Saving Sentient Beings and Fulfilling my Vow While Doing True Cultivation
Greetings great, benevolent Master!
Greetings fellow practitioners!
Today I want to share about savings sentient beings and fulfilling my vow during the process of true cultivation.
I. Learning to Look Inside, Doing Things is not Cultivation
I live in Taipei and am 73 years old this year. I obtained the Fa in the December of 2000, which up until now is over 15 years. However, it was only during the last several years that I learned how to truly cultivate. In the past when other practitioners did things I would do it with them: studying the Fa, participating in Dafa projects, parades, etc. I was seemingly doing everything I should be doing. However, I didn’t study the Fa well. Studying the Fa for me was a mere formality; after finishing a lecture, I wouldn’t use the Fa to cultivate my xinxing, nor did I share my experiences. My enlightenment quality was also unable to improve and each opportunity for improvement was wasted. However, I would often cultivate for others. Whenever I saw fellow practitioners not doing things adequately, I would be unable to contain myself from correcting them. I thought that I was safeguarding the Fa and was doing things for the good of fellow practitioners. I thought saying these things in a pleasing manner was a manifestation of being warm-hearted; in ordinary people’s words, it’s playing the role of the “mother hen”. But actually, it was me not cultivating myself, which then can also create barriers between practitioners. But seeing the flaws of others is actually giving me an opportunity to improve myself; if I thought it over carefully I would realize I was looking outward and cultivating for others! Master said at Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles, “You have grown used to focusing on other people's shortcomings, and never take examining your own self seriously. When others' cultivation one day meets with success, what about you? Isn't Master hoping that you are cultivating well? ” I realized that this was my fundamental attachment and that I should quickly remove it. I also like to hear pleasing things and harbor the attachments of jealousy, showing off, doing things, competitiveness, and avarice, which are all things I should remove, yet I held on to them without letting go. Carrying such a heavy burden, how could I ascend? Why was I so attached?
II. Stepping out to Validate the Fa and Save Sentient Beings on the Front line
At the Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference, Master said, “Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish. Those are the things that you need to work toward, and yet some people no longer pay much attention to even their own cultivation, and have instead made a priority of ordinary things. Haven’t you strayed from the path of Dafa disciples’ cultivation, then?”
Master is hurrying to save people. I have relatively more time, so I should be on the front lines. From then on I clarified the truth to mainland tourists and encountered all kinds of people. While saving people, I also made sure to cultivate myself. I now more deeply realize that as long as I study the Fa well, there is nothing that can move me. So I would demonstrate this Fa power to the tourists, saying “Welcome to Taiwan! Falun Gong is the Buddha Fa.” I asked them to remember these words in their heart, and told them that what the communist party said is all lies and that Falun Gong is the Buddha Fa. As a Dafa disciple, I must tell them what Falun Gong is.
In order to clarify the truth, I have to remain calm while interacting with tourists. A common question I get is, “How much money do you get paid every day?” I reply, “Who cares about money?! Life is what’s most important. This life of mine was saved by Falun Gong.” When someone asked me how old I am I said, “I am 73. For the sake of the precious Chinese people, I only sleep two to three hours a night.” Upon hearing this they are very surprised. I said, “You haven’t seen what I looked like 15 years ago. My entire face was covered with wrinkles. In the past 10 years I have been free of illness and my body is light as a feather. Isn’t this great?! I would then continue truth clarification based on the situation.
As a Dafa disciple I must display the demeanor of a Dafa disciple wherever I am. Even at tourist sites, those mainland tourists will evaluate you from head to toe; some people will even say some nasty things. In the past, the tour guides would even tell the tourists that people wearing a certain attire were Falun Gong practitioners and to not to listen to them. They would often describe us in very crude terms. I also thought that it was a bit more comfortable to dress casually. But we are disciples of the universe’s Fa. Holding such a large title, we are definitely not ordinary people! Thus in order to protect the Fa, we still need to pay attention to our appearance. This made me realize what a great honor it was to be a Dafa disciple! We must cherish it!
III. Stepping on to the Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners Platform
I am grateful to Master for arranging for me to participate in the Global Platform to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners, where I can improve together with everyone. This is what I wanted to do for a long time. I never had an opportunity to participate previously, neither did I know what the GMR did. I only knew to attend group Fa study. Once I overheard a fellow practitioner saying, “If a mainland disciple gets detained at a detention center, we must try to rescue them immediately. If they are sent to national security then things will be really bad.” From then I changed my understanding of the purpose of being on the platform. Dafa disciples are saving people, and rescuing fellow Dafa disciples is just so important. Because only when public security and the court system understand the truth can mainland disciples be in a more relaxed environment in which they can save more people. One day, a fellow practitioner heard that I wanted to participate on the platform, and immediately took me to participate. I thought that perhaps the predestined opportunity had come. From then on I began clarifying the truth to the public security officials in order to eliminate the evil controlling them. Although this was very difficult, how can you capture the tiger without entering the tiger’s den? Sometimes a single phone call would take twenty to thirty minutes. I had to be responsible to sentient beings, otherwise they wouldn’t pick up the phone at all. This is the attitude and method I used in saving sentient beings. To let them understand the truth is what Master wants. We would sometimes do random number dialing. For three days’ time we would focus on calling a single district, as well as sending sms text, and automated messages. The effect this had in eliminating the evil and saving sentient beings was very great. In these three days, besides doing the exercises, I wouldn’t leave my house. I would first prepare something to eat, and then put full concentration into making calls. I want to thank Master for giving me this opportunity to save sentient beings.
When making phone calls, we have to retrieve phone lists as well as give feedback after each call. I didn’t know how to do any of this. Even when I want to read articles on the New Tang Dynasty TV website or Epoch Times website, I had to have fellow practitioners take me to the page. I feel that this is too much of a hassle, as fellow practitioners’ time is very limited. Especially when making calls on the platform, we are fighting for every second. Thus I decided to learn how to type. Fellow practitioners were very patient in teaching me. At the beginning, I couldn’t even hold the mouse properly. I would like to thank Master for his support, as now I finally know how to do the various required things such as typing and giving feedback. I’m confident that in the future I can do better and better.
I realize that the reason I wasn’t diligent in the past is because I didn’t study the Fa a lot, nor did I study it well. Thus, my human attachments were strong. At the time, I didn’t make studying the Fa a priority. After studying a few sections, I would feel tired and go to sleep. Occasionally, I would take a noon time nap. Upon seeing us, Master always urges us to study the Fa more, and study the Fa more. In my own experience, if one studies the Fa well, one will understand it deeper, and will thereby cultivate well. Master said in Essentials for Further Advancement II, Drive out Interference, “The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” Master also said in Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference, “That's why you can't go without studying the Fa. You must study the Fa well. In the process of studying the Fa you'll be able to keep clearing away bad elements in yourself, changing the last bit of stuff you have that hasn't yet been changed.”
I’ve been making phone calls with the GMR for almost a year now. Every day, I strive to go online to study the Fa with fellow practitioners, assuring that I study the Fa abundantly every day. Every day, studying the Fa is the happiest part of my day. Every time it was my turn to read, I always wished that I could read a bit more. Whenever my paragraph was short, I would feel bewildered! Why is it like this every time? After looking inside, I realized that it was because I was attached to reading more; it’s a manifestation of greediness and selfishness. If I read more, won’t others be reading less? Such a dirty attachment must go! As of now things have improved a little bit. I have to continue to do better!
When the Fa teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference came out, I was very happy. Master lectured to us a lot of the Fa, and was very serious in doing so. After reading Master’s lecture, I realized the urgency of saving people and how big my responsibility was. Only by being more diligent and studying the Fa more can we save more people.
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!
I ask fellow practitioners to compassionately correct anything inappropriate. Heshi!
Chinese version: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/155925