Doing My Best To Save People and Cultivate Myself During the Pandemic
(Minghui.org) I have practiced Falun Dafa for 22 years, and have always felt the urgency of saving people, our great responsibility, and the seriousness of cultivation. When the CCP virus (coronavirus) turned into a pandemic practitioners faced a new test. Saving sentient beings and cultivating ourselves well in the new environment is our latest challenge.
120 People Quit the CCP
My village was locked down when the CCP virus hit China. As a Dafa practitioner I knew that those who still didn’t know the truth were in danger, and I felt an increased urgency to save sentient beings. But I don’t have truth-clarification materials, and have to get them from a practitioner in the city.
I asked Master to help me. Many guards were stationed at the village entrance, and no one was allowed to leave. I found a small entrance on a side path. It was sealed with wooden boards and covered with tree trunks, but I jumped over it. No one saw me.
I arrived at the practitioner’s home smoothly and got a box of sticky posters and pamphlets. As I headed back it started to rain. I held an umbrella in one hand and the box in my other hand and headed back home.
The security guards at the village entrance saw me and sent a young man to chase after me on his motorcycle. He knew me and reported me to the village authorities. Soon everyone in the village said that I brought the virus to the village. I didn’t allow it to bother me.
Since I now had materials, I went out to clarify the truth to people. One morning I went to a neighboring village and met a young man sitting beside the road. When I began clarifying the truth to him, he refused to listen and repeatedly said that the police would come to get me. I ignored his threat and continued telling him about Falun Dafa.
He stopped a police officer in a patrol car and told him to arrest me. I knew the officer. He told me to stop telling people about Falun Dafa and go home. I didn’t listen and continued walking.
I clarified the truth to everyone I met in the village. Some people accepted the materials I gave them and also agreed to withdraw from the CCP. Some accepted the materials but said they weren’t ready to quit the Party. Some didn’t want the materials or to quit the CCP. No one reported me to the police. When I saw that young man again, he said that I was too brazen and that he would call the police. I smiled at him and said, “I sincerely hope that you will stay safe during the pandemic. From the bottom of my heart I wish you a good future.” He smiled at me and didn’t call the police. Since then he smiled at me whenever he saw me telling people the truth about Falun Dafa.
I went out to clarify the truth to people every day. One day I met a grandfather, his daughter-in-law, and his grandson. The three of them believed what I said and withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
I sometimes encountered interference. I felt uncomfortable, began coughing, and had no strength. At one point I lay in bed for three days and had no appetite. I had difficulty studying the Fa. But when I went out to clarify the truth to people, all my symptoms disappeared. After I returned home, I sometimes coughed all night.
The symptoms lasted until the lockdown was lifted. During the entire process, I never felt that my symptoms were those of the CCP virus. I felt it was the old forces interfering with me using this false image. I refused to go along with it. I believed in Master and Dafa, and did what Master required us to do.
Villagers gather in groups to play mahjong. This gave me an opportunity to clarify the truth to several people at once. I went to the neighboring villages and clarified the truth to people playing mahjong. At first they didn’t listen, but I refused to give up. I kept going back and patiently talking to them. Some of them agreed to quit the CCP.
A security guard was at a village entrance one night. I sent forth righteous thoughts to have him sleep. I put up sticky posters with Falun Dafa information at busy places, especially near the “Virus Isolation Area,” where several people would pass by.
Amazingly, my weakness disappeared and I didn’t cough when I went out to clarify the truth or put up sticky posters. But after I came home, I coughed, had q fever, and could barely move. I knew that Master was giving me opportunities to save sentient beings.
The girl living opposite my apartment liked to play on her mobile phone. She knew I often went out to clarify the truth to people, so she took a photo of me and posted it on WeChat to interfere with me.
“You walk this path of Fa-rectification well, you manage to overcome your limitations in cultivation, you let go of your attachments, you save all beings with righteous thoughts in your mind, and you handle everything you face with righteous thoughts--that is mighty virtue.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
I felt like Master said this directly to me. This was the standard I had to reach.
I faced a lot of difficulties at that time, but I felt they were tests to see how I handled them and whether I would be interfered with. I kept up my xinxing, listened to Master, and did what Master requires us to do. I overcame all of the difficulties and went out to clarify the truth to people every day. In the end I had a list of 120 people who quit the CCP.
Distributing Informational Materials in Heavy Security Residential Areas
My daughter lives in a high-end residential area, where security cameras are everywhere. People have to swipe a card to enter the gate. There are cameras on every entrance and exit of each 33 story building, on both sides of the paths, on the stairs, and on the elevators. There are electronic doors on the stairs. Cleaning staff work on each level and constantly walk up and down the hallways and stairs. It’s not easy to distribute truth-clarification materials there.
Before I went to distribute materials in such areas, I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear away the interference. I studied the Fa and memorized some of Master’s poems.
I came to know the inner meaning of “Clear and Clean Mind” as Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun. I maintained the thought that the cameras would not work while I was there.
I required myself to do everything rationally and not go to extremes. I decided to go there when the cleaning staff wasn’t working.
I went out with a backpack and mask and followed people as they entered the residential area gate. In each unit, there was access control. I waited until someone went in or out and then followed them in. If no one came in or out I asked the cleaner to open the door for me. Sometimes the door was open. I took the elevator to the top level and then walked the stairs down level by level as I distributed materials. People came in and out but didn’t seem to notice me. I smoothly distributed the materials.
On each level I put up a sticky post with the QR code for Falun Dafa information on the wall and then distributed materials. I normally went into a residential area once and then went to another one the next day. I didn’t visit the same area two days in a row for security reasons.
I remained calm and had no fear. But as soon as I came home, I had a stomachache, headache, and felt uncomfortable.
When I looked within I found that I was in the Fa and walking my cultivation path righteously. I felt this must be interference. I warned the old forces not do this to me, and sent righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference. My physical discomfort disappeared instantly. But the evil played another trick on me. I had fear and couldn’t sleep for several days in a row. I sent righteous thoughts and my fear lessened.
I looked within and found that the reason my mind was not clean and clear was because of my human notions and negative thoughts. The evil was taking advantage of my loopholes to interfere with me. A local practitioner was arrested because he was photographed by a security camera. A notion formed in my mind after I heard about this. I thought I would be photographed and arrested like him. This notion revealed my doubt, suspicion, and selfishness. I knew that this notion and negative thoughts were not my true self. I didn’t want them. I needed to purify myself while cultivating in Dafa and walk my cultivation path righteously.
Cooperating with Other Practitioners
After the lockdown was lifted, I and other practitioners went to the countryside to clarify the truth to people. We went door to door and sometimes went into people's homes to tell them the truth about Falun Dafa. We sometimes hung bags of materials on doorknobs or put them on windowsills.
One day we met three ladies peeling corn. I clarified the truth to them while the other practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts. I gave them the materials about the pandemic. Two of them listened to me and accepted the materials. One lady agreed to quit the membership of the Youth League, and the other hadn’t joined any CCP affiliated organizations. But the third lady didn’t accept our materials and refused to believe what I said. I felt sorry for her. I hope that she will listen to other practitioners if they talk to her in the future.
When cooperating with other practitioners, I realized that I had to let go of myself, be considerate, not complain, and be responsible to Dafa. It was not easy to do these things, yet this is most important.