Facing Persecution with Dignity
(Minghui.org) Master said:
“…while many other students have found with their human notions various yearnings and wishes in Dafa, and, compelled by these human attachments, they have come to practice cultivation in Dafa.” (“Towards Consummation” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
My husband asked for a divorce before I started practicing Falun Gong in 1996. At that time I was in bad health, had no job, and had lost interest in life.
It was at that time that my friend gave me some articles Falun Gong practitioners had written about how their lives changed after they started to practice, "If it can save my marriage, I should give it a try.
After that decision, many wonderful things took place. For example, I returned to good health, and I became more positive and no longer hated my husband. My husband witnessed how I changed, and he began to practice Falun Gong a year later. We established a Fa-study group in our home, and we went every morning to the exercise site to do the exercises with other practitioners.
As Master told us, "The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities." (Zhuan Falun)
Refusing to Believe the Lies
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, my husband was forced to read articles that maligned Master and Dafa daily. I told him to listen to Master’s lecture; that would eliminate all bad elements in his mind.
The local police ransacked our home at the end of 2000 and held me at my husband’s work unit. They wanted to know who gave me the Falun Gong materials. I was fearful, which prompted me to start to memorize Master's teachings.
A line from one of Master’s lecture crossed into my mind at this point: “…with the master and the Fa here what is there to fear?” (“Lecture in Sydney”)
The police did not get any information from me. However, they forced me to read articles that slandered Master and Dafa. When the supervisor asked me what I got out of the articles I read that day, I told him I did not believe the lies.
The Game Changer
I was taken to a detention center 10 days later. The guards said I would be held for one month if I still refused to tell them the source of the Falun Gong materials and that I would be transferred to a forced labor camp.
Practitioners and inmates told me that practitioners either gave up Falun Gong or were given forced labor. “I am not afraid of the forced labor camp, but we won’t go there because we have Master, who controls everything,” I told everyone.
Yet, I realized that I held fear and was greatly attached my child. I worried that my child would be alone if I was taken to a forced labor camp.
I memorized the Fa to remove all my human notions once I found them. I did not cooperate with the police who questioned me and I continued to explain the facts about Falun Gong to prisoners.
One new prisoner refused to eat for two days. After she listened to me, she began to eat. She wanted to learn Falun Gong and asked me to teach her the exercises. She was released seven days later. She told me before she left, “This period of incarceration was a game changer in my life. From now on, I will behave in accordance with Dafa.”
Master told us:
“If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist. This is not to be self-imposed, but is achieved by truly and calmly letting go of it.” (“Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
The police took me back to my hometown a month later. I told them, “I won’t say any bad words about Falun Gong because it was Falun Gong that saved my life.”
They said, “Then go back and practice well!”
Head of Brainwashing Center Touched
My husband was taken to a forced labor camp for two years at the end of 2001 for distributing Falun Gong materials.
There was a new boss where my husband worked, and the new boss wanted to gain favor with his superior, so he participated in persecuting practitioners.
This new boss sent a dozen people to break into my house. They put me and my teenage daughter in separate cars and took us to a brainwashing center.
We both told the facts about Falun Gong to the head of the brainwashing center. He had tears in his eyes and said he was very sympathetic to our situation.
I memorized the Fa some more to search within better and find the notion that resulted in me being arrested again.
Master told us:
“After cultivating for a period of time, are your thoughts still the same? Are you continuing on the path because of those human attachments? If so, you cannot be counted as my disciple. It means that you haven’t gotten rid of your fundamental attachments and that you are unable to understand the Fa from the Fa.” (“Towards Consummation” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Though I had studied the Fa for several years, I had not completely removed my human notions. I was still attached to the comfortable life of everyday people. The old forces used my deeply-rooted attachments to persecute me. I found my attachments and the hatred I felt, and I became determined to let go of them. This made me feel very light.
Practitioners Take Action
The authorities told my relatives to force me to write a guarantee statement stating that I would give up Falun Gong. Then I would be released. They tried to coerce me by begging and crying. My daughter told them to stop, asking them if they came to help the persecutors.
I told them more about Falun Gong and they realized that they were actually helping the bad guys, and that they should instead be trying to change the minds of those who were persecuting me.
My fellow practitioners released the news about my persecution to the Minghui website. They wrote letters to the perpetrators, and overseas practitioners called the perpetrators' personal numbers.
Master said, “Every phone call from our students shocks them to the point that they can't sleep at night, they're that afraid.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference”)
The supervisor where my husband worked was so scared that he changed his home phone number. His wife and child urged him to avoid being involved in persecuting Falun Gong. His boss thought that what he did had caused trouble for the company.
I told the head of the brainwashing center that they should not persecute people who follow the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He said they had learned their lesson and would no longer arrest practitioners.
My relatives all demanded that my husband's supervisor and police release me as soon as possible. They threatened that if anything bad happened to me, they would go after them.
The brainwashing center was closed two months later, and I was released. My husband was also released from the labor camp, and his employer gave back all of his unpaid salary, which they had withheld while he was detained. He was also assigned to a different department with a higher salary and a more stable job.
“…it’s a blessing to learn Dafa. Dafa will bring good fortune to its disciples after they let go of ordinary human attachments.” (“Lecture at the First Conference in North America”)