The Sacred Task of Hanging Up Banners
(Minghui.org) The first time I stepped out with the intention of speaking up for the right to practice Falun Dafa, I immediately sensed Master Li's energy and knew I was capable of assisting him in saving people. For the next 20 years, I have never stopped spreading the goodness of Dafa.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the ruthless persecution of Falun Dafa in July 1999. One winter, when there was a surge of arrests in our area, we went out and put up over 300 banners with messages that clarified the truth of the persecution.
We chose spots that were easy for everyone to see and difficult for the police to tear down. In those high places, the banners were miraculously easy for us to put up, and they stayed up.
We asked for Master's help when we went out in the rain to hang banners. We were usually successful on the first try with every banner, not dropping a single one in the mud. The practitioner with me said, “It's amazing! Thank you, Master!”
Another time, I chose a spot way up high for a banner. I climbed up easily and, once again, had no trouble putting the banner in place.
Banners have played a powerful role since the persecution began in China. Not only do they awaken countless people from believing in the lies told by the CCP, they also intimidate the wrongdoers. We have heard people comment as they walk by the banners, “Oh! Falun Dafa is extraordinary!”
Making Banners Is Also Cultivation
After we get the banners, there is still some detail work that needs to be done. The tiny ends of thread from the fabric have to be either burned off with a candle or carefully snipped off. The two ends on the sides of the banners are held up by inserting bamboo sticks. Small weights made with rocks or sand keep the banners in place after they are hung up.
One time, a practitioner and I planned to put up banners in neighboring villages. Our goal was to put up 50 large banners and 10 small ones, along with some posters.
I met her at her home and discovered that the finishing work had not been done on any of the banners. So I went home to get candles and sand and then returned to complete our work. Another practitioner then drove us to the villages.
It takes some experience and skill to hang banners from trees so that they get wedged between the tree branches just right.
That night, we covered over 15 miles of village roads. Almost all the banners were hung up on that trip. The driver commented, “Today’s banners all belong to this fine lady.”
I did not think much about the extra work I did, because saving people is our mission and the joint effort of every practitioner. Master encourages us every moment to keep up with the Fa-rectification.
We also put up small posters to expose those who participate in harming Falun Dafa practitioners in our area. I did not harbor any hatred for them. I genuinely just want them to change their behavior and correct their mistakes. I believe this is what Master wants; after all, everyone and everything is here for the Fa.
While I was sending forth righteous thoughts, I had the vision of a door in front of me that swung open and revealed a silver-white pillar that went up into the clouds.
This past January, a group of us went to the countryside. I partnered up with another practitioner to talk about Falun Dafa to the villagers door to door.
We soon got separated, and I went ahead into another village to distribute pamphlets. On my way back, I suddenly had an amazing sensation: everything around me turned pure white. It was beautiful and how I felt was difficult to describe.
Words cannot describe its beauty and wonder(“Falun World,” Hong Yin, translation version A)
Later on, I met up with my partner, and as we walked, I noticed he looked as happy as a child. I wondered if he’d had the same experience I did.
Avoiding Dangerous Situations
We were once putting up posters during the day and noticed a couple looking at us. We took a side street and then realized we were standing in front of a police station.
Two guards stood outside. One of them gave a knowing look to the other one as if to acknowledge we were the two people who had been reported. His partner nodded. We just walked past them calmly and continued on our way.
Another time, we were putting up posters when suddenly the practitioner with me noticed a policeman looking at us. I said, “Relax. It will be fine.”
The policeman stood there like a statue with his gaze fixed on us. After we finished, we walked past him.
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide”(“The Master-Disciple Bond,” Hong Yin Volume II, translation version A)
“In the magnificent, grand feats of validating the Fa with rationality, clarifying the truth with wisdom, and spreading the Fa and saving people with mercy, each Dafa disciple’s path of Consummation is being perfected.” (“The Disciples’ Magnificence,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Let’s remember Master’s teachings, stay diligent in our cultivation, and keep up with the pace of Fa-rectification.