Some Thoughts About Defense Attorneys in China Being Persecuted
(Clearwisdom.net) Some time ago, I read on the Minghui website that several lawyers in Beijing were being persecuted. I was very sad, and at the same time I felt guilty. In my understanding of the Fa, everything that occurs today results from Dafa disciples’ thoughts. Therefore, the persecution of these lawyers was a result of our thoughts. If the body of practitioners had no loopholes, these lawyers could not have been taken advantage of.
Attorney Mr. Gao Zhisheng was arrested and jailed a few years ago, and since that time, practitioners have exposed the Communist regime’s evil nature and acted to rescue him. But we forgot that the most important and fundamental thing was to look within, to find problems such as relying on attorneys, admiring them, being too engrossed in that, and showing off. We kept these human thoughts for several years and have not gotten rid of these attachments. Therefore as I understand it, many attorneys have suffered persecution.
With defense attorneys for example, I believe that we have again behaved in an immature way. Last year a local practitioner was at a hearing with a judge. During the hearing, the lawyer maintained a defense of innocence, and one practitioner suddenly applauded; then many others also applauded. I felt very clearly that the old forces saw into these practitioners’ minds and hated it. They took advantage of this loophole. The judge immediately turned negative, declaring his intention to find the practitioner who led the applause. Several police suddenly came in and surrounded the gallery area. We sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master for protection. One practitioner selflessly stood up and said a few words to the judge. Finally the crisis calmed down.
Our hidden human thoughts can bring losses to ourselves, to other practitioners, and to the people around us. When practitioners are illegally sentenced or abruptly seized, some of us never look within to find our own shortcomings; they instead look for others’ shortcomings. They display a mindset of hatred, revenge, and fighting toward the 610 Office and the police. They treat the test they are undergoing with human notions. For example, a local practitioner was tried in court this year, and his family hired a lawyer who plead not guilty. Some practitioners felt the lawyer’s defense was good and suggested distributing it as truth-clarification material.
We should take advantage of all opportunities to save people. But I want to say that only Dafa disciples can validate the Fa, and only Master and Dafa can really save people. For the lawyers or other non-practitioners with a special status, regardless of what good words they say for Dafa, we cannot express a particular mood or sentimentality towards it. Even if one day someone directly challenges the Communist Party, we cannot be stirred. The Communist evil spirits were eliminated long ago, so isn’t that inevitable? If our hearts are moved, this can be used as an excuse by the old forces to test us and interfere with Master’s Fa-rectification.
Some practitioners suggested that since there are so many Dafa disciples in our region who can send righteous thoughts, why are local practitioners still sentenced in court? Why haven't we achieved much effect by sending forth righteous thoughts? In my opinion, it is because our basis was incorrect. When individuals send forth righteous thoughts to avoid being persecuted and to rescue practitioners, and our goal focuses on preventing our practitioners from being persecuted, it is still to some degree selfish. Are we really keeping in mind saving people who work for the 610 Office and Domestic Security Team who participate in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners? Aren't these sentient beings in the most danger. We should try to get them to give up persecuting Dafa disciples with our righteous thoughts. Regardless of what results we get, shouldn’t we treat them with compassion?
When we heard the news that Shen Yun Performing Arts was going to perform in Hong Kong two years ago, our human thoughts, such as being too engrossed in it, showing off, anxiety, etc. surged. The evil took advantage of these loopholes, resulting in losses. Finally Shen Yun Performing Arts could not come to Hong Kong.
We must upgrade as one body. The world’s people are counting on us to save them. Shouldn't we do better and grasp the time to do that? Time waits for no man, as the recent earthquake in Japan reminds us.
The above is my understanding. Please point out anything that falls short of the Fa.