Clarifying the Truth about Organ Harvesting Far and Wide
(Minghui.org) Greetings to all fellow practitioners present. First of all, I would like to thank Master for the opportunity to cultivate and help Master, at least a bit, to save sentient beings.
Soon after beginning my cultivation, I became involved in many truth-clarification projects. On the surface, my involvement may seem related to the experience and abilities I had acquired during my academic studies and work in ordinary society. But, it was certainly Master's arrangement that prepared me to help in this period, in which saving sentient beings is the most important mission for every Dafa disciple around the world.
Master explained in “Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference”:
"Although many people in history have done cultivation, none in fact succeeded in their practice. As I have explained before, it was always the subordinate soul [that succeeded], whereas the true master soul of the person continued on in the human realm, reincarnating. And this holds true for the human body of Shakyamuni, Lao Zi, and Jesus, all of whom are now among Dafa disciples. The mighty virtue that they accumulated would suffice for them to achieve Consummation, and the same is true for other Dafa disciples—it’s plenty enough for them to achieve Consummation—and it is thus that I’ve said your Consummation is not a question. What is a question is [your fulfilling] the enormous mission of saving sentient beings. It’s only this question, of your managing to fulfill this mission, that counts as critical. Your own completion is not the goal. You already established that mighty virtue in the past, and it is on those grounds that you are worthy of being a Dafa disciple."
Yet, it was not simple for me at the beginning. During the first year of my cultivation, I found it very difficult to clarify the truth to people and barely did it. This was mainly because I had doubts about many things. Later, things changed, and I did the truth clarification quite naturally.
Many times, I then placed truth clarification above and ahead of Fa study, which was wrong, because Master teaches us that Fa study is the basis for everything. This is something I understand well, but sometimes find hard to implement properly. When I have a truth-clarification mission, I am usually very eager to do it. So, I am still in the process of trying to improve in balancing truth clarification and Fa study.
Here, I will give several examples of truth-clarification projects I have been involved in.
I felt that it was very important to raise awareness about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) forced organ harvesting from detained practitioners in China. A short time after the first reports of organ harvesting were published, I started to approach many public figures—rabbis, for example—on an individual basis. I found their names and addresses on the Web and sent them information on the subject.
This wasn't overly complicated. The Internet gives us the ability to reach many people, and the terrible act of organ harvesting itself was reason enough to approach people in leadership positions, especially given the fact that many Israelis have been going to China for organ transplants. It was thus very natural to turn to public figures and clarify the truth to them.
When I clarified the truth to people and maintained righteous thoughts, thinking about saving the person and how important this was for him or her, I felt the noticeable effect on people's reactions. Sometimes I didn't see the effect right away, but perhaps I couldn't see everything on the surface. Some rabbis expressed utter shock and dismay about the organ harvesting in China. Some denounced it publicly and in writing, which served as further truth clarification, reaching the people who listened to them.
I still keep in touch with some of these rabbis. Some of them attended a big event we held in 2008 before the Olympic games in Beijing, and some came to an event we organized in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) early in 2013, where we screened the Free China: The Courage to Believe documentary.
Some of these people were interviewed by NTD Television, and through the medium of television, many people then heard them denounce the crimes taking place in China. Some of those videos were also translated into Chinese in New York and were broadcast to China.
I think this shows that our truth-clarification projects have worldwide ramifications. In this way, every project in a certain country can and must help people in other countries, for example, by being spread via the Web or exposure in the media.
That's why I've always tried to follow what is happening abroad and at the same time update practitioners from other countries about what is happening in Israel. If there was, for example, a public figure supporting Falun Dafa in Israel, I sent an e-mail about it abroad. This could help people abroad see the truth, and could give other practitioners ideas about how to work with their public figures.
Human Rights Torch Relay in 2008
Before the Human Rights Torch ceremony in 2008, I was working on establishing contact with religious leaders of different entities in Israel. A group of practitioners cooperated by contacting those people, and as a result some of them agreed to support the Human Rights Torch campaign.
Some of those religious leaders attended the ceremony and solemnly signed a petition we had prepared for the occasion. There were also people who didn't respond or responded negatively, but through this process we clarified the truth to a lot of people.
In our era of the Internet, it's very easy to reach people. Sometimes it's enough to think about someone and place his name in a Google search, and you get their phone number and e-mail address. You can write to him in a minute, and his future may be changed in a moment.
There was a time when I was really busy with this kind of truth-clarification effort. Later I became deeply involved in a media project and couldn't manage to properly balance everything. I knew that to balance my time properly I would have to give up some activities, like staying in touch with religious leaders. It wasn't easy for me to give it up, but ultimately I had to do it.
I even went to extremes and stopped being in touch with them completely and didn't pass the mission on to somebody else. Later I resumed communication with some of them. I now regret not staying in touch with most of them, but hope that they learned the truth and haven't forgotten it.
Ordinary People Join Our Truth-Clarification Projects
One of the people who denounced organ harvesting crimes in China is now a member of the Knesset. Everything happened very naturally, or, more exactly, by the force of this person's predestined relationship. Later we were in touch with him on a regular basis, and I sent him truth-clarification materials and information.
We invited him to our protests in front of the Chinese Embassy and he came. Of course, we shouldn't rely on ordinary people to do our truth-clarification work for us or give their actions too much weight. It was a process I had to go through.
On the one hand, I had to respect the person and his position in society and talk to him in a language that he could understand. On the other hand, I had to understand my role and the real meaning and purpose of what I was doing. Many times, I reminded myself that no person in this world could be as important as a Dafa disciple: Everybody came for this period and their true self wants to know the truth.
During those years, I happened to be in touch with some prominent figures in Israel who did good deeds for Falun Dafa and denounced the persecution in China. Before and while contacting them, I tried to be in the right mindset and remember to send forth righteous thoughts. Unfortunately, sometimes when I was in a hurry, I forgot to do so or did it only partially.
In “Touring North America to Teach the Fa” Master taught:
During today's persecution, if an ordinary, everyday person can say to another person, "Don't persecute Falun Gong, Falun Gong is good," and as a result that person doesn't persecute Dafa disciples, and in the future he even has the opportunity to remain and obtain the Fa, if he came down from a high level to obtain the Fa, then his cultivation will be rapid. Then think about it, his Consummation will be the Consummation of an enormous group of beings, and the Consummation of a Lord, or a King."
After the aforementioned person was elected to the Knesset and was nominated to be the Vice Chairman of the Knesset, he sent us an e-mail offering his help and asking us to see him as our representative in the Knesset. Two other practitioners and I went to meet him. Making this appointment was a long process; it was completed the minute we sat down to send forth righteous thoughts in front of the Chinese Embassy in Tel-Aviv.
We were contemplating what we should ask him to do. Again, things eventually happened very naturally. I brought some information about the movie Free China and put it on his table. The MK saw the information and said straight away that he wanted to arrange a seminar and screen this movie in the Knesset. Arranging the seminar was a long process, and many practitioners in Israel were involved. We worked in cooperation.
I'll give an example of the exposure this project had and the circumstances that led to it.
Several months before, an Israeli website published an NTD video without giving any credit to NTD Television. One of the Israeli practitioners saw it and told us. I turned to the editor of this medium. During the appointment with him, we came to an agreement that we would send them NTD videos on various subjects on a regular basis. Most of the video reports were not directly related to truth clarification. However, a good relationship was established between me and the editor of this medium.
When the event in the Knesset was approaching, we turned to various media outlets to cover the event. This was also an opportunity to clarify the truth to many reporters. The editor I was in touch with told me that he had passed the information on to his fellow editors. Several days later, they told us that they were interested in writing an article about the event.
Thanks to the cooperation between practitioners and reporters, a comprehensive article of truth clarification, based on the screening event in the Knesset, was thus published. The article also covered the persecution of a practitioner from China who was rescued to the West and came to the event to tell about his experience in a Chinese prison.
So far, more than 65,000 people have read this article. I believe the good cooperation among practitioners made this success possible.
Something very simple like telling the others about some information you found, or paying attention to what others send in their e-mails is important. If the practitioner hadn't told us that he had seen that NTD video published without proper credit, so many people wouldn't have been exposed to our truth clarification and their lives wouldn't have been saved.
Prof. L. is another person who was in touch with practitioners, including me. In recent years, he has traveled around the world as a part of DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting), helping to expose the organ harvesting atrocities in China. As I see it, he is a person with high morality and a strong predestined relationship, and he is establishing a very good future for himself.
One morning, I visited NTD's Chinese-language website. (I can't remember what made me do so, because I cannot read Chinese.) I saw a video about a medical conference in Taiwan, in which Prof. L. talked about the Israeli law that forbids using public money for organ transplantation in China. I immediately thought that it would be an interesting item for the Israeli media.
At first, I didn't know what to do. I called a fellow practitioner and discussed it with her. She expressed some doubts as to whether this was really important and asked, "So what precisely can we do about it?" I sent e-mails to several journalists whom I knew, and people from State TV said they wanted to broadcast the item.
I immediately contacted the NTD team in Taiwan and asked them to interview Prof. L., as requested by the state channel. It was not a simple matter, but the interview was done.
Then we faced another complicated phase, as we had no previous contact with the Taiwanese team and most of them did not speak English. There were 4 or 5 Israeli practitioners working very intensively against the clock to edit the video for use by State TV. Thanks to our good cooperation, we made it and sent the video to the state channel.
In this process I did my best to keep a righteous mind. Having the understanding of how important this was, I was determined to succeed. Although I worked a lot more than usual, I did not feel tired, and neither did I want to sleep a little more in the mornings like I had in the past after intense projects.
After our report was broadcast on State TV, I thought we could reach some more media outlets to increase the range of our truth clarification. I called a contact at a channel for Israelis who had emigrated from France, and he immediately agreed to broadcast it. I felt joy and contentment, but immediately tried to purge those emotions. Afterward, we succeeded in getting this video to a few other websites.
Now I am trying to figure out what new directions I can take to clarify the truth in general and about organ harvesting in particular, in order to reach more people who are not yet aware of the facts.
At the 2013 New York Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference, which I attended, Master mentioned live organ harvesting as having no precedent in history.
“Think about live organ harvesting, for example. Back in ancient Rome even at the height of the persecution of Christians, there was nothing so evil. About the cruelest thing they did was to put people to death. The worst evil perpetrated on this planet is that which Dafa disciples have been subjected to, or have been up against, in the persecution.”
This gave me a push to act even more vigorously in this area. Unfortunately, I only have the understanding but not yet the full implementation. I still stumble on my path of cultivation due to pursuit of comfort, various desires and sleeping, as well as a lack of a right mood to do something. The positive thing is that I can now identify my shortcomings, but sometimes I still am unable to overcome them.
While searching the Web, I recently discovered companies that can promote videos for a fee, so this is another way to reach a lot more people. At first, there were only 3 of us working on the promotion of NTD's 8-minute video about organ harvesting. Then we started working with the biggest company in the world in this area. It worked smoothly until they took down the video on the grounds that it was "against China."
I was very surprised to hear that from them. I had a kind of twitch on my face and even felt a little angry with them. Later I realized that I should only express compassion and clarify the truth to these people, because some bad elements had forced that understanding upon them.
After consulting some fellow practitioners on how to best do it, I tried to clarify the truth to the president of the company and to some of the employees involved, but they were still not ready to reinstate the video on their channel. I realized that I had to find another company. After a 10-day search, I found a suitable company, and then some more such companies. Some more practitioners also joined in the effort, and the viewership of this video increased tremendously as a result.
It may sound like I've done a lot, but I think that I still haven't done things at the required standard and have not studied the Fa enough.
Master said in "Learning the Fa" from Essentials for Further Advancement:
"Actually, in cultivation practice you ascend by improving yourself gradually and unknowingly. Keep in mind: One should gain things naturally without pursuing them."
I will try to remember what Master has asked of me in the time that is still left. I don't have the proper words to thank Master for what He has done for sentient beings in this special period.
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