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Truly Cultivate Ourselves

Aug. 18, 2021 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Hubei Province, China

(Minghui.org) The outbreak of the pandemic showed us how urgent it is to save people who are still deceived by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). We Falun Dafa practitioners have the responsibility to save these people in the limited time left. Realizing this, I have been going out with my family members (fellow practitioners) every day to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa during the pandemic.

At first, we could help only a few people quit the CCP every day. Now, more and more people are receptive, and we can help more than a dozen people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations in about two hours. During the process, I have strongly felt that Master has arranged everything for us and encourages us when we have the heart to save people. I feel all sentient beings are waiting to be saved.

Master said,

“[The way it’s supposed to be is that] I save you, and you save them. Now I am even helping you do it, so if you don’t do it, are you a Dafa disciple? How are you going to fare at the end, when accounts are finally settled? At that point it will be too late for crying.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference”)

Cultivating Compassion 

Master said,

“The Buddha School emphasizes cultivating Shan of Zhen-Shan-Ren. Because the cultivation of Shan can generate great, benevolent compassion, when compassion develops one will find all beings suffering and thus develop an aspiration to offer salvation to all beings. (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)

Master also said,

“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods. The more compassion that is present, the greater this energy becomes, and it can disintegrate anything that is bad.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX)

I once went out to clarify the truth and hand out truth-clarification materials with five other practitioners. In front of the central hospital, a man distributing real estate flyers stopped me to promote the homes for sale. The other practitioners gestured for me to move on because there were many security guards in the area. I wanted to leave, but the agent kept talking to me about the houses. I thought he might have come to learn the truth, so I told him, “I don’t plan to buy a house now. But I will take a flyer and give it to my colleagues. If they have a predestined relationship with the house, they will contact you.”

He said, “Ma’am, although I cannot see your face with your mask on, I sense that you are a good person. You are so compassionate.” I said, “I know it is not easy for you to make a living, but I want to tell you that staying safe is more important than making money. We all know the pandemic is far from over. Experts all said the next outbreak is on its way. The pandemic is relentless, but there is a good way to stay safe. If you are a member of the Party or its youth organizations, please quit now. Please also recite ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ You will have a bright future if you side with what is good.”

When he said he was indeed a CCP member, I told him, “Can I give you a pseudonym and help you withdraw from it? Falun Dafa is a cultivation practice that is practiced all over the world. It is only prohibited and persecuted in China.” Before I finished he said, “No wonder you are so compassionate. So you are a Falun Gong practitioner!” He quit the CCP.

I realized that Master was encouraging me to cultivate compassion. Only by being compassionate can we improve in cultivation and save more people.

Eliminate the Attachment to Self-Interest

I was out with my daughter and son-in-law when four young men promoting credit cards stopped my son-in-law, a non-practitioner. They said they would give him a suitcase if he signed up for their card. My son-in-law was glad to get a free suitcase just by signing up. I was also a little pleased and thought, “Let him do it if he wants—at least he can get a free suitcase.” However, signing up turned out to be very involved, and I became impatient and silently complained.

I suddenly remembered that I was there to save people, so I should talk to these young people. I calmed down and began to send forth righteous thoughts. When my son-in-law finished registering, I told the young people the facts about Falun Dafa. Three of them quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

Not longer after that, I happened to hear about a young man involved in a new credit card scam who had lost hundreds of thousands of yuan. I told my son-in-law about it. He got nervous and contacted his bank to cancel the new card.

I became alert and wondered why I was involved in this incident. I realized I had a hidden attachment to self-interest. I desired more money and material things. I would be happy if I got more and upset if I lost anything. I had not paid attention to this attachment, so it had become second nature. I felt ashamed and made up my mind to pay attention to this attachment and remove it.

One afternoon, I clarified the truth with my daughter and son in a commercial area. We went into a shoe store, where my daughter bought a pair of shoes. We spoke to two sales assistants, and they quit the CCP and its organizations.

On our way home, my daughter could not find the shoes—my son had left them on a bench outside the store. We’d left the store more than half an hour before, and the store was on a busy street. My daughter started to get upset and kept complaining about her brother. I said, “The most important thing was that the two salesmen quit the CCP. You won’t lose those shoes if they are yours.” My daughter did not believe she would find her new shoes.

We walked back and looked down the street. And there, on the bench right outside the store, was the shopping bag with the shoes, untouched. My daughter could not believe her eyes. It was amazing! In today’s China, people’s moral standards have been deteriorating. If you lose anything, it is ususally impossible to retrieve it. A new pair of shoes were left on a bench on a busy street for hours, and no one took them. My daughter said, “Thank you, Master!” My daughter felt very ashamed and decided to eliminate her attachment to self-interest.

Helping My Husband Overcome Sickness Karma

Last year, my husband, a fellow practitioner, got herpes all over his body. Blisters formed on top of blisters—like a beehive. At first, we thought it was a good thing to eliminate karma. But one night, he felt something was wrong with his heart and he had difficulty breathing. He asked us to send forth righteous thoughts for him. I knew it must be bad as he did not usually ask for help. I asked Master for help and sent forth righteous thoughts for a long time with my son. He gradually improved.

Afterward, I thought there must be a reason for a Dafa disciple to encounter such inference. I began to help my husband examine his cultivation. We found some loopholes. 

He could not evaluate things from the perspective from the Fa, he resented our our son-in-law and always made negative comments about him, and he had a short temper and often raised his voice. He was impatient and hurt people unintentionally. In addition, he did not cultivate his speech and sometimes even yelled swear words. He also had a strong attachment to lust. Most importantly, he did not do well in respecting Master and the Fa.

My husband agreed with me and tried his best to eliminate these attachments. However, his condition did not improve much. He became depressed and went to the hospital. The doctor said he should be hospitalized and added, “Your case of herpes is different. Come again with your wife.”

When the doctor said said his herpes was “different,” that got my attention. Of course, it was different. It was not a disease in the first place. The doctor asked me to come to the hospital with my husband, which meant I was also responsible for my husband’s tribulation.

I began to look inward. Did I have an attachment to my husband? Yes, I did. I also resented my son-in-law. I thought he was selfish. He spent all his income on himself and did not care about my daughter and their child. He bought so many clothes for himself that his wardrobe overflowed. Still, he did not let my daughter turn on the air conditioner and he criticized her for using too much water. He quarreled with her every two or three days, so my daughter and grandson stayed in my house most of the time.

I felt I’d done a lot for him and never asked for anything in return. Actually, he gave us nothing in return for all we did for him. I realized that I had accumulated too much resentment for my son-in-law, but I did not see it.

It was true that the attachment that I had not removed affected the environment surrounding me. My husband was a mirror for my shortcomings and attachments.

I realized that I had not evaluated the conflicts between my son-in-law and my daughter with the Fa. Everything happens for a reason, and our karmic debts must be paid. Master wants us to cultivate selflessness and think of others first. My sentimentality for my daughter resulted in conflicts in her family.

I sent forth powerful righteous thoughts to completely dissolve the conflicts that the old forces imposed on my daughter and son-in-law. I also firmly eliminated my selfishness and resentment.

I wanted to reach the standard of the new universe and become pure and selfless. I reaffirmed my belief in Master and the Fa.

Amazingly, just after I found these attachments and eliminated them, the herpes blisters on my husband’s body disappeared! I believe the conflict between my daughter and son-in-law will also soon disappear.

Dafa disciples must listen to Master’s words and practice truly and solidly. We have to cultivate ourselves in small things and at all times. We should measure everything we encounter with the Fa and remove our attachments. Once we find the attachments, we should eliminate them immediately. Only by doing so can we return to our true home with Master.

Thank you, Master, for always watching over our family!