珍惜自由修炼环境 抓紧讲真相救人Seize the Time to Clarify the Facts|
珍惜自由修炼环境 抓紧讲真相救人Seize the Time to Clarify the Facts
PM02: Anna Zhao - Qld
Greetings, Revered Master!
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I obtained the Fa in April 1998. Under the protection of our compassionate Master, I have tumbled along on my cultivation path to date. I came to Brisbane on the 10th of May this year. I really cherish the free cultivation environment and always keep our mission of clarifying the facts and saving people at heart. I go to Brisbane Chinatown almost every day to clarify the facts to Chinese tourists, whether it rains or shines. I would feel very uneasy if I failed to go there for even just one day.
1．Let go of the attachment to affection for family; go out to clarify the facts to people
Master said in the Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference,
“Many things in the Fa-rectification period aren’t that simple, and nothing is one-dimensional. Things arranged by gods involve multiple factors. When someone heads abroad [from China], well, since he isn’t able to hear the truth while in China, isn’t he being directed to go overseas so that he can learn the truth? You can’t abandon these people. We must still do a good job of clarifying the truth at the tourist sites in each region.”
From this paragraph of the Fa, I understood the importance of truth-clarification at tourist sites. Chinatown in Brisbane is a “must visit” for Chinese tourists. I went there to clarify the facts the second day after I arrived in Brisbane. I experienced much interference for a while. My son, who is usually very well-behaved, acted uncharacteristically after he came to Australia. He often put on a show and ate only one meal a day. When we first arrived in Australia, because I needed to make arrangements for his schooling, he stayed at home for a while. Every morning, I would leave home at 10:20am to clarify the facts to people. Before I left, I would ask him if he wanted to eat. But he always said he was not hungry. When I got back home after 2:30 in the afternoon and asked him what he would like to eat, he still said he was not hungry. And, instead of studying, he spent the whole day playing on his mobile phone. I felt very sad and concerned, as he is only a teenage boy. Still, I tried to keep a calm mind and continued to go out regularly to clarify the facts to people. This situation went on for over a month.
Master said: “Those who are attached to affection for family will definitely be burned, entangled, and tormented by it. Pulled by the threads of affection and plagued by them throughout their lives, they will find it too late to regret at the end of their lives. (“Cultivators’ Avoidances” in Essentials for Further Advancement)
I decided to let go of my attachment to affection for family, let go of the human mentality of “holding high hopes for one’s child”. I went out to clarify the facts as usual and refused to allow my son’s situation interfere with saving people. Gradually, my son’s state of mind turned for the better, and he also started to study the Fa with me every day.
2. Cultivate well while clarifying the facts to people
When I first started clarifying the facts to people in Chinatown, I didn’t know what to do or how to talk to people, so I only held up display boards. Also, while I was standing there, I kept looking around and felt rather uneasy, as I was afraid of CCP agents taking photos of me. Seeing other practitioners doing so well in helping people quit the CCP, and yet I couldn’t even open my mouth, I felt very anxious. After looking within, I found that it was not an issue of skill, but a xinxing problem. I had a fear, and was afraid of running into bad people; at the same time, I was worried about losing face if I couldn’t do well. In addition, I also lacked compassion for those people to be saved. In short, if I could not clarify the facts well, it was because I hadn’t cultivated myself well.
Master said in Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference,
“If you don't cultivate yourselves well you won't have mighty virtue, what you say will not be in line with the Fa, and then you can't possibly save sentient beings. When what you say has no mighty virtue and no power, it will have no effect, and the evil will capitalize on that.”
Through regular Fa study and xinxing improvement in cultivation, gradually I was able to talk to people to clarify the facts and encourage them to quit the CCP.
Practitioners engaged in truth-clarification in Chinatown on a daily basis are relatively senior in age. Chinese tourists often come here for lunch. We hold up display boards when they get off the bus and try to clarify the facts to them on their way to the restaurant and back to the bus. Sometimes, when we have just walked with one group to one end of the road, another group has already arrived on the other end; sometimes the buses have to park on the other side of the road due to a lack of parking space, and we have to quickly run over to clarify the facts. I always feel rather touched when I see elderly practitioners run back and forth with me. I keep reminding myself that I must not slack off, and I must use my heart to save people. In the beginning, I held one display board with both hands. In order to let people see more facts, I now hold up two boards, one in each hand, and try to hold them as high as I can. When my arms become too sore, I support the boards with my leg for a moment, and then hold them up high again. It’s rather demanding physically, but I feel very honoured and happy to be able to clarify the facts to the precious Chinese people. Sentient beings came to the dirty and dangerous human world with a firm faith that Dafa and Dafa disciples could save them. We as Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples have no reason not to hurry up to save as many sentient beings as possible.
There are all kinds of people among the tourists. Some show their support; some scold us. In the truth-clarification process, I can see many unrighteous thoughts in myself, and let go of them as soon as I see them. As I improve in cultivation and use my heart to talk to people, the effect is also getting better and better.
One day, a group of tourists got off the bus. A middle-aged man nodded to me and said: “You have been working hard. We already know. When are you going back to overthrow the Communist Party?” I smiled and said: “We don’t want its political power. It’s Heaven that wants to destroy the CCP for their crimes. We just want kind-hearted people to quit from it so that they won’t be scapegoats.” I then talked about the characters engraved on the “hidden character stone” and encouraged him to quit the CCP. He happily agreed.
One other time, while I was holding a display board about the staged “Tiananmen self-immolation” to clarify the facts to a group of tourists, a female tourist said to me: “There has been a big change in China since Xi Jinping came to power; Jiang has already stepped down. You should stop talking about these things.” I said to her: “Falun Gong practitioners are still being illegally arrested in China. As long as the persecution continues, we will not stop clarifying the facts to people. Everyone needs to keep their sense of justice and conscience.” While I was speaking, some others in the group nodded their heads. I then helped a number of them quit the CCP and its associated organisations.
One day, it was very hot. When I saw a middle-aged couple walking at the back the group, I went up to clarify the facts to them. They were very cold towards me, and waved their hands to stop me from talking with them. I looked within and found that maybe it was because I was tired and hot, and was getting a bit impatient when I saw people refusing to listen to me. I was not compassionate enough in my tone. The attitude of sentient beings is also a mirror for me to reflect upon myself.
Master said in Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference,
“You could say that about the predestined relationship, but as for those who have a positive effect and those who have a negative effect, there are both, and that's just how the old forces arranged it. I don't acknowledge that at all. A minute ago I said that everyone in the world was part of my family. Don't acknowledge the old forces' arrangements, and do as much as possible to clarify the truth.”
Indeed, I should treat sentient beings as my family members. When I thought of Master’s words, my tone changed. I said to them: “It’s so hot and I’m sweating. I’m not after anything for myself, and I don’t want a cent from you. I only hope that when catastrophes strike, you can be spared and be safe…” I walked along with them and kept clarifying the facts to them. When we came to the intersection, they nodded their heads to agree to quit the CCP. They turned their heads again and waved to thank me when they were crossing the road.
3. Clarify the facts in daily life
除了在中国城讲真相外，在生活当中遇到中国人，我也会及时讲真相救人。我去学校接外甥女放学时看到一位大陆来的阿姨，她也是接孩子放学，我跟她聊天中得知她和我来自大陆同一个城市，因此显得很亲近，跟她讲了大法真相。她说迫害之前她也练过法轮功，迫害开始后相信了媒体的造谣宣传就不练了。就在8月份的一天她和家人生气，气得都不想活了，肚子胀的鼓鼓的全是气，她让我看她身上的伤，她自己撞的，胳膊和腿上各有一大片淤紫，她说她不想活了，不如让汽车撞死等。我说：“阿姨，还学大法吧，只有师父能救你啊？”我把她叫到我家给她读《转法轮》，一边读她一边上下排气打嗝，连着三天每天到我家学习一讲，该学第四讲时，她说你给我拷到mp3里面吧，我自己拿回家听。这个阿姨现在每天听师父讲法，心态好了也不和家人生气了，还说谢谢我帮她，我告诉她 ，“您不用谢我，您要谢，谢师父，是师父救了你！”就在这几天她还主动来找我，和我一起去中国城举展板讲真相，这个阿姨现在重新走入了大法修炼，前两天给我打电话， 说她现在内心非常平静，知道遇事向内找自己了，是师父救了她一条命，谢谢师父！谢谢大法！看到这个阿姨的变化，我内心触动很大，是啊，众生都在等着我们救度啊。
In addition to what I do in Chinatown, I grasp every opportunity in daily life to clarify the facts to Chinese people. One day, when I went to pick up my niece from school. I saw a woman from Mainland China who was also there to pick up her child. I chatted with her and found that she was from the same city as me in China. We felt quite close to each other. I told her about Falun Gong. She said she practised Falun Gong before the persecution, but she stopped later as she believed the lies in the media. She told me that one day in August, she got so angry with her family members that she almost wanted to die. She showed me the bruises on her arms and legs, saying she inflicted them herself and said she would rather be killed by a car. I said to her: “Aunty, you’d better practise Falun Gong again. Only Master can save you from misery.” I took her to my place and read Zhuan Falun to her. As I was reading, she kept breathing out loud and had hiccups. She came to my place three days in a row, and each time we studied one lecture in Zhuan Falun. When it came to Lecture Four, she asked me to copy the recording of Master’s lectures onto an MP3 so that she could listen to them when she got back home. She listened every day and felt a lot better. She was no longer angry with her family members. She kept thanking me. I said to her: “You don’t need to thank me. Our Master has saved you.” Recently, she also went to Chinatown with me to hold display boards to clarify the facts. She has come back to Dafa again. Two days ago, she called me and said: “I’m feeling very calm inside now. I understand I need to look within. Master has saved my life. I’m very grateful to Master, to Dafa.” I felt very touched by the changes in her, and felt even more strongly that sentient beings are waiting for us to save them.
In the process of truth-clarification, it appears on the surface that we are the ones who are saving people, while in fact it’s our Master who uses this process to establish Dafa disciples. I know I’m still far away from Master’s requirements.
Master said, “Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in springRighteous thoughts can save the people in this world” (from “The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos” in Hong Yin Vol. II)
I will continue to cherish this precious opportunity to cultivate solidly and cultivate more compassion and righteous thoughts to assist Master save more sentient beings and to fulfil my historic pledge.
Lastly, I would like to share with you a paragraph in Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference,
“So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you—evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you. If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil’s persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate, and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil’s persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil’s interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa.”
Thank you, Revered Master
Thank you, fellow practitioners.
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