Revered Master! Fellow practitioners!
After July 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began their persecution of Falun Gong. I thought it was the duty of all practitioners to defend Falun Dafa by telling the public the facts about Falun Gong. However, I did not understand the Fa very well at the time and was constantly concerned about the safety of Master. Then, it dawned on me that the CCP could not harm Master, because it was stated in Zhuan Falun, "I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe."
In October 2001, while posting flyers with other practitioners, I was arrested by a plainclothes policeman and taken to a detention center. All of our Falun Dafa books and materials were taken away from us. Later, they even took our pens and paper to make sure that we could not reproduce Dafa materials on paper. The only choice left for us to keep up with our practice was to memorize Dafa materials. Hence, I did just that all day long. I memorized all of Master's lectures that were available, including the fairly long lecture, "Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, USA, December 2001." It turns out that memorizing the Fa is what helped me to get out of the detention center.
When a group of people with a distorted view of Dafa tried to convince me to give up Falun Gong, I asked them, "Are you or Master offering me salvation?" They replied, "Master." I said to them in a serious tone, "Since Master is the one offering me salvation, you do not have any business here. Why don't you return to what you should be doing." A police officer pointed at me and said, "This fellow is difficult to deal with." I replied, " You are right. I would rather die than give up my practice." Another officer asked me, "Many of you are on a hunger strike. Why don't you follow them?" I replied, "I am not interested in being persecuted."
In the detention center, I was memorizing the Fa, reciting the Fa, and sending forth righteous thoughts every day. I was focusing on the Fa all the time and the issue of life and death was not a consideration. My understanding was that when you are following the Fa, the evil will not dare touch you. I was imprisoned at the detention center for more than a month and I did not compromise with the persecutors on anything. I remained safe and unharmed during my whole time in detention. The day before I left the detention center, I had a dream in which I was participating in an exam. After the exam, Master took my paper and said, "This paper has the best answer."
After returning from the detention center, several CCP agencies sent people to knock on my door and called me fairly regularly in order to continue putting pressure on me. I reacted by contemplating ways to avoid them but could not come up with any good plan. Then one day I realized that as long as I tried to avoid the persecution in a human way, it could not work. Master looks after all practitioners. I only need to study the Fa, do the exercises, and improve my xinxing. This understanding led to a complete change in my attitude. I began to watch every thought of mine and let go of negative thoughts. When I was unable to let go of a negative thought, I replaced it with "Falun Dafa is good." This method works really well.
All these years I have been studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts. Since the autumn of 2003 I increased the number of times I send righteous thoughts. Although I cannot see things in other dimensions, I sensed that sending righteous thoughts was an action to eliminate evil and validate the Fa. Generally, I would send righteous thoughts 14 times a day, but when the CCP held meetings in Beijing, I did it 18 times a day. This was how I carried on until the spring of 2008. Recently, the CCP was preparing for its October National Day celebration. Therefore, I sent righteous thoughts toward Beijing. I felt that Beijing was close by instead of being some distance away.
It was after June 2002 when I left the detention center and participated in clarifying the facts about Falun Gong and in saving of sentient beings. The evil was rampant in those years within the city. Therefore, I went to the villages to distribute flyers. I usually left early in the evening and it took over two hours of biking to reach the villages. By that time it was dark. There were no good roads in the villages and it took quite some time to select and place the flyers in suitable places. Going around the village was particularly difficult after it rained, because the roads became muddy. When I got back home, it was usually midnight.
With the help of fellow practitioners, about two years ago I established a truth-clarifying materials production center at home. Support for Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials came from fellow practitioners. After I retired, I received less than twenty yuan a day. Thus, the amount of money I can spend on producing truth-clarifying materials is very limited. However, I lead a very simple life and I am not particular about what I eat. Upon looking back I am pleased with how I managed through the years.
I feel so fortunate that I have learned Dafa. The Fa is exceptionally great, and so is Master. I have made up my mind to purify myself with Dafa and become a particle of Dafa.
If there is anything incorrect in my understanding, please point it out to me.
Best wishes to my fellow practitioners. I have been following Minghui Weekly in my cultivation and the Minghui/Clearwisdom website has been most helpful to me.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners! Heshi!