(Clearwisdom.net) A while ago, when I talked with several fellow practitioners who had not been able to step out, they raised many questions. They most frequently asked, "So and so was so determined, why did he pass away? So and so did so many things for Dafa, why did he also pass away?"

This made me think of another practitioner who had been detained in the same prison. Late last year when she managed to get out from the labor camp and brainwashing center, she shared her experience with me. I was particularly impressed by her experiences, which are recounted below.

In early 2004, this practitioner was illegally detained in a labor camp. Because she did not give in, the police used a very brutal method to torture her in order to "brainwash" her. They hung her up so that her feet barely touched the ground. She was not allowed to use the toilet and she had to urinate and defecate in her pants during the cold winter days. She was hung like this for over ten days. She shivered from the cold and from her wet and cold pants. The long hanging caused her excruciating pain. All this pain was unbearable and would make anyone want to die.

At last, she lost consciousness. At that moment, she suddenly experienced something unique. Her yuanshen (primordial spirit) left her body and entered a white and transparent dome. Her body rose slowly. She was reciting Hong Yin and sending forth righteous thoughts while she slowly ascended. She felt incredibly light and wonderful. When she looked down, she saw her physical body still hanging there and immediately realized that she could lose her body. She then begged Teacher: "I still need to validate the Fa in this human world and save sentient beings. I cannot lose my physical body." As soon as this thought came about, her yuanshen returned to her body. She instantly felt excruciating pain. The police stopped hanging her that night. They never again physically punished her.

Teacher said,

"...some of you have reincarnated time and time again over the course of history, and while you were in human society, lost in delusion, you might very well have signed some kind of pact with the old forces, like for example,

'During the Fa- rectification I will do such and such or take such and such path on a certain day.' At that time, within the laws of the old Fa it seemed absolutely correct, so a few of you students have signed that type of pact, and that's why from time to time some things happen among our Dafa disciples." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, USA")

Teacher also said,

"...even if sometime in history you did sign some kind of pact, if today your righteous thoughts are very strong, you don't recognize it, and you insist on not taking part in it, then you can in fact reject it." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, USA")

Since the persecution began on July 20, 1999, this practitioner initially had not completely rejected the arrangement of the old forces, causing constant tribulations. She had been detained at a women’s labor camp, detention center, prison, and labor camp, and had been tortured in four different brainwashing centers. However, at the critical moment, she rejected the old forces’ arrangement with her righteous thought. Teacher then helped her to pass the tribulation.

It is certainly not easy to pass these tribulations. I also have been tortured in prison. I once had the deviated thought of giving up my physical body. Those practitioners who passed away have had their loopholes of wanting to be relieved from long and painful tribulations

I wrote this to tell those practitioners who still have not stepped forward that only through solid cultivation can we enlighten to the Fa at different levels in the process of doing the three things well. When you keep up with the pace of Fa-rectification, all of your questions will be answered.

June 12, 2006