Rescuing a Practitioner and Saving People
(Minghui.org) I met Practitioner Zea (alias) in the second half of 2016 when she came to our group Fa-study. One day, Zea was arrested for telling people about Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) and how it is persecuted by the communist government.
Since I didn't know her or her family well, I assumed the practitioners who knew her would lead an effort to rescue her. Two months later, Practitioner Jean (alias) said she had a dream in which Zea was indignant because we had not looked out for her. I asked if anyone had visited Zea's family. Jean said, “Zea's husband can be really boorish, and we didn't want to go and be scolded by him.”
I recalled that another practitioner had asked me several times to visit Zea's family. I enlightened that there are no coincidences in this world. Master had said that the next person's problem is your problem. I knew I had to do something.
Jean and I visited Zea's home. We encouraged her husband: “Zea didn't do anything wrong. Falun Gong's name will be cleared one day—it will just take some time.”
We suggested that he hire a lawyer. He said he had asked some friends about this and they said that no lawyer would dare to accept Falun Gong cases. We asked him if he would allow us to find a lawyer for her, and we also offered to help with the cost. He agreed without hesitation.
After we conveyed Zea's situation to other practitioners, everybody was willing to help.
“Falun Dafa is the Buddha Fa. The CCP’s wicked propaganda has instilled the world’s people with lies that slander and defame Falun Gong, and this is meant to incite hatred against the Buddha Fa and Dafa disciples, who are on the path to divinity. This is particularly the case with Chinese people, in terms of the attitude that they show in conversation or when interacting with Dafa disciples. They take the evil’s side. If that is the case, then aren’t the world’s people in danger? In other words, no matter how evil the persecution is, Dafa disciples are still heading towards Consummation amidst the evil’s tests; whereas the world’s people, who have been instilled with the wicked Party’s lies, are the ones who are truly in danger. The emergence of the Communist Party and the CCP’s real goal is to have people hate Gods and Buddhas, to propagate atheism, to instill a philosophy of “struggle,” and to thereby destroy humankind. And this is the reason Dafa disciples are to clarify the truth. The goal is to get rid of the evil’s lies, to enable people to see the CCP’s true face, to clear away the sins committed by people against Gods and Buddhas, and to thereby save the world’s people.” (“The Ultimate Goal of Clarifying the Truth” from The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
Once we had a common understanding of the Fa, we decided that we needed to clarify the truth to people at the police department, procuratorate, courts, and all relevant agencies, as well as local lawyers. We divided up the work and sent out materials.
In the past, we hired lawyers from other areas to represent and defend practitioners. Communication was difficult because they were not local. We realized that this was an opportunity to engage our local lawyers and help them to position themselves for the future. We contacted local law firms and found out that there were lawyers who were willing to take the case.
We selected one lawyer and asked him to meet with Zea's family for an initial consultation. Both Zea's brother and husband vouched for Zea, telling the lawyer about the positive changes they saw in her after she had started practicing Falun Gong. After they met, the lawyer and the family agreed to enter a not-guilty plea, and Zea' family decided to pay all the costs.
Through our communication with the lawyer, we found out that Zea's case had already been submitted to the Procuratorate. When the lawyer contacted the presiding judge for case information, the judge pressured him to drop the case. Even local bar association suggested that our lawyer drop the case. He was under a lot of pressure.
We promptly talked with the lawyer. Since he knew that the persecution was in violation of the Chinese Constitution, we encouraged him with stories of notable people of great virtue in Chinese history. Our compassion and righteous thoughts moved him deeply. “You practitioners are very kind!” he told us.
When we met with the head of the law firm, he told our lawyer, “Do your best in this case, and the firm will accept the responsibility.” The lawyer was very relieved.
We also told the lawyer, “Because you are doing the right thing, heaven is helping you.”
“The universe is too gigantic and the number of lives too many, the earth is too small to accommodate so many lives. Those chosen beings all made vows at one point to assist me in Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings, they could thus be born on Earth. It is just that I have, in history, prearranged for Dafa disciples to carry out the specifics of this undertaking. As for the spreading of the Fa from person to person, everyone has responsibility. This is something for ordinary people.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference”)
We continued to clarify the truth to everyone involved in the case. I called the local chief of police. “I know your job is difficult,” I said, “but you know Falun Gong practitioners are good people and they didn't do anything wrong.” He apologized.
I called the Procuratorate and asked to speak with the case officer. “You don't think Zea is a criminal, do you? She was just telling people about truthfulness, compassion and tolerance while shopping. How can that be wrong?”
When I called the judge, he agreed to release Zea. The court dropped Zea's case, and she has returned home.
We know that Master is saving that world’s people and that people are awakening.
During this rescue effort, we felt that Chinese people are very kind and that everyone can accept truthfulness, compassion and tolerance regardless of his/her occupation. Sometimes they just feel powerless against the Communist Party.