Letting Go of Self-Interest to Save People with Predestined Relationships
(Minghui.org) My cousin was well-known for aggressively pursuing his personal interests. For example, he took it upon himself to demolish a few older, large homes adjacent to his residence and built new houses there. He did all this without saying anything to us, despite our ownership of the land and the properties.
This was back in 1994. Our whole family was very upset after finding out that our property was under his possession. Every one of us in our family wanted to argue with him. We even wanted to go as far as suing him.
This was especially the case for my mom, who was very attached to the property. She was very upset about it, so I tried my best to comfort her.
This was the situation in our family until 1998 when both my mother and I began to practice Falun Dafa, followed by my father and younger brother. Because our family practiced Falun Dafa, we were able to completely let go of the strong resentment towards my cousin.
However, that was not the end of it. My cousin took over the rest of our assets in our hometown. As a result, we had no place to stay if we were to go back there. However, since all of us practiced Dafa, we were fairly calm, but deep down our hearts were not completely unmoved.
At that time, my husband said something that alerted me: “Your whole family cultivates Buddhahood, yet why do you still argue with an ordinary person? Does that make sense?”
I realized that this was Master using him to enlighten us.
As Master said:
“What everyday people want is personal gain and how to live well and comfortably. Our practitioners are not this way, but exactly the opposite. We do not seek what everyday people want. Instead, what we get is something everyday people cannot obtain—even though they want to—except through cultivation practice.” (Zhuan Falun)
So we decided to completely let it go.
Master also said: “Of course, cultivators have no enemies” (“Turning the Wheel Towards the Human World,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress, Vol III) I then enlightened: We cannot continue to hold onto such a strong resentment towards him. I should take the initiative to resolve it. Therefore, I went back to my hometown to visit my cousin and his family.
When our neighbors saw me, they all expected that there would be a big conflict. And they decided to follow me to my cousin's house. As soon as I went to my cousin's house, I began to greet him. I could feel that he was at home, but I heard no response. I figured that it was probably because my sudden visit caught him off guard. Then I saw his wife, and I began to chat with her. At first, she was a bit uneasy. I just went ahead, talking to her about the beauty of Dafa, as well as the fact that Dafa taught people to pursue kindness and to be good people.
When my cousin realized that I meant no harm, he finally came out to see me. Later his children also came home. I ended up having a good conversation with all of them. From our talk, they all acknowledged that Dafa is good, and gladly decided to withdraw their memberships from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. After the neighbors saw this, they felt relieved and then left.
So the conflict between my cousin and I was resolved. When many villagers saw that the reason we didn't fight with one another was solely because I practice Dafa, it clearly demonstrated to them that Dafa is a righteous Fa.
Another time when I went back home, I was sitting down with the person in charge of our village and the secretary of the CCP committee at lunch. I began to talk to them about quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations. They agreed right away.
They also said: “Seeing how you behaved (in the situation with my cousin), we knew Dafa is truly wonderful!” I truly appreciated Master, for he always makes the best arrangements for us. It seemed on the surface that we lost in terms of our self-interest, but we actually gained something that others are not able to obtain.
Wherever we go, our duty is to validate the Fa. I have seen that some practitioners stopped interacting with others as soon as they started practicing. I felt that they were a bit off track. As we can use such interactions as opportunities to demonstrate the beauty of Dafa and clarify the facts to them.
As for myself, I don't want to miss any opportunity when it comes to saving sentient beings, such as a wedding, funeral, birthday party, or friends getting together.
During the daytime, when on my way to either the grocery store or school to drop off or pick up my child, I always hold the wish that I bring compassion and kindness to people who have predestined relationships with me. Moreover, I always had truth-clarification journals with me, and I'd give them to people after first greeting them with a smile.
I talked to them about the beauty of Dafa and about the staged “self-immolation” incident. I covered the fact that good will be rewarded with good, and evil will meet with retribution, as well as that quitting the CCP can ensure one's safety.
I have felt more and more that sentient beings are waking up to the truth and are willing to quit the CCP. When I went on a trip, I always brought some materials with me to clarify the facts to people.
One time I traveled to the mountains, and I clarified the facts to some farmers there. The information was very well received by them. The next day, even before dawn, there was someone knocking at my door. It turned out to be the same farmers that I talked to the day before. They had brought a few others with them to hear the facts about Dafa, and they wanted some amulets from me. They also asked to quit the CCP for themselves and other family members. I felt so touched. They are all precious sentient beings who have been waiting for this day to come lifetime after lifetime.
This large melting furnace of human society is for us to cultivate ourselves, fulfill our mission to assist saving sentient beings, and realize our vow.
I would like to thank Master for his saving grace. I will for sure cultivate more diligently to reach the realm of selflessness and altruism, and fulfill my mission.