Treating Sentient Beings with Compassion
(Minghui.org) I promised to go to the local procuratorate with a fellow practitioner's family to seek her release. When it was time to go, however, I felt my cultivation status was lacking and I was afraid that it might affect the result.
But it wouldn't be good if I broke my promise. What should I do? I still had two hours, so I decided to do one hour of Standing Stance.
Master said in the instruction for one of the exercises, “Compassion should arise in the heart, and the facial expression should be peaceful.” (The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection) I kept this phrase in mind throughout the exercise. One hour later, I felt I was enveloped by the energy of peace and tranquility.
I went to the provincial procuratorate with the fellow practitioner's family and filed a complaint about her being arbitrarily arrested for refusing to renounce Falun Dafa. As soon as the receptionist heard that this was a Falun Dafa case, he stood up and yelled at us. He said we were promoting Falun Gong and asked the two security guards on duty to call the police to arrest us.
The receptionist was hysterical and didn't allow us to talk. Whenever I said something, he shouted even louder and became more irrational. No matter how he shouted, I remained calm.
As we couldn't make any progress there, we decided to leave. On the way out, I turned around and looked at the two security guards and the receptionist. I remembered Master's teaching, “Compassion should arise in the heart,” and I thought I'd always treat them [the guards and the receptionist] with compassion no matter how they treated me.
At that very thought, I noticed kindness in the three people's eyes, even the receptionist who was shouting. I knew I'd continue my efforts to help them understand that persecuting Falun Gong was wrong. I also realized that a Dafa practitioner's state of mind can influence the mind of others, as well as the surrounding environment.
When we cultivate ourselves well, we are also being responsible to the sentient beings. But when we fall short in cultivation, our human notions will impede ourselves from seeing the truth. Master has already granted us everything, even though we may not be aware of it.
After I got back home, however, I suddenly felt hopeless at being unable to seek the fellow practitioner's release. Just then I remembered a painting, which showed Falun Dafa disciples, who were Lords and Kings of their cosmos, coming down from the heavens, layer by layer, and descending to the earth to assist Master to rectify the Fa.
I suddenly realized that the helpless and lonely feeling I had when encountering difficulty in rescuing fellow practitioners were all human notions for me to cultivate away. Because of such human notions, I felt lonely, helpless and sad, and sometimes even depressed and resentful.
With large scale arrests of fellow practitioners across China in recent months, I think we should look at them with righteous thoughts and take the opportunity to save more people, including the perpetrators involved in arresting and persecuting practitioners. As long as we do things based on the Fa, things will always head to the right direction.
“After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!” (Lecture 9, Zhuan Falun)
Everything in this world is revolving around us and we are in fact the lead characters. Cultivate ourselves, and don't let our human thinking block our true selves and divine side.