has not been clear for many years.” I was surprised that the old lady had talked to me for so long, and other than asking me to use a flashlight to write the words, there was not a single word that was not clear. Her knowing side must have been playing the lead role. I realized that the old lady had waited for a very long time. I really wanted to cry. I wrote Master's name on the paper. Afterwards, I told the old lady, “You must remember, this is our Master!” Before parting, the old lady's son-in-law said, “You are a Falun Gong practitioner? Falun Gong is really good. The world knows that it is good. You must tell me more about it in the future!” I was surprised to hear him say that, and said, “Sure!”
When my apartment was being renovated, I clarified the truth to a bricklayer. When he heard me saying Falun Gong, he was immediately pleased, and said, “I have read the Falun Gong book. At the time, there was a shortage of that book. Seven to eight of us took turns reading the book, and it took a long time before it was my turn to read for a day. Unfortunately, before I could finish reading, the persecution started and I did not have a chance to read it again.” I told him that Falun Dafa had spread to more than 100 countries, and also that the “Tiananmen Self-immolation” was staged, etc. He immediately agreed to do the “three withdrawals.” I took out my MP4 device, on which I had installed the e-book Zhuan Falun, and let him read. One day while he was reading Zhuan Falun, when we were having dinner together, his friend urged him to drink, and he announced, “From today onwards, I will quit drinking.” I smiled at him and thought, “Falun Dafa really directly targets one’s mind. Someone who has been drinking for more than ten years can quit just by saying it.” I taught him the five exercises and gave him all the electronic versions of Master's articles. Not long after, Master began to cleanse his body. He was thus fortunate to obtain the Fa.
I once clarified the truth to a senior high school student in a residential area. After listening for a while, he took out his phone and dialed a number, but did not talk to the other party. I asked him what was he doing. He said, “I want my friend to hear you, too.” I was very touched that people are truly awakening. He quit the Chinese Communist Party, the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers, and promised to remember, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Another practitioner and I were dialing a voice call, when a deaf-mute young man asked me for money. I thought that since I had met a deaf-mute person, I should clarify the truth to him, too. Hence, the other practitioner took out a pen and I wrote to clarify the truth to him. He wrote questions and I answered him. He asked many things, about “April 25,” “July 20,” “Tiananmen Self-immolation,” and other things. He knew almost all the propaganda about the persecution of Falun Gong. This shows that the poisoning by the evil party is deep and widespread. We answered his questions, one by one. When I wrote that the evil party had killed 80 million Chinese people, he was startled, in pain, and angry. We advised him to remember, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” He wrote on a notebook over and over again, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
There was a police officer in my residential area who was always thinking of ways to find out where I was, so I clarified the truth to him. After several times, he realized how wonderful Dafa is, and did the “three withdrawals.” I gave him Zhuan Falun to read and also the CDs. Finally he said, “There's been a big change during these few months! My state of mind has totally changed!” When doing anything, he would first think and try to be kind to others, and he had let go of many hobbies, and only liked to listen and read the materials that I gave him. I am really happy that his life had been saved.
One time when I went to Changchun, before I boarded the train I went to buy some fruit and gave the vendor a new one yuan bill with a truth-clarification message printed on it. When the woman saw that it was a truth-clarification bill, she was pleased and said loudly, “This is money from Falun Gong! Falun Dafa is good!” She continued, “We all know, 'Heaven is eliminating the CCP' and 'do the three withdrawals to be safe!'” While I stood there, a warm current penetrated my entire body. This was revered Master's hometown! The practitioners had done a good job!
I've experience many sacred, extraordinary, and touching things since I began cultivating. Amazing things have happen almost every day. I am so fortunate to have encountered Dafa and become a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple during this final period. I often feel that compassionate and mighty revered Master is by my side.
As most of my time has been spent cultivating alone, there are many areas in which I did not do well and I caused Master to worry. Along the way, I've fallen and gotten back up. However, I have never for a moment forgotten that I am a Dafa disciple, and my responsibilities. Whenever I think of revered Master's painstaking salvation, I am moved to tears. Often I am in tears because I did not do well in some areas, and my actions are not according to the Fa. However, Fa-rectification has not ended, and we are still cultivating, so what matters most is walking our paths better. Because mighty and revered Master and the Fa are here, everything will be be the best! Master said,
“The path a Dafa disciple takes is a glorious history, and this history has to be created by his own enlightening.” (“Path” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
As my cultivation time is short, practitioners, please kindly point out those areas that are not in accordance with the Fa.
Thank you, Master! Heshi!