Forming One Body to Ensure Normal Operations at Truth Materials Sites
(Clearwisdom.net) Currently the trend of Fa-rectification is overwhelming. At this historical moment, the Dafa practitioners producing truth-clarification materials carry a heavy responsibility. We need to keep a good flow of communication inside China and to/from abroad. We should make sure that fellow practitioners in China can read Teacher's new articles as soon as possible and that Minghui Weekly and other messages can be distributed on schedule. It is important that truth-clarifying materials and VCD's are produced in a timely manner. Our wisdom from Dafa cultivation shall overcome any difficulty that tries to block our assisting Teacher and stepping through Fa-rectification. The following discusses how our Dafa truth materials sites can maintain normal operations under Teacher's benevolent care.1. Study the Fa Well to Enhance Righteous Thoughts
There have been articles by fellow practitioners on the Dafa websites talking about security and safety of truth-clarifying materials sites. Some local area's sites had tight security means with vertical connection only, but they still were destroyed by the evil. Why? It seems to me that the main reason was that they had not calmed their minds to study the Fa. During these 4 years, the evil persecution of Falun Gong has been relentless. "As a Dafa disciple, no matter what the situation or what the circumstances, you have to study the Fa, and you can't neglect your own assimilation and improvement; you can't forget to study the Fa. If you don't study the Fa well, you won't be able to do Dafa work well." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston") "Under any circumstance, in any period, and no matter how busy you are with your work, you can't stray from your Fa-study, as this is what fundamentally ensures that you will improve and reach Consummation. You can't do Dafa work without studying the Fa, or it would be an everyday person doing Dafa work. It has to be Dafa disciples who do Dafa work--this is the requirement for you." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference") We take seriously the lessons learned from other sites which were destroyed and have put Fa-study as the first priority. Besides a few times of group Fa-study per week, every individual squeezes in time between daily tasks to expedite reading the Fa each day. We try our best not to skip the weekly and daily Fa-study. Of course sometimes some practitioners seemed to have interference and became slack in studying the Fa. Then other practitioners would quickly remind him/her to correct the situation.
Dafa work at a materials site can be very busy. For example, when there is a brand-new Fa-lecture by Teacher, we'll busily work from dawn to midnight for timely distribution to fellow practitioners (known to us). At times like this, we turn on the cassette player and listen to Teacher's 9-day lectures while working. Some practitioners would continue to read one chapter of Zhuan Falun after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. Then we wake up at 4:30 a.m. for the daily morning exercise. Although we are very busy, we feel very fulfilled because Dafa nurtures us and the Fa has permeated each and every cell of our bodies.2. Mutually Cooperating to Form a Whole
Good mutual cooperation is crucial to doing Dafa work. Several of us not only wholeheartedly do our best for our individual responsibilities but also help the overall work. "...together there's a form, and separated there are particles." (Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference) When a new lecture or Weekly comes, after careful mass duplication by the copy team, others would drop their non-urgent work and come to help bind those pages into pamphlets. Thus, working and cooperating excellently as a whole, we meet the schedule and deliver the new lecture and Weekly to the hands of fellow practitioners every time.
We have a small number of practitioners working at our materials site but, with wisdom cultivated from Dafa, we are able to perform all the Dafa work very well. The practitioner burning VCD's also handles the screen printing of banners. With her proficiency in computers, a young female practitioner downloads Dafa information to make the master copy of the truth-clarifying VCD as well as frequently traveling out of town to help fix computer problems for other sites. Another practitioner is responsible for uploading, downloading, and writing articles as well as overall coordination of the tasks. For a long time, we have been persistent in studying the Fa, doing Dafa work with mutual cooperation individually and as a whole, observing Teacher's teaching that "The next person's things are your things,1 and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference") With this, we are able to do the tasks at the truth materials site in an orderly manner.
Of course we have had our disputes. One time two practitioners were disagreeing fiercely. The next practitioner quickly pointed out to them that they should judge things according to the Fa by searching inward and not just argue without any significant meaning. Those two cooled down and calmed their minds to study the Fa. Then they both saw their own attachment and thus sincerely opened their hearts to each other, eliminating the blocks. Another time, while writing an article, I did not maintain a proper tone but unintentionally had a showoff state of mind. Seeing that, a fellow practitioner called to my attention the need to improve and correct my shortcoming.
Currently the four of us at our site are too busy to catch up with the larger demand for truth-clarifying materials, so we added two more practitioners to the site. Thanks to Teacher's arrangement, these two newcomers swiftly pointed out the shortcomings that we were unaware of and the attachments that each of the original four were stuck on. In the past, we were so busy in doing the three things we overlooked our own fundamental attachments. Even if we did mention each other's attachments we did not pay enough serious attention to them. For myself, I am relatively headstrong and not kind enough in my tone. Thus my words may hurt others. We should first rectify ourselves; otherwise how can we do Dafa work with the purest hearts? Teacher warns us in "Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference" that "Your path is, and I think you've all seen this now, actually very narrow. If you deviate just a little bit you won't measure up to the standard of a Dafa disciple. There's only one very righteous path we can walk on, and we can't deviate even just a little bit, because this is required by history, and required by the lives of sentient beings in the future cosmos." Realizing this, we sat down and calmed our minds to study the Fa, to discuss and share, and then to find our own areas for improvement. We're determined to do better and better at our materials site during this last period of Fa-rectification.3. Use Righteous Thoughts to Eliminate Evil Interference to Technology
The evil old forces are looking for any gap or loophole to frantically interfere with Dafa truth material sites. They have employed many ways and means to prevent our computers and machines from functioning normally. With righteous thoughts and actions, we do heart-to-heart communication with the machine while sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil persecution. We realized that it is not accidental for a machine to serve Dafa so we should treat the machine as a being to deal with it. Let the machines unite together with us to stop the old forces' evil interference.
Not too long ago, I was sending a news article to Minghui Net about a practitioner having been persecuted to death in China. The net transfer failed several times and the checkout showed all processes were normal. After sensing the old forces' interference, I sat in the lotus position to send forth righteous thoughts. I felt big and tall with strong righteous thoughts. Ten minutes later, the news transfer was successful. There was another occasion when the printouts of the latest issue of Minghui Weekly had either messed-up fonts or even blanks. Our important mission to pass on the master draft copy to other sites attracted the evil's interference. I simply calmed my mind and sent forth righteous thoughts for 15 minutes. Then the printer printed out neat, clear page after page of the master draft copy.
Our computer is very sagacious with abilities. Sometimes getting lost in the busy work I forgot the time to send forth righteous thoughts and then the computer programs would stop and the cursor would quit blinking. Looking at my watch, it was the time to send forth righteous thoughts. After sending forth righteous thoughts the computer went back to functioning normally. Our copier behaves in a similar way. At the early stage of establishing this truth materials site, the demand was small and so we bought a copier with a low reproduction rate of tens of sheets per minute. With the ever-increasing demand, the copy machine workload got bigger and bigger. Our copier never gets lazy and keeps cooperating happily with the Dafa work. Even in the hot summer, it never stops by itself although the machine could automatically shut down from overheating. Sometimes when Teacher's new lectures came out, the copier would work nicely and happily from early morning to late at night. Its happy sound would appear to be like a song as if the machine felt good to work for Dafa.
The practitioner responsible for duplication usually communicates with the copier and the machine listens and seems to be able to respond back. One time the practitioner carelessly placed a pack of papers with the already printed side reversed for 2-side copy. The copier got jammed with the first piece of paper and then quit working even after clearing the jammed paper. The practitioner felt the oddness of the copier's sudden malfunction and double-checked everything to find his error of putting the already printed side down. If not corrected, all 200 copies would have been wasted. He acknowledged his own mistake and expressed his thanks to the machine. Then the copier went back to its happy operation. Also the vendor told us that such a copier would last up to printing some 200,000 copies, but our machine is still copying well after 600,000. This is yet more evidence that Dafa is supernormal.
Our VCD burner has some stories too. Once, for a period of time the practitioner doing our VCD duplication was not in a good state of cultivation. He did not study the Fa or practice the exercises on a regular basis, so the machine got upset too and did not function well in its job of burning VCDs. It either stopped in the middle of burning or the copied VCD would not turn during play. Thus we got together with this practitioner and studied the Fa as a group. After seeing his own deficiencies and gaps, the practitioner actively communicated with the machine by admitting his mistakes and expressing his wish that the burner would work with him in making the best Dafa VCD's to save sentient beings. The true wonder was that the machine then burned 200-some VCD's without any defects and it keeps on functioning well. Of course occasionally the machine may be temperamental. For example, one time, in order to run some errands near noon the practitioner told the machine, "You can take a break now." But he returned right away upon stepping outside to be greeted by the rain. The practitioner wanted to continue the VCD copying but somehow the burner would not work at all. Upon reflection, he started to study the Fa together with the machine by reading aloud one chapter of the book Zhuan Falun. After that, the machine went back to functioning normally.
The above-mentioned short stories may sound like fairytales, but they really happen in our daily Dafa work. Everyday people's train of thought can never understand the supernatural phenomena. In "Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art,"
Teacher says, "Once something used by a cultivator has earned merit and virtue, it can become a Fa-instrument." Thus I think those machines used in doing Dafa work are unusual beings, as they also earn their merit and virtue. Therefore, we practitioners should treat the machines well so as to let them contribute more for Dafa and let them walk together with us all the way on this superbly magnificent path in assisting Teacher in rectifying the Fa.
My fellow practitioners, we are working as a whole in doing whatever needed to expose the evils, to save sentient beings, and to cultivate ourselves in our own environment. Let's do what should be done better and better to collectively fulfill our pre-historical wishes and vows. Finally please allow me to quote Teacher's words to encourage us. "While validating the Fa, no matter what form Dafa disciples use to save sentient beings, and no matter how you contribute, or what methods you use, you are validating the Fa, and you are forging ahead on the path of clarifying the facts. You're doing better and better, too, and you're becoming more and more rational." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.") "The path a Dafa disciple takes is a glorious history, and this history has to be created by his own enlightening." ("Path")