Looking Inward and Elevating Oneself While Clarifying The Facts
Teacher taught us:
“Dafa disciples are the sole hope of salvation for the beings in each region and each nation.” (“My Thanks to Sentient Beings Who Have Sent Greetings,” from The Essentials Of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
With the progress of Fa-rectification and Teacher's enlightenment, I have been making phone calls to people with my cellular phone since late last year, for the purpose of helping them with the three withdrawals (withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated Youth League and Young Pioneers).
Over the past over six months, I have come to realize that the cell phone is a great tool to help people with the “three withdrawals.” I have, during the process, held myself firmly to the standards of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” and improved my mind-nature. With we make a phone call, we have no idea how that person lives, or what he or she is like. We run into all kinds of people.
Some people hang up as soon as they hear who we are, some begin to swear, some listen but really don't want to quit, and some threaten to report us to the police. During the process of helping people with the “three-withdrawals,” one must study the Fa well and maintain righteous thoughts from beginning to end. One must also keep a pure mind and be very compassionate. This way we can help almost anyone quit the Party.
On the second day after I began making phone calls, as soon as I finished saying why one should make the “three withdrawals,” the person I had called began swearing at me. I was stunned by his words. As soon as he finished swearing, he hung up the call. My heart began to go up and down, and all kinds of attachments began to surface. My attachment to self-esteem has been very strong since childhood. Even though I have practiced for many years, I haven't been able to completely eliminate this attachment. I don't like feeling rejected, let alone being sworn at. This was the first time I had ever been sworn at.
After returning home, I lay down on the bed. When dinner was ready, I refused to eat. I said to my husband, who is also a practitioner, “I'll call him again tomorrow.” My husband saw that I was frustrated, so he suggested, “Please look inward, you'll see if you have the competitive mentality and are moved by ordinary people.”
I calmed down and began to study the Fa. Teacher's Fa melted my feeling of being wronged and my resentment. I began to look inward and measure myself against the Fa. I came to realize that I hadn't cultivated solidly enough, and I wasn't practicing forbearance or compassion. I thought about the tremendous suffering Teacher endured to give us this opportunity to save sentient beings. My heart was broadened, and my body felt light. I felt that Teacher had removed the bad substance in my body, suffered for me once again, and pushed me one step further.
I have since been studying the Fa diligently, and reading the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and other truth-clarification materials to improve my ability to clarify the facts. With Teacher's empowerment, as well as other practitioners' righteous thoughts, I have continued clarifying the facts to people as long as they don't hang up on me. Many people I have called not only quit themselves, but also help their family members with the three withdrawals.
One time when I made a phone call, as soon as I began talking, the man hung up. I called again, and he challenged me by saying, “Do you know what I do?” I quietly replied, “No matter what you do, you should do things for the people, don't you agree?” When he heard this, he was not as upset as before and replied, “I am president of a certain police bureau.” I said, “Since I called you and got to talk to you, we must have a great predestined relationship. I hope you'll treasure it and treasure your life even more.”
I then began talking to him about why one needs to proceed with the three-withdrawals, what Falun Gong is, and the beauty of Dafa. I also talked about the corruption of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and the deceitful nature of the CCP. I told him about the proverb, “Good will be rewarded with good, evil will meet with retribution.” I contiued for more than 20 minutes. I felt that Teacher was empowering me and the power of Dafa was being displayed. The man kept saying, “Right, right. I know.” I later asked him if it would be alright for me to give him a pseudonym to help him with the “three-withdrawals.”
I gave him the name “Defu,” which means obtaining good fortune. I also told him that his wise choice today would ensure him a good future. He agreed and also asked me to help his wife with the "three withdrawals."
Another time, as I started to explain why one needs to proceed with the three withdrawals, the person who was listening began swearing at me harshly. I remembered that I shouldn't be moved. I kept a calm voice, and said with dignity, “Hello, Sir, please calm down. There is a saying, 'If you want others to respect you, you have to respect others.' What if your child were by your side? What kind of influence would you have on him, swearing like this? Have you thought about that? Even kids in daycare know that they need to have good manners when talking to others. Do you see what am saying?”
Apparently my words touched him, as his attitude changed. I said to him in a very peaceful and compassionate way, “Sir, I am calling you to tell you how to protect your life before the big calamity comes. I then talked to him in detail about the heavenly principle that good and evil have their retribution, and why heaven will eliminate the CCP. I also talked to him about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP, and how the corrupt CCP officials don't care a bit about their own citizens.
When I spoke about how children from poverty stricken areas couldn't afford to go to school, my emotions emerged, and my voice was shaking. Suddenly he began to talk. “How old are you?” he asked. I said “I am 60 years old.” He asked. "Really?" I said that I practiced “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” so I wouldn't lie to him. I also talked to him about the fact that since I practiced Falun Dafa, I not only became healthy, but also more peaceful. Our Teacher asks us to think of others in all respects and cultivate to be a sage, and a role model who always puts others first.
Then he said, “My sister, can I ask you a few questions?” I told him “Please go ahead.” I answered his questions one by one. He was very happy. He sounded somewhat guilty when he told me with sincerity, “My sister, I am a Party member. I want to quit.” I told him, “I wish for your safety.” When I saw him again, he asked, “My sister, if you have time, can you give me a call again please?” I agreed. This phone call lasted for 30 minutes.
This phone call touched me so much. From picking up the phone and getting sworn at, to being called "my sister" and not wanting to hang up. The change that happened in the process shocked me. I have come to realize that just clarifying the facts to people for the sake of doing it is far from enough. During the process, one also needs to use one's wisdom to open up people's hearts. One needs to have great compassion and forbearance to deal with sudden humiliation and other xinxing tests. While keeping one's heart unmoved, one also needs to keep saving sentient beings. One needs to be firm in Dafa to be sure not to get lost.
During the process of clarifying the facts to others, I remember Teacher's words,
“Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy ...” (“Rationality,” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I treasure Teacher for using his tremendous suffering to continue each day of the Fa-rectification period. I'll remember my title, a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. I will put my heart into doing the “three things,” and validate the Fa to the end.