Not Giving Up When Saving People
(Minghui.org) It’s our mission as Falun Dafa practitioners to save the world’s people by clarifying the truth to them. Master has provided this opportunity for us to establish our own mighty virtue. It’s not an easy task, but it will test our xinxing and ultimately improve it.
Not Giving Up on My Daughter-in-Law
Initially when I clarified the truth to my daughter-in-law, I glossed over some of the reasons to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and failed to convince her. I realized I hadn’t taken into account her particular circumstances. For one, she started attending university in 1999, the same year the persecution of Falun Dafa began, therefore her view was heavily influenced by the vicious lies the student organizations on campus were mobilized to spread. Secondly, she was scared off after witnessing the harsh treatment I received because I refused to give up my faith. My overly simplistic approach was not going to work with someone like her.
Later I felt time was running out and I had to act quickly. I was away from home at the time, so I called her, and she told me she would consider it. But when I asked her again the next time I was home, she told me firmly, “I am not quitting [the Party], and I don’t care what happens.” I was disappointed and gave up on her.
More than a year later, I had a dream. A boy removed the door from my daughter-in-law’s bedroom. He walked past me with the door, sobbing and muttering, “I need to find someone to help me.” He came to a wall, threw the door over it and tried to climb up the wall but could not get a grip of the top. Policemen were chasing after him with canines, so I went over and gave him a push to help him get over to the other side. The officers were closing in, so I hid myself. When they saw there was nobody there, they left with their dogs.
Intuitively, I knew the dream was a hint from Master about saving people, but I could not figure out who the boy might have been, even with the help of fellow practitioners. It took me a long time to work out that the boy was my daughter-in-law’s primordial spirit. The act of taking the door down was symbolic of the opening of her heart as her primordial spirit awakened, and she was asking for someone to save her. The CCP’s evil spirits in other dimensions knew she was trying to escape their grasp, so they chased after her. But Master has already seen through their sinister plot and arranged for his disciples to save her.
I figured she would not have married into our practitioner family unless it was predestined. Master helped to enlighten me, so I really can’t give up on her. Furthermore, Master said, “Saving people is just that, saving people, and to pick and choose would not be merciful.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX)
While finding ways to clarify the truth to her, I discovered I had another problem. When it came to clarifying the truth to strangers, I always did it straight from my heart, with no preconceived ideas about the outcome or the person. The purity of my intention seemed to touch the person’s knowing side, and more often than not, my words would resonate with them and they would naturally choose to quit the Party.
However, my mentality was very different when it came to clarifying the truth to my daughter-in-law. Because she was family, I tended to treat her the same way as I would treat my own children. I expected her to respect my judgment and imposed my own values on her. In other words, my motive was tainted, so my attempt was doomed from the start. Furthermore, I sneered at her poor enlightenment quality and made excuses for myself that I had done my utmost to help her. It could only be said that I was irresponsible to sentient beings and not fulfilling my mission as a Falun Dafa disciple.
I acted quickly to rectify my attitude and treat my daughter-in-law as another sentient being I needed to save. I talked about it with her when I could, but I did not make it a priority. Master again reminded me. I dreamed she was dressed in red and talked to me about marrying my son. It was quite clear to me that she was still under the control of the communist specter and needed to be rescued urgently.
One time, I was listening to Master’s lectures while making dumplings. She came over to help. After listening to the lecture for a few minutes, she started asking questions about Falun Dafa. Master must have seen the change in my attitude and removed the obstacles for me. I said to her, “It’s destiny that has brought us together, so I have treat you with kindness and compassion.” This time she said resolutely, “Yes, I agree to withdraw. It’s high time I quit [the Party].” She used to oppose my practicing Dafa and looked upon sending righteous thoughts with distaste. But now she reminds me when it’s time to send righteous thoughts and would come to relieve me if I was still stuck working in the kitchen.
I also have a former friend from school who worked in a government department. She was also a Party member and had a very negative view of Dafa. The day before the persecution of Falun Dafa officially started, I went to Beijing to appeal and was escorted back by our local police. This friend called me the next day to tell me off, but I was not in the least bit swayed due to my firm belief in Master and Dafa. However, I never gave up on her and took every opportunity to clarify the truth to her and share with her the wisdom I had gained from Falun Dafa. She eventually came around and withdrew her Party membership.
For us Falun Dafa cultivators, clarifying the truth to save people is our call to assist Master in Fa-rectification. It’s also a way for us to cultivate ourselves and to rid ourselves of human attachments. Whatever other people might say to us, in particular our family members or friends who can be tactless and awkward in what they say, we need to rise above it and always hold to our righteous thoughts.
It took me a few years to persuade my daughter-in-law to quit the Party. I told my son about it when he came home; he exploded in a fit of rage and said some nasty things, which made me immediately realize that I was showing off. I should not have taken credit because it had all been done by Master. I promptly apologized to Master and said in my heart, “Dear Master, I am wrong. I don’t want to be arrogant and self-glorifying. I will be even more diligent in my cultivation from now on.”
As always, I still go out to clarify the truth and distribute Dafa materials face-to-face. I always say before going out, “Dear Master, I am going out to save people, so please send the predestined ones my way. Please also give me the wisdom I need to talk to them and protect me so I can return home safely.” This has worked well for me. Sometimes people ask which university I graduated from. I said I never studied at a university; my wisdom came entirely from my cultivation in Falun Dafa. I was also asked if I was a teacher of political studies. I said the knowledge I had could not be gained from textbooks and that I knew it only because I was a Falun Dafa cultivator.
Clarifying the Truth to Party Officials
One time, the Party Secretary from work and the labor union chairman came to visit me at home. I welcomed them in, but then they did not know where to begin. So I took center stage and started clarifying the truth to them. I said they must have been sent by the 610 Office and went on to tell them about my health before and after practicing Falun Dafa, as well as what it meant to live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.
The Party secretary was new to the job and was fascinated by my story, while the labor union guy kept wanting to get away, making up an excuse about having to make another visit elsewhere. I took the opportunity to thoroughly explain to them the reasons for quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I was not in the least bit worried about my own safety.
On another occasion, some policemen came to my house with some officials from the local Party committee. They demanded to know if I was still practicing Falun Dafa. I said yes without any hesitation and added, “Why wouldn’t I continue with such a great practice”? Their tone became much softer: “Alright then, you can practice at home.” It’s truly as Master said: “If thoughts are righteous, evil will collapse...” (“What’s to Fear?” Hong Yin Volume II) My righteous thoughts dissolved the evil elements controlling these people.
A few months later, they came again to ask if I had any Dafa flyers and whether I had been distributing them. I replied, “Can’t you see I’m practicing at home?” The policeman said, “Oh, we are here because we have orders from above and want to keep our jobs.”
They were about to leave when I stopped them, “Don’t go yet. You’ve finished talking, but I haven’t had a chance to speak yet.” I told them that we practitioners live according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; we are not political, nor do we do anything illegal. I said that I had read somewhere that one police officer in China gets injured every hour, and on average one dies on the job every day. I said our society would be much safer if everyone practiced Falun Dafa, and naturally there would not be such risks to police officers. Furthermore, everyone can choose to do good rather than evil in their job.
Master has said:
“People’s jobs are not taken into account; spreading Dafa does not take into account people’s jobs, nor target any groups, it aims only at people’s hearts! No matter what you do, your thoughts are yours, your heart is yours, and the choice for the future is your own. All sentient beings are given the opportunity.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference,” Team Blue Translation)
I said I hoped they wouldn’t do evil and create karma for themselves and their families. I also told them the story about a detention center director receiving blessings because he protected practitioners. They nodded in agreement and left, and they have not returned since.