Righteously Deny the Old Forces' Arrangements
(Clearwisdom.net) My brother was arrested by the wicked Communist Regime in May 2000 for practicing Falun Gong and following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. The arrest broke up a happy family with an elderly mother, a loving wife and a nine-month-old baby. The disappearance of the income earner for the family caused tremendous hardships for the other family members. I went to clarify the truth to the wicked party members and requested the release of my brother, and in return I was threatened, insulted, intimidated, and denied permission to visit.
Under the circumstances, since all possible legal avenues were exhausted, my family members resorted to public protest to voice our innocence. We clarified the truth in public places to save sentient beings. My fellow practitioners participated in the coordination and it continued for about a week.
In the beginning, because we coordinated ourselves well as a group, we were able see through the various sinister plots that were carried out to incriminate us and to further extend the persecution. Unfortunately, a few days later, because of various human attachments and major gaps in our coordination effort, I was taken advantage of and arrested.
When I was arrested, a fellow practitioner sensed the urgency of the situation and immediately informed the area's coordinators. Within a short period of time, more than ten fellow practitioners had congregated in the neighborhood and formed a unified body to begin an urgent rescue effort. Inside the police station, the station manager was shouting at me. "Wait and see!" he yelled. Solemnly and calmly, I reasoned with him, "You do not need to yell. Put yourself in my shoes. If your relative were unjustly arrested, could you feel at ease? Have I done anything wrong by exposing my brother's innocence? You arrested my brother and now today you arrested me. The public can see with their own eyes that you are knowingly violating and breaking the law." The station manager was dumbfounded and he had nothing to say. He turned around and left.
Following this, another policeman arrived on the scene. He banged on the table angrily and yelled, "Even if we were wrong in arresting your brother, what can you do? Today we arrested you once again - wherever you want to appeal your case, feel free to do so. I am going to lock you inside the iron gate. Whatever I say goes whether you like it or not." With these words, he ordered the guards to open the iron gate. With an ever firmer belief in Master and belief in Dafa, I responded emphatically that whether I go or not, it's not up to him to order me. I thought in my heart, "What counts is what Master has said. Those places are not meant for me because I did nothing wrong; I didn't violate the law. Prison is a place for criminals." The policeman responded, "Whatever I have said today goes." With righteous thoughts, I countered that whatever he says doesn't count, no matter what he is up to, and that he needs to think thoroughly before proceeding. He should not put such a burden on his shoulders. Right after that, the evil that manipulated him disintegrated. He did not even dare to face me. His attitude relaxed and with a smile on his face, he told the two guards to let me sit outside and wait.
When they saw that they couldn't gain anything by force, they changed tactics and sent in another policeman who was acquainted with me. This officer started to kick and punch the inmates to show off his authority. I faced everything with righteous thoughts. Later, this officer began to discuss certain past incidents of regular society. I was moved by the sentiment. Immediately the evil reappeared and revealed its true colors. Right away I sensed that things weren't right. How could I put my reliance and hope on this person! Our great benevolent Teacher enlightened me with the poem "Don't Be Sad":
Imprisoned as you are,
don't be sorrowful or sad
Carry on with righteous thoughts and actions,
and the Fa is with you
Calmly reflect on the attachments you have
Remove your human thoughts
and evil will naturally die out
(Hong Yin II, Translation Version A)
In that environment, I wasn't able to identify my fundamental attachments. I sent righteous thoughts to ask Master to righteously support me, to deny and repudiate the old forces' evil arrangements. I must walk the cultivation path as arranged by our benevolent Master. Prison is not where I should be. There are countless sentient beings outside waiting to be saved; I must free myself to go outside to save them. Even if I have gaps, I will not recognize the persecution. I will not acknowledge the persecution that was unjustly forced upon my family. I thoroughly deny all of the old forces' arrangements. Unceasingly, as I continued to strengthen this single thought, once again through Master's great benevolent compassion and grand mercy, and the invincibility of the mighty Fa, I was able to regain freedom from the evil's clutches.
In the taxi on my way home, fear keep reappearing to haunt me. I was afraid that the evil would follow, intimidate, and harass me. Although I wanted to clarify the truth in the vehicle, fear overwhelmed me. The more I was afraid, the more it became unbearable. I said to myself in my heart, "Let it pass this time, let's do it another time when the conditions becomes more stable." By then all the passengers in the vehicle had left, and only the driver and I remained. Soon I realized that my chain of thoughts was not right - was that the real me thinking? Am I making the best use of every available opportunity? What am I afraid of? I have the support of our great benevolent Teacher. What I cultivate is the most righteous Fa. A few hours ago, wasn't I praying to seek Master's righteous support to escape from the evil's clutches to save sentient beings? With this heart of selfishness, am I still fit to be a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple? With these thoughts, the Fa opened my wisdom; I told the driver the truth and he agreed to renounce the three levels of the vile communist party. I also took the initiative to do the renouncement on behalf of his wife and children. The driver agreed to contact the local Dafa disciples to acquire and read the truth-clarification material. After I did what I was supposed to do, the fear disappeared.
August 31, 2006