Clarifying the Truth Face to Face for 12 Years
(Minghui.org) When one of my colleagues introduced me to Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) in 1996, I did not hesitate to pick up the practice. Before that, I suffered from many ailments, including neurasthenia, anemia, gastrointestinal problems, and heart disease. Soon after I began to cultivate, my health was restored.
Now, I no longer suffer from shortness of breath when I climb the stairs to my sixth-floor apartment. I can even carry up 20 pounds of rice without a problem. I am agile and full of energy, and my memory is even better than that of some younger people. Even my gray hair has turned black. My friends and family witnessed the changes in me and now support Dafa.
I was arrested for distributing truth clarifying brochures to counter the persecution in November 2002 and was sent to a forced labor camp for three years.
Although I was steadfast in my cultivation, I did not completely deny the arrangements by the old forces. I looked inward and found that I didn’t study the Fa teachings well. So I decided to be a diligent practitioner when I was released from the labor camp.
Since then, I have gone out to clarify the truth whatever the weather. I am not afraid of being monitored, and if I'm threatened by plainclothes officers, I remain steadfast in my faith in Dafa and Master Li Hongzhi.
Dealing with Family Opposition
After leaving the labor camp in the summer of 2005, my second son and daughter lived with me. They were afraid for me and did not let me get together with other practitioners. When someone knocked on the door, I was not allowed to answer it. They even forbade me from practicing the exercises.
“You live with me and observe me daily,” I said. “So you can tell if I am good or bad. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecutes good people. You must not be intimidated and you should not defend the Party. Since I practice Falun Dafa, our entire family will be blessed with good fortune.”
I told them that if I no longer practiced Dafa, my illnesses would return, and they would have to take care of me. This discussion helped greatly, and they stopped interfering with me. I also sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the bad substances that controlled them. They no longer objected when practitioners visited me.
I studied, memorized, and recited the Fa for about a year. I cleansed the environment by sending righteous thoughts, and I no longer noticed anyone monitoring me. Master Li said, “The basis of what Dafa disciples do is saving people and doing good.” (“Stop the Evil Acts with Righteous Thoughts,” The Essentials Of Diligent Progress, Vol. III)
Face to Face Truth Clarification
I started to talk about Falun Dafa to my family and friends, then my childhood classmates, former colleagues, neighbors, street vendors, and anyone else I met.
At first, I spoke too quickly, so my words didn’t seem to sink in, and only a few people decided to quit the CCP. I learned how to identify my shortcomings and improve my xinxing by reading experience sharing articles published on the Minghui website.
I decided to go to my hometown and clarify the truth in December 2006. My son helped me avoid inspection. I had not been back for about eight years. Everything had changed, and I couldn't find out who lived where!
I asked another practitioner to lead the way. There are at least 400 households in the three villages around my hometown. Many people had initially learned Dafa but gave up because of the persecution. What a pity!
I found my relatives, former classmates, friends, and students, as well as local leaders. The whole process went very smoothly. The other practitioner said that my words were very righteous.
There was still one village where I had not clarified the truth. My nephew and his wife were afraid and lied to me that the police wanted to arrest me. So they forced me to go home after five days.
Approaching People I Do Not Know
It has been 12 years since I began studying the Fa in the morning, sending forth righteous thoughts, and going out to clarify the truth in the afternoon. The attitudes of the security guards in the supermarket have all changed. They quit the CCP, and no one interferes with me. When I talk to people, my mind is blank and there are no distractions.
I learned that it was not appropriate to clarify the truth in the same place for a long time. I also noticed that the supermarket is far less busy than it used to be and now mostly seniors shop there.
Two years ago, I began to walk near the bus stations, parks, entertainment parks, and tourist attractions. The number of people who I helped quit the CCP doubled—sometimes 30 people and at other times 60 people on any given day. They were of all ages and backgrounds.
If they appear successful and knowledgeable, if they are college students or graduate students, I sometimes say, “Look, you are successful and so blessed. But disasters are now so frequent in China, people’s morals have declined, counterfeit goods are everywhere, harmful foods are hard to guard against, and even the air is poisonous.
“Jiang Zemin’s corrupt government is the cause of all this. Corrupt officials are now billionaires. The communist regime persecutes people who live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The Tiananmen self-immolation was a hoax meant to frame Falun Dafa and turn public opinion against it. Even now, the government is complicit in killing practitioners for their organs.
“A stone in Guizhou Province has six naturally-formed characters that predict the elimination of the CCP. Those who have joined its organizations will be implicated in the Party's atrocities unless they distance themselves from it.” After hearing this, almost everyone quits the Party.
When I talk to officials and civil servants, I tell them that the corruption of the Party is no longer a secret. The CCP has killed 80 million Chinese during its movements, including the campaign of the Three Antis and Five Antis, the Anti-Rightist Movement, the Cultural Revolution, the suppression of students on June 4, 1989, and the persecution of Falun Dafa.
If someone doesn't understand or declare a position, I give them an example: “If someone tells you that the building in front of you is going to collapse and you should run away, it is your choice whether to leave or not.”
Hardship Goes Together with Happiness
Going out to find predestined people is an indispensable part of my daily life. I don't celebrate holidays, because festivals are a good opportunity to clarify the truth.
I even went out to talk to people on New Year's Eve. Some practitioners told me that there were few people outside during the New Year, so there was no need to go out. I said that was is good thing, even if there was just one person.
Once a week I clean my house. I am reluctant to spend time on ordinary people's affairs.
In our city, it is cold for almost six months, especially the days after the winter solstice. It is freezing, and the road is slippery. My children don’t want me to go out, because they worry that I will fall. Although I wear thick cotton shoes and gloves, I freeze and my fingers are stiff after standing outside for two or three hours.
Once, I was clarifying the truth at a bus station and it seemed that it was going to rain. But I didn’t want to leave. One person was waiting for the bus without an umbrella, so I used mine to cover us both and started a conversation. In a short while, it started to rain. I got completely soaked. The water on the ground quickly rose about an inch. But I talked to over a dozen people before going home. By the time I got home, my body heat had dried my clothes. Master Li said, “Physical pains count little as suffering, Indeed, cultivating mind is hardest.” (“Tempering the Will,” Hong Yin, Translation Version A)
Meeting All Kinds of People
I meet all kinds of people, and not everyone accepts what I say. Because of the CCP propaganda and the temptation of self-interest, some people either ignore me or insult me. Some even try to hit me.
Sometimes I encounter police officers, but don't hesitate to clarify the truth to them. Some quit the CCP, but others refuse. One police officer said that he could have me sentenced to prison. I was not afraid and said calmly, “Is there any law in China that says I cannot express my belief? I have not forced you, I'm just letting you know not to do evil things because that won’t be good for you.” The evil factors behind him were suppressed by my righteous thoughts.
Whenever I encountered such a situation, I would look inward immediately and ask myself which attachments I had not gotten rid of. Is it an attachment to zealotry, fighting, or to how many I can convince to quit the CCP? I find the attachments and tell Master that I did not do well that day but would strive to do better. At the same time, I pay more attention to sending forth righteous thoughts and eradicating all interfering entities in others dimensions. My xinxing then improves.
Regardless of the problems I face, I am always safe. I know that Master is by my side and protects me. I always keep Master's Fa in mind:
“Don’t be bothered when people have a certain attitude or misunderstandings. When you act just to save the person, to save sentient beings, then I think the impact of that can change everything.” (“Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
“But if your righteous thoughts are strong, the evil will be dissolved. The power of true compassion can dissolve all deviant factors, and when you talk with a person you will be emitting energy outwardly that dissolves evil things, and the evil in other dimensions will not dare to approach or control that person anymore.” (“Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
Helping Other Practitioners to Clarify the Truth
I have gained a lot of experience clarifying the truth. I also feel that I can project a strong energy field that can restrain the evil factors behind people. Basically, whoever I talked to, I knew that the person would agree to quit the CCP.
There are practitioners who want to talk to people about Dafa but don’t know how to start the conversation and have asked for my help. I took them to where I’ve clarified the truth and let them watch me. After a few times, they are able to talk to people with confidence.
There are six elderly practitioners in my Fa study group. With my help, they are all now very successful at clarifying the truth. Some of them had little education and can’t write down someone's name when they quit the CCP. So we stay near them and help when needed.
When I was asked to share my experiences, I summed up a few points. First, find the best starting point depending on your audience. For seniors, for example, I talk about the difference between wages and incomes in the different enterprises and institutions. I then ask about their education, and if they’ve ever joined the CCP.
Some practitioners ask how I do so well. I say, “Yes, it is very difficult. But if it were not difficult, would it be called cultivation? Would practitioners be needed to do it? This is the path that Master has arranged for us. We understand that cultivation is difficult and sometimes we need to suffer. However, it is not difficult if we believe in Dafa completely!”
I have steadily walked on my path, relying completely on Master’s compassion, protection, and the power of Dafa. I memorized Zhuan Falun nine times in nine years. I only recited one or two pages a day and it did not interfere with my reading schedule. I am now reciting Hong Yin IV. Dafa gave me wisdom, and I now know how to cultivate. Master has taken away my fear and many bad ordinary notions.
The elderly practitioners in our Fa study group depend on me. I sometimes felt resentful because they interfered with my clarifying the truth, and I wasn’t willing to help. But then I realized Master has arranged for us to be together.
“All sentient beings are waiting to be saved, and I can tell you something certain. If Dafa disciples don’t act to save them, those people, no matter in what corner of the world they may be, will have no hope unless you go to save them.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol IX)
Fellow practitioners, come out and tell people about Dafa. Don't forget your responsibilities and mission and don't be afraid. You can do it as long as you believe in Master and Dafa. Let us work together and fulfill our vows!