Eliminating Human Notions
(Minghui.org) I arrived in the United States from China almost two years ago. I have since been clarifying the truth at various Chinese tourist sites. The following are some of my experiences.
Being Compassionate, Eliminating Prejudice, and Looking Within
Master taught us,
“As long as he is someone you run into, you should save him, regardless of his position or social status, or whether he be the president or a beggar. In the eyes of gods, beings are equal. Social status is just a distinction made in human society.” (from “What is a Dafa Disciple” in Teaching the Fa at the Conference XI)
“Any human thoughts or attachments you have will make it hard for you to improve and elevate, and at the same time, will be seized upon by the old forces and evil factors, for sure.” (from “Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
When I initially told people about the beauty of Falun Dafa, I held some very limiting notions, such as, “This man looks kind.” “That woman appears hard to save.” “I think I like this person.” “That teenager doesn't seem nice.”
I knew these thoughts were wrong, so I worked hard to eliminate them.
I once met a middle-aged man who looked very fierce. Despite my initial feeling, I approached him, saying, “Do you know some of the benefits of practicing Falun Gong?”
His smiled and said, “Although some people at my company practice it, I don't know much about it.” I then spent a few minutes talking to him.
I enlightened to the fact that harboring human notions while doing truth-clarification work gets in the way of saving sentient beings.
I'm no longer affected when people ignore or disagree with me. I remain calm and send righteous thoughts, hoping that they will have another chance in future to be saved.
At one point, I felt that I was doing pretty good and developed the attachment of complacency.
Even though I know that Master arranges all of these things, the old forces took advantage of my loophole.
One day, two people in a row cursed at me. I said to them, “If you listen to both sides of the story, you will know who's right.”
I then recalled a conversation I had with a fellow practitioner who had recently migrated to the U.S. from China.
When he told me that many people often cursed at him while he was clarifying the truth, I thought, “You must have a problem. Nobody curses at me.”
I noticed that I came across as very opinionated and felt that I had something to teach him about explaining the facts.
The old forces used this loophole to persecute me, as my heart nature had not improved.
Once I made an effort to improve myself, it seemed that Master removed a lot of bad substances from my body and mind.
When I later talked to tourists, I felt that the field at the tourist sites had become harmonious again.
I enlightened to the fact that whenever we are being interfered with, we need to look within, correct ourselves, assimilate to Dafa, and send righteous thoughts to eliminate the old force factors.
Master's grand wish of saving sentient beings should be our wish too. we thus need to eliminate the old forces' interference.
Making Truth-Clarification a Priority
I noticed that I fell into a routine of either following tourists too closely while explaining the facts, or standing in one spot for too long while holding Dafa-related materials.
I quickly found out that neither extreme was effective.
Master told us,
“Pursue nothing and gain naturally! All the things that Dafa disciples are doing today are in fact the responsibilities that have been bestowed upon you by history. Just do what you should do openly and with dignity, and everything will be covered.” (from Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference)
I realized that the key was to not be attached to the fruits of my actions, or be moved by how many people I persuaded to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
I thus began to treat people with respect, and viewed them as old friends. I warmly greeted them whenever they approached our information table.
I sometimes walked with a passerby for a short distance, while explaining the facts. Many of them accepted the brochures that I offered.
If I met a person who was not interested in listening to me, I said, “Here, take this brochure and look it over when you have some time. It addresses an issue that is very important for you to know about.”
I told many people about the CCP's crimes against humanity, and asked them to share the information with their families and friends.
I often meet people whom I've clarified the truth to. Some say, “You work hard!” or “Falun Dafa is good.” Some even give me the thumbs up.
Many practitioners in my area, including myself, harbor many notions about local Chinese residents. For example, some believe that the Chinese are stubborn and hard to save. Others say that the Chinese don't like to listen to the truth about the Party.
Don't these notions block us from saving sentient beings? In reality, all of this was arranged by the old forces.
“No matter how mainland Chinese have been polluted, below the surface there is a film-like layer separating things, and once that is lifted, then the person beneath is revealed, with morality and character like the people there in the sixties. I will lift and remove that thing in the future.” (from “Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”)
I feel it's imperative that we rid ourselves of human notions in order to complete our mission of saving sentient beings!