打好真相电话修好自己 Cultivating myself whilst making truth clarification phone calls|
打好真相电话修好自己 Cultivating myself whilst making truth clarification phone calls
PM09: Ming Zhen - Sydney
Greetings venerable Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
When I was still in China, my family members who were cultivators normally used their mobile phones as Fa instruments for truth clarification. When I arrived in Australia, my mother and I decided to join a Fa rectification project. Since we had been using our mobile phones, we were not hesitant in joining the RTC truth clarification platform. Even though this project appeared to be ordinary, it had in fact a strong connection with my cultivation on a daily basis and with honouring my vow.
Everything starts off difficult. Although I said I was going to make phone calls, however, I was unable to make breakthroughs. I was still not worried about it even though I was watching my mother improve daily whilst making phone calls. After joining the Australian RTC truth clarification platform, fellow practitioners encouraged me to start making phone calls. When I finally made my first phone call, as I heard the first ring, many complicated attachments suddenly rushed into my mind. The sentient being on the line appeared to be very interested in listening to me. This gave me a lot of confidence. I gradually began to open up. I would speak for a while and seek confirmation by asking: “Is the situation like what I said?” He would reply that the things I said were correct.
During that period of time, after school and on Saturdays and Sundays, I persistently went on the platform with practitioners from around the world in order to make truth clarification phone calls. I also managed to overcome my attachment to fear at school. I was able to ask my teachers to sign petitions and I also gave them Shen Yun promotion DVDs. They were happy to oblige. Through Master’s blessing my English ability drastically improved. Under Master’s care, I was able to walk down my cultivation path quite steadily.
After making phone calls to ordinary people for a period of time, I joined the Global Rescue platform phone team, which was a team that solely made calls to people who participated in the persecution of Dafa and Dafa practitioners. One time I made a call to the Secretary of Education. After the line went through, I politely introduced myself and candidly told them the purpose for my call, which was to ask him to stop spreading slander about Dafa in schools. At the start, after listening to a couple of words, the Secretary hung up the phone. I persistently called him until he picked up again. This time I decided to clarify the truth to him. I told him that Dafa has spread to 114 countries around the world, however, China is the only country that had banned the practice. I also told him that in Taiwan there were about 700,000 people practicing. I explained that Dafa teaches people to cultivate their heart and Master Li has won over 3000 awards. The Secretary listened quietly. I further explained that the Tiananmen self-immolation was fabricated and that there were many suspicious aspects of the event. Moreover, I also pointed out to him that in history people who persecuted religious believers did not have a good ending. I illustrated this by using the example of the fall of the powerful Roman Empire that had been destroyed by the great plague after persecuting the Christians. I then advised him that being the Secretary of Education, he should educate students with true and accurate information. After listening to this, he indicated his approval by grunting. I then informed him that I had finished talking. I told him that he was compassionate as he was able to listen to the truth. I also said that Gods and Buddhas had not given up on him. Finally, I relayed to him my wishes for him to make the right choice.
I would also frequently make calls to the 610 Office, prisons, labour camps, brainwashing centres and other institutions that persecuted Dafa practitioners. There was once a police officer who told me that they were only doing this because it was part of their job and because of money. I told him that he did not need to go against his conscience just to make a living. I gave him examples of people who had received retribution after persecuting the Buddha Fa. I also explained that the East German soldiers who killed the people at the Berlin wall were unable to use the defence that they were “executing orders” when they were put on trial. Police officers were generally able to accept what I told them.
Of course there were people who understood what I told them. However, there were also people who did not understand. During the process of making phone calls, I’ve encountered people who scolded me, who were unreasonable, and there were also some whose voices were out of control. When I started encountering these people, my competitive mentality would arise. After encountering a number of them, I started to feel pity towards them. Fellow practitioners told me that if the person scolded me severely I should tell them that the phone call was being recorded and could be used against them. After a few days, I encountered a police officer who scolded me throughout the duration of the call. At the beginning I was not moved. I continued to clarify the facts to him. As a result he continuously scolded me for 20 or so minutes. I thought in my mind that this was not right. Therefore, I decided to inform him that the call was being recorded. He continued to scold me. I then replayed some of the recordings to him. As a result, he immediately told the surrounding people who were also listening that I had recorded the call and promptly hung up the phone. After the call, I did not feel comfortable. I looked within and realised that I had an attachment to utilizing my own interests in order to defeat others. I was uncomfortable because I had a competitive mentality, I was unsatisfied with the result and I was attached to protecting myself.
During my daily cultivation, I encountered large and small xinxing tests that hindered my progress in saving people and cultivating myself. The countless temptations in ordinary society inevitably distracted me from cultivating and when I did not pay attention it would bury me within ordinary society. When I paid more attention to other aspects in my life, my heart for cultivation naturally became weaker. As I became older, I watched my friends pursue the lifestyles they wanted. Some entered university. Some found girlfriends. Some started working. Some were shuttling between interpersonal relationships. Some of my friends whose family conditions were good wasted their time. For a long period of time I felt lost.
I started to ask myself: Would my cultivation be able to achieve the criteria for consummation? Have I demonstrated outstanding behaviour in ordinary human society? In the future would I end up achieving nothing? I had so many attachments. If I didn’t cultivate well and also failed at being an ordinary person, what am I going to do? For a while, I kept asking myself these questions. I had my university entrance exams coming up and my results were not as great as what was expected of a cultivator, therefore, I didn’t know whether I was able to enter university. I didn’t know what my future would entail. Since I was facing a lot of temptations in ordinary human society and was unable to let go of attachments, I didn’t know how to cultivate anymore. I realised that it was the old forces’ interference. They forced me to make a choice between cultivating and living a life as an ordinary person.
During that time, the interference made me feel restless and troubled. I lost self-esteem. I kept thinking that everything I did, I did not do well. Therefore I felt I could not cultivate well or even meet the standards of an ordinary person. My attachments all came up at once. I felt that I was trapped in the clutches of my attachments. I always wanted to go out and play games with my fellow classmates. I even wanted to find a girlfriend. I wanted to do things that made me feel comfortable. However, as soon as I was distanced from the Fa, I felt lethargic. The feeling of being immersed in ordinary people’s seven emotions and six desires was terrible. There was an intense struggle within my heart. My righteous thoughts were sometimes strong and sometimes weak. I hated myself for failing to do well. Even though my cultivation and my life were not balanced, I still could not let go of my ordinary human attachments. I even broke down because of this. I cried because I failed to do well. I also cried because I could not remove my attachments.
After a few aimless weeks, I decided that this could not go on. I resolved to study the Fa after school. When I had time I would send forth righteous thoughts. When I first started I could not maintain a tranquil mind. When I would think about studying the Fa, attachments would pop up. I could not concentrate on Fa study or sending forth righteous thoughts. However, I didn’t give up and kept studying the Fa. After a few weeks, on a particular evening, it was my turn to host the Sydney Global Rescue phone team. I had not made a phone call for a while. I thought to myself that I needed to do well hosting the phone team. I couldn’t let my cultivation state hinder fellow practitioners from saving people. Studying the Fa for a while and sending forth righteous thoughts had helped. After entering the platform, my heart immediately became tranquil. Many distracting thoughts disappeared. This sudden change rendered me surprised. After making the phone calls, my heart felt light and clear. I also developed righteous thoughts. I thought to myself: I am a cultivator. When attachments arise, am I not supposed to eliminate them? If I cultivate well, would I still be afraid of not studying well? Moreover, on a cultivator’s perspective and at my young age, finding a girlfriend would not be a wise option. I should do what I need to do. Everything would naturally improve if I steadfastly cultivate myself. I was happy! I managed to break through! From that point on, different attachments still popped up, however, they appeared much weaker.
As I walk my cultivation path, I have encountered ups and downs and my righteous thoughts have at times been strong and weak. I concede that I have many attachments that I shouldn’t have at this age. These have caused me to fall down on a number of occasions. However, every time when my attachments were too strong or when I lost confidence in my cultivation and myself, Master would use countless ways to awaken me. He would help me develop more righteous thoughts and strengthen me. Every time I would think about this, I would be in tears. I am grateful for Master’s compassionate care. If it hadn’t been for Master’s care, I would have sunk down to an ordinary human’s level. I’ve participated in the RTC platform for around two and a half years now. Within these two and a half years, I’ve been cultivating myself when making phone calls and in my daily life. I have eliminated a number of attachments. I had stumbled yet I had never stopped picking up the phone to make calls in order to save people. This is because as long as I honour my vow and cultivate myself well then I would be able to remove any bad state and cultivate well.
Thank you Master for your care and for being the beacon on my cultivation path by guiding me forward.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
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