China Fahui | Compassion Is Needed to Save Sentient Beings
Greetings, Esteemed Teacher! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I have seen pictures taken during many Falun Dafa experience sharing conferences and published on the Minghui website over the past years. There were banners on both sides of the podium that had one of Teacher's poems printed on them:
“Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in springRighteous thoughts can save the people in this world”(“The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos” in Hong Yin Volume II)
The words “compassion” and “righteous thoughts” have been embedded firmly and deeply in my mind. Whenever I run into a problem, these words appear before my eyes.
Teacher Gave Practitioners Fa-study Groups
Group Fa-study is an excellent method that helps practitioners learn from one another and cultivate diligently as one body. This is also a cultivation form given to us by Teacher. However, in today's China, it is not easy to have a regular Fa-study group.
There is interference from the external environment, such as those who are persecuting Dafa, and family members who are non-practitioners and are not supportive. Besides, there is also interference from practitioners themselves because of their attachments. Some Fa-study groups were set up, despite many difficulties, but were then canceled for a number of reasons.
Fortunately, our Fa-study group has been running smoothly from the first day when it was established. This is because practitioners strengthened their righteous thoughts and prevailed, despite all kinds of tribulations.
I attended Teacher's Fa-lecture twice in 1994 and was a local assistant assigned by the Falun Dafa Assistance Center. Therefore, I was persecuted from July 1999 to the end of 2006 and released from detention in 2007. I was interrogated, put under house arrest, sentenced and detained in a detention center during that time.
Through Fa-study and serious cultivation, I found many shortfalls in my xinxing. However I used my strong righteous thoughts to negate all evil interference from the old forces, and steadfastly walked on the path that Teacher arranged for me.
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts as a Group
I then set up a Fa-study group at home. It was going well for a while, but a practitioner who recently returned to cultivation was reported for distributing Dafa truth-clarification materials at a residential district and the local police arrested and detained him.
Some practitioners from our Fa-study group were concerned for our safety and suggested that we stop meeting and wait until it was safe to get together again.
I thought that we should not back down, because this is just what ordinary people do when they face a tribulation. Fa-study is a serious matter. Therefore, we did not stop our Fa-study group, which allowed us to send forth righteous thoughts collectively.
Some fellow practitioners and I visited the arrested practitioner's family members. They provided us with information, which we reported in a timely manner to the Minghui website. We also were able to find out phone numbers of the local police and judicial departments and transmitted them to the Minghui website.
In addition, we helped that practitioner's family members strengthen their righteous thoughts. They went to the detention center to demand his release. Because of our righteous thoughts and great cooperation, that practitioner refused to cooperate and did not provide information to his persecutors. He was released after one year.
Investment in Saving People
I came to understand that doing the three things well is not only one requirement of the Fa, but also part of the vow we made during prehistoric times.
In order to save all sentient beings, and rectify the Fa of the cosmos, Teacher has given us the best of everything. The Buddha's grace is infinite and beyond any description. Given that, is there anything we cannot let go of? Or is there any reason for us not doing well what we are supposed to do?
All my spare time is earmarked towards Fa-study and producing Dafa truth-clarification materials. Even, when I do not sleep because of producing the materials, I am not tired the next day. Benevolent Teacher strengthens me.
In my day-to-day life, whenever possible I talk to people about Dafa and help them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
Actually, I am a loner, but changed because I needed to talk to people about Dafa. I attended my relatives and friends gatherings, such as weddings, funerals, birthday celebrations or any other social occasions where I could meet people, assuming that I was invited.
I prepared different kinds of Dafa materials, and took the type of event into consideration. People generally accepted the facts about Dafa and some quit the CCP.
Sometimes I even tried to attend parties held by my son's colleagues or classmates. To get invited, I told my son that I would pay for the event, which he accepted. This allowed me to convince most of his classmates or coworkers to quit the CCP. My son called this investing in clarifying the truth to people, and saving them.
Changing Die Hard CCP Adherent
When talking to people about Dafa, I sometimes ran into people who were deeply poisoned by the CCP's brainwashing tactics. I treated this as a xinxing test.
One time I went to visit a senior officer. As soon as I began to talk, she yelled, “You guys don't have any conscience. The Party pays you, but you are still against it. As soon as you start talking bad about it, it upsets me. Please do not bring this up again.” Then, she asked me to leave.
At home, I studied the Fa, calmed down and looked inward. I realized that I did not think from another person's perspective and my compassion would not surface as long as I had the attachment.
I then visited her again. It was as if nothing had happened. This time, I began the conversation by talking about health and fitness, and the corruption in Chinese society. I explained that our pay was earned by us, and we were not paid by the CCP. It was rather that the Party was supported by taxpayers' money.
In addition, I explained that the Party is lying to its people, confiscates assets belonging to its citizens and the state, and breeds corrupt officials. More importantly, it promotes atheism. It does not want people to believe in gods, and that good and evil has its own reward or retribution. Its goal is to turn people against each other.
I next spoke of the many people that died during the various political movements. When it comes to Falun Dafa, the CCP arrests, tortures and kills practitioners at will. Even worse, the CCP minions are involved in the organ harvesting trade from living practitioners for economic profit.
After I visited her another few times, she was moved to tears by what I said, quit the CCP and accepted Dafa truth-clarification materials.
Accepting Invitation to Veterans Party to Save Veterans
There was a veterans party earlier this year. The event planner is in charge of the stability office of a city and seemed to have some connection with the 610 Office. He wanted me to attend the party.
It took me quite some time to accept the invitation, and I used all kinds of excuses to decline. He said that because of our age, this could be the very last time we would get together. Anyway, over 100 people would attend and all of them wanted to see me.
Finally it occurred to me that this was a great opportunity to save them. I began to look inward and found my attachment to fear. I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate it, and accepted his invitation.
I took over 100 Dafa informational materials to the party and asked two new practitioners from my Fa-study group to accompany me.
The first thing at the party was to talk to the event planner and his wife about Dafa. His wife did not take much convincing to quit the CCP, and he quit before the end of the party. They also accepted the Dafa materials.
However, when my friend found out that I was going to hand out materials he stopped me. He said that he understood me, but others might not and report me to the police. It took some convincing, but in the end he no longer objected.
When we met those old buddies, I was shocked to see their very poor facial complexion. Also many had a big tummy or were hunchbacked.
Many of them went to work for the public security departments after they left the army. They had committed bad deeds, so their appearance had changed for the worst. They no longer even resembled a bit of their younger selves.
They were very surprised that I looked so young. I told them that this was because I practiced Falun Dafa. I gave them a brief summary of my cultivation and all three of us practitioners sent righteous thoughts while we handed out the Dafa materials. We had more materials than needed, so we handed out the remainder in residential areas.
Visited by Local Officials for Suing Jiang Zemin
The criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese regime, has gained great momentum since the end of May 2015. I prepared and mailed my complaint to the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing in June. It took only one day, to receive the acknowledgment receipt. I also sent a copy to the Minghui website, which was published in early July.
People from the local community committee and police department came to my home. I refused to open the door, but talked to them through the security door. They asked me if I had sent something to the Minghui website. I told them that I sent a complaint against Jiang to the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing.
“As you already know, since my husband died on the battlefield, I have received widow's benefits from the government,” I said. “I became healthy because I practice Dafa, so I saved a large sum of medical expenses for the government.”
“Even though I follow the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” and am a good person, I was detained in a brainwashing center, fired by my workplace, and sentenced to six years in prison. My family life was ruined, I was tortured and mentally wounded.”
“It was all because the former Chinese president used his power to persecute Dafa and practitioners out of jealousy. He carried out the nationwide suppression of Falun Dafa. You tell me, whether I should sue him or not?”
They listened quietly, and left without even a goodbye.
The director of the local community committee and an officer from the community comprehensive management department came to my home a few days later. The officer had not been told the truth about Dafa. I talked to him about the crimes the Chinese former president had committed against Dafa and practitioners, and that some of the persecutors are facing investigation and sentencing.
I told him that I didn't want him to be impacted as well. Therefore, the best thing for him was to not persecute Dafa. After he listened, he told me several times that he understood what I told him. He then left.
He returned a few days later and said that some people in charge of the district government invited me for dinner, because they wanted to talk with me. I wanted to talk about Dafa, so I accepted the invitation.
For the dinner, I put on some make-up and dressed up. My son came with me. They had not arrived yet, so I sent forth righteous thoughts. My entire body became very warm, my feet felt as if I was riding a magical wheel, and there was a Falun spinning in every pore of my skin. I was filled with compassion. My son told me that I looked so pretty today.
They were all very surprised when they saw me. They talked about history, divinely-inspired culture, then moved onto one's belief, the consequences in the Chinese history for persecuting righteous belief and so on.
At the end of the dinner, it seemed as if they had forgotten what they were going to say to me. They were just like a group of students who quietly listened to their teacher. The atmosphere was harmonized and peaceful.
Before I left, a director mentioned that his daughter was very interested in history and literature. He wanted to bring her to have dinner with me. I said sure. At that time, I began to recall Teacher's Fa:
“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods. The more compassion that is present, the greater this energy becomes, and it can disintegrate anything that is bad. This is something that has never been taught, be it by Shakyamuni or cultivators of the past. The greatest manifestation of shan is compassion, and it is an expression of tremendous energy. It can disintegrate all that is not right.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference”)