Maintaining Righteous Thoughts While Saving People
(Clearwisdom.net) I would like to share some of my cultivation experiences with fellow practitioners.
Intensive Fa Study Built a Solid Foundation
I started practicing Falun Dafa in July 1997. The first time I read Zhuan Falun, I was deeply touched by the principles that Master talked about. While reading I fell asleep, and when I woke up, I felt completely changed. My body felt lighter. After a few months of cultivation, my psoriasis completely cleared up.
I spent a lot of time studying the Fa. Before the persecution began on July 20, 1999, I read Zhuan Falun twice in three days. In two year's time, I was able to recite Hong Yin and Essentials for Further Advancement. I also recited Zhuan Falun. After July 20, 1999, I recited a section of Zhuan Falun every day.
During the period when the evil persecution was intensifying, I was illegally detained multiple times. I was sent to a brainwashing center, sent to a labor camp twice, and sentenced once. However, I managed to get through all these difficulties with my firm faith in Master and Dafa. Every time I was sent to a labor camp or sentenced, I was released after a few months by maintaining righteous thoughts.
Remaining Steadfast When the Persecution Began
Jiang’s communist regime launched the irrational persecution of Dafa and practitioners on July 20, 1999. Even the streets were under martial law. I had to cross three hills to travel to Beijing to appeal.
I arrived at the Appeals Office the next day, and told the staff person that I came to appeal for Falun Gong. He said, “Go away, I saw one practitioner beaten into a coma and carried away.” I burst into tears. I handed him the appeal letter and he gave me two forms to fill out. I filled them out and submitted them.
I was forcibly taken to the local liaison office in Beijing. I was put into a small, dark cell and shoved down to the floor. A big chair was placed on top of me, and a person stepped on my legs and sat on the chair. They questioned me and slapped my face when they didn’t hear the answers they wanted.
My family later called and said that they found someone to help get me out, but in fact it was Master who protected me. Even more miraculous, the head of my workplace reimbursed my travel expenses.
Saving Sentient Beings
No matter what happened, I never wavered in my faith. The heads of all levels, including city, police station, and my workplace, continued attempting to persuade me by threatening, “If you continue practicing, you will lose your house, your kids won't be able to go to school, both you and your husband will be laid off,” as well as other threats.
My husband and I were fired from our jobs. My husband asked, “Couldn’t you practice secretly at home?” I told him, “I practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. How could I not even be truthful on this matter?” I told him that he should ask the company that question, and that there is nothing wrong with my practicing. I started to look for another job and planned to spread the truth wherever I went. I knew that Master was taking care of everything. My husband went back to work after one month.
Sometimes after I had worked at one work place for a while, when I almost finished spreading the truth to people around me, Master would arrange for me to go work elsewhere. At one company I worked at, after I clarified the truth to my managers and co-workers, more than twenty people waited for a single Zhuan Falun book. After I finished spreading the message, I felt it was time to go. However, my manager and co-workers didn’t want me to leave. Master magically suspended the work, so I used this opportunity to leave.
Master later arranged for me to work in a grocery store. I behaved myself according to the standards for a Dafa disciple, and was respected by my boss. However, because the boss lacked credibility to the customers, the store was about to go bankrupt. One day my boss told me, “I will go work elsewhere, you can keep working here.” She taught me the skills, and over time, my results became better and better. A while later I hired her back, and I corrected all her improper business practices. She told everyone she encountered, “I am totally convinced by Falun Dafa. The quality of what she does is the best. I am convinced from the bottom of my heart.”
I didn't know that there were many police officers' family courtyards, retirement condominiums, and teachers' apartments in this area, however I distributed many materials and copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party there. I sometimes even spread them out in front of my boss. Within one year, all of these people withdrew from the party. Some who did not immediately withdraw, did so later when we met.
Not “Reformed” by Brainwashing
My former workplace head once asked me to come back to work. When I arrived, I saw the police were waiting for me, and they demanded that I go to a brainwashing center. I was carried to the car by two officers, and eventually arrived in front of a two-story building. They brought one college student and a teacher from the labor camp who had enlightened along an evil path. There were four others who also had enlightened the wrong way, but I didn’t allow them to talk. Whenever one of them opened his or her mouth, I loudly recited Master’s Fa.
I could tell that the college student had been duped, and believed the lies. I told her, “Which do you believe in, the CCP lies on TV or Master’s lectures?” Master said, “When it comes to any matter in which you know I’ve participated, you have to consider the matter from my perspective.” In the end, the teacher and a lady returned to Dafa. The student was sent back to the forced labor camp that night. She is now helping Master rectify the Fa.
I told everyone I encountered at the brainwashing center, that attempting to “convert” practitioners is wrong. In the end, the head of the police station spent four days with me. So I told him the truth. At noon on the seventh day, I dreamed that I walked out of the brainwashing center, with everyone gathering to send me off and a huge dragon in the sky. That afternoon, the head of the police station drove me back to the plant. He told me that he would retire in the second half of the year and he would find a Dafa book to read.
Righteous Thoughts Sweep the Jail
When I was put into a labor camp the first time, I kept clarifying the truth. I was brutally beaten and hung by handcuffs for ten days and nights. I was put into a solitary confinement cell for three months during the summer.
After I was put into a work team, they all focused on how to “convert” me. I treated them compassionately no matter how they treated me. At first, some people tried to “convert” me, but my determination made them go back to Dafa.
In order to “convert” me, the team leader threatened me, “I will put you in jail if you refuse to be converted.” I thought, “Whatever you say doesn’t matter, I follow only Master's arrangements.” The next afternoon, I saw her fall down. Her lips and right hand were injured. I told her, “Be a kind person. What goes around comes around. Eventually, you have to make the right choice and choose to be a kind person.”
The team leader talked with me privately. I knew about her health issues so I advised her to meditate and recite silently “Falun Dafa is good.” She did as I suggested and she experienced some changes, so she wanted to know more about Dafa. After she learned more about the truth of Falun Dafa, some very bad things were cleared out from her thoughts.
In the end, the brainwashing center became a place where we recited the Fa and shared experiences. Some practitioners returned to Dafa. The labor camp finally released me. The whole team turned from “converting” practitioners back to becoming practitioners themselves. Even today, that team still has a very relaxed environment.
When I was put into the labor camp the second time, I never acknowledged the labor term. The upright and righteous behavior of Dafa disciples convinced the criminals that practitioners are good people. In those months, the person who was assigned to monitor me was a crime chief. She was very ruthless toward people. I treated her kindly and used the Fa principles to remind her.
Before the Olympic Games in 2008, several local materials production sites were destroyed. To help re-establish the sites, I connected three printers to my computer. However, I neglected Fa study because I was so busy working. Thus, the evil took advantage of me. I was take away after the Olympic Games. The evildoers treated me as a typical case and tried to sentence me.
I sent out righteous thought to resist the persecution, and I started writing letters to urge Party members to do the “three withdrawals" (withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations). I studied the Fa, sent out righteous thoughts, and helped the inmates recite with me. I recited Hong Yin Vol. II, and sent forth righteous thought every hour. I sometimes sat in the lotus position from 6:00 p.m., until midnight, sending forth righteous thoughts. My actions caused the evil in other dimensions to keep saying, “Let her go, let her go.”
I checked my xinxing and thoughts. I knew I needed to eliminate whatever I said or did that didn't comply with Dafa. Dafa disciples have energy. By continually sending righteous thoughts during the several months I was held, the sounds of criminals beating practitioners at night eventually stopped. We told the persecutors the true facts and asked them to remember, “Falun Data is good.” Over several months the labor camp underwent a major reorganization, and another group of people came. We told them the truth and some of them withdrew from the party.
Truth-clarification Permeates My Daily Life
I previously knew nothing about computers. I can now go online, and download and print out materials. These abilities are manifestations of Dafa’s power. I took over the responsibility of making materials to establish a production site in less than one month. I always study the Fa first, before making truth-clarification materials.
Clarifying the truth and persuading people to do the three withdrawals became part of my daily life. I once had several extra pieces of truth-clarifying materials left, and I wanted to share them quickly. So when I saw a driver, I hurried over to clarify the truth and give him the material. After I had walked about half a mile, I realized that I had lost my car key. I went back to the driver and found that the materials I had given him minutes prior were torn up and thrown to the ground. When I reflected on why he had discarded them, I found that I had given out the materials like I was finishing a task, and I had not done it with the heart of truly wishing to save him. I quickly corrected myself after realizing this.
Another time when an older lady in her seventies came to buy something from our store, I clarified the truth to her and she listened carefully. I thought that as long as she remembers "Falun Dafa is good," then it is enough. I didn’t even mention withdrawing from the party as I didn’t think she could be a member. This lady came again on another rainy day. She didn’t immediately leave, so I continued clarifying the truth to her. When I mentioned doing the three withdrawals, she said that she was a party member. I asked her to withdraw immediately. She did so, using her real name. I now never ignore the elderly. One time I was stopped by a butcher. He had heard the true facts before and believed that Dafa was good. After he withdrew from the party, his business became better and better.