Maintain Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions, Walk Well the Fa-rectification Cultivation Path
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, venerable Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I'm a practitioner from Helongjiang Province who has been cultivating solidly in my job as a schoolteacher. I've been taking the opportunity to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to teachers and students even though I have been detained four times in the past. Three principals have come and gone during my service at the school and I have clarified the truth to them all. As a result, they have all stopped taking part in persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners and started taking the initiative to protect them instead.
Refusing to Write the Guarantee Statements and Clarifying the Truth in a Positive Way
The first principal visited me when I was detained in a detention center. She almost begged me to write the guarantee statement to denounce Falun Dafa. However, I was not convinced, no matter what she said. Another time, the Bureau of Education requested all Falun Gong practitioners to write the guarantee statements, to which I resolutely refused. The principal called me into her office telling me that higher authorities had asked that I write the guarantee statements and that if I would only write it, I would be okay. I told her that I could not write the guarantee statement. A cultivator must be truthful and not lie. She said she was not her trying to give me a hard time, but the Bureau of Education had asked me to write it. I told her that I would go to the Bureau of Education to explain to them. She agreed to allow me to go to the Bureau of Education. This was my opportunity to explain the facts to them so I wrote something which stated that there's nothing wrong with trying to become a good person. It is my right to believe what I believe and that the reason for refusing to write the guarantee statement is because teachers are supposed to speak the truth. I took my note to the Bureau of Education and handed it over to a supervisor. He did not say anything and was very friendly after reading my note. I realized that as long as I have righteous thoughts, the evil will not be able to interfere with me. The principal admitted that expressing one's belief is not a crime, and that I should cultivate well.
Doing My Job Well and Validating the Fa Through My Actions
I enlightened that a Dafa practitioner should be a good person everywhere he/she goes, and that by doing well, the practitioner is validating the Fa. When the second principal took his post, he did not dare allow me to teach classes; I was only allowed to do secretarial work. I thought to myself, "It doesn't matter; that is a good opportunity for me to learn typing, and later it will be useful in validating the Fa." That thought really took effect, because for more than a year my work was just typing. I typed a lot every day and my typing speed became quite fast. I was able to very quickly type whatever my supervisor assigned. One time there were negative comments about Falun Gong in a paper assigned by the school Chief so I deleted them and told the Chief about it. I also told him not to write anything like that in the future, and nothing bad happened. Another instructor gave me an article with negative comments on Falun Gong and I simply deleted them in front of her. I told her, "Don't do it again; it's not good for you." I also explained the facts about Falun Dafa to her and advised her to quit the Chinese Communist Party. There now are no negative comments about Falun Gong in our school's documents.
Soon after the third principal took his post, teachers in all schools were asked to sign a three-year contract. The Bureau of Education took this opportunity to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and requested us to write a guarantee statement in order to renew our contracts. My school also drew up a contract that requested that teachers not practice Falun Gong, which I resolutely refused to sign. The principal asked to see me and told me that the contract applied to everyone and was not targeting just me, asking why I didn't sign. I replied that the contract was not reasonable because it asked people to not practice Falun Gong. Realizing that I was steadfast, the principal did not waste his time trying to persuade me. He asked my brother, my brother's wife, my friend who works in the Bureau of Department, and my coworker who is also my best friend to persuade me.
I realized that I was facing the biggest challenge. Through studying the Fa, I came to understand that practicing Falun Dafa is meant to cultivate away human attachments and to eventually become a divine being, and that if I failed to use righteous thoughts when conflicts arose, I would not be living up to the standard. In addition, practicing Falun Dafa would bring blessings to me, so I should not lose my job. I also realized my shortcomings, my attachment to gain, and the fear of losing my job, which is a selfish mentality. In fact, validating the Fa and saving sentient beings should always be the first priority of a Fa-rectification period Dafa practitioner.
After having a clear understanding of Fa-principles, I knew that I had to think about saving sentient beings no matter what, and whoever came to persuade me, I would just clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and expose the persecution. The principal came to see me again, trying to persuade me by using a different approach, but I could not be influenced. The principal asked me if would I sign the contract if I were to lose my job if I didn't. Again, I refused and stated that losing a job over personal beliefs is a violation of human rights. I had made up my mind to persist to the very end using righteous thoughts.
One day after school was over and I was about to leave, the principal called from the Bureau of Education and asked me to wait a little while. The principal brought all the documents from the Bureau of Department and told me that after a discussion with the supervisors in the Bureau of Department, all wording requesting that I not practice Falun Gong would be removed. At that moment, I felt Dafa's miraculous power; it was Teacher who had seen his disciple's righteous thoughts and resolved everything. That night my supervisor worked overtime deleting all wording in the contract regarding not practicing Falun Gong. The next morning, I signed the contract in an open and dignified manner, and I again validated the Fa.