Helping Those Who Once Cultivated
(Minghui.org) A colleague of mine visited Beijing three times to appeal for Falun Gong, but was “transformed” due to the torture she suffered at a forced labor camp.
After her release in 2002, practitioners tried to help her, but she slandered Falun Gong and Master Li. Her remarks hurt the practitioners' feelings, and they couldn't tolerate her attitude. Gradually, practitioners stayed away from her.
Even though my cultivation state wasn't great at the time, Master's lecture “Touring North America to Teach the Fa” inspired me:
“As for those who've gone to the opposite side during this persecution or even done awful things, let me tell you that Master still doesn't want to abandon them.”
Master's compassion reached the microcosm of my being. I was deeply touched.
“...They cause such disciples of mine to return the same way they came, but to not bring anything back; meanwhile, when they return, the gigantic cosmic bodies they represent will be empty and will no longer have all the beings that used to be there. Since they didn't cultivate well, everything will have turned bad and been weeded out, and it can only be re-created.”
My eyes were filled with tears as I read the above paragraph. How could I not help, knowing what is ahead of this person? Master has explained it to us in the Fa. However, the end is not fixed yet. We still have the opportunity to help those who previously cultivated to return to the path of cultivation and together negate the old forces' arrangements!
I visited my colleague again and shared with her my understandings. She insisted that the “transformation” was right and continued slandering Master and Falun Gong. I sent forth strong righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil elements controlling her. I also asked for Master's help at the same time.
I recited some of Master's Fa that was directly relevant to her situation. She calmed down after several minutes. The evil factors behind her retreated, and we spoke for over an hour. I recited more of Master's Fa to her.
She listened silently, and a smile emerged on her face. Master's Fa inspired her true nature again. When I left, she urged me to “come again” and sent me off at the door. She hadn't done this for any other practitioners since her return home.
I was greatly encouraged and thanked Master. I chose to help a practitioner who had enlightened along an evil path, even though I was going through a lot of tribulations of my own. Master saw my kind intentions and helped me.
During my second visit, I realized that a lot of her thoughts were self-contradictory. Apparently she was brainwashed at the forced labor camp. When her main areas of confusion were touched upon, she again started slandering Falun Gong and Master irrationally. I immediately sent forth strong righteous thoughts to cleanse her field, and she came back to her senses again.
I recited Master's Fa to her again. Her mind was a lot clearer. After all, she was once a cultivator. Her true nature resurfaced after the evil factors in her field were cleaned up.
She was much more receptive to the principles of the Fa. She was again excited. I knew that countless sentient beings were yearning for salvation and a second chance.
It was difficult for me to visit her daily, as her apartment was under strict surveillance. I usually visited her once every two days. Sometimes the evil factors in her field still jumped out to slander Falun Gong when I recited Master's Fa to her. However, my heart remain unmoved. I didn't resent her, but simply pitied her.
I knew very well that deep down inside, her nature was still quite good. Her surface behavior was just illusory as a result of the old forces' persecution of her. During her three-year term at the forced labor camp, many distorted thoughts and bad substances took root in her field. Such substances cannot be cleaned up in just one or two visits.
She had also done bad things against Falun Gong after she was transformed. All of this would have to be dealt with as well. All I could require of myself was: “Doing, but without pursuit.” (“Abiding in the Dao” in Hong Yin)
I helped her for about three months, visiting her over 30 times. Despite her attitude toward Dafa changing from positive to negative over 10 times, I firmly believed that she would return to Dafa.
During each visit, I recited Master's Fa to her and clarified the facts to her according to her specific areas of confusion. The Fa touched her heart and she eventually returned to cultivation.
This happened all because of the boundless power of the Fa and Master's compassion. I merely put forth some effort in the human world. Cultivation is about our hearts. If we have the selfless thought of helping others, Master will support us and amplify our efforts.
However large our capacity is, that's how powerful the impact is. The destructive arrangements of the old evil forces have caused huge losses to the Fa-rectification and created difficulties for Falun Gong practitioners. However, we can resolve any problem if our hearts are in the right place and our righteous thoughts are strong.
Master mentioned in “The Master-Disciple Bond” in Hong Yin :
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughts Master has the power to turn back the tide”
I'll end this sharing by quoting Master's Fa in “Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference:”
“I'll say this again: I don't want to leave a single person behind. That's why Master's thinking is usually different from yours. Sometimes you think that certain people are iffy, certain people are unsavable, certain people are this or that... but my thinking is different from yours. You know, today I have opened the door for saving people so wide; the way things are in terms of jobs the sentient beings in human society have is such that people are doing all kinds of work, and I want to save each person. As long as someone has learned the Fa, I want to save him, I don't want to abandon those people. When you Dafa disciples develop even stronger righteous thoughts among you, that will be what's most magnificent. Starting from each person, let's truly make our environment a very righteous one, and then all the unrighteous factors will dissolve, and all the students who haven't conducted themselves well will see where they fall short, and it will make them do better.
“With human beings... when a being can obtain the Fa today in history, it's no ordinary thing--he's so fortunate! But as soon as he loses the Fa, do you know what he faces? It's really horrific, because when he fails to fulfill the major responsibilities and the huge missions that were bestowed upon him, then, accordingly, that's like the inverse of a being's Consummation, and he will truly have to enter the gate of no-life. You folks can't just go and abandon a person without trying hard enough. No matter what kind of mistakes someone has made, or what kind of a person he is, I still want to give him a chance. Of course, in human society there are, after all, a number of people who aren't good enough anymore, so just let them be. Today I'm mainly saying that our Dafa disciples need to do better, and we should cherish those who have obtained the Fa.”