April 25, 1999: Witness the Purity of Falun Gong
(Clearwisdom.net) It has been 11 years since the appeal on April 25. Recalling this day, everything is still so vivid in my mind.
That morning, several practitioners and I went to the north end of Fuyou Street in Beijing, and we saw police officers guiding practitioners to walk along the wall on the left side of the street. We didn't know that it was the outer wall of Zhongnanhai. Later, they asked the practitioners to move to the sidewalks on the right side of the street. Soon the alley was full of people since many practitioners kept coming to appeal. Although they didn't know each other, they stayed together just like family and quietly shared their cultivation experiences with each other.
Practicing cultivation according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance helps a person to improve both physically and mentally. A practitioner from the northeast said that she had been bedridden because of a disease. However, soon after she started the practice there were obvious improvements in her health and she began to take care of herself. Although she was a little out of breath when she was speaking, she was extremely grateful to Master and she wanted to tell people the truth about Falun Gong no matter how difficult it was!
During more than 10 hours of waiting, there wasn't even any noise and chaos. They took turns to stand in the front and rest in the back. Some studied the Fa and did the exercises while waiting. They also reminded each other to cherish public property and to keep the environment clean. Every now and then we saw some senior practitioners who bent over to pick up cigarette butts and trash. Some young practitioners collected disposable lunch boxes and other trash in a plastic bag. No one knew who they were, they could be workers, farmers, professors or even scientists, but who they were was not important. At that time, they only had one identity and it was Falun Gong practitioners.
Everyone was waiting quietly and patiently that day. At around 9:00 pm, the practitioners were told that those people who were arrested in Tianjin were released, and that they should go back home and continue the practice while keeping a normal life. Therefore, the practitioners quietly left without making any noise with the exception of their light foot steps. Instantaneously, everyone checked if they had left any trash on the ground, picking them up if they found any. By the time they left, there wasn't a single piece of paper on the ground leaving it impeccably clean.
Looking at the tidy ground under the light, I picked up a disposable chopstick that had been left out. Tears flowed out from my eyes. A huge crowd had stayed here for such a long time, but gone without a trace of their presence leaving the place spotless. I have never seen anything like this! A police officer pointed at the ground and exclaimed to other officers: "Look at this, what is virtue? This is, this is what is called virtue!"
In Beijing during April the weather is still a little cold, but such a harmonious and quiet scene warmed everyone's heart, leaving people the experience of the beauty of pure hearts. I believe the pedestrians passing by that day also witnessed the noble morality that Falun Gong practitioners possess. Such a large group of people who have pure hearts! Such a sacred realm that Falun Gong provides to people! How lucky I am to practice cultivation in Falun Dafa!