(Minghui.org) I would like to share my understanding after reading an article recently in Minghui Weekly Issue 536, titled, “On the Issue of Physical Punishment and Torture.” There are some very good points in this article. However, I think the best solution to avoiding physical persecution is to avoid going to forced labor camps or prisons in the first place.

At the end of 2000, I wrote a letter to the director of our local police station to clarify the truth. I delivered the letter and spoke with him face to face. The next day, a policeman came to my home and asked me to go to the police station. I knew why he asked me but I refused to go. The policeman purposely challenged me, “You need to be responsible for your actions.” I then said, “I will go with you. It's not a big deal.” They subsequently sent me to the detention center. After been detained there for 70 days, they needed to send a whole group of Dafa practitioners to a forced labor camp and I was one of them. At that moment, I had a very strong righteous thought, “Never! I will never cooperate with them!” I then went downstairs without taking my belongings. A policeman asked, seeing that I didn't take anything with me, “How come you aren't taking your belongings with you?” I asked, “What belongings? Am I going somewhere?” He said, “You are going to the forced labor camp.” I pointed at him and said firmly, “You are the age of my grandchildren. You are not qualified to educate me. I will not go.” Seeing that I was very determined, he went to the room where all other practitioners were forced to sign their names and brought back two forms – one was a release form and another a detainment form. He showed me the first one and said, “I think you are going to be released.” I said, “Show me the other form.” He dared not show me. I had a thought at that moment, “If you show me, I will tear it up immediately.” Our argument dragged on for a long time. There were several vans waiting outside to take me to the labor camp. At last, three female police officers dragged me to the van. I asked for help from Teacher in my mind. At the labor camp, we were taken to get a physical examination. The doctor asked me, “What is your name?” I said, “I don't know.” “How old are you?” “I don't know.” When they tried to do the physical, I didn't cooperate with them.

I was not afraid because I had Teacher and the Fa in my heart. After a while, they had to let me go home seeing that there was nothing they could do about me. They did the paperwork for me as though I had been released for medical treatment.

About two weeks later, the police asked me to pay 10,000 yuan as a “deposit” for my release. I answered, “I don't have any money. If you ask me to go to a labor camp, I will turn it upside down.” Teacher protected me at the physical exam as I was found to have a heart disease. I knew in my heart they would never send me to the labor camp again as my physical condition disqualified me. They had to say, “You can go now.” As I walked to the entrance, I heard a policeman say to another, “Anyone who commits a crime needs to be punished.” I turned and asked, “Who committed a crime? I certainly didn't.” Another policeman smiled. These words played a very important role in my future path of cultivation. The police have never harassed me since then.

Teacher said,

“Why should you, a Dafa disciple, fear the evil ones when enduring persecution? The crux of the matter is that you have attachments. If not, do not endure passively, and face the evil with righteous thoughts at all times. 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. ”

(Official translation from article “Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)

This year is the 13th anniversary of the April 25 peaceful appeal. I missed the opportunity to appeal in Beijing 13 years ago because I didn't know about it. Today the Fa-rectification is entering a new era. We all need to keep up with the pace. This is just my personal understanding. Please point out anything that is inappropriate.