Wherever We Are, We Should Never Forget to Save Sentient Beings
Greetings, respected Master, and greetings fellow practitioners:
I am an elementary school teacher, and I run a small grocery store. My father, my husband, and I practice Falun Dafa. My husband and I take advantage of the environment to save all sentient beings with whom we have predestined relationships. I'd like to share my experience with fellow practitioners. Please point out any shortcomings.
Saving all teachers and students at my school
There are over thirty teachers and more than two hundred students at our school. I think that to save these children, I have to help teachers understand the truth first. If I create and rectify the environment at school, then it will be easy to clarify the truth to the kids. At the beginning I clarified the truth to the teachers in my office. I began with open-minded folks, who quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after they understood the truth. For stubborn people, I would bring up the topic when no one else was around at home or after work.
Once when I was reading on the computer, the deputy principal came into the office and asked, "What are you reading?" "I'm reading the Fa," I replied. I pressed the wrong key, and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party opened. I said to the principal, "Come on, let me read one paragraph for you." He said that the paragraph sounded right. I said that all of the Nine Commentaries are true, and the CCP has committed so many atrocities that the heavens will destroy it. After he listened to me, he declared "Yes, I quit," and he wrote a withdrawal statement to quit the CCP.
It was very difficult when I began to clarify the truth to teachers and tried to persuade them to quit the CCP. In the beginning I wanted to ask the principal and party secretary to quit the CCP. If they both quit, then I thought that all teachers would quit the CCP easily (this was a human notion). As a result of my notions, when I clarified the truth, nobody would quit. Nowadays, most people are lost in the pursuit of fame and wealth, and it's really hard to save them. After I discussed several times with my husband, I realized that I had not shown enough benevolence. Master said in "The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos" in Hong Yin II:
"Benevolence can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring
Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world"
My husband said: "I will go with you to clarify the truth." After we studied the Fa, I readjusted my mind. With a heart of Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance, I visited my colleagues' homes to clarify the truth. I discussed with fellow practitioners and asked those who knew the school officials to also clarify the truth to them. Eventually our efforts paid off: many school officials have quit the CCP.
When I clarified the truth to teachers and urged them to quit the CCP, some of them could not understand no matter how I explained the situation. The thought of their dreary fate when Fa-rectification reaches the Earth made me cry. Some teachers had seen me cry and decided to quit the CCP. They told our other colleagues, "She is so eager to save us that she cried; let's quit the CCP." As of this summer, all thirty teachers at my school have quit the CCP.
I started with my class in clarifying the truth to students. Teaching the third grade offered a convenient environment. There is a Young Pioneers (a youth organization affiliated with the CCP) badge on the school uniform. After I clarified the truth to students, none of them wore the uniform again. One time, all students and teachers had a meeting on the playground. All but my students wore the school uniform, so mine stood out in the crowd. Other teachers tattled about it. After the meeting, the principal talked to me, and I explained to him why my students did not wear the uniform. The principal has not objected to it since then.
Traditionally, on every July 1, there would be a ceremony to induct elementary students into the Youth Pioneers and pay homage to the Chinese flag. I thought, as a Dafa disciple, I should urge students to quit the CCP and not let it poison students anymore. I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the dark minions and rotten demons in other dimensions of my school, as well as the evil communist spirit that influences the principal. I sent forth this righteous thought every day on the twenty days before July 1. On July 1, the school was silent and inactive. The principal told the teachers that there would not be an induction ceremony this year.
When all students in my class quit the CCP, I reached out to students in others classes. I clarified the truth to students one by one outside of school. Recently, my school merged with another school, and the number of teachers increased. The administration wanted to relegate some teachers to cook in the cafeteria. I thought that working in the cafeteria would make it easy for me to clarify the truth to students in other classes. I applied for this lower position, but some of my colleagues could not understand my choice. Why would I cook instead of teach? I was clear in my mind that there was a more important mission for me than teaching.
Clarifying the truth to grocery shoppers and urging them to quit the CCP
My husband and I own a grocery store. I help out in the store after work. My husband and I came to understand that this store provided a good environment for us to clarify the truth and save sentient beings. We wanted all of our customers to hear and understand the truth and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. In the beginning, both of us had an attachment to fear and dared not tell every customer. After studying the Fa more, we had less fear and more righteous thoughts. Finally we started clarifying the truth to everyone who came to our store, since we thought they all had a predestined relation with us.
Our store is close to the city hall. People from nearby villages come here to shop. Farmers are sincere, benevolent, and simple. Most senior citizens are communist party members, but once they understand the truth, they quickly quit the CCP. We also hand out truth-clarification flyers, the Nine Commentaries CDs and "Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance is good," and "Falun Dafa is good." We also give out amulets and ask customers to pass along the materials to friends and relatives. We tell people to recite, "Falun Dafa is good," too. Many customers felt our sincerity and thanked us.
On weekends, my husband, I, and fellow practitioners go to nearby villages to clarify the truth in person. We distribute truth-clarification materials in the evenings. For over a year, my husband and I helped one to two hundred people quit the CCP every month.
Clarifying the truth to inmates and urging them to quit the CCP
Last November fellow practitioners and I went to a town to clarify the truth, and we were illegally arrested by the evil and detained for fifteen days. In the detention center a fellow practitioner had a dream in which half the population was not saved. I thought that we were saving one half of the population outside the prison, but the other half in the detention center hadn't heard the truth. Fellow practitioners and I clarified the truth to inmates during rest room breaks and such. At the time of my release, the thirty-two other inmates I was with all quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Among them was young man who not only quit the CCP himself but also gave me a list of his classmates and friends whom he asked me to clarify the truth to. Fellow practitioners and I found these people and persuaded them to quit the CCP.
Improving as one body and advancing together
My husband was the local coordinator for practitioners in our area. In our area there are three towns, some sixty villages, and a population of over fifty thousand. The most remote village is about fifty kilometers away. Only thirty to forty practitioners in this area have persevered through the persecution. My husband and I realized that to do the three things well and to fulfill our grand missions, we needed to help all fellow practitioners improve and step forward to do the three things. Master wants every Dafa disciple to reach consummation. As disciples, we should follow Master's words and help fellow practitioners.
For several years my husband and I often closed the store and rode our motorcycle to other towns and villages to clarify the truth. We studied the Fa together with fellow practitioners and established group Fa study sites and helped fellow practitioners who had not stepped forward. To help fellow practitioners to improve, we often invited them to discuss and share experiences with us, so that everyone improved quickly. Now, most fellow practitioners can step forward and clarify the truth; the oldest among us is 76 years old. There was a 69-year-old practitioner whose wife had passed away and he lived alone. He farms ten hectares of land himself, but he never missed the group Fa study. He persisted in walking tens of kilometers to distribute truth-clarification materials in the evening and clarified the truth in person during the day. Fellow practitioners dubbed him "always there." Another practitioner is a 60-year-old carpenter. He clarifies the truth to people he meets on the job. Every month he would help between one to two hundred people quit the CCP.
Under Master's benevolent protection, and with fellow practitioners' help, my husband and I improved little by little on the path of cultivation. We will keep up the effort, advance steadily and be diligent Dafa disciples.
(This article was submitted to the Third Mainland China Falun Dafa Practitioners Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference on the Internet)