Experiencing Hardships to Clarify the Truth -- A Practitioner in Japan
My name is Wangyue Liangzi and I have been practising Falun Dafa for almost 4 years. Especially during the past 2 years, with the deepening of my understanding of Cultivation and Fa-rectification, I've been closely following Master to advance step by step, and follow the process of Fa-rectification.
Master said in the article "Dafa is Indestructible": "Clarify the truth thoroughly, eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts, save all beings, and safeguard the Fa with determination, because you are a part of Dafa, indestructible; rectify all that is not righteous."
Practitioners in China have gone to Tiananmen Square under great pressure to clarify the truth to people, to expose the evil and to verify the Dafa, which shows the greatness of Dafa practitioners. How should we practitioners overseas clarify the truth to people? This is also a test for each and every practitioner. At that time I had conflicting feelings in my heart. I have a little granddaughter and I have been looking after her since she was born. She has participated in various truth-clarifying activities with me, but at that time it was possible because she was still little. But now I leave home everyday and go out to verify Dafa. So I have to take a lot of things that she needs for eating and drinking, etc. Also she is too little to endure the cold in winter and heat in summer. But, I must step out! There are many difficulties in stepping out, but I must to verify Dafa. Because it was our merciful Master who has given me all of what I have today.
I was a cancer patient, but now I have fully recovered. Master said in Zhuan Falun, "the life prolonged hereafter is all rearranged for you to cultivate."There was an ancient saying that, "A teacher for one day is the father for the whole life." Now since Dafa is being persecuted, Master is being defamed and attacked, I must step out to verify Dafa and say a fair word for Dafa. I will overcome even harder difficulties. So I decided to go to out to hand out Dafa materials. At the beginning, I distributed fliers to the mailboxes along every household, one by one, together with a practitioner who has a child. However it was so difficult when we started. I couldn't speak Japanese, and was also very shy and afraid of being seen by others. So I walked around the buildings again and again but dared not to ask where the mailboxes were. I did not know how to pronounce the word for "mailbox" in Japanese. With the child tied in front of my chest and the bag with fliers on my back, I had already got too tired to take a breath and had sweat all over my body -- even before I was able to hand out a single flier. But when we saw a group of mailboxes, we smiled and forgot all the hardships. Sometimes the staff at the building not only did not allow us to hand out the fliers but also said really bad things to us. We felt angry and that we had been treated unfairly. But our handing out the fliers is walking around and suffering, and being scolded is just to eliminate the karma. So day after day, after thousands upon thousands of fliers, we've already distributed more than 100,000 fliers.
Master said at the "Nordic Fa Conference": "For Dafa disciples, Consummation is the conclusion of cultivation, and Fa-rectification is the great responsibility history has bestowed upon you during the Fa-rectification period." In the poem "Rectifying the Colossal Firmament," Master said, "How could the evil run rampant any longer? Every single being's volition is fully revealed. How could any being be outside this calamity? I behold with a smile all of the Gods being unwise." With the continual deepening of the Fa-rectification process and after I came back from 2001 Dafa Experience Sharing Conference in Los Angeles in February, I started to go to the Chinese Embassy in Japan to verify Dafa on a daily basis. As the road in front of the Embassy is quite narrow, the police only allow us to peacefully appeal in the way of standing silently, for 4 hours continuously every day. I take my granddaughter to the Embassy every day to verify Dafa. It has been more than half a year since February, but despite the cold in early spring or the heat in summer, despite the snow and wind, the burning sunlight and the pouring rain, I have continued every day. Of course there were a lot of difficulties. In the morning I had to ride my bicycle from home to the bus stop during peak time, and change buses along the way and walk up and down many steps. With the growing child in the front and a stack of fliers on my back, my kidneys were in pain and my legs were sore. I continued every day because I know it is not only the issue of eliminating my own karma! It is the great mission that we must fulfill as practitioners during the Fa-rectification period. Clarifying the truth and exposing the evil is also to save sentient beings. I also think about the suffering of our fellow practitioners in China. Although they are being detained, beaten and tortured, they still clarify the truth to people and do things for Fa-rectification with no complaints at all. In contrast, what I have endured is nothing. My fellow elderly female practitioners around me also struggle to the bus and come to the embassy every day. Teacher said at the 2001 Canada Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference, "It's hard, so your mighty virtue is displayed; it's hard, and so it's a good opportunity to establish your mighty virtue. Remarkable! Since you are cultivators, even though it's hard you should do even better."
Once it rained immediately after I arrived at the embassy, but other practitioners had not arrived yet, I was so worried because I couldn't unfurl the banner with the child in my arms. I put the child into the stroller, but the rain kept dribbling off her head. I had a look at the child, and took a look at the banner which reads "Falun Dafa is good," and said to her, "Dear, I'm so sorry! Let your grandmother unfurl the banner first, it's nothing for us to endure a little for Fa-rectification." The child looked at me as if she understood what I had said, and nodded. At this time the police came to ask me, "Isn't the child cold?" I said, "Thanks, it's OK." But I was wet from head to feet. It was cold and windy, and I really felt cold. Although I didn't say anything to the people on the pathway or to the police, I verified with my behaviour that only people who practise Falun Dafa would be able to endure such situations.
On another occasion, when I was hading out fliers, someone asked me, "How much can you earn from handing out these with your child?" I said, "It's free." She was surprised and said, "Free? You don't earn money, is it true?" I replied, " Yes, it's true, I'm a volunteer. The fliers were printed with money from our own pockets in order to let people know the truth about Falun Gong. I was very ill in the past, but I became very healthy after I started to practise Falun Gong. You see, I can stand for hours with my child in my arms without feeling tired. Falun Gong is not what the Chinese government reports." I told her that our Master wouldn't ask a cent from us, his life was very simple and was totally different from what was reported in China. I also told her that I had seen Master four times, he was really very great and he taught us to be a good person and become an even better person according to the principles of "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance," and that it was wrong for the Chinese government to persecute Falun Gong. She then asked me many questions and I gave her some Dafa materials and hoped that she could understand it.
Some passersby said I was pitiful. A westerner did not understand when seeing me; he went away but then came back to give me money. Some swore at me and said I was stupid. Some even tore up the flier in front of me after accepting it and sneered at me. I was not angry. On the contrary, I felt sorry for these people because what they were against was the law of the universe, and their future would be miserable. Master said in the article "Coercion Cannot Change People's Hearts": "The steadfast, righteous thoughts of a cultivator transcend all human understandings, transcend all human thinking, and can never be understood by everyday people. At the same time, they cannot be changed by everyday people, because humans are not able to change enlightened beings."
Since I continued to go to the embassy, there were many people who did not understand and gossiped about me. At the beginning, even my husband also did not understand very well, he only wished that I could practise at home and would not go out to distribute flyers. When it rained he asked me, "Will you still go to the embassy today?" I replied, "Yes, I will go." He was quite angry but had to allow me to go after seeing my determined attitude. He also said that I not only went out early in the morning and came back at night, but also read the book after coming back; sometimes he didn't even have a chance to speak a word with me in a day. I know although he spoke like that, he still cared for me in his heart. So I explained to him, "We are a couple in the ordinary society. You also know that you were so worried when I was ill before. Now that all my illnesses are gone, I won't give up along the path of cultivation. I wish you could cultivate together with me, and could understand me."
Master said at the "Western US Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference": "As a student, a cultivator, you do these things from the perspective of benevolence as well. Inform people of the truth, tell them about it--this is also offering people salvation." I am a practitioner, since I can clarify the truth outside and verify the Dafa with people, I should also clarify the truth at home and let them genuinely know about Dafa. I also told my family that not only I did this, all the genuine practitioners were all doing this as well. Every day I carry the child to go out to verify the Dafa, but I tell my family stories about Dafa whenever there is a chance.
Several months later, my husband said, "Your Master is so amazing, he has such a disciple like you, I admire that you have such strong willpower." Sometimes he asked me as a little bit of a joke, "When will you stop going to the embassy?" Before I answered, he replied to himself, "You won't stop unless the Fa is verified, will you?" We all laughed after this. I found he was also changing. Now he not only understands my behaviour, but also supports me. As it has turned hot since June, he said, "It's hot, leave the child at home, I will look after her." I was so impressed because he had just finished his 12-hour night shift. I looked at him, and he said, "In order for you to verify the Dafa, it's okay for me to endure a little, you just go by yourself."
With the speeding up of the process of Fa-rectification, and the publishing of Master's articles "Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful," "Dafa is Indestructible" and "The Effect of Righteous Thoughts," we have strengthened our righteous belief in the Fa. Although they are over 60 years old, practitioners who come to the embassy every day to verify the Dafa all said they would not stop coming until the day that Dafa is verified.
Finally, I will close with Master's poem "The Great Enlightened" from his book Hongyin, "Experience tens of thousands of tribulations, two feet treading on thousands of demons; erect a palm, shaking heaven and earth, in the air stands a giant Buddha."
Thanks Master! Thanks everyone!