China Fahui | Saving People Is My Priority
(Minghui.org) Greetings, esteemed Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
Before I began practicing Dafa in 2013 I was a devout lay Buddhist. I did a lot of worship and spent a lot of money in temples, but I did not know how to cultivate or what improving xinxing meant. Also, my health kept deteriorating.
When I found Falun Dafa, I was shocked: “I didn’t know there was such a wonderful Fa!” I regretted that I heard about Dafa so late, but I was grateful that our benevolent Master did not leave me behind.
I strove to be diligent. I read at least two lectures of Zhuan Falun every day, and read Master’s other lectures nine times. I seized every minute to clarify the facts and save people. I've helped about 3,000 people quit the three major Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations (CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers).
Catching Up and Saving People
My schedule is tight every day. In the morning, I read Zhuan Falun, send righteous thoughts, and go out to clarify the facts. I pick up my child at noon, make lunch, and then study Master’s other lectures in the afternoon.
I clarify the facts wherever I go and give out truth-clarification materials. At first, I was afraid to initiate conversation with people, and I talked to only a few people about withdrawing from the CCP.
Then I thought, “I started late. The veteran practitioners are way ahead of me. I must catch up.”
Every time, before I go out, I send righteous thoughts to eliminate the negative elements in other dimensions that are trying to prevent me from saving people. I go out almost every day, rain or shine. When fear surfaces, I recite Master’s Fa,
“The old forces don’t dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What’s key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
“This is especially so for the Dafa disciples in mainland China: each must come out and clarify the truth, bringing it to every field and valley, mountain and hill, not omitting a single area where there are people.”(“Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
My righteous thoughts have become strong and I have become increasingly steady and confident in truth-clarification.
When I receive new materials to distribute, I read them first, and then categorize them for different kinds of people. When I listen to fellow practitioners talking about their experiences, I take written notes. After doing this for a while, I have developed my own talking points.
When I've clarified the facts to people, some swore at me, some filmed me or photographed me. Others called the police, grabbed me, and wouldn’t let go. Some even said, “If you pay me, I’ll withdraw from the CCP.”
On the other hand, some people have thanked me or wanted to pay for the materials I gave them. Others made the heshi gesture (hands pressed together in front of the chest) to show their gratitude. Over the past six years of truth-clarification, I've had many touching experiences.
Saving People During the Pandemic
During the outbreak of the CCP virus (coronavirus) this year, my residential complex was locked down. I was very anxious that so many people had died in Wuhan. I told my husband, “I have to go out to save people.” My husband supports my practicing Dafa, but he said, “The streets are empty, who are you going to talk to?” I said, “As long as I go out, I’ll meet someone I'm supposed to save.”
Our residential complex had a rule that only one person per household was allowed to go out, and they had to return within a certain time limit. I put on my mask and rode my bicycle down the street. It was empty. I thought of the supermarket; there must be some people there. But when I got there, very few people were shopping. I clarified the facts to only one person.
On my way home I met a delivery man at the entrance to the residential complex. I clarified the facts to him and helped him quit the CCP. I was happy for him.
One day it was raining and I hadn’t planned to go out, but then I thought, “I don’t know when the next wave of the epidemic will hit; time is of the essence and I can’t stay at home. I must go out and save people.”
I rode my bike around the streets when I saw a nicely dressed middle-aged woman sheltering under a tree.
I went up and greeted her, “Hello, Ma’am.”
Guarded, she took a look at me, “Meh,” and looked away. I said, “It’s fate that we met.” As soon as I started clarifying the facts, she interrupted me, “What do you mean?” I answered, “Did you know that millions of Chinese have quit the CCP so they won't be held accountable for its crimes?’”
She tried to dismiss me, “I’m busy.” I said, “I won’t keep you. Everyone’s wearing a mask to avoid getting sick now, but did you know that people are saying 'This plague has eyes?’ It’s targeting bad people.” I sent righteous thoughts as I talked.
She asked, “What is a bad person?” I saw she was wearing Buddhist prayer beads, and answered, “The Communist Party has been doing so much evil that heaven is going to destroy it. Anyone who joined one of its affiliated organizations is a part of it, so they should quit the CCP to be safe.”
She argued, “I believe the CCP; it pays my salary.” I replied, “Wages are what we get for our work. The CCP is atheist; can it bless you? It is corrupt. It takes peoples' tax money and moves it abroad so that CCP officials can keep second and third wives. It doesn't care about us common folk at all.”
I said, “If you circumvent the CCP Internet wall for some real information, you will find out how many hundreds of millions of US dollars the corrupt CCP officials have moved overseas. If this money were used to improve the lives of us common people, how many times would our wages have increased?
“Moreover, the Party has carried out various political campaigns non-stop, killing 80 million Chinese people. It's persecuted Falun Dafa for more than two decades, and millions of practitioners have been arrested, illegally detained and tortured.”
I kept sending righteous thoughts as I was talked. I continued, “Falun Dafa teaches practitioners to follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Over a hundred million people were practicing it by 1999. The Communist Party’s brutal persecution against so many kindhearted people has angered heaven and earth. This epidemic is targeting the Communist Party.”
She said, “I know the Communist Party is bad, but why do I have to withdraw from the three organizations?”
I answered, “When you joined the organizations, you swore that you would fight for communism all your life. Didn’t you pledge to give your life for it? This is no trivial thing. May I ask what organizations you belong to?”
She replied, “I joined the Youth League and Young Pioneers.” I encouraged her, “Why don’t you quit them right now? I'm telling you this for your own good.” She hesitated.
I continued, “It does not cost anything. You and I have a predestined relationship. I could have stayed at home because of this rain. If I don’t tell people the facts, how can I rest at home?
“Everybody is busy making money, but I came out in the rain to help people withdraw from the three organizations and be safe. This is for your own good. Why do you hesitate?”
She was moved and agreed to quit the Youth League and Young Pioneers. I told her many people felt they've been blessed by remembering the words, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” I gave her a little keepsake and a truth-clarification pamphlet.
She smiled and thanked me repeatedly. I told her not to thank me, but that she should thank Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa. She immediately said, “Thank you, Falun Dafa's Master!” I said, “Remember to show the pamphlet to your family, so your whole family can be saved.” She thanked me again.
Cultivate Myself while Saving People
I often clarify the facts at the grocery market. Sometimes I'll wait near the parking lot for shoppers to come out. If I see someone carrying a lot of groceries, I'll help them, such as moving their bike closer, holding their child, or holding their things. As we chat, I clarify the facts.
It was extremely cold one day. I saw a couple in their 50s walking out of the market carrying a lot of New Year’s goods. I went up to help them move their motorcycle. I'd never moved anything so heavy. They were very happy for my help. I said, “Did you know that millions of Chinese are quitting the CCP?” The man’s face became tense and he yelled, “What are you? Falun Dafa?”
I said, “Falun Dafa is a great Buddha way that offers salvation.” I was wearing sunglasses because it had just snowed and the sun was bright. He suddenly swung his hand and knocked my sunglasses four or five meters away.
I wasn’t upset. I continued, “It’s okay if you don’t want to listen. I hope you remember 'Falun Dafa is good.'” He shouted hysterically, “I just believe in the Communist Party! If you say another word I will call the police!” As soon as he said this, “Bang!” his motorcycle’s tire exploded.
Many people gathered around and stared at me. I kept sending righteous thoughts, and the environment remained very peaceful. I felt sorry for that man. He kept trying to kick-start the motorcycle but couldn’t get it started. The couple finally walked the motorcycle away.
Some onlookers sympathized with me; others were sarcastic, and some looked at me spitefully. I stood in the snow and did not move. I had no resentment toward anyone. When everyone dispersed, I felt sad. People have been so deeply poisoned by the CCP, how pitiful! What about their future? Tears streamed down my face. I thought, “If only all beings could hear the truth and be saved!”
Why was that man so angry? I looked inside. I found several attachments: competitiveness, resentment, contempt, and saving face. I also realized that I didn’t have enough compassion, and couldn’t overpower the evil elements manipulating that person. I reminded myself to study the Fa more and improve quickly.
I got home at noon. My hands were frozen and I couldn’t hold them steadily while I sent righteous thoughts. I grumbled, “Why is it so hard to cultivate? How comfortable it would have been to stay home!” I wept again.
I asked myself, “Why are you crying? No one forced you to go out.” “But if you don’t save people, what are you doing here on earth? Beings in other dimensions are watching Dafa disciples! Don’t you want to save people? This suffering is nothing but a rung on the ladder to heaven. You let such a petty tribulation stand in your way?”
When I had this thought, my heart opened up immediately. I felt better. I said to Master, “Master! No matter how hard it is, I will go out and continue to save people. Please arrange more predestined people for me to save.”
One day, I teamed up with a fellow practitioner to clarify the facts. We saw a young driver loading a van in the distance, so we went up to talk to him. He got angry, said nasty things, and threatened to report us to the police.
In the past I would have walked away. This time I didn’t. I said, “I just want you to understand the truth and be safe. Many people have already died from this virus, and I'm trying to help you.”
I was genuinely concerned for him, and my tears flowed. The fellow practitioner was also moved to tears. The young man looked at me and changed his attitude. He said, “Auntie, don’t cry, I'm wrong. I will quit the CCP. I joined the Young Pioneers.”
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is freezing cold, but my heart was set on saving people—so I often did not feel the cold. Instead I felt warm. One day, I ran into a middle-aged woman who looked very sad. After I greeted her I said, “Did you know that millions of people have already quit the CCP?”
She said, “I didn’t know, but I’m not in the mood.” I said, “Why are you so sad?” She told me, “My son had surgery in Beijing last month. It cost us over 100,000 yuan (US$ 15,300). He had complications and he’s still hospitalized. No one will take responsibility.”
I sighed, “Under the CCP’s corruption, no one takes responsibility.” I asked her, “Is your son conscious?” She said, “Yes, he just can’t walk.” I told her, “There is a way to help you.”
Then, I clarified the facts to her and advised her to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I handed her a small keepsake, “Here’s a little Falun Dafa symbol and a copy of the Blessings from Heaven pamphlet for your son too. Have your son read it carefully and remember, 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good'. He should say this every day. He will get well soon.”
She looked happy and nodded repeatedly, “Okay. Okay.” She was very moved and grabbed my hand. She said, “I’ve been wondering why life was so hard. No one was there to help me when I needed it. Today, I met you, and you told me this great thing.” She burst into tears. I was moved to tears as well.
About a week later, I went to that street again to clarify the facts. I happened to see the same woman walking out of the hospital. She was smiling, cheerful, and happy. I wanted to approach her, but the street was crowded. When I spotted her again, she was already on the other side of the street. I believed she and her son had been blessed.
There were quite a few instances like this. When our truth-clarification goes well, we shouldn't develop zealotry, because then the effect won't be good; when frustrated, don’t be discouraged, because everything happens for a reason—it's for you to improve. I remembered Master’s words,
“Because your improvement comes first. Without your improvement, nothing can be achieved, and that includes saving sentient beings. If you fail to improve and achieve Consummation, where will the sentient beings that you save go? Who will take them?” (“Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VIII)
People Are Waiting to Be Saved
The persecution against Dafa disciples in mainland China is still severe, but as sentient beings are awakening, the situation is changing rapidly.
Some of my fellow practitioners have said, “It is difficult to save people.” I think the effectiveness of saving people is a reflection of one’s realm. If one thinks it's difficult, one may not be able to advance an inch; if one is not afraid of the difficulty and sees it as their responsibility, the road will become wider and wider, and one will feel that tribulations are great opportunities.
If I don’t go out to clarify the facts on any given day, I feel uneasy and a sense of emptiness. When I do go out, my heart is bright and joyful. I usually help anywhere from three to twenty people a day quit the major Communist organizations.
Sometimes people have even come to my door to listen to the truth. One evening, as soon as I came back from Fa study, someone knocked on the door. I opened the door and saw four ladies. They asked, “Is this apartment for sale?” I answered, “It’s not for sale.” They insisted, “But it said that this apartment is for sale!”
I'd never advertised my apartment as for sale. Why were they here? I invited them in.
One of them said, “This lady looks very kind.” I immediately understood that they did not come to buy the apartment, they came to hear the truth. I silently asked Master to strengthen me so they could be saved.
I said, “Let me tell you why millions are quitting the three major Communist organizations.” They looked at me in surprise, and said, “Never heard of it. Really?”
I clarified the facts to them. They listened very carefully and all agreed to quit the Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers. I gave each of them a keepsake. They said happily, “We believe everything you told us. We could tell you are a very kindhearted person.”
I said, “Why don’t you check upstairs and see if anyone is selling their apartment?” They answered, “No need. It’s time we left.” I realized that they must have been sent by Master to hear the truth. After they left, I pressed my hands together in heshi and thanked Master!
Another time, a practitioner told me, “My child is taking private music lessons. I want to clarify the facts to the teacher but I’m not confident.” I said, “Let’s go together. You send righteous thoughts, I’ll do the talking.”
On our way, we met a man. I clarified the facts to him while the other practitioner sent righteous thoughts. The man agreed to quit the three Communist organizations. When I gave him a keepsake and truth-clarification materials, he wanted to pay me. I told him, “These are for you, free of charge.” He thanked us repeatedly. I will never forget the look of gratitude on his face.
When we arrived at the music teacher’s home, she was teaching an Internet lesson and wasn't available. Her mother received us. While the other practitioner sent righteous thoughts, I clarified the facts to the mother. She quit the three Communist organizations. She happily accepted a keepsake and some truth-clarification materials.
On our way home, the fellow practitioner praised me, “I was almost moved to tears while you talked to her.” I said, “Constantly sending very strong righteous thoughts, you were great too!” She said, “I’m always timid when I clarify the facts to people by myself. I’m not as confident as you are.” I told her I was the same when I started.
I said, “We have to walk our own path. Even if the person doesn’t want to quit, we should ask them to remember ’Falun Dafa is good!’ leaving them our compassion. This is validating the Fa.”
“If you don’t take action to save sentient beings, you will not have fulfilled your responsibility as a Dafa disciple and your cultivation will amount to nothing, for your becoming a Dafa disciple was not for the sake of your own Consummation. This means that you shoulder a monumental mission.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX)
I sometimes slack off—thinking it's too tiring to run around all day. I want to take a day off. But Master asked us to save people. This is our mission, our honor, and our responsibility. I have never dared to slack off in truth-clarification.
I started late in cultivation, but I'm Master’s disciple. There is no reason for me not to do well, and no reason for me not to improve. I must be even more diligent in order to catch up with Master’s Fa-rectification progress.
Every step I have taken in truth-clarification has been guided by Master’s compassion. Without Master, I could not even save myself, let alone save others. I am extremely grateful for Master’s merciful salvation and protection!
(The 17th Minghui Mainland China Dafa Practitioner Experience Sharing Conference)