With the Minghui Website We Walked Through Ten Stormy Years of Persecution
(Clearwisdom net) The Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net) was first brought online on June 25, 1999. On that day, Dafa practitioners in China felt as though lightning struck through the dark clouds on the verge of a thunderstorm.
On April 25, 1999, tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of Zhongnanhai, the central Chinese government compound, to appeal. The peacefulness and kindness displayed through this act amazed the world. What followed, however, was a persecution directed by internal orders from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Falun Gong practitioners. Local governments were required to carry out the persecution. They subsequently used despicable means to brutally suppress Falun Gong practitioners. Our cultivation environment worsened. On July 20, 1999, the CCP initiated an even more brutal round of arrests. Falun Gong practitioners in China faced an unprecedented, inhumane persecution. They were tested both physically and mentally.
As most of us wondered what to do, through the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, a series of articles came through and were distributed. These were articles by practitioners all over the world, sharing their cultivation experiences, their understanding of the Fa principles, the miracles they experienced during their cultivation, their righteous faith in Master and Dafa, as well as their courageous acts in saving sentient beings. All of this encouraged the disciples in China. We were better able to face the persecution and cultivate with wisdom, solemnity, and dignity. Without fear, we publicized the facts of the persecution over the course of ten difficult yet glorious years. Over the last ten years, we felt that the practitioners who worked on the Minghui/Clearwisdom were together with us in China. We worked hand in hand despite the storms along the way.
Practitioners in our area communicated with the Minghui website in March 2000. The first time we received letters from Minghui editors, we could not hold back our tears. The practitioners looked into each others' eyes to encourage each other. At that moment, our hearts connected with the practitioners working on Minghui/Clearwisdom. Since then, we have never separated with them.
Since 2000, in our little rented room, we used unfamiliar technology to break through the CCP's information censorship and access information online. Every day we downloaded Minghui/Clearwisdom articles and anticipated responses from Minghui editors. Whenever we sat in front of the computer and accessed the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, we felt as if we were together with other practitioners. It was a feeling of confirmation and joy, and we almost forgot the vicious environment around us. I believe that many practitioners in China who keep in contact with Minghui have the same feeling.
Around September 2000, we downloaded two articles, "Do Not Bring Shame to China" (http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2000/9/20/1645.html) and "Jiang Zemin Cannot Shirk the Responsibility for the Persecution of Falun Gong" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2000/9/28/8117.html) We printed millions of copies and distributed them to every corner of our province. Our efforts to publicize the facts of the persecution reached a new turning point.
Looking back at the ten years of validating the Fa, Minghui/Clearwisdom was with us every step along the way. Since Master published the poem "The Knowing Heart," he has established for us a website which we could trust. During these difficult days in which we cannot see Master, we read Minghui/Clearwisdom. It is the same as seeing Master in person. On this website, we can read Master's most recent articles to guide us. We can also find articles written by fellow practitioners, which provide important and timely sharing to help rectify our cultivation states and help us improve together as one body. In the last few years, more and more fellow practitioners have joined forces. New and veteran practitioners are all improving themselves in the process, walking firmly on the path of cultivation and assisting Master in the Fa rectification.
From the start, Minghui/Clearwisdom has shouldered important historic missions in the Fa-rectification. During the last ten years, Minghui/Clearwisdom and Falun Dafa practitioners together have written a new, glorious chapter of history.
On the ten year anniversary of the establishment of Minghui/Clearwisdom, as a Dafa disciple in China who has kept in contact with Minghui, I send my sincere congratulations. I also hope Minghui/Clearwisdom can do even better and bring eternal light and hope to the world. I hope Minghui/Clearwisdom can be alongside practitioners in China until the end of the Fa-rectification.