“Righteous Thoughts Come from the Fa” – Raising One’s Level through the RTC Platform
(Minghui.org) I obtained the Fa in March 1996 and participate in flyer distribution and truth clarification in Romania’s Chinatown marketplace.
On the Minghui website I read about practitioners from other countries who participate in truth clarification by calling mainland Chinese to persuade them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations. I realized that calling China was the best way to directly save sentient beings. Many people in China are blinded by the CCP’s lies, so it is of utmost importance to explain the truth to them. Only when they understand the truth and quit the CCP can they be saved.
I joined the RTC platform and started calling, assimilating easily to this harmonious field. [RTC is an abbreviation of the Chinese for “Rapid Withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party.”] Practitioners from different parts of the world were there, all bearing the same sincere wish to save sentient beings. We studied the Fa, made phone calls, and discussed our experiences and techniques in telephone truth clarification during experience sharing sessions.
1. Prioritize Fa Study and Persuade People to Quit the CCP through Phone Calls
Upon joining the RTC platform, I realized the gap between myself and fellow practitioners in terms of my abilities. I stammered and was unable to speak clearly and to the point, and this made me very anxious. I started eliminating this attachment to insecurity, cultivating a mindset of remaining calm in the face of adversity. I prioritized Fa study, for only Fa study can ensure strong righteous thoughts, bolstering the power behind our words and our ability to save sentient beings. Continued adherence to Fa study is the basic foundation for successful truth clarification over the phone.
On the RTC platform I study the Fa six days a week. There are at least three half-hour Fa-study sessions everyday, and we study two lectures from Zhuan Falun and Master's lectures given at Fa conferences. Each time I study the Fa on the platform, I feel warm and my cells feel suffused with energy. This light and wonderful feeling makes me feel as though I have become young again. At that point, it is easy for people at the other end of the line to accept what I say, as my thought processes are clear and logical, my replies nimble and confident, and my words are filled with compassionate energy. Studying the Fa with care has made me realize that advising people to quit the CCP is like hauling people on board a big ship: one cannot accomplish anything if one’s feet are not planted firmly.
2. Let Go of Preconceived Notions, Clarify the Truth, and Make Breakthroughs in Cultivation
Every day I make phone calls to mainland China, and each day feels like a major breakthrough. I learn from experienced fellow practitioners and continually improve my truth clarification skills. After a period of learning, I am now able to make calls with ease, to the point that sometimes just a few sentences can persuade a person to quit the CCP.
The RTC platform gets a lot of key telephone numbers. In the beginning I was unsure of myself, which gave rise to unsatisfactory results. But I know that we are entrusted with these difficult calls, given to us by practitioners within China, in hopes that we can help more people understand the truth. We have a responsibility to save these sentient beings, so we should do our best, focus on clarifying the truth, and understand their problems. We must exert some effort in order to save them.
For example, one practitioner’s father had been a member of the CCP for 40 years. Practitioners had tried many times to persuade him to quit, but were rebuffed each time. I tried another approach and succeeded after a few sentences, to the delight of the practitioner.
There was a school principal with whom I discussed the destruction of China’s moral values, tradition, and culture under CCP rule. I talked about how Falun Gong cultivates Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and how the self-immolation incident at Tiananmen was staged. She listened and realized the discrepancies from state media reports. Those in her school who practiced Falun Gong were great teachers. Therefore she readily agreed when I suggested that she quit the CCP.
We focus on clarifying the truth to family members of mainland practitioners who have misunderstood Dafa, or schoolteachers who have listened to the CCP's slanderous brainwashing propaganda, which they then later teach to their students. For these cases, I usually tell them that I'm calling from abroad and that this is an international long-distance call. They will then politely listen to me before making the correct choice.
3. Using Sincerity to Relieve Doubts
It is easier to persuade ordinary people to quit the CCP, as just a few words are enough to convince them. Mainstream Chinese, on the other hand, are more difficult to get through to. Last December, the RTC platform started a live broadcast room focused on truth clarification. This broadcast platform has received many phone numbers from our global telephone group, targeting government agencies that have not been involved in the persecution, as well as influential people. Experienced fellow practitioners then call these numbers on site. As Fa-rectification moves forward, there is greater urgency to save sentient beings. Moreover, this has great impact on stopping the evil forces. I'll share a few examples.
When I called a Beijing University teacher's phone number, a female teacher answered and I said, "Falun Gong has spread to over a hundred countries and cities and has been warmly received everywhere. The only exception is Jiang Zemin, who, out of personal jealousy, has embarked on a mission to persecute Falun Gong. Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, and Wang Lijun have all been heavily involved in the persecution and will soon face retribution." The teacher hung up. I waited a while before calling again. This time, another teacher picked up the phone. The second teacher listened and then used a pseudonym to quit the Communist Youth League.
When another teacher doubted my identity, I said, “I wish to help you negate that evil vow. It is good to ensure one’s safety before disaster strikes.” After listening and understanding that I only wanted the best for her, she used a pseudonym to quit the CCP. I told her to remember that Dafa is good.
A male teacher immediately hung up as soon as I began speaking, and this happened three times in a row. On the fourth try, I told him, "This is the fourth time I am calling. Even if you hang up this time, I will still continue to call. I hope you will give me a chance to say a few words." He listened intently while I clarified the truth, and when I offered him a pseudonym to quit the CCP, he agreed. His understanding of Dafa underwent a drastic change, and in the end he thanked me politely.
I have come to realize through these phone calls that one must not treat anyone differently based on their position in society or their qualifications. We must understand that we are Dafa practitioners whose mission is to save sentient beings and realize that everyone on this world is waiting to be saved. So I usually talk about the "false Tiananmen self-immolation incident" and how Falun Dafa has spread to over a hundred of countries and cities, welcomed by people from all parts of the world. I also talk about the retribution the evil Party must face for its role in the persecution of these good people, and ask my listener to quickly quit the CCP, ensuring their personal safety. I find these words, spoken with sincerity and compassion, are easily accepted.
4. Clarifying the Truth from Different Viewpoints
In the past, I had reservations about telling everyday people about the CCP’s crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, as I could not effectively convince people of this fact. Through discussions with other practitioners, I discovered that fully explaining the CCP’s evil nature is essential in convincing people to believe in the truth. The CCP has committed so many crimes, yet many Chinese are still ignorant of their misdeeds. Clarifying the truth allows average Chinese citizens to understand how evil the CCP actually is.
I heard about a young military officer, who was also a CCP member. Fellow practitioners had already called a few times, clarifying the truth repeatedly in an effort to persuade him to quit the CCP. He knew the CCP was evil, yet persisted in remaining a member of the Party. Practitioners asked me to give it a try, and I spoke to him from the viewpoint of a parent. I told him that my child was as old as he was, and how all parents keenly wish for their children’s safety and happiness. He then agreed to quit.
Different people respond to different methods. While participating in a truth clarification session focusing on Chongqing, I discovered differences between the local people and official agencies in Chongqing versus other provinces in China. The people of Chongqing are very simple and kind, so when talking to them I adjust my presentation accordingly. I introduce my main topic directly in a natural and relaxed manner, and this allows the other party to accept what I've said easily. Then a few sentences are usually enough to convince them to withdraw. Not surprisingly, more people have quit the CCP from this province than from any other. For example, once I managed to contact a CCP community leader. Introducing myself with my surname, Zhang, and told her not to worry. After 14 minutes of my explaining the facts to her, she agreed to quit the CCP and even agreed to convince her family to quit. I told her that saying, "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good" would bring her blessings, and she seemed grateful this suggestion.
Another time I encountered a CCP branch secretary, who said he knew how corrupt those greedy officials were. I asked if he had quit the CCP, and he said he was a league member, but not a Party member. Using a pseudonym, he quit the league and committed to memory, "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good." We talked for about 7 minutes before hanging up. On learning of his position, fellow practitioners reminded me that, in order to save him completely, this person had to negate the vow he had made when he joined the CCP. I called the next day, telling him that only by quitting as a Party member could he ensure his future safety. He agreed to quit and promised to remember that "Falun Dafa and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good." I realized from this incident that we must complete our tasks conscientiously. Only by taking responsibility for all sentient beings can we save them. Sometimes it takes many repeated calls and rounds of explanation to convince and save even one sentient being.
5. Calling to End the Persecution of Zhou Xiangyang
Engineer Zhou Xiangyang from the Tianjin Third Analysis and Design Institute was arrested on March 5, 2011, for his belief in Falun Gong. He was taken to Tianjin Gangbei Prison, where guards tortured him with the floor anchor and electric shock devices. Our RTC group obtained contacts for the county department—and other departments not involved in the persecution—in Zhou Xiangyang's hometown of Changli County. Within a short period of time, all government department employees and town and village enterprises, including citizens from the Village Committee Office, had been informed of Zhou Xiangyang’s plight, prompting the County Office secretary to exclaim in alarm, “These last few days we have been receiving so many phone calls from Falun Gong practitioners that our phone lines are going to explode!” Due to pressure from different sources, Zhou Xiangyang was released on April 1. Fellow practitioners told me that, because overseas and mainland China practitioners acted together to exert pressure on them, the evil forces are now petrified.
An increasing number of sentient beings are waiting to learn the truth as Fa-rectification moves forward. The telephone numbers keep increasing, so the RTC platform recently started a new group with the aim of keeping conversations as concise as possible while saving sentient beings. We are required to clarify the truth as succinctly and clearly as possible, thus allowing the listener to understand the truth and quit the CCP in a very short time. Many practitioners participating in this platform have reported good results.
6. My Personal Understanding
I feel happy participating in the RTC platform with fellow practitioners, calling to save sentient beings, studying the Fa, and having group discussions. By observing practitioners’ selfless sacrifices, I am able to see my own inadequacies. When things do not go smoothly, doubts surface in my heart. Thoughts like, “This has become more difficult” and “Unlike before, the number of people quitting the CCP has not increased at all.” These thoughts actually represent my own cultivation state. I recognize the need to balance myself, study the Fa, and search inwards. Whenever problems crop up during interactions with fellow practitioners, I find that a period of adjustment and reflection within for my own personal shortcomings is important.
In early February, Romania experienced a rare snowstorm that went on for a week, basically sealing off the road to the city. In a way this weather also became a test for me, and I seized the chance to keep calling and clarifying the truth. By calming myself, I encountered little interference, and I made much progress after a month.
Helping Master in Fa rectification is the vow we took when we came to this earth. I want to join all practitioners in cultivating diligently and saving more sentient lives, so that we can become worthy of the title, "Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples.” We are sentient beings' only hope, and there are still many waiting to be saved. So let us seize the limited time left to save more sentient beings!
Finally let me share a passage of mutual encouragement from esteemed Master’s lecture “Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa:”
“So you must save people, even amidst the ordeals that you face, for this is the mighty virtue of Dafa disciples, and something no ordinary person—or anyone in all of history—could ever accomplish! While plenty have clamored about 'saving sentient beings' this and that, none have actually done so. But you are doing so!”
As my level is limited, please kindly point out any mistakes.