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2020 Australian online Fahui Sharing article 1: My Cultivation Journey During the Period of the epidemic (English translation)
Greetings to Master
Greetings to fellow practitioners!
Master said in Fa Teaching Given at the Fa Conference Marking the Tenth Anniversary of Minghui’s Founding：“why was it you that became a Dafa disciple? How come you are Dafa disciples right when this massive cosmos is going through a process of renewal and re-creation? That is how great the responsibility of Dafa disciples is, and that responsibility entails saving sentient beings when they are no longer any good and when the world’s people have been held hostage by that wretched fiend, the wicked CCP, and have no hope. Furthermore, the sentient beings today came from the heavens, with each, moreover, being the representative of a system of cosmic bodies. Saving one person thus amounts to saving countless, measureless lives, and the mighty virtue that lies behind that act is simply enormous. Would you say that’s something an ordinary person could accomplish? Could he be worthy? He couldn’t be. Only those who are worthy of being Dafa disciples could accomplish that, and only they could dissolve that wretched fiend.”
- Learning to make calls to clarify the truths
The number of Chinese tourists quickly plunged in Australia due to the outbreak of the CCP virus and Sydney soon began semi-lockdown status. My workplace decided to move things online in the middle of March. I felt that was a great opportunity that Master has arranged for me to save sentient beings through making phone calls to China. So I got everything ready and began learning how to make calls to China at the start of April.
Making calls to China and clarifying theand truth is the process of cultivating the mind. First of all, I had to overcome my attachment to sleeping early. I wanted to sleep as soon as 10 o’clock at night. My determination to save people overcame this interference. Now I feel more energetic when I talk on the phone. By making the calls on the RTC platform, I found out that I was always being very truthful. When I was calling Harbin, I was talking to a local male there. I started by asking him how the virus situation was. He told me that it was well controlled in China and he then asked me why I didn’t go back for better safety. I said that I thought about going back before, then I knew that it was only the propaganda that made people feel safe there, so I didn’t go back. Afterwards, a fellow practitioner who had listened to me on the phone asked me privately if I had really considered returning to China. I said that it is impossible for me to consider that at the moment. This goes against Master’s instructions for overseas disciples. The fellow practitioners then asked why I didn’t tell the guy the truth on the phone. This is not being truthful.
In the eighth lecture of Zhuan Falun, Master said: “I am a person who will not say what he does not want to say, but what I say must be true.” I realized the gap between me and fellow practitioners. Fellow practitioners can use the Fa to strictly guide themselves, but due to all kinds of human attachments, I dare not tell the truth and felt that this kind of innocuous white lie was ok. Why didn’t I tell him honestly that I couldn’t go back because of the cruel persecution of my faith in China? Isn’t it just my fear of others laughing at me? Look, you practice Falun Gong, you dare not even go back to your country? Why areis my own righteous thoughts so weak that I didn’t want to let sentient beings see the CCP’s evilness by honestly describing the situation I face? Many things would be different with more righteous thoughts. I am grateful to the practitioner for pointing out my shortcomings so promptly and sincerely. Since that, I have even more careful about being truthful in all circumstances. No wonder I heard a veteran fellow practitioner say that making calls to China is one of the best projects to improve our xinxing levels.
After starting to make phone calls on the platform to save lives, I found that my own cultivation state particularly affected the effectiveness of my phone calls to save lives. Before participating in the project, due to my laziness, I was often unable to complete the daily tasks for a cultivator, often just finishing half a lecture and exercising only 3 sets of exercises, and I could not get up in the early morning to send righteous thoughts. The daily homework of cultivation was not completed, and the words spoken did not carry enough power to dissolve the evilness in another dimension, so people often did not want to answer the phone or listen to more than two sentences before they hung up the phone. At first, I thought it was because there were problems in my scripts, such as the pandemic sort of sensitive words or I was speaking too quickly, etc. At that time, I always asked my fellow practitioners where and how I could get a better and more attractive beginning in what I have to tell them.
Later on, I realised I was still seeking answers from outside. When other fellow practitioners said the so-called taboo words, sentient beings did not hang up the phone. And other fellow practitioners speak fairly slowly on the phone, but the sentient beings did not hang up. On the other hand, because of my fear of the sentient being hanging up the phone, I ended up speaking faster and faster. Who wants to answer such a call?
Later, after looking inward, I discovered that fear of sentient beings not understanding me was also an attachment that has to be removed. In Lecture Six of Zhuan Falun, Master said, “Fear is also a kind of attachment.” Then I made sure that I did my daily Fa study and exercises and the cultivation of the mind. I also tried to speak more slowly on the phone, and sentient beings stopped hanging up so quickly. Looking inward leads to the best solutions! I found that if I didn’t complete my daily Fa study or exercise, it would be reflected in saving lives – the sentient beings who answered the phone couldn’t hear the truth of the Dafa fully, and their chances of hanging up increased for fear of phone tapping or other reasons. It turns out that their response was a true reflection of my own cultivation status! So now I will pay extra attention to my daily cultivation tasks – exercising, a lecture of Fa study, sending out righteous thoughts and trying to use the Master’s teachings to guide every thought in my mind.
Making calls to China to clarify the truth and save people is like wandering around in society to really cultivate the heart. I just thought that’s what people said and I did not think much of it. But now after months of personal experience, I know that every sentient being who answers the phone is arranged by Master for us to improve our xinxing. For example, those who have an attachment of fear often ring sentient beings who are too timid to answer the phone, or hang up as soon as they hear the first word; those who have attachments to fame often call sentient beings who yell at them and refuse to listen to the truth; those practitioners who are impatient often call sentient beings who have a lot to questions and need a lot of patience to explain about things for 1-2 hours to understand the truth. It looks like a phone call to random numbers among 1.4 billion Chinese people, but each phone call has been a perfect arrangement by Master.
On the surface, I seem modest and polite and I try to be considerate of others so that people feel that I am sincere and kind. But once I find that the other person reveals a major flaw that I hadn’t noticed before or an aspect that makes me feel uncomfortable, I will despise the person in my heart, and then make a U-turn in my attitude without saying anything. My tolerance and patience were not up to a real cultivator’s level. There was a time that a guy who answered the phone was a farmer who was resting in the field. As soon as I heard his voice and I felt that he must be a good man with traditional values. I talked to him briefly and I asked him what kind of crops he was growing, and then I started to tell him what I was really calling to say.
After hearing the campaign of quitting the CCP to secure a good future, he happily renounced his affiliation with the CCP’s Young Pioneers. When I was congratulating him for making such a wise choice, he couldn’t wait to express his love for my voice on the other end of the phone, followed by very explicit and obscene words, saying that he really wanted to do something with me and he also asked me if I wanted to. I was so disgusted with what I heard that his words hit me in the face like a pile of feces, and I really wanted to yell at him and hang up.
However, I remembered what Master said in Lecture 9 of Zhuan Falun: “If a piece of literary work is not written with some sexual content, the book seems unable to sell since the issue of sales quantity is involved. If movies and television programs do not show footage of bedroom scenes, in terms of audience ratings no one seems to watch them. ” “Nude pictures are displayed right over there, hanging in the middle of the street. Once you look up, you will see them.”
It was as if I saw myself standing outside a helicopter reaching out to rescue a sentient being who had accidentally fallen into a cesspool, and would I stop rescuing him because of the stench of the cesspool? Am I going to give up on a life waiting to be rescued because it has feces on its hands? No way! As long as he is willing to raise his arms to be saved, as long as he is willing to quit the CCP and have a good impression of Falun Gong, then he will have a safe and bright future. Then I should put aside all my human notions and help him to be saved. After a few seconds of struggle, righteousness got the upper hand in my mind. I pretended not to hear the disgusting words and said to him with kindness: “Congratulations! you only need to quit the CCP once. Also have you heard of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance?” I continued to tell him the truth about Falun Gong. Soon he was very full of righteousness and said, “I know that Falun Gong is good!” I’m so glad for his wise choice, and I thank the Master for showing me the right way!
- A Lady waiting by the phone for truth clarification
The Chinese Communist Party’s lies have made many people in China misunderstand Falun Gong, and because of the regime’s appalling human rights record, people of goodwill are afraid to get to know the truth. However, by keeping a clear and clean mind with righteous thoughts, we can still sometimes chat with the very kind and brave sentient beings brought by Master.
In June this year, I rang a phone number and a middle-aged lady picked it up. She was so happy that we finally rang her. She said she had received several calls from us before, but they were all pre-recorded voice messages, so she couldn’t interact with the real person, but she thought there should be a real person calling her soon, so she had been waiting by her phone for someone to call her! She understood the evilness of the CCP very well and she quickly agreed to quit the CCP.
She also knew a lot about the truth of Falun Gong, because she used to watch NTD programs through special channels, so she knew that Falun Gong disciples are just a group of good people who want to cultivate their hearts to be better people. She also told me that she has always been interested in religion. She used to learn about Christianity in churches and Buddhism in temples in China for many years, but now she doesn’t practise these religions because she feels that they do not cultivate the heart. She told me many monks she knows always try to get money to buy many expensive cars. She thought, what do monks need expensive cars for? She didn’t understand it. She felt that the most important thing in life is to find a home for one’s soul, but many people today don’t even know they have souls.
I told her that Falun Dafa has no religious rituals, but that it focuses on cultivating the mind, and its teachings are directly to the heart. She was very interested and asked me how to learn it. I told her how to safely get information about Falun Dafa. When I called her again a few days later, she told me that it was a book that guides people to go to Heaven. She told me that she had been searching her whole life and now had finally found her true love. She now tells people around her that Falun Gong is good and that they should not believe the lies of the CCP.
- Cultivating myself on Chinese social media project
While interacting with people in China, many of them would like to know more truth and they asked us how to break through the CCP’s internet firewall and receive real news from overseas safely and reliably. Because almost everyone in Mainland China uses social media, there are large numbers of people who spend a lot of time on social media on their mobile phones. I soon realized that social media is also a great platform for clarifying the truth and saving lives. Although the surveillance and blockades by the evil CCP seem very strong, with the wisdom given by Master, fellow practitioners were always able to break through and send the truth materials to the phones of sentient beings in China.
At first, my job was just posting daily truth material in chat groups, including the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, NTD’s current affairs programs, traditional cultural stories and the basic truths of Falun Gong. With Master’s encouragement, and many people added me as friends every day, hoping to get the daily updates of the material. Soon the number of my friends reached almost 800, and the coordinator of the project told me that he would like me to start new chat groups, so that all these sentient beings would be placed in several large groups, and then I could post information to the groups several times a day, and manage them well. It didn’t sound complicated at all, so I agreed to manage new groups. Master sent those sentient beings, and I started several groups, and soon there were about 250 people in each group.
Just when I was feeling a bit pleased with myself, problems quickly followed. In each group there were some group members sending a lot of their everyday people posts in the group chat. I didn’t say anything as I didn’t want to offend anyone. Soon the quiet group members complained about the groups being too “noisy” as they only wanted to receive the truth clarification material from Falun Gong practitioners. I immediately contacted another more experienced practitioner and she told me that there should not be too much noise in the group, and it was like the audience watching a Shen Yun performance. Of course, making sure sentient beings can watch the daily truth updates in a quiet environment is an important step to start purifying their hearts and minds and saving lives.
So I started making rules for the groups and I asked everyone not to send their everyday people posts in the groups. However, that did not stop those from posting in the groups. I had no choice but to kick them out one by one. I was heartbroken every time I had to kick a member out. That’s because everybody came for the truth materials, and I kicked them out! They hate me now, how can I help to quit the CCP later on? They are here because Master has arranged them for me. But they just keep posting, so what can I do except kicking them out? I sent messages to the project coordinator and he did not reply. I suddenly became very irritated, resenting the coordinator. Why can’t he help me solve this problem? And I also resented the group members for not following the rules, not cherishing this hard-earned truth information. Plus, I had to check who posted anything in the group every few minutes. It was driving me mad! How did I become the type of person I hate the most? A prison captain who didn’t allow anyone to talk.
No, I have to find my problem, because Master said in Zhuan Falun that “…when a conflict occurs, it will take place unexpectedly. But that is not a coincidence—it is for improving your xinxing. As long as you treat yourself as a practitioner, you can handle it properly.” So, I thought there must be something that has to be improved in my cultivation. Other chat groups organised by other practitioners are so quiet with a similar number of people in them. Master wrote in Hongyin III, “Who is right and who is wrong”: “He is right, I am wrong,” not to mention that when problems occurred between a practitioner and everyday people, it must be my fault.
I quickly calmed down and looked inward and found my attachment: expecting others to have the same standard as I require of myself. It’s my top priority to deliver the truth materials, but for everyday people who don’t fully understand Falun Gong, there are many other things that are just important, such as health care, children’s education, buying properties, and so on. If I don’t let those who want to share and post such things, surely there will be conflicts.
What should I do? After calming down, a good idea came to me: wouldn’t it be great to start another group where we can talk about the truth and invite those who have been deleted in this group so they can post as much as they want. Then I will post the truth materials on both sides every day, so that everyone can get the truth materials and speak freely, and the problem will be solved. Those who wanted to listen to the truth in peace and quiet said to me privately, “This is a great way to deal with the situation.” Thank you, Master, for giving me the wisdom!
Fellow practitioners who have been doing truth clarification over the years often say, “Clarifying the truth needs a lot of perseverance. Don’t be driven by momentary results. It’s remarkable to carry on when you can’t see the apparent results.”
I would like to conclude with a piece of Master’s teachings from the New York Fa Conference in 2016, where He said: “In the process of doing things, what’s looked at is your hearts, not your success itself. In the process of doing things you can save people! Your process of doing things is also a process of you elevating in cultivation, which, at the same time, plays the role of saving sentient beings! It is not that only if you succeed in doing that thing can you play the role of saving sentient beings.”
If there is anything inappropriate, please kindly point it out to me.
Thank You Master
Thank You fellow practitioners!
(Editor’s note: The author of this article is a young teacher who started practicing Falun Dafa in 2013)