Overcoming My Human Self to Save More Sentient Beings
(Minghui.org) As the CCP virus (a.k.a coronavirus) continues, I have been wondering how we can save more people during these challenging times. I would like to share my experience of how I made breakthroughs in my attachment to self and cooperated well with other practitioners to clarify the truth.
I ran into Ms. Liu recently, and she mentioned that something another practitioner said offended someone. After I heard this, Master Li's words appeared in my mind:
“… there is a reason for everything that you experience in life once you become part of our spiritual community, and all of it is for your growth.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference”, Team Yellow translation)
Resolving a Conflict Leads to Opportunity in Another City
I looked inward and wondered what this was hinting at for me. I realized it was about not paying attention to cultivating speech. The root cause for this is that one is used to using human notions to handle things, as opposed to looking at things from the standpoint of a practitioner’s altruistic perspective.
I told Ms. Liu I would go with her to clear things up with that person. So we went to the town where he lived. We each put ourselves in his shoes. We let go of fame and self-interest and only thought about how to help resolve his misunderstanding. The problem was successfully resolved.
Afterward, it was close to noon. We decided to use this opportunity to clarify the truth to people there to awaken them. At that time, it had begun to snow, and it was a little chilly. As we walked, we talked to passersby. Gradually, we felt warmer. Then we happened to enter a park where there were more people.
Suddenly, it was as if I entered into another dimension. I had only the thought of saving sentient beings in mind. We clarified the truth to whomever we could catch to wake up their conscience and help them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Sometimes, we worked with one another to talk to the same person. At other times, one of us would send forth righteous thoughts, while the other spoke to the person. We also separated and talked to different people.
Without my noticing it, the snow stopped, and the sun came out. So we left the park and headed toward the bus station, while still talking to people on our way. By the time we got to the station, it was late evening. We bought a simple dinner from a food stand, where the owner especially made some hot milk tea for us.
We counted the names and saw that we’d helped 81 people to renounce their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations! As long as our xinxing is up to par, Master will arrange the best outcome. It was just like Master said:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Working Well with an Older Practitioner
A few days ago, Ms. Chen, an older practitioner, said to me cordially, “I am so sorry! I hurt your feelings before. Please don’t hate me.”
I said to her cheerfully, “All I want to do is thank you. How can I possibly hate you? Aren't all troubles meant to lay a path for us to go up to Heaven?”
Ms. Chen said she didn’t know how to start a conversation with people and wanted me to show her. So she went with me when I went to clarify the truth. After I showed her how to direct her conversation based on the different kinds of people she would select, she exposed her own attachment to vanity.
When things didn’t go well, she got angry at me. I never resented her and felt that, at her age, it was already great for her to be able to come out. Also, from working with her, our partnership helped me to eliminate several of my attachments. After each conflict, I began to look inward and rectified myself. She then changed accordingly.
Now she can go out by herself to clarify the truth and does quite well. During the epidemic, the effect of our clarifying the truth to people was very powerful, and we achieved great results. When the city was under lockdown with limited traffic, we still managed to help a couple dozen people quit the CCP within a few hours.
Empowering Myself with Wisdom and Compassion
The process of face-to-face truth-clarification has been an effective way of helping me to look inward and purify myself. Because we talk to all kinds of people, we need to tailor our approaches. Based on the requirements of the Fa, we need to do things with wisdom and compassion, be attentive to the other party's reaction, and identify any gaps between ourselves and the Fa. For anything that doesn’t comply with the Fa, we can rectify ourselves by overcoming our human notions so that Master can offer guidance.
My head once suddenly started to ache when I was clarifying the truth at a flower market. I couldn’t stand the pain and decided to leave. A woman followed me, and I realized I was targeted. So I talked to her about how one incurs retribution for persecuting people that are cultivating Buddhahood. Then I managed to help her quit the CCP.
That night, I had a dream in which a group of dogs was following me. When they attempted to bite my hand, a ray of light emitted from my palm and they quickly ran away. I believe Master was giving me a hint not be afraid in dangerous situations and to use my wisdom to turn the situation around.
I once noticed a man following me, so I went up to him and explained why it was important to quit the CCP. He asked me where I lived. I happened to have my I.D. card with a bar code that provides information pertaining to the epidemic. I gave it to him and asked him to check it out. Before I left, I told him that I’d come back another time.
I happened to run into him again, and he said, “Do you know what I do? A few years ago, I was responsible for arresting Falun Gong [practitioners].”
I smiled and said, “Then we have a predestined relationship. Let me tell you that Falun Gong saves people. Please do not persecute practitioners. I wish your family safety. You are a Party member, right? Why don’t you quit? I can give you a pseudonym. It’s important to do for you to ensure your own safety.”
He said he couldn’t because it would impact his family. I replied, “Heaven sees your desire to quit, not the CCP itself. Your quitting it cancels the oath you made when you joined the Party; it is done to ensure your safety and good health. The CCP is corrupt, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are also corrupt. When Heaven eliminates it, you don’t want to be part of it.”
He looked at me and said, “Okay, You can go now.” I said, “I’m leaving, but please remember, ‘Falun Dafa is wonderful!’ I wish you good luck and safety!” He nodded. I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked for Master’s help to dismantle all the evil elements controlling him.
Lessons Learned from Experience
When we work with each other, our attachments shouldn’t flare up. We should do things rationally so that people will be receptive to our truth-clarification and understand the importance of quitting the CCP. For the time being, we can start our conversations by talking about the epidemic and that we care about them, then move on to clarifying the truth, and then make them aware of how to keep safe, which is by saying, “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” This is all to ensure that their knowing side is willing to listen to us and be saved.
“You walk this path of Fa-rectification well, you manage to overcome your limitations in cultivation, you let go of your attachments, you save all beings with righteous thoughts in your mind, and you handle everything you face with righteous thoughts--that is mighty virtue.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
We must study the Fa more, recite the Fa, do the five exercises, have righteous thoughts and actions, and overcome conflicts among practitioners. If we can hand out brochures, we should; otherwise, we should help by watching the surroundings to be alert for any possible danger. When we work well with one another and save people collectively, we are able to display Dafa's great power.
“Cultivation itself is not difficult, and neither is raising one’s level itself difficult. It is because they cannot give up human desires that they call it difficult.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
“When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
When working together, we often managed to enter districts that were under lockdown—even security guards couldn’t stop us! Master has opened up our supernatural abilities, allowing our divine powers to handle things according to the Fa.