Remembering the Fa While in a Forced Labor Camp
(Minghui.org) I was detained at a provincial female forced labor camp in 2001 and monitored by about four inmates. I was neither allowed to talk to anyone nor leave my cell.
“Why are Dafa disciples ruthlessly tortured by the evil? Because they persist in their righteous faith in Dafa, and because they are particles of Dafa. Why did Fa-rectification have to be done? Because the beings in the cosmos no longer met the standard. As a Dafa disciple, your steadfast, righteous thoughts are absolutely unshakable, because your renewed being is formed precisely amidst the Fa-rectification.” (“Dafa is Indestructible” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I felt sorry for those former practitioners who now tried to “transform” me. I recited Master's Fa “Coercion Cannot Change People’s Hearts,” “Dafa is Indestructible” and “A Suggestion,” hoping to awaken their hearts. These former practitioners no longer came back.
Warning Guards Against Causing Harm to Practitioners
A guard took me to her office and tried to “transform” me. I told her that police officers from the local police department tortured me and cursed at me. Not only that, they also broke into my home and harassed my family. I asked her not to persecute practitioners, as any of her actions would be exposed on overseas websites.
She asked me to obey the rules of the labor camp. I told her that I did not commit a crime and was illegally detained. I reminded her that those persecuting practitioners knowingly violated the law.
The guards would get a bonus if they succeeded in “transforming” practitioners. Although they knew that practitioners did not give up Falun Dafa in their hearts, they kept trying to have practitioners sign a statement renouncing their faith.
“Never in history has someone who persecuted those with upright faiths ever succeeded.” (“Coercion Cannot Change People's Hearts” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
Refusing to Cooperate with Guards' Demands
“No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil’s demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won’t be this way.” (“Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
The guards had inmates perform labor, but I refused to cooperate. I also refused to recite the labor camp rules and regulations, did not write the monthly “thought report,” wear a name badge, write a weekly summary, read any books I was told to read, do physical exercises, or take any medication.
When the guards threatened to torture me with electric batons, I told them that they were violating my constitutional rights and freedom of belief.
Given my steadfast belief in Master and the Fa, I did not waver and passed many tests.
Former Practitioners Return to Falun Dafa
Master hinted through several dreams that I should help people at the forced labor camp understand the facts about Falun Dafa. I also understood that I should help former practitioners return to Falun Dafa and send righteous thoughts to cleanse the environment inside and outside of the labor camp.
During the night, I visited practitioners who had been “transformed” and told them that they had been wrong and that Master left the door wide open, and as long as there was still time, they should practice Falun Dafa again.
To help them, I recited Master's latest articles. Many knew that their attachments were the reason they had given up their faith and said that they would return to the cultivation practice upon their release. Some practitioners declared in writing or verbally to the guards that their statements to give up Dafa were null and void.
Not Moved by Sentimentality
The labor camp held a show before the National Day of the People's Republic of China. The performances commemorated the Party and used sentimental stories to move practitioners. Almost everyone cried. But, I knew that this show was meant to erode practitioners' righteous thoughts.
One of the labor camp rules stipulated that practitioners who had not been “transformed” were not allowed family visits or phone calls. When the guard offered me a call with my husband, I turned it down. I thought that if I let go of sentimentality, it would not interfere with me.
Stopping Inmates from Torturing Practitioners
Ordered by a guard, one drug abuser forced a practitioner to bow at a 90-degree angle for an entire day. She also hit the practitioner's head and back with a thick book.
I questioned the guard and asked her what right the drug abuser had to torture the practitioner. The drug abuser wanted to retaliate and demanded that I cooperate with her.
“Do not torture practitioners. They are good people,” I said, ”Be careful not to be used by the guards. It is not good for you. I tell you this for your own benefit.”
Asking for Extorted Money to be Returned
The forced labor camp extorted over 1,000 yuan from my family when I was imprisoned. I realized that the persecution is forced upon practitioners by the old forces and is not acknowledged by Master–it is a crime against Falun Dafa. Thus, I had to negate anything forced upon me and demanded that they return my money.
I went to see the team leader and asked for the money. The team leader called me into her office and asked me to sit opposite her. We talked, and she agreed to return the money after my release. She did return it after I returned home.
Indestructible Righteous Faith
The food at the labor camp was poor. Practitioners worked long hours and were only given a short time for meals and not given enough food. We were persecuted physically and mentally. I knew that practitioners should not bear this treatment or accept it passively.
When about 550 people were eating in the dining hall, I shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is the righteous Fa! Clear my Master's name and clear Dafa's name!”
The guards were terrified. One inmate dragged me out of the dining hall and took me to the cell. However, it did not have an effect. Inmates were allowed to stop work at 4 p.m. The deputy director of the labor camp went to see inmates in person that day. For several days, inmates were given less work and could stop work much earlier. The deputy director also checked the food personally.
“...it illustrates an underlying principle. Indestructible righteous faith in the cosmos’s Truth forms benevolent Dafa disciples’ rock-solid, Diamond-Like Bodies, it frightens all evil, and the light of Truth it emanates makes the unrighteous elements in all beings’ thoughts disintegrate.” ( “Also in a Few Words” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)