China Fahui | Forming One Body, Indestructible
(Minghui.org) Greetings, revered Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
When I returned to my hometown in Sichuan Province to care for my elderly and frail parents three years ago, I noticed a problem with the local truth-clarification activities. Quite a few projects lacked good cooperation and coordination, thus failing to save sentient beings effectively. I volunteered to help with coordination efforts. Below I want to report to Master how I worked with other practitioners to achieve better results in clarifying the truth about Dafa.
Working Together to Rescue Detained Practitioners
Last September, three elderly practitioners went to a neighboring county about 20 miles away to distribute informational materials about Falun Dafa. By 11 a.m., they had passed out most of them. Practitioners A and B decided to do the rest and asked Practitioner C to meet with them at a certain place.
Unfortunately, a patrolling police officer spotted A and B just as they finished. Both were taken to the police station and thus were unable to meet C as planned.
Practitioner C waited until 5 in the evening before she decided to return to our local city.
When C told me what happened, I immediately thought about two things that Master said:
“The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference,” Teaching the Fa at the Conference II)
“Dafa disciples are one body” (“Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference”)
I knew that as fellow practitioners, it was our responsibility to help A and B. I told C that we needed to take immediate action.
We advised A's and B's families to transfer all Dafa books and truth-clarification materials to safer places. In the meantime, we informed all local practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts to completely negate the old forces' evil arrangements.
Both A and B refused to reveal their identities at the police station and instead talked to people there about Falun Dafa. They also kept sending forth righteous thoughts and tried to find their own omissions.
The two practitioners were transferred to the county detention center that evening. B began to display symptoms of high blood pressure. Neither of them had any fear. They worked together to get nearly 10 inmates to quit the Party and its affiliated organizations.
The guards searched both practitioners and found a contact information card in A's pocket. It had A's identity and address. The next morning, they came to our city and, along with agents from our city's 610 Office, ransacked A's home.
I managed to find the phone number of the police station where the two practitioners had been initially held in custody. I called right away and said to the officer on duty: “I am B's friend. Her family is really worried, given her age and high blood pressure. They hope you can soon release her and A.”
The officer replied: “Then you should ask them to come here as soon as possible. We can work out a solution together. I understand we can't keep them detained like this.”
After hanging up, I knew that I needed to further clarify the facts to A's and B's families. I told them that neither practitioner had broken any laws by practicing Falun Dafa, nor did they get involved in politics.
Both families understood and agreed to go to the police station to demand the release of their loved ones. When the families went to the police station the next day, they didn't experience any trouble getting the release warrant. Around 7 that evening, both practitioners returned home safely.
This experience made us see that, as long as we had firm faith in Dafa, Master was the one who decided the final outcome.
This was the very first time our local practitioners had successfully rescued someone.
We worked together and carried out six more such rescue efforts in the following year and got a total of eight practitioners out of detention.
We enlightened to the fact that this was possible all because Master's Fa-rectification process had progressed to such an advanced level that only very little evil was left. We were fortunate to have witnessed Dafa's magnificence and greatness. When we had strong righteous thoughts and worked as a whole, Dafa displayed more power. We were grateful that Master was protecting us at all times.
Delivering Truth-Clarification Materials to Local Car Owners
I was shocked when I learned from a local coordinator last year about the sharply declining demand for truth-clarification materials. According to this coordinator, our city used to produce close to 1,000 brochures for distribution every week. However, when more and more local practitioners focused on cell phone projects, the demand for brochures dropped to just a few dozen.
It is not a bad thing to send text messages to clarify the facts, but I felt we should use multiple methods to reach out to different audiences. If we just relied on one single method, the effects of our truth-clarification might be very limited. In addition, I worried that some practitioners had switched to cell phone projects because they still had fear and felt that text messaging was safer than other means of truth-clarification. After all, any loophole we had could be easily exploited.
I thought hard about how to intensify our efforts to distribute truth-clarification materials on a larger scale. Last year when New Year's greetings to Master from disciples all over the world got published on Minghui, I was very moved to read those heartfelt messages. Our local practitioners joined everyone and vowed to do even better in doing the three things.
I decided to take the lead to help everyone fulfill their vow to save more people. I noted that in our local city, many residents owned cars. These car owners were usually busy working professionals, and it wasn't easy for us to casually run into them. But a lot of them parked their cars in residential areas, on the streets, or outside restaurants and other entertainment venues after work, so it provided a terrific opportunity for us to deliver truth-clarification materials to them.
After consulting with a few practitioners, we started working on this effort in January this year. We formed several groups to cover different parts of our city. Every week we spent two nights delivering materials to car owners.
I was responsible for compiling and producing the materials, which included information from Minghui, organ harvesting facts, letters to law enforcement officials, lists of local evildoers, and stories of those who supported Dafa receiving good fortune. I usually updated the contents once a month.
We placed each set of materials inside an envelope with a printed message on the cover reading, “Greetings, Friends! Blessings delivered to you.” On bad weather days, we put the envelope into a neat plastic bag.
We usually secured the envelope under the wiper on the windshield of the car. Most people put the envelope in their pocket before driving away, with only a few throwing it away. We then just picked up the envelope and repackaged the materials for later use.
More than 2,000 packets were needed every week to meet the demand. In four months, we covered our city's car owners a total of three times and got very good feedback.
One morning two months ago, Practitioner E was reported to the police while distributing materials. It took the tipster three calls to get the police to come. After taking E to the police station, the officers began to read the brochures instead of interrogating him.
One officer said afterward, “Well said!” They told E that they'd keep him in detention for 10 days and informed his younger sister to come pick him up in 10 days.
We kept sending forth righteous thoughts for E. When some inmates reported E to a guard for practicing the exercises, she turned a blind eye. She told E that she had gotten the truth-clarification materials we clipped to her car. She even asked E to teach inmates how to be good people.
E was set free 10 days later.
After we finished working on car owners, we turned our attention to residential buildings and needed to make even more materials.
My take from this experience was that, as coordinators, we should always keep in mind what Master wants us to accomplish.
Coordination Is About Cultivating Ourselves Solidly
In order to quickly form one body and do every truth-clarification project well, we often needed to talk to each other and share our understandings. When I saw some problems with our efforts to deliver materials to car owners, I suggested to the main coordinator that he gather everyone for a group Fa-study and experience sharing.
To my surprise, he got very angry and firmly objected.
The following passage from Master's teachings suddenly flashed in my mind:
“In true cultivation you have to cultivate your mind, you have to cultivate inward, to look inward—you can’t look outward.” (Zhuan Falun)
I knew right away that I had intent to blame him for some of the problems and also wanted to validate myself and seek fame. Once I realized my shortcomings, I was no longer upset.
The next day he apologized for getting angry at me. We both looked within, and there was no more barrier between us.
I came to see that coordination was not about bossing others around, but about cultivating ourselves solidly. When each of us knew to look within, the one body had more power.
Clarifying the Facts to People Responsible for Putting Up Defamatory Banners
Two years ago, bulletin boards and banners defaming Dafa suddenly appeared everywhere in our city. As Dafa disciples, we could not allow such things to continue.
We decided to get rid of all such boards and banners. First, we tallied how many bulletin boards and banners there were and where they were. Second, depending on their size, we came up with different ways to remove them. Some of the banners were hung over intersections equipped with surveillance cameras, but we maintained our righteous thoughts and were not deterred.
After a period of time, we got rid of all evil bulletin boards and banners, including those in remote villages.
There were sensitive days not long after, and slanderous bulletin boards and banners popped up again. We shared our thoughts and realized that we still had deficiencies. We should have clarified the facts to people responsible for putting up such bulletin boards.
We worked together to collect contact information for those in charge of the bulletin boards and began to clarify the facts to them using different methods. We mailed truth-clarification letters and sent text messages to them.
With our persistent efforts, we saw fewer and fewer such boards. As a matter of fact, there were none to be found after New Year's Day this year.
Our understanding was that the process of removing evil bulletin boards was also a process of saving sentient beings.
“For Dafa disciples as a whole, in the process of validating the Fa, when you work together in concert, the Fa power is great.” (“Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”)
We can form an indestructible one body all thanks to Master’s compassionate protection and fellow practitioners’ altruistic efforts. We will continue to mature, knowing that, as Master taught us, “This instant is precious beyond measure.” (“Teaching the Fa in the City of Chicago,” Teaching the Fa at the Conference VII)
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Thanks to Master! Thanks to fellow practitioners!