(Clearwisdom.net) On the Clearwisdom website, there are many articles about using righteous thoughts to get out of forced labor camps. I think that it is very important for us to determinedly oppose the persecution even prior to being persecuted.

"The basis of what Dafa disciples do is saving people and doing good." ("Stop the Evil Acts with Righteous Thoughts").

Our real purpose is to save sentient beings. The old forces use testing us as an excuse to arrest Dafa disciples. They actually do it because of their degenerated, vicious nature. Of course it is outstanding to get out of the evil den using righteous thoughts, but it does not necessarily mean we did everything according to the Fa (1).

"If you don't cultivate yourself based on the Fa, you can't cultivate higher by just enduring persecution, much less reach the standards for a Dafa disciple. Don't acknowledge this so-called "environment" that the old forces have provided, because during the Fa-rectification I would have had all beings assimilate to Dafa, and it wasn't at all necessary to temper Dafa disciples amidst this kind of evilness. The Fa-rectification will definitely succeed, and Dafa disciples will definitely succeed." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference")

We do not need to establish mighty virtue through being arrested by the evil. We know that some practitioners have used righteous thoughts to escape after being arrested. But if they had such strong, righteous thoughts prior to the arrest, wouldn't it be possible that the evil arrangements would be in vain? In fact, there are many such experiences in articles published on Clearwisdom.net. Many of the practitioners who are not arrested are able to be clear-minded and let go of attachments. Why must we be arrested to let go of those attachments? Teacher said,

"If a cultivator can let go of the thought of life and death under any circumstance, evil is sure to be afraid of him. If every student is able to do this, evil will of itself no longer exist." ("Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)

If, whenever we do Dafa work, we are able to meet the requirements of letting go of life and death, wouldn't the evil arrangements themselves be in vain?

(1) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.

July 11, 2004