Focusing on Saving People after Life Is Renewed
(Minghui.org) I was born into a well-to-do farming family but only completed elementary school, as the ruling communist party did not allow children of landowners to attend school at the time. The elders in my family believed in gods, and I also became interested in cultivation as a child and looked forward to doing it myself one day.
Sometimes, I would wonder: “A person has to die in the end, so why do we live? We shouldn't even be born into this world. It is meaningless to work every day and not have enough to eat. Not only that, we get pushed around and abused.”
This thought of cultivating did not disappear even after I got married and started taking care of my own family.
In 1996, I suffered from a handful of illnesses, including liver and kidney disease, and had no energy. I could hardly lift up my legs when walking. Life was difficult as my wife, our three kids, and my mother depended on me for a living. It became even worse when my cousin moved back to her hometown and I had no one to borrow money from.
I passed by a train station one day and saw people exercising in front of the station. I asked one of them what they were doing, and he told me it was Falun Gong. I asked if it helped to cure illnesses. He said no but added that if one truly cultivates, the master of the practice will help adjust one’s body.
When I got home, an acquaintance gave me a book and told me that it was from the Buddha school. After I took a glance at it, the person said, “There is another book out there called Zhuan Falun, and it also belongs to the Buddha school.”
Upon hearing the words “Zhuan Falun,” I was astonished–this was the same practice that I had seen at the train station!
I asked for that book instead and was told that someone else had borrowed it. So, I went to that person's house and saw it lying on the bed. As I was close with this person, I didn't ask for permission and picked up the book to read, and eventually brought it home without telling him. I finished the book after returning home.
While reading Zhuan Falun, I could feel thunderous shocks in my body, as though many things were being blasted away; it was a great feeling. I believed that this was a true scripture, a book that could truly allow a person to cultivate. The book also resolved many puzzling life questions for me. I decided that I must cultivate to the end.
All of my various diseases disappeared without a trace before I even did the exercises. I became a completely new person. I started cultivating in Dafa, firm in my faith. I did not slack off from 1996 to 1999.
One day, my wife told me, “This Dafa will be persecuted in the future.”
“This is such a good practice. Who would persecute it?” I asked.
My wife said that it was because the practice was too good and there were too many people practicing. I did not take her seriously and thought that nobody would be that unreasonable. My wife stopped practicing after only a few months.
Creating a Cultivation Environment
After then-Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin started persecuting Dafa in July 1999, I was arrested and detained for a few months when I went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa. I discovered that the cultivation environment had been completed destroyed by the authorities when I returned home, and my neighbors were extremely scared due to the persecution. They could not understand Dafa.
I realized the difficulty of clearing up the lies that the Party had used to deceive and mislead people. I had to lead by example and use my actions to validate Dafa.
China has over a hundred million Dafa disciples, and each practitioner has an environment. If everyone uses Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to guide his or her own words and actions, the lies will collapse.
I decided that I would not talk but instead try to do well through my actions. As I was persecuted and lost my house, I moved to a new place. I have to do even better in a new environment. However, there was a person who had been led astray and was coerced by the authorities to monitor me.
I would pay attention to my bearing and attitude so as to give people a good impression. I would try to help when neighbors needed help and give everyone a friendly smile. A year later, the person sent to monitor me moved away, and I realized that my compassion had played a role in allowing my neighbors to get closer to me. I thus started clarifying the truth. I took note of those who had yet to understand Dafa, and when the opportunity arose, I would tell them about Dafa once again. On the whole, it went well with the neighbors.
I moved away when that new house was demolished. As there was still a mother and daughter, and an elderly man who had yet to be saved in the neighborhood, I made a mental note to talk to them if I ever ran into them again.
Focusing on Saving People
Although I have always been saving sentient beings, I am still attached to money.
I am a carpenter. As this work is quite profitable, I always wanted to earn more money for my son's sake. However, when work becomes busy, my cultivation often lags behind.
My son bought a car in 2013, and I wanted to share the financial burden. So, I went out to work in the early morning and late at night.
One day, I was working on the rooftop when I suddenly fell. For a moment, I stopped breathing.
My main consciousness came out of my body. I saw my body lying on the ground with blood oozing out from my hand while my son was crying. I could hear everything that my family said, but they were not able to hear my words.
I thought, “Why did my main consciousness come out? Doesn't this mean death?! No, I must return!”
Then, I felt Master send me back. When my main consciousness returned, I woke up.
After coming back to life, I understood, “I died and came back. This body is no longer ordinary. While cultivating myself well, I must use this body to save more people and fulfill my mission.”
I told my children, “You have what you want to do, and I have what I need to do.”
After that, I went out to clarify the truth every day regardless of the weather. There are times when I would go out again in the afternoon if I persuaded only a few people to quit the Chinese Communist Party in the morning.
I would usually first tell the other person to remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” after we start talking. After telling them about Dafa, I would start talking about the chaos in modern society, the evil of the Party, and how to avoid disaster by quitting the Party. They are generally able to accept it.
The process of clarifying the truth is one of cultivating myself. If I am rebuffed three times in a row, I would immediately look within for any human attachments and quickly rectify myself.
As I continued to study the Fa, I attained more wisdom. In addition to reading truth-clarification materials from Minghui Weekly, watching a few programs from NTDTV, and my own observations, I accumulated some experience in clarifying the truth.
I would tell those who are timid and fearful: “Your body belongs to you, and what you have earned can only feed your stomach and is not enough to see a doctor. If you developed a serious illness, your annual salary would be gone in a few days. How do you ensure safety and health? By truly remembering 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' and reciting it, you will have good health.”
For those who are indecisive, I would say, “With many huge disasters happening, don't we have to find a protective umbrella? Although what I told you doesn't give you money, it will protect your safety. A person can't protect another person. As for insurance, they only give you money after the person is dead. Believing this would cost you nothing, and it is not easy for me to save you under such pressure.”
If the person is an official or thinks that the Party pays a high salary, I'd say this: “You can lead a good life after retiring if your body is still in good shape; your savings would be all gone if your health is bad. The first thought you should have after retiring is your health. Remember 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' and you can be safe and healthy.”
I would add that the originator of the Communist Party is Karl Marx, who was a follower of Satan, and that Marx himself had said in the Communist Manifesto that communism is a specter and a devil.
When some people expressed that they do not believe in any higher beings, I would tell them not to think in absolutes, as it is better to believe than not to.
I would recite two poems that I wrote if I meet people who are highly educated. This often makes a good impression on the other party, and they become more willing to talk.
Of course, saving people cannot depend only on using our words. Dafa disciples' actions also play a key role in saving sentient beings.
For example, it is common for vegetable merchants to write off a few cents for customers to round down to the last whole number. I would tell them not to do it for me, as these few cents are their rightfully earned profits. The merchants would reply that it would be easier for them if everyone were like me. I would then use this to clarify the truth. There are times when I purposely brought the few cents back the next day and the merchants were very happy. This naturally paved the way for me to clarify the truth.
Opportunities are everywhere when we put our hearts into saving people.
The Importance of Being Persistent
A recent incident made me feel rather comforted.
I moved to a faraway place due to the demolition of my house yet again. Before moving, I often went to a barbershop for a haircut.
One day, I happened to arrive at the shop while clarifying the truth and thought of getting a haircut. Although my hair was not very long, I went in for a haircut, as I had always paid attention to my appearance.
Upon reaching the shop, I realized that I did not have enough cash with me and told the barber that I would bring the money over on another day. Since I was a regular here, the barber knew me and said it was alright, adding that she could even give me this haircut for free. However, I could tell that she didn't believe that I would bring the money later.
She is a good person but was deeply poisoned by the Party. During these six or seven years of being a regular, I clarified the truth to her every time, but she refused to quit the Party.
When I actually brought over the money the next day, she was surprised.
“I'm so moved that you came just to give me money!”
I said, “What I told you before was true. You should quit the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers.”
She immediately put both hands in front of her chest and agreed to quit.
At that moment, I felt especially relieved. I also saw the importance of persistence.
I have never recorded the number of people I have clarified the truth to or the exact number of people I have persuaded to quit the Party during these few years.
Someone once asked me, “Why do you keep talking about these facts?”
“Because there is nothing better than talking about this!” I replied with a laugh.
In the past, I always liked clarifying the truth alone. I became anxious when I saw that the number of people who did the three withdrawals every day was only seventy to ninety thousand.
I thought, “How nice it would be if more practitioners could step forward to persuade people to do the three withdrawals! The evil Party would be scared to death if there are hundreds of thousands people quitting each day.”
Now I would bring along practitioners who want to learn how to clarify the truth face-to-face. Some practitioners are able to start clarifying the truth alone after following me a few times. As long as one has the heart to save people, it is not difficult to clarify the truth!
If there is anything inappropriate, please kindly point it out. Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!