Making Effective Phone Calls on Truth-Clarification Platform
(Minghui.org) I began Falun Dafa cultivation in November 2009 in Gothenburg Sweden. One day, I went to the municipal library to return books. I saw two books with golden covers sitting on the shelf, truly standing out, catching my attention.
These books were entitled Zhuan Falun. I didn’t know what it was, but subconsciously, I felt it had something to do with Falun Dafa.
I then decided to take them home for a read. Not until I got home, did I notice that one was in the original complex form of Chinese characters, whereas the other one was in simplified form.
“It’s like an electrical plug—plug it in, and the electricity flows through it.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
There was a hand-written Falun Dafa link on the very last page. Through this link, I found the local practice site. Then, a western practitioner helped me get in touch with the assistant from the local Assistance Center. From then on, I became a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Gradually through studying the Fa and doing the exercises, all the abnormal states in my body disappeared without a trace. I have been making phone calls on the rescuing platform since April 28.
I initially went from being very nervous, and doing things clumsily, to steadily making improvements. In the beginning, I did not have a good grip on the truth-clarification information, and I lacked an understanding of relevant laws and regulations pertaining to the police, procuratorate and juridical departments.
Today, however, I am much more confident in these regards.
Clarifying the Truth
I used to target ordinary citizens with my phone calls, and thus, at the beginning, I was very nervous. I was afraid if I didn’t express myself well it would prevent people from understanding the truth of Dafa.
When I first joined the platform, I was intimidated when making calls to the Beijing region. As soon as I saw the numbers I received were for the police department and supreme court, I became nervous. I lacked confidence in clarifying the facts to people who held higher positions.
In addition, it was obvious the other party understood the laws and regulations better than I did. Thus, I was unsure how to start the conversation. I recalled that another practitioner started with a neutral and peaceful opening. As a result, I also followed this approach.
I said the following: “Hello! Please protect Falun Dafa practitioners under your authority. They are all good people who cultivate Buddhahood.”
I also said, “Ancient people said that one can accumulate great virtue from giving a person cultivating Buddhahood a little bit of food. Please secure good fortune for yourself and your family.”
Right then, the other party interrupted me and asked, “Who are you? Where are you? How did you get my number?” Since he started talking and had interactions with me, I felt more relaxed. Before that, it’d always been the other party listening to me all the time and hardly saying anything.
I quickly replied, “My last name is Chen, and I am calling you from outside of China. It’s our predestined relationship for me to be able to talk to you.” I went on to say, “Falun Dafa is being practiced in more than 100 countries. Only the Chinese government doesn’t allow people to practice Dafa.”
He then replied that he only wanted to know how I got his number, and did not respond to anything else. I never ran into that kind of question before, so I said: “It doesn't matter where I got your number. What’s important is for you to know the truth.” However, he still insisted on seeking a clear answer from me, and I didn’t know how to respond.
I called him a few times after the above conversation, until he stopped taking my call. Altogether these phone calls lasted a little over 30 minutes.
I had covered many facts, and when I spoke about withdrawing one’s memberships from the CCP and asked him if he wanted to do so, he didn’t show his stance. Then, I asked the practitioner who was responsible for sending text messages to follow up with him. I thought that even though he didn’t quit yet, it would have an impact on him since he had listened to the truth.
After I hung up, I thought that it wasn’t that difficult to wake up the conscience of the high ranking people from the CCP, but rather it was my attachments blocking me.
No matter how high his position ranked, he still needed to distinguish good from evil and make his choice.
It was just as Master said:
“Don't think about him being some elite figure and create an extra mental obstacle for yourself, as if you're there to ask for his help. What's actually happening is that you're saving him, and you're giving him a chance to choose his future. That's for sure. So you should consider saving the world's people as the primary objective of clarifying the truth.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
Interacting with People
In many cases, I started the conversation by talking about recent news to spark people’s interest. Nowadays no matter whether it’s inside China or overseas, there are big events happening almost every day.
The situation changes rapidly, and people are all interested in paying attention to the information relevant to them. One time, I called a police officer from a Beijing police station.
I used the flood in Southern China as the entry point of the conversation. I then told him it was because the Three Gorges Dam wasn’t built well and it discharged the flood.
I also told him the information provided by the CCP was fake, and that our ordinary citizens have the right to know the truth. I then kindly reminded him to stock up on rice and flour because the flooded provinces are usually the ones which had a good yield on rice production. If the city was locked down, it’d be rather troublesome to procure food supplies.
Then I mentioned that this wasn’t the first time when the CCP lied. I spoke about how the staged “self-immolation” incident was a hoax used to frame Falun Dafa. Right at that time, I heard a woman’s voice.
She asked, “What are you saying? What’s a hoax?” It’s probably because he put the call on speaker phone, so she got to overhear me as well. I then repeated what I had just said. She was very surprised and said: “No wonder. I also wondered how only rain could cause the dam to flood.” Then that man cut in and asked her to hang up. I figured that it could be because he was afraid his phone was tapped.
It seemed to be that news was easy to trigger people’s interest so that they could hear us a bit more. Sometimes I also started from the pandemic. The CCP has covered up the true situation in China. But, when it came to overseas, the truth was reported in great length.
One person told me their government controlled the situation very well. When one contracted the CCP virus (a.k.a coronavirus), one’s medical expenses would be fully reimbursed. Then he challenged me to look at how serious the situation was in the US. I replied to him by saying that the count in China was underreported.
In addition, I also told him that this plague has targets, and the regions and countries where it was very rampant are the ones who have close financial ties with the CCP.
Then I said: “Let’s leave this topic off line, as I have a question I want to discuss with you. If you had a chance to be on duty at Tiananmen Square, and you suddenly saw someone on fire, could you find an extinguisher or a fire blanket immediately?”
I went on to say: “No matter whether it’s burns or scalds, one couldn’t stand it. But could one sit there still and shout?” Additionally, I said, “In addition, one’s hair and eyebrows were intact, and the Sprite bottle full of gas that person held in one’s arms didn’t get deformed in the fire; was that possible?”
I felt he paused on the other side of the phone line, then he said: “Right, right. I knew you practiced Falun Dafa. Your thinking is at a higher level than mine.” Then he hung up on me.
Through this phone call, I came to enlighten: We shouldn’t miss mentioning the suspicious points in the staged “self-immolation” incident. To bring in news was only to engage the other party.
Only Dafa truth has the power of dismantling evil lies. During this process, I also came to realize that for young police officers who just came on board, they still had some misunderstanding towards the staged “self-immolation” incident, despite the fact that we have clarified the facts to people for nearly two decades.
Therefore, as soon as I could tell from the voice that this was a young person, I’d use the way of asking questions and having him answer my questions to engage him. Then I would bring in the suspicious points in the “self-immolation” incident. This is one of the basic truths we need to clarify, which can break the evil's lies.
There were also phone calls that didn’t go very well. When this occurred, it meant I did not treat every single phone number seriously, even though great efforts were taken to obtain it.
One time, a call to the detention center in the Beijing Police Bureau did not go well. I was going to talk about the cause of the flood, and then the other party hung up on me before I could finish.
I called back after a few minutes, then I heard a female’s voice. She had no interest in listening to me. Then I heard a young man saying “Hello” to me. I got to talk to him for six minutes and 13 seconds.
I had covered that one needed to stock up rice due to the pandemic, and that the pandemic in Dalian City was getting serious. I also told him that the pandemic had not yet gone away in Beijing.
He asked me where I was. Then he said in English “Be careful” with very little accent. I thanked him, and then carried on and tried to talk to him into quitting the CCP. Out of concern for his safety, I asked him in English, and then he said okay.
Thus, I talked to the coordinator practitioner about it. She then suggested I follow up with him to clarify he had quit, as quitting the CCP was a very serious matter.
Therefore, one week later, I called back but nobody answered the call. Then I followed up one more time, but in vain. In the end, we got everything cleared up: Another practitioner found out that he was a relative of the owner of the phone number.
Though he agreed, it didn’t necessarily mean the owner of this phone number agreed to quit the CCP.
After I began to look inward, I realized that out of all the calls I made, nobody showed their stance to quit the CCP. And, as soon as someone wanted to quit the CCP, I became a bit excited.
I only thought about how people from the police, procuratorate and juridical system were required to use their real name when they decided to quit the CCP. Thus, I overlooked whether the name was for a male or female, and didn’t treat the matter of quitting the CCP seriously enough.
Being short of experience was one aspect, with the other aspect being I didn’t pay enough attention to details.
When I called back, the matter of verifying the recipient’s name didn’t come to my attention right away. If I could have thought about it, I’d have also asked if Tingting was right beside him and checked if she’d like to quit the CCP as well.
This way both of them would have been helped. I truly appreciated help from fellow practitioners on our team.
I also came to feel what Master said,
“In these situations your conduct should always show Dafa disciples' tolerance, kindness, and niceness. The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
At the same time, I have managed to locate my zealotry and carelessness, which arose from indoctrination by the CCP. Only by cultivating myself well, studying well the Fa, and having strong righteous thoughts, can the power of truth-clarification be strengthened.
No matter what kind of attitude the other party holds, I should set my mind right. I also hope that down the road, I could be persistent even when I frequently encounter difficult situations.