(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, many local practitioners have been arrested by the police. We've done almost everything we can, including coordinating with local practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts as a group as soon as possible, publishing these persecution cases on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, and organizing practitioners' family members to ask the police for their release. The practitioners from the material production site also made flyers with the information needed to request that the arrested practitioners be released. Many practitioners called the persecutors, wrote them truth-clarification letters, etc.
According to the righteous Fa-principles, per our experience of sending forth righteous thoughts together for quite a long time, together with our truth-clarification and exposing the evil, our righteous thoughts have been sufficient to disintegrate all the evil factors in other dimensions that are persecuting practitioners. And the police officers who were controlled by such evil generally release the practitioners unconditionally. Moreover, we have followed Master in cultivation for such a long time, and we are all great beings walking on the divine path. This time, however, the results were just the opposite. The practitioners' family members ended up cooperating with the police and gave them the money they demanded. Additionally, after some practitioners suffered financial persecution, they didn't dare to expose the evil and even kept it secret for the police. Their acknowledgement of the persecution actually condoned the evil in our local area and intensified the persecution.
I remember hearing a police officer tell his “experience” to his colleague: “When we arrest Falun Gong practitioners, we just tell them, 'We won't send you to the forced labor camp or prison; we just want money. If you give us money, we will release you.'” He recalled one time when he broke into a practitioner's house in the countryside. When he arrested the practitioner, he said to the family members, “Give me 20,000 yuan, and I will release him.” So the practitioner's family tried their best and managed to collect 13,000 yuan. They then told the policeman that that was all they could get. The officer said, “Never mind, I will let him go.” In this way, 13,000 yuan was extorted from the practitioner's family. And his family members even felt quite satisfied that they had “saved” 7,000 yuan. The police officers ordered them not to tell anyone, and they did keep the secret until now. None of the local practitioners knew about this incident.
I've had some thoughts about this, and I want to share them with the practitioners who “acknowledge” such extortion. We should rectify our thoughts and prevent such persecution from occurring again.
1. “Acknowledging It” Is to Acknowledge the Persecution Arranged by the Old Forces and Go Against Fa-rectification
Master said: “No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil’s demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won’t be this way.” (“Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” in Essentials for Further Advancement II) When a practitioner's family members acknowledge the extortion, it is an actual reflection from the practitioner. If so, didn't we fail to fully negate the old forces' arrangements, and didn't we humanly foster the evil demons instead of stopping them from doing evil? This not only intensified the financial persecution, but it also interfered with other practitioners' assisting Master to rectify the Fa and validate the Fa. In this way, didn't our “acknowledgement” follow the path arranged by the old forces to interfere with Fa-rectification?
2. From the Fa's Perspective, It's Destroying Sentient Beings
During Fa-rectification, Master wants to save all sentient beings. No matter what kind of life it is, as long as they don't commit any crimes against Fa-rectification, Master can give them a benevolent resolution and save them. And for our Dafa disciples, we can only save people. Try to think about it: When we are faced with the evil's demands or orders, or when the evil is damaging the Fa, if we don't stop it, and instead “acknowledge” it and let it succeed (actually no one can damage the Fa), don't we condone the evil's interference? Didn't the people controlled by the evil commit crimes against Dafa and Dafa disciples? The results would be that, in addition to the evil being eliminated, the people it was controlling will also face the danger of being eliminated because they participated in the persecution of Dafa disciples. If the practitioner didn't cooperate with or acknowledge it, then the evil would have had no means to succeed. And in this way we can prevent sentient beings from committing crimes against the Fa, and they might still have the chance to be saved. From this perspective, not acknowledging the persecution is truly being responsible for sentient beings and saving sentient beings.
3. Dafa Disciples' Property Is Dafa's Property for Saving Sentient Beings
If we truly realize, based on the Fa, that Dafa disciples' personal income is Dafa's property for saving sentient beings, then the evil won't dare to blackmail us. Master said in Zhuan Falun:
“As to all those true practitioners, after they develop gong they are looked after by their masters. Your master is watching what you do. When you try to take things from another person, that person’s master will not let it happen, either.” (“Lecture Eight” in Zhuan Falun)
Every true Dafa practitioner is looked after by Master, including our incomes. If the evil wants to blackmail us or extort Dafa property from us, Master wouldn't allow it to happen, so how can the evil do this?
I remember reading an article where a practitioner said that when asked for money by the police, he said only one sentence: “The money I make is used to save sentient beings. How can I give it to the evil?” Just because of that thought, the police officers failed to get money from him.
4. Looking Inward, There Must Be Human Thoughts to Eliminate
When police officers have blackmailed practitioners, were the practitioners afraid of suffering more persecution, or after they turned in the money and dared not to expose the evil, did they still care about “saving face” or feel embarrassed to let other fellow practitioners know about it?
“Remove your human thoughts
and evil will naturally die out” (“Don’t Be Sad” in Hong Yin II)
Only after removing such human thoughts can we truly resist the persecution when the police want to extort money from us.
The above is my current understanding at my limited level. I welcome fellow practitioners to point out anything that isn't consistent with the Fa.