Not “persecution and being persecuted” but “saving and being saved”
When the high walls of the detention center separated me from freedom and the world, I had no fear and no sadness. There was only Fa in my mind, “with the master and the Fa here what is there to fear?” (“Lecture in Sydney”)
“You play the leading role in this period of history, and the existence of everything at present, whether it be evil or the upright gods, has to do with you. It is walking straight your path that is most important.” (“Walk Straight Your Path” 2005)
I understand that no matter where I am, my mission will not change and I will still play the lead role and do the three things well.
1. Firm up righteous thoughts and create a practice environment
In May 27, 2010, I was reported to the police when I clarified the truth. Two policemen tried to drag me into their vehicle but were unable to. Next, they called over six to seven others and shoved me into the police car. I shouted, “Master save me!” They kicked and hit me. When we arrived at the police station, I clarified the facts to the officer who was watching me and he immediately agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Afterward, two officers came in to listen to the facts but when they were about to quit the CCP and its organizations, the team leader came in and the two officers left. I clarified the truth to the team leader but he refused to quit the CCP. Later, the police carried me into the police car and took me to the detention center. After reaching the detention center, the officers left.
The guard who was on duty told me to put on the prisoner's vest and go into the room. I thought to myself, “No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil’s demands, orders, or what it instigates.” (“Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” in Essentials for Further Advancement II) I said, “I won't wear this!” He called a prisoner over to put it on me. I looked the prisoner in the eye and he did not move. When the guard saw that the prisoner did not move, he dragged me to the washroom. He started to hit me with the vest. I used my hand to deflect it and the vest missed and did not hit me. He hit me again but I put my hand up and the vest missed me again. By that time he was so angry that he was breathing heavily. I remembered the Fa,
“Cultivators are on a journey to divinity. They don't see any human beings as their enemies, and they try their best to save all sentient beings.” (“Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005”)
I felt pity for him and said, “I am not resisting you, I am resisting this vest because I am not a criminal, so I refuse to wear it.” His attitude eased.
I heard that practicing the Falun Gong exercises was not allowed at the detention center, but I must do the exercises and nobody can stop me. After firming up my righteous thoughts, I got up at ten minutes to four to start doing the exercises. I was very surprised that, after practicing, when the guards kicked and beat me, I felt as light as a feather. I was also pleasantly surprised that my leg, which had been swollen for two years, had completely healed overnight.
After eating the next morning, the team leader called me over and said, “You got up early to do the exercises and a girl in your room was terrified and is now unwilling to be in the same room as you. We have transferred you out. Do not do the exercises anymore.” I was transferred to another room and this provided me with many opportunities to clarify the truth. I was taken to the new room and put my things on the bed by the window. Not long after, a 20-year-old girl was also transferred there. One moment she would be singing and the next moment, cursing. She seemed to have mental problems. I begin to pity her. I sat on the bed and memorized the Fa for one hour and later did the standing exercises. Afterward, I send forth righteous thoughts for an hour.
A female deputy detention center head came over during lunchtime and stood in front of me. She looked me in the eyes and said, “You still dare to do the exercises here?” With a smile on my face, I said firmly, “My body will not withstand it if I do not exercise.” I sent out strong righteous thoughts. For a full minute, the two of us stared into each others' eyes and the others were also staring at us. In the end, she said, “Pay attention and do not affect the others.” After saying this, she left. From then on, no one interfered with me when I did the exercises.
2. Play the lead role well and save sentient beings with confidence and dignity
After lunch, I sent forth righteous thoughts and memorized the Fa. Afterward, I meditated. The girl seemed to have become quiet. So I asked her, “Why are you against Falun Gong?” She said, “Those that practice Falun Gong either immolate themselves or kill others. When I hear 'Falun Gong,' I'm afraid.” I said, “Falun Gong teaches people to follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. No matter how you treat me, I will not be angry and will not fuss over it. Isn't that good?” She nodded. Thus, I explained to her what Falun Gong is and why the CCP is persecuting practitioners. I told her about quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations to ensure one's safety and peace. She listened quietly and then quit the Young Pioneers.
Later, I clarified the truth to the people in the next room. When I mentioned how Dafa has spread widely overseas, a private company proprietress said, “Last year, I traveled to four countries. There are so many people practicing in Taiwan and the U.S., it's everywhere.” After she said this, others were willing to accept the truth and soon, everyone in the room quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
One day, the girl in my room said to me, “I sprained my foot some time ago, and it used to hurt on cloudy days. Although today is a cloudy day, I it doesn't hurt at all.” Thus, she went around and told others how miraculous Falun Gong is.
Afterward, another girl came into my room. When she heard that I practiced Falun Gong, she ignored me. I said, “Falun Gong is good!” She said nothing. The girl who had benefited said, “Falun Gong is really good. I said it in my heart and my foot was cured.” I said, “Like you, when she first came, she misunderstood Falun Gong.” She covered her ears immediately, and said, “Do not say anymore. My head hurts when you mention Falun Gong.” I said, “This is because my Master is removing your sickness! You will become better after you listen to the truth.” Then I started to tell her how Falun Gong spread to over 100 countries across the world and then I told her about the persecution. However, she still covered her ears and refused to listen. I said, “For your own good, I must continue.” This went on for two days. On the third day, she did not shout anymore when I talked about Falun Gong. She looked at me in surprise. I said, “Your head doesn't hurt anymore, right?” She nodded and then agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
When I went out of the room to eat for the first time, two boys came over and asked, “Why are you imprisoned here, Auntie?” I said proudly, “For practicing Falun Gong.” They said softly, “Falun Dafa is good.” I asked if they were Youth League members and they nodded. I told them, “Quit the Youth League and the Young Pioneers and recite, 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' in your heart.”
One day in the corridor, I met the guard who had beaten me on the first day. He looked at me and said, “I know you hate me.” I smiled and said, “I don't hate you, I practice Falun Gong. Don't you want to learn about Falun Gong?” He said, “I'll listen to what you've got to say.” He took me to a room and I begin to tell him about Falun Gong's remarkable ability to heal illnesses and stay healthy. I said, “You are unaware that Dafa has spread to more than 100 countries. When I clarified the truth to you, you refused to listen. You refused to look at those CDs and booklets that were given to you. We want to let people know that Dafa is good. Is what we're doing wrong?” He shook his head no.
Once when we were let out for fresh air, the deputy detention center head demonstrated some movements that consisted of kicking the legs and bending down and said that this was good for the body. She was not as evil as when I first came in. I added to her words and said, “If you talk about staying healthy, nothing can compare to practicing Falun Gong. It's remarkable and miraculous and heals illness and keeps one healthy.” At once, they began discussing Falun Gong. She asked me, “How do we practice?” I demonstrated the movements to them. They raised many questions and I answered them. On the way back to the room, I walked behind with her and we continued to talk about the grand spreading of Falun Gong all over the world, and she was very receptive. When everyone had gone upstairs, I stopped and offered to help her quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Just when she was about to nod her head in agreement and quit, she suddenly left, saying that she was busy. I felt regretful when I went back to my room. Afterward, this detention center head allowed me to go home one day in advance.
The detention center head promised to let me go home in the morning, and as a result, I had an attachment of zealotry. Thus, another center head refused to let me go. I knew that it was because of the attachment of zealotry that allowed the evil to take advantage of my gap. I immediately started to send forth righteous thoughts from eleven in the morning to three in the afternoon to eliminate them. Just then the phone rang and I was told to pack up and prepare to go home.
Because that team leader and the detention center head already understand the truth but hadn't yet quit the Party, I felt regretful and I always thought about it. Thus, it became an attachment. Once when I distributed Shen Yun DVDs, I gave one to a police officer. He grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. He called for a police car to come and they carried me into the vehicle. After reaching the police station, I sat on the sofa and sent forth righteous thoughts. After a while, they carried me into the police car again and took me to the detention center. I clarified the truth to them on the way there. They listened very attentively. At first, the driver interfered by honking the horn, but he later stopped and started to listen attentively. He even raised some questions, and even the chief of the State Security asked how to quit the CCP and its organizations. I told them how to quit. Upon reaching the detention center, they carried me in. When the guard on duty stepped forward to take a look, we were both surprised as he was the same officer who was on duty the year before. However, I suddenly remembered that this time I came to help the team leader quit the CCP. I knew that I could not miss the opportunity this time. Thus, I found an opportunity to help the team leader quit the Party.
The next morning, after I had just finished sending forth righteous thoughts, the deputy detention center head came. I said, “Hurry! Quit the Party! Do not miss this opportunity again.” She said, “It's no use even if I quit, because my mind is full of evil thoughts.” I said, “It's all right. Recite 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' sincerely in your heart and it will eliminate the evil thoughts.” She smiled and she left as she mumbled her alias.
After finishing breakfast, the logistic team head called me over to take my blanket and mattress. He said, “You practitioners are very clean, so I am giving you all new things.” I said, “You are quite good. Did you join the Communist Party?” He said, “Yes, I did.” I told him about quitting the Party and he immediately agreed to quit. He said, “You can practice whenever you want, nobody will stop you.”
The next day when we were let out for fresh air, I saw a young female deputy detention center head that I had not seen the year before. When she saw that others treated me quite well, she also treated me well. I tried to find an opportunity to clarify the truth to her and helped her to quit the CCP. She was very happy. Afterward, I clarified the truth to those detained in the detention center. One elderly woman disapproved and said loudly, “I'll tell this to the center head!” For the safety of the center head, I smiled without answering. The center head smiled and said, “She gave me an alias and I am quite satisfied with the alias she gave me!”
One day, someone came to our room coughing non-stop. I clarified the truth to her and she quit the Party. However, the thing she carried with her was a big interference for us, especially to the elder practitioner. The elder practitioner said, “A cold wind blew across me.” I helped her to send forth righteous thoughts and I could feel that the dimensional field had a dark and sticky thing. Afterward I felt the field became better, so I started to do the exercises. After finished doing the five exercises, I extended sending righteous thoughts at twelve o'clock. Just as I lay down, through my celestial eye, I saw a billowing cloud of black smoke coming over. I sat up immediately and asked Master to strengthen me. I continued to send forth righteous thoughts till the dimensional field gradually became clean. When I stopped, it was already two in the morning. I was not at all sleepy, so I started to memorize the Fa until it was time to do the early morning exercises. The next day, the ordinary person no longer coughed and recovered.
The night before I was to go home, I felt that I must leave the truth with those who would be staying there in the future. I wanted to write truth clarification phrases on the wall, but how? The lights were on all night and electronic eyes everywhere. I lay down after I finished sending forth righteous thoughts. The electricity went out as soon as I lay down. I sat up immediately and thanked Master in my heart. I wrote “Remember: Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Hurry and quit the Party, the Youth League and the Young Pioneers” on the four walls.
3. Cultivating myself well and leaving a beautiful image
No matter where I am, I will cultivate according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. For example, during meals, I stood at the end of the row and was the last person to take the rice. When taking hot water, I stood last in line, too. Once, the detention center head knew that I could not contact my family and said, “If you do not have the money to buy the bus ticket when you leave, I will give it to you.” Without waiting for me to say a word, the others said, “No matter who tries to give her anything, she will not take it.”
The most moving experience I had in the detention center was between the guards and me. It is not about the persecution and being persecuted. It's about saving and being saved. Dafa disciples play the lead role. Hence, I am always busy but cheerful in doing the three things every day.
Above are my bits and pieces of helping Master to rectify the Fa and saving sentient beings. I will remember Master's words forever:
“Disciples, be diligent! Everything that's the most magnificent and the most wonderful is developed in the process of your validating Dafa. Your vows will become testaments of your future.” (“Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Thank you, great and respected Master, for your compassionate salvation and for giving me the opportunity of the ages to be part of Master's Fa-rectification period today.
I bow to Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!