A 67 Year Old Gentleman Has The Wisdom and Courage To Stand Up For What Is Right
(Narrative of the gentleman himself. Recorded and Edited by a fellow practitioner)
I am a farmer. I'm sixty-seven years old. I began my practice of Falun Dafa at the end of November 1998. Since then, I have been persistent in studying the Fa and truly cultivating myself. In the beginning, I didn't know all the Chinese characters in the words of Zhuan Falun [main book of Falun Dafa teachings]. Now I can read it very fluently. I always remind myself of this-- be a good Fa-rectification disciple and don't ever let down Teacher's compassion. After learning that Minghui has been asking practitioners to share experiences in rectifying the Fa, I decided to do so. However, I haven't had much formal education, so I asked a fellow practitioner to help me with this. The following is my personal experience in Fa-rectification.
1. Clarifying The Truth And Saving Sentient Beings
When I was in my village, I would often go out on my bicycle to distribute truth-clarification materials. At that time, we didn't have enough materials. Later, I received a copy of Teacher's article "To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference." It says,
"Every one of us is creating history for the future, that's why everyone is not only participating in group activities, but also taking the initiative to look for things to do. As long as something is good for Dafa, you should take the initiative to do it, take the initiative to work on it."
I came to realize that when we didn't have enough truth-clarification materials, we should not just wait for fellow practitioners to provide them to us. We should take the initiative to do so ourselves. We could make some simple truth-clarification materials ourselves. So a fellow practitioner and I worker together and made some. And we posted those materials that night. We returned home safely.
Once, on my way home I bought a case of wine because some of my family members enjoy it. When I got home, I found the seller had given me ten Yuan too much in change. I realized that I should return the extra change, but it became dark then. As I was hesitating, I came to realize that I am a practitioner. Teacher told me that I should be a person who is selfless and always considers others first. So I decided to go back and return the money immediately. When I returned the ten Yuan, the seller was very grateful. He thanked me and said, "I didn't expect there would be such a good person in our current society." He suggested we split the ten Yuan. I told him, "I am a Falun Gong practitioner. My Teacher told me to be a good person and not to take other people's stuff. This is your money. I wouldn't take even a penny." Then I clarified the truth of the so-called "Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation Incident" to him and gave him a truth-clarification VCD. He gladly accepted all the materials. When I talked to him, other people came and listened to us also. Some of them wanted to learn Falun Gong right away. I validated that Falun Dafa is good by my actions and I explained the facts to more people. When I came back, it was dark. However, I felt delighted in my heart.
Once, I went to the post office to get my salary check. It seemed to me that I received ten extra Yuan. However, I had to wait till next month to check the salary details. When that day came, it was raining very heavily. But still I went to the post office. They thought I must need the money right away since I went there in the heavy rain. I told them, "No, I'm not in urgent need of the money. However, I've been anxious for a whole month. Please check the salary details for me and see whether you gave me ten extra Yuan. If so, I would like to return the money to you." They were very surprised. I said, "I am a Falun Gong practitioner. My Teacher told me to be a good person and not to take other people's things. I need to be a good person under all circumstances." Then I gave them some truth-clarification materials. They were concerned and asked, "You are still practicing Falun Gong? Aren't you afraid?" I said, "I'm being a good person. Why should I be afraid?"
One day when I was posting truth-clarification slogans in the village, a security guard saw me. He asked, "What are you doing?" I said, "I'm posting Falun Gong materials." He said, "I will report you if you continue to do so." After a while, his boss came. The guard embellished the story as he recounted it to his boss. I wasn't afraid at all. My heart was righteous. I remembered Teacher's words,
"Even a little righteousness can subdue a hundred evils."
(Falun Buddha Fa, Lecture at the Conference in Singapore)
His boss looked at me and left without saying a word. Another person said to that guard, "It was his business posting the materials. Why should you care?"
I would bring some truth-clarification materials with me whenever I went out so that I could clarify the truth anywhere and any time. I want to save the sentient beings that have been deceived. I don't want to lose any opportunity to explain the facts. Teacher said,
"Every person you come into contact with in society is someone to clarify the truth to, and what's manifest in clarifying the truth is Dafa disciples' mercy and their salvation of the world's people."
(From To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference)
When I was thirsty, I would buy something to drink and clarify the facts to the people in the shop. When my bike broke, I would have it repaired and clarify the facts to the people at the bike shop. Telling people the facts became an inseparable part of my life.
2. Contacting Fellow Practitioners
During my Fa-rectification cultivation, I came to understand that Falun Dafa disciples are one body. I have been able to obtain Teacher's articles and truth-clarification materials in good time. However, there were many fellow practitioners that have not been able to get them. I feel I should try to contact them. Most of those who have been unable to get them have the attachment of fear and haven't dared to step forward. I should communicate with them to help them improve so that we could improve as a whole.
There are five villages close to my village. I heard from my relatives that there are practitioners in those villages. However, I didn't know their names, addresses, and whether they still practiced Falun Dafa. How could I contact them? Later, I had a good idea. I brought some cotton and then went to one of the villages to have the cotton processed. While I waited in line, I started to chat with the people in the village. I led the topic to Falun Gong. When they mentioned Falun Gong, I immediately asked them about the practitioners' situation in their village. I listened to them very carefully and remembered the addresses of the fellow practitioners.
Later I successfully got in touch with them with Teacher's help. I took them Teacher's new articles and truth-clarification materials. They were very pleased to receive them. They had been anxious because they hadn't obtained Teacher's new articles since the police abducted the practitioner that originally brought them materials. We set up a time and place to meet again.
Later, I also got to know the practitioners in the other four villages. Some of them were too afraid to accept the materials. I encouraged them, "How can a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple not melt into Fa-rectification? We can't let down Teacher's compassion." A few times when I arrived at the appointed place with Dafa materials, it was raining and the wind was blowing heavily. The practitioners who were supposed to meet me didn't come. So I took the materials to their homes. In this way, I contacted all practitioners in those five villages. Each time I went off to meet them, I would send forth righteous thoughts along the way and recite Teacher's poem "Mighty Virtue,"
"Dafa never leaves the body,
Heart contains Zhen-Shan-Ren;
A great Arhat in the world,
Spirits and ghosts fear the most."
I began to communicate with each one of them. Before, we were separate particles. Now we have formed a very good communication network and have become inseparable as one body.
3. Validating The Fa And Going To Beijing
On December 15, 2001 (of the Chinese lunar calendar), I went to Beijing with some fellow practitioners to validate the Fa. We arrived at Tiananmen Square around noon. Half of the people on the Square were plain-clothes police. I calmed myself down a little. Then I pulled out a Falun Dafa banner from my shirt and cried out loudly, "Falun Dafa is good!" I only repeated it a few times before vicious police forced me into a waiting police car. I tried to call out loudly before I was thrown in. They kicked me twice.
At the local police station, I thought about what Teacher told us,
"No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates."
(From Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful)
So I refused to have my picture taken. The police transferred me to another station that night. They threatened me, "Wait to get beaten up since you were unwilling to give us your names and addresses!" I said to Teacher in my heart, "Teacher, I don't want to go to that place. I need to go back to do more Fa-rectification work." We arrived at the police station after about an hour. A policeman in his fifties took me to upstairs. In the beginning, he was very kind to me and said, "I know Falun Dafa practitioners are good people." He tried to get my contact information when chatting with me. I saw through his plan. After a while, he lost his faked patience and showed his true nature. He said viciously, "So you don't want to take the easy way. You are asking for trouble." Then he slapped me on my face. My nose started to bleed immediately. He also kicked me. I definitely wouldn't cooperate with them. So when they ordered me to stand up, I sat down on the floor. He threatened me, "If you don't tell me now, I will bury you alive. Then I will throw your body into the mountain. Even your family won't know." I knew they were playing tricks on me. So I replied, "Who said my family wouldn't know? My family saw me off at the bus station." He then asked me how much the bus ticket was. I knew he wanted to guess where I came from based on the bus ticket price. So I didn't tell him. I said, "It isn't me that wanted to come here. It's you guys that brought me here. I planned to go back home the same day I came. You brought all these troubles to yourselves." He had nothing to say. I thought, "You guys brought me here, so you guys should take me back." I started to send forth righteous thoughts while talking to him. Soon Teacher made me show "symptoms of sicknesses." I felt dizzy and my heartbeat increased dramatically. They asked a doctor to come in. After a physical checking, the doctor said I had a high blood pressure. That policeman slept on the chair at the door that night. And I sent forth righteous thoughts the whole night.
The next day, the head of their department came. He said to me, "We will send you back if we should. Why didn't you bring your ID when you go traveled to another city? That's illegal. And don't practice Falun Gong since the government doesn't allow it." I answered, "I only know that we have freedom of belief. I never heard that we are not allowed to practice Falun Gong." He said, "Before, there wasn't such a regulation. But now, there is." I said, "Is there a document? Let me see it. I want my family to see it also." They knew they were lying. So they had nothing to say. At last, they asked a female cop to send me to the bus station. Then I went back home.