Creating Good Truth Clarification Materials for the Local Area Is a Powerful Tool in Exposing the Persecution
One year before I began participating in the project, I met Practitioner A in the local coordinator's home. Practitioner A had documents with information about the persecution of dozens of practitioners. He asked me to help him prepare and send the information to the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom). This was as easy for me as lifting a finger, so I helped without hesitation. After I began working on the project, I realized that the documents which I helped get published on Minghui were all precious, firsthand information, and that Practitioner A played an indispensable role in the project. We worked together after that and encouraged each other when things were difficult.
---By the author
Greetings, revered Teacher! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
We didn't start making truth clarification materials to expose the persecution of Falun Gong in our local area until a practitioner from out-of-town helped us. I worked with Practitioner A to interview practitioners who had undergone persecution and recorded the case details. I didn't quite understand why we were doing it and had no idea how to do it. The local coordinator told me a couple of times that this wasn't a problem, because other practitioners would help me. I asked, “Why do we need local versions of truth clarification materials when there are so many of them on Minghui? Would it be meaningless if there wasn't any local information on our version? Do we have anything to work with? Are there safety concerns?” I had many doubts and didn't promise the coordinator that I'd help.
My understanding improved after exchanging ideas with other practitioners. We decided to create local materials by using the template version from Minghui and to systematically report the persecution of the local practitioners. We wanted to expose these evil actions, stop the persecution, and save people.
Teacher commented back in 2003,
“Exposing the wicked policemen and bad persons and publicizing their evil deeds is extremely effective at shocking and restraining those irrational, wicked people. At the same time, by clarifying the facts to the people on a local level it most directly exposes, and generates public awareness of, the wicked persecution. It is also a great way to save the people who have been poisoned and deceived by the lies. I hope all Dafa disciples and new students in Mainland China will do this well.” (Master's Comment on a Student's Article “Expose the Evil Happening Locally to the Local People”)
Our righteous thoughts were strengthened through studying the Falun Dafa teachings, and we were certain that this was what we needed to do. In the beginning, we didn't know how to interview the practitioners who had been persecuted or how to share experiences with them. We decided to first find those who had a good understanding on the issues and were able to progress diligently. We asked the coordinator to ask those practitioners to record their situations so that we could edit their articles. We uncovered problems during this process. Some practitioners didn't know how to write; some were persecuted on multiple occasions and didn't remember timelines; some omitted typical events in the persecution; some only wrote down how long they were imprisoned and how many years they were held in forced labor camps, but forgot to identify names of the participants and details of their torture. I didn't know many of these practitioners and depended on the coordinator to verify the facts in their articles. It sometimes took the coordinator many trips to finish a single article. I was always late for the monthly publication. I felt tremendous pressure to figure out how to change this situation.
I studied the Fa and looked within, and found a strong attachment to protecting my own ego and my own safety. I didn't want to have direct contact those practitioners and depended on the coordinator to visit them; I felt very guilty. My human notions were hindering my progress and I wanted to break through. I knew that our wisdom and safety came from Teacher and Dafa. We are only safe when we act based on the Fa. At the time, Teacher published “Fa Teaching Given at the Fa Conference Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Minghui Website’s Founding.” Reading this lecture opened my mind, and I turned my attention to Minghui.
Minghui Is an Enormous Treasure
I download articles from the Minghui website almost daily, but seldom used its search engine. One time, I keyed in the city where I lived and found all the information about our local persecution cases! The local practitioners were posting incidents of persecution as soon as they occurred. All the timelines on Minghui were accurate and confirmed. Minghui is an enormous treasure of information and support, and the search engine is the golden key to the house, which is full of practitioners' selfless devotion. I keyed in the names of practitioners who'd been persecuted. I downloaded all their information and put it in order. With this firsthand information, plus the basic information I obtained from the coordinator, I had a pretty good understanding of the persecution cases. Sometimes, I came across these practitioners by chance, and took the opportunity to interview them. For example, I had information of how Practitioner X was taken to a detention center and tortured, but didn't have the followup information on him. He lived out-of-town, so I asked the coordinator to help me get in touch with him, however, I didn't hear anything for a long time. I had never met Practitioner X. One day I went to a practitioner's home and several other practitioners were already there sharing their experiences. I sat down and listened for awhile. My intuition told me that one of them was X. I didn't think that it was appropriate for me to interview him in front of so many others. I waited until they were leaving, then seized the opportunity and confirmed that the practitioner was X. I said, “I saw your persecution report on Minghui and now we're making truth clarification materials to systematically expose the evil activities and persecution in our local area. Can you tell me the details of the persecution you suffered?” The practitioner agreed without hesitation, “Of course! My situation in the detention center was reported immediately on Minghui, but later, the police arrested me and tried to put me in a forced labor camp. I was forced the leave home and became destitute....” Practitioner X told me everything that'd happened during his years of persecution, and I finished my interview quickly.
From my previous understanding of Practitioner X's information, I felt that I'd already known him when I first met him, and knew what to say when we shared our experiences. I learned about the miracles he experienced, how he'd escaped due to his righteous thoughts and rectified his shortcomings in the practice based on the Fa.
“It is not that Minghui Net does not make mistakes, however, on important matters, practitioners must pay attention to the attitude of Minghui Net. The purpose of posting my photo and the article 'The Knowing Heart' on Minghui Net was to build a trustworthy website for practitioners.” (A Second Authentic New Article of Master Li Since July 22, 1999 Will Be Published in a Few Days) (http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2000/6/15/8785.html)
In addition to interviewing these practitioners, I helped them with computer installation in their homes, and taught them how to break the Internet blockade in order to access the Minghui website. I fixed their technical problems as well. I believed that it was my responsibility to help more practitioners to access Minghui and read the sharing articles.
The systematic interview process with the practitioners helped them to improve their cultivation, greatly eliminating evil forces in their dimensions. When the practitioners' righteous thoughts were strengthened and the evil was eliminated, it created a positive effect in saving sentient beings. For those who participated in persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners, we continued clarifying the truth about the persecution to them. Due to our persistent efforts, may of them stopped participating in the persecution throughout the years. We carefully verified details of every persecution case with pure hearts and without hatred. We objectively and impartially reported on practitioners' benefits from the practice, how they followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in their daily lives, their kind acts, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime's baseless suppression, and details of how the evil people tortured the practitioners. We didn't usually use the words “evil person” or “evil police,” but we definitely exposed all the evil deeds carried out by those participating in the persecution. Our truth clarification materials were distributed widely in our local area by way of the Minghui website. The vivid depiction of the persecution facts caused them to re-examine their actions and provided them with an opportunity to abandon their evil activities and choose righteousness. They committed the crime of defaming Buddha Fa and torturing practitioners, and would not have a place in the future unless they made up for their actions. The materials allowed non-practitioners to see the beauty of Falun Dafa and the evil of the CCP, enabling them to make the right choice. Most people now pay more attention to local events. Some of them read the fliers, then brought up the subject of persecution when they met the practitioners who were mistreated by the authorities. These practitioners openly and nobly clarified the facts of the persecution in more detail. This generated a great effect in saving people. With the help of Teacher and Dafa, our work is seeing more and more results. We know that this work is indispensable.
“Actually, when Master wants something done a certain way, it’s not simply that he thought of something and then that’s it. I have to do a tremendous amount of preparation, which you cannot see, and all of those gods work on it too. Everything has been prepared, and all that’s missing is for you to carry it out. Yet you won’t take that step, thinking, 'How can I work on the cultural mainstream? I don’t know what to do!'” (Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”)
According to the Fa, we know that nothing in our cultivation happens by accident. All of Teacher's arrangements are for us to improve throughout our cultivation. Everything we do comes with elements of cultivation and is arranged by Teacher. For example, one year before I began participating in the project, I met Practitioner A in the local coordinator's home. Practitioner A had documents with information about the persecution of dozens of practitioners. He asked me to help him prepare and send the information to the Minghui website. This was as easy for me as lifting a finger, so I helped without hesitation. After I began working on the project, I realized that the documents which I had helped get published on Minghui were all precious, firsthand information and that Practitioner A played an indispensable role in the project. We worked together after that and encouraged each other when things were difficult.
We should improve our enlightenment quality and never let our human notions block our cultivation paths and derail Teacher's compassionate arrangements.
In the process of working on the project, I eliminated the attachments of laziness, depending on others, and protecting myself. My xinxing continued to improve, and I became increasingly rational and mature. Through working with other practitioners, I felt deeply how Teacher treasures and protects every practitioner. Teacher prepared everything for us to eliminate our notions and establish our mighty virtue in the process of helping him rectify the Fa. No words can express my gratitude to Teacher; all I can do is to progress diligently on my path.
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