Phoning China and Racing Against the Pandemic to Save People
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
With the CCP virus (coronavirus) outbreak in China, I felt an increased urgency to save people. When I thought about the millions of Chinese people who were already victimized by the CCP, being lied to about the virus, I could not help bursting into tears. I asked myself: as a Falun Dafa practitioner, how could I watch this tragedy unfold without doing anything? I thought I should phone people in China. If they know the truth about Dafa, they have a chance to be saved.
I decided to join the RTC platform. Since my workplace is an “essential service,” I still had to go into work. While driving to the subway, I listened to a training session for the RTC platform. The moment I stepped into the subway, my cell phone disconnected. When I reached my workplace, I could reconnect, but the training was already over.
Several colleagues stopped coming into work because they were afraid of contracting the virus. Every day there were fewer colleagues. I thought: If I could stay home, I could complete my RTC training, and I could also phone China every day. My colleagues asked for leave because they were afraid of the pandemic, while I wanted to save sentient beings. Our starting point is completely different. But while the pandemic was rampant, my workplace asked staff to continue working, and I did not feel right asking for leave like my colleagues.
At this time, something amazing happened. That day, I went to work as usual, to attend a bail matter. After finishing in court, this surety, who was an international student from mainland China, started whispering to me. While we whispered back and forth, I helped him quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. He understood the truth and was happy to remember, “Falun Dafa is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
He said his university was closed due to the pandemic. He originally planned to fly back to China after this court matter was resolved, but after our conversation, he decided to stay in Canada. After I clarified the truth to him, I noticed that both the judge and the lawyer were smiling at me. I understood Master was encouraging me for doing the right thing.
I have worked in court for almost twenty years. I work hard and cherish the opportunity to help Chinese people I meet in court to quit the CCP. However, I'm usually only able to talk to them outside the courtroom. This was the first time I clarified the truth while court was still in session. The moment we walked out of the building, the lawyer drove the student away. If I waited as usual after court, this student might have lost the opportunity to be saved.
This incident allowed me to completely let go of the thought of asking for leave and staying at home to call China. How could I arrange my own path of cultivation? I can only walk the path arranged by Master. The pandemic is rampant, and my workplace asks for staff to come in. Even for the sake of saving people, I should not use this to drift along with ordinary people. I decided to continue going to work. The moment I rectified my thought from the Fa's perspective, my supervisor notified me that I did not need to go to court in person and that I could work on the cases assigned to me from home.
When Master’s new article “Stay Rational” came out, every day before I recited portions of Zhuan Falun, I recited this new article several times. Master said,
“Dafa disciples should not allow themselves to get ungrounded by any of this. Stick to the fundamentals, and you will be able to see the upheaval that’s taking place in the proper light.” (“Stay Rational”)
I understood that amid the pandemic, practitioners need to stick to the fundamentals of cultivation, using “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance” as guidance for our words and actions. Only in this way can we see through the upheavals and see clearly the true nature of cultivation. When my supervisor notified me that I could work from home, I understood that it was Master who gave me the opportunity to call China to clarify the truth.
Clarifying the Truth on the RTC Platform
The RTC platform has gathered the experience, wisdom and global manpower of practitioners who have been calling China for many years. While attending the training, I felt like an elementary student. I reminded myself to let go of all my past experience and habits, and learn humbly and diligently from experienced fellow practitioners.
Looking at the large amount of materials and realizing there was limited time to speak on the phone, what materials should I select? I used the Fa as guidance. For example, I would follow Master’s teaching. Master said,
“The emergence of the Communist Party and the CCP’s real goal is to have people hate Gods and Buddhas, to propagate atheism, to instill a philosophy of “struggle,” and to thereby destroy humankind. And this is the reason Dafa disciples are to clarify the truth. The goal is to get rid of the evil’s lies, to enable people to see the CCP’s true face, to clear away the sins committed by people against Gods and Buddhas, and to thereby save the world’s people.” (“The Ultimate Objective of Clarifying the Truth,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
Eliminating CCP Culture
I was assigned to a training room hosted by a Taiwan practitioner. Her tone of voice was peaceful, she was very kind, and she also used good reasoning in clarifying the truth. It really validated what Master said,
“While working, your tone of voice, your kindheartedness, and your reasoning can change a person’s heart, whereas commands never could!” (“Clearheadedness,” Essentials for Further Advancement)
Participating in the platform also exposed the CCP culture in me that I had been trying hard to eliminate. Whenever I spoke, my tone was aggressive, strong, and high-pitched. I was no longer calm or peaceful, but I was not aware of it. This really exposed my attachment to competitiveness, which came from the CCP culture.
Due to the impact of the CCP virus, more practitioners joined the RTC platform to make phone calls. This placed huge pressure on practitioners who were in charge of training. One day the practitioner who trained me said that since I had good skills making phone calls, and considering that several practitioners had no experience, she wouldn’t be able to train me anymore and I should give the opportunity to other practitioners. I understood that this was Master’s compassionate encouragement for me to read the materials carefully. It was not that I had reached the level of being able to do well in clarifying the truth. I could also feel that the training materials were very powerful in truth-clarification.
How would I improve? The trainer suggested that I listen to recordings. I asked myself: isn’t this also a good way to learn? I listened to each and every phone call that helped people quit the CCP. No matter how the people confused the notion of loving the CCP with loving China, or asked for money, practitioners were always peaceful and unmoved by what they said.
I decided to record every phone call I made so I could see where I could improve. For example, did I speak too quickly or could my tone of voice be calmer? Sometimes, when I didn't understand why the person hung up, I compared my recordings to those of other practitioners.
In the past when I helped with other projects, the other practitioners always reminded me, “Don’t talk so loudly and strongly. You should lower your voice and be humble.” I wanted to change but didn't know where to start. I decided to follow what Master mentioned in “Stay Rational” about the tone of voice, kindness and reasoning. Several times when I listened to my own recordings, I could not help crying and feeling guilty: for years, I have been communicating with other practitioners with this overbearing tone and attitude, and I might have offended and harmed them without knowing it.
Realizing that I had been wrong, I decided to call practitioners that I had worked with. I apologized to them and also thanked them for being tolerant. Since I found my problems, I would try my best to correct them. I asked Master to strengthen me and help me improve while I made phone calls. In the process of rectifying myself, I was able to successfully persuade people to quit the CCP and help them understand the truth of Dafa.
Learning to be Truly Compassionate
Master mentioned, “the appearance stems from the mind.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the Epoch Times Meeting,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X) I understand that in calling China, no matter how people react to us, we should not to be moved. We should just keep clarifying the truth to them. It is very important to look inside to see whether whatever problems we come across are a reflection of our own cultivation state.
In May, we called Jilin Province. When a man answered my call, I started to persuade him to quit the CCP. He said he did not believe what I said and did not understand why he needed to quit. When I told him how a family who had quit the CCP were blessed and stayed safe when the Wenchuan earthquake hit in 2008, he cut me short by saying he went there in person to help so he knew everything that happened there. He expressed his disbelief before hanging up on me.
Before I phoned him again, I played back the recording and could tell that when he hurriedly hung up the phone, it was a reflection of my talking too fast as a result of being nervous. I relaxed my facial muscles and smiled before I called him back. I apologized to him, saying that this call was very important to him. I hoped he could give me an opportunity to clarify the facts to him.
I think it was because he felt my sincerity and because I was much more relaxed and slower in speaking, he calmed down and listened. I continued for 27 minutes until I finished talking about the crime of forced organ harvesting. He eventually agreed to quit the CCP and said he would remember, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Later on, when I analyzed this phone recording, I understood that by following Master’s teaching that “the appearance stems from the mind,” when we look inside, it can truly change our environment. I looked inside before I phoned him again.
I understood that each time we call a specific area in China, is a great opportunity to form one body to eliminate any interference and save people on a larger scale.
I am grateful for Master’s compassion! I really cherish the cultivation environment provided by the RTC platform and, the opportunity to phone China to clarify the truth and save more sentient beings!
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!