Reflections from My Level of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I would like to share some of my reflections at my cultivation level. Whether you can save sentient beings, to what extent you can, and to what extent you have been persecuted are, from my perspective, a reflection of diligence and how well you are doing the three things.
Clarifying the Facts about Dafa Face to Face
I began to clarify the facts to people at the beginning of 2011, and I remember some of my encounters quite clearly.
I was buying a pound of onions from a woman in the market and asked her if she had heard about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She seemed not to understand what I meant, so I went into greater detail after she told me that she was a Party member.
I advised her to quit the Party, because the CCP promotes atheism, and God won't protect Party members during a catastrophe. She agreed to quit without further explanation. She was thankful I’d spoken to her and wanted to give me extra onions.
“I practice Falun Dafa,” I said, “and try to be a good person by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I can't accept what I don’t pay for.”
I wasn’t good at clarifying the facts at that time, but she quit the Party after just a few words and also showed me how grateful she was. I think Master encouraged me, so I would continue with my truth-clarification efforts.
After that, I often went to major supermarkets, fields, villages, parks, and markets to talk about Falun Dafa. When I saw someone buy a certain product, I sometimes asked him or her which brand was better or I told him or her which brand was good. After trying to establish a connection, I turned to the issue of quitting the Party.
I once spoke to a man selling vegetables. He told me that he was the Party secretary for a brigade for more than 20 years. We talked about Jiang Zemin, the former head of the communist regime, and he agreed with all I said about how bad Jiang is and quit the Party.
Believing in What We Cannot See
I distributed truth-clarifying materials and talked to people on my way to the markets and rural areas. During the busy farming season, I went to the fields to talk to the farmers about Dafa.
I had strong righteous thoughts without an attachment of fear at that time. From studying Zhuan Falun and Teacher’s earlier teachings, I could help people see through the sham of atheism when I clarified the truth to them.
One evening I asked a man if he believed that God existed. He responded that he did not believe in higher beings because he could not see them.
I said, “Everybody can see this tree when it is light. If there is no light, you cannot see it, but the tree is still there. During the day, when you look at the sun, you cannot see anything and you can’t open your eyes because the sunlight is too bright. If the light is too dim, you can’t see anything, either. Only with the proper amount of light for human eyes can people see things. Scientists call it ‘visible light.’ Because God is not in this visible light, we will not see this higher level being.”
He said he thought that made sense. I then clarified the facts about Falun Dafa and persuaded him to quit the CCP and its youth organizations.
Shortcomings Result in Troubles
As my ability to clarify the truth improved, my attachments to zealotry, showing off, and seeking fame gradually developed. Every time we finished Fa study, I told the group how many people I had helped quit the Party.
When I joined an elderly practitioner to clarify the truth, I talked to her when I thought that she did not comply with the Fa. I criticized her without allowing her to explain. This created friction between us and was then taken advantage by the old forces. She was framed and arrested. Although she was released that evening, she resented me from then on. It took a long time to resolve this resentment.
Unfortunately, I did not realize my shortcomings, and when another practitioner and I were talking to people about Dafa, we were arrested. She was released the next day because of high blood pressure, but I was detained, beaten, taken to a detention center, and indicted by the procuratorate.
I was not aware that my competitiveness and being quick to criticize another practitioner had created these tribulations. After I was arrested, I made another mistake. Although I refused to answer any questions, I finally gave them my name. I had thought that, by that time, my husband would have been home and hidden my Dafa books and brochures. But he had not.
Normally, I was very good at clarifying the facts, but I failed to do it at the police station. I thought, “The staff and those who work for the 610 Office know the facts about Falun Dafa very well. If I tell them more, they will sentence me to many more years in prison.” I was full of selfishness and trying to protect myself.
Hints from Teacher in a Dream
Although I did not do well, Teacher did not give up on me. When I was half-sleep, I saw two tall individuals pull me up by my arms and fly me out of the prison window. I understood that it was Teacher rescuing me and that I should rectify myself quickly. I then started to clarify the facts to people in prison, and nine quit the Party.
The procuratorate let me say something in my defense.
“According to Article 36 of the Constitution,” I said, “citizens have the freedom to believe in religions. In Article 35, citizens have the freedom to publish, speak, and gather. What I have done complies with the Constitution. It is Jiang Zemin who violates the constitution, and Zhou Yongkang, who followed Jiang's dictates, is already under house arrest.
“The new policy says that those involved in a case will be responsible for it for the rest of their lives. Please don’t get involved in the persecution of Falun Dafa. You will only harm yourself.”
They all smiled at what I said. Four days later, I was released.