Validating Dafa: Three Stories
On October 5, 2000, our Teacher (Master Li Hongzhi) commented on a British practitioner's article "Eliminate Demonic Nature." (Clearwisdom, 9/30/00) The Teacher said: "The understanding is very good. In regards to the effects of thought karma, the damage that the evil forces have created for us, and explaining the truth to people, we are all actively eliminating the demons instead of condoning or passively enduring; but the thoughts and actions must be benevolent." Through my cultivation of Dafa (Great Law; and Principles) I came to understand that everything in one's environment is a test created by the vicious forces of the past--a test to which practitioners must awaken. If all of us treat ourselves as particles of Dafa, and actively restrain negative forces with righteous thoughts and beliefs, I think it will produce an enormous momentum that can topple mountains or part the sea. This will definitely frighten those who oppose the righteous benevolence of Dafa. With this in mind, I would like to share some experiences and unforgettable events surrounding my efforts to validate the Fa.
(1) Since July 22, 1999, the Public Security Department of my province and the City Public Security Bureau considered me as a major core member of Falun Dafa. As a result, I was illegally arrested, and guarded by a particular department's officer. In the beginning, he threatened me by saying in an arrogant manner: "I am personally offended by your case; only if you cooperate with us, do you have a chance." I told him with a smile, "You are making an irresponsible and unwise command. It goes against the course of nature to bully and persecute benevolent Dafa practitioners. I will not cooperate with you, and will try every possible legal way to expose you." He saw that I was not scared at all, and shamefully began slandering Falun Dafa and our Teacher. I stopped him right away and asked him, "Why do you slander our Teacher? Have you seen our Teacher?" He said: "No." "Do you have any hatred towards our Teacher?" "No." "Then where does your hatred come from?" He said: "It is from the reports on the Chinese Center TV station." I told him, "Those are all fabricated stories. I have been practicing Falun Dafa since 1994. I have met our Teacher in person, and also have close contact with a lot of Falun Dafa practitioners. Therefore, I am most qualified to talk about this issue. Falun Dafa has given a lot of practitioners healthy bodies, and it teaches us to be good people. This is the most wonderful thing in the world--how could you disparage and slander our Teacher?" I also told him a lot of true stories from my cultivation practice. He quibbled, "You are a XX Party official, so you cannot be against the Party." I said: "You know the Party made a lot of mistakes in the past. It is very possible that it is wrong in this matter too. The one who loses the support of the people will lose power. You probably understand this principle." Yet he was not satisfied: "Who's asking the questions here?" he shouted. Then he slandered Falun Dafa with another sentence. I spoke to him seriously: "There are eyes in heaven, and people reap what they sow. There are deities three feet above our heads. Gods and Buddhas cannot be slandered, and you will be punished. Believe me or don't believe, but I still want to tell you for your benefit: please do not slander our Teacher and Falun Dafa!" He saw that I was very serious, and then digressed to another topic.
The next day, he came to interrogate me again, and drank a cup of herbal tea "XiaSanJu" [an herbal tea used to ease throat pain etc]. He started to cough as he began to talk. I asked, "What happened to you?" He answered while coughing, "I caught a cold." I said, "I would like to tell you something. Your cold resulted from the bad words you said yesterday." He said while coughing, "You are cultivating Truth, Benevolence, and Forbearance: don't curse me!" I said, "If a person did not do anything wrong, he would not even be afraid of a ghost knocking at his door at midnight. If you did not do anything wrong, what are you afraid of then?" He half believed and half doubted. After a while, he said he was not going to work that day, and he wanted to go see a doctor. A few days later, he came to see me again, but this time he was not coming to interrogate me. He told me that he had been suffering from throat inflammation and fever. He'd had an injection, but had not fully recovered yet. He also said that it was very hard to interrogate me, and had transferred my case to another person. I told him with a smile, "It is your luck to be able to contact Falun Dafa practitioners." I advised him to conduct himself well in the future.
Before he left, he asked the chef to cook better food, and buy some fruits for me. I thought that my righteous mind left a strong impression upon the officer and restrained him from doing harm. During later interrogation, they simply asked me things relating to my cultivation practice, and never slandered Falun Dafa or our Teacher again. In the beginning, they said they wanted to sentence me to 6 years; however, after detaining me for three months, they could not find anything with which to charge me. They did not know what to do so they released me.
(2) Once back at my work unit from the police station, I enthusiastically asked my bosses to arrange my work. My bosses said to me: "You scared us tremendously. To solve your problem, we had over ten general meetings among our party committee members. It seems as if you are returning in triumph. If you have more troubles like this again, even if you don't go insane, we will." I still responded cheerfully, "No, that won't happen." I declared clearly that I would keep practicing Falun Gong. Consequently, my work unit did not let me do professional jobs. Instead, they asked me to help with chores in the office. They also said that I did not need to attend any political activities. They always asked me to take care of the office while others were out. I was delighted to do that, as then I would have time to read Falun Dafa books. In our province, the leaders understood Falun Dafa and Dafa practitioners relatively well, and they had good impressions of us. They treated us lightly while dealing with this issue. Before the Spring Festival 2000, Jiang Zemin went on an inspection tour to the southern provinces. He personally inquired about issues concerning Falun Gong, and was not satisfied with the leader of the province. He strongly urged the leaders to attack Falun Gong more harshly. After that, the province began dealing with us "core members" in an unjust way. When the instructions came to my work unit, it was already April. At the meeting held by our work unit's XX party committee to handle my case, over ten party members spoke a few light sentences towards me. They said I should not get involved in collectively appealing to the government, yet they did not say anything bad about Falun Dafa. However, later on, there was a person who had just come back to work from doing his commercial business. He started out by slandering Falun Dafa and our Teacher. I interrupted his speech immediately and started to tell true stories of Falun Dafa in detail. Our leaders were so scared that they smoked cigarettes and paced around the room. In the end I told him that slandering Falun Dafa would cause him to be punished. On the second day, the person who slandered Falun Dafa at the meeting did not come to work. Because his work was urgent, our general secretary asked me to take care of his position temporarily. When I asked why that person did not come to work, the general secretary told me that the person suddenly lost his voice last night, caught a fever and went to see a doctor. I knew why it happened, so I tried to promote Dafa to the general secretary. I said: " Do you know why he is in this condition? It is because he spoke something bad at yesterday's meeting. He even slandered our Teacher. I asked him not to do that, yet he did not believe me. This is called 'retribution in the same lifetime.'" The general secretary's face became pale and he asked me in a half believing and half doubting voice, "Is that true?" I said, "We are practicing Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance: have you ever heard me lie to you?" She said, " I know you are a frank person." I said, "You can think for yourself. I just told you the truth out of good will. You can judge for yourself whether to believe it or not." A few days later, she was busy filling out forms that involved punishing me. Suddenly, one day she came to me, looking quite terrible. I asked her, "What happened?" She hesitated for a moment and then said: "I am suffering from severe abdominal pain!" I said: "Then go see a doctor!" She said: "Yes, I did. I also took some medicine, even an injection." I asked "Did you do anything wrong?" She quickly explained: "Everybody in the committee knows that you are a good person, and you did everything well. We don't want to punish you; however, this punishment resulted from pressure from the Province and City Discipline Committee, and we have no other choice." Seeing that she was helpless, tears suddenly welled up in my eyes. I said, "You are doing things against your will, aren't you? Do you know that you will eventually be punished for this? All the injustices and crimes committed against Falun Gong will be redressed!" She said," I know they will, but what can I do as an official of the XX Party?" She then cried too. I said: "Please do not behave like this. You are a grown up. I just told you the principle; I did not scold you intentionally." She said, "But my abdomen is still in pain." I told her, "It does not matter; go home and sleep and you will be recovered." After hearing what I said, she left, feeling comfortable. Since then, there have never been any meetings criticizing Falun Gong or about "Helping" Falun Gong practitioners in our work unit. Nobody openly says anything bad toward Falun Dafa--at least I have never heard anything of this nature.
(3) Last year, I went to Beijing together with some fellow practitioners and unfurled banners in Tiananmen Square. I was brutally beaten up at the Tiananmen Public Security Sub-bureau because I refused to cooperate with the vicious policemen. They cuffed my hands behind my back, and pulled me by seizing my hair. Afterwards, about 50 of us went on a hunger strike to protest. This lasted for three days and 3 nights, and we were released after that. I safely returned home. The local police did not arrest me, yet I received punishment from my work unit because I left my post without getting their approval. They criticized me for not following their regulations. Afterwards, I kept in touch with some Falun Dafa practitioners and did more work to clarify the truth.
My father took Dafa with a grain of salt, and he could no longer understand what I was doing. One day, after watching CCTV's news report, he came to talk with me. He complained that I was being harmed through my cultivation, and continued with his remarks. He also claimed that I caused tension in the family. The more he said, the angrier he became, and he even began to criticize our Teacher. I could not listen to him anymore. I knew he was simply regurgitating what others were saying. I said to him, "Father, whatever you say should be based on facts. Don't be so silly as to believe the one-sided words you hear. Isn't it true that the government supported it before? Didn't you yourself attend a Falun Dafa experience sharing conference of several thousand people? Didn't you support it before? Isn't it wrong of the government to suppress Falun Gong? Shouldn't we speak out? If we, who have gained so much benefit from Dafa, don't step forward, that would be an injustice to all!" This caused him to lose his temper and scream out loud. I raised my voice to tell him, "Father, how could you not believe your own son, but instead believe the propaganda on TV! Don't be so silly that you cannot distinguish right from wrong, or good from evil. Do you know the biggest crime a person can commit is to slander a Buddha and Dafa? Jesus said no one could escape from the crime of slandering gods. If you don't correct yourself, you will receive due retribution." My mother stood beside me and worried about my impoliteness and impertinence. I said to her, "Mom, you also cultivated Falun Dafa before. Although my words were somewhat harsh, they were really good for father and for the future of your life." This left them in silence.
After that, my father never said bad words toward Dafa and our Teacher again, nor did he blame me. Sometimes he even accompanied me to mail letters and provided cover for me.
A Falun Dafa practitioner from Mainland China
April 7, 2001