Validating Dafa With Dignity, Negating Persecution With Righteous Thoughts and Compassion
(Minghui.org) My wife and I learned Falun Dafa in February 1994. We both suffered from different health problems prior to that, but soon after we started practicing Dafa, they disappeared. We are now in our 70s and very healthy.
We understood the true meaning of life from this self-cultivation practice. Our xinxing improved. In order to help more people understand Dafa, we have been actively introducing Dafa to everyone–I even became the assistant of the local group practice site.
Since 1996, Dafa practitioners in our area have been persecuted by our local police department and substation. I was also fined illegally.
Practitioners in Our Village Validate Dafa
Several practitioners in our village compiled a brochure with the true stories of our local practitioners' positive changes from Dafa in order to protect our right to practice Dafa and to validate Dafa. We even obtained a signature from the deputy chief of our village certifying that all of these stories are true. To help our local government understand Dafa, we mailed the materials to the local police department and government offices.
The 70-page brochure covers the true stories of Falun Gong practitioners gaining healthy bodies, improving their moral standards, and benefiting society.
One villager’s grandmother was paralyzed and could not take care of herself. He did not want to take care of her or spend any money on her. However, after he learned Dafa, he brought his grandmother to his home and took good care of her.
Another practitioner has his own store. He was handed counterfeit 100-yuan notes three times, and three times he tore up the bill because he would rather eat the loss himself than pass on the fake bill.
One practitioner fixed the road to school for the children in his area so they wouldn't have to take a longer path.
A 70-year-old practitioner used to argue constantly with her sister-in-law. After she started practicing Dafa, the 29-year-old conflict was resolved.
Negating the Persecution with Righteous Thoughts
After the persecution started in 1999, I was viewed as one of the “important” practitioners by our local government office and police department. Strengthened by Master, I was not afraid. Although I was detained twice, I was able to handle it with compassion and a peaceful mindset, ultimately disintegrating the evil’s persecution attempts.
Five to six people from our township office and police substation monitored me closely in the summer of 2000 because they were afraid I would go to Beijing to appeal for Dafa.
One day, a policeman came to my house and told me to go to the police substation to meet with the head of the township office and the section chief of the Political and Security Section. I went there in the afternoon.
The head of the township office said, “You are indeed extraordinary…”
I said, “I’m just a regular peasant who has practiced Falun Dafa for several years and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. You were the ones who overestimated me, sending five or six people or whatnot. I even got confused myself.”
They did not say anything else and just let me go.
The township office ordered the police to go to practitioners’ homes in May and June of 2000. Because we said we would continue to practice Dafa, we were taken to a detention center for 15 days. Half a month after we were released, they came to harass us again and demanded that we each write a so-called “guarantee statement” renouncing Dafa. Because I refused, I was taken to the detention center again for another 15 days.
After my term was up, they demanded I give a verbal guarantee that I would not practice Dafa anymore. I said, “I would like to talk about these two detentions. The first time, I knew that, as Falun Gong practitioners, we were all good people and had done nothing wrong. I was resentful and attached to competitiveness. I did not clarify the facts of Dafa and the persecution to the officers in the substation.
“The second time, I did clarify the facts to police. However, my mindset was still not good enough. I did not completely help the police understand the entire truth. I did not maintain a compassionate heart. This time, when I go home, I will follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance completely no matter what I face.”
The head of the detention center said, “What you said was good. You can go home now.”
Two months later, a staff member from the township office told me that the head of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee wanted to talk to me.
“Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy.” (“Rationality,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I felt that I should take this opportunity to clarify the truth to this person. When I went there, the head of the township office and the head of my village were also there. They wanted to find an excuse to arrest me. I told them about Dafa's principles and how practitioners had been helping others selflessly.
They said, “You have successfully avoided the issue. Tomorrow there will be a meeting with the local practitioners. Can you give a speech?”
I thought, “This is an opportunity to validate Dafa. Of course I would go.”
The next day, they forced us practitioners to have a meeting. Their original plan was to have somebody who had renounced Dafa to give a speech to brainwash the rest of us. However, that person went to another city that day and did not come to the meeting. So we started talking about our cultivation experiences. The meeting room was filled with our’ righteous thoughts.
“So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you--evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you. If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate (applause), and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”)
As long as we maintain our righteous thoughts, Master will help us disintegrate the evil persecution.
Overcoming Difficulties to Clarify the Truth
We started clarifying the truth to people in 2001. With the help of practitioners with technical skills, we were able to use a copier and printer to make brochures and flyers. Later, we were given a secondhand computer and learned how to download, edit, and print materials by ourselves. We have built many material production sites locally with the cooperation of many practitioners.
At first, a group of us would distribute materials until midnight. We later clarified the truth face to face in 2005. We started using cell phones to save more people in 2013.
We have been persistent over the years in our efforts. My wife and I have successfully persuaded over 10,000 people to withdraw from Chinese Communist Party and its associated organizations.
“At present, the most important thing is to save sentient beings, save more people! That is the most important thing.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference”)
The Fa-rectification period is nearing its end. We will treasure the time Master has given us to cultivate ourselves well, use righteous thoughts to disintegrate the evil, save more sentient beings, fulfill our prehistoric vows, and not let Master down.