Saving People While Selling Goods
(Clearwisdom.net) Suddenly, he said my real name and I saw that his eyes were moist. Then he walked away.
I was speechless. I stared after him and saw that his entire body was wrapped in a gentle, warm yellow light. Now my eyes were filled with tears. Merciful Master saw my firm righteous thoughts “I must save him,” and so gave me the power of mercy and compassion. It was Master's encouragement for this disciple's wish to save people with righteous thoughts, that Master let me see such a wonderful and sacred scene. It was Dafa saving people! It was Dafa's mighty power and virtue reappearing in the human world.
--From the author
Greetings, esteemed Master. Greetings, fellow Dafa disciples worldwide.
I operate a small stall in a large wholesale market in a capital city in Northeast China. I have suffered from many illnesses, was discharged from sentry duty, divorced, and lost money on a business venture. These many tribulations made me depressed, and it was so difficult to live with a sick body. One day I could no longer take it, and I kneeled down and asked gods in my heart, "Oh, god! Why is it such a pain to live? I want to be a monk and live in a temple until the day I die. I no longer want to suffer in this human world.
In the autumn of 2005, a schoolmate whom I hadn't seen in years gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun. I read the book three times and realized it was a book about cultivation, a book to be treasured, that I had been hoping and waiting for. I read the book and then studied it whenever I found time. I could no longer put it down.
Two practitioners visited me in 2006 and set up a materials production site at my home. Practitioners were distributing many materials at that time. Practitioners involved with technological equipment often helped practitioners in surrounding cities and counties to set up production sites and solve technical issues. They often didn't sleep or slept very little. Their eyes were red and they were too tired to stand while making materials, but they continued. Three of us cooperated very well and distributed materials in buildings, explained the facts about Falun Gong, and advised people about quitting the Chinese Communist Party, the Communist Youth League, and the Young Pioneers (the three withdrawals) when we had time. Two practitioners were later persecuted, but I escaped under Master's protection.
This spurred me into looking within, and I found that, since I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, I understood that it was good emotionally, but treated the practice with human notions. Master said,
“If you want to practice cultivation toward high levels, you will not succeed in cultivation without the guidance of the high-level Fa.”
“My intention is to make this Dafa public and have more of our people benefited, enabling those who truly want to practice cultivation to advance in their cultivation practice by following the Fa.” (Zhuan Falun)
It helped to find my shortcoming. I studied the Fa, but did Dafa things without the guidance of the Fa.
“Some practitioners do not follow the xinxing requirements, as they only practice the exercises without cultivating their xinxing. They cannot be regarded as practitioners.” (Zhuan Falun)
Master's Fa awakened me from my slumber. I asked myself, "Have I regarded myself as a practitioner? Have I truly been cultivating towards a higher level? Have I been making judgments according to Dafa's requirements when facing ordeals?” There was only one conclusion after looking within: I couldn't be regarded as a practitioner. I burst into tears, as I had cultivated for over two years but had been doing Dafa work with human notions. I couldn't be regarded as a solid practitioner. I realized cultivation was extremely serious, and I needed to improve my xinxing through diligent Fa study. I began to understand the Fa from within the Fa, achieved solid cultivation, and built a foundation for later spreading Falun Dafa and explaining the facts about it.
I wish to recount below my experiences in learning to effectively talk to people about the facts of Falun Gong and save them.
One day a young man in his 30s was buying goods at my stall. I explained the facts about Falun Gong to him. He said that he had already withdrawn from the Youth League on the Internet. I told him that people who knew the truth would certainly have good fortune. I also said that gods and Buddha are saving people and one must treasure this lucky chance that we have been waiting for for tens of millions of years. "Tell your family, children, relatives and good friends to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliates. Then, a life is saved, and removed from disaster." He suddenly looked straight into my eyes and asked, “Are you a Falun Gong practitioner?” I answered “Yes.” He said, “Arresting practitioners is a high priority right now—how do you dare to speak so publicly?” I answered, “If you see a person floating in the water or engulfed by fire, would you not save him? I could not bear not saving you.” His eyes were filled with envy and admiration, and he said, “You have endured for more than ten years and passed through so much persecution. It is not easy, but you still save people.” I responded, “My Master tells us to save people and live a selfless life. Dafa disciples are all saving people.” He raised his thumb and said, “You must continue, because many people support you.” Watching him walking away, I thought, "Valuable Chinese, valuable life, do you know? Your choice has brought vitality and light to the living beings in your universe. They are celebrating and they are cheering."
You Have Changed My Thinking
Someone who asked me for a Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD said, “The programs are so good, I have watched it three times. My brother-in-law came to my place and wanted to take the disc. I didn't give it to him, as I could not let it go. Do you have any more?” I gave him another disc and he said, “I watched the programs one by one and considered its content.” I responded, “Shen Yun reveals China's 5,000-year civilization. It is the essence of genuine traditional culture. It has moved innumerable prominent politicians and leaders outside of China and benefits whoever watches it.” He immediately said, “I asked everyone at home to watch it. My son and daughter have seen it. My son works in the city public security bureau and he really approves of Falun Gong. He said that it is good. My little grandson is four years old and wants to watch it as soon as he arrives at my place.” He added, “You changed my thinking. I did not think this way at first.”
I now remembered telling him the facts about Falun Gong for the first time. When I told him that the “three withdrawals” save lives, he exploded. He said, “Now the society is stable and living standards have improved. What has not been good? Why are you distributing these? Why? Why? Withdraw from the Party? How could we quit?” He asked me six or seven times why and finally said, “Just sell your goods and make your money!” I calmly replied, “I am selling goods and making money. However, when disaster hits us, you will lose your life. It is not a small issue. What I have said is for your benefit.”
Because my prices are reasonable, he was a bit embarrassed when he came again. I didn't mind and still explained the truth about Falun Gong to him. He asked me why there was a self-immolation. I said. "The Education Development Organization, an NGO under the auspices of the United Nations, suggested that it was staged and defamatory of Falun Gong. Moreover, these people that burned themselves were not practitioners. Practitioners all know the posture of the sitting meditation, but his posture was not our posture. The burned skin was wrapped too tightly. That little girl had a tracheotomy, yet she could talk and sing four days after her operation."
He still did not do the three withdrawals. When he came to buy stock again, I continued to tell him the truth about Falun Gong. but he still refused to quit. The next time, he didn't want to talk to me, and avoided me. I said to him, “You are a sensible person. I don't want to say much to you today. I truly hope you've thought about it on a deeper level and will not be interfered with by any CCP propaganda or any external notions. You should make the correct choice and be responsible to yourself.”
I gave him the Shen Yun DVD. He later watched it and suddenly understood. He said, “When my relatives and children come, I will tell them about it. I will help them understand the truth. I will also show them the Shen Yun performance. It is really good!” I replied, “You are lucky to be clear-minded. If you let anyone know the truth and tell them that Dafa is good so that they withdraw from the CCP, you will be rewarded.” He said that he would come again to get the Shen Yun DVD. I felt people were awakening.
Dafa Saves People with Predestined Relationships
A fellow practitioner once explained the truth to an 84-year-old man and learned that his 78-year-old wife had fallen, and her seventh and ninth vertebrae were fractured. He spent lots of money in a hospital, but she wasn't cured and now was bedridden. She was entirely dependent on him. The old man seemed to be totally exhausted and didn't look well. Such a hardship for two elderly people! After listening to the truth about Falun Gong, he really believed that Dafa was good, told his wfie about it, and they recited “Falun Dafa is good."
A month later a miracle occurred. His paralyzed wife was no longer bedridden. He was extremely happy and thanked Master. I told him that there were tens of millions of practitioners, but there is only one Master, and that we are all practitioners. I said that if he wanted to thank someone, he should thank our Master, as Master saw that he truly believed that Dafa was good and saved his wife. He said. "Thank you, Master Li, for saving my wife! Thank you, Master Li, for saving her life!” We explained the truth to him further and he asked for several Falun Dafa amulets(1). When we met again, he told us that, he went home, he told his relatives that Falun Gong saved his spouse. She could walk again because Falun Gong's Master saved her. All his relatives knew about his wife's situation and thought her recovery was miraculous. He then asked them to sincerely recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and gave them amulets. He traveled for three days (round trip) to tell his farthest relatives, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
He said that he would travel any distance to tell everyone he knows that Falun Dafa is supernatural. He wanted everyone to know that his wife was not cured by a hospital, but that Falun Dafa saved her. The first thing he and his wife do after getting up in the morning is to sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” They repeat it over one hundred times per day. Every time he came to our stall, he loudly expressed his feeling. Some customers asked me what he was talking about. I responded, "He said Falun Gong saved his wife. She was paralyzed but now has recovered." He said, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” What moved me the most is how often they recite this. After they wake up in the morning and have washed, they respectfully put the Dafa amulet on the table, put their hands together in “heshi,” and say “Greetings, Falun Gong Master. Falun Dafa is good. Thank you, Master, for saving our lives,” and then they recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
When he came again three months later, I almost didn't recognize him. He appeared to be just over 60 and no more sickly-looking face. He had slimmed down and walked much lighter. All of a sudden he looked 15 years younger! I asked how he had changed so much. Now it was my turn to say, “Dafa is miraculous!” I sighed because of Master's great mercy. Dafa targets people's hearts. Master saw his heart, saved him, and changed his and his wife's destiny.
Must Save Him
“As a Dafa disciple, your steadfast, righteous thoughts are absolutely unshakable, because your renewed being is formed precisely amidst the Fa-rectification.” (“Dafa is Indestructible” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Once while selling goods, I explained the truth to a person, but he was very antagonistic, “Why are you telling me this instead of focusing on selling goods?” I answered, “You and I are predestined. I just want to save you. Natural and man-made disasters now happening all the time. There will be a catastrophe to eliminate humans, and only good people will remain. Therefore, you must withdraw from the CCP and its affiliates to be safe and stay alive.” As soon as he responded, I sent righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors in other dimensions that hindered him from being saved.
I continued, "The Tiananmen self-immolation was staged." He didn't make a sound. I thought, "Righteous thoughts save people with predestined relationships." I then continued, "Han Guangsheng, chief of Shenyang City Judicature Bureau, and Tianjin police officer Hao Fengjun withdrew from the Party." He didn't say anything.
I thought, "When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible." I kept talking, "Twenty-five CCP members from the Central Party School withdrew from the Party." He didn't make a sound. I thought, "I don't believe that I can't save you." I then said, "Falun Dafa has spread to over 100 countries." He was still quiet. I unceasingly encouraged myself with righteous thoughts, thinking that I must save him. I said to Master in my heart, “Master, your disciple must save him.” Suddenly a warm current filled my whole body and I felt infinite mercy in my heart.
“We don't know each other. We are passersby in a huge crowd. We can talk so long today because of our predestined relationship. Possibly we were relatives in past lives. If you haven't withdrawn from the CCP and its affiliates and can't be saved when the catastrophe happens, it's because I have not cultivated well. This would be my biggest regret, when the catastrophe comes. There won't be enough time for Dafa disciples to save people. I hope you don't to miss this lucky chance. This is what you have been waiting for for tens of thousands of years.” Silence.
I said to his clear side in my heart, "Dafa disciples speak the truth. This is the moment you have been waiting for for so long. It is my Master's merciful and great salvation, otherwise there wouldn't be any earthlings today. Your clear side must be clear and responsible for your life. Please, make the correct choice and obtain Dafa's salvation. What I have said is truly for your benefit."
Suddenly he said my real name and I saw that his eyes were moist. Then he walked away.
I was speechless. I stared after him and saw that his entire body was wrapped in a gentle and warm yellow light. Now my eyes were filled with tears. Merciful Master saw my firm righteous thoughts of “I must save him,” and gave me the power of mercy and compassion. It was Master's encouragement for this disciple's wish to save people with righteous thoughts, that Master let me see such a wonderful and sacred scene. It was Dafa saving people! It was Dafa's mighty power and virtue reappearing in human world.
Explaining the Facts to the Public Security Bureau Assistant Commissioner
Another time when selling goods, I thought of nothing else other than what would benefit others. I chatted with a customer and said to him that tens of millions of people had withdrawn from the CCP and its affiliates. I asked him, "Are you a Party member? Have you heard about quitting the CCP?" He instantly became furious and exploded, saying, “How can you say that to me? Do you know who I am? If I was not buying your goods today, I would arrest you now. Show me your ID.” I was not scared, “How could you arrest me? We are good people practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, how could you? You say I am no good? I am very kind. Can you say the same about yourself? You can't.” He was speechless. I then continued, “It's good that you ran into me today. Others that see your menacing behavior may not dare to speak to you. I think that we were predestined to meet. I ask you, what is wrong with Falun Gong? Do they kill people, set fires, or harm society? They are cultivators that want strong and healthy bodies, and to be good people. Jiang suppressed Falun Gong out of a villain's envy.”
I then said, “Actually, you merely carry out orders. They were all orally transmitted to you. You are the future scapegoat. During World War II, that nurse was also carrying out orders, but could not escape the law after the war. Many years have passed, but the international court is still tracing those who committed crimes during WWII.
“Falun Gong practitioners are people cultivating to be gods and Buddhas. Can people persecuting gods and Buddhas be forgiven? Heaven governs everything. It is true that evil deeds bring retribution and good deeds will be rewarded. I say this to you for your benefit. You shouldn't persecute Falun Gong and arrest practitioners, or you will be punished. Humans have to go through samsara and may be reborn as an animal, a tree, or in a stone. People don't believe in gods, but Buddhas exist, even if people don't believe it. If you do evil deeds, you will have to go to hell, a place I don't wish on anyone, a place that humans can't fathom or withstand. What should you do? That is real!” He replied, "I don't arrest practitioners now. I have been transferred to another department." I said, "Please tell those who arrest practitioners not to commit crimes against Falun Dafa. It is not good for them." I then said, “Our predestined relationship is great. We were probably family members in our past lives. I won't ask your surname. I'll just call you a person with a predestined relationship. I'm asking you to withdraw. You have this lucky fate and should be saved.” He nodded.
Master's Protection and Guidance
Once I saw in a dream that my stall was a pagoda, and I was going to open it in the morning. As soon as I opened one board, instantaneously four windows of the pagoda sent shining lights in all directions. I was very excited and enlightened. I thought, "This stall should become a treasure trove for Dafa saving people. Dafa disciples should display the attitude of saving people and validating Dafa. When people with predestined relationships come, they will be saved by Dafa. This is my responsibility."
From then on, I was more diligent and felt Master's strengthening. I treat everyone according to Master's Fa. People from inside or outside of China who come to my stall are sentient beings that I must save. I explain the facts to them from different angles, let them know Dafa's truth, and that Dafa is good.
One person came for several days and stood not far away from my stand. He later came to talk to me and said, "I am here watching that no one dares to persecute you. I won't let them." These words showed that people have a clear side. This precious side approves of Dafa and sees Dafa's power.
Once three customers came at the same time to my stall. I patiently explained how to use the products, as well as performance and post-sale service, and gave complimentary spare parts to the customer from far away, so he could save time by fixing what needed to be fixed. After these people left, one person stayed behind. I was about to tell him the facts when he said, "I have been here several times. I feel your place is to serve people, a good environment for others, and not just to make money. I have been wondering at home, what is the reason? How can there still be such people?" I responded, "Because I am a practitioner. We practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and our Master teaches me to be good to everyone. I practice selfless altruism, consider others first at all times, and help others. All Dafa disciples behave like this.”
While Dafa disciples validate the Fa, more and more lives seek salvation. A wife brought her husband, friends have brought friends, grandmothers bring grandsons, colleagues brought colleagues, and all asked me to explain the facts to them further. This season, many lives' clear sides obtained salvation.
On my cultivation path, I changed from being grateful to Master due to my physical changes, and knowing Dafa from the perceptual level, to knowing the Fa from the Fa. I realized that Dafa's principles are broad and profound and superior to anything else.
Please, fellow practitioners, do everything that a Dafa disciple should. Master is guiding us.
Note: (1) Amulets – In China, practitioners sometimes "clarify the truth" by giving people something small to wear or cherish, bearing a few words reminding them of the goodness of Dafa.