在工作环境中用心救人 Saving Sentient Beings in the work environment|
在工作环境中用心救人 Saving Sentient Beings in the work environment
Saving Sentient Beings Whole-heartedly in the work environment
A Sydney practitioner
Master mentioned in His Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference, “Cultivation is the cornerstone of what we do, and saving people is our responsibility. Both of these things need to be done well”. Although, regretfully I haven't done well in these two areas, I felt that I should still write an experience-sharing article for this year’s Fahui. Apart from its being a cultivation form left by Master, I came to realize that the more I felt I hadn’t done well, the more I should write this once-a-year sharing. On one hand, since it’s a process of self-reflection, it would help me improve my cultivation. On the other hand, even if I had achieved very few break-throughs, if I could pass them on to fellow practitioners and enable them to gain new insight, couldn't this be a great compensation to make up for what I hadn't done well? Because everything us Dafa disciples do is to ultimately help Master in saving sentient beings, to put as much positive energy as possible in this matter. And the sharing among us would only enhance the power and wisdom of our whole body in this course.
Over the past year, my main form of truth clarification has been through my work, in interpreting for English speaking health-care professions and Chinese patients. Since these Chinese patients often come to have their hospital check-ups or minor surgeries, it is very easy for me to direct conversations towards Falun Gong and its health benefits.
But since all the people I meet are quite different, they of course have different kinds of understandings towards Falun Gong. Thus, I have adopted speaking to them as an outsider of Falun Gong, then slowly leading on naturally to things I wanted to mention. Doing it this way helped me gain their real opinion on Falun Gong, enabling my clarification to adapt according to their background, attachments, obstacles, resolving their core misunderstandings.
I usually start like this: Auntie, you said that you have poor health. If there is a medical emergency, one should surely seek the help of western medicine and have a surgery if necessary, but for maintaining general health or improving immunity, have you ever considered natural therapies or Qigong exercises? I heard that Falun Gong is particularly good in improving one's health, although it is not allowed to be practice in China. However, it is allowed in Australia.
Some would say: “it isn't a problem to practice exercise to improve one’s health, but why did Falun Gong involve in politics and go against the government?” I would reply: “Auntie, are you referring to their distribution of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and their spreading to the public of the terrible thing the CCP did in history? Falun Gong people were actually forced into this situation. Think about it, in a democratic country, the separation of powers- legislative, executive, and judicial- hinder any one branch from accumulating too much power, plus the independent media alongside. So if a certain type of Qigong is outlawed by the government in a democratic country, the general public would accept this practice being bad.
But in China, the judiciary system and media act as the government’s mouthpiece. Thus, if people from free countries don't consider this, they will believe the CCP’s propaganda against Falun Gong, mistaking them and judging them according to the standards of their governmental system. Therefore, practitioners of Falun Gong realised saying ‘Falun Gong is good’ won’t suffice, as they must clarify what the nature of the CCP really is, and how many Chinese people it has killed. Only by clarifying this first, can people pay attention to what Falun is going through in China, and ultimately help stop this persecution. So it won't do if they don't clarify that." Most people would accept that.
Some people were deeply poisoned by the CCP's propaganda and would repeat their words of defamation towards Falun Gong. For such people, I would say: "Sir, please do not speak like that. When I was studying in university, there was a teacher from Taiwan who taught us translation. He told us at the first lesson: as a translator, you must have a fundamental quality, that is, to look at things with an objective manner. For instance, if someone tells you that Falun Gong is reactionary (or evil?), you need to find it out objectively. I think what this teacher said was very rational. One should have the ability to make his own objective judgment, only by doing so can this person see clearly the things happening in this world. The Falun Gong that I discovered objectively is a great cultivation way of the Buddha school, and it should be spread far and wide. I suggest that you check out Falun Gong books yourself, get your own first-hand information, and then draw your own conclusions. Maybe by then, what you say would be quite different."
Another approach to start the conversation is through asking whether they have returned to China recently, and what they think of China. Naturally, many people would talk about China's polluted environment, fake consumer products, corruption and so on. When they talked about these issues, I would usually say: "The most horrible thing I heard about China is forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Have you heard about it?" Some of them would say: Yes, but it can't be true right? Maybe these are made-up stories. I said: "Auntie, you are a kind-hearted person, so you would never imagine such horrible things exist. But unfortunately, it is true. The independent investigation by human rights lawyers abroad came to the conclusion that there are large-scale activities of forced organ harvesting happening in China. Just think about it, how many Chinese are willing to donate their organs? Some say the organs are from death row, but that would only make up several thousand people. Also, the expansion of China's transplant industry happened right after the persecution of Falun Gong started. The annual figure of transplant cases published is more than ten thousand, and the actual figure is said to be 10 times. So who are these people that made up such a large organ bank? They are Falun Gong practitioners who refused to give their name in order to protect their family from being implicated.” Almost everyone would react, saying that it is truly inhumane.
I can always feel Master’s compassionate help whilst in the process of clarifying the truth to others. Once, a lady came for a health check before her eye operation. Whereas usually, patients needing interpreters are placed early in the queue so the interpreter has time to leave for later jobs, that time, that patient's name was not called after nearly an hour, and by then half of the patients in the waiting room had gone. I found it very strange.
Then I suddenly realised that upon just arriving to the hospital that there were only a few scattered seats left in the waiting room, and thus I wouldn't be able to sit with the patient I was about to help. As I continued filling in my working record sheet, I thought, perhaps Master is waiting for me to clarify the facts to them. So I approached them and upon chatting discovered the lady next to the patient was her sister, who had come to visit her from China. She told me that she was a surgeon. I immediately asked her if she knew about the forced organ harvesting from living FLG practitioners, she said that she had never heard of it. I guessed she was reluctant to accept the facts since she was part of the profession. So I separated her from those people, and then clarified the facts to her. After this she finally accepted the truth.
I understand that it was Master who arranged and perfected everything, but due to my negligence, I had almost caused this precious Chinese person to lose her opportunity to understand the truth. I reminded myself that I must pay close attention to this in the future. From that time onward, I would try my best to not to let any opportunities of truth clarifying slip by. Thus, even with patients who had a very short time consultation, I would still clarify the facts to them in the short while I had whilst waiting for their next appointment time, or whilst saying goodbye outside the clinic.
Once I met an old man who was accompanying his wife to see a doctor. He told me that he could not understand Falun Gong practitioners, and he chose not to read the Epoch Times, because he had personally witnessed the incorrect state of an individual who went to extremes, and deviated from the principles of Dafa. That time, I explained many things about Falun Gong in detail to this couple, using very simple and understandable stories. I also introduced them to the Epoch Times. His wife kept nodding, but he made no response at all throughout the process. That day after I went home, I thought to myself, I wish that I could see that gentleman again, and next time, I for sure will make him understand.
I never expected that three months later, I would see him in the same hospital as his interpreter. His wife did not come that day, and he was very excited to see me. After we walked out of the hospital, he had a long chat with me and told me that he had been reading the Epoch Times. I suddenly noticed a huge change in him, and from his mouth, he was saying many things I had told them last time, and even made some good suggestions for The Epoch Times. He had become a completely different person. Through this experience, Master revealed that all we need to do is to try our best in doing what we should do. Sometimes we may see no change on the surface after clarifying the fact, but it doesn't mean that it had no effect. Therefore, we should not slack off or lose confidence because of people's initially poor attitude.
There is a tourist site near one of the hospitals that I work for. There are practitioners there clarifying the truth all year round. Upon seeing those precious Chinese people coming in, bus after bus, I wanted to join these fellow practitioners, but came to find persuading people to quit from CCP in a few words challenging. I then remembered that at home, I had some cardboard signs I had made with a fellow practitioner. They had great words that could break some notions the Mainland Chinese may have, open their minds, and help them accept the truth more easily. So sometimes when I had only 15 or 30 minutes before work, I would hold up my cardboard signs there. Sometimes upon going at the right time, I could help clear some misunderstandings that practitioners encountered.
For instance, once when a western tourist bus driver was walking back to his bus, he asked upon seeing our truth-clarifying materials, “what are you doing here?” He said someone had told him that the tourists lost the mood to sightsee after seeing Falun Gong practitioners. I explained that these tourists are from totalitarian China, and this could be their once in a life time opportunity in a free country. So we did’t want them to miss witnessing the democracy of Australia, and help them understand that Falun Gong can be practiced all over the world, as it is not like what the CCP said. I told him that we were enjoying the freedom of Australia, and hoping the Chinese and their future generations could share this freedom, and we are fighting for this right for them. But because many of them were deeply brainwashed, it wasn’t easy to change their mind. But we don’t want to give up on them. Then I explained the words on the cardboard that I was holding, and asked him: “isn’t this for the good of China?” He said: “so this is the story”. I also reminded him: “the person who spread the negative message to you may be doing so for the Chinese consulate or for personal gain. Some tourists may feel surprised upon finding us here, but they wouldn't say words like that.” He kept nodding and then said thank you.
Recently, I joined the Shen Yun presentation team. During the process of preparing the Shen Yun speech, I came to a deeper understanding of the essence of traditional Chinese culture, and why the CCP persecutes Falun Gong. The old forces arranged for the CCP to destroy sentient beings through the destruction of people's moral conscience, and the destruction of their divine nature. Therefore, the CCP launched various campaigns to damage traditional culture and destroy orthodox beliefs. The spread of Falun Gong enabled people to reconnect with a traditional cultivation culture, restore human divinity, awaken conscience, and so the CCP persecutes Falun Gong. So when some patients ask me, why doesn't the CCP suppress other Qigong practices part from Falun gong? I’d say, it is very simple - apart from the huge number of practitioners, the most fundamental reason is because other Qigong practices either never talk about the cultivation of one's nature or have lost the teaching of this side. But Falun Gong restores one's divine nature, and this divine nature is the very thing that the CCP aims to destroy, and this is why the CCP have exhausted every possible way to eradicate Falun Gong.
I am very grateful that Master has arranged such a good environment for me to thoroughly clarify the truth. I know that I am still not able to persuade people into quitting the CCP after just a few words at tourist sites, thus I'd better take advantage of having more time to chat with people, and my favourable role as interpreter, to clarify the facts more completely. We are like Master's gong, being made up of different functions and roles. As long as we have the heart, Master will provide us with the wisdom.
I always guide my behaviour according to Dafa principles - Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, being kind to all patients that I meet, and providing extra help when needed. So many elderly people were very grateful for this and said to me: you are not stuck up like some other interpreters, you are the most patient person that we have met so far. There were also many positive feedbacks about me from the medical hospital staff too.
I know that I was able to do this only because I am a Dafa disciple. It is Falun Dafa that makes us noble, teaches us to cherish other lives and pay attention to the needs of others. Without the Fa, without Master, we are nothing. I can clearly feel that as soon as I hadn't studied the Fa enough, or when my cultivation state isn’t well, the words I speak out becomes powerless and less effective. Thus I must pay close attention to performing the three things Master asks of us, otherwise I will be an everyday person doing Dafa work, and will surely fail in assisting Master in saving sentient beings.
Master told us in Teaching the Fa at 2004 International Fa Conference in New York : “On the other hand, everything that Dafa disciples have done and everything that Dafa disciples have said when clarifying the facts causes the facts to circulate in ordinary human society and creates an environment that fosters communication among the people. Then with that environment, the discussions people have are another way for those beings to get saved, an indirect way. Another thing is that many beings have been poisoned by the evil beings, and in their minds there is a lot of propaganda from the CCP's slanderous media. In that case, it's better if you can clear it away through clarifying the facts, because the negative thoughts that human beings have about Dafa can be taken advantage of and used by those evil beings that persecute Dafa disciples. So Dafa disciples can remove them while sending forth righteous thoughts and through their righteous thoughts and righteous actions.”
I can really feel the change in my surrounding environment as Dafa disciples continue to clarify the truth. Fellow practitioners, let's help out each other, be diligent in our cultivation, pay close attention to saving people, and together let us fulfil our prehistoric vow.
谢谢师父！谢谢同修！Thank you, Master. Thank you, fellow practitioners.
做政府工作中的修炼体会 My sharing on dealing with government officials
在推广神韵中放下自我 Let Go of Self in Promoting Shen Yun
助师正法参加香港七一大游行 Partaking in Hong Kong
全职做大法项目的点滴体会 Sharing on Working Full Time in Dafa Project
回归大法 履行救人的使命 Returning to Dafa and Fulfilling My Mission of Saving People
信师信法 从看似不可能变成可能 Believing in Master and Fa, Make Impossible Possible
做协调修自己Cultivating Myself while Being a Coordinator
破除观念正念思维 To break notions and think righteously