(Minghui.org) It is customary in China for people who work in the finance and accounting sectors to receive money or gifts from their clients. In fact, it is expected. I was just like everyone else before I became a Falun Dafa practitioner. Working in the financial industry, I expected to be treated to dinner and be given gifts and money. I spent my clients' hard-earned money, accepting gift cards and vouchers, and even expensive items, as if it were nothing.
I used to suffer from all kinds of illnesses. Practicing Falun Dafa give me a new life. From the teachings of Dafa, I understood that one will be rewarded by doing good deeds, and illnesses are caused by one's karma. I made up my mind to become a genuine practitioner and not accept anything that didn't belong to me. I try to put myself in my clients' shoes and remind myself that they came to me for help in resolving their financial problems.
However, in China's morally degenerated society, it is not easy to go against the current. Clients have a hard time understanding why you won't accept bribes. They try to get you to accept gifts, fearing that you'll make things difficult for them if they don't bribe you. It actually becomes a challenge to turn down bribes. Yet I firmly turn them down and I refuse to accept dinner invitations. I always greet clients with a smile and assist them in solving their tax problems. Through my behavior, people have witnessed the demeanor of a Dafa practitioner.
I'd like to share two experiences with you.
Once after I turned down a bribe, I told my client that I'm a Dafa practitioner. I explained that Falun Dafa teaches people to be morally upright. I cleared up some of the misconceptions that my client, and many people, have about Dafa due to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) anti-Falun Dafa propaganda. He listened quietly and then said, “My mother is also a practitioner. I know that Dafa is good and it's wrong to persecute practitioners, but I was scared and stopped my mother from practicing. I'm very moved to see how upright you are in your profession. To tell the truth, I don't want to give bribes. The money doesn't come from thin air and it's painful to just give it away like that, but if you don't do it, people create trouble for you. I am very grateful that not only did you not accept my bribe, you also helped me unconditionally. Wouldn't it be wonderful if more things were handled by Falun Dafa practitioners? I won't stop my mother from following her belief anymore.”
Another man came to my office for a tax refund. It was nearly lunchtime but he had one more document to submit. He wasn't very clear about what he needed to do, so I offered to help him so that he could get his tax refund without any delay.
He was overjoyed and thanked me, saying he that had met a good person today. We went through his document and I patiently edited it to make it compliant with regulations. By the time it was done, it was past lunchtime. He was very apologetic and kept offering to treat me to dinner. I told him that I'm a Falun Dafa practitioner and that this is not a big deal. I asked him if he knew that millions of Chinese have quit the CCP. He said that his wife was a Dafa practitioner and she had already helped him renounce his membership in the Party.
I got to meet his wife through this incident. She told me that although her husband doesn't object to her practicing Dafa, he was worried about her being persecuted, and closely watched her. Through this encounter, my client changed. He told her that I had been a great help and it was the best day he'd had in the years! He was touched by my honesty and concern and assured his wife that from now on, he fully supports her in practicing Falun Dafa.
“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. Keep diligent, Awakened Ones that walk the earth: Everything of today will be the glory of the future.” (“Congratulatory Message,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
Falun Dafa practitioners work in every industry and profession. They aspire to be morally upright people who follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We don't think too much about the positive things we do nor are they worth mentioning, but in the eyes of non-practitioners – in today's society where moral values are declining rapidly – our actions stand out. Our upright behavior gives people a positive opinion of Falun Dafa.