When the Mind is Righteous, the Evil Perishes
(Clearwisdom.net) Teacher told us in "Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference,"
"So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you--evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you. If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate, and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa."
Recalling my experience in validating the Fa, I have a deep and unforgettable appreciation for this paragraph.
It was early summer of 2002. I went to my work unit to clarify the truth.
Prior to that time, I had been arrested by the police while attending a small Fa conference. The police abused me both physically and verbally. I was sent to prison and then to a brainwashing center, where I endured inhumane treatment. My employer suspended me for several months without pay. While facing the persecution, I was determined to deny the persecution. Because of my righteous thoughts and fearless mentality, I was able to pass all the "tests."
The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is a key point in our truth clarification. Especially when talking about our own experiences, our stories become more powerful and moving. If we tell our stories without fear, and tell them with wisdom and rationality from Dafa, everyone will be willing to listen. Even people who have been poisoned by the lies and slander of the persecution do not dare to oppose our clarifying the truth in this way. I visited many agencies, including police branches, residential offices, banks, social security departments, Politics and Law committees and even the city police department. I clarified the truth to the directors, party secretaries, managers, clerks and officials in the city. I told them about what happened to me and about the truth behind the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation." To validate the beauty of Dafa, I shared how I personally benefited from practicing Falun Gong. After that, I requested that my employer pay my back salary.
During my truth clarification, I came to know many officials and their staff members. As a result of my efforts, they developed some understanding of Dafa and of the persecution. Later, almost everyone I talked to indicated that they would push the company to pay me my salary. This has been the result of Teacher's compassion; it is also an opportunity for more people to learn Dafa and is a clear indicator that people who have learned the truth are walking toward a renewed life. Even if the manifestation is tiny, we still have to treasure every opportunity to save people. A single spark can ignite an entire grassland. Meanwhile, while people are getting to know the truth, the evil begins to dissolve. This is also a process of demonstrating Dafa's compassion to save people. When we clarify the truth well, we can see how a hopeless situation can turn around to become very good.
The other day I went to see the party secretary of my company. My past experience with him showed that he had some basic understanding about Dafa, so our conversation was friendly. Even the security section chief there did not say anything negative. During our discussion, however, a man came in and yelled angrily, "You Falun Gong practitioners set yourselves on fire." Before he had a chance to continue, I stopped him and said, "That was a hoax by Jiang Zemin to frame Falun Gong." I fixed him firmly with my gaze while talking. To my surprise, he was so frightened that his body trembled briefly. He did not dare stay any longer and left immediately. This person was the office director. The whole exchange happened so suddenly, and I just spoke out loud what came to my mind.
After that, we continued talking, and then another man came in. He was also angry and red-faced. He appeared to be furious and made some noises from his throat. Before he had a chance to speak, I looked him in the eye. He instantly lowered his head to avoid direct eye contact and he turned around and left immediately. This person was the general manager. My salary issue was being delayed over and over again, due to the evil's interference in other dimensions. However, after my comprehensive truth clarification using my righteous thoughts to overcome the evil, I effectively suppressed and dissolved the evil elements and reduced their scope of activity. But the evil was not about to quit easily, and the two persons (general manager and office director) continued to make trouble. Under Teacher's compassionate protection, I dissolved the evil with righteous thoughts and actions. As Teacher said,
"...it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace." ("Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference")
After the evil was eliminated, no one dared to make any more trouble for me, and my company finally paid back all my salary unconditionally.