The Importance of Working Together as One Body is Shown by the Collapse of Jilin Brainwashing Class
(Clearwisdom.net) Toward the end of 2002, Jilin "610 Office" tried to hold a five-session brainwashing class, with each session lasting two months. The first one began in late October 2002, but the authorities had to release all the practitioners who were sent to the class due to the righteous thoughts and righteous actions of all the local Dafa practitioners. Nevertheless, most practitioners had a large amount of money extorted from them. The second session began in late December 2002. The detained practitioners used righteous thoughts and righteous actions. They demanded unconditional release, and practitioners outside helped them by sending forth righteous thoughts. As a final outcome, 70% of the detained practitioners broke free within 20 days.
When the first session began in late October 2002, the "610 Office" authorities kidnapped more than 30 Dafa practitioners from local and surrounding cities and counties. Most of these practitioners were kidnapped from their own homes. The brainwashing class was located in the remote countryside. Facing such evil persecution, Dafa practitioners clearly remembered Teacher's words as they promoted the Fa and clarified the truth and saved people. They demanded unconditional release and collectively held a hunger strike. At the same time, in cooperation, practitioners outside sent forth righteous thoughts and eliminated the evil elements in other dimensions in large quantities. The brainwashing class ended hastily, long before its planned finish date. Most practitioners had 3,000 Yuan extorted from them for "room and board." These payments were partially caused by the efforts of practitioners' families in getting the practitioners out. Four practitioners refused to pay. The evil authorities claimed they would not release the practitioners without the money, but they were released within two days of the practitioners sending forth righteous thoughts as a large group.
The second session began in late December 2002. With resistance from Dafa practitioners and their families, the thugs were only able to find 14 practitioners, several among whom were transferred to the class because their labor camp term expired and they had refused to be "transformed."
At this time, "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A." had just been published, and the majority of practitioners had studied it. Teacher said,
"But through this persecution Dafa disciples have come to understand the solemn nature of cultivation, and this has allowed you to really see the evil for what it is, and eventually you did well. This especially goes for the Dafa disciples in Mainland China, who've become more and more mature through this tempering. Now when these Dafa disciples are arrested in the evil's persecution, it's not easy anymore like it was back then to do that absurd, so-called 'transformation' of them. What 'repentance'? What 'transformation'? 'Transform' into what? They're all being good people, they're being the best people in the world--they're good people that surpass everyday people--so what are you trying to 'transform' them into? What 'transformation'? The evil has really done all sorts of revolting things."
"Of course, each one of our Dafa disciples says that we don't recognize the old forces' arrangements, but that's not something you just say--you have to follow the requirements of Dafa and the Fa-rectification. 'I absolutely will not acknowledge any of those things you arranged in the past, old forces. I don't even acknowledge you.' When your righteous thoughts are very strong you can purge it and you can reject their arrangements."
("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.")
The illegally kidnapped Dafa practitioners remembered Teacher's words and negated the old force's arrangement. They clarified the truth to the police and told them, "It's wrong for you to persecute me, it's illegal; it's a violation of the constitution. 'Goodness is rewarded and evildoing is punished' is a heavenly principle. The persecution against kind Dafa practitioners will produce no good result." They also demanded unconditional release.
Due to the cooperation of so many Dafa practitioners, due to their collectively eliminating the evil, and since practitioners both inside and outside the class sent forth righteous thoughts together, a large amount of evil was eliminated. The practitioners in the brainwashing class could do exercises relatively freely, send forth righteous thoughts and exchange experiences. They didn't obey the evil's orders at any time, on anything.
No one paid the room and board during the second session. One young practitioner was kidnapped while at work. She promoted the Fa and clarified the truth to the police from the very beginning, saying, "Your persecution against Dafa practitioners is not good for your future." She told them why she said this. And at the same time, she held a hunger strike to protest the illegal arrest and also demanded release. After seven days of hunger strike, she broke out of the brainwashing class with righteous thoughts. With her influence, soon nine other practitioners broke out of the demon's den with righteous thoughts. After less than 20 days, only four practitioners were left in the brainwashing class.
The failure of the two sessions of the brainwashing class shows how important it is for Dafa practitioners to cooperate with each other as one body. In this unprecedented brutal persecution against Dafa and Dafa practitioners, the old forces, in the guise of testing and helping, insisted on isolating Dafa practitioners in order to achieve their own goals, but the Fa-rectification disciples oppose everything arranged by the old forces and reject the various notions formed throughout the course of history that have unconsciously deluded our true nature.
During the Fa-rectification of the universe, Fa-rectification disciples should do well in the three things that Teacher has repeatedly stressed, "Study the Fa, clarify the truth, send forth righteous thoughts," so that we can improve and rise up as a whole. I understand that closely cooperating with each other has become the last, most important part in the whole process to assist Teacher in Fa-rectification, to return to our original, true selves, and to achieve Consummation and return to the places of our origin. In fact, in some of his articles, Teacher has talked about cooperation as a whole. Due to the limitation of my own cultivation level I didn't realize it right away. Now, reading these articles again, I comprehend the meaning. I couldn't help crying when thinking how benevolent our great Teacher is and how many uncounted hardships he has suffered to save sentient beings.
On October 21, 2000, Teacher said the following when "Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference" from Guiding the Voyage,
"As a Dafa disciple, as a particle of this great Fa of the cosmos, you should do that. When people damage the Fa... of course, no one can damage the Fa--how could the Fa of the cosmos be damaged by human beings? No one is able to damage it... But when someone comes to persecute the Fa, what should you, a disciple, a particle of Dafa, do? Shouldn't you let the truth be known and make people aware of the facts? This is looking at it in terms of you. You are a particle of Dafa, so you should play this role."
On December 9, 2000, Teacher further expounded on the subject again in "Teaching the Fa at Great Lakes Fa Conference in North America" from Guiding the Voyage, saying,
"No matter what you do, you aren't thinking that you're doing something for Dafa, about how you should do things for Dafa, or 'how can I do things well for this Fa.' Instead, you are placing yourselves in Dafa. Like a particle of Dafa, you feel that no matter what it is, you should just do it."
In the same lecture, Teacher mentioned the practitioners being as one body, saying,
"This is because the students inside and outside of China are one body. When this thing takes place, there have to be some persons who do this and some who do that."
On July 21, 2001, Teacher elaborated on the subject of one body again in "Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference" from Guiding the Voyage, saying,
"You are one body, just like Teacher's gong. Of course you and gong aren't the same thing. I'm just giving an example. It's just like my gong, which does different things at the same time."
On July 22, 2002, Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference,"
"You're all disciples in the same practice, and you're giving your all for the cosmos' Fa-rectification, so you should cooperate well with one another. Don't approach things with too many human attachments, and don't cause unnecessary conflicts and arguments by interacting with each other with human attachments. In these situations your conduct should always show Dafa disciples' tolerance, kindness, and niceness. The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things. We don't talk about the 'unity' everyday people do, which is a forced, superficial thing. You are cultivators, and your realms are higher."
On November 30, 2002, Teacher clearly pointed out the issue of cooperation with each other in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.," saying,
"There are a lot of things Teacher can't really tell you about--especially when it's during that time. The reason being, the old forces think that if I tell you, they'll have to make things even harder for you. That's why I didn't tell you until now about even the issue of your cooperating with each other. I talked about it because you've already started to do well with it, and now you're able to handle it well, you've gradually realized it."
All our Dafa practitioners both inside and outside China should remember Teacher's words and not let Teacher down. Teacher has endured tremendous hardships and is benevolently saving sentient beings. At the last critical stage of Fa-rectification, we should tightly form one body at all times and in all places, and cooperate well with each other and reflect the true nature of Fa-rectification Dafa disciples.
The above is my own understanding. Please kindly point out anything improper.
February 19, 2003