Amazed When Awakening to the Truth: The Way Home
(Minghui.org) My family was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I learned a great deal from my parents regarding the evilness of the Party's campaigns, and never had a good impression of the Party.
My father was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. He lost his job and was taken to the countryside and forced to do farming. A fortune-teller told my father that I would be someone special when I grew up, and he was comforted by the idea.
Disappointment in the Higher Education System
I passed the cut-throat competition of the college entrance exam and enrolled in a prestigious university in 1992. I discovered that higher education was not what I imaged. There were very few studies concerning humanity or culture, other than the indoctrination by the Party, and a boring science subject. Free thinking was discouraged. After the June 4 student movement, the communist regime controlled the ideology even tighter in colleges. I felt suffocated and extremely disappointed.
I began skipping classes and went to the library, seeking things that I was interested in, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and so on. The more I studied, the more I discovered the broadness and profoundness of Chinese traditional culture, and the more I was disappointed with the CCP's education system.
I realized that the traditional culture was the essence and true treasure of our heritage. But it was demonized by the Party and destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The CCP ideology was not compatible with traditional culture. Only by eliminating the CCP can the renaissance of traditional culture be possible. Before graduation, I dreamed of a golden dragon appearing in the sky. I made up my mind that I wanted to contribute to reviving the traditional culture someday.
Searching For Like-minded People
After graduation, I began searching for like-minded people, and even joined a democratic party. However, I discovered shortly after that the Chinese democratic parties are nothing but vassals of the CCP. They are used as props to decorate the facade. The constitutions of these democratic parties state clearly that they support the CCP. They would study the spirit of the Central Committee's various conferences. The brainwashing was even more intense compared to what the average citizen was exposed to. I also learned that most everyone was persecuted in the past by the CCP. The CCP never trusted any democratic parties. It was nothing like I expected of a democratic party. I could not count on them – there was no hope.
When we entered the 21st century, the internet began to spread in China. When I forwarded a poem to a literary forum, I received something special: software that broke through the internet blockade. From then on, a gateway to freedom, truth, and hope was opened. I soon discovered that the world outside the Great Firewall was wonderful! It was shocking!
Truth Is Power
With the help of the anti-censorship software. called Freegate software, I learned that the persecution of Falun Gong, which began in 1999, was ongoing. I also learned that the “Self-Immolation” on Tiananmen Square was a staged false-fire used to defame Falun Gong. The analysis of the video clip infuriated me; the CCP has been fooling us all along!
At the end of 2004, The Epoch Times published a series of editorials, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, which gave me a deeper understanding of the CCP's origin and history. The evil nature of the CCP explained many puzzling and chaotic phenomena occurring in society.
I was very impressed with Falun Gong, as it was able to thoroughly and comprehensively reveal what the CCP is. Shortly after the Nine Commentaries was published, I quit the Communist Youth League on the Epoch Times website.
The Way Home
I was inspired and wanted to learn more about Falun Gong. I found the Minghui website and began reading Falun Gong books. One day when I was reading Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong, I felt that I was enveloped by an amazing energy. It felt real, strong and warm! Then, I knew that I would find my way home! I began cultivating!
The more Fa teachings I studied, the more I realized how fortunate I was! This is a supreme Buddha Fa that no one had ever come by since the beginning of the cosmos. I was sorry that I had not discovered it sooner. After I broke through the internet blockade, I was greatly impressed by Falun Gong practitioners' peace and rational ways of exposing the persecution. Their compassion and forbearance moved me deeply.
I abide by what Master said:
“Never get involved in politics, nor interfere with state affairs.” (“Dafa Will Forever be Pure Like Diamond,”Essentials for Further Advancement)
I stopped any activities related to politics and the like.
“Cultivators have no desire for power among men: just the opposite, cultivators are to let go of any attachment to power.” (“Further Remarks on “Politics”,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
“And that is done, in fact, to stop the persecution, not to get political. We have no political motives. We are cultivators, people walking the road to godhood, we transcend the human world, and we neither seek nor covet the fame and profit found in this world. We expose the evildoers and that vile party in order to stop the wicked persecution, and it is done to awaken and save the sentient beings who have been deceived by the evil.” (“We Are Not “Getting Political”,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
During the process of bringing awareness of the persecution to people, some wanted to join us for the purpose of venting their anger against the CCP. I told them that I just wanted them to learn the truth, and choose a better future for themselves. We are cultivators, we do not get involved in politics, we just want people not to be deceived by the CCP and commit sins along with it.