My Experiences Negating the Old Forces’ Arrangements While Rescuing My Husband
(Clearwisdom.net) My husband was arrested a while ago, but he returned home openly and nobly after one month of detention due to the efforts of Falun Dafa practitioners, who worked together as one body to rescue him. The things I’ve experienced over this course of time have made it clear to me how best to refuse cooperation with the evil. As I haven’t done well with this in the past, and so many articles about how to rescue fellow practitioners have been published on the Clearwisdom website, I hadn’t planned to write about my experiences, but after speaking with some other practitioners I found that some of them had experienced the same problems that I had. I would like to share my experiences for them. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
After my husband was arrested I went to the police station to inquire about his situation. The chief wasn’t in at the time, so they asked me to come back the next day. Around noon the next day another practitioner who knew that I was going to police station, came to talk with me about it. After speaking with the practitioner I realized that it was the old forces who were having me go back there, and that if I did I would be acknowledging and following their arrangements. It didn’t mean that I couldn’t go to the police station, but I realized that it should be on my own terms. If we want to go, we just go. In this way my husband and I had been taken advantage of. We went to the police station whenever they asked us to, we gave them our phone numbers when they asked, and we provided them with everything they asked for. This is how the police were able to create excuses to arrest my husband.
“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.” (“Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
An imprisoned practitioner once paid off officials to secure his release. This practitioner came and asked me if I would pay to get my husband out. I didn’t know what to do, so I discussed it with the other practitioners. One of them sincerely and solemnly told me, “If we were only ordinary people there might be many ways to rescue your husband, but we are Falun Dafa practitioners. The path we take will affect the future, so we must choose a righteous path. Whatever we do, our intention should be to validate the Fa and save sentient beings. Whatever we endure today is temporary, and doesn’t compare in the least with the everlasting future we will attain.” Hearing this I realized that if I paid to get my husband back I would not only be cooperating with the evil, but encouraging it.
“Saving beings, improving yourself, and resisting the persecution are all acts that validate the Fa; only walking straight your path amounts to validating the Fa.” (“Walk Straight Your Path”)
I remember Teacher spoke about this Fa principle in an overseas lecture. From my personal understanding, if we don’t act according to Teacher’s requirements it won’t be a simple problem. We would be walking the path arranged by the old forces.
I wrote a letter to the police in hopes of persuading them to quit persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. I wrote, “Your accusation against my husband is criminal according to the law.” A fellow practitioner suggested I change the sentence to say, “All of your accusations are sheer fabrications,” which I felt wasn’t very appropriate. I thought that since what my husband had done what they said, I couldn’t call it a fabrication. If I did the police might think I was lying.
So I spoke with another practitioner about it. The practitioner said, “We aren’t negating what we’ve done, what we’re negating are the unjustifiable incriminations against practitioners who are simply validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. We also deny the legality of their using our own “truth clarification” materials as evidence against us. We must fundamentally negate all of this. Only when the police realize this will we have successfully clarified the truth about Falun Dafa and saved them.” Suddenly I realized that what I wanted to say was that all of the accusations and evidence concerning my husband’s so-called crimes were sheer fabrications.
Dafa, the fundamental principle of the universe, rectifies heaven, earth, and all lives. In the course of validating Dafa and saving sentient beings, Dafa disciples are rectifying ordinary people’s incorrect attitudes against Dafa.
My elder brother, who isn’t a practitioner, came to see me when he heard that my husband had been arrested. Officials at the National Security Bureau told him that my husband could be released on bail until the trial. When he told me that, my human attachments emerged, until a practitioner reminded me, “We shouldn’t acknowledge the so-called bail, because it was brought up by them. Your husband is innocent. Isn’t bailing him out like admitting your husband has committed a crime? There’s no problem if your brother insists on it, but you shouldn’t do it.” I knew that my brother was so worried about my husband that even if I refused he would bail him out. At that moment, I didn’t realize that I was attached to the hope that my husband could come back, which was acknowledging the so-called bail.
Unexpectedly, that night my brother uncharacteristically asked me what we should do. He said that he would accept my decision. I realized that the desire of the human heart couldn’t be hidden. Through painful consideration, I let go of the hope for my husband’s return. The next morning I told my brother I wouldn’t acknowledge bail, but I would insist that they release my husband unconditionally. Seeing my resolve my brother left by train.
That very day I realized that whether my husband was released or not wasn’t up to ordinary people. It was the evil beings behind the police who’d made the arrangements. The more firmly I didn’t acknowledge them the more thoroughly I negated them, so the evil beings would have no place to hide. Teacher and the gods who help Him rectify the Fa would eliminate the evil beings. Without the control of the evil beings ordinary people wouldn’t be able to hurt my husband at all. I was deeply touched when I had the righteous thought, “What Teacher says counts.” Believing that Teacher decides everything, I felt so relaxed and peaceful. That afternoon my husband called me and told me he was coming home.
Teacher told us,
“Of course, we don’t acknowledge any of the things that the old forces arranged—I as your master don’t acknowledge them, and Dafa disciples of course don’t acknowledge them either. (Applause) But after all, they did do what they wanted to do, so there’s all the more reason for Dafa disciples to do even better and cultivate themselves well in the course of saving all beings. When you encounter ordeals during your cultivation, you have got to cultivate yourself and look at yourself—that doesn’t mean acknowledging the ordeals arranged by the old forces and trying to do well amidst the ordeals they’ve arranged, that’s not the case. We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they’ve arranged; we don’t even acknowledge their existence. We’re fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It’s not that you’re cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals’ manifestations. (Applause) So looking at it from this angle, what we need to do is completely negate the old forces. Dafa disciples and I don’t even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference”)
When I got home that evening my husband told me that he’d been released on bail. I wondered how he’d been bailed out without either a guarantor or a deposit. He told me that he’d done as the police suggested and signed a bail release form. After we spoke he realized that he’d inadvertently acknowledged the old forces arrangements, and that he should negate all of this.
Teacher told us that the old forces have made careful and thorough arrangements for our every thought and notion. If we can’t understand the Fa based on the Fa, it will be difficult for us to negate the old forces whenever the persecution appears, so no matter what trivial matters occur, or when we are facing the evil, we must always keep our righteous thoughts and rectify our every thought and notion. Only in this way can we thoroughly negate the old forces.