Interviews with Falun Gong Practitioners Who Have Come to Manhattan to Clarify the Truth (15)

Told by a Chinese Falun Gong f

PureInsight | January 17, 2005

[] I came to New York City on November 4, 2004. It has been almost two months since I arrived. I was very surprised at the huge number of people walking on the streets of Manhattan. When I first arrived, a lot of people refused to take the truth-clarification material. Some people would not even take a glance at the torture exhibit. Because I acted as a thuggish Chinese policeman at the torture exhibit, I had the opportunity to observe the passersby. Many people passed by our torture exhibit in a hurry and few bothered to look at our exhibit at all. They looked straight ahead and walked away briskly. It pained me to see there are so many people that don't know the truth about Falun Gong. I felt that we really have to put in a lot more efforts to help them know the truth about the persecution against Falun Gong.

With the progression of Teacher's Fa-rectification and Falun Gong practitioners' truth-clarification efforts, the percentage of people accepting our truth-clarification material has steadily increased. Now many people stop to watch the torture exhibit and the posters. Quite a few people burst into tears when they watched the torture demonstration. Many people are signing the petition to call for the U.S. government's intervention to end the persecution before we have a chance to ask them to sign the petition. They also asked what else they could do to help us. Our truth-clarification work is starting to have a positive effect on people and the effect is starting to subtly manifest in the human realm. Although the weather is becoming increasingly cold, everyone from Australia is trying to overcome the challenge, especially little practitioners who grew up in Australia where the winter is warm. They are braving against the cold weather in New York. As the weather turned cold, we had each actor perform at the torture exhibit for two to three hours at most. But one day we did not have enough practitioners at our torture exhibit, so a little practitioner acted as a victim suffering from the torture of the "Tiger Bench" [1] for a full afternoon.

Because we don't have many practitioners at our torture exhibit, everyone tries to drink as little water as possible to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom. Through the cultivation experience sharing meetings, we reached a shared understanding that, by holding the torture exhibits, we are using our body languages to demonstrate the cruelty of the atrocities against Falun Gong practitioners in China. Once we understood the significance and meaning of the torture exhibit, it became easier for us to overcome all the challenges and difficulties that we face in Manhattan.

When I first heard that the evils from other dimensions were gathering themselves in Beijing and Manhattan, I was very anxious to come to Manhattan to help with the truth-clarification work. As soon as I managed to save some money, I immediately jumped on the plane to New York. When I saw the vast number of people in Manhattan, I felt there should be more Falun Gong practitioners coming to stay at Manhattan and help with the torture exhibits. After all, compared with the population in Manhattan, the number of Falun Gong practitioners helping with the truth-clarification work in New York is like a drop of water in the sea.

Since I started to help with the truth-clarification work in New York, I can feel I am making improvement in my cultivation level at an increasingly rapid speed! Nowadays I always have new understandings and am able to see more of my own attachments when I study Falun Gong's books. For example, I can usually distribute five bundles of truth-clarification material every morning in just two hours. Sometimes the "accomplishment" induced my attachment to zealotry. Then the number of people accepting the material would reduce right away, which prompted me to seek inward and I discovered my attachment to zealotry. When I removed my attachment to zealotry, people again became receptive to my offer of truth-clarification material. Soon people's high level of receptiveness again induced my attachment to zealotry, and then I would seek inward again. Thus I removed layers after layers of attachments during the process like onion peeling. I also removed many layers of my attachment to jealousy. My English is rather poor and I was never top of my class at school. I had always thought I did not have any attachment to jealousy. I thought only those who are highly intelligent and competent have an attachment to jealousy, but I was wrong. I once distributed truth-clarification material with a little practitioner. At first, fellow practitioners praised me and told me I was very good at distributing truth-clarifying material. Then a fellow practitioner came over and pointed at the young practitioner. He said, "Look! What a great job this young practitioner is doing!" I started to feel bad. I searched inward and discovered my attachment to jealousy. Thus I discovered and removed many of my attachments. Take another example. Some practitioners prefer arranging the posters in one way, and others practitioners preferring arranging the poster in another way. Many practitioners' attachment to ego and self were exposed during the process.

I feel I still have many layers of attachment to selfishness and self. Sometimes I feel other practitioners' opinions should take a back seat to mine because I think I am very perceptive and I make better judgments. Teacher mentioned in his lecture that the old forces always want to change others and do not want to change themselves. I feel I have a lot of degenerated notions that need purging. Helping with the truth-clarification work while cultivating myself has helped me to rapidly remove my attachments. If you truly wish to cultivate yourself and search inward constantly, you will make improvement in your cultivation practice quickly.

I also discovered my attachment to lust. While I distributed truth-clarification materials on the streets of Manhattan, I constantly feasted my eyes on fashionable and beautiful women. As soon as I detected my attachment to lust, I started eliminating it right away.

When it was terribly cold a while ago, I acted at the torture exhibit. Before that, I hadn't thought about the cold temperature. But on that day I suddenly thought to myself, "I don't have anything to cover my nose. I hope I don't get frostbite." As soon as the thought emerged, a fellow practitioner came up to me and said, "My goodness. The makeup on your nose is frozen." I replied, "Of course it is frozen. The water from the air coming out of my nose naturally freezes in the cold weather." But I immediately realized it was wrong to think that the weather could defeat me. We are helping with the Fa-rectification work and nothing will defeat us. Just as this thought came up my mind, a gentle warm breeze came from out of nowhere and kept flowing to my face. Teacher is so compassionate.

[1] Tiger Bench: Falun Gong practitioners are forced to sit on a small iron bench that is approximately 20 cm (6 inches) tall with their knees tied together. With their hands tied behind their backs or sometimes placed on their knees, they are forced to sit straight up and look straight ahead without movement for long periods of time.

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