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Only by Clarifying the Facts Consistently Can We Cultivate Ourselves Well

April 07, 2011 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner from Heilongjiang Province


I began learning Falun Dafa in 1995. Before that, I always suffered a lot of pain caused by many different ailments. By practicing Falun Dafa every day, soon my illnesses were all gone. At that time, I was very grateful to Teacher for saving me. I felt very fortunate to have learned this great Dafa, and I cherished all the predestined relationships we have within Dafa. In appreciation I'd like to report some of my personal experiences to Teacher Li and to share them with my fellow practitioners.

Cultivation is a test that we can pass as long as we firmly believe in Teacher and the Fa.

When I began learning Dafa, I experienced a body free of illness. My whole body felt very light. I studied the Fa, practiced the exercises daily, and cultivated my heart and mind to be a better person.

I lived a busy and happy life, but three years later, my husband suddenly said he did not want me to practice Dafa anymore. I didn't listen to him and continued meditating every day and living by the universal principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. He then left home and took our daughter with him for three months. When he came back, he told me again to give up practicing Dafa. He wrote a request for a divorce several times and asked me to sign it, but I refused.

I was halfway through the exercises one day, when suddenly he came home early from work. He shouted irrationally, “I told you not to practice. Why are you still doing it?” He broke the exercise music cassette tape and threw the pieces at me. Then he beat me until he was exhausted. After that incident, he kept trying to divorce me. I realized there wasn't any hope for our marriage, so eventually I agreed to the divorce. At that time, I didn't have any income, but I was determined that no one could keep me from practicing Dafa.

I am not very well educated, but my heart for practicing Dafa was solid. I would do whatever Teacher asked us to do. In October 2000, several practitioners decided to go to Beijing to validate the Fa. Prior to leaving for Beijing I ran an errand on my bike and suddenly the front wheel got stuck in a patch of sand and I fell down. My left leg was hurt badly and I was in a lot of pain. I stood up and hopped back home while pushing my bicycle. During the night, my lower left leg swelled up quite badly with a blister the size of an egg. I pierced it, and a half bowl of pus came out. My urine was also black, so I knew it was evil interference trying to stop me from validating the Fa in Beijing. I would not acknowledge the old force arrangements. My kids wanted to take me to the hospital but I said, “No need to get scared. It is nothing. I am a Dafa practitioner.” Every day after that accident I studied the Fa and did the exercises, and I progressively got better. Within two months I was completely healed.

In December 2003, Practitioner A and I went to Practitioner B's house at noon. We planned to distribute flyers that night. In the afternoon, three policemen appeared and knocked on the door. We didn't open it. We sent forth righteous thoughts. Later, the police found Practitioner B's wife and she opened the door. The police took the three of us to the police substation, where we were locked in three different rooms. Wang from the local 610 Office came to talk to me. I said, “I will take all the responsibility, so don't expect me to report on my fellow practitioners.” He didn't get any information from me. The third day, we were taken to a detention center. Like the other Dafa practitioners, we refused to wear prisoner clothing or recite the rules of the prison. Instead, every day we recited the Fa, sent forth righteous thoughts, practiced the meditation exercise, shared understandings with each other, clarified the truth to the prisoners, and taught them how to sing the songs written by Dafa practitioners.

One day an officer asked me, “Is the policy on Falun Gong that was set by the higher authorities correct or not?” I said, “Falun Gong is not subject to the constitution or any laws. Dafa is here to save people by teaching them how to improve their moral standards. Falun Dafa can only benefit our society, as it does not bring harm to anybody. Former leader Jiang Zemin was afraid of having so many good people inside China. Therefore, he launched the persecution. Falun Dafa is righteous. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is evil. The CCP does not do good things. Even if the Chinese people don't get rid of the CCP, heaven will eradicate it.”

The Officer from the 610 Office said, “What you just said now is enough to get you sentenced.” The next day, they took me to the police substation where my family was. My sister, my daughter, and my son-in-law all asked me to cooperate with the police so I could return home, but my heart wasn't moved at all. At 3 p.m., the 610 Office asked me to sign a document to give up Falun Dafa. When I became a Dafa disciple, I decided I would never cooperate with the evil. This Fa is serious. If I signed that document, it would be the same as betraying Teacher and the Fa, so I would not sign it. Instead I started to clarify the facts to them. My family tried to cover my mouth because they realized that I wouldn't be allowed to go home if I didn't sign the document. Later they took me back to the detention center and the head of the police substation said, “ You don’t have to go back in there. Just sign the document and go home.” I said, “No” and they all left.

Three days later, they told me to pack up and get ready to leave. After I got in the car, I realized we weren't on the way to my home. They took me to Shuanghe Forced Labor Camp. They tried to sentence me to 18 months of forced labor, but I wouldn’t accept it. The officers said, “Then you can appeal.” The forced labor camps required a physical exam to see if you were in good health and able to work hard. I asked Teacher to help me since I needed to be out of the camp to help save sentient beings. I continuously sent forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate the evil in the camp. The exam showed I had heart disease and high blood pressure. The doctor said I should be hospitalized. The forced labor camp refused to take me, so they could only release me.

It is our own responsibility to save sentient beings. We need to be persistent in clarifying the truth to all sentient beings.

Seeing Dafa practitioners suffering from this persecution, I was very sad. I realized I must step forward to tell people that Falun Dafa is good and that Dafa is being persecuted wrongly by the CCP. Fellow practitioners and I distributed informational materials and clarified the truth to people. When the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party came out, I began helping people withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. First I talked to my family, neighbors, relatives, and friends and, after some time, most of them withdrew from the CCP. So then we began to clarify the truth to strangers face to face. Initially, I found this quite difficult to do and at first I could only talk to two or three people over half a day. We also picked those people that seemed nice and old and from the lower class. Every once in a while, I'd get afraid or want to argue with people or feel shy, etc. We shared our experiences right away to learn from each other and to get rid of the attachments to fear. As we clarified the truth more deeply, we gradually removed the attachments. We no longer picked only certain people and instead talked to everyone that Teacher led to us with predestined relationships. Now we can clarify the truth easily to everyone. It's our routine now, and we do this even if it rains or snows or is windy or icy.

In 2008, my boss from my where I used to work came by to deliver my accounts, and he had an electrical engineer with him. I realized this was an opportunity. After some small talk, they all admired my perfect health. I took it as a chance to tell them it was because I cultivate in Dafa. I told them that Falun Dafa teaches people to be good, why Jiang Zemin launched the persecution, and how corrupt the CCP is. They all agreed to what I said and they both withdrew from the CCP.

In August 2009, I was riding my bicycle when I came to the No. 1 Hospital, and a taxi stopped right by me. The door suddenly opened and knocked me off my bike. A woman in her 40s got out of the taxi, fretting, “I'm in big trouble now. I’ve hit someone. What should I do?” She cried as she helped me up. I only had a scratch on my arm, so I hurried to comfort her and ease her stress. I said, “Don't worry. I won't ask you for any money. I'm a Falun Dafa practitioner. Dafa teaches us to treat others well and we live by the universal principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. Dafa is not like what the CCP said. The CCP has been lying and fabricating stories about Falun Gong. They have been persecuting good people.” Then I asked her to withdraw from the CCP in order to have a bright future. She understood what I said and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. She thanked me many times over.

One morning at a farmers' market, I heard someone shouting and claiming his own goods were the best. Then he shouted, “It's fine to do this or do that, but never practice Falun Gong.” A lot of people were standing around him listening to him. I thought, “Isn't he doing a bad thing? I shouldn't let him continue.” I told my fellow practitioners, “I'll go clarify the truth to him. You send forth righteous thoughts.” Then I walked up to him and asked, “What you said just now isn’t true. You shouldn't say such a bad thing. You have been deceived by the CCP propaganda and you don’t know that Falun Dafa is righteous and is being persecuted by the CCP. It won’t do you any good if you keep repeating those lies. You will be punished by heaven.” I explained the facts to him. He understood and repeatedly said, “I was wrong, I was wrong.” Later he withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. After a few days we went back to his business at the market and no longer shouted out any bad things about Dafa.

Whenever someone asked us for directions, we'd let them know the truth and help them quit the CCP. Many people said hello to us and we’d take the opportunity to tell them that quitting the CCP would bring them a good future. Most people understood what we were saying and would quit the CCP on the spot.

When clarifying the truth, we were able to stay calm no matter what happened. We'd continuously send forth righteous thoughts and in most cases we'd achieve good results. For example, one day in 2007, we talked to a man in his 50s for an hour in the woods close to Nenjiang Park before he understood and quit the CCP. Sometimes we met people that said they didn't have any relationship to the CCP and therefore weren't willing to listen to us. We wouldn't give up. We'd ask them, “Did you ever go to school? Did you ever wear the red bandanna? We worry about you and hope you can survive these disasters befalling the Chinese people in these times. You will have a good future if you can keep your life.” More often than not they'd be willing to listen to us and then quit the CCP.

This spring, we met a man in his 40s outside a discount store. After saying hello we started to clarify the truth to him. He listened quietly. When we talked about how corrupt and evil the CCP is, he readily agreed. When we said that heaven would punish those who don't quit the CCP, he said excitedly, “Yes, I will quit the CCP and all its organizations.” He clapped his hands and shouted, “Falun Dafa is good!” We met many people like him and they were also saved.

We also ran into many people that were too afraid to listen to the truth but we wouldn't give up so easily. Generally one of us would send forth righteous thoughts and the other would talk to them patiently. Many times this would help us to succeed. For example, in September 2009 we saw a gentleman in his 70s sitting on the stairs near a store. We went over to chat with him. Just when we mentioned quitting the CCP to stay safe, he stood up and tried to leave. I followed him closely and said, “If you have ever joined the CCP or the Youth League or the Young Pioneers, then you are part of them. When heaven eradicates them, you'll be dragged down, too. You can save yourself from disasters if you would like to withdraw using an alias. You don't need to spend a penny. Be safe.” He agreed to quit all three organizations. We are very glad that his life was saved.

We have also bumped into many people that have predestined relationships with us. They came to us to learn the truth. One day when we were explaining the facts to a few people at a store in the plaza, a woman came over to me and we chatted. She said she was on her way to have her tinnitus treated. She was very uncomfortable and couldn't get rid of it even though she had seen many doctors. I told her about the benefits I had gained from practicing Falun Gong, and then I clarified the facts to her. She quit the CCP. When we left the plaza, she followed us around, saying she felt good following us. A week later we went to the plaza and saw her again. I asked her how her ears were . She was very excited and said her ears were better.

Over the past few years, we all came to realize that clarifying the truth is a very good way to cultivate our hearts and improve ourselves. We have gotten rid of many notions and attachments, such as fear, fighting, showing off, jealousy, trying to save face, etc. We've also been continuously elevating ourselves in the Fa so we can keep a selfless, pure heart and fulfill our pre-historic vows. Let us cherish these final moments! Let us remove our attachments and look inside to do the three things well. Let's give Teacher less cause to worry and more happiness.