Imposing Understandings on Others is Not Compassionate
(Minghui.org) I was at a tourist attraction site yesterday talking to people about Falun Dafa and encouraging Chinese people to renounce their membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and affiliated organizations.
I approached a group of Chinese people. However, as soon as I mentioned quitting the Party, several of them began to loudly criticize me. It looked as if they were quarreling with me.
I tried to maintain my xinxing and avoided arguing with them at first. However, when more people verbally attacked me, and very loudly, I could not speak calmly and became emotional.
That night I thought about the incident and asked myself “Why didn't they listen to me, and why did they criticize me? I don't think I spoke too loudly. So why did they react negatively when I talked about renouncing the Party? Why was I so emotional when they attacked me verbally?”
When I calmed down, I realized that I did not think of others first, but often forced my understanding on others. In the case of the Chinese tourists, I wanted them to do as I said. When I talked to them, I placed myself and my understandings first, and I failed to be compassionate and place their needs first.
Therefore, I became emotional when they criticized me. Had I talked to them without a trace of self-importance, then I could have been compassionate regardless of what they said.
Practitioners know that Falun Dafa is a good practice. And Master has never imposed the Fa principles on us. When we impose on others, ignore how others feel, and expect others to do as we say, then we are not being kind. And that is an attachment practitioners should eliminate.