Have a Firm Belief in Master and Keep Righteous Thoughts
(Clearwisdom.net) Just before the Beijing Olympics, the CCP started to arrest Falun Gong practitioners nationwide to deliberately create an atmosphere of terror. Practitioners in our area have been arrested and taken to labor camps since March. In early July when the Olympic Torch Relay was close to our city, the local officials became very nervous and started to harass and arrest practitioners. I learned this news from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, which reported that mass arrests would begin in our city early in the morning on July 4. I told this to my parents-in-law who are practitioners too. I asked them to spread this news to other practitioners so practitioners can be prepared and keep righteous thoughts to resist the persecution.
The persecution was getting much more brutal. Many practitioners were arrested and taken to labor camps. Many strange things happened in my home too: the smell of leaking gas filled the kitchen, water leaked, the kitchen roof leaked. On rainy days, water was everywhere in the kitchen. In addition, there was an electrical problem. I had no power when it rained. Suddenly everything start to "leak." Recalling my cultivation in these years, it has not been smooth sailing. I have fallen down many times. I have not been diligent recently either. I must have many loopholes. With all those issues and bad news about practitioners' arrests, I felt the danger close to me. Was this Master's hint I should be alert or was this interference from the evil? I have a "truth-clarification" materials center at home with some equipments and consumable materials. I am responsible to provide truth clarification materials to several practitioners. My mother-in-law was illegally sentenced to prison before and she was once reported to the police while clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to others. She has been the focus of local police. What I should do?
I thought it over. Master hinted for me to pay attention to safety. But how I can be safe? On the surface, the best choice was to move the materials and equipments away, so the police could not find the evidence. But then many sentient beings would not be able to receive Minghui articles and truth clarification materials. This would delay saving them. This is definitely not what Master wants.
If this was not a hint from Master, then it must be interference from the evil. Why are they allowed to interfere? We all know Master never acknowledged this persecution, so we are required to never acknowledge this persecution. But this should not be just in words, it should manifest in our actions and every thought. We are required to not acknowledge the old force itself. The evil knows about this too. They are afraid of practitioners who have enlightened to this principle. So they are persecuting us nervously and look for any excuse to interfere with us. If we do not have strong righteous thoughts and let it go as it wants, the persecution will happen to us. For example, some practitioner may think "I have many loopholes, so I am in a very dangerous situation and the old forces are going to persecute me." Teacher has said,
"You're a practitioner, so if you always think it's a health problem you're actually asking for it - you are asking for that problem, and now it's able to set in. To be a practitioner your character has to be high. Don't always be afraid that it's a health problem. Fearing that it's a health problem is an attachment in itself, and it can bring you trouble just the same." ("Qigong Psychosis," Lecture Six from Zhuan Falun, 2003 translation).
I enlightened that we are asking for persecution if we always fear that the old forces will persecute us. It is the same as fear of a health problem. We acknowledge it, so it has excuses to persecute us. Thinking "The situation is dangerous. I cannot continue to produce truth clarification materials and need to move the equipment elsewhere. I will start to do it again when the situation is getting better." is like that. Also, those excuses are to cover our attachments. It appears we do this for safety and for Dafa. Actually we are acknowledging the persecution, and believing we will be persecuted, so it is able to persecute us.
Realizing those principles, my wife, parents-in-law and I shared our understandings and decided we would go on as usual. All truth clarification materials and Dafa books would remain in the same place as though the situation never changed. We keep strong righteous thoughts inside: We do not acknowledge the old force's persecution, and will not allow the police to come to our home. With a firm belief in Master and our understanding of the boundless Dafa, our truth-clarification materials center functions as normal even during the madness of the persecution.
(From the Fifth Mainland China Falun Dafa Practitioners Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference on the Internet)
October 14, 2008