Eliminating Human Attachments and Improving Xinxing
(Minghui.org) In explaining the truth about Falun Dafa to people over the years, many of my human attachments have come to light. Eliminating those attachments has allowed me to gain new understandings of Dafa and improve my cultivation level.
I realized that Master has arranged for us to tell Chinese tourists at tourist sites the facts about Falun Dafa and encourage them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This has given me the opportunity to cultivate while clarifying the truth about Dafa.
Dafa Gives Me Wisdom
When I started telling people the facts about Falun Dafa over a decade ago, tourists often asked me, “You say Falun Dafa is good. What's good about it? Can you tell me in one sentence?”
At home I studied the Fa and thought about this question. Why did I choose to cultivate Dafa? After one night of thinking, I suddenly enlightened: “Dafa cultivates both mind and body.” A person can return to his or her origin by cultivating in Dafa. This is an opportunity that a person may not come across in ten thousand years.
Some tourists asked me the same question the next day and also wanted a one-sentence answer. I answered what I had enlightened to the previous night – in one sentence. They understood and repeatedly said, “Falun Dafa is good.”
Using Simple Language
When I hold righteous thoughts, Dafa gives me wisdom. I knew that Master used simple and clear language to explain the Fa to us, but I did not really understand that the profound meaning of Dafa is extremely simple. Master arranged an opportunity for me to improve myself.
I was at a tourist site to clarify the truth about Dafa. Time was tight, but I wanted to cover as much information about Falun Dafa as possible, so I ended up saying too much, which confused the tourist, who said, “Are you trying to brainwash me?”
On my way home, I thought I'd explained the truth in language he could understand. Why didn't he? I suddenly realized that every time Master lectures on the Fa, he uses simple language to express the profound meaning of Fa principles.
“So, I taught this Dafa by using the most common and popular language, the plainest and simplest language. Those who are educated and those who aren’t can both understand it, and they can both do cultivation. But what is contained in it is very, very profound.” (“First Fa Teaching Given In The United States” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference I)
When you explain the truth, you cannot speak at too high a level if you want to save people; otherwise it will have a negative effect. There have been many lessons in this.” (Fa Teaching at the New York Fa Conference on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Dafa's Introduction to the Public)
What we know comes from our many years of cultivation. It is hard for an ordinary person to understand that. Speaking at a too high a level has an adverse effect on people.
When I understood this layer of the Fa, I felt that the Fa gave me more wisdom and power. In the past I saw other practitioners talking about Falun Dafa to a whole bus full of tourists. Although I could not come even close to that at the time, my skills have improved and now I can talk to more tourists at one time.
Banners Open Channels of Communication
I noticed two banners at the tourist site. They read: “The History of the CCP's Tyranny” and “How the CCP Has Betrayed Our Country.” They attracted the most tourists.
It was easier to start a conversation by referring to these banners. It was easier to talk to people once they were aware of the crimes the CCP has committed and just how evil the Party is. That helped more of them to quit the Party.
August 2017 was the peak time for Chinese student tourists. One day, a busload of Chinese high school students stopped at the Sydney Opera House, where we have a truth-clarification site.
When they passed the first banner and were told that quitting the Youth League and the Young Pioneers CCP organizations would be rewarded with a secure and safe future, they seemed cynical.
When they walked past the picture depicting the CCP's crime of harvesting organs from living practitioners, I talked to them about it. One student had read about how a child was abducted and his organs were harvested and sold. They were horrified to hear about the organ harvesting.
They wanted to know more, so I gave them the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and software to break through China's internet blockade.
Before they left, the students and their teacher quit the Party and its youth organizations. They also promised to tell their friends and acquaintances what they had learned when they returned home.
A Comprehensive Report
After I first started telling people the facts about Falun Dafa at the tourist sites, I realized that there was a need for a comprehensive report to better help the tourists understand the truth about the persecution.
Four years ago, other practitioners and I created a special edition of the Epoch Times journal titled: “The Basic Truths about Falun Gong, How Evil the CCP Is, and How the Party Lies.” I observed that many tourists who read the special journal quit the Party.
As we were putting together this special journal, I ran into a xinxing test. I had different thoughts on the format and content, resulting in a conflict.
A practitioner criticized the special journal. I thought what she said was not true and that she spoke like someone who'd been indoctrinated by the CCP. I did not argue with her, but I was hurt. That evening I thought about giving up on the project.
Besides going to the tourist sites to tell people about Falun Dafa, I also had an evening job. I was already under pressure and could use some time off.
Even though I was disturbed, I sat down and listened to phone calls made by the global phone group that told people the truth about Falun Dafa.
Their sincerity not only helped sentient beings in China but also helped cleanse my dimensional space and inspired my righteous thoughts.
“If you do not change the human logic that you, as an ordinary human, have formed deep in your bones over thousands of years, you will be unable to break away from this superficial human shell and reach Consummation.” (“Cautionary Advice” from Essentials For Further Advancement)
My human attachments and selfish thoughts were exposed. I wondered if I still was a practitioner if I choose to escape in the face of conflicts? Then I realized that I did not do what I was supposed to do. Once I was clear in my mind, the frustrated feeling over being criticized gradually disappeared.
My thought of giving up on the special journal also disappeared. My responsibility and righteous thoughts were strengthened and the special journal project was completed.
From this incident, I realized that every opportunity to improve my cultivation will come with conflicts and tribulations.
“Cultivation is something you do right in the thick of tribulations. They’ll test whether you can sever your emotions and desires, and they’ll see if you can take them lightly. If you’re attached to those things you won’t be able to finish your cultivation.” (Zhuan Falun)
Every time I had a breakthrough, understood another Fa principle, or let go of human attachments, I was able to upgrade my xinxing.