Cultivating Compassion While Saving People in Government Agencies
(Minghui.org) I am 46 this year and work as a cleaner in a government agency. In early April 1998, I was fortunate to learn about Falun Dafa and begin practicing it. During these 20 years of my cultivation, I have truly felt Master's infinite compassion. Guided by his teachings I changed from being a sick, selfish, and violent person to one who is physically and mentally healthy, indifferent to fame and fortune, and able to consider others first.
Maintaining High Moral Standards at Work
I have been the cleaner in a certain government agency for 11 years. Although this is considered a lowly occupation, I could benefit personally from it. For example, every time I went to the office, I could collect toilet paper, washing powder, soap, glass cleaner, gloves, rags, specialty bags, etc. I could collect these and other items and take them home.
Moral standards are declining and everyone looks for ways to make money. It's no surprise that when you go to the homes of my co-workers, they have many things that came from where they work. After I began practicing Falun Dafa I never again took anything home. I understand the principle of “loss and gain.”
My co-workers often ridiculed me. They said, “Everyone knows that you do a good job, but will they give you a bonus for being honest? Will they hire you permanently?” One said, “You are so stupid!”
When I finished working one evening, my co-worker in charge of the office warehouse handed me a convenience bag. I had clarified the truth about Dafa to him when I started to work there and helped him quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. I opened the bag on the way home and saw that they were South Korean high-end daily necessities, leftovers from the workplace activities held on May 1st and October 1st. I thought, “How much virtue will I lose if I accept these things I did not pay for? In addition, doing this is not good for him. I have to return these things tomorrow.”
When I went to work the next day, I returned the items to him. He was puzzled and said, “The other workers are asking me for these items and take them home, but you did not. Why did you bring them back?” I said, “I practice Falun Dafa. After reading the teachings, I realize that if you take things that don't belong to you, you will have to pay for it in the future. You will either get sick or have tribulations. Anyway, you will have to pay in the future. You know that the top leader in the company only allows me to clean his office, and his family has also hired me to clean his house. It's because I am not greedy and don’t take advantage of others that he trusts me.” As we talked, I advised him to not take advantage of his position, “It will be bad for you. The leaders in our workplace trust you and entrust the warehouse to you for safekeeping. What if they investigate the warehouse and hold you accountable for missing items?”
He was moved and said, “I hadn’t thought about that. Some co-workers are happy when they get more. Even some police officers have stolen computers or taken other things home. Thank you for reminding me! You are really good to me. You don’t take advantage of the public, and you still think about me. No one has ever pointed this out. I know what to do in the future.” Then he gave me a thumbs up.
Section Chief Happily Quits the CCP
When I went to work on February 12, 2020, I brought a copy of the truth-clarification brochure “Eye of the Plague.” When I arrived, my coworkers were talking about the CCP virus outbreak in Wuhan. Everyone was afraid.
A political section chief was standing in the corridor talking to an office director, “The epidemic is really serious! There is no vaccine, no special medicine. What can we do?” As I passed them I said to the section chief, “Even though the epidemic is fierce, there is a way to stay safe. I will tell you later.”
In my heart I begged Master to save this man. After a while, I calmly walked into his office and said, “Hello! I have worked here for 11 years. Thank you for trusting me for so many years. I have a big issue that I haven't dared talk to you about. Now the epidemic has come and I'll be filled with regret if I don’t tell you, because this relates to your future and safety.” He asked me to sit down.
I said, “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. [He was surprised!] Falun Dafa is practiced in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. For many years, practitioners have disregarded their personal safety to clarify the truth to people. They risk being arrested and sentenced. They advise people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. When we joined the Party's organizations we raised our right hand and swore to give our lives for it. When we did this, we were marked. The gods will eliminate those who have this mark. If you quit the Party you won't be held accountable for its crimes. Has anyone told you this before?”
He listened without answering me. I handed him the brochure “Eye of the Plague.” He said nervously, “You know that this is a government agency—you are not allowed to do this.” I said, “Those who work here also need to stay safe!” He got up and closed the office door.
I continued, “Do you know why those high-ranking CCP officials such as Zhou Yongkang, Li Dongsheng, Xu Caihou, and others have been sent to jail? On the surface it was because of their corruption, but it's really because they persecuted Falun Dafa. The CCP harvests organs from practitioners for huge profits. The dean of our city hospital participated in the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners and he died suddenly. Even though his family is very wealthy, they are not allowed to use it.
“Section chief, even though I'm just a cleaner, I'm a Falun Dafa practitioner. I strictly follow the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I work hard and don’t complain. Several workplace leaders trust me. Actually, it's not me who is good, but Dafa that is good. I wouldn't behave this way if I didn't practice Falun Dafa.” He nodded.
I told him proudly, “Falun Dafa teaches us to be good. I have never taken anything from here. I have practiced Dafa for more than 20 years. I have never taken medicine and I have no illnesses.” He smiled and said, “These are your rewards for your good deeds.”
I continued, “You don’t have to spend a penny. As long as you agree to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, you will not be a member of that organization. You won't be implicated in the CCP's crimes and you'll be safe. I will give you an assumed name. Are you willing to quit the Party?” He whispered, “Okay, yes!” I told him, “Please remember, ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ You will be safe if you into any danger as long as you say this with respect and a sincere heart.”
He said, “This is a government agency, so please pay attention to your safety when you do this.” I thanked him for reminding me and said I would.
The Political Commissar Only Trusts Falun Dafa Practitioners
The seventh year I worked at the government agency I clarified the truth to a young female political commissar. After quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations, she regained her health and her insomnia disappeared. We became good friends.
When she took a month-long vacation, she gave me the keys to her fancy home and asked me to water her flowers and clean her house twice a week. She paid me very well. I was confused and said, “You don't even cook at home and your house is so clean. Since you'll be gone, it won't get dirty, and you don’t need me to clean it. And don’t you have a housekeeping service?” She said, “I dismissed that service! When you change housekeepers, you have to change the locks, which is very expensive. Because you believe in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, you are different. Over the years, what you have said and your behavior has shown me that your belief is good and righteous. Many of your coworkers have praised you for being so nice! I respect your faith.”
I promised to clean her house temporally. When she came back, she drove me to her house, praised the job I did and was very satisfied.
When I handed her the keys, she was unhappy and wanted me to continue cleaning her house. I said, “Thank you for trusting me. I cleaned your house this month and I don't want a penny. I have been cleaning a high-ranking leader’s home. My son is in his second year of high school and attends an evening class. My husband is busy at work. In addition to cleaning, I have to cook for them. I am too busy to take on any more work.”
She wept and said, “I don’t care; you have to clean my house.” She wouldn't listen no matter what I said. After a while, she wiped away her tears and asked, “Apart from that big leader, have you done cleaning jobs for other leaders?” I replied, “Two leaders contacted me but I had to refuse them because I really don’t have time.”
She finally calmed down and said, “Please don’t promise to do any others. You can come to my house when you are not busy. Or you can help me by finding someone who practices Falun Dafa like you. But am I worried if they will be as responsible as you.” I said, “Anyone who truly practices Falun Dafa is not greedy and does not take things that don’t belong to them. They are trustworthy.” She said, “Well, please help me find a practitioner.”
Being Kind to My Husband's Family
My husband has four brothers and he is the fourth oldest. My father-in-law and mother-in-law are partial to their eldest, and they are in charge of the living expenses for the three people in the elder brother's family. After his youngest brother got married, my parents-in-law took charge of all the living expenses for his three-member family.
After I got married, I learned that my eldest-in-law, second-in-law, and third-in-law had fought and quarreled with my parents-in-law for their own benefits. Although my mother-in-law is famous in our area for swearing at people, the third sister-in-law did not show any weakness. The mother-in-law secretly gave her money after they quarreled. My husband said, “They always argue but I don't wish you to argue with my parents.”
After we got married, my parents-in-law took our land to grow grain. In the autumn, my husband took time off to collect the grain, but all the income from the land was given to the older brother. I was so angry that I asked my in-laws, “Why don’t you tell your eldest son to ask for leave work to help with the land?” They said, “How can we ask your eldest brother to take leave as he can earn more than 100 yuan a day? Your husband only earns 17 yuan a day.” My husband was also angry when he heard this, but he did not say anything. I felt like I would explode. I hated that my patents-in-laws treated their sons differently.
Prices soared in 1997. My mother-in-law gave me and my husband 18,000 yuan to get married so that we could buy furniture, home appliances, kitchen utensils, bedding, and my husband’s clothes. Later on my mother-in-law took back 1000 yuan. The house we were supposed to live in was occupied by my parents-in-law who were raising chickens, so we rented a house. A year later, my parents-in-law moved and my mother-in-law gave the eldest brother, second brother, and third brother 27,800 yuan each to buy a house.
She only gave us 20,000 yuan and said, “You are very kind. Please take pity on your poor mother as I have another unmarried son (referring to her youngest son). You can pay the rent yourself. You see that it is difficult for me and your father to deal with this.” I was speechless. I had already begun to practice Falun Dafa. I would follow Master requirements and think of others first. I quietly put up with this.
When the youngest son got married, the younger sister-in-law wanted to buy everything and their family had everything. In addition, they were given an extra 30,000 yuan. I felt uncomfortable and asked my mother-in-law, “Mom, aren’t you going to take back some of the money you gave your youngest son?” She smiled and said, “When I get rich, I will give you back the money I owe you for the rented house and that 1000 yuan I took back.”
About 16 years ago, since my mother-in-law’s house was occupied by the government, she was given a compensation of 240,000 yuan. In October 2019, my parents-in-law were compensated nearly 300,000 yuan for their pension. When my aunt saw me she asked, “Has your mother-in-law given you that money?” I smiled and shook my head. My aunt said, “My brother-in-law has gone too far.” She and another aunt went to my parents-in-law and asked them to compensate the money they owed to my family.
My parents-in-law were very angry at their sisters for meddling and refused. Afterward, my aunt urged me to ask them for money. I told my aunt, “I now practice Falun Dafa. I do everything according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. If my mother-in-law wants to give us the additional money, she can. If she doesn’t, I won’t ask for it.” My aunt looked at me approvingly and said, “Although you belong to the younger generation, I admire you from the bottom of my heart.”
My husband and I have been married for more than 20 years. I’ve never quarreled with my in-laws. I celebrate their birthdays every year with gifts such as food and clothing. When my father-in-law had his birthday two years ago, my aunts came. My mother-in-law told them, “For many years, we have been wearing the clothes that she has (referring to me) bought. She is the most loyal and sincere of all my five daughters-in-law and she has done the most.”
My father-in-law is 76 and my mother-in-law is 77 years old. Because they often read “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” they have been blessed and enjoy good health. My parents-in-law live in a bungalow because they like to have a big garden. I often help them with housework such as washing clothes and dishes. My husband helps them with any hard work.
The land in our village has been occupied by certain government departments, but the villagers got little of the more than 20 million yuan which was squandered by the village officials and the town government leaders. At the end of last year, the current leader of our village promised to help the villagers who lost their land apply for social endowment insurance. But they were asked to pay up three years in advance before it was returned.
My husband and I paid more than 70,000 yuan in social pension insurance funds in advance. Due to the shortage of funds, I did not want to borrow money to pay for it. My father-in-law and mother-in-law were anxious and persuaded me to make up for my pension many times, saying it was a rare opportunity. My mother-in-law said, “We have been given a pension of nearly 300,000 yuan but your four brothers all came to borrow money. Your sister-in-law borrowed tens of thousands to buy a second building for her son; your second sister-in-law borrowed 40,000; your third brother borrowed tens of thousands, and so on. However, I can still lend you 33,000 yuan.”
Seeing how anxious my mother-in-law was, I did not want to hurt their feelings, so I borrowed 33,000 yuan from her to pay for the pension. I told her, “I will pay you back when I have money.” My mother-in-law said, “That’s all right. I don’t need any money now. I will ask you for it when I need it.”
At the end of the year, my husband and I had earned a total of 33,000 yuan. I discussed it with my husband and said that we should return the money to his mother. My husband said to me unhappily, “Please don’t pay it back. The epidemic is so serious. I don’t know when I can go back to work. At the end of next August I have to pay our son's (junior year) tuition. Let’s wait three years to return it.” I said, “Please don’t get angry. We have to pay it back if we have the money. I'll feel relieved when we pay it back. Besides, have you ever thought about your parents' feelings? I am a Dafa practitioner, so I should listen to what Master Li teaches me and consider others in everything I do.”
That afternoon when we returned the 33,000 yuan to my parents-in-law, my father-in-law, mother-in-law, uncle, and the third brother were all present. When I opened my bag and took out the money, my little nephew exclaimed, “So much money!” The whole family was shocked. Our youngest brother, my sister-in-law, and my third brother all gave me looks of admiration. My parents-in-law smiled. My mother-in-law then went to the kitchen to cook while the youngest sister-in-law sat on the bed watching TV. My mother-in-law gestured to me to come over, and quietly told me, “Please let me know when you need money.” I smiled and said, “Thank you, Mom!”
Before I reimbursed my mother-in-law, my second sister-in-law told me that my mother-in-law owed us the most, so neither of us should reimburse her. She also said that she wouldn't pay them back. Because I am a Dafa practitioner, I was not tempted by what my second sister-in-law said. If I did not practice Dafa, I would not have repaid my mother-in-law and would quarrel with her just like my other sisters-in-law did. Falun Dafa has changed me. I'm now kind and get along with my in-laws. They have already withdrawn from the CCP.
After I began practicing Falun Dafa, my family members could see how I changed and they have witnessed how wonderful Dafa is. My mother, sisters, brothers-in-law, nephews, and my son have all begun practicing. We all feel extremely blessed and happy.