PureInsight | March 5, 2015
[PureInsight.org] I gained the Fa in 1998. Like tens of thousands of other Dafa disciples, I have also experienced the persecution of the forced labor. My family members have been harassed because of this. They had different levels of misunderstanding regarding the fact that I cultivate Dafa.
I am a Dafa disciple. Helping Master rectify the Fa is my mission. What should I do? Helping Master rectify the Fa begins from balancing family well. I treated family members with the compassion and kindness that I cultivated from Dafa.
One time after Dafa was persecuted in 1999, I was home studying Master’s new article “Digging Out the Roots.” My husband saw it and grabbed the article from me then ripped it into pieces. He was even saying: I will let you dig out the roots. He claimed that he would not let me do the exercises anymore. He threatened to divorce if I continued. I was shocked at that time. I cried, “It is not wrong that I study Dafa, be a good person, and have a healthy mind and body. I will not give up Dafa even if you divorce. If you don’t let me study, I will still study.” I would not give in to him and opposed him instead. Because I did not cultivate well, evil took advantage of my loophole. As a result, I was illegally detained for forced labor.
After I left the forced labour camp, my family members’ misunderstanding worsened. I still studied the Fa every day but I studied secretly. Whenever I started to study the Fa, I would completely enter into the Fa feeling nothing else around me. There was only the Fa. As time passed, from a certain point, my husband stopped interfering. My heart has gradually become more peaceful and compassionate. I looked within and found out that I had attachments to competition and hatred at the beginning. I should correct myself and treat family members with compassion and kindness.
Every single day, the hour after I finish exercising was my busiest. I would be cooking, doing laundry, wiping the dust, and mopping the floor on one hand, and listening to the articles of fellow practitioners on the other. After family members left, I would start studying the Fa and arrange what I was supposed to do. I would not leave off anything from the three things. I would not look at the shortcomings of others or expectation of others. When our house was being fixed, my husband, my son, and my daughter-in-law all had their own ideas. I did not have any particular needs so anything was fine with me. My daughter-in-law did not do housework but I did not have any thought about it. In my mind, I did not have the notion about whether daughter-in-law should do housework or not. I forced myself to form the habit of not looking at other people.
I wanted to show the beauty of Dafa and not ruin the image of Dafa. When the illusion of throwing up appeared to me, in order not to let family members hear it, I threw up into a plastic bag under the bed quilt then dumped it later.
Another time, my legs were not in the correct state. To prevent my husband from noticing this, I would pay attention to his eyes when I went to get something from the kitchen. I would walk a few steps when he looked down and pretend doing other things when he looked up.
These years, no matter how uncomfortable I felt when I had karma elimination or interference from sickness demon, I would always pretend as if there was nothing wrong. As a result, there was really nothing wrong. I only wanted family members to see the beauty of Dafa so they could be saved. Otherwise, it would defame Dafa and family member would not understand.
Day after day, and year after year, as I was continually improving in the Fa, the environment in the family gradually changed. They stopped opposing me for cultivating Dafa. One time when I was crossing the street, a cracking sound came out of my leg. It was extremely painful and my leg could not move. I struggled to get home but I could not get off the bed. My husband cooked for me and took care of me, unlike before when he would force me to go to the hospital or take medicine. Because he knew that cultivating Dafa will cure it so he did not worry about it. I looked within and sent forth righteous thoughts. I fully recovered after a few days.
At home, I could study the Fa, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and go on the Internet at any time. I normally would communicate with family members and tell them the facts about Dafa. One time, my daughter-in-law felt unsafe about traveling overseas. I gave her an amulet and told her to remember “Falun Dafa Is Great, Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance Is Good” that it would keep her safe. After a few years, the amulet that I gave to daughter-in-law is still in her bag. Another time when my son was going abroad, I reminded him to carry the amulet. He said, “Mom, I dare not leave it behind when I go out!”
Once my grandson said to me after he came back from school, “Grandma, tell you a bad news. Today my teacher said that I will be the flag defender at flag rising tomorrow. What should I do?” I said to him, “It’s ok. Just send forth righteous thoughts in your mind.” The next night when he came back, he said to me with joy, “Grandma I sent forth righteous thoughts. That bloody flag stopped rising before it reached the top. This sending forth righteous thoughts is really effective.” Now my family is in accordance with what Master said in Zhuan Falun, "Buddha’s light shines everywhere, propriety and righteousness harmonize everything."
Master said in “Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People” in The Essentials of Diligent Progress, “Dafa disciples, don’t forsake the magnificent responsibility that has been bestowed upon you in Fa-rectification, and even less should you disappoint those beings, as you are now their only hope for entering the future. For this reason, all Dafa disciples, students both new and veteran, should get to work and begin comprehensively clarifying the truth. This is especially so for the Dafa disciples in mainland China: each must come out and clarify the truth, bringing it to every field and valley, mountain and hill, not omitting a single area where there are people.”
Everyone went to clarify the truth face to face. I was so anxious. But I’m just not the type of people that like to talk. But Master said it so we have to do it! I tried my best to come to the street. I thought: just talk as if I am helping others and could understand people. I saw a person distributing flyers for advertisement that no one would take it no matter whom she gave a flyer from her. She said sincerely, “Thank you.” I naturally started talking about how uneasy her job is and then the truth about Dafa. At the end, she quit the Youth League and Young Pioneers. I thought: How come I was talking with ease! It came out naturally. Master only let someone like me who is bad at talking go through a process and see whether my heart of saving people is sincere. Anything could happen if the heart is sincere.
I would ask Master to help me every time I go out to clarify the truth so predestined people can come to listen to the truth. One time, I saw a middle-aged man having a child in hand sitting on the side of the street under the sun. I gave him a flyer for an advertisement so he could block the sun for the child. He showed appreciation. Then we started chatting. I mentioned the spread of Dafa and told him the facts about Dafa. He was a member of the Party and agreed to do the three withdrawals.
I often go to the hospitals to clarify the truth. After clarifying the truth, I would write down the name list for the three withdrawals and kept it in my pocket. There are monitors and police on duty everywhere in the hospital. The most important was to avoid sentient beings who are listening to the truth to have worries or bad thoughts.
Another time, I met a lady who is in the same field as me. Our ages are similar and we have similar life experiences so we had a nice talk. When Falun Gong was brought up, she said that she knows a little about it because one of her co-workers practices Falun Gong so she is not against it. She was quite talkative and said that she could see everything when she goes on the Internet. When I mentioned withdrawing from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, she just smiled without replying. I knew that she is a member of the Party. I did not want to give up the opportunity to save her, so I said sincerely, “The predestined relationship of us sisters is fulfilled today. I told you all this in order to help you to carry out the three withdrawals to maintain safety.” She told me that her last name is Chen. So I said, “How about I help you quit with the name Chen Anping?” She smiled and said thank you.
While clarifying the truth, I also encountered people who accepted the truth and agreed to do the three withdrawals. But when you ask him to choose a name, he would start hesitating. In this situation, I would tell him what my name is. Then he would tell me his name. I said, “Let me use your real name to quit. This is like buying a life insurance without paying a penny.” He said thank you.
Once when I was distributing Shen Yun DVDs, a mother with a child was walking toward me. I approached them and said, “Hello. Here is a free Shen Yun DVD for you.” I gave the DVD to the child but the mother did not let the child take it. Then a middle-aged man came and said, “Is it from Falun Gong? Give me one.” I said, “Thank you for being proactive to learn the truth of Dafa.” Actually, I know that it was an encouragement from Master.
I do not start the conversation by clarifying the truth straight away. This way, it does not seem sudden and it is easier for people to accept. Nowadays, people have become deviated very seriously. They treat each other as enemy. They are very defensive and do not trust others. After greeting someone first, I would then find out their age, job, whether retired, physical conditions, etc. I would talk from different angles depending on people’s different experiences. There are some important points: no anxiety, no rush, peaceful tone, no going extreme, no pursuit of numbers, and catching all opportunities to save people.
In daily life, I thought that my language expression skills are bad and I’m also cultivating badly. Therefore, I would always put others first. I pay attention to cultivating out a heart of thinking for others. I think it is being “full of great aspirations while minding minor details.” The way ordinary people get close to others is through methods and outside actions. What cultivators rely on to clarify the truth is the heart, a heart for others. We need to think for them and understand them and not to think for ourselves and use the heart to do it. It is just like the meticulousness, subtlety and nuance when water moistens everything that there are no edges or corners. Only sincerity can open up people’s hearts and save sentient beings. This is probably the compassion. Master said in Hong Yin II, “Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring. Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world.”
I think no matter we are dealing with family members or practitioners, or clarifying the truth, we should not be judgmental. We should only look within. One day a fellow practitioner asked me, “What to do when other practitioners have shortcomings?” I said, “I do not see that anyone has shortcomings or anything incorrect! I just feel everyone has so many good things. How come I just can’t learn from them? When I start to think about my own short-comings, I forget to look at what he/she is doing incorrectly.” Fellow practitioner stared at me for a long while and nodded slowly. One day, I suddenly found out that my saliva was sweet. It was sweet to the heart. This was so great and exciting! I knew that Master was encouraging me to continue to cultivate the words and the heart.
For over ten years under Master’s protection, I have been steadily walking on the path of Fa-rectification arranged by Master. I will do the three things well and treasure the path I have walked through. No matter how long Fa-rectification will be, I will be diligent till consummation.
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Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/138717