Thoughts About Practitioners Being Sentenced to Long Prison Terms
(Minghui.org) Many Falun Dafa practitioners in our area were recently sentenced to long prison terms or taken to brainwashing centers. The lawyers hired to represent them and even the court-appointed lawyers had defended the practitioners very well, but they were still incarcerated.
“The students in regions that have been severely persecuted, or in places that have been seriously damaged, should really think about it: what's really going on?” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference III)
Practitioners really need to look inward and think seriously what is wrong on our part to allow this to happen.
Using Human Notions to Write Letters
When the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate published a new interpretation of established laws at the beginning of the year, many practitioners thought this was aimed at Falun Dafa and wanted to take action. Their intentions were good, but they were based on human notions.
Some practitioners wrote an open letter addressed to Xi Jinping, the head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and wanted other practitioners to co-sign it using their real names and addresses. The letter requested the removal of Zhou Qiang, the president of the Supreme People's Court.
When the initiators of the letter sought practitioners’ signatures, their tone was very strong, as though the practitioners had no choice but to sign. They used words like, “This is your last opportunity. If you don't sign the letter, when other practitioners return to the heavens, you will be left behind to cry in deep regret.”
When practitioners asked whether this activity had been approved by the Minghui website, they claimed that Minghui knew about it. Thus, more than 100 practitioners signed the open letter using their real names and addresses.
When Sun Zhengcai, the former party secretary of Chongqing, was arrested for being involved in an attempted coup, the same practitioners drew up another letter addressed to his successor, Chen Min-er.
Instead of clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa, the letter focused on political infighting within the CCP.
A handful of initiators asked every practitioner to sign the letter and mail it to various high-ranking officials and government departments. They mailed three batches of letters signed with more than 100 practitioners’ real names and addresses.
Soon after, many practitioners were arrested and taken to brainwashing centers. Some were sentenced to long prison terms.
“Nothing happens in cultivation without a reason. When incorrect states and bad human conduct surface among us, those things have come to target human attachments.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference IX)
Being Responsible to Other Practitioners
The practitioners who participated in writing, signing and mailing these open letters, those who had heard about them but did not participate, and those who were of different opinions should all look inward, as practitioners are one body.
We should not simply blame those who took part, as this happened because we had not studied the Fa well enough and could not help them to understand that this was not the right thing to do. Master wants us to be responsible to each other and to the Fa.