Clarifying the Truth to Lawyers
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I began Dafa cultivation in 1995. During the 15 years of my cultivation, I've been both diligent and slack. During the 11 years of persecution, I was able to make it through with Teacher's care whether it was going to Beijing to validate the Fa or being persecuted in prison. I distributed truth-clarification materials all over the city, sent truth-clarification letters, and talked face to face to people about Falun Gong and the persecution. Under Teacher's care, my path has become broader and the situation has become brighter. Here I want to share how I clarified the truth to lawyers.
1. Letting Go of Fear and the Human Mindset to Clarify the Truth to Lawyers
There are several law firms in our city; some of them are licensed and some aren't. Those without licenses are retired procurators. Some of them had worked for the 610 Offices before. Through various connections, they have opened law firms and become lawyers. Through various complex networks, these people seek only profit and disregard justice; they can be very evil. I know there is an order from the CCP that they are not allowed to defend Falun Gong practitioners. Chinese people in China have been ruled by the evil Party and have developed the most servile sense of obedience. I had a breakthrough and overcame fear and human notions during the process of rescuing a practitioner.
In early October 2009, I heard that a fellow practitioner had been arrested. We didn't know anything about how it happened, which made it hard to rescue him. Two months later, we heard that he had been sentenced, but his family hadn't received a notice. When we made an inquiry to the public security office and the court, the answer was always "We don't know anything about it." With no other alternative, we decided to accompany the family to sue. But how were we to find a lawyer willing to take our case? We were baffled. Then I remembered that fellow practitioners were family, and if we did not help them, who would? Teacher said, "The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference") Teacher's words made my mind firmer, but I still had fear and human notions. What should I do? Teacher said, "The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts." (Essentials for Further Advancement II, "Drive Out Interference")
I intensified my Fa study and sent forth righteous thoughts longer and more frequently. I kept reciting Teacher's lectures "In Fa-Rectification Your Thoughts Have to be Righteous, Not Human" and "Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People" over and over again. I thought that lawyers needed be saved and we had to have compassion for them. Moreover, when lawyers are saved and have a sense of justice, they can make contributions for Dafa. This will not only save them but also negate the CCP's illegal decree not allowing Falun Gong practitioners to be defended. When I became clear on the Fa principle and my awareness improved, my righteous thoughts also got stronger. I said to myself, "Thank you, Teacher. Now I understand." I went out to see Ms. Zhang, a fellow practitioner in my study group.
I talked to her about the Fa principle and my thoughts. "If you agree with me, we can go together. Otherwise, I'll just go by myself." She said, "OK, let's go together." We sent forth righteous thoughts on our way to different law firms. During the next three days, six to seven practitioners joined us, and we covered all the law firms in the city.
2. Persisting in the Face of Difficult Circumstances
Lawyers behaved differently when we clarified the truth to them. Some chased us out without letting us talk when they heard it was a case relating to Falun Gong. When we started to talk, two or three people would stand up to chase us out and said, "It is lenient of us to not to have you arrested. How do you dare come in here?" Facing this situation, we didn't get angry, lose our tempers, or argue. Our clarifying the truth during these years had laid a good foundation. We just felt sad and thought: How will they do in the future?
When some people heard we were trying to file a lawsuit, they said to us, "The higher authorities have sent out a notice that does not allow us to take your case. You are wasting your time looking for someone to take your case. No one will take your case." We asked, "May we see this notice?" They told us honestly that there was no way a written notice could be issued. We said, "Doesn't this indicate that there is a problem with the order?" We then told them how the CCP has been slandering and making up charges against Falun Gong. We talked about the staged Tiananmen Square self-immolation and the evil persecution. One of them answered back, saying that the law was abused during different dynasties in history. Now the CCP was in power and they would not mess with the CCP. She used this as an excuse and asked us to leave. But we were still pleased; after all, they had listened to some of the truth. We had laid the groundwork for their salvation.
Some were indifferent and simply ignored us or told us to leave. Even though they ordered us to leave, we urged them to remember that Falun Dafa is good and try to understand Falun Gong. One of them wanted to hear what we had to say, but his colleagues didn't want him to listen. They said to him, "You are going on a business trip tomorrow. Hurry up and go home to get ready." He then told us that he had a meeting and didn't want to be held up.
As we went out the door, we were anxious. It had to be that we hadn't cultivated well, and that this kept people from understanding the truth. My heart said to him, "Don't let prejudice affect your future." I sincerely wished for him to understand the situation. I also asked myself to do better next time to be sure to bring a better world to these people.
Regardless of their arrogant attitude or sarcastic remarks, we believed in Teacher and Dafa, and we were determined to do it to the end, so we didn't get impatient or discouraged. No matter how cold it was or how heavy the snowfall was, we remembered Teacher's words and, with hearts of kindness, kept on going. When we encountered difficulties, we learned from each other to find our own inadequacies. When we had good results, we reminded each other not to have a show-off mentality.
Finally, there were three law firms who admitted that Falun Gong had been mistreated. One of them told us, "After hearing what you have said, we are shocked. We know there is corruption and social disorder, but we did not know that it has reached such an extent. You really deserve our sympathy and we feel you are really helpless." Their awakening, recognition and sympathy helped lay a good foundation for Dafa disciples to get legal assistance. For safety reasons, I'll name the three law firms A, B, and C to facilitate my descriptions below.
3. Clarifying the Truth Requires Sincerity and Kindness When Talking to People
In the process of clarifying the truth, we always acted with kindness. When we gave others materials, we stood up and handed them over with both hands and told them that the materials contained more specific details. Once when we distributed materials, an office director said, "We respect your opinion." They were also very kind to us and invited us to have a seat politely.
We talked about the jealousy of Jiang Zemin, the award-winning film "False Fire" that exposed the staged self-immolation incident, the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, the over 100 Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted to death directly or indirectly in our city and how there were still nearly 20 people being detained, that Falun Gong is practiced in more than 100 countries around the world, that foreign government officials say that Falun Gong is good and support it, and that our Master has been recognized with more than one thousand proclamations from different government officials. They listened to us and asked questions from time to time. From not understanding to becoming shocked, they sympathized with our situation.
Our conversation later returned to our wanting to file a lawsuit. I said to them, "How can these CCP officials arrest people without telling anybody? How can they sentence people without notifying family members? They do things in such an underhanded manner; isn't that illegal?" The office director said, "Let me inquire with my friends about the situation." After putting down the phone, he told me, "It sounds like this Falun Gong practitioner is to be sentenced to four years in prison." I could not restrain myself and couldn't help crying. It drew the attention of several lawyers, who then came to look. I gave them truth-clarification materials and Shun Yun DVDs, and they accepted them respectfully.
I then advised them to withdraw from the CCP. Two of them told me that their relatives and classmates had withdrawn. Several said they would consider quitting. The director said, "Being an attorney, I cannot quit the Party." I did not say anything, because there were too many people around and Mainland China is very complicated. I told them to remember, "Falun Dafa is good" and that they would be blessed if they recited it often. We then bid each other farewell. Two of them asked us to come again and we agreed. They saw us downstairs and then waved goodbye.
As I became familiar with the lawyers in law firm A after several visits, one of the lawyers asked me to help him sell water dispensers for a side business that he had. He said that, after meeting us, he felt Falun Gong practitioners were trustworthy. I asked him the origin, quality, and price of the dispenser. I told him frankly that people I knew couldn't afford a dispenser that cost four thousand yuan. He not only didn't get angry, but was filled with deep admiration and said, "Falun Gong is great. They tell the truth and do not beat around the bush or lie." Another one said, "If people were all like you, then everything would be easy to handle." I laughed and said, "We welcome you to do the same." He said, "It is too hard. It won't work in this society." I said, "Our Master said, 'When it's impossible to do, you can do it.'" He gave me a thumbs up in approval.
4. Mindfully Helping People to Quit the CCP
We often went to visit lawyers in the three law firms we became familiar with. I was still concerned about those who hadn't withdrawn from the CCP. When I went to visit them, I brought with me some truth-clarification materials and gave them copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, as well as articles I had downloaded from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website suitable for them to read. I often sent forth righteous thoughts to those law firms.
Our hard work paid off: as people understood the truth, they quit the CCP. The deputy director of law firm B used his real name to withdraw. He said, "Someone who doesn't use his real name is not a brave man." Later on the director also withdrew from the CCP using an alias. The director told me that if there were any problems in the future I should see him. He said, "I can help privately, but not publicly [meaning in a court defense]"
A lawyer in law firm C is my childhood friend and she understood the truth long ago. She understands Dafa well and especially sympathizes with us. Whenever I visited her, I would bring her some more materials, which she was happy to accept. She repeats "Falun Dafa is good" every day, and tells me that she is blessed.
5. People Make Choices after Knowing the Truth
When the attorneys of the three law firms in our city understood the truth, they did what they could and should do. Law firm B promised that if there was any legal matter that we weren't clear on, we could find them for help. Law firm A helped us relay messages to the practitioners in prison and defended a fellow practitioner during a second trial in an intermediate court. Law firm C defended Dafa practitioners in court; they spoke with the force of justice fearlessly and broke the illegal ban on defending Falun Gong. Under the strong righteous thoughts of practitioners, the entire court became a righteous field to deter the evil.
We understand that things were really done by Teacher; we are only a part of the celestial changes. We thank Teacher for His mighty care on the whole journey.