Fulfilling Prehistoric Vows, Saving Sentient Beings from the Heart
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1994 on my 39th birthday. I would like to report my cultivation experience to Master and share with fellow practitioners.
Believing in Master and the Fa, Saving Special Groups of Sentient Beings
Just when I was ready to leave the office to take a day off on the morning on July 20, 1999, two practitioners came over and said that the night before, all of the Falun Gong assistants in Beijing were illegally arrested and nobody knew their whereabouts. Upon hearing this, I had a strong righteous thought, urging me to save our fellow practitioners.
Due to the nature of my job, I knew many directors in different police departments and police stations. So I decided to visit their offices. On my way there, the only thing I had in mind was to find my fellow practitioners. As soon as I arrived at the gate of a police station, I saw the director of the department. He asked, "Why are you here? Who are you looking for?" I asked him about practitioners being arrested and asked him to release them. I also told him what Falun Gong is and asked him why practitioners who follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance had been arrested. I explained to him how I found Dafa and the miraculous changes that happened to me after practicing Dafa and the situation of a million practitioners all over the country. He told me, "I know Falun Gong is good. But I cannot release the practitioners. I have to follow orders from above." He whispered to me that this was a nationwide movement organized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I saw several policemen walking back and forth in the hallway. I realized that practitioners might be locked up in there. So I walked up to the police and said, "Please do not beat Falun Gong practitioners. They are all good people. Please remember that good is rewarded with good, and evil is met with retribution." They said, "We saw our director talking with you for a long time. How could we beat them?"
The next day, I went back to work and saw the CCP news broadcasts on television slandering Master and Dafa. I then went to a number of offices to clarify the facts to my co-workers. I used my own experience to tell them not to listen to or watch these false "news broadcasts." I told them that Falun Dafa is good. It is cultivation and teaches people to better themselves. That night, I received a phone call from the mayor's wife whom I had introduced the Fa to. She asked, "Why did they say that on the television?" She added that the lies in the CCP's broadcasts contradicted what Master taught. I said, "You are right. You've studied the Fa. You know what it says in the book. These things on TV are lies that the CCP made up to slander Dafa and deceive people." That night, I studied the Fa on the patio and read the paragraph in Zhuan Falun, "Your mind must be right." The words in the book were shining and colorful, especially this paragraph:
"At a certain point in time, you will be made unable to discern clearly whether something is true, whether your gong exists, whether you can practice cultivation and make it, or whether there are Buddhas and if they are real. In the future, these situations will surface again to give you this false impression and make you feel as though they do not exist and are all false--it is to see whether you are determined. You say that you must be firm and sure-footed. With this determination, if you can indeed be firmly resolute at that point, you will naturally do well because your xinxing will have already improved." (Lecture Six, Zhuan Falun)
I immediately realized that Master was encouraging me and giving me hints to continue with my cultivation and improve my xinxing. Isn't an example of the "certain point in time" Master refers to here the slander in the media? Doesn't "In the future, these situations will surface again" mean that this might not be over within a short period of time? And it might happen again? Master taught us to cultivate with determination. I looked at Master's picture and said, "I will follow Master's teachings and believe in Master and Dafa and follow Master to practice Dafa. Please rest assured Master!"
I was arrested while I was practicing the exercises and validating Dafa in the city's sports stadium in December of 1999. I was detained for 15 days. As I lay on the bed that first night, in front me on the wall, I could see Master's lecture displayed:
"Steadfastly cultivate Dafa, the will unflinching
The raising of levels is what's fundamental
In the face of tests one's true nature is revealed
Achieve Consummation, becoming a Buddha, Dao, or God" ("True Nature Revealed," Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Throughout that entire night, I could see it. I felt that Master was right next to me protecting me and encouraging me to be determined. The more than 40 practitioners detained there went on hunger strike together to protest the illegal detention and against the police beating a young 16-year-old practitioner. We asked to have a conversation with the director. When I was called to meet the director in his office, I felt that I needed to clarify the facts to him and that I must not miss this chance. So I told him how before I began practicing Dafa, I had spent thousands of yuan on medical expenses, to having all my illnesses disappear just ten days after I started the practice. I had never taken any medicines or shots ever since. I saved my company tens of thousands of yuan on medical expenses. I explained that Falun Gong has benefited China and its people. I said that what the CCP is doing is in violation of the law and is persecuting good people. Falun Gong's Master is here to save people. What was being shown on television are lies and slander, in an attempt to poison the minds of the Chinese people and turn them against practitioners. I talked with him for about two hours. The director and several policemen kept listening. At last, the director put down his pen and smiled at me, "The policeman who beat the practitioner made a mistake. Can we make it up to you by making some great food? We will assure you that this will not happen again. We will not interfere even if you practice the exercises or read your books." For a while after that, we had a free environment for studying the Fa and practicing the exercises. We also took turns to clarify the facts to the guards on duty. The policemen who understood the truth helped us distribute Dafa materials and spread Hong Yin. They also read Zhuan Falun and studied the Fa.
After we were released, we exchanged our experiences with fellow practitioners, telling them how we helped the prison director understand the truth. We arranged for fellow practitioners who knew the director to send him materials often and advise him to position himself well at work and not to participate in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners so that he and his family could have a great future. This director has a relative who is a Falun Gong practitioner. This relative had been clarifying the truth to him in the past years using different approaches. The director was moved by Dafa's benevolence, practitioners' kind hearts and patience. Once he met me on the street and said, "I truly admire the practitioners." Not only has he not participated in the persecution, but he has also been treating practitioners kindly.
"When you are reaching out to people, that is when you are saving them. When people give support after becoming clear on the truth, thanks to your clarifying the facts, that is saving people; and the positive results they produce after they come to realize the truth is for saving people. In other words, after ordinary people manage to comprehend things and are able to offer support, the impact of that support can itself save people. You can take it a step further and say that when we do things, whether successful or not, those things are saving people all the same and clarifying the facts." ("Fa Teachings at the U.S. Capital" 2007)
I realized that in fact it is Master who is saving people. We are just using our mouths and four limbs to assist Master. We need to save sentient beings broadly, and to find all predestined people and help them understand the truth. We need to give them opportunities to choose their bright futures and be saved.
I went to visit the new police department director's home on the first day of Chinese New Year in 2002 to bring him New Year's greetings as well as to clarify the facts to him. I asked him to release the unlawfully arrested practitioners. He did not refuse my request. His family members welcomed me warmly after hearing the truth. We have been sending him Falun Gong information and sending forth righteous thoughts to prevent the old forces from manipulating him into participating in the persecution and committing crimes. Shortly after this, he was transferred out and was not involved in the persecution.
The head of the local police station was a relative of one of the doctors I had before I started practicing Falun Gong. We became friends. Even though all my illnesses were cleaned out after I became a practitioner and I no longer visited him as his patient, we still remained friends and I often visited his office to give him truth-clarification materials and clarify the facts to him. I went to his home to clarify the facts as well. If he had any questions, I brought him the related materials. I told him not to participate in the persecution and told him about what had happened to some of those who persecuted practitioners; examples of evil being met with karmic retribution. I gave him truth-clarification CDs. He accepted them all and kindly asked me to pay attention to my own safety. Because he understands the truth, he treats practitioners kindly. For example, a couple years ago, a fellow practitioner was clarifying the facts on the street and distributing materials and was reported. We sent forth righteous thoughts and also went to ask for the director's help. He released the practitioner as soon as he got there. He told the practitioner to be more careful when distributing materials going forward.
Fellow practitioners have been clarifying the facts to the people who work in this police station and sending forth righteous thoughts. Thus, during these last several years, there have never been any cases of practitioners being publicly persecuted at this police station. I deeply realized that as long as fellow practitioners keep their thoughts righteous and clarify the facts with wisdom, these lives will understand the truth and will choose a bright future and be saved by Dafa. The surrounding environment will naturally change.
I am taking this Internet Experience Sharing opportunity to share my experience with fellow practitioners. I hope to encourage practitioners to cultivate diligently together and form a unified body to do the three things well and walk well our path, assisting Master in Fa-rectification.