China Fahui | I Choose Falun Gong Over Comfort and Fame
(Minghui.org) In 1997, I was promoted to be the general manager of a company owned by the District Department of Finance. Because of my outstanding job performance, I was later promoted to be the chairman, CEO and Party secretary of the Shuangning Group.
In 1999, when the persecution of Falun Gong started, upper-level management talked to me several times: They asked me whether I wanted to keep my job or practice Falun Gong. I chose Falun Gong.
I'm well-known in our area because I practice Falun Gong. I'm now nearly 60 years old, but I can walk up the stairs to the 17 th floor without taking a break. Last year when I was telling people in a medical equipment company about Falun Gong’s health benefits, they wanted to validate what I said by checking my physical condition.
After they took samples, they found that my cells were as healthy as those of a 28-year-old. I knew it was because Master had changed my physical condition. Afterward, when I clarified the truth about Falun Gong and encouraged them to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them took my advice.
After the persecution started, I was repeatedly arrested. Every time I was illegally detained, I always thought about how I could clarify the truth to the people around me.
Promoting Falun Gong to 1,800 Employees
My parents had 13 children, but only five survived. As a child, I suffered from asthma and dizziness.
I graduated from high school in 1974 and got a job in a cement factory. I was promoted to finance section chief in 1982, and promoted again to deputy plant manager later on. The factory was heavily polluted due to powder and dusts, and it took a toll on my health. I began to exercise and tried qigong as a way to maintain my health. But they did not help me much.
I began to practice Falun Gong at the end of 1996. At the time, most of the managers in the factory were practicing Falun Gong. Later some of them stopped because they did not want to make the effort. After 1999, when the persecution started, most stopped practicing to avoid trouble.
I was the only one on the leadership team who continued practicing Falun Gong. Why did I insist on practicing? Because Falun Gong is very important to me. Master began to purify my body only two days after I learned the practice. One day I vomited out some dark fluid; my dizziness was immediately gone. Soon my asthma was also cured.
After they heard about my experience, many people began to practice Falun Gong. They also saw huge changes in their life. Practicing Falun Gong became popular with the 1,800 employees at my workplace.
Letting Go of Fame and Money
Recognizing my outstanding performance, the District Personnel Department nominated me to become the chairman, CEO and Party secretary of the Shuangning Group, which consisted of three nearly bankrupt companies: a cement company, a plastic company and an industrial park. After my nomination was announced, my employees came begging me to stay, and some of them wept.
I told myself that as a cultivator, I should be able to endure the hardship in the difficult environment I was asked to oversee. Shuangning had difficulty increasing its production volume. In the second half of 1995, it began to operate at a loss. Its total debt was 9,470,000 yuan.
After I took the job, every time I went to one of our companies, former employees and creditors blocked the entrance to prevent me from leaving. They did not give me food, did not let me sleep, and even stopped me from going to the restroom. My head was bleeding after I was hit by an angry person. They demanded compensation and their jobs back.
People even followed me home after work. There was not a peaceful moment in my life. My wife is also a practitioner, but she still worried for my safety. Later I managed to pay off the creditors and completed the assignment to the satisfaction of my leaders.
After the persecution started in 1999, my leaders talked to me several times, asking me whether I wanted to keep my job or practice Falun Gong.
I recalled Master’s teaching:
“How should our practitioners treat losses and gains? It is different from ordinary people. What everyday people want is personal gain and how to live well and comfortably. Our practitioners are not this way, but exactly the opposite. We do not seek what everyday people want. Instead, what we get is something everyday people cannot obtain—even though they want to—except through cultivation practice.” (Zhuan Falun)
After I told them that I chose Falun Gong, I was dismissed from all of my positions.
A senior leader from the Finance Department lobbied for me to the leaders. Finally, they decided to retain me as a manager.
Surviving Detention Center with Righteous Thoughts
One day I was illegally arrested, along with five other practitioners. The police knew that I had some influence and demanded that I talk to the other practitioners. I agreed.
When we were placed in the same room, I said: “Per police request, I would like to share my understanding with you. Falun Gong saved my life and changed my thinking. Falun Gong is righteous. I will never give up my faith and cultivation.” I raised my handcuffed hands and shouted: “Falun Gong is great! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great!”
The two officers in the room could not shut me up, so they took me away. One day, they took me to a big hotel where a group of officials were having a banquet. The police chief, the head of the 610 Office, and several officials from the Procuratorate were there. They invited me join them for the meal. During the meal, I told them how Falun Gong had improved my health and made me a better person. I also wished them a good future.
Because of my strong righteous thoughts, I was released after a short time. I managed to leave detention without compromising my belief.
On August 15, 2013, I had my car fixed at a garage. I clarified the truth about Falun Gong to the mechanics there. When I began to talk to another customer, a police officer overheard it. He took my car key and told me to follow him. I grabbed my key from his hand and asked him, “What are you doing?” He was shocked and had nothing to say.
After I drove home, I quickly hid my Falun Gong-related informational materials in a safe place. Soon police were knocking on my door. I refused to open it. They called in a locksmith, but he couldn't open the lock. I sent forth strong righteous thoughts the whole time and asked for Master’s protection. Finally, they left.
Three days later, when my daughter came to deliver food, several officers rushed in behind her. They had been waiting outside for three days. They took me to a hospital, where doctors forcibly took blood samples from me. I told them that I have no health issues and there is no need for a checkup. An officer said: “So you are saying Falun Gong practitioners have no illnesses. Wouldn’t everyone want to practice then?” After he saw the test results, he was quite surprised: “You are about to turn 60, but everything is normal. That’s very unusual!”
I began to explain the facts about Falun Gong to the police and told them to think about their future. They said, “We are just doing our job.”
They sent me to a detention center, and two guards escorted me to my cell.
I told them: “I'm taking a risk by telling you the truth. Falun Gong is righteous; the Tiananmen Square self -immolation in 2001 was a hoax staged by the CCP to defame Falun Gong. Heaven will destroy the Party. If you want to be safe, you should renounce your association with the Party. Are you Party members?” They said, “Yes, we are.” I offered, “What if I help you quit the Party with fake names?” They both nodded their heads, and one said, “Yes, please do so for us.”
During my detention, I convinced 21 persons to renounce their affiliation with the Party. The detention center did not allow me to read Falun Gong books or do the exercises.
I told the guards. “If you don't allow me to study the Fa and practice the exercises, I will keep shouting, “Falun Gong is great; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great!”
Finally, the director told me that I could do what I wanted. He told the guards: “This man is special. You guys take good care of him.”
Ten days later, the police and the 610 Office handed my case to the Procuratorate. When the prosecutors told me to sign a document, I refused. I told them: “I have not violated any law by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I will never sign this paper.”
My firm reaction convinced them that there was nothing they could do to change me. Three days later, the Procuratorate office personnel drove me home.
Doing the Three Things Well
After Master told us that disciples of the Fa-rectification era should do the three things well, I began to feel a sense of urgency. I could not keep up with all of the work and activities.
Every morning, I get up at 3 a.m. to study the Fa and do the exercises. I go to work during the day. Afterward, I go out to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to people and convince them to quit the Party. On an average day, I can help about 10 people to renounce their Party affiliation. I go to bed after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight, so I get about 3 to 4 hours of sleep.
One day I met a stroke patient. When I tried to explain the facts about Falun Gong to him, he refused to listen and threatened to call the police. A couple of days later, I met him again. He still refused to listen, but this time he didn't threaten to call the police. The third time I met him, I told him: “It’s you again. I guess you and I have a predestined relationship.” After I talked to him again, he finally agreed to quit the Party.
I do not hate the police or 610 Office personnel who harassed me and participated in the persecution. They have been deceived by the evildoers of the CCP. They need me to clarify the truth to them and help them cut off their association with the Party.
Please correct me if there is anything inappropriate in my sharing.