Improving in Cultivation and Rescuing Sentient Beings
(Minghui.org) Once I clarified the truth to a man who was in his sixties. But he didn't look at me at all. Seeing that he looked sad, I asked him what happened. Suddenly, he said, “I don't want to live anymore.” I asked him why and he started telling me about his family: being ill but not having any money to treat the health problem, his children not being filial, working for his entire life, but still being poor.
I listened to him quietly. I felt the bitterness in him. I tried to console him and told him about Falun Dafa. I talked for a long while, trying to encourage him, but he still didn't want to live. I told him about karmic relationships and that committing suicide is a sin. I said if he didn't want to live, why would he still be afraid of facing difficulties? I encouraged him to be strong because gods and Buddhas would help him get through difficulties. He continued to listen to me clarify the truth and agreed to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. I told him to sincerely repeat the words “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” In the end, he said, “If I didn't meet you today, I would have drunk poison and let death take care of everything.”
I was born in 1960. In 1998, I had all kinds of illnesses. A friend introduced Falun Dafa to me. I didn't have any books or exercise music. So I manually copied the Dafa book and counted my movements while doing the exercises. All the illnesses that I had in the past such as shoulder inflammation, cervical hyperplasia, chronic pharyngitis, stomach disease, gynecological diseases, urticaria, hemorrhoids, and so on, were all gone. After I took up the practice, I felt healthy and became optimistic.
Chun was eight years older than me. She also began practicing Dafa in 1998. Both of us distributed Dafa materials together daily. One night, the rumbling and whistling noises of police cars filled the streets; we disregarded the noise and went to a tall building to distribute flyers from floor to floor. It was so hot that Chun could almost squeeze sweat out of her hair.
We also distributed flyers in neighboring towns. In 2003, I began producing truth clarification materials. I learned to print, burn CDs and make Dafa books. Day after day and year after year, there were truth clarification materials everywhere. People started waking up. Just like how Teacher said:
“Dafa disciples, you are golden light in the mortal world, the hope of the world’s people, Fa-disciples who help Master, and future Fa-Kings.” (“Congratulatory Message,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress, Vol. III)
On December 15, 2014, I burned a CD for a young man who later reported me to the police. When I was in the police station, I didn't cooperate with them. My body started to have problems, but the police still illegally put me in a detention center.
I tried to think of ways to get out. My thoughts were very active, just like how Teacher said, they “...are really like stormy seas, with all sorts of things churning up.” (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
After two days, the thought of looking inside came to my mind, “True progress comes by looking at yourself and focusing on your mind.” (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun) I saw many attachments, such as the mentality of completing tasks, validating self, seeking comfort, and the desire of going out, and so on.
After I calmed my mind, I went to look for the director of the detention center to clarify the truth to him. I also talked to all the people in the cell. A girl felt it was unjust, and many people in the room wanted to withdraw from the CCP and its youth organizations. On the morning of the 12th day, the police took me to a hospital for a check-up. Because I didn't pass the physical exam, I was released and went home. I appreciated Teacher's protection for being able to leave the cell and go home!
In the end of 2015, the police called my son and said they would prosecute me. When I heard that, I became scared. I was afraid of being persecuted, so my human heart had the upper hand; I didn't dare to go home, so I went to a practitioner's house. I couldn't focus when studying the Fa as I didn't know what to do. The next day I went to another practitioner's home. I felt tired and my heart was beating quickly. Suddenly, I felt like I was suffocating which made me wake up. It was the evil old forces who were after me and wanted to take my life. Immediately, I said in my mind, “I'm under the protection of my Teacher. No being is allowed to participate.” I got up and said goodbye to the fellow practitioner. I thanked her and said I wanted to go home. Teacher said:
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials for Further Advancement. Vol. I)
For over the last ten years or so, I've lived in a persecutory environment. There were always practitioners who came to my house and we studied the Fa together. But because I was occupied with doing Dafa work and didn't study the Fa with a calm mind, many times I didn't gain anything out of the Fa study. I just went through the motions. Now that I was in trouble, I told them not to come to my house anymore. I took the opportunity to recite Zhuan Falun. At the beginning, there was lots of interference. I couldn't sit still and my mind couldn't settle down. I tried to control myself and dissolve the interference in my mind. Gradually, I calmed down. I used the Fa principles to correct myself. Then the interference went away and practitioners could come to study the Fa again.
The above two incidents made me realize the importance of studying the Fa with a calm mind. If we don't do that, we don't improve. Teacher said:
“The level of your energy will rise in proportion to your character. It will always be capped by your character, however, and there are no exceptions to the rule.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)
From that day on, other than persisting with Fa study in a small group and clarifying the truth face-to-face, whenever I have the time, I recite Zhuan Falun. I've already done twenty rounds so far. As my character improves, Dafa's immense meanings are also shown to me.
Once when Chun was distributing New Year calendars, someone reported her and therefore the police went to her house several times. We realized that this was serious and so we studied the Fa a lot, recited the Fa and looked inside. Both of us worked together and we persistently clarified the truth face-to-face with our whole minds. When we encounter problems, we've developed a habit of looking inside and correcting ourselves. I tried not to care about losses and gains. Every day we went through big and small streets and talked to countless people. The wisdom given by Dafa was constant.
“There is a specific power for curing each illness that exists. I can share that there are over a thousand such powers—as many as there are illnesses.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Once I clarified the truth to an elderly man who liked to read all kinds of books. After he retired, he sold books on the street. He was quite knowledgeable. He said quite a few people clarified the truth to him already, but he still didn't agree with Dafa.
Chun stood by the corner of the street to send righteous thoughts while I talked to him. I said, “You know so much, know so many things and have so much knowledge. Many people respect you.” He was happy to hear the good words. So we began chatting away.
I said, “You're a kind man, which is great. I think that's your baseline. You're sympathetic, aren't you?” “Sure,” said the man. I said, “You are elderly now. You know much history. You already lived through the various political campaigns in the past, right?” “Yes,” said the man.
I said, “There are five thousand years in Chinese civilization. Our divine culture is given to us by divine beings. You know about the concepts of humaneness, righteousness, propriety, learning, and trustworthiness, right? Take a look around. What has our society become?” He kept quiet. I continued, “When people mention the word 'knowledge', they think of those who are insightful, but not those that know everything. Right?” “Yes, you're right.” I took a pause. He asked what my understanding was, and so I told him. He agreed with my perspective.
Then I clarified the truth to him. Finally, I asked him, “Do you understand what I said?” “Yes, sure. I do understand.” He went through so many different things in this lifetime, and now he was finally saved!
Another time I tried to clarify the truth to a man who was not receptive. I walked forward, then paused and looked at the person. I saw that his legs were not flexible and he was about to cross the street. I quickly returned to accompany him to go across the road. He was thankful for my help. I told him to remember “Falun Dafa is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Why not quit the Communist Party?” He nodded and thanked me again.
There was another time I met a man who couldn't lift his legs; when walking he had to drag them along. I asked him what happened. He said he had cerebrovascular disease. I clarified the truth to him. He was angry and didn't want to accept anything. I saw that his nose was running so I gave him a tissue. But he couldn't lift his hand. Therefore I helped him wipe the mucus off. He said nobody cared about him. I tried to console him. I said nowadays the moral values in our society have declined, and nobody really cares about each other anymore. Only Teacher is saving people. I told him to repeat the words “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” After I said it a few times, he repeated after me. It was a miracle that he no longer needed to drag his legs when he walked away. He was happy.
We meet all kinds of people when doing face-to-face truth clarification. The grievances of the world are intricate and complicated, and our world has been poisoned by the evil Party for decades. People are suffering! Thank you to our benevolent Teacher for giving me the title of Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. I will continue to fulfill my mission and do the three things well.