China Fahui | Stories of Falun Gong Banners
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners. I'm writing to share my experiences in validating the Fa during the past year.
Banner Production Company Enjoys Good Business
The Chinese regime's propaganda has spread lies to justify the persecution since it began in 1999. We have therefore posted what people refer to as “Falun Gong banners” to get the truth out to society.
A company owned by a young non-practitioner couple has been producing our banners that clarify the practice and the persecution of Falun Gong. The couple is quite supportive of Falun Gong and practitioners' efforts in clarifying the truth.
I still remember the banners we ordered for the 2013 World Falun Dafa Day (Falun Dafa is another name for Falun Gong). As we unfolded the banners, we saw the text we requested, “Celebrating May 13 World Falun Day” and “Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of Falun Dafa's Introduction to the World.”
We also saw a big lotus flower in vivid colors. The company's staff added it on the banners! They look so beautiful! We realized that this was encouragement from Master. Master showed us the power of solid truth-clarification in our daily lives.
A practitioner told me that some practitioners out of town wanted to order a batch of banners at the beginning of the year. I said, “The quantity is a lot. Let me think about it.”
Through Fa study, I realized that since people have come for the Fa, there is no need for concern, as validating Dafa should be the safest thing to do. What caused danger was human attachments.
I drove to the banner company and told the owner that I would like to order a bunch of banners. He said, “No problem. As long as you dare to hang them up, we dare to make them for you.” He stretched the vowel in the word “make” very long and sounded so upbeat, righteous, and firm! I was touched.
I once met the owner's parents when I visited the store to pick up the banners. The father asked what the order was when the owner helped me move some boxes to my car. The mother replied, “Falun Gong banners.” The father said “hmm.” I spoke to both and learned that they knew about the persecution and were rather supportive of Falun Dafa.
The company has benefited much from its support of Dafa. Its business has been good, while many competitors are either barely surviving or have gone under. Their orders keep coming and customer base is growing.
In addition to supermarkets and schools, they have obtained long-term contracts with movie production companies that require a 24-hour delivery of banners. The owners have made a decent living. They have purchased multiple houses and two sedans.
Banners Properly Display Once the Heart Is Right
I drove past a building in August 2014, and again saw the banners I had hung up in July. Both were still there.
The banner “Falun Dafa is Good” looked great, with a beautiful lotus flower. However, the other banner was reversed. The characters were facing the wall of the building so they could not be seen. I thought, “Why is the banner reversed?”
We couldn't stop at the time. I had been thinking throughout the trip, “How I would stop by on my way back, go to the building and turn the banner around?” On my way back, I saw that the banner was already displaying properly! I said in my heart, “Thank you, Master! Thank you, Master!”
My husband and I dined at a restaurant recently. The restaurant is on the first floor, and the upper levels are residences. I put banners on the side of the building this July. I looked up and saw that they were still there, “Falun Dafa is Good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.”
However, the banner “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” was twisted in the lower part. Therefore, only the character “Truthfulness” was visible. I thought, “Why are my 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” banners either turned or twisted?”
I realized that there was something wrong with my xinxing. Master was giving me kind reminders in this way. I have not completely eliminated my resentments, competitiveness, and aggressiveness. They have been with me, on and off.
I sensed the seriousness and power of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. As if walking through a layer of foggy clouds, I saw through some bad substances in my dimension, and I felt a shock in my body.
I said to Master in my heart, “I know I'm wrong. I will seriously adhere to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and rectify my every single thought. Thank you, Master, for your kind reminders. I will now go upstairs and adjust the banner.”
As I was ready to go upstairs, I looked up, and miraculously, the banner was displaying properly! The four golden Chinese characters in “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” looked so upright and shiny! My heart was filled with gratitude to Master. There's nothing I could do but simply advance my cultivation diligently.
A middle-aged man came out from the restaurant. He saw me looking up so he did, too. “Are these Falun Gong banners?” he asked. I said “yes.”
“Do you know? Falun Gong's reputation is going to be restored!” he said. I told him that Falun Gong had spread around the world, and the whole world knows that Falun Dafa is good.
“Right! The whole world knows that it's good.” he echoed.
“Visit Us Again During Harvest Season”
People are awakening to the truth, yet the prisons, detention centers, and black jails are still persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. We have been going to such places to send forth righteous thoughts for a few years.
The practitioners teamed up to send forth righteous thoughts, study the Fa, and making automatic phone calls to clarify the truth.
The round-trips take about three hours. The first thing we do is to turn on the automatic phone calls to clarify the truth. Then, we study the Fa, mainly lectures outside of China, and we sometimes review specifically guidelines for sending forth righteous thoughts.
I usually drive and listen to others reading the Fa. Maybe because of the special mission of sending forth righteous thoughts near such evil dungeons, I can usually concentrating on listening.
Every sentence and character of Master's lecture enters the deep dimension of my mind. Each of my brain cells feels like it is assimilating to the Fa principles, which expand like an endless sea... Like this, we study the Fa and rectify ourselves on our way. I truly sent forth righteous thoughts, “with an air of supremacy and of destroying all evil in the cosmos.” (“Righteous Thoughts” from The Essentials of Diligent Progress, Vol. III)
We often come across people who have been waiting for the truth on our way to the black dungeons. I saw a shepherd once, whose face shocked me because he looked like he was wearing a black mask. As I looked closer, I realized that his face was burned. He looked like he was in his fifties.
I stopped the car and greeted him, “Hello! You are herding the sheep?” He approached the car and said “yes.” He told me he was 23 years old. His face suffered from an accident at the age of 16 when he was learning about car mechanics.
I said to him, “Child, auntie practices Falun Gong. I have met you today, heard your story, and am sad. Remember my words: Falun Dafa is good. You will be blessed if you think of this often.”
“Thank you, auntie. I have remembered it,” the young man said.
I helped him denounce his membership in the communist Young Pioneers and said, “Although your face is burned, you are a happy living being because you have learned the truth of Dafa. Don't be depressed no matter what frustrations you encounter in the future. Remember what Falun Gong auntie told you, 'Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.'”
His eyes lit up. He said, “I wish auntie a happy life, too!” as I wished him the same, and we waved goodbye. He was still waving to the car after we left. I thought about this for a while... his burned face, his expecting eyes, the sparkle in his eyes after he learned the truth... I thought of the sacrifice all sentient beings have made, waiting for the Fa. I thought of many that I have missed in offering them hope... I vowed to myself that I should not miss any truth-clarification opportunities from now on.
We once stopped to buy some fruit. I bought some with bills that contained printed messages about denouncing the communist organizations. I said, “Look, there are words printed on the bill. Do you know why?” He said, “No.”
I told him the facts about the persecution, and that millions of Chinese had chosen to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations to avoid receiving the same karmic retribution that awaits the CCP for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
A man on a motorcycle arrived to buy a honeydew mellon, and he listened to the conversation. Both of them decided to quit the CCP organizations. As I was leaving, the fruit vendor ran to me and shook my hands, “Thank you so much! Thank you so much!” The man on the motorcycle also shook hands with me, and said, “Thank you!”
I once met a retired prison guard and his wife near a detention facility. They were planting vegetables. I said, “I practice Falun Gong, and I have come to inform you about the facts of the persecution.” He listened to me attentively and said that he hadn't persecuted Falun Gong practitioners because he worked on logistics in the prison.
He told me that he was a CCP member and had also joined the Youth League, and agreed to quit those organizations.
He and his wife asked me to take some vegetables with me as I left. They had just planted some vegetables, so only some shallots had grown out. They gave me some shallots. I couldn't refuse their kind gestures.
The wife said, “Visit us again during harvest season! Come when the corn is ready.” They waved to us for a long time and said, “Make sure you come again during harvest season!” I was touched by their kindness, and felt for their yearning for learning the truth and obtaining salvation.
I enjoy traveling in the dimensions and realms that the Fa principles reveal to me. As I study and memorize the Fa, I'm shown more profound meanings. I temporarily forget the human world, and sometimes cry silently when my mind comes back to this world.
I sense more and more the dignity and boundless power of the Fa. My righteous thoughts grow stronger and stronger. I really feel that the evil is so weak that a tiny finger would be more than enough to crush it.
Master has given us so much and sacrificed for us so much! My gratitude and appreciation are beyond words. All I can do is to be diligent in my cultivation, more diligent.
Above is my personal understanding. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners.