November 18, 2002
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts and Clarifying the Truth of Dafa at the Same Time
In the article "Righteous Thoughts," Teacher Li said, "Dafa disciples are now sentient beings' only, sole hope for salvation. So, in order to do Fa-rectification more effectively, while you clarify the facts you have to take sending righteous thoughts very seriously, and in a timely manner purge the evil and your own problems so that you won't be taken advantage of by the evil."
During our recent trip to Mexico, we emphasized sending forth righteous thoughts at a close range. Although we had different opinions concerning the appropriate interval between sending forth righteous thoughts, we put our disagreements aside and tried to be cooperative and kind to each other. We also emphasized the quality of sending forth righteous thoughts, and let every Dafa practitioner make his or her own choices.
All of our activities are open to the public. Sending forth righteous thoughts in public is a validation of Dafa. The fact that 200 Dafa practitioners came to Mexico from all around the world revealed the seriousness of the persecution inside China. The peaceful appeal also showed the purity and tranquility of Dafa practitioners to people. The righteous thoughts eliminated the evil factors in other dimensions. Clarifying the truth of Dafa is aimed at people in this world, and it also has effects in other dimensions.
No wonder someone said that during the time we were in Los Cabos, all things favored Falun Gong, including the weather, the location, and the people that were there. Delegations and leaders from 21 countries attended the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting. It was a precious opportunity to show the world, especially the Chinese delegation, the demeanor of Dafa practitioners. The place chosen for the appeal was ideal, as all traffic to the airport had to pass by the location. The banners reading "Falun Dafa", and "Stop Persecuting Falun Gong" could be seen from a kilometer away. The Mexican people are very kind-hearted, and they resisted the pressure from the Jiang regime after find out the truth of Falun Dafa and the persecution in China.
At 8:30 am on October 28, 2002, several cars and vans carrying members from the Chinese delegation passed by the appeal site. Many people attending APEC saw the peaceful, righteous appeal by the Dafa practitioners, and many showed their support by making a "V" hand sign or honking their car horns.
Some of us were clarifying the truth of Dafa to people, while others were quietly sending forth righteous thoughts.
During the APEC meeting, many of the world media focused on Los Cabos. Dafa practitioners organized three press conferences to introduce Falun Gong and the persecution against Falun Gong in China, which were widely reported. The husband of Yoko Kaneko from Japan was there. A separate news conference was held to explain the lawsuit against Jiang. Major news agencies including AP, Reuters, and AFP flocked to interview the Falun Gong practitioners. Ms. Zhang Cuiying and Dai Zhizhen from Australia were also there. By talking about their personal suffering, they exposed the cruelty of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.
October 27 was the last day of the APEC meeting. Some practitioners kept sending forth righteous thoughts at the Yellow Monument, others held banners on the roadside where Jiang's car would pass. Because of the small number of people, "lunch" was eaten at 5 pm, but nobody complained.
At around 7 pm, a lady from the Chinese delegation came to talk with the Mexican police. She appeared to be urging the police to make us leave, but the police did not comply.
That evening, to avoid detection, Jiang seemed to want to create the illusion that he had left, as there weren't even any guards at the Chinese delegation's hotel.
Although we had been exposed to the hot sun for a whole day, we lined up along the road and sent forth righteous thoughts quietly without being disturbed by the superficial phenomena. People in the passing vehicles waved or honked to show support.
At 9 pm, several Mexicans arrived in high spirits to learn Falun Gong, and some local residents came to have their pictures taken with us. To guarantee the quality of sending forth righteous thoughts, we decided that some people would stay outdoors for the whole night, while others would return to hotels to rest and send forth righteous thoughts from there. The Dafa practitioners thought nothing of the hardships they had endured. Some came to Mexico right after having taken part in the Chicago and Houston events. At least one Dafa practitioner changed his flight from October 27 to 28 so that he could stay for an extra day.
Although the daytime temperatures in Los Cabos are very high, they drop dramatically at night.
At midnight, most of the policemen went to their cars to rest; Dafa practitioners simply slept on the ground while taking turns sending forth righteous thoughts.
At 7 am, Mexican policemen went back to the streets again. Then two Chinese officials talked to the policemen, and seemed to be asking for us to be removed, but police did not respond to this demand either.
At 8:30 am, cars and vans full of members from the Chinese delegation slowly drove past our banners showing "Falun Dafa is good" and "Stop the persecution to Falun Gong" as well as about 100 Dafa practitioners.
At 9 am, policemen closed the road to the airport. Some Dafa practitioners took the "Falun Dafa is good" banners to the part of the road that Jiang had to drive past. We didn't use any violence, what we had were pure, tranquil and kind hearts, along with the determination to stop the persecution.
We remembered that at around 5 pm on October 25, during Jiang's arrival, Mexican police allowed two big buses to prevent our banners from being seen. On the evening of October 27 and on the morning of October 28, the Chinese delegation twice pressed the Mexican police to make us leave. However, the policemen didn't yield to the pressure after seeing the peaceful and orderly Dafa practitioners exposed to the hot sun during the day and the cold at night over the past days. At 9:15 am Jiang's motorcade rushed to the airport driving in the wrong direction on a one-way road. Both the police and the bystanders were surprised by this action.
After Jiang left, we still kept sending forth righteous thoughts. Mexican police officers and local residents flocked to ask us for Dafa materials.
Later, many Dafa practitioners went to the airport to board their flights. Our plane was late, so we sent forth righteous thoughts and used the time to explain the truth of Dafa to people. One Japanese person who had attended APEC asked for details about Falun Dafa, and some Dafa practitioners from Japan gave him information about Dafa and the persecution. One APEC attendee was a lady from Washington DC. She said she lived very close to the Chinese embassy in DC and saw our Dafa practitioners almost every day.
On the plane, some practitioners met a reporter from a Chinese TV station. He said, "We all saw you, I took a lot of Falun Gong video footage." He also said, "In Houston, Jiang's motorcade drove on a road for garbage trucks to avoid seeing Dafa practitioners."
We began boarding the plane. When we saw the sun-tanned faces of Dafa practitioners, when we recalled the efforts of the Dafa practitioners that arrived early, and tried hard to clarify the truth of Dafa and pave the way for later, when we saw the change in the Mexican people after learning the truth about Dafa and resisting the pressure from the evil, we all felt the power of Dafa.