With Righteous Thoughts and Actions, Compassionately Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1999. Dafa helped me understand that the purpose of life is to return to one's original true self and to attain the righteous enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. I read Dafa books eagerly, trying to assimilate myself to the characteristics of universe: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I cannot fully describe how my life has been purified and raised in Dafa.
In February 2003, I was followed and illegally arrested by police officers again. At that time, I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and tried to keep a peaceful attitude. During their interrogation over the following several nights, I denied all of their accusations. I refused to cooperate with their unreasonable orders and demanded to be released unconditionally. For those police officers who were dominated by evil and had lost their senses, I focused on sending forth righteous thoughts. I eradicated the evil behind them and refused to answer any of their questions.
For those officers who still seemed to have some kindness left in them, I clarified the truth of Dafa patiently while sending forth righteous thoughts to root out the evil that was causing them to act against Dafa. I advised them not to participate in the persecution of Falun Dafa because doing that would ruin their future. When I tried to ask those officers to be kind, I burst into tears, something I normally don't do. That officer looked like my older brother, but right then he was interrogating me, a person who was trying to save his life. They are the lives that are supposed to be cherished by Dafa, but they were being used by the evil old force to persecute Dafa. They might destroy themselves here. I cherished him and hoped he could recognize the nature of this evil persecution and keep himself from being eliminated.
When one officer first interrogated me, he was drunk and talked to me rudely. He kept pounding on the table and staring at me. He interrogated me the whole night, but I sent forth righteous thoughts continuously. I did not cooperate with anything he tried to do. Later, he and another policeman came to the detention center to interrogate me. I went on a hunger strike to protest their persecution, and was force-fed. The feeding tube injured my nose, and I bled profusely. My face and hair were covered with the food I vomited. They put handcuffs and shackles on me and forced me to walk from the confinement cell to the interrogation room. The shackles limited my movement, and it took me a long time to move to the interrogation room little by little. They asked me some questions, and I saw through their intention to fabricate a story to frame me, so I refused to follow their plan. When I was taken back to my cell, the officer walked away. He turned his head toward me and shouted from outside the iron bars. He asked me several times not to go on a hunger strike. I would not change my principles. But I could feel care in his voice. I knew that something inside him was changing. He was no longer as vicious as the first time he interrogated me. The power of compassion is magnificent. When the practitioners demonstrate the compassion and dignity of the Buddha Fa in front of the people, even under the darkest environment, the brightness of the Buddha Fa can penetrate anything, it can wake up the compassionate heart of sentient beings that have become indifferent over millions of years of history.
Teacher said in "Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful" in Essentials for Further Advancement II,
"Why should you, a Dafa disciple, fear the evil ones when enduring persecution? The crux of the matter is that you have attachments. If not, do not endure passively, and face the evil people with righteous thoughts at all times. No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won't be this way."
In the days of illegal detention, I protested all the persecution forced on practitioners. I refused to wear the prison uniform, recite the prison regulations, or do hard labor. I kept on doing the exercises, reciting the Fa, and clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution to the inmates.
Being a practitioner, one should have righteous thoughts and actions at every moment and eliminate evil. Even so, the attachments or loopholes in a practitioner will be used by the evil forces and become an excuse for the evil forces to persecute them. Four months of persecution caused me, a healthy person, to become skin and bones. I was unable to take care of my daily needs and was at the edge of death. The forced labor camp refused to keep me, so I was released.
After I returned home, I eagerly read the Fa and my health quickly recovered. I understood that the evil persecution was targeting practitioner's attachments. To fundamentally deny the persecution, a practitioner must improve his xinxing.
Non-practitioners are unable to bear the evil persecution the way practitioners do. In October 2002, my father suddenly became ill due to the prolonged mental pressure of the persecution. He passed away ten months later. My mother also passed away soon after that. The death of my parents made me deeply feel the unpredictability of life and the preciousness of Dafa. The persecution caused so many sentient beings to lose the opportunity to learn the truth about Dafa. I decided to go back to my parents' hometown to clarify the truth to the people there about the persecution that my family and I suffered.
Before the persecution began, I wrote a letter to my aunt (my father's sister), who was in poor health, to introduce her to Falun Gong. Shortly after she got the letter, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution of Falun Gong. She was the first one to call my dad. She asked him not to get involved in politics saying, "Since the government doesn't allow you practice, you'd better not practice it any more." I knew that because I did not clarify the truth to her in time, she was poisoned and cheated by the CCP's propaganda.
My aunt lived in a rural area that did not communicate with the outside world very frequently. It was not easy to go to her place. It was in the cold winter when I went to her home. I got up very early and did the Falun Gong exercises in the yard of her home. At the very beginning, she was very curious to see me doing exercises without wearing gloves or a heavy coat in the cold winter. She then learned the exercises from me. She asked me to write down the verse for each exercise for her and to teach her the exercises every day. On the day I left, we went to the village entrance to wait for the bus at 5:00 a.m. She proposed to go over the four sets of exercises while waiting for the bus. It was the first time that I did the exercises in public since the CCP started to persecute Falun Gong, and I did it with my aunt.
During my visit, my aunt and I visited many relatives in my dad's hometown. One of my relatives wanted to learn Falun Dafa, so I gave him the book, Zhuan Falun. Many people who had never seen our Teacher felt very pleased after seeing Teacher's photo in the book. I felt that they were eager to obtain the Fa. I should have been there earlier to spread the Fa to them. I promised my aunt that I would bring her the precious Falun Dafa books. When I visited her the second time, her health had obviously improved after practicing Falun Gong. She thanked me for taking so much trouble to introduce the Fa to her and help her to get a renewed life.
After visiting my aunt's relatives, I took a ride to my uncle's home. I told him about the bitter experience of my family. He asked me, "Do you still practice Falun Gong?" I said, "It's such a wonderful practice, how could I give it up? Falun Dafa is a precious Fa to save sentient beings, help people to get a health body, and improve morality. Because Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of mind and body, a person can extend his lifetime by practicing Falun Gong. My parents obtained the Fa. If not because of the persecution, my parents definitely would not have given up the practice, and would not have passed away and left us so suddenly." My cousin had a predestined relationship with Dafa. After I talked to him about the truth of Falun Dafa, Falun began to adjust his body. He has now begun to study the Fa actively.
Sentient beings are waiting to be saved. The trip to my hometown brought the truth of Dafa to the people there and created a positive condition for them to learn Dafa. I hope from the bottom of my heart that every sentient being will not miss the precious opportunity to cultivate.
In my hometown, I met many people who have a predestined relationship with the Fa, and also experienced many tests of my xinxing. The second time, when I took a boat to deliver the book to my aunt, my family was very worried about me. They feared that I would be arrested if the Dafa books in my luggage were found when the luggage was x-rayed. I did not change my plans, though my family tried to stop me from bringing Dafa books. However, the books remained safe, and I delivered them to my aunt.
So many things have happened on the path of Fa rectification cultivation. I only selected a few of them to write out and share with fellow practitioners. Recently, I deeply feel the urgent need to save sentient beings. I understand that Teacher's article, "The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be," is to remind practitioners to walk righteously on the final path.