Believing in Teacher and Dafa, Taking Righteous Paths in Our Cultivation
On the night of April 11 this year, I went to Guangyao Village to give out truth-clarifying flyers with my fellow practitioners. The local patrolling village guards discovered us, and their headman Xu Jun (Secretary of the Village, who has now met his retribution) tied me up with a rope and informed the nearby police station. On the same night, we were brought to the police station.
On the next day, some people came to interrogate us, trying to force us to tell them the source of the materials we were giving out and some other information. Since I refused to cooperate with them, a police guard Liu told me wickedly, "If you were a boy, I would beat you half to death." I ignored their treatment of me. An old man named Yi Zhaofa was recording the interrogation. He pretended to be nice, but he also threatened me, saying that I was not telling them the truth. He said, "If you tell us the source of the materials, we can discuss your case and have you make amends for your wrongdoing, so you can go home earlier. However, if you don't tell us, then your life will be ruined. We will send you to a labor camp for sure; it will be at least two years. You are still very young, so there is still time left for you to repent and be saved." I replied, "I did not violate the law, and I did not do anything wrong." I recited Teacher's words in my heart: "If a cultivator can let go of the thought of life and death under any circumstances, evil is bound to be afraid of him. If every practitioner is able to do this, evil will of itself no longer exist." "Since you are qualified, genuine cultivators who have met the standard, you cannot be pressured by way of money or material interests-those are things that a cultivator needs to let go of anyway. Besides, these cultivators can even let go of life and death: How could they fear the threat of death?" ("Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)")
I said to myself: "I must take a righteous path, not forgetting Teacher's benevolent and arduous salvation, and I must not let those wicked, ridiculous buffoons capitalize on any of my weak spots. Dafa is solemn, and I will never betray Dafa, because I am a particle within Dafa. I must let go of the thought of life and death and melt into the Fa. I am like a piece of gold: wherever I go, I should be shining with light. I firmly told them: "What you said does not count. My Teacher has arranged my path, and no one can change that. Let alone for two years -- even if I was sent to labor camps for 10 or 20 years, I will still be firm." Teacher said, "The steadfast, righteous thoughts of a cultivator transcend all human understandings, transcend all human thinking, and can never be understood by everyday people. At the same time, they cannot be changed by everyday people, because humans are not able to change enlightened beings." ("Coercion Cannot Change People's Hearts")
Seeing that my heart was not moved, they started to trick me using my affection for my family: They said that I had affected the life of my family, that I was inhumane by ignoring my family's worries about me, and my whole family had to solely depend on my sister's salary. They said that I should tell them what they wanted for my parents, my family, and my future's sake. I said, "All of these are the result of persecution from the government and wicked people like you. If there were no persecution, all of our practitioners' families would have been happy. In fact, I don't mind the suffering. Plus, my future is brilliant."
They asked me what is evil. I said loudly, "Those who fight the benevolent are evil." Because I firmly held righteous thoughts, the evil became very scared. They then used ordinary people's principles to slander Dafa, using the method of breaking up the context and distorting the meaning of Dafa. I replied to them with principles of Dafa, and told them that good is rewarded with good and evil is met with evil. I told them that slandering Dafa will result in retribution, and I took the chance to clarify the truth of Dafa to them. They all said that I was too stubborn, and that they could not "save" me.
Finally Liu showed his real face. He furiously said, "I will give you one last chance, if you still don't tell, you will be detained here indefinitely." He also said some dirty words. I told them seriously, "I have said all I will say. I did give out the flyers, and it's as simple as that. I have nothing more to say. You don't need to be angry like that." Liu said to me, "If you tell us the source of the materials, you will be free of trouble, and you would be doing us a great favor." Like this, the interrogation lasted from the morning until the afternoon. Liu personally ransacked my home, making a terrible mess. He found a printed copy of Zhuan Falun, a hand-copied Dafa book, and a hand-copied Hongyin (collection of Master's poems) on white cloth. Finally, Liu said to me, "I won't ask for the source any more, because you will not tell me. Do you still want to practice?" I said, "I will practice wherever I go." He sighed and said, "What a shame..." He then sent me to the No. 2 Detention Center of the city.
Like this, the wicked people did not dare to beat me at all. It was because of Teacher's protection and the effect of righteous thoughts. (I later learned that I was the first one who did not get beaten for giving out flyers).
I was illegally sentenced to one year in a labor camp in the detention center. However, there were many fellow practitioners in the detention center, and we read Zhuan Falun, Teacher's new articles, and materials from Minghui Net everyday. We tried to utilize every minute to study Dafa and improve ourselves. Also, we practiced all five sets of the exercises everyday and took advantage of every opportunity to promote Dafa. Even when the head of the detention center come into our cells to check, we still practiced the exercises as usual. According to the rules of the detention center, all the inmates should wear yellow coats and make the beds as regulated. We refused to do that, correcting all that is not righteous. Finally, the head of the detention center said, "I am running out of means to deal with you." Later on the article "Send Forth Righteous Thoughts at Set Times" from Clearwisdom Net and some of Teacher's new articles were sent to us, so we started to eliminate the evil with our righteous thoughts all the time. Plus, we sent forth righteous thoughts that we would never go to the labor camp.
Teacher does not accept the arrangements of the old forces, so we do not accept them, either. The labor camp is not for us, and the wicked people's words do not count. I said to Teacher in my heart, "I will never go to the labor camp, because I want to get out of here and finish my mission of saving so many people. I still have too many things to do, and I won't follow the arrangement of the evil." Teacher said in an article, "Some students suggest that the best practice of cultivation is to get placed into detention centers or labor camps, or get sentenced to jail in order to validate the Fa. Students, it is not so. Stepping forward to validate the Fa in various ways is a magnificent deed, but this absolutely does not mean that you have to be arrested by the evil. If that were the case, why would those students who step forward to make appeals demand the release of all those innocent students who have been arrested, detained, sent to labor camps, or sentenced to jail? Getting arrested is not the purpose. Validating Dafa is truly glorious - it is to validate Dafa that you step forward. Since you step forward, you should try to succeed in validating the Fa - this is the real purpose of stepping forward." ("Rationality") Teacher has long instructed us on how to break the arrangements of the old forces. When I thought of this, I felt immense power in my whole body.
On June 11, persecutors put several of us into a vehicle and sent us to the evil Wanjia Labor Camp. On the road, we were not in the mood for sightseeing, although it was beautifully green outside. Instead, we sent forth righteous thoughts during the whole trip. My mind was very clear. Surprisingly, right after I stepped out of the vehicle at the labor camp, I could not move any more, all of a sudden. I could not walk, and when we reached the hall, I could not even speak: I could only speak several sentences awkwardly once in a while, but my voice was very weak. At the time, my heart was pounding loudly. Even the guard beside me could clearly hear my heartbeat. I collapes into the sofa, and my fingers were all stretched out straight. All I could feel was that a great power was controlling everything, and the power was growing. It was Falun spinning at top speed on my whole body and emitting a tremendous field of righteous thoughts. Another practitioner (who had very high blood pressure, often as high as 190 mm Hg) could not move either. The guards put down heart disease and keratitis on the form for me.
The doctors in the labor camp were very angry at the guards from the detention center: "You guys keep sending too many of them here, we have received more practitioners from you in Shuangcheng City than anywhere else in Heilongjiang Province." We were then sent back to the detention center. On the way back, I was completely normal, as if nothing had happened. When we reached the detention center, I carried my luggage and went straight to the cell. All the practitioners in the detention center were very happy for us. The practitioners in our cell said excitedly, "We are so happy to see you back. We also sent forth righteous thoughts for you for the whole morning, hoping that you would come back." We then shared our experiences as a group.
On one Wednesday morning, a guard told me to go and have a medical examination in the Police Hospital of the Province. I sent forth righteous thoughts on the way again. When I reached the hospital, the same symptom appeared. The doctors did some tests (including an electrocardiogram) on me. When I got back to the detention center, I became normal again. The guards were all shocked and confused. I told them, "The path my Teacher arranged for me cannot be changed by anyone; Dafa has supernatural power."
On July 25, the police department had a meeting and released me. Before my release, I wrote "Falun Dafa is Good" and "Falun Dafa is a Righteous Cultivation Way" on the wall of the cell with my fellow practitioners. We did that to eliminate the evil and tell people in the future to remember the benevolent compassion of the Buddha Law.
My feeling is: At anytime and any place, I must believe in Teacher and Dafa, and take the righteous path in my cultivation. This is a fundamental issue. However, I have to let go of my ego and transcend my ego. Otherwise, I will not be able to cultivate to the realm of selflessness and transcend everything.