Practitioners Are to Save People, Not the Social System
(Minghui.org) The first time I heard of Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, was in Shanghai, where I worked for five years. When I heard that Falun Gong was the “most sensitive” topic in China and that the communist regime was very afraid of Falun Gong, I thought that it must be very powerful. A year after I returned to France, I started to practice Falun Gong. It has since been three years.
I would like to share some of my thoughts concerning the book How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World as a translator of the book, as well as a cultivator and a teacher.
When I read this book, I often copied down some important points that I could use to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa.
Most of my colleagues have leftist views. Sometimes when we chatted about communism during lunchtime, they would claim that China is not a real communist country; or, the Communist Manifesto is outdated and today’s communists are not that violent; or, capitalism is as bad or worse than communism. When I quoted some details from How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World, they kept quiet. One colleague even asked me how I knew so much about the topic.
Awakening to the Truth of Falun Gong
Some colleagues knew me as a cultivator. Some thought I was anti-communist, liberal, or pro-America. Since I teach in the France-America communication department, they did not find it strange that I had these thoughts. I clarify the truth to colleagues whenever I get a chance. Every week I would invite them to do the Falun Gong exercises. Some came out of politeness, but others were truly interested.
One of my colleagues came from China. When I talked about Falun Gong, she looked nervous. But, one day she joined me and other teachers in doing the exercises. She said that she was very happy to learn about Falun Gong since it is forbidden in China. Other teachers became very interested and asked her more on the topic. Next I planned to offer her a DVD of the film Letter from Masanjia and the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
There are many rules in the school teachers are supposed to follow. The communist specter wants us teachers to keep quiet or lie to students, but I know it is my duty to clarify the truth. When I hold righteous thoughts, Dafa will protect me. Dafa is powerful!
Teaching Ways to Let Students Make Their Choice
I also came to understand that our goal is not to convince people to “join us.” Rather, they should be given a chance to demonstrate their attitude toward totalitarian communism, and we should lead them to choose to be on the good side.
How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World helped me explain some things to my students. Once I shared with my students a story on the Chernobyl disaster that condemned communism; the story had won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The reaction was very positive. A Bulgarian student gave a speech on how communism had harmed her country. She received warm applause. Some students showed me brochures that were distributed in their high schools by young communists. The students commented that these young communists did not know what they were talking about.
“You are not here to change history, but rather, to save people at this most dangerous time in history” (“Stay Rational”)
Sometimes I became emotional while clarifying the truth, which led to undesirable results. After reading Master’s words, I understood. We are soaked in a corrupt world and are not here to fight with all the bad things. We should not get attached to Western society, such as France and the United States. What I need to save are people, not a social system.
If I keep looking at how bad human society has become, I would get depressed and helpless. What I should do instead is to have people realize the evil core of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and advise them that returning to tradition is the right way forward.
To my students, I highlight good things rather than criticize bad things too much. I teach them not to blame others or be angry all the time. I told them it is harmful that schools promote sexual freedom. I used animal protection to introduce topics including kindness, respect, human instinctual capabilities, and the sixth sense. I try to clarify the truth in ways people can accept. When they feel I am a righteous person, I further tell them about the evil CCP. Also, for a small number of students, I go into greater detail about Falun Gong.
I try to be a good teacher, and it helps me in truth-clarification. Preparing classes, grading homework, and helping those students who want to improve–I see these as part of my truth-clarification efforts.
I follow Master’s teaching, and I do my best to cultivate diligently. I looking inward continuously and have found dirty thoughts such as lust, combativeness, jealousy, arrogance, and irrationality. If I do not pay attention, these bad thoughts will make me fall.
One night, it was raining hard. I had forgotten to bring in a mat and my laptop computer, which I left on a hammock. I thought they were ruined. The mat was indeed ruined, but when I turned on the laptop, amazingly it worked fine! The Falun picture on the screen was as bright and colorful as usual. This is the laptop I use to translate The Devil is Ruling Our World. This miracle encourages me to continue to do good work on the translation.
Thank you, Master and fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2020 Online Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference in France)