Improving Myself while Clarifying the Truth to Chinese Tourists in Hong Kong
(Minghui.org) As a Hong Kong Falun Gong practitioner, I focus my efforts on clarifying the truth and helping Chinese people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at tourist spots. I am glad to have the opportunity to share my personal experience of improving xinxing while clarifying the truth. Please compassionately correct me if there is anything inappropriate.
I. Feeling the Energy of Compassion
On the night of December 10, 2010, I went to a tourist spot to clarify the truth to people who were lined up for a cruise. At first, the line seemed short. It turned in front of a tunnel towards the gate. After I passed the turn, I saw lots of tourists lined up there quietly. I thought: “Wow, so many people! Master prepared everything for these sentient beings to be saved. All I need to do is to clarify the truth to them and save them." With this simple thought, I immediately felt that my body was surrounded with a giant field of energy, which was warm, peaceful and pure. I felt calm and comfortable, as if I had found some kind of support. It was a kind of feeling beyond expression in human language. There were two cruise lines that night. Within 60 minutes, I quietly helped 90 people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. It was the first time that I was able to help so many people to quit the CCP in such a short period of time.
I did not realize until later that the warm and pure energy field was the field of compassion. The field of compassion was so pure and peaceful that there was not a single thought in my mind. However, at that time, I only knew that Master let me experience the giant field of compassion so that I could save more people. I did not think too much about it.
It was the night of May 31, 2013, while I was memorizing Zhuan Falun, that I suddenly enlightened to it. I remembered that Master said,
“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference)
By studying the Fa more, we will be able to cultivate ourselves better and improve our xinxing. Then we will have great compassion to save more people. Master said:
“I have stated that one’s gong level is as high as one’s xinxing level.” (Zhuan Falun)
“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods. The more compassion that is present, the greater this energy becomes, and it can disintegrate anything that is bad. This is something that has never been taught, be it by Shakyamuni or cultivators of the past. The greatest manifestation of shan is compassion, and it is an expression of tremendous energy. It can disintegrate all that is not right. And naturally, the power of your compassion will grow in proportion to your level, which is to say, it is determined by your cultivation level. The strength is determined by the height of one's ultimate rank, for sure.
“What I just taught was meant to tell you to do even better in clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings at this time, and I discussed how to do better.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference”)
II. Looking Inward During Truth Clarification to Improve Myself
How could I improve my xinxing? Master said:
“Without knowing the Fa at high levels, one cannot practice cultivation. Without cultivating one’s inner self and one’s xinxing, one cannot increase gong. These are the two reasons.” (Zhuan Falun)
Master also said:
“For a cultivator, looking within is a magical tool.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference)
I did not know how to look inward to improve myself. I always thought that I had no show off mentality because I knew that everyone who quit the CCP through me were actually saved by Master. It was also Master who gave me the wisdom to clarify the truth and help people to quit the CCP. It was Master who arranged the opportunity to save sentient beings and fulfill our prehistoric vows. I thought that I had no zealotry nor mentality of fighting. I did not see myself having any attachments. But I would have been a Buddha if I indeed had no attachments. When I attended the New York Fahui this May, I even asked a fellow practitioner: “What should I do? I find that I am still a human being after cultivating myself for years.”
After I came back from the New York Fahui, I found my attachment of fighting during truth clarification. I had never realized it before because I had the purpose of saving people. But whenever people said negative things that slandered Dafa, I immediately became irritated and wanted to turn them around by talking louder and showing more pictures, like giving a speech. Usually people listened attentively. Because I really wanted to save them, after I gave the speech, I always walked towards them and amiably said to them, “You know I am telling you the truth, right? I know that you understand. Let me help you to quit the CCP. People come to Hong Kong to quit the CCP.” Most of the time it was a successful approach. Thus I had the illusion that this was the only way to turn people around. Isn't the mentality of “turning someone around” the attachment of fighting? Why not use righteous thoughts and compassion to rectify them? Many times, I would send forth righteous thoughts while talking to people about Dafa and the persecution to clean up the evil factors behind tourists from China. Often people easily agreed to quit the CCP then. However, once I had the fighting mentality, I forgot to maintain righteous thoughts.
Of course, we should stop people from slandering Dafa and Master. There is nothing wrong with that, even if our tone becomes stern. We won't be Dafa disciples if we do not take any action to stop the evil with the excuse of getting rid of a fighting mentality. What I want to say is that we should not be irritated by ordinary people or face them with a fighting mentality. We should face them with righteous thoughts and the compassion of Dafa disciples. Then we will have mighty power to defeat all evil.
Although I had realized my attachment, it was still difficult to get rid of it. In fact, it became even worse. After a couple of days, I was irritated again by negative comments from tourists and I “gave speeches” again, while usually I was quite amiable when clarifying the truth to tourists. Some practitioners told me that I was usually very gentle when clarifying the truth to tourists. I also felt that I was very gentle when talking to them. It was the kindness from the bottom of my heart, out of compassion for human life. I used to be a medical worker and I always treated my patients like this. My patients always liked me very much and respected me very much. We just treat patients to cure their diseases, but now we are saving the lives of the tourists. It is such a pity that they are brainwashed by the CCP and being drawn by the CCP towards hell! When we clarified the truth to them, some people were indifferent; some people impatiently waved their hands to stop us, saying that we disrupted their good mood of vacation; some people even praised the CCP; some people were rude to us. We learned from Master's lectures that they did not know how great they used to be, or how horrible their future would be if they did not change. All I wanted was to awaken them and save them. I had to get rid of this fighting mentality so that I could save more people. Thus I increased my Fa study.
I remember on the night of June 29, customers for the first line boarded early. When waiting for the second line, I went to a plaza nearby to clarify the truth. A short man with a big backpack came to me and bluntly told me to go away. I looked into his eyes, which made him angry. He raised both fists, slandered Dafa, and praised the CCP. I was irritated immediately. I shouted to the tourists that he was lying, and told everyone to remember that Falun Dafa is good. He became even more vicious. I realized that my fighting mentality caused the interference. Of course there was nothing wrong for me to stop him and expose his lies.
When I returned to the pier, there was already a long line of tourists. I approached a man and tried to talk to him. He immediately waved his hand, telling me to leave. Then I went to another tourist and opened a truth-clarification photo album for him to look at. Before I could greet him, he suddenly waved his hand, almost knocking the album to the ground, I stumbled, then stood still. I knew all of these experiences came because of my fighting mentality. What should I do? Of course I would not give up. I would continue to clarify the truth. What should I do to make it more powerful? I was anxious. I realized that the only solution was to study the Fa, and study the Fa more.
On the night of September 1, I started the truth-clarification by talking with a couple in their 40's. When I told the wife about the staged immolation on Tiananmen Square, the husband plugged his ears with two fingers. He twisted his body and stomped, saying, “Rumor! Rumor!” His wife smiled and tried to push him away, but he refused to leave. His wife insisted on listening to the truth, while he kept stomping and talking nonstop. I showed the truth-clarification pictures to the wife and asked her after explaining each picture, “This is real, right?” She always answered “Yes.” Finally she completely understood the truth. She kept smiling while she listened to me and agreed to quit the CCP.
Then I clarified the truth to three groups of people behind the man. I smiled when clarifying the truth, and these people smiled when listening to me. They smiled and agreed that everything I said was true. A middle-aged man, who was thin and tall, heard that one must nod to agree to quit the CCP. He smiled, coming to me from the sea-side rail, then he deeply nodded to me to quit the CCP. All the 13 people in these three groups smiled and agreed to quit the CCP. They also promised to go back and tell more people to quit the CCP. People are all live media. As long as time allows, I always ask them to go back to spread the truth, so that more people would be saved.
After they went on board, a fellow practitioner told me that she no longer had the fighting mentality. I realized that I did not have any fighting mentality either. Master said:
“This is the most convenient school of practice. In addition, it is practiced directly according to the characteristic of the universe. It is the quickest, most direct path, and it precisely targets one’s heart.” (Zhuan Falun)
Thank you Master for helping me to remove the substance of the fighting mentality. I am very relieved. The attachment emerged once again later on, but I quickly rectified myself. Without my projecting a fighting mentality, no one says negative words to me anymore.
During the process of getting rid of a fighting mentality, I also found my attachment of showing off when “giving speeches” to tourists. Oftentimes, people gave me the thumbs-up and complimented me in private or public. I was always pleased, because I was not really good at speeches and my character was introverted. I always admired those practitioners who could easily give good speeches during truth-clarification or at rallies, which made me self-abased. Feeling pleased is the attachment of zealotry, although I have been covering it up by telling myself that I was just “relieved” instead of “pleased.” But being too gentle or amiable when talking to tourists because of human sentiments should also be abandoned. We already learned from Master's lectures that compassion is eternal and noble.
In the article, “Fame: A Crucial Test in Cultivation” on the Minghui website, a practitioner said: "Seeking reputation may lead to doing good deeds. But, from a cultivation standpoint, the intent to do good deeds is not pure.” Let's examine if our own truth clarification is mixed with the wish of being complimented. After reading this article, I found my subconscious attachment to fame.
I was shocked by the number of attachments that I had suddenly found. These all came from selfishness. To elevate from being a human being, one must get rid of these bad things. Master said:
“I can tell you that your fundamental being understands things even more clearly than I’m putting them. The reason is, Master is now using the language of human beings to speak, whereas your true selves are very much aware, only it’s that postnatal factors of the Three Realms as well as those bad things have given rise in you to notions, experiences, and accumulations of things, burying you like dirt would, and preventing your true thoughts from coming back to the surface. So you have to cultivate. You have to climb out, wipe away those contaminating things, and wash yourself clean. That is precisely what you do in the cultivation process, and at the same time, while amidst ordeals, you must save people.
“You must study the Fa well, for that is the fundamental guarantee that you return to your position.” (Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference)
How should we get rid of the selfishness that we were born with and wash ourselves clean? Studying the Fa is the only solution.
Only by placing ourselves in the Fa, can we melt and remove these bad things from the most microscopic level. Without Master, we cannot do it by ourselves no matter how determined we are. Master said:
“… cultivation depends on one’s own efforts while the transformation of gong is done by the master” (Zhuan Falun)
Every achievement that we made was the compassionate gift from Master. How lucky we are to be Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples.
III. Clarifying the Truth and Saving People with Righteous Thoughts
“Dafa disciples have a duty and must, no matter what, fulfill the vows that brought them to this world. For it was on that account that you once pledged your life as a god and were thus allowed to become today the most magnificent kind of being in the cosmos—a disciple of Dafa.
“This is your vow. This is your responsibility. And this is your road to Consummation!” (“To the European Fa Conference”)
“Saving sentient beings is first and foremost. Just try to save more and more people.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference)
I have been clarifying the truth to tourists at Wan Chai Ferry Pier. Usually there are two lines each night. People wait for about 30 minutes to get on board.
There are more tourists in July and August. In August, we helped 50 – 90 people per night to quit the CCP. There were four nights we helped more than 100 people to quit the CCP. Our record is 124 people in one night. We only had 60 to 90 minutes to talk to people each night. After the interference of the CCP-backed “Hong Kong Youth Care Association,” even more people quit the CCP.
Many practitioners thought it was unbelievable that we could convince 50 – 100 people quit the CCP within 60 minutes. They asked, “How did they do it?” I know it was the mighty power of Master and Dafa, because of my righteous belief. It proves the power of Dafa. Master is with us all the time, so nothing is impossible. As long as we want to save sentient beings and validate the Fa, Master can make anything happen. We must believe in Master and Dafa, at the same time keep righteous thoughts and take righteous actions. Master said:
“Time is pressing for you as well as for the countless sentient beings in this cosmos.” (“To the European Fa Conference”)
There is not much time left and our consummation is not far off. I must follow Master's teachings. I will study the Fa more and study the Fa well, so that I will assimilate to the Fa and save more people to fulfill my prehistoric vow.
Finally, I'd like to conclude with Master's words:
“Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring
Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world ” (The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos from Hong Yin Vol. II)
Thank you, compassionate Master!
Thank you, fellow practitioners!