(Minghui.org) We saw words and poems that slandered Falun Dafa and Master Li (Falun Dafa’s founder) on windows, under bridges and on curbs when we went out to clarify the truth to people every day. The sticky posters the practitioners put up were torn down, with only the white backing left. On this residue, slanderous slogans were written which hurt us. We didn’t know who did it; it had been there for over six months.
One day when we came back after we distributed materials, we saw a man writing on the street. He was in his forties. We asked him what he was doing. He was surprised but then became arrogant and cold. One practitioner asked him where he bought the pen and whether it worked. He wondered why we asked him that and asked whether we practiced Falun Dafa. He walked away. Our first impression was that he was mentally ill.
One day we went out to put up sticky posters and came across him again. He picked up a box of food from the rubbish bin and started to eat.
A practitioner in my village saw that he tore down the posters we just put up. The practitioner tried to clarify the truth to him, but he didn’t listen and even acted like he wanted to hit the practitioner.
One day we saw him writing slanderous things again. We were one meter away from him and started to send forth righteous thoughts: “May his pen break.” Sure enough, his pen didn’t work. He threw away his pen and walked away.
We practitioners brought black pens, knives and paint with us whenever we went out to clarify the truth. When we saw slanderous words, we cleared them away. A male practitioner cut down two six-meter-long banners that had slanderous words against Dafa written on them and threw them in the trash.
At the group Fa study, a male practitioner suggested that all local practitioners go out together on one particular day. Whoever saw this man would clarify the truth to him and other practitioners would send forth righteous thoughts. If he knew the truth, he would change. But things didn’t develop as we thought.
We saw him in the early afternoon. A practitioner tried to talk to him. He was not friendly and said a lot of nasty words. When we shared with each other afterwards, some practitioners suggested that we send forth righteous thoughts so that he couldn’t walk or have him receive retribution, but we realized that these suggestions were not kind and could be the reason he didn’t change.
The practitioners then realized that we should use compassion to revolve the issue because we cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We should use the power of compassion that we get from the Fa and move him with our kind words and actions to make him become good. Three of us decided to talk to him and answer any questions he had.
We went out and found him at a market entrance. We clarified the truth to him for two hours. He seemed to understand that we were good people and smiled a bit. We bought some food for him. Finally we told him not to write anything bad about Falun Dafa because it was not good for him. He said that he’d stop. When we met him again, he was not hostile towards us.
We thought he had changed, but some practitioners said that he continued writing slanderous things. One day we saw him tearing a Falun Dafa pamphlet which he’d picked up. We went over to stop him. One of us said to him, “Please don’t tear it. You are not doing a good deed. We practice Falun Dafa and become good people according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We have been treating you kindly and sincerely hope that you will become good. Falun Dafa is the Buddha Fa. It is not good for you if you continue doing such bad deeds. Good will be rewarded and evil punished. Please do not write anything bad about Falun Dafa. You are still young and are looking for a job to support yourself. Do not rely on your parents anymore.”
He said that he would change, but why didn’t he? Was it a coincidence? Was it that we practitioners still had problems? We were only doing things and not cultivating ourselves. We looked externally instead of internally. We complained that he was wicked and hopeless and wished that he would receive retribution. That was not kind. How could we possibly change him? Master gave us another opportunity to improve as a whole body. We shared and improved our understandings. We no longer looked down upon him and wanted to treat him with compassion.
We saw him again and talked to him. We tried to help him understand that he should live a normal life and told him, “Your parents have raised you. You’d better find a job and not let them worry about you. They would like to see you have a normal life. You can pick up empty bottles and cans from the street and sell them for money. You earn by working. No one will look down on you.” We bought a box of noodles for lunch for him before we left. He thanked us.
We saw him again. He was carrying a half-full bag with bottles and cans. He was indeed changing bit by bit. Every time we talked to him, Master helped to clear the rotten demons and evil spirits behind him. We felt he became normal over time.
Another practitioner talked to him for over an hour. The practitioner held his hands and treated him as a friend though he was dirty. I was moved.
Another elderly practitioner in his seventies sat on a bench with the man and talked to him kindly. He sent forth righteous thoughts to clear away the evil factors behind him.
Thanks to practitioners’ collective efforts, he finally changed. He no longer writes bad words against Dafa. One practitioner had a dream where this man was dressed neatly and looked like a new person. He was completely rectified.
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