It is an Unparalleled Glory to Follow Teacher in the Fa-rectification
Teacher said in his article "Rationality," "Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy." I realized that it is very important for Falun Dafa practitioners to clarify the truth to everyday people, because this saves them. Seeing other practitioners step forward to clarify the truth in their spare time, I thought I also had that responsibility as a Falun Dafa practitioner. I realized that I should actively participate in every Fa-rectification activity. During the last two years, besides going to City Hall to practice the exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts in front of the consulate, I actively took part in other activities, too.
In July last year, two Westerner practitioners sat in front of the Chinese consulate around the clock for one week. I stayed there for two nights and did not feel tired at all. In contrast, I was more energetic and I understood the significance of the sit-in, in front of the consulate. Because the consulate represents the Chinese government and it is the propaganda tool to spread lies to overseas Chinese and Westerners, our sitting in front of the consulate was to protest against their actions to mislead more people and request the Chinese government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong. I decided for myself that I should sit in front the consulate around the clock for one month. I put forward my plan and hoped fellow practitioners would apply for a permit for me. But some practitioners thought that it was not appropriate for a young person to do a sit-in and everyday people would not understand, which might bring a negative effect to Falun Dafa. So, then I hesitated. I told my mother. My mom said, "It is your own matter. You should make your own decision. If you really want to do this from your heart, Teacher will help you, too."
I decided to sit in front of the consulate because the persecution in China was severe and almost everyday there were Falun Dafa practitioner tortured to death. I asked my Mom to accompany me to the police station to apply for the permit. In the police station, the police were very nice to us. I spoke the truth to them about the persecution in China and gave them truth-clarifying literature. I told them that I planned to sit in front of the consulate around the clock and requested their permission. They said I could not sit there around the clock because I am too young, but I could appeal there during the daytime or evening when accompanied by another adult. I agreed to appeal in the day because at night the consulate closed and there were no passersby on the street. A 67-year-old senior practitioner wished to join me for the sit-in. Thus two of us, one elderly and one young person, started the one-month long sit-in beginning on August 1. We sent forth righteous thoughts at the top of every hour besides studying Zhuan Falun and practicing the exercises. In this way, we sat there from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Later, other younger and elderly practitioners joined us.
In the one month of our sit-in, many passersby supported us after we clarified the truth. Some borrowed Falun Dafa books to read and some signed an appeal letter. Some said, "You will succeed." At 10:00 AM each morning, we practiced the exercises for one hour in front of the consulate. To prevent us from practicing there, the consulate staff set automatic sprinklers to pour water on us in the name of "watering the grass." The watering generally lasted for hours. At the beginning, we were wet and covered the sprinkler with a bottle. Later, we enlightened to the fact that this was not right. So we put on raincoats to practice the exercises. Passersby were sympathetic to us, and the police asked the consulate to change the watering time. But the consulate staff refused and continued watering whether it rained or not. After we sent forth righteous thoughts, the two sprinklers changed directions, one turned to the street and the other turned to the consulate at a fixed angle. The consulate staff had the sprinkler repaired afterwards. But after a while, the sprinklers changed directions to the consulate and the street again. The consulate staff suspected that we did this on purpose and threatened to call the police if it happened again. Actually, we did not do anything and it was the effect of our righteous thoughts. On the last day of the sit-in, we wrote an appeal letter and gave it to the consulate, but it was refused.
Teacher's lecture at the 2001 Washington DC Falun Dafa Conference made me realize that, it is so important to clarify the truth to Chinese people. Chinese people are precious because they are the lords and kings in different cosmic levels. They represent the sentient beings in the huge cosmic systems, however, they are among those who were deceived by Chinese propaganda to the greatest extent. I started to send faxes to China, and later switched to sending 5 to 10 letters each day. Sometimes I also helped my mother to make phone calls. Once, an aunt told me that a police station in Beijing was going to send 15 arrested practitioners to mental hospitals. In the evening, my family called that police station to clarify the truth and advised them to be kind. The guy I spoke to said: "We are merely executing the orders." I told them that all good and bad would be repaid. I also told them that the so-called "Self-immolation in Tiananmen" was fake and it was used to suppress Falun Gong, and advised them not to send these good people into mental hospitals. I told them if they did not stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, I would expose their evil to the world through the Internet. They agreed to think about it. Later many practitioners began to clarify the truth to Chinese people through chat rooms in the Internet. I wanted to do that too, but my father did not agree. He said that there were many bad things on the Internet. But my mother supported me in doing it, and she told me to hold a righteous mind, since the chat rooms are too dirty. Once my mother and I chatted from 12:00 AM until 7:00 AM. In order to stay away from the bad things, I used a separate screen every time, thus I could only see words written by myself and the person I was talking to, and it was quite good. Many of them did not know the truth of Falun Gong, so I talked to them about it. I also told them about the doubtful points in the so-called "self-immolation" and the murder case in Beijing, as well as the situation of Falun Dafa being spread in overseas countries, etc. Sometimes there were so many people talking to me that I could barely take care of everyone. A college student could not always get access to the Internet due to financial hardships, so he simply gave me his name and telephone number to let me call him. I gave his number to my mother and she called him right away and told him about the true facts of Falun Gong. He said that he wanted to read the book and I told him to print it out from the website. Of course there were also some people who cursed at me, but I clarified the truth to them and persuaded them to be kind with a calm mind. Some kind-hearted people advised me to be cautious. I said, "I am not scared."
Since Changchun practitioners broadcast the truth of Falun Dafa on eight cable channels on March 5, 2002, the evil persecution against Changchun practitioners got more and more severe. The head of the evil even issued an order of "Killing without mercy." In order to stop the persecution and to raise awareness of this urgent situation with the Canadian government, practitioners in Canada held a 36-hour hunger strike in front of Parliament Hill. Following other fellow practitioners, I took the first bus to Ottawa. Unexpectedly, I was told that I was not allowed to join the hunger strike because I was younger than eighteen. I thought, that if practitioners in China had mounted hunger strikes to protest against the persecution, while overseas practitioners also held hunger strikes to awaken the public conscience, how could I have my delicious meals alone without joining the hunger strike? So, I decided that even if I couldn't sit in the hunger strike team, I could do a hunger strike at home to support my fellow practitioners. So I didn't eat anything during the 36-hour hunger strike period. In the two days of the hunger strike, I encountered xinxing tests. Since both of my parents participated in the hunger strike, feeding my 4-year old brother became my duty. When I saw my brother enjoying his food, I wanted to try some, but thinking that I was doing a hunger strike, I suppressed my desire for food. My mother also brought me a bottle of water and some chocolates. I put them into my bag until we finished the hunger strike. I knew that the hunger strike was not showing off to anybody. Teacher was watching me. I could not leave any footholds to the old evil forces. It was very strange that I didn't feel hungry at all after more than 30 hours of the hunger strike. Instead, I was very energetic. Usually I felt hungry in the afternoons at school if I didn't have my lunch. I knew that it was the power of Falun Dafa!
During the Fa-rectification period, Falun Dafa practitioners have so many things to do. Our fellow practitioners overcome all kinds of difficulties to be actively involved in many activities. My spare time has been enriched with studying the Fa, sending forth righteous thoughts and clarifying the truth. Indeed, I am very proud of being a Fa-rectification disciple.
Of course, what I have done is not enough, but I will try my best to do things better and better. After listening to Teacher's serious teaching at the Boston experience sharing conference, I realized that what we have done is not good enough. We are far away from the requirements of Fa. We should get rid of attachments and do it better in three aspects: Studying the Fa continuously, holding a righteous attitude toward sending forth righteous thoughts and clarifying the truth deeply and thoroughly. Let us follow the progress of Fa-rectification swiftly and take every step correctly in Fa-rectification.
(Shared at the Canada 2002 Conference)