I Live for Sentient Beings - Clarifying the Truth After a Snowstorm (Part I)
(Clearwisdom.net) It was Friday and it had just snowed heavily. I called a fellow Falun Gong practitioner to go with me to clarify the truth. We walked approximately 6 miles down the road. Whenever we saw a passer-by, we immediately greeted him or her, "How are you! I would like to tell you some important information." We would then tell them, concisely, what we wanted to express. After that we would give him or her a copy of the truth-clarification materials and a card that we made. Some passers-by would read "Falun Dafa is good" while walking, to remember the words. When some were eager to read the material on the road, we would tell them to keep it and read it slowly after they got back home. We also told them to make sure they share the material with their friends and relatives, that they were doing a very good deed and they would accumulate a lot of virtue and get rewarded for it in future. The passers-by nodded their heads, showing their agreement, and then left.
We then came to a store in a village. The store was bustling with noise and excitement. Inside there were people playing mahjong (a popular game in China) at one table and cards at the other, and there were also many people standing by the fire watching the games. After we entered the room we sent forth righteous thoughts while greeting them. We then started to clarify the truth. When we first mentioned Falun Gong they appeared very unfriendly, saying, "We do not want to listen and you are not welcome here. You can leave." However, we did not get frustrated and we continued sending forth righteous thoughts. We then changed the topic, saying that we came here to promote "Truth-Compassion-Tolerance" and then we told them the surface meanings of the three words. We also told them that the "Self-Immolation" incident on Tiananmen Square was staged to defame Falun Gong. Only then did they start to listen to our words. There were two young men playing mahjong who asked us if we brought something for them to read. We took out the truth-clarification material and gave it to them. A man who had just come in said, "A moment ago I saw them indeed walking all the way to this place. It is really valuable that they had the interest or thought to do something good for us." There were also people asking us what we wanted as we did this not for money. We answered all of their questions. They finally knew the truth. We told them, "Because we have benefited from Falun Gong, we also want to tell you the goodness of Falun Gong so as to let you also gain the benefits. In fact, we would be very selfish if we had not told you the truth. We do not want any money from you. We are truly here for your benefit and goodness." They were moved.
After we left the store, we went to a village resident's home. After getting inside the house, we found that the person in the house did not know how to read. My fellow practitioner then taught him, word by word, "Falun Dafa is great." By the time we got to another villager's home, it was already dark. The father and son in the family listened carefully to our truth-clarification and kept nodding their heads while listening. After that, it was 7:00 p.m. The other practitioner and I held each other's hands and started to walk (under the light reflected from the snow) on the uneven countryside road, which was covered with melted snow and mud. On the sides of the road were high mountains, and there was a small river running in the middle. We did not carry a flashlight with us, and we were, as a matter of fact, a little scared. However, we immediately remembered that Master was right beside us. When we were about to leave the village we saw a bridge with a small house beside it. There was a light on inside the house. We knocked on the door and entered the room, seeing five persons staying by the fire to keep warm. They were workers from other places. Without wasting time, we directly told them why we came. At first, they did not want to listen. Later, through sending forth righteous thoughts and our continuous truth-clarification, they finally understood the truth. One of them said, "We will go home for the Chinese New Year holiday in several days. Thank you." After we left the small house we walked and talked, "Ah, all the sentient beings are waiting for us to save them. How timely that we came here! Otherwise, they would have gone home."
An half-an-hour after we left the village we arrived at a fellow practitioner's home. The three of us held a discussion. Tomorrow would be Saturday and none of us needed to work. So we decided that the three of us would act together and go to Wuqi Farm, which is over 12 miles away, to clarify the truth. I knew that place very well.
The next day we got on the bus heading toward the farm. However, when it was only half-way to the farm, the bus stopped and it would not continue to our destination. We had to get off the bus and walk the rest of the way to the destination. While walking, we would greet and clarify the truth to the passers-by whom we met. We gave them truth-clarification materials and cards. They all thanked us when they departed. When we reached our destination, it was several minutes to noon. After taking a short break and sending forth righteous thoughts, we went to the working shelters, one by one, to clarify the truth. There were several workers (who came from other places to work there) in each working shelter. The workers in the first two shelters did not want to listen to our truth-clarification. We searched within ourselves. One practitioner said, "Is this due to some of our attachments that had not been eliminated?" I said, "Don't get frustrated and don't be moved by human mentalities. Regardless of whether they like to listen to us or not, we should maintain the same mind and compassion." After we realized the attachment that we had, our truth-clarification in the third shelter was very good; they listened quietly and we found that even the dogs surrounding us seemed to listen to attentively.
At that moment a fellow practitioner fell down. A lady quickly found some pants and a pair of socks for the practitioner to change into, to get out of her wet clothes. When we tried to give the lady money, she said, "You have such good hearts. You walked so far just for the sake of our benefits. I won't take any money. You have suffered so much, how could I accept your money." The fellow practitioner said, "It is worth it if we suffer a little, as long as you can understand the truth and have a good future." They said farewell to us while watching us leave. They kept telling us, "Be careful when walking!" After that we went to many other shelters.
(To be continued)