Some Thoughts on the Zeroing-Out Campaign Targeting Practitioners
(Minghui.org) The Chinese Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) launched a nationwide campaign at the end of the first quarter of 2020, to “zero out” Falun Gong practitioners. This campaign is a concerted effort to force practitioners on the government’s blacklists to renounce Falun Gong. Responding to orders from the top down, government agencies at all levels have participated in this effort, including local PLACs, 610 Office, police stations, and neighborhood administration offices.
Officials claiming to be visiting or taking surveys knocked on practitioners’ doors and harassed and threatened them, as well as their family members. When practitioners refused to agree to give up their faith in Falun Gong, they were arrested and detained, subjected to brainwashing, and even incarcerated.
Facing this challenge, I think we should be clearheaded about who we are and why this happened. By looking within for loopholes in our cultivation and strengthening our righteous thoughts, I think we can change the situation and turn it into an opportunity to save more people.
Faith and Determination
The persecution of Falun Gong in China has lasted 21 years. We practitioners have been able to maintain our belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and safeguard our faith. But the vicious elements have not given up, and with the excuse of “clearing” our records, officials want us to sign documents renouncing our practice. We should be clear-minded and not fall into their trap.
From another angle, after trying all sorts of tactics to mislead and deceive us, these vicious elements are now at their wits’ end but do not want to give up. By relying on those officials who act against their conscience for their own ends, this campaign is nothing but their last attempt before being weeded out. What they are doing—no matter what they claim on the surface— violates the Chinese Constitution and laws and is the darkest chapter in Chinese history.
People are waiting to be saved, and their futures are in danger of being ruined by those CCP officials. Instead of worrying about just our own safety, we should handle these acts of interference with righteousness and compassion and stop these officials from preventing everyday people from learning the facts about Dafa and being saved.
Looking Inward to Improve Ourselves
As Dafa disciples, our great mission is to safeguard the Fa principles and save people. As we know, nothing in our cultivation is accidental. By calming down and thinking it over, we may have a better understanding of why this happened and how we can overcome it.
First is Fa study. Have you really paid attention to it, including the time, frequency, and effect? Just reading the Fa is not enough. We have to understand it and follow the principles at all times. My understanding is that only when assimilating ourselves to the Fa can we maintain a righteous mindset, both letting go of attachments and avoiding interference caused by the vicious elements.
Second is letting go of human notions. Cultivation means constantly purifying our minds and aligning ourselves with the Fa. The tribulations we encounter are opportunities to eliminate attachments, including fear. As practitioners, we know that the Fa principles are the foundation of everything and we should not let fear or past negative lessons dominate our main consciousness. Master has told us that we Dafa disciples should play a leading role in Fa-rectification. By assimilating ourselves to the Fa and acting like genuine Dafa disciples, we will be able to overcome all kinds of tribulations.
Third is sending forth righteous thoughts. We often see practitioners not holding their hands in the correct position when sending forth righteous thoughts. Some even doze off. On the surface, this could be due to fatigue or lack of sleep. But in reality, it is probably because our main consciousness is not strong enough or we have some hidden attachments. This requires us to study the Fa more and look within.
We should also not wait until the police knock on our doors to send righteous thoughts. We need to do it more often and for longer periods of time. For example, we can send forth righteous thoughts to void the zeroing-out campaign, its monitoring of our ID cards, and so on.
Having practitioners work together and have a relay sending righteous thoughts would also be helpful. We could also focus on those who are stubborn and do not accept the facts that practitioners tell them. One police officer in my area, for example, arrested a practitioner for clarifying facts to the police. He was incarcerated for four years. This officer recently said to a practitioner that he would continue to harass practitioners until the day he retired. We should deal with such officers seriously, both saving them with kindness and eliminating vicious elements in their minds.
Better Clarifying the Truth
Truth-clarification is critical. There are many articles about this on Minghui.
Another aspect I would like to mention related to truth-clarification is taking good care of family relationships. We are practitioners but our family members may not be. So instead of expecting them to help us like this or like that, we should be strict with ourselves as Dafa disciples.
For example, one practitioner argued with her husband, so he went to another province to work. She was upset and got sick. Other practitioners recommended that she look within, and she knew she should not resent her husband. But she could not get over it, nor did she contact her husband and ask him to come back. She passed away.
Having practiced for more than 20 years, I have many understandings about family relationships. They have caused me pain and inconvenience. On the other hand, my family has also helped me and supported me.
As practitioners, we should align ourselves with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and that includes our family members. Merely talking about righteous thoughts without acting as practitioners and treating the people we know with compassion will not go far in cultivation. Furthermore, when they truly understand what Dafa is, they can make decisions that benefit their own futures and help us as well.
We likely have karmic relationships with our family members. Since they are also waiting to be saved by the Fa, we should do our best and leave them the best impression so that they will have a positive attitude toward Dafa.
When we are able to assimilate ourselves to the Fa, from inside out, from thoughts to words and actions, the persecution will not interfere with us.