Eliminating Notions and Offering Salvation to Fellow Villagers
(Clearwisdom.net) I was fortunate to hear about Falun Gong in 1999. I started to practice Falun Gong in February of 1999. With Master's protection I have survived the past eight years. I was arrested twice and locked up in a detention center during this period. I was in a forced labor camp for one year. All this did not affect my steadfast faith and my determination to validate Falun Gong. As the progress of Fa rectification continues to push forward and is currently approaching the last stages, I find I still have many human attachments. I have not been doing well in the area of clarifying the truth and persuading people to renounce their membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
I had studied the Fa non-stop since the publication of Master's new article "Turning the Wheel toward the Human World" and Master's renunciation of his membership in the youth group affiliated with the CCP. I spoke first with my non-practitioner husband about renouncing his CCP membership. I also had him read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He did not say anything but went ahead and renounced his membership. He also talked with his relatives about this. I was touched. Later on I also started to talk about this with my relatives, including those in my family and his family. Then I proceeded to my fellow villagers. I live in a village area with over eighty households. Ninety percent of the people have already renounced their membership. Of course, this was not entirely due to my efforts alone. In addition, they also know that Falun Gong is good.
Clarifying the truth about Falun Gong and persuading people to renounce their CCP membership is a process of cultivating one's mind. Of course it is also a process for raising xinxing. All the previous human attachments I was unaware of were exposed. Since they were exposed, I had to get rid of them by cultivating. I sensed I really improved quickly. What Master told practitioners to do is definitely correct.
We encounter all kinds of people when speaking of the truth. Sometimes we meet indecent people. My perceptions and mindset would make me prejudiced against these people. I would be unwilling to talk to them, much less to explain the facts to them. Thus, I missed the opportunity again and again. One day during Fa study, I read that Master wanted us to offer salvation to everyone, and that actually the whole cosmos is in chaos, so there is no point in judging who is better or worse. I interacted with these specific people with the perceptions I had formed over the years and with human attachments, while actually they are also people to whom we need to offer salvation. Armed with this new realization I went to their residences to clarify the truth and persuade them to renounce their CCP memberships. During those few days I went out almost every day. These people were actually not hopeless; they knew that Falun Gong is good and were indignant toward the persecution. They also condemned the CCP for its wickedness and renounced their CCP memberships.
Everyone in the village had a bad impression of one particular household, who was known for stealing. It got to a point where they sometimes had their corn crop burned in retaliation. I had the intention all the while to clarify the truth to them and talk about renouncing their CCP membership, but I did not go for a long time. One day the time was right. My father came to my house and told me that the head of this household helped my father plow the land. It was agreed that for each acre of land plowed my father would pay two yuan. Fifteen acres were plowed, so I took 40 yuan and that very night went to his residence to pay him. Four people were at home when I got there. I started to clarify the truth and persuaded them to renounce their CCP memberships. I also spoke of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and the wickedness of the CCP. The "uncle" [a term of respect for older males in Chinese society] told me, "Now that the CCP's wickedness had reached such a level, it is inevitable that it will be destroyed. It is only a matter of time. Help me to renounce my CCP membership! You Falun Gong practitioners are really good people. You do not steal and do not do bad deeds. When I am free during the winter I will also practice Falun Gong." His wife also had a lot to say.
After a while I asked them, "Have you all thought about this? To use pseudonyms, pen names and nicknames to renounce CCP membership also counts. Divine beings look at human hearts and are not particular about formality. The husband and wife both said, "We will use our real names! What is there to be afraid of?" Their son and daughter-in-law used nicknames to renounce their memberships in the CCP's affiliated organizations. Before I left, I told them, "I came to pay you for plowing my father's land. How much do we owe you?" His daughter-in-law said, "Now everyone has raised their price; each acre now costs three yuan, so it is 45 yuan." I said, "I only have 40 in my pocket; I will return tomorrow to give you another five yuan." The uncle quickly said, "It will be 40 yuan then. You helped us renounce our CCP memberships and thus gave us a chance for safety. This is much better than anything else. We have yet to offer our thanks!" I did not say anything in reply; perhaps it was his true nature that had said that.
The distance from my house to his house is perhaps a five or six minute walk. Along the way I kept sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil elements behind the people with predestined relationship in his house. I also eliminated interference from the evil in other dimensions for them so that they can use their awakened side to properly view Falun Gong and consider their own future. I also disintegrated the CCP's spirit and dark minions that were preventing them from being rescued. This was so that they could make the right choice and have a beautiful future. I appealed to Master to strengthen me and give me wisdom.
This incident alerted me to the fact that people's awakened sides are waiting to be offered salvation. Everyone wants to listen to the facts about Falun Gong. They are all beings who had come for Dafa. It is only that they are lost in the human world and were not as fortunate as we Falun Gong practitioners. We have a responsibility to awaken them. We need to let them know the facts about Falun Gong and help them renounce their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations, so that they may have a good future.
Thereafter when I went out to talk about this issue, I would go alone at night, instead of always waiting to go with my aunt. I had initially depended on her and would ask her to send forth righteous thoughts for me; then I would have confidence to clarify the truth. Examining myself, I discovered that I lacked self-confidence; to put it more seriously, my faith in Master and in the Fa was not strong enough. It made me aware that my comprehension of Master's Fa stopped at the emotional level. I had not yet reached the rational level. Since I had realized this, I must do it properly.
Following this incident, I was filled with confidence to persuade people to renounce their CCP membership. I believe that Falun Gong practitioners can do anything they set their minds to. Of course sometimes I would also meet people who did not want to hear about Falun Gong. They would refuse to renounce their CCP memberships, no matter what I said, and would even berate me for going against the CCP. I would then let that affect me and would be quite angry. My tone of voice lacked kindness, and the conversation ended unhappily. I felt uncomfortable for a few days and did not go out to persuade people and did not clarify the truth. I lost much time and opportunities to offer other people salvation. I must be responsible to the people in my village, and I must not have any regrets. I must let everyone have a chance to choose his own future. I then went out again to clarify the truth and persuade people to quit the CCP.
I spoke with my cousin--my uncle's third daughter--three times before she agreed to renounce her membership in the CCP's affiliated organizations. She was quite supportive of Falun Gong from the very beginning and would frequently recite, "Falun Gong is good." She also knows the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, but she refused to renounce her membership. She even wanted to join the CCP and have a high status and position. After the third conversation she said, "Please help me to renounce my membership with my nickname." I looked at her and smiled, and I knew that she had a bright future.
I know that I did not do very well. I still have many human attachments and perceptions to get rid of. I believe that as I study the Fa and cultivate continually, I will succeed.