A Civil Servant's Experience
(Minghui.org) My name is Zhang Linyue. I am a 49-year-old woman and a former deputy office manager of the Nanchong City, Shunqing District Bureau of Finance, in Jiangsu Province.
In February 2011, officers from the Shunqing Police Department arrested me just because I purchased tickets for the Shen Yun shows in Hong Kong. I was detained. They also tried to file charges against me. After I was released, I left my hometown to avoid being persecuted.
Just because I was going to watch a show, the authorities persecuted me. My friends and acquaintances had a hard time understanding why I needed to leave my home. I am writing this article to tell everyone about my experiences and the gains I received through Falun Gong practice. I also hope that this article will help others understand me. I call for everyone's help in stopping the persecution of Falun Gong and the cancellation of the charges against me. I would like to go home and live a normal life.
Falun Gong Saved Me
I had always been in bad health. I tried different treatments and practiced seven types of qigong, but my health did not improve. I had to take a fistful of medicines every day.
In July 1989, I was transferred to the Nanchong City Shunqing District Bureau of Finance. However, I became ill with many illnesses including tuberculosis, chronic gastroenteritis, pyelonephritis, adnexitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis, conjunctivitis, arrhythmia, gastric neurosis, superficial gastritis, cholecystitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, hemorrhoids, severe insomnia, and there were others. Sometime later I suffered from hepatitis B. I was often admitted to the hospital and acquired the nickname of “half life.” Not only did I suffer, my family suffered as well, and the medical expenses were huge.
I had a very unhappy childhood. My grandfather committed suicide in 1957, after he was labeled right wing. My father used to follow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) closely and distanced himself from my grandfather. However, during the Cultural Revolution, he was labeled a counter-revolutionary, and was imprisoned for 11 years. From the age of three, I was fatherless. I not only suffered from illness when I was little, but I was also bullied by other kids because of my family's bad reputation. When I was desperate, I thought of taking my own life.
However, heaven showed me another way. One morning while I was walking in Hubei Park, I encountered Falun Gong. The principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and the beautiful, easy to learn exercise movements, touched me. In August of 1997, a stranger taught me the five sets of exercises free of charge. The volunteers' unselfish and kind manner helped me to make up my mind to try the practice. I followed these principles of Falun Gong in my life. A year later, all of my illness were gone. I enjoyed a healthy body. I am grateful to Master Li Hongzhi and Falun Dafa from the bottom of my heart.
Falun Gong Elevates My Morality
After learning Falun Gong, I knew how to be a good person. I gave up many of my bad thoughts and got rid of many of my bad behaviors. I used to be a selfish, doubtful, and irritated person, but I became kind and sincere and maintained high moral values. I no longer fought for fame or money and I worked diligently. I was highly praised for my good work.
However, in 2000, I was detained for 29 days for practicing Falun Gong. I spite of this, in 2001, I was still elected to be the cashier of the Finance Bureau. When the local 610 Office director objected, stating that I might escape with the money, our director said, “I am assured of her personality and she is the most suitable person for the job.”
Return to Dafa
I was grateful to Falun Gong for giving me my healthy body and career, but everything suddenly changed in July 1999. The rumors, lies and fabrications about Falun Gong were overwhelming.
I stopped practicing Falun Gong because I was pressured. I felt sad and disappointed and I still regret it. My health began to deteriorate which affected my daily life and work. I finally had to reconsider the lies I had heard about Master Li. When I read Dafa books again, I drew my own conclusion that Master Li is a very righteous person, and Falun Gong is a righteous Fa that can help a person gain a healthy mind and body.
After I resumed doing the exercises and Fa study, I regained my health. I no longer needed to rest at the half-way point while climbing the stairs to my home on the eighth floor. Regaining my health once again, I felt so happy.
I felt very fortunate that I returned to Dafa and followed the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. In today's society, morality is declining and many people pay attention to money and they fight for personal interests. But I suppressed my desires and I didn't embezzle or accept any bribes. I treated others sincerely, kindly and righteously.
I was in charge of the office supplies at work. I never took anything from work for personal use; not a battery, a notebook or a pen. Even a pen that I accidentally took home was returned the next day.
One time, I resolved an urgent issue for a business owner. She handed me cash in a red envelope right away. However, I refused to accept it. She thought the reason that I was unwilling to accept it was because I was at work, so she came to my home that night. She again handed me a red envelope with a thick stack of cash and thanked me profusely. I told her that I would not accept it because I practiced Falun Gong and our Mater teaches us to be a good people with high moral standards. She was touched and hugged me. She said, “I have given out many red envelopes and nobody has ever rejected them. You are really an exceptional person. I understand now that you (Falun Gong practitioners) are all good people. Communism promotes 'falsehood, evil and struggle' and its officials practice embezzlement and bribery. Falun Gong practitioners follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and never take other people's property. That's why they persecute you.”
In 2011, when I was held in the detention center, I took care of the other inmates with my whole heart and helped them as if they were family members. I would also give the meat from my meals to the other inmates. When the other inmates were short of clothes, I gave them mine. When they became irritated, I kindly and patiently talked to them and guided them so that they could build up their confidence.The inmates all respected me. Even the guards changed their attitude toward Dafa because of me.
Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are universal values. The world needs Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. To those in China who have been misled by the CCP's lies, I hope that you can use your wisdom to distinguish good from bad and treat Falun Gong practitioners with kindness.