Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions to Improve in Cultivation, Clarify the Truth, and Helping Saving Sentient Beings
昆士蘭: Adan Xu
Greetings, revered Master!
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I started cultivating in Dafa in 1996 when I was studying at a military university in China. I took part in both the April 25th and July 20th events. At the end of 2014, I came to Australia and later settled in Brisbane. Today I would like to share with Master and fellow practitioners my experience of cultivating and saving sentient beings over the past year.
Part one: Overcoming Interference and Completing the Australian Car Tour
In order to clarify the truth in remote areas of Australia, so that the people there can learn about Falun Dafa and have a chance to be saved, in August last year, I went with some practitioners in Queensland on a car tour truth clarification project, from Brisbane to Cairns. I drove a large van that had information about “End CCP” all over the side panels, the roof and the front and back of the van. Other practitioners drove four cars with truth-clarification display boards fixed on the roof of their cars. As we drove along, the messages on the van and the cars clarified the truth to those who saw it. In each town we passed, we went to the library and gave them truth clarification books, or to the beaches and town centres to give out truth clarification materials and collect End CCP signatures, and so on.
Our original plan was that, after we arrived at Cairns, I would continue westward to complete the Australia Wide truth clarification car tour. However, on the third day after I left Brisbane, my van broke down and had to be towed to a car repair shop in a small town in the middle of the night. I didn’t want to jeopardize the trip, so the next day I went in another practitioner’s car heading towards Cairns.
The night before we arrived in Cairns, we shared together after studying the Fa, and I had a disagreement with practitioners. I felt very anxious because my van had not yet been repaired. So after we received a call from the repair shop saying they had already purchased the parts needed, I wanted to rush back to pick up the van. But other practitioners advised me to continue on to Cairns with everyone else and wait to pick up the van when all the repairs were done. At that time I felt too agitated to listen to this suggestion. I thought that instead of continuing on to Cairns the next day, I would find my own way back to the repair shop, which was more than 900 kilometers away, so that I could get my van as soon as the repairs were done.
大家意見僵持不下，有一個同修離開房間時，走到我身邊說：“你要是能夠容下別人，你必成！ 你要信師信法，遇事向內找！” 這簡短的二十幾個字，如醍醐灌頂，我一下悟到了這是師尊借同修的口來棒喝自己，我想到了自己在和同修爭執的過程中，一直在強調自己的想法對，而不是向內找、把自己在其中暴露出爭鬥心、顯示心、看不起同修的心去掉，歸正自己，同時也暴露出自己不能做到百分之百的信師信法，不在法上看問題，被表面的假象迷惑了。
We couldn’t reach an agreement. Then a practitioner came up to me as he was leaving the room and said, “If you can tolerate others, you will succeed in cultivation! You should trust Master, trust Dafa, and look within!” These few short sentences immediately helped me enlighten that Master was using this practitioner’s mouth to give me a “stick warning”. I looked within and realized that when I was arguing with others, I had been emphasizing that my own thoughts were right, which exposed a number of my attachments, such as a competitive mentality, the mentality of showing off, and the mentality of looking down on others. At the same time, it also exposed that I did not 100% trust Master and Dafa. I was not looking at the issue using the principles of Dafa, but I was trapped by the superficial details.
When I realized all this, I instantly felt relaxed and calm, and returned to a compassionate and peaceful state. I immediately told the practitioners that I was wrong and I would not acknowledge any interference. I told them that tomorrow I would continue on with them to save people with righteous thoughts and actions, and that I would not be concerned about my van getting repaired, but trust in Master’s arrangement.
In the end, I finished the car tour to Cairns together with the other practitioners. The day after, two practitioners and I drove nearly 900 kilometers back and stayed in a city that was more than an hour’s drive from the car repair shop. In the morning, as we were sending righteous thoughts, the car repair shop called and said that the repairs were all done. All of us felt happy. However, as we were on our way to pick up the van, we got another call saying it looked like the van couldn’t be repaired and it should be towed back to Brisbane. I realized that this was definitely interference, trying to prevent me from continuing the Australia Wide Car Tour to save sentient beings, and I would not acknowledge it.
After sharing with the other two practitioners, we agreed that the only thing we could do now is to send forth righteous thoughts and ask for Master’s help. We were all united, forming one body. On the way to the car repair shop, we sent forth powerful righteous thoughts in the car. The other practitioners on the tour, who were 800 kilometers away in four cars, also stopped their cars to send forth righteous thoughts. As I was sending forth righteous thoughts, I asked for Master’s help, and also tried to communicate with my van: “You are here with me to save people, so you have to get better quickly so we can continue with the Australia Wide Car Tour”.
About forty minutes later, we had another call telling us that the van had been fixed. It turned out that the repair shop had received some instructions on how to repair the van via phone.
We deeply felt that our compassionate Master helped us again afterseeing our hearts for saving sentient beings. What was even more amazing was that when we picked up the van, the repair man said that the van was in really good condition. Witnessing the dramatic change in the situation reminded me of what Master said in ‘The Master-Disciple Bond’ in Hong Yin II :
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn the tide”
With Master’s help, I completed the Australia Wide Car Tour on my own. In 46 days, I drove more than 22,000 kilometers and clarified the truth to many towns and cities along the way and also experienced many miracles. Some sentient beings quit the CCP after they understood the truth and others signed the End CCP petition to show their support. Some people sent me food and reminded me to stay safe and others gave me a thumb-up after knowing I did all these voluntarily. There were other sentient beings who were interested in learning Falun Dafa.
Part 2 – Using opportunities at work to persuade Chinese people to quit the CCP and its organizations
As well as persuading Chinese people to quit the CCP and its organizations at the Truth Clarification site, I often persuaded my customers to quit the CCP when I did my removalist jobs. I know that Master wants us to save Chinese people who live overseas by helping them understand the truth and helping them quit the CCP. This is why I decorated my van with truth clarification information.
I also didn’t care much about being paid for my work, because for me, making money comes after saving people, which is the primary purpose of my job. I told myself that I shouldn’t let my desire for profit interfere with saving people.
Once, a Chinese man made a booking for me to deliver an iron gate, which would take about an hour to do, and would cost him about $100. While we were waiting in the van for the gate, I started to clarify the truth to him and tried to persuade him to quit the CCP. His initial reaction was very unfriendly. We waited for about an hour, but he still couldn’t pick up his iron gate because he needed some extra documentation. At that point, I could either leave or increase my price. But I knew I should stay to continue to clarify the truth. As time went by, I could feel a change in his attitude. In the end, not only did he agree to quit the CCP, but he also expressed sympathy about the persecution of Dafa practitioners. Altogether it took me almost five hours to help him deliver the iron gate to his home, which should have cost $500.
When the man paid me, however, he only gave me $130, saying that the extra $30 was payment for my lunch. I didn’t argue with him about the payment and just said ‘thank you’ when I took the money. That evening, he sent me a long message expressing his gratitude, saying that Falun Gong practitioners were truly different from everyday people. I was deeply happy that this sentient being had been saved.
In the past three years, whenever I drive my van, many westerners react positively by honking or giving a thumb-up. The van has spread the truth to countless sentient beings. I hope that they will all have a bright future.
Part Three – denying the persecution and the illusions of sickness karma with righteous thoughts and actions
Since I started cultivation, I have seldom experienced sickness karma. However, in the past three years, I have experienced illusions of sickness karma, which showed me the importance of maintaining righteous thoughts and actions.
Three years ago, on the way to deliver the Epoch Times newspapers, I felt something fall at my feet, and when I leaned over to get it, I felt a sharp pain in my right shoulder, which also affected the right side of my chest. Then I felt that I could not even use my right hand to grip the steering wheel when driving. I realized that it was persecution from the evil and I immediately denied the illusion. I kept my thoughts righteous, thinking that nobody can interfere with saving people. About three minutes later, everything became normal again and all the pain had gone.
Then I had a toothache three times. The first time my tooth ached for three days. The first night I recited “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good”. Then the pain disappeared at midnight. The next morning, I started to have a fever. Even though I had a toothache, fever, and swollen gums, I still went out to meet potential customers to get Epoch Times ads. The pain continued into the evening and my face looked very swollen. Initially I had the unrighteous thought that the pain was caused by the inflammation of my wisdom teeth, so I should get them all taken out. Then I studied the Fa, did the exercises, and sent forth righteous thoughts intensively. I told myself that I am a Falun Dafa practitioner, so for sure this was not illness. If this was sickness karma, I would endure it, but if it was persecution from the evil, I would not accept the arrangement. On the third day, both the fever and toothache disappeared.
In Lecture Six of “Zhuan Falun”, Master said: “Our bodies may suddenly feel uncomfortable. This is because repaying the karma will be manifested in different ways. At a certain point in time, you will be made unable to discern clearly whether something is true or not, whether your gong exists or not, whether or not you can cultivate and make it, or whether or not there are Buddhas and if they are real.”
About a fortnight later, I took my children to the April 25 truth clarification event. I was responsible for taking pictures and writing reports for the Epoch Times. As soon as we left home, I started getting a toothache again. I asked my two sons to send forth righteous thoughts with me. Both my sons stayed quite righteous, and we sent forth righteous thoughts all the way from home until we got to the event. As soon as we arrived in the carpark, my toothache disappeared. At about lunchtime, it started to ache again and continued until we went home in the evening.
The third time I experienced the worst pain. Some practitioners tried to persuade me to get my wisdom teeth taken out and gave me many examples. Some told me that if I didn’t have my wisdom teeth removed now, they would still hurt in future, which meant that I would have to remove them sooner or later. One practitioner sent me many articles about toothache karma from the Minghui website. One even made a dentist appointment for me. I was a little bit moved and thought I would have two wisdom teeth taken out, so I called a practitioner to ask him to make a dentist appointment for me the next day.
In the evening after studying the Fa, I started to think: when I have a toothache, I can have my teeth taken out. But if my arms hurt, would I cut them off? What if my head hurts? I then found the fundamental reason I wanted to have my wisdom teeth taken out was because I didn’t want to suffer and eliminate my karma, and I didn’t treat myself as a practitioner. I got rid of the idea of having my teeth taken out, and told myself that as long as I could withstand the pain, I would not get them pulled out. Since I am a practitioner, I would definitely pass this test.
I realized that I should not allow the toothache to interfere with saving sentient beings. So I started to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil spirits and persecution. At the same time I communicated with my aching teeth, and told them, “You are part of my body, and you will accumulate De and will be able to reach perfection with me, because what I am doing – in cultivating and saving sentient beings – is the most righteous and sacred thing in the universe. You should not interfere with me and make me remove you from my body.” After I had done all this, the toothache completely disappeared and has never come back.
Another experience happened on the first day of a Canberra truth clarification event last year. I drove to the Chinese Embassy to take photos of the Canberra event for the Epoch Times. I parked a distance away from the venue where the practitioners held banners. To save time, I started running towards the venue as soon as I had parked my car, and on the way I twisted my right foot. My foot was so badly twisted that I heard a clear clicking sound. But I said to myself “No problem”.
In Lecture Four of “Zhuan Falun”, Master said: “We have said that good or bad comes from a person’s initial thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences.”
I didn’t feel much pain and I was able to limp to the venue to take pictures. On the way, I kept repeating “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good”. However, after I had finished taking photos, I felt a lot of pain in my ankle, and my leg was too sore to walk, which made me think “My foot might be fractured, or I might have ruptured my tendon.” But I treated myself as a Dafa disciple and immediately denied those thoughts. I then continued doing my tasks for the event. In the evening, I sat in full lotus when I studied the Fa with other practitioners. The next day my foot was normal again and I didn’t feel any pain at all. Thank you, Master.
At that time, Master’s poem ‘Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions’ in Hong Yin II appeared in my mind:
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardship
Having forged an adamantine will
Free of attachment to living or dying
He walks the path of Fa-rectification
confident and poised”
I feel that there is not much time left for Dafa disciples to cultivate and help Master save sentient beings. I would like to end my sharing with a very clear dream I had two years ago. I dreamed that cultivation was over, and I saw many Dafa disciples lining up to get on a spaceship. The sky was very pretty and colorful. All the practitioners looked happy, with beautiful complexions and big smiles. I also felt delighted to join the queue.
In order to board the spaceship, we had to scan a code. The practitioners before me all successfully passed through the door. When it was my turn to scan the code, the person in charge told me, “You didn’t make the oath, did you? Before boarding the spaceship, you have to first make the oath. I asked him where I could make the oath. He pointed to a room and said “you should go to that room to make the oath”. I started to walk towards the room and then woke up. I realized that this dream seemed to mean that it was crucial for us to fulfill our vows, and if we did not fulfill our vows, we would not be able to reach perfection and return to our home! So I must seize the little time to cultivate myself well, save more sentient beings, and to fulfil my vow, in order to go back home with Master.
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Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners！