(Note: this article talks about Mainland practitioners, but its principles are applicable for overseas practitioners as well. Overseas practitioners face various kinds of persecution as the Fa-rectification period draws closer to the end, such as work issues, family problems, conflicts among practitioners, etc. This article's principles might be useful in helping us see clearly and treat properly the persecution we face overseas).

(Clearwisdom.net) The old forces are destined to carry out the persecution until the end. In "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia," Teacher said, "I've said before that the evil won't stop persecuting even right up until the very end. Even if it's going to end tomorrow, today that evil will still do evil just the same." How can we minimize the damage and perform better during this process? Teacher said, "We have said that good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thoughts, and the thoughts at that moment can bring about different consequences." (Zhuan Falun, Lecture 4, "Upgrading Xinxing") I think this is a very important issue: Righteous Thoughts. If we maintain strong righteous thoughts, the old forces won't be able to bother us. If we do not, it will be easy for them to take advantage of us. Teacher's Fashen as well as guardian deities are watching over us all the time. The old forces are also waiting for every chance to disturb our efforts to bring salvation to the people.

During experience exchanges I learned a lot of practitioner's experiences and lessons. Although there were other reasons behind the problems, I think that whether we can see the problems with a righteous mind is one of the most important elements. Therefore I've written down a few examples hoping that other practitioners will take heed.

1. Cong went to the home of a practitioner who makes truth-clarifying materials with him. He said, "If you are caught, just say I did all these." The police caught him soon after this.

2.Mrs.Wang's husband said to her, "The police have been circling the neighborhood recently. Did they come after you?" Mrs. Wang said, "Impossible!" Then she thought, "Maybe they are after me." Then the police did come and arrest her. At that moment her righteous thoughts grew strong and she refused to go with them. She sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil, and the police left without her.

3. Zheng was caught with 7 other practitioners. In the detention center Zheng sent forth a resolute thought, "I will not go to the labor camp. I have validated the Fa." In the end, the other 7 practitioners were sent to labor camp, but Zheng was released.

4. Wang and 13 other practitioners were illegally sent to Masanjia Labor Camp. The other practitioners felt that they could give up everything for the Truth of the Universe, and they were not afraid to go to the labor camp. But Wang said, "I can't go to that place. They are sending people who follow "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" to such a place. This is not done according to the Law. I cannot go." Therefore, the other 13 practitioners were taken to the labor camp, but Wang was released.

The Teacher said in Zhuan Falun, "I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe."

The majesty and holiness of Falun Dafa will bring us all that is good. But why does this persecution exist? This is mainly the old forces' arrangement of so-called tests, and tribulations that have been forcefully applied to us. It might also be that due to our lack of understanding of the Fa, we are unknowingly agreeing to the old forces arrangements. Let me raise a few more examples.

1. Feng said to fellow practitioners, "You'll gain the same amount that you give out. As practitioners we should always provide for others, and we can handle everything." Hence the evils persecuted him extensively. They illegally locked him in Masanjia Labor Camp for one year, and then they sent him to Guanshan Labor Camp for another year of torturing. After they released him, in less than a month, they took him away again to Dalian Labor Camp.

2. Two practitioners jumped off the building when police were after them. They were injured to the same extent, but the end results were quite different. They locked the male practitioner in the hospital, and the doctor said, "The bones were crushed. The bone pieces have penetrated the marrow, and you'll be crippled." He thought, "All these are but the surface, for show. I am a practitioner, I will be alright." And he recovered quickly. The female practitioner was sent to the hospital and the doctor said the same thing. She thought, "I am a practitioner. I won't be crippled. But maybe I will be hindered in some way when I walk." Hence, now she walks with difficulty.

Where doour thoughts come from? If they come from the old forces and if we follow the thoughts without consideration, then we might end up walking the old forces' path. If we take every thought into the Fa and rectify it, and follow the requirements of Falun Dafa by eliminating all the old forces' arrangements using supernormal capabilities and our intelligence, then we can better help Teacher rectify the Fa and bring salvation to all sentient beings.