Stepping Out of My Home to Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I began to practice Falun Gong on August 15, 2002. When I first read a Falun Gong book, my husband was terribly upset with me. Because my fellow practitioner told me that what he did was helping me to raise my xinxing, I understood that it was a good thing and did not get too upset. I just stopped reading and took a nap. After I woke up, he was gone. It was very quiet in the house so I could concentrate on reading the book. The more I read the book, the more I felt that the book was well written. If everyone could follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the whole world will change. From that moment, I began feeling truly happy every day, just like Teacher says a cultivator should feel. I did not understand why I felt very happy. Now I know that the part of me that understood the truth felt happy.
On my cultivation path, it has been relatively easy for me to pass xinxing tests. If I could not pass a certain test, I usually searched inward according to the Fa and then passed it. However, the responsibility for saving sentient beings has been relatively difficult for me, particularly in the beginning of my cultivation. Because I am handicapped, I need a wheelchair to get around. In the past, I worried that I had not saved the people I should have saved. One day, as I watched people walk down the street, I thought about Master's words,
"All beings, quickly come to!
Traps have been planted in the heartland
'Tis for the Fa that all have come
Why are you not sensible?" ("Gods, Awaken" in Hong Yin II)
While I recited the words, I could not stop the tears from running down my face. I asked myself what I should do to actively clarify the truth. I asked a fellow practitioner to download the articles from the Fifth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China into my MP4 player. I was deeply touched when I listened to other practitioners' experiences. One day, I suggested to another practitioner that we should step out of our homes to save sentient beings. She agreed with this. The first time that we were out clarifying the truth, I sat in my wheelchair and she pushed me. We met several people. However, no one was willing to spend more time with us. After searching inward and getting rid of our attachments, we found that sentient beings also changed. We encouraged each other, "We must walk our path righteously."
Once we noticed a woman looking for something. My fellow practitioner asked her if she needed help. She told us that she could not find the way to her relative's house. As we helped her find the right road, we also told her about the beauty of Dafa and suggested that she withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). We also told her, "Don't worry. If you cannot find your relative's home, you can stay with us." She was very happy and kept saying, "Thank you." We told her that, if she wanted to show her appreciation, she should thank the teacher of Falun Gong.
Once while walking on the street, we noticed a girl standing quietly, appearing to be in deep thought. We started to talk to her and clarified the truth. She immediately decided to quit the CCP.
One time we went grocery shopping and clarified the truth to the store owner. In the beginning, he did not agree with any of our points. However, he gradually accepted what he were saying as he heard us present the facts. He, too, then resigned his affiliation with the CCP. After that, whenever we walked past his store, he would always invite us in for a chat. During our conversations, we found that he agreed with Dafa. He praised Dafa with a thumbs up. We understood that Master tried to encourage us like this. We gave him a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and asked him to read it.
Once we made the decision to finally step out of our homes to clarify the truth, we found that we constantly met familiar faces on the streets and were able to help them to resign from the CCP. This would have been impossible if I had stayed at home all the time. Master leads those with predestined relationships to us time and again. We understand that everything is done by Master. All that we need to do is just walk outside and start talking to people.
In order to create an opportunity for discussion, we may spend a little money to buy something. Sometimes, we pick up empty cans or bottles and give them to people who collect them for their livelihood. In most cases, we ask people for directions to get a conversation started. After we start to talk, we clarify the truth, give them truth-clarification cards, and help them to resign from the CCP. Normally, people would not refuse to engage in this type of conversation. Some of them not only resigned for themselves but also wanted to do it for their family members. We would tell them that it would only be effective when the person agrees with the decision. Some people even refused to use a nickname. They insisted on using their real names to resign from CCP.
While clarifying the truth, we also can get rid of many human notions, such as attachments to laziness and comfort and the mindset of judging people with ordinary human concepts. Whenever an attachment is exposed, we have to let it go right away. While I was about to finish this article, my fellow practitioner came and we went out to clarify the truth. We met someone who listened to my fellow practitioner speak the truth about Dafa. I did not think of anything but sending forth righteous thoughts by their side. After she successfully clarified the truth to this person, I told my fellow practitioner that I would not be able to help this person if I was the old me, since I would use a non-practitioner's understanding and would not be able to feel compassion for this person. We really cannot look at things with ordinary human notions, or else we will miss many opportunities.
The purpose of my article is to encourage more practitioners to walk out of their homes and save more sentient beings. Time does not wait!