Improving Myself by Looking Inward
(Minghui.org) A Falun Dafa practitioner and I go out to talk to people about the persecution of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) regularly. After studying Master's “Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference,” I felt the urgency and importance of saving sentient beings.
Dafa practitioners shoulder the historic mission of saving sentient beings during the Fa-rectification period. If we don't do this well, we won't fulfill our historic vows. So we go out and talk to people every morning, no matter how bad the weather.
We send forth righteous thoughts for half an hour before going out, to clear our dimensions and ask Master to strengthen us. We haven't encountered any major problems because we believe that people are waiting to be saved.
Some people greet us like old friends. One elderly woman held my hand saying, “Why did you come so late?”
However, we've also had some unpleasant experiences, where people refuse to listen or curse at us. When this happens, we remind each other to look within, as we know that it was our own attachments and bad notions that blocked people from wanting to know the truth about Dafa and the persecution.
Some people who were heavily influenced by atheistic principles thanked us enthusiastically after hearing about Dafa. We tell them to thank our Master because we simply shared our Master’s words to help save people.
Keeping Righteous Thoughts
Once, a dozen tourists quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Later in the afternoon, we described the whole process to other practitioners.
The next day, after an hour of talking to people, we hadn't managed to help a single person learn about Falun Gong. They either refused to listen to us or wouldn't accept what we said.
I became upset and began to criticize people under my breath. The other practitioner smiled and reminded me to look within. I realized that we were being zealous and showing off the previous day, and had forgotten that it was Master who had arranged everything. As long as our dimensions aren't clean, we can't help save people.
We sat on a small bench and sent forth righteous thoughts to dissolve any human notions, and asked Master to direct predestined people to us.
An elderly man was standing nearby looking at us. We greeted him and chatted a bit. He told us that he was from Henan Province and was 84 years old. He was a retired veteran Communist Party member who was visiting his daughter.
We told him about how the CCP promotes atheism and a philosophy of strife between people, and how it has launched a series of bloody political movements to oppress the Chinese people. Now it is persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners and even harvesting their organs for huge sums of money. We asked him if he would like to quit the Party.
He kept nodding and said, “I know what you’ve said is correct. I do know that the CCP has committed a lot of crimes. I believe what you say, so please help me to quit.”
We asked him to recite, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” which we wrote on a piece of paper. He then put it in his shirt pocket. We helped more than 20 people quit the CCP after he left.
We thanked Master from deep down inside. Master will bring predestined people to us as long as we maintain our righteous thoughts.
A Buddha’s Smile
I went to a tourist spot one time and waited for another practitioner to arrive. However, she still hadn't shown up after nearly half an hour. So many people had passed by in that time that didn't get to hear about Dafa. I found it hard to talk to strangers, so I watched many people pass by without trying to communicate with them.
I knew that I shouldn't get dragged down by human notions. I had to break through this test and remove my dependence on others to be able to speak to people.
An elderly man was sitting in a pavilion, so I went over to greet him. After he responded to my greeting I sat down to chat. When I mentioned quitting the CCP, he immediately asked, “Are you Falun Gong?”
“Yes!” I replied, “Falun Gong is a righteous way of the Buddhist school...” He impatiently interrupted me and left.
I was upset over this incident and thought about what could have caused his abrupt reaction. I realized that I was very anxious and forgot to send righteous thoughts. Also, I didn't treat this as a precious task and became fearful.
“When you lack wisdom it's usually caused by your being anxious, being anxious in your mind to do something, giving it too much importance, and thereby developing a different type of attachment. Actually, with a lot of things if you calmly and gently talk to people and handle those things rationally, you'll find that your wisdom will flow forth like a spring, and every sentence of yours will get right to the point, and every sentence will speak the truth. As soon as you become attached or anxious, though, or have some strong intention, your wisdom is gone, and that's because at that time you've come over to the human side again, right? You should try your best to use righteous thoughts and try your best to be in the state of a cultivator, and the results will be excellent.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference III)
I adjusted my thinking and kept sending righteous thoughts while walking to a nearby scenic spot.
A woman there was looking at pictures of lotus flowers. I greeted her and used the lotus flower to start a conversation.
She told me that she had become a Buddhist that day. She said that I look so kind and smiled like a Buddha. She guessed that I must also have a spiritual belief.
I told her that I believe in Falun Dafa, and informed her about the persecution. I also helped her to quit the CCP. She gave me her telephone number to keep in touch.
Through my various experiences of talking to people, I realized that studying the Fa well and sending forth righteous thoughts are very important for us to do well at saving sentient beings.