Some Experiences of Resisting the Persecution with Righteous Thoughts
(Clearwisdom.net) When the persecution had just started I frequently felt I could not do anything except silently forbear and accept it. I felt muddle-headed because I did not understand the principles of the Fa clearly. Later, Master's Fa lectures were passed to the prisons where Falun Gong practitioners were being persecuted. Afterwards, I started following the Fa and resisting the persecution with righteous thoughts. When I had strong righteous thoughts and few ordinary notions, I had the ability to frighten the evil and resist the persecution. However, when I held strong ordinary notions with insufficient righteous thoughts, I had difficulty effectively eliminating and suppressing the evil. Below are some of my experiences regarding resisting the persecution with righteous thoughts.
2001 was the second year I was detained in the local detention center. Since I was a doctor, the prison doctor asked me to help him see the prisoner patients. Taking this opportunity, I clarified the truth to the guards and almost all the prisoners in the detention center. Only a few of the guards refused to listen. At the same time I also started refusing to wear the prison uniform. One day, the deputy head of the center said that several guards had reported me and he tried to force me to wear the uniform. I firmly refused. He then ordered several prisoners to help him try and shackle me. I said sternly, "Nobody is going to force shackles on me today." The prisoners stepped away from me and the deputy head also walked away without saying a word.
In 2002, I was illegally sentenced to four years in the provincial prison. Three other practitioners and I were imprisoned in the third ward. Using strong righteous thoughts a fellow practitioner and I resisted the close monitoring and refused to be subjected to any form of persecution. We also kept explaining to the guards about the beauty of Falun Gong, the real reason why Falun Gong is being persecuted and the heavenly law that good will be rewarded and evil will surely be punished. Due to our righteous thoughts and truth clarification for nearly one year, we had a relatively easy environment where we could get together to study the Fa, hand copy Master's lectures, memorize the Fa, send righteous thoughts and explain the truth to others with almost no major interference.
One time, two collaborators came from another detention center. They beat me and at the same time they tried to instigate the guards to torture me. I resisted the persecution by telling them sternly, "Stop! You are not allowed to beat me. It is also illegal for the guards to beat me. Beating me is not allowed." This way I prevented them from harming themselves by torturing me.
The next day, these two people were used by the prison authorities to slander Falun Gong at a meeting. At the time there were more than 100 imprisoned fellow practitioners in the meeting room and each one of them was closely monitored by two prisoners. There were also prison guards around everywhere. At the time I was not afraid at all. I stood up immediately and said loudly, "So and so be quiet!" Then I calmly walked out of the meeting room. The division head of the ward where I was imprisoned followed me. I conducted myself righteously with righteous thoughts. The guards at the scene were awestruck. Several other practitioners also walked out of the meeting and some of the practitioners who had not left the room started questioning the two people. After I went back to the ward where I was imprisoned, the division head called me to the office. He took up an electric baton and yelled at me, "Watch and see how I'm going to deal with you!" Right at the moment he wanted to start torturing me, I said in stern voice, "Don't touch me. It's illegal for you to torture me and I will take you to court in the future." I was not afraid and with strong righteous thoughts, I again stopped the guards from torturing me. Of course, in my mind I knew clearly that Master had strengthened me and given me the capability.
As a matter of fact, during the experiences I mentioned above I did not intentionally think about using supernormal powers; they were a natural manifestation of the wisdom I obtained from Dafa. Because I was not afraid and had a calm mind, my state conformed to the Fa and the power of the Fa naturally manifested through me. Master said,
"Actually, every Dafa disciple has abilities. It's just that the abilities do not manifest in the surface dimension, so they think that they don't have supernormal abilities. But regardless of whether they can manifest in the surface dimension or not, when a person's True Thoughts come forth they are very powerful." ("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful," Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Cultivating in the Fa-rectification period, we should actively use "the supernormal power of righteous thoughts." The evil is nothing to be afraid of. What is to be feared is our inability to always maintain righteous thoughts. It is not that saving sentient beings is difficult. The key is that our thoughts must be righteous. Master has already given us "the supernormal power of righteous thoughts." As long as we study the Fa well, immerse our every thought in the Fa all the time and eliminate our ordinary thoughts as much as possible, we can keep righteous thoughts all the time and we can use supernormal power to eliminate the evil and save sentient beings more effectively.