Rescuing Fellow Practitioners through the Immense Power of Group Cooperation
Greeting, Revered Master!
Greeting, Fellow Practitioners!
When all practitioners cooperate with each other and form a harmonized and indestructible body, it can make those who have not stepped forward gain the courage to do so, and enable those who have fallen behind catch up and integrate into the whole body, thereby saving more sentient beings. Those who have obtained the Fa can follow Master’s Fa and return home. These are my responsibilities in assisting Master during Fa-rectification. Here I would like to report my experiences and share them with fellow practitioners.
We do not acknowledge the old forces' arrangements. The old forces went against Master's will and insisted on this persecution to test Dafa disciples. We can disintegrate the evil old forces and at the same time cultivate away our human attachments, thereby saving more sentient beings and integrating more fellow practitioners into the one body.
In 2009, several local practitioners were arrested. Fellow practitioners from other cities shared with us, suggesting that we should hire an attorney to defend the practitioners and at the same time save the sentient beings in the public security and associated departments. Some of arrested practitioners' family members are also practitioners. They took on the responsibility for this Fa-rectification project under much pressure. We began having sharing in groups across the entire city. Practitioners from other cities gave us a lot of help too.
In the beginning, some practitioners were not forthcoming.
“It is a xinxing issue if you do not help stop a murder or arson when you see it. How will you otherwise demonstrate that you are a good person? If you do not help stop a murder or arson, what would you get involved with?” (Zhuan Falun)
We came to understand that if we showed fear when other practitioners were persecuted, then non-practitioners would also show fear and do nothing. The evil would be unscrupulous and even more sentient beings would be eliminated. Therefore, everyone should first have his cultivation state correct. In our sharing among each each other, we emphasized that our primary purpose was to save sentient beings. So how could we cooperate and do better? We studied Master's relevant lectures, including “Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference” and “Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference.”
Through studying Master's lectures, we found many attachments in our group. Some practitioners relied on the attorneys. Some were attached to results. Some felt that the practitioners were arrested because they did not do well. The biggest attachment was the hatred for the police. Some practitioners felt that the police were not worthy of being saved. Some wanted to send righteous thoughts to make several policemen ill. Some thought that the policemen should not be given eternal life. Some thought that the policemen should be eliminated immediately.
After the whole body upgraded their understanding, fellow practitioners adopted different approaches to rescue our fellow practitioners. Some practitioners sent righteous thoughts in close proximity to where the persecution was being carried out. Some collected phone numbers of those involved in the persecution. Some went to the relevant departments to clarify the truth. Some wrote letters about Falun Gong. We had all reached a common understanding. All local practitioners took turns sending righteous thoughts around the clock. Some practitioners who had not stepped forward before also joined in with us. Soon, though, some practitioners became sluggish. They felt that it was OK if they did not send righteous thoughts, because others were doing it.
We realized that every local practitioner was in charge of a certain dimension or range. Sentient beings in a certain public security department were assigned to the ranges that we were in charge of. If we did not eliminate the evil factors in our range, it would affect the sentient beings there to be saved. Therefore, we came to a conclusion: every practitioner would be directly affected if we did not send righteous thoughts well. Soon, every practitioner joining the effort was very diligent. An elderly practitioner was assigned to send righteous thoughts for 30 minutes after 1 a.m. One day, she fell asleep and missed her turn. She cried after waking up, realizing that I would be affected and I had to now escape the evil. She made it up by sending righteous thoughts for an hour afterwards.
We had made many arrangements in advance. On the court day, some practitioners went to the court to send righteous thoughts. Most practitioners gathered at fellow practitioners' homes and sent righteous thoughts in a group in close proximity to the courthouse. We finally got rid of the attachment of hatred of those involved in the persecution and truly developed compassion for all the policemen and officials. We had successfully eliminated the evil controlling the police. We knew that the sentient beings would be saved as long as they recognized the truth and made the right choices.
We sent invitations across the city, asking all people to urge the Beijing attorney to put forth a non-guilty defense for all the Falun Gong practitioners, and to see who was committing the real crimes. The evil was very scared, as they stipulated that only two family members per practitioner were allowed to enter the court. The outside of the court was closely guarded. Policemen and community personnel filled the courtroom. We were told later that officers from the Politics and Law Committee and the 610 Office were upstairs. The attorney was called to meet the court personnel two hours before the court session. The presiding judge of the criminal court took out an invitation and said to the attorney: “This was sent to my home, calling on all people in the city to come. We are under a lot of pressure.” He also took out his cell phone and showed it to the attorney: “You see. All these messages are about Falun Gong. If there were no order from the upper authorities, we would not be processing these Falun Gong cases any more.” The judge talked to the attorney for quite a long time.
During the trial, the court was very peaceful. The attorney delivered a non-guilty defense for the practitioners. He exposed the people who had threatened and framed the illegally arrested practitioners, saying it was always against the law to arrest Falun Gong practitioners since the beginning of the persecution in 1999. The practitioners also provided a non-guilty defense for themselves.
When we asked the practitioners' family members how they rated the attorney giving the defense, some said they were very satisfied. The attorney also said the court was peaceful and there was no interference. One of the family members also heard a police officer say that the attorney did a good job.
In front of the court, a local policeman arrested a practitioner and took him away in a vehicle. The police took the practitioner to a restaurant, and invited him to have lunch before sending him home afterwards. They told the practitioner: “The police department has issued an order to detain you, so please do not go outdoors in these next two days.”
One day, a fellow practitioner came to our Fa-study group. She was happy and said, “My neighbor asked me if I still practiced Falun Gong. I said yes.” Her neighbor said that she was right to practice Falun Gong. Her neighbor's daughter-in-law said that we did not commit crimes; those who arrested us had committed the crimes. Her neighbor's daughter-in-law works in the local neighborhood committee and she had also gone to hear the defense several days ago.
Another practitioner went to a community group to talk to people about Falun Gong. She told us that in a few words, one person (a non-practitioner) said that Falun Gong is a belief; a Beijing attorney came to give a non-guilty defense for Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted, and the evil Chinese Communist Party had no reason to persecute Falun Gong.
Two months later, we requested the attorney to go to the court to retrieve the final judgment letters. During those two months, the Beijing Judicial Bureau had threatened the attorney so he was bit hesitant to go. We encouraged him, saying he definitely would be fine. The attorney was still worried and asked, “How do you know?” We smiled and told him that we would help him by our own means. When the presiding judge of the criminal court saw the attorney, he quickly invited the attorney into his office. He was happy and said to the attorney: “Falun Gong is good. Otherwise, why do so many overseas experts, scholars and professors practice Falun Gong.” He talked to the attorney for almost 40 minutes. When the attorney came out, he said to the practitioners, “Have you given the judge in-depth information about Falun Gong? If not, you should give some to him as he will become an even better person.”
“It is good enough if you have this wish. It is the master who actually does this, as you are simply unable to do it.” (Zhuan Falun)
We only have the wish to save sentient beings. Master has already made the outcome good for everyone and everything. The cooperation in our group helped many practitioners who had not yet stepped forward to do so.
With the harmonized group cooperation, the path became smooth
Last year, three local practitioners went to talk to people in their homes about Falun Gong. They were reported to the police and then unlawfully arrested. After hearing the news, fellow practitioners cooperated with each other and quickly started to form a plan to rescue the practitioners. Some practitioners went online to spread the news; some practitioners sent notices out, asking practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts. Some encouraged the arrested practitioners' family members to go to the police station and request their family members' immediate release. One of the arrested practitioners was released at that time.
Three hours later, overseas practitioners kept calling the police station. From 6 a.m. the next morning, Falun Dafa practitioners surrounded the police station. Many local practitioners sent righteous thoughts in close proximity to the police station. One of the practitioners' family members also practices Falun Gong and did not contact the whole body before he went to the police station on his own to inquire about the situation. He was threatened by the police. On the third day, we cooperated with each other and went to request the release of the practitioner. The police's attitude changed and the arrested practitioner was released that night.
Another practitioner's husband went to the jail and requested his wife's release. When the police cursed him, he was not intimidated and continued to talk with the chief. The police were scared when they saw that the practitioner's husband was not frightened by them, and instead remained firm in requesting that the chief be removed from his office. Finally, the chief apologized to the practitioner's husband and compensated him about 4,000 yuan after asking him many things about human rights. The practitioner was released at that time. After the incident, the practitioner's husband said that he did not know where the courage came from in those moments.
Those who had not stepped forward yet to clarify the facts were stepping out now.
At present we understand that for the first time our whole body has made only the first initial steps, which is still far away from Master's requirements. We still have a big gap between us and practitioners in other areas that truly do well. We have many shortcomings and we still have many things to do. However, we firmly believe in Master and the Fa. We will do better and better.
During this period, my attachments of fear, relying on others, and looking outwards instead of inwards were all exposed. I got rid of them quickly. I walked Master's path under his care. Every time I experienced fear, Master gave me chances to let go so as to help me on my path home.
Thank revere Master!
Thank fellow practitioners!