Cultivating Well and Fulfilling Our Historic Mission
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) 17 years ago. I began to clarify the truth through the Internet 11 years ago. During a large-scale sharing conference in Taiwan, I heard there was an urgent need for help on the global phone call rescue platform, so I joined it.
The platform is a very good cultivation environment and practitioners from different countries participate in it. After we finish our calls we gather in the main meeting room and exchange experiences. We really appreciate Master Li for arranging such a good environment for us.
Never Give Up
Eighty-six Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Jiangsu Province in 2018. The oldest was 85 years old. Five of them passed away due to the persecution.
To help curb the persecution, I called a number for the court in Yangzhou City. The person who answered hung up after listening for just a little bit. I didn't give up and called him again. He said he was a security guard and that it was useless to call him. I knew he was about to hang up again so I quickly said, “This issue concerns every person in China. When the Nazi Party members carried out Hitler's orders to persecute the Jews, they thought Hitler would protect them. But after World War Ⅱ ended, even the janitors, nurses, and chefs in the concentration camps were put on trial. Because of where you work, you know that practitioners are being severely persecuted. Because you choose to remain silent, in the future you may be blamed and sentenced as an accomplice.”
He didn’t hang up, so I continued, “Over 100 lawyers have defended practitioners. Lawyers know the law best, and they know that the Chinese Constitution guarantees freedom of belief. They also know that practitioners are not breaking the law, and that's why they defend them.” I gave him the web address to circumvent China's firewall so he could download the software to visit overseas websites. I suggested he read the bookNine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
I talked to him for nearly 40 minutes, and he quietly listened. When the phone disconnected, I called him again and asked, “I explained a lot. Do you have any questions?” He still said he was not a judge and was just a security guard.
He said many of his family members believed in Buddhism and he was sympathetic to practitioners. I suggested he withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations with a pseudonym, and he agreed. I also suggested he read the Epoch Times and watch NTDTV often by circumventing the firewall. I asked him to remember, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” He agreed and wished me good luck.
One time, I called a supervisor in a police department in Shandong Province. I explained why people around the world celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. I told him that the self-immolation on Tiananmen Square was staged and how many Chinese are reading the Nine Commentaries and so on. Before I finished, he said, “I knew it, I knew it!” Then I said, “You should remember ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’” He immediately repeated, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Long live Falun Dafa!” I was very moved.
I remember a practitioner once told me a story about “ten pancakes.” A person feels full after the 10th pancake, because he's already eaten nine pancakes. When we successfully rescue someone, that's because other practitioners have clarified the truth to him before. I'm so grateful for fellow practitioners' persistence!
“So with those people who've been deceived in the persecution, all the more so, how could you not give them a chance? If you don't tell them the facts they will lose their futures forever.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
When I attended the Fa conference in Malaysia last year, I went to a park and met two Chinese men. I talked to them about Dafa and the persecution. One of them took the information and read it. When I suggested he quit the CCP with a pseudonym, he agreed. When I asked the other man if he wished to quit, he didn't answer but did accept a brochure and began reading it. Someone who looked like their tour guide then shouted at them that they should go. When I again suggested to the second man that he quit the CCP, he agreed. I knew the main reason for their overseas trip was for them to quit the Party.
Fellow practitioners reminded me that I often got sleepy when I meditated or sent forth righteous thoughts. I reminded myself about this, but they continued to point it out. Sometimes I thought they were being too critical of me.
But when I carefully looked inward, I found that I had the attachments of not wanting to hear criticism, seeking comfort, and wishing to be complimented. I also enlightened that being sleepy while meditating or sending forth righteous thoughts was disrespectful to Master and Dafa. It also ruined the image of Falun Dafa. What would people think if they saw practitioners swaying when they practiced?
We are at the end of Fa-rectification now, but I still couldn't rectify myself—how could I change my body through cultivation?
“When the day of Consummation really comes, let me tell you, Dafa disciples really will Ascend in Broad Daylight, and the whole world will be able to see it. (Applause) Those who won't be able to Consummate, when that day comes all you can do is just sit there and sob! For the ones who haven't cultivated well, I'd say it'll be too late to cry.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III )
In order to correct myself, I meditated in front of a camera. After I finished and played the recording, I was shocked! Was that really me? I always thought the other practitioners exaggerated my problem, but it was worse than they said! I began meditating with my eyes open and stared at the camera. When I played the video I saw that my body was very straight and still. Now I can meditate without swaying.
I also realized that I did not attach enough importance to sending forth righteous thoughts. I began to send forth righteous thoughts, first before I logged onto the phone platform and for half an hour after I finished Fa-study each afternoon. I sent forth righteous thoughts whenever I had time. I begged Master to help me get rid of sleepiness. One morning when I was meditating in the park, I felt very clear-minded, not sleepy at all.
This experience reminded me that I should never slack off in my cultivation. I should focus on studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and sending forth stronger righteous thoughts.