Rectifying Myself as a Falun Dafa Cultivator and Saving People
(Minghui.org) Several police officers broke into my house to arrest me one day in August 2017. They also ransacked my home and confiscated my computer, my Falun Dafa books, and some other informational materials.
Although I was released on bail one month later, the police still submitted my case to the Procuratorate and attempted to send me to prison. After one year of my battling the evil, the Procuratorate declined to file an indictment against me and dismissed my case.
I'd like to thank Master for His merciful salvation and fellow practitioners for their selfless help. I would like to share my cultivation experiences from this process with fellow practitioners.
Looking Inward and Rectifying Myself in Dafa
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 thoughts and evil will naturally die out
I thought of this poem after I was sent to a detention center. I calmly looked inward for any human notions that had been exploited by the old forces. As a result, I found the following attachments and quickly worked to eliminate them.
Attachment of Fear
Not long before the arrest, a fellow practitioner whom I'd never met said that I had cultivation issues. I became worried and was afraid that I had done something wrong unknowingly or wasn't cultivating diligently. Looking deeper, my anxiety was rooted in my fear of being persecuted, which eventually invited this tribulation.
“Should you have fear, it will seize upon youIf thoughts are righteous, evil will collapse” (“What's to Fear?” Hong Yin Volume II, version A)
Lack of Righteous Thoughts
Master taught us several times not to acknowledge the persecution. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the “knocking on doors” campaign against Falun Dafa practitioners in 2017, however, I began to think about how I should clarify the facts to the officials if I was arrested. By doing so, I was trying to validate myself without measuring my thoughts with the Fa. My lack of righteous thoughts was then taken advantage of by the evil forces.
Attachment of Self-Validation
When the police arrested me, I was trying to divert their attention from arresting more practitioners. I realized later that this thought also bore the attachment of validating myself. Only Master can protect practitioners. Meanwhile, I could not even protect myself, so how could I protect others?
Lacking Faith in Master and the Fa
I felt very bad when the police took my Dafa books. I sent a righteous thought, but it was not a strong one. A fellow practitioner reminded me of Master's Fa teaching.
“You, however, follow Dafa, and so you needn’t worry about people taking what is rightfully yours, for my spiritual bodies will be looking after you in the normal course of events.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
She said, “If I were you, I would send this righteous thought: ‘No one is allowed to touch my things and nobody is able to take them.’ No evil force dares to touch your Dafa books and your photo of Master if you treat them like your own life. Your righteous energy will do the job once you have that thought.”
I looked inward and realized that I didn't have enough faith in Master and Dafa. I did not cherish the Fa wholeheartedly, which ultimately caused losses and regrets in my cultivation.
Being Compassionate to the Police and People Who Betrayed Me
“People such as those whom we see with bad attitudes toward Dafa or who are vicious toward Dafa disciples are actually pitiable. They have been poisoned by the CCP’s lies, in fact, and that is what causes them to act as they do.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
“The evil people act as they do because evil is propping them up from behind.” (“20th Anniversary Fa Teaching,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
After I was released on bail from the detention center, the police took me back to the police station for interrogation. The officer viciously threatened me and said, “Your case is a big one. I don't think I can let you walk free. If you do not sign the statement, I will send you back to the detention center.”
I did not cooperate with him. But I didn't hold any hatred towards him in my heart. Suddenly, the police station suffered a power outage, and I was subsequently released and allowed to go home. Master had protected me.
“It is not the beings at the surface that are doing evil to Dafa disciples. When you have addressed the factors behind the scenes, take another look at the surface and see what happens. With no factors at work behind the scenes, a human being will do whatever you tell him to. You are a cultivator and someone with abilities, and you are a being who is walking the path to divinity. Whereas that being is an ordinary human, and he is powerless.
Only when you deal with the factors behind the scenes will you manage to resolve the problem at the root. Only then will you cause a given situation, or that person, to change.” (20th Anniversary Fa Teaching, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
After I returned home, I sent forth righteous thoughts for 30 minutes every day for ten days straight to wake up this police officer's main soul and disintegrate the evil forces behind him.
His attitude changed when he interrogated me again.
I said to him, “I do not hate you, because this is your job. We have some predestined relationship that has led us to have this conversation at this moment. There may be something I owed you in my previous life, and I'm paying you back now.”
I added, “You have arrested and persecuted Dafa cultivators, who strive to be good people. Where is your conscience? Do you ever think about the pain that their families have to go through? How serious of a crime did you commit? What you have done is against this nation's constitution. Not only that, it is the principle of the cosmos that good deeds and evil deeds have their consequences. What are you going to do when retribution comes?”
I told him more facts about Falun Dafa. He understood and stopped pursuing any further prosecution of me.
I was told by another practitioner in the detention center that I was reported to the police by someone I knew.
I wasn't angry, but felt sorry for the person who reported me because of the karma she generated by doing this. I thought that I might have owed her from one of my previous lives and that this was for me to pay the debt. I wanted to talk to her in person to smooth out things between us.
After this thought, Master arranged a chance for me to meet her. She told me in tears how she was threatened and intimidated by the police, and gave them my name against her will.
I comforted her and told her that I didn't blame her for giving my name to the police. I encouraged her not to be affected by the guilt and move on. She was very moved and began to practice Dafa again.
No Legal Basis for the Persecution
One officer involved in my case threatened that he would sentence me to at least seven years in prison. I wasn't affected by it, and clarified the facts to him and other officers from the legal perspective.
When the officers asked me whether I made or distributed the materials, I refused to provide any information, and just said that it was not against the law to make or distribute these materials. Answering their questions would be cooperating with the evil forces and providing them with excuses to persecute practitioners.
I told the officers that Falun Dafa is a profound spiritual discipline that brings together meditation, energy exercises, and moral teachings as a means to cultivate the mind and body.
As no law in China criminalizes it or labels it as cult, the persecution had no legal basis and the charge of “using a cult organization to undermine the implementation of the law” wasn't valid at all.
After the officers understood that it was they who were violating the law by participating in the persecution, they eventually dismissed my case and released me.