Strong Righteous Thoughts Are the Key to Surviving Tribulations
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in June 1998. It has been twenty years now. Amid the evil persecution, I had many trials and tribulations on my cultivation journey. However, I have felt Master’s protection and mercy, and experienced the power of Dafa.
Time and again, Master has reminded us: “...you have to study the Fa a lot.” (“Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting” from Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa) and prior to the persecution, “...you can take the Way as your Master.” (“Fa-Teaching Given at the Conference in Sydney”)
Following Master’s teachings, in addition to group Fa study, after I finished what I needed to do at work and at home, I would study the Fa on my own. In the beginning, I was focusing on quantity: I studied three lectures of Zhuan Falun a day, and then Hong Yin and other articles. Later on, I decided to memorize the Fa so I could remember it to guide myself and to avoid making mistakes and going the wrong direction when confronted with trials and tribulations.
Especially amid the persecution, Master said,
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I started to memorize the Fa, and consequently, I had stronger righteous thoughts and determination to cultivate. No matter how rampant and brutal the persecution was, I didn’t waver and did what I was supposed to do. I’d like to give three examples.
The Train Guard Did Not Ask for My ID
In 2009, I was on a train to go visit my mother. I met a secondary school teacher who was going to Beijing to see her son. I chatted with her about Falun Gong. She said that Falun Gong practitioners at her school had been subjected to persecution and some had lost their jobs. Based on the information in the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, I talked to her about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has killed countless citizens through various campaigns and the truth about the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. I tried to invoke her sense of justice and conscience. She agreed to quit the CCP in the end. Although we were talking very softly, people seated nearby could hear us clearly.
As the train approached Beijing, the train guard shouted: “Take out your ID card for inspection!” I remembered what Master Li said:
“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,” Essentials for Further Advancement).
I decided not to take out my ID card. At this point, another passenger got into an argument with the guard. The guard said, “I am executing orders. You just try to disobey!” I thought that I would not confront him. Instead, I would reason with him with kindness.
At that point, the guard was in our compartment. He requested the teacher’s ID. She said that it was in her suitcase high up and was hard to get to, but the guard insisted on seeing it. They got a young man to get the suitcase. Then the guard checked the IDs for the young men in the middle and upper level, then left as if he had not seen me. The teacher was puzzled. “Why didn’t he check yours?” she asked. I knew that it was because my thoughts were on the Fa, and Master protected me. I witnessed it myself. Thank you, Master.
I Walked Out of the Police Station Within 24 Hours
In September 2017, prior to the 19th Plenary Session of the CCP, I was cautioned by fellow practitioners that the evil was out to get us and that I should not bring any truth-clarification materials with me when I went out. They said if it proved to be difficult to talk to people, just study the Fa at home instead. I did not heed the advice. Since 2007, when I started to talk to people face to face, 10 years had elapsed and I had not had issues around the “sensitive dates.” But as it turned out, as soon as I mentioned quitting the CCP, people just walked away. I was a bit worried.
One day towards the end of September, I talked to someone from Liaoning Province. He would not listen and badmouthed Falun Dafa and sang the praises of the CCP. I told him that what he said was not good and walked away. I didn’t know that plainclothes police officers were around due to the heightened security. The man reported me, and I was surrounded by a group of police officers shortly afterward. They searched my bag, found a few copies of pamphlets, and took me to the local police station.
I knew that I needed strong righteous thoughts to get out of this. It was a test for me. I knew that Master was beside me and I had no fear. I did what I was supposed to: I did not answer their questions and just clarified the truth. I told them what happened to those who led the persecution against Falun Gong, including the fall of such high-ranking officials as Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and Li Dongsheng. I told the police that they were responsible for their actions and that they should think about their own families as well. If they treated Dafa practitioners with kindness, they would be rewarded. I was not emotional when I spoke, and my words seemed to have a good effect. One of the guards who was watching me agreed to quit the CCP.
One of the police officers found my transit card and with that, he found my identification number and my employer before I retired, as well as my address. They then took me with them to ransack my place. One of the female officers was especially vicious. She was very strong and rough and held me by my collar; I could barely breathe. They made a mess of my house. In the end, they took away Master’s portrait and all of my Dafa books. I was heartbroken. I felt terrible that I had not protected them. I was an unworthy disciple.
After that, the police forced me to go with them to a case processing center. On the ride there, I remembered Master’s poem from Hong Yin II:
Don’t Be Sad
Imprisoned as you are,don’t be sorrowful or sadCarry on with righteous thoughts and actions,and the Fa is with youCalmly reflect on the attachments you haveRemove your human thoughtsand evil will naturally die out(Hong Yin II, Translation Version A)
Then I overheard the female officer talking to her son on the phone. She was upset with his grades. So I let her know that if she had not been involved in the persecution of Falun Gong, her son’s grades would have been much better. She was very angry to hear this. She accused me of “cursing her” and went on to badmouth Dafa and Dafa disciples. When she finished, I told her with a smile, “You are mistaken. I wish you nothing but good.” She was visibly relieved.
I was left alone at the case processing center. I did not sleep. Instead I sent righteous thoughts, recited the Fa, looked inward and found many attachments, namely, self-righteousness, selfishness, jealousy, resentment, etc. I had not really looked inward for a long time. I had too many human attachments and my cultivation was superficial. I did not look inward often or deeply to correct each and every one of my thoughts. I was not attentive when I studied or memorized the Fa. I was also complacent and thought that I had no fear and refused to heed others’ advice and felt that I knew better. I also had traces of CCP culture. All of this had contributed to the evil taking advantage of my loopholes, with my tribulation causing troubles for my children, as well as losses to the cause of saving sentient beings. I felt very guilty about it.
I sent righteous thoughts nonstop to clear out my attachments and human notions and all the evil elements that persecuted Dafa and Dafa disciples in the field surrounding the case processing center. The next morning, three officers came to tally up all the items they had taken from my place and had me sign, which I did because they were my belongings. They were very pleased, thinking that with this evidence they would be able to prosecute me and get their financial reward. In the end, however, I did not pass the physical examination and the detention center refused to keep me there. I was let go. I knew it was Master who protected me and saved me. My gratitude towards Master was beyond words.
But the three officers could not understand. How could this have fallen through? They were shocked as they were expecting a big financial reward for catching me. How could they understand the power of the Buddha? How could they understand Master’s omnipotence and compassion? Master not only protects Dafa disciples but also police officers so they don’t commit more crimes and receive retribution.
I was back home 24 hours after the battle between righteousness and evil commenced. I later learned that as soon as my daughter found out I had been illegally arrested and was facing detention or a sentence, she notified fellow practitioners who sent righteous thoughts frequently and intensely. They believed that I would pass the test. They didn’t add any negative thoughts and just sent pure righteous thoughts. It was a miracle that I was able to go home within 24 hours during the so-called “sensitive time” in Beijing. This proved that confronted with tribulations, practitioners' acting as one body with strong righteous thoughts is the key.
Master Saved Me from Death’s Door
During the Lantern Festival in 2018, my children came home for a traditional family dinner. After they left, I felt sick to my stomach and vomited. Then I had some milk and vomited even more. I vomited every hour, even when I only drank water. It happened again after I sent righteous thoughts at midnight. At 3:00 a.m. when I got up to do the exercises, I fell and had cramps all over. I shouted, “Master, save me please!” “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” At this time, my speech was slurring and I defecated and I had sticky stuff coming out of my mouth as well. I knew that those were signs of imminent death. The evil old forces wanted to take away my life. I refused to accept this. As my cramps subsided a bit, I struggled to call a fellow practitioner to send righteous thoughts for me. In addition, I kept shouting, “Master, please save me! Master, please save me!” “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
At 6:00 p.m., a fellow practitioner called to ask how I was. I told her that I was still vomiting and cramping. She decided to call others to intensify their righteous thoughts for me. She even came to my place even though I was under surveillance. Although I would vomit on occasion, it was never like this. This time it was bad, with vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and pains, and it looked like what my mother experienced. My fellow practitioner reminded me not to think along that line and to just send pure righteous thoughts, trust in Master and Dafa and look inward.
So I did and my fellow practitioners also sent righteous thoughts for me. I could feel the energy field and the power while I was being strengthened by Master. Master brought me back from death’s door. I am so grateful for Master’s salvation and fellow practitioners’ support. I could feel the greatness of the one body.
Later on, we found out that I drank some bad milk which my daughter had ordered online. She complained to the company and told them that they shouldn’t do anything they pleased just to make a profit. She also told them that I did not die because I had Master’s protection.
When my husband passed away 20 years ago, I was on the verge of a mental and physical collapse due to the hard work I'd put in to care for him. After I obtained the Fa, I came to understand the purpose of life. Although I have not been diligent, Master has assisted me during every trial and tribulation. I cannot express my gratitude towards Master enough. I must be diligent and cultivate myself solidly, have trust in Master and Dafa, do the three things well to save more people, so as to be worthy of Master’s compassionate salvation.
Let us remember:
The Source of All FaZhen Shan Ren—three sacred words have boundless Fa powersFalun Dafa is good—true thoughts alter all disasters(Hong Yin IV)
Kindly point out anything inconsistent with the Fa.
Thank you, fellow practitioners. Thank you, Master!