Clarifying the Truth and Saving Sentient Beings With Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) One day after I had just gotten home from work, a few of my classmates, colleagues, and good friends came to my home unexpectedly. Some of them already understood the truth about Falun Dafa and had quit the Chinese Community Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. They heard that I'd been reported to the college for clarifying the truth to my colleagues, and were worried that I might lose my job or even go to jail if I didn’t give up my belief. Thus, out of good intentions, they decided to come that evening to persuade me to give up my belief. I just smiled and said, “Thank you for your kindness. I know better than you how evil the CCP is. However, it is not illegal to cultivate Dafa. We are not wrong to be kind people. Those who execute a wrong decision are wrong. Therefore, I will stick to my belief and never give up cultivation.”
I am an associate professor at a college. I follow Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life to be a kind person. I work hard and barely rest on weekends. In the meantime, I remember I am a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period, and I find any opportunity to clarify the truth and save sentient beings.
After two conversations with the Party secretary at work, he threatened to report me to the police because I wouldn’t give up practicing Falun Dafa. I said, “Freedom of belief is a right given to me by the Constitution. Whether I practice Falun Dafa or not is my personal freedom; you have no right to interfere. It’s your decision whether you report me to the police or not. But it would be better for you not to aid in the abuse or persecution of good people.” After that I continued to prepare my lesson and taught the class as usual.
In my spare time, I strengthened my righteous thoughts, cleansed my dimensional field, and eliminated the attachment to fear. I was clear that I only listen to Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa, and do not acknowledge any other arrangements. Whoever made any other arrangement for me was committing a crime. I strengthened my righteous thoughts and denied the persecution.
At that time, my wife (also a practitioner), went to her hometown to take care of her seriously ill father. I didn’t tell her that I'd been reported, as I didn’t want her to worry about me. When my daughter, who lives abroad, heard the news, she was worried and asked me to quickly leave China. I told her I wouldn't leave, as it was not dangerous. I couldn’t just escape now. Besides, this is the main battlefield in the battle between good and evil. There are things I want to do and people I want to save, so I can’t just leave. My daughter agreed with me and told me, “I will send righteous thoughts for you. I will ask other practitioners to send righteous thoughts for you as well. You are not alone, as we are one body. With Master and the Fa, there shouldn’t be any problem.” Her response was exactly the same as my thoughts and understanding.
A few days later, the deputy dean told me that I would not be teaching classes next semester; instead, she wanted me to help her translate some materials. I told her that I didn't care what job I did. But strictly speaking, I added, nobody has the right to deprive me of teaching, as I didn’t do anything illegal or violate any school regulations. She said she understood. I later heard that the university Party committee asked the college to handle the matter themselves after I was reported to the university level.
While I was still teaching, I clarified the truth to many of the faculty, such as the college dean, deputy dean, professors, lecturers, and assistant professors. Some quit the CCP after I spoke to them only once. Some quit the CCP after I talked to them the second time or multiple times. Some haven’t yet quit the CCP, but most of them accepted the truth-clarification brochure and USB drive with additional information.
Something especially worth mentioning is that the Party secretary who was currently reporting me had once indirectly helped me. A few years ago, local police officers came to my college saying that someone had reported me. The Party secretary told the police that I was a good person and turned the police officers away. This was what I'd heard from others. I'd thought about clarifying the truth to him in the past, but hadn’t found a good opportunity to do so. This was the time to do so!
During our first talk, the Party secretary asked me to give up practicing Falun Dafa. I took this opportunity to tell him the basic truths about Dafa. However, I didn’t maintain my xinxing and argued with him. During the second talk, I further explained that the evil Party persecutes good people. He said even a good person is not allowed to practice Falun Dafa because the university belongs to the CCP, and as an educator, you have to listen to the Party. I said I was not a Party member. He told me that would not work either.
When the next semester started, it was arranged for me to do pre-auditing work in the office, which is actually an office chore. My work environment had changed, but I am still a Dafa cultivator. Although my workload was heavy, I would continue to strictly follow the standards for cultivators: That is, I would work hard and help with whatever I was asked, regardless of whether I was in charge of the office or of classroom remodeling, etc. I also wouldn't accept dinner invitations from the construction unit or accept any tips/rebates (bribes) offered by them. If something was impossible to turn down, I would donate it in the offerer's name to make truth-clarification materials. At the same time, I would clarify the truth to people and help most of them quit the CCP. My life is thus very fulfilling. During my spare time, I study the Fa and read Minghui articles. During my lunch break, I send righteous thoughts or clarify the truth.
I have clarified the truth to almost all of my office mates. Some accepted the USB drives, and some even accepted Dafa's main book Zhuan Falun. I usually clarified the truth one-on-one in the office, so they wouldn't have any worries about being reported and it would not affect their work or promotions.
My attachment to fear, a competitive mentality, and other human attachments were exposed in the process of clarifying the truth. I eliminated these attachments whenever I found them. I encountered various responses when clarifying the truth to my colleagues. Some wouldn’t let me say anything; some disagreed or even opposed what I said; some thought I was being political and mocked me; some told me to be careful, etc. Regardless of what occurred, I did not forget to fulfill my duty as a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple: clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings. In the meantime, I also strove to eliminate human attachments and assimilate to Dafa.
Clarifying the Truth to Close Relatives and Friends
One of my mentors is a well-known professor. He was a Party member for many years. He worked as a government consultant and enjoyed being treated as an expert. This elderly man had been upright throughout his life, and he is very uncomfortable with the current moral decline and chaos and other bad practices taking place, such as school corruption and academic fraud.
When I first clarified the truth to him, he didn’t quit the CCP, but he accepted a truth-clarification USB, and he said that he agreed with what the materials said. For example, the so-called “three years of natural disasters” were actually man-made disasters. His hometown is a land replete with fish and rice. But about 300,000 people starved to death that year. My mentor has experienced many of the political campaigns the wicked CCP has enacted since it took power. He knows how evil the wicked CCP is, and he is frightened and worried. After I continued to clarify the truth to him, he finally made the right choice between good and evil and quit the CCP.
When he got sick, I told him to recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” to help him recover and to remain healthy. He agreed to do so. His entire family trusts me and asks me to help with any problems in their daily lives. Some people think that I am his son or close relative.
Whenever I have an opportunity, I clarify the truth to my former classmates, regardless of whether I know them from elementary school, middle school, college, or graduate school; and regardless of their position – rich or poor. Some have quit the CCP, and some accepted the truth-clarification booklets and USBs. I told them to read them carefully, then ask their family members to read the materials, and I tell them how to quit the CCP to ensure their safety and peace.
In order to create an opportunity to save sentient beings, every time I go out to eat with friends or colleagues, I volunteer to pick them up and take them home. I always bring truth-clarification booklets, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party DVD, “The Ultimate Goal of Communism,” a truth-clarification USB, an amulet, and other materials with me when I have dinner with my friends. Before dinner, I try to clarify the truth one-on-one or distribute the materials to all of them. When toasting at the dinner table, my toast is that we follow the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be good people. Under Master’s compassionate protection, some of my friends and classmates have quit the CCP and accepted the materials. Although some did not quit the CCP, they still accepted the truth-clarification materials and at least heard the truth.
Several kind-hearted relatives quit the CCP, but they didn’t really understand the truth. Over the years, helping others to understand the truth has been my goal and starting point for further helping them to quit the Party. However, it’s been much more difficult when clarifying the truth to my closer family members. Some refused to read the materials and didn’t even allow me to talk about it.
Over the years, I've talked to my wife’s brother several times. But he was the one who was most influenced by the evil Party culture; therefore he was the most stubborn. Once, when I was at his home, he got very mad at me. I maintained my xinxing and told him with a calm but serious tone, “We are close family and you are over 50 years old. You can agree or disagree with what I've said, but you can’t be so unreasonable.”
His anger gradually faded, and the next morning he arranged for us to have breakfast together, to try to make up a little bit.
I hadn’t really studied why he was unwilling to accept the truth. Later, I calmly and thoroughly looked inward and found many problems on my part: First I didn’t treat my relatives as sentient beings to be saved. When I was eager to help them understand the truth, I had a very strong attachment of sentimentality towards them. Second, I failed to realize that we Falun Dafa practitioners are the main characters in today’s society, as we are Dafa disciples in the Fa-rectification period. We have nothing to do with money or social status. Third, I didn’t send enough righteous thoughts and didn’t eliminate the factors interfering with him. Fourth, I didn’t have a sufficient sense of responsibility and enough righteous thoughts. Therefore, I lacked confidence and initiative, and couldn’t break through my insecurity and achieve a good effect. Fifth, I still have a strong competitive mentality and still have resentment. Therefore I didn’t have enough compassion for them. I knew I must immediately correct myself, get rid of the attachments that should be removed, completely let go of any emotion, and cultivate compassion.
This time I was not impatient, sent righteous thoughts more, and studied the Fa more. I was waiting for the opportunity to develop, and committed to doing everything according to its natural timing; I believed Master would provide an opportunity. One night when I was alone with my wife’s brother, he again didn’t allow me to clarify the truth. I was not moved by him and continued, “I just told you what the evil Party really is and what shameful things it has done. I didn’t ask you to rebel against it. Moreover, the CCP is supported by taxpayers. Do you think it is reasonable that we don’t even have the right to comment about the CCP? It is like when parents spend their hard-earned money and effort to raise their son; then no matter what bad things this son does, the parents have no right to say anything about it. Is this right?” He laughed when he heard this. He said, “Actually, Falun Dafa is quite good. Look how healthy you are after practicing Falun Dafa. You can teach me how to practice someday.”
Later, I realized that the best time to clarify the truth to our relatives is when they give us a farewell dinner after we've spent time together. Therefore, I sent righteous thoughts to cleanse my dimensional field and asked Master to help me. Before departing, I took this last opportunity to clarify the truth to my aunt, uncle, and seven other relatives for about half an hour. They all listened attentively. My wife sent righteous thoughts during that time.
Not long ago, I clarified the truth to seven or eight people at a wedding. Two of them agreed to quit the CCP. During the process, I clarified the truth depending on how much they could understand and tried my best to think about their needs first. Good results naturally followed. At the reception, there were more than 10 people at one table. I made a toast to the newlyweds: gave them my well-wishes, asked them to cherish fate, take good care of the family, and honor the elderly on both sides. I talked from a perspective of Truthfulness to Forbearance, telling them to tolerate each other’s shortcomings, appreciate each other’s strengths, and keep in mind the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. My family told me later that my speech was the best. Of course, what I said is based on the Buddha Fa; these are the highest principles in the universe, and Master gave me the wisdom.
The truth clarification process for me has actually been a process of cultivation, which included cultivating xinxing and eliminating attachments. Studying the Fa and practicing the exercises are the prerequisites and foundation for cultivating xinxing and clarifying the truth. It is so important to cultivate ourselves well.
This is my personal cultivation experience. Please point out anything inappropriate.