Solemn Declarations by Falun Dafa Practitioners
By Falun Dafa Practitioner Li Shoudong
I was illegally arrested (the arrest of Falun Gong practitioners in China violates China's own constitution) in September 2002 and taken to a brainwashing class by police and employees of the security office at my work place. I was forced to undergo brainwashing. Because I did not study the Fa enough, did not cultivate solidly, and because my attachments were too strong, I was misled by the brainwashers. I let the evil take advantage of my loopholes, and I enlightened along an evil path. Just like Master said, "they have, in the interest of their attachments and to justify their behavior, gone along with the lies and willingly accepted evil 'enlightenment,' while pretending they didn't want to." ("A Suggestion") Even worse, not only did I enlighten along an evil path, I also conducted brainwashing on other practitioners, damaged Dafa, and brought negative effects to Dafa. I gave up cultivation, and went to the opposite side. It was Master's grand mercy that showed me the way when I was lost. Through studying Master's Fa and from the help of my fellow practitioners, I awakened suddenly. I realized that the "principles" I had recognized were wrong. They did not conform to Dafa, and were ridiculous. I, hereby, solemnly declare, that all of what I said and wrote that harmed Dafa, betrayed Dafa, or damaged Dafa is null and void! The "three statements (to stop practicing Dafa)" that I wrote in the brainwashing class are all null and void!
I will focus on studying the Fa, redouble my efforts to amend the losses I brought, expose the evil, resist the evil, clarify the truth to the public, follow up with Master's Fa-rectification process, and firmly cultivate Dafa until the very end!
Written on October 8, 2002http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2002/10/28/38803.html
By Falun Dafa Practitioner Zhang Wei
I obtained the Fa in 1997. Since then, I have benefited both mentally and physically from this practice, and my family life has become peaceful. Since July 20, 1999, the evil started persecuting Falun Gong; the local police constantly harassed me. They illegally arrested me and sent me to a detention center on September 29, 1999. I was detained for seven months, during which time I received inhuman torture. I once sat on the tiger bench (a small iron bench that is approximately 20cm or 6 inches tall. One has to sit straight with the eyes looking straight ahead and is not allowed to make even the slightest move) for eight whole days. Police also cuffed eight of us female practitioners together, and poured cold water onto our bodies in the coldest winter weather. Police also had male prisoners beat us with metal clubs. Our buttocks were black and blue beyond imagination.
Two years passed, and the evil started a new round of cruel persecution. On July 19, 2001, the local police illegally sent me to a brainwashing class, where they subjected me to forced brainwashing. They changed their approach this time, pretending to be nice to me, and then they forced me to watch brainwashing programs, not allowing me to close my eyes. They used collaborators [former Falun Gong practitioners who have gone astray due to brainwashing and torture], who were controlled by the evil to brainwash me. They would not release me until my brain had been "washed." They also used my family members to put pressure on me. Under such high pressure, I wrote a "regret letter" and "guarantee letter" against my will. This had a negative effect on Dafa.
After being released, I thought to myself, I will cultivate secretly at home. I do not want the evil to find out and persecute me again. Then I read Master's Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference, where Master said, "Wherever there's a problem, that is where you need to clarify the truth and save people. Don't take a detour when you run into difficulties. When you see something that does us harm, or when you see something blocking our validating the Fa, don't take a detour-you should face it, and clarify the truth and save those beings." It was our compassionate, great Master who gave me chance after chance to be reborn. So I called the police station and the brainwashing center with everyday people's fear, and declared that I refused to give up cultivation. I thought that this would amend the damage I brought to Dafa, and I reluctantly wrote my declaration. I was actually afraid that I might do worse, and further stain Dafa.
Master said in A Suggestion, "The old forces think that a Dafa student who, out of attachments, during this period gives a written promise not to cultivate Dafa anymore has determined his own future. If it didn't truly come from his heart and was the result of coercion, and if he rejoins the Fa-rectification, then there will be greater tribulations, as tests, for him to pass." Because of what Master said, I realized that this situation must be a test for me, to see if I could pass this tribulation. It was part of the test of whether I can put down my attachment to life or death. I enlightened that I am the disciple of the Lord of Buddhas. No matter how many attachments I still have, no evil is worthy enough to take advantage of my loopholes. This cultivation path of mine was arranged by my Master, and all those rotten demons are not worthy of testing me. I will thoroughly eliminate all of them with my righteous thoughts, until they are all gone. I hereby solemnly declare, all I wrote that did not conform to Dafa is null and void. I will cultivate diligently, melt into the current of Fa-rectification, redouble my efforts to amend any losses, follow up with Master's Fa-rectification process, fulfill the vow of gods, and conduct myself as a genuine Dafa disciple.
Written in September, 2002http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2002/10/29/38821.html
By Falun Dafa Practitioner Tang Wenrong
On September 30, 2002, the day before our National Holiday, the evil barged into my home, asked me to sign my name on a sheet of paper, and asked me if I still practiced Falun Gong. I answered firmly, "I still practice." Two days later, the evil gang came again, forced me go to the detention center, and tried to force me to sign my name again. I absolutely refused, and requested the opportunity to see the Head of the Police Station so that I could ask, "Why have you put me in a detention center without any reason?" They ignored my requests, and told me that if I refused to sign, they would use torture devices on me. I had seen before with my own eyes how police had prisoners torture Falun Dafa practitioners with all sorts of devices. Due to lack of righteous thoughts, I became afraid. After more than twenty days, my family members wrote a guarantee letter for me, and I was released. Upon returning home, I studied the Fa, especially Master's new articles, and I realized that what I did and thought do not conform to Dafa. I let down our Master and Dafa. This was a big lesson that I learned. I hereby solemnly declare that what I thought and what my family members wrote for me in the detention center are all null and void. I will amend the negative effect that I brought to Dafa, and conduct myself as a genuine Dafa disciple.
Written on October 28, 2002http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2002/10/30/38860.html
By Falun Dafa Practitioner Xu Yuling
I obtained Dafa on November 18, 1995. Through cultivating in Dafa, I had more than ten kinds of sicknesses removed. Because of a lack of understanding about the seriousness of cultivation, however, after July 20, 1999, in front of the evil that covered the sky and ground and under high pressure, I wrote fake guarantees according to the evil's requirements. I was so afraid that I turned in all of my Dafa materials besides Zhuan Falun, and Essentials for Further Advancement. I also signed my name, gave my fingerprints, and let the evil take my photo. After studying the Fa, I enlightened that I should step out to validate Dafa in a dignified manner. On January 20, 2000 I went to Tiananmen Square with my fellow practitioners to validate Dafa, and I felt that I would never promise the evil any thing again. Because my understanding towards the solemn declaration was not serious enough, the solemn declarations that I had written many times had never been published before. Master said in Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference (Guiding the Voyager), "Cultivation is an individual matter, and following the crowd won't do it. Each person's improvement must be well-grounded." Now I can clearly see the importance of writing solemn declarations. I hereby declare, all I said, wrote, or did, or that my family/colleagues promised for me, that did not conform with Dafa is null and void. I will follow Master closely, cultivate Dafa, and redouble my efforts to amend the losses I caused to Dafa.
Written on October 25th, 2002http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2002/11/1/38942.html
By Falun Dafa Practitioner Zhu Yali
Although I am a veteran practitioner, I did not study the Fa thoroughly, and so, I did not discipline myself strictly during personal cultivation. During the Fa-rectification period and under the three years of high-pressure persecution, I could not see clearly the nature of this persecution, I could not treat myself as a real Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, and I did many things that a Fa-rectification Dafa disciples should not do. I brought damage to Dafa, and interfered with fellow practitioners. Every time I thought about this, I felt very regretful, and I could not face my mistakes. For a while I was very sad, and felt hopeless and numb. With the evil old forces wildly interfering and persecuting, I did not study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts well enough, or clarify the truth diligently. Our great Master gives his disciples chance after chance to walk our paths correctly. The grand mercy of Master woke me up. As his disciple, I can no longer be in such an ignorant state. I will carefully follow Master's teachings, grasp this historically rare opportunity, completely negate the arrangements of old the evil forces, and do what a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple should do at this moment.
I hereby solemnly declare, all I said and did under the evil, high-pressure persecution that did not conform with Dafa is null and void. I will redouble my efforts to amend any losses, clarify the truth to people, and follow up in the progress of Master's Fa-rectification.
Written on October 21, 2002http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2002/11/2/39014.html