Cultivating Compassion While Making Truth-Clarification Phone Calls to China
(Minghui.org) In the blink of an eye, it has been eight months since I joined the telephone rescue team. Through personal experiences and learning from others, I have deeply felt that studying the Fa teachings well and cultivating myself well is the key to effectively saving sentient beings by making telephone calls.
“But consider what I have said: if whatever it is that you’re doing is not grounded in the Fa, if it does not have the power of the Fa, and if you haven’t cultivated well, you will not do those things well. Although you might have done whatever it is, it has not achieved any effect and simply cannot save people, for you are ineffective in dissolving evil factors. That is why Fa-study is still the most, most important thing—it is the fundamental guarantee for all that you are to do.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference,” Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa)
I came to understand that the Fa is the root of all life, and only by studying the Fa well and constantly assimilating to the Fa can we meet the Fa's requirements at different levels, have a pure heart, and save sentient beings.
The target of this round of truth-clarification phone calls was the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the 610 Offices throughout China. The phone numbers assigned to me included the cell numbers of two deputy directors of a police station in a county seat that was known as one of the worst in persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners.
I knew that if the first deputy director could understand the truth about Falun Dafa, then he could not only save himself but also protect Dafa practitioners by influencing his subordinates not to participate in the persecution. Therefore, I sent forth strong righteous thoughts: “Have this person pick up the phone.”
He picked up on the eighth call and listened for a total of three minutes and five seconds.
The other deputy director’s profile showed that he was the person in charge of the carrying out persecution in the area. My first thought was, “He’s an evildoer. I'm going to warn him and shock the evil.”
I didn't have any intention of treating him nicely. It turned out that the phone number was missing a digit, so I googled him and found his contact information in a public notice of the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).
I called him 14 times, but the line was always busy. I still hadn’t realized my problem.
I suspected he was too scared to pick up the phone. I checked the public notice again and found the first deputy director’s name was listed there, too.
I suddenly realized that it was my unrighteous thoughts that had pushed the second deputy director away.
Master told us,
“Only when you can manage to have the great breadth of mind befitting a cultivator will you be able to guide more people and save people.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference)
“When someone is placed before you, there isn’t a choice—you’re wrong if you become selective in terms of saving people.” (“What is a Dafa Disciple,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
Looking within, I realized that I was controlled by human notions and human thoughts and not grounded in the Fa. That meant my phone calls did not have the power of the Fa and couldn’t save people, and that was why no one answered 14 times in a row.
I apologized to Master: “It was my human thoughts that kept this person from hearing the facts. It was my mistake!”
On the calls I made next, I constantly adjusted myself and positioned myself correctly with respect to the recipient. I no longer paid attention to places of employment, titles, or whether the person had participated in the persecution.
Instead, I focused on telling them the truth about the persecution. No matter who they were, my only thought was: “Life is precious, and their knowing side wants to be saved.”
Their original beings came to listen to the truth. I reminded myself to make each phone call with a pure heart and to treat the person with humility and compassion.
In addition, as soon as I took an assignment, I sent strong righteous thoughts toward the list and asked Master to strengthen me so that the predestined people would pick up the phone and listen.
I started to have some good results, and I knew that Master was encouraging me.
The head of the police department of a central provincial capital listened for 10 minutes and 43 seconds; an employee of the 610 Office in a southern city listened for 6 minutes and 27 seconds.
An employee of a district Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the 610 Office in a northern provincial capital listened for 15 minutes and 33 seconds.
The secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee in an ethnic minority area listened for 10 minutes and 28 seconds, and a Political and Legal Affairs Committee employee and a 610 Office worker from a district in a northeast provincial capital listened for 10 minutes and 4 seconds and 11 minutes and 45 seconds, respectively.
When I was able to harmonize my every thought with the Fa, those who answered my calls were able to listen to the truth patiently. I believed that as long as they listened, they would come to understand the truth.
Thank you, Master, for your merciful hints and strengthening. You helped me look within during the process of making phone calls, find my human thoughts and attachments, correct myself, and assimilate to the Fa.
In the process of writing this article, I came across a Minghui article published four years ago. One sentence in particular caught my attention: “Some practitioners, while advising the evildoers (who were persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners) to be good, only felt compassion on the surface, while deep down they still harbored feelings of dislike and contempt.”
I was alarmed. I asked myself how I really felt about those people who had participated in the persecution. Was my compassion real? Was there any resentment or disgust?
“I often say that if all a person wants is the well-being of others and if this is without the slightest personal motivation or personal understanding, what he says will move the listener to tears.” (“Clearheadedness,” Falun Dafa Essentials for Further Advancement)
For a long time, my understanding of this Fa teaching only applied to regular everyday people, while my compassion for the perpetrators in the Political and Legal Affairs Commission and the 610 Offices who had participated in the persecution was only superficial.
While I have been clarifying the truth for nearly 20 years, undetectable resentment and hatred had become hidden in the microscopic levels of my being.
One day, after this round of truth-clarification phone calls was over, a thought occurred to me: “For the past few months, I've been able to log on to the team platform every day to attend group Fa study and make calls. Will I have the same mindset and cultivation state in the years to come?”
Reflecting on my recent journey, I told myself that I must maintain a fresh mindset, as if I am making the phone calls for the very first time, and that I must not treat the project mechanically as time goes by.
I need to remind myself from time to time that I must be responsible to myself, as well as to sentient beings. Only by doing that will I be deserving of Master's merciful salvation and immense suffering.