Personal Cultivation Cannot be Ignored
(Minghui.org) When analyzing ordinary people’s mindset to find the point when clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa would be most effective, I found where I was falling short – I lacked compassion.
Using informational materials to help people understand the facts about Falun Dafa is one of the three things practitioners are asked to do. However, studying the Fa well, cultivating well, and sending-forth righteous thoughts are crucial for our improvement.
Teacher’s Fa Measures Thoughts and Behavior
Cultivation is a serious matter. When I study the Fa, I make sure that my mind does not wander. When sending forth righteous thoughts and doing the fifth exercise, I keep my mind tranquil. I always keep my thoughts righteous no matter where I am.
“If you want to save him, you yourself must be a cultivator, so the words you say will have energy that can eliminate his prejudices and attachments; it has such an effect and can restrain those bad things that interfere with his thoughts at the time; only then can you save him.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
“Of course, you need to do well at personal cultivation if you’re to do well at those things. So this means cultivation is fundamental for each of you.” (Fa Teaching Given at he 2015 New York Fa Conference)
“But if you can stay on the Fa all the way through, and not let up in your personal cultivation at any point, you will find that everything you do is truly befitting a cultivator. That is simply essential if a Dafa disciple is to complete his mission, and what ensures it on a fundamental level.” (Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
The power of the Fa helps me disintegrate negative thoughts, enables me to pass tests at different stages in my cultivation, and assures that I elevate to higher levels.
Truth-clarification Phone Calls
When I began to clarify the facts by making phone calls to Chinese people, they were often annoyed and hostile, and some even cursed at me. I realized that when my mind was occupied with different concerns based on human notions—such as “What if no one picks up, what if they refuse to listen, or what if they hang up?”—these thoughts become reality. I felt depressed, upset, and even agitated, and thought that this task was not the right fit for me.
I repeated Teacher’s Fa whenever I wanted to quit making phone calls:
“Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish.” (Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
“How could those human attachments and fear mobilize gong?” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
Sometimes I doubted whether clarifying the facts of Dafa on the phone was helpful. When these doubts surfaced, I studied the Fa, which cleansed my mind and stabilized my cultivation state. The phone calls went through smoothly.
“Whatever you do, do it well. In the process of doing things, what’s looked at is your hearts, not your success itself. In the process of doing things you can save people! Your process of doing things is also a process of you elevating in cultivation, which, at the same time, plays the role of saving sentient beings! It is not that only if you succeed in doing that thing can you play the role of saving sentient beings.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
Teacher's Fa helped me realize that, if I thought I could not do a good job, the phone conversations would not go well, because my thoughts were not righteous. I am a Dafa disciple who made a vow with Teacher in history, and I must have confidence in myself that I am competent and able to do Dafa projects well.
“Actually, I have pushed every student to his or her position, really. At the time, everyone felt it, and some had seen it. Why was that? If you had not been pushed to your positions, you wouldn’t have that kind of energy to undertake what you should undertake in assisting Master, and you wouldn’t have been able to resist the evil. I pushed you to your position and have done this to all the Dafa disciples in the world, so that you will be able to save people coming from very high levels. With sufficient righteous thoughts, your words can have power over them, and the words you speak carry higher-level truth in them. At higher levels, the gong at the position Master pushed you to back then will play a role. Although the words you speak are human words, they become words at various levels when they go beyond the human dimension.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
I believe that whether or not the phone calls go through and whether or not the conversations go well, the act of making phone calls plays different roles at different dimensional levels. No matter how difficult and regardless of what happens, I am determined to continue making phone calls. My perseverance and confidence in myself will help people to calm down and listen to me when I clarify the facts.
“Some things are what Dafa disciples can do, while other things are not what Dafa disciples can do. That's because people's intentions come first, and it has to be that they want to be saved, only then will you be able to save them. If they don't know it, you can tell them the truth, and then see what they want to do, and that's how it works.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
Teacher said, “Awakening them is your own responsibility. Saving them is a responsibility for all of you.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
When I heard that there was a need to make phone calls for some special cases during the Chinese New Year holidays, I wondered who would want to be bothered during that time. But when I considered it from the perspective of the Fa, I realized that telling people the facts of Dafa is being merciful to them. That was indeed true compassion. This thought enabled me to disintegrate the negative thoughts in my mind.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have two sides. At work, the evil spirit of the CCP controls them. Whereas, when they are at home, this spirit does not control them and their human nature takes over.
During the holiday season, it is not as easy for the Party spirit to control people, which makes it easier to effectively clarify the truth to them. When I called, I did not think about whether or not the listeners would be saved, nor did I pay attention to their attitudes. I simply dialed the numbers and talked on the phone with sincerity and honesty, and the results were very good.