The Importance of Harmonizing Our Thoughts and Actions
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996 and cultivated diligently during the first three years.
I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa in 2000 and was detained for three months. After returning home, I was often harassed and interrogated by the police. My home was also ransacked many times. However, I have never wavered in believing in Falun Dafa.
When putting up Falun Dafa truth-clarifying posters, I was arrested and interrogated by the deputy director of the local police department. Although I did not yet know about sending forth righteous, I was not scared. I was determined to believe in Master and the Fa. My wife and daughters begged me to sign the guarantee statement to give up Dafa, which I did. I was then released.
After I arrived at home, I realized that I should not have signed the renunciation statement. I went back to the police department and said to the officers who arrested me that I retracted what I had written. The officers did not say anything.
When I came across the police officer who arrested me at another time, I decided that I should tell him the truth about Falun Dafa. He listened without saying anything. I also urged him to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Before parting, he agreed to quit the CCP.
Clarifying the Truth About Dafa
I was harassed by police to the point I was forced to go into hiding from 1999 to 2002. I started to talk to people about the persecution beginning in 2003 and did not face any difficulties. Whenever I met with someone, I talked about Dafa.
Before I left my home, I studied the Fa and sent forth righteous thoughts. I also memorized sentences from truth clarification articles I found on the Minghui website. This helped people understand what was important to know about Dafa and the persecution.
During all these years, I have never been reported to police for talking to people about Dafa. If three people did not agree to withdraw from the CCP and its youth organizations, I looked within for any omission or shortcoming I might have.
What is of most importance is having righteous thoughts and a pure mind.
“Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth3 with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy—this is establishing the mighty virtue of an Enlightened Being.” (“Rationality” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Whenever I ran into a problem with someone, I did not get angry, but felt sorry for these people in my heart.
I envision that sentient beings in other dimensions are watching all our thoughts and actions. They will be sad when practitioners are not doing well in their truth-clarification mission.
Displaying the Goodness of Dafa Through Actions
At the beginning of the persecution, my family members, including my daughter-in-law, listened to the CCP's propaganda which maligned Falun Dafa. As I could not convince them of the goodness of Dafa in words, I decided to show them through my actions.
I treated them with compassion and forbearance. Additionally, I followed the Fa principles and apologized whenever I was in the wrong. I also talked about Dafa whenever possible, and one day they acknowledged that Falun Dafa is good. They have withdrawn from the CCP, and some of them have even filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the communist regime.
When my son and daughter-in-law had a big argument, she left home and was thinking of divorcing my son. I did not prevent her from leaving, but asked if she needed any money. She was surprised that I was still concerned for her well being. She said she had money and left. I did not persuade her to stay.
“Those who are attached to affection for family will definitely be burned, entangled, and tormented by it. Pulled by the threads of affection and plagued by them throughout their lives, they will find it too late to regret at the end of their lives.” (“Cultivators' Avoidances” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I let go of sentimentality and the affection to family. As a result, they reunited and enjoyed a happy life.
After this incident, my daughter-in-law's family respected me very much. All 20 of her relatives listened to the truth about Dafa and withdrew from the CCP.
Suggestions to Fellow Practitioners
Some practitioners focus more on doing Dafa projects and believe that they have kept up with the the Fa-rectification process.
But they neglect to clarify the truth to people face-to-face. I do not mean that Dafa projects are not important. I just want to suggest that practitioners prioritize their projects and also take some time to talk to people directly. It is crucial that practitioners clarify the truth and persuade people to withdraw from the CCP.
Some practitioners also love to share experiences. They even went to other cities to share with other practitioners. Sharing experiences is good, but going to extreme may be wasting valuable time. If we spent all our time sharing with fellow practitioners, when could we have time to help save people?