Breaking Through Economic Persecution
(Minghui.org) This article is about how practitioner Wen (alias) and I clarified the truth to various government departments to get back her pension of the last two years. We’d like to encourage other practitioners who lost their pensions because of the persecution to fight for it. This was the economic persecution of practitioners. Dafa practitioners don’t acknowledge it. As long as we walk our cultivation path righteously and clarify the truth thoroughly, our Master will have the final say. We are Dafa practitioners in the Fa-rectification period. Everything around us is connected with validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. During the process we are elevating ourselves.
Wen was illegally sentenced to 9 years in prison and was released in 2014. The Social Security Bureau notified her at the end of 2017 that her pension was withheld.
Wen and I visited the Social Security Bureau at the beginning of 2018. The staff member told Wen that she had to return 130,000 yuan because prisoners didn’t have a pension and the pension earned needs to be returned. The staff member said that Wen’s pension would be stopped and they had the document.
Wen was not moved by those words and said peacefully to the staff: “I didn’t commit any crime because of practicing Falun Dafa. I was wronged for being a good person.” The staff member said that she only did her work according to the policy.
Master Li said:
“Wherever there's a problem, that is where we should go clarify the facts--judges, lawyers, and the various people involved in the suit are all people we should clarify the facts to.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
Clarifying the Truth
Our local practitioners shared on this matter after we came back from the Social Security Bureau. We agreed that this was a good opportunity to clarify the truth to people. This would help us awaken sentient beings' conscience and validate Dafa, Master’s law body would help us with whom we should approach. So Master gave us a hint via this practitioner. We were encouraged and started our path of clarifying the truth, awakening the conscience of people, and anti-economic persecution.
“In this persecution those who've been harmed the most are in fact the world's people. Actually, those evil beings want to use this persecution to destroy the lives of the future people. So we should be compassionate to the world's people, tell them the facts and save them, and not let them get weeded out the moment when the Fa rectifies the human world.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
We set our basic point right. Practitioners' whole body should be involved in doing this thing. It was not Wen’s personal matter only. So some practitioners searched the Minghui website for information. Some wrote truth-clarifying letters and some sent forth righteous thoughts.
I wanted to help Wen. This was also a good opportunity for me to cultivate myself. We visited various departments and asked that Wen's pension be returned. We couldn’t remember how many people had agreed to withdraw from the CCP after we had clarified the truth to them. No matter how they delayed the case or how they treated us, we set our basic point right and clarified the truth with wisdom and rationality. We didn’t think negatively.
Director Changed Attitude after Leaning the Truth
One day we visited the local Social Security Bureau and saw the director. He left us with some excuse when he learned that we are Falun Dafa practitioners. We left a copy of the Press and Publication Administration Order No. 50 and some truth-clarifying materials on his desk, and wrote a note for him.
When we saw him again, he greeted us warmly but still asked us to visit other officers from a higher level. We didn’t give up and visited him several times again and clarified the truth to him as much as we could. Later he had a positive view about Falun Dafa and asked one officer to contact Wen before he left his position. That officer told Wen to return half of the pension she had received before. Wen told him that she would not return a cent because that was what she was entitled to.
A new director took over the position. This was a good opportunity for us to clarify the truth to her. She made a good choice after we clarified the truth to her several times. We wrote a letter to the director and introduced the basic truth of Falun Dafa, the benefits of practicing Falun Dafa, the persecution Wen went through and how she changed after practicing Falun Dafa. When we saw her again, she said: “I read your letter. We are sympathetic to you and admire you. You have visited me many times. I want to help you. But this matter is not easy.”
We realized that it was a hint from Master. No matter how difficult it was, we must walk our path righteously. “...cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Master has prepared the path for us. On one occasion the director said that she would call the person in charge where Wen used to work and ask him to do something for Wen to save us from running around all the time.
Clarifying the Truth to Wen’s Previous Employer
Wen visited her previous workplace and told them that she had been imprisoned for 9 years for practicing Falun Dafa. The director said that he was busy and didn’t have time to do anything for her. He thought it was impossible to have her pension returned.
Wen visited him several times later on and the director always used the excuse of being busy. We realized that we had to clarify the truth more to him. We went to his home. His wife asked many questions and listened to us for more than an hour while he didn’t say anything. His wife asked us to be careful. He finally said that the organization made a mistake and would send a report to the upper level. He was not sure if he would be successful. Wen said that she would invite him to dinner if he succeeded. He said that he would invite us to dinner if he was successful. All of us laughed.
Thanks to Master’s strengthening, we did what we should do. The director learned the truth and his conscience was awakened.
The Importance of Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts
Fellow practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts for us while we were visiting various departments. Both of us also paid much attention to sending righteous thoughts. When we were on the bus to the Social Security Bureau in the city which took over an hour, we sent forth righteous thoughts and pleaded Master to strengthen us.
There was a long queue inside the hall of the Social Security Bureau after the lockdown was lifted. We took this opportunity to clarify the truth to people face to face. Some agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its youth organizations. Some didn’t listen. Some stepped back. We were not affected and continued clarifying the truth to people with wisdom.
One day things went smoothly. We developed the heart of complacency. We didn’t send forth righteous thoughts on the bus and didn’t tell other practitioners to send righteous thoughts for us either. The settlement clerk was not happy to calculate the amount for Wen though the Director had told him to do so for us.
We wrote a letter to him about the persecution Wen had gone through and the facts about Falun Dafa after we returned home. He asked us to see the director again because he didn’t know what was his director’s intention.
We visited the director again. He said that he needed the amount to present it to the city bureau for approval. We realized that the settlement clerk didn’t really know the truth. With the help of other practitioners, we wrote another letter and clarified the truth to him.
“But, you have to clarify the truth rationally and in line with people's logic and ways of thinking. If you talk about it in a strange, otherworldly way, not at all based on people's logic and way of thinking, and not considering whether people can accept it or not, then you're doing harm and the result is opposite what was intended. Make sure you do it rationally and clearheadedly. When you clarify the truth to people you have to consider their level of acceptance. You'll be able to see and observe this, so you have to do well clarifying the truth.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
He was not there when we visited the Social Security Bureau again. The director asked us to leave the letter on his desk. We asked his colleague to make sure that he read the letter. Because of the two letters and our contact with him, he finally did the right thing.
Examples of People Making the Right Choice after Knowing the Truth
One day we visited the Inspection Bureau. Two employees asked us who we were looking for and what was the purpose. I realized that this was a good opportunity to clarify the truth to them. I talked to the man and Wen talked to the lady. The man listened to me attentively.
I told him that Wen was jailed for 9 years because of practicing Falun Dafa and her pension was stopped, and she had no source of income. I said to him that Falun Dafa practitioners were tortured in labor camps and prisons and their families were broken up. They were fired by their workplaces and their pensions were stopped. I also told him how Falun Dafa had spread far and wide around the world. I saw tears cover his face. He stood up and told me that he would talk to the director of the bureau. When he came back, he said: “Our director is very kind. He asks you to bring over the documents.”
The next day we came to the Inspection Bureau with the documents. We saw that man again who greeted us nicely and asked us if he could help us any more. We were so happy to see his changes. Thank you Master for your compassion.
“...through doing this you will have chances to interact with more people and you'll clarify the facts on a large scale. Under normal circumstances you don't have the opportunity--if you just pull someone over to tell them the facts you might feel a bit awkward, right? Now that you have something to do, go and tell people.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
We visited the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau. A lady told us that the director was not in and brought us into her office, where there were five employees. Wen and I looked at each other and came out of the office. The employees were office clerks and white-collar people and we had some concerns. So we left them.
While we were walking down the steps, Master’s Fa came into my mind again and again. Master told us to awaken the conscience of sentient beings. A strong force dispelled my fear and negative thoughts. We went back to the office again and clarified the truth to the employees. Wen told them that she was detained in the labor camps and in prison for altogether 12 years and her pension was stopped. She told them how Falun Dafa taught people to be good, and how it spread throughout the world. They stopped their work and listened quietly.
That lady said: “You should lodge a complaint with the municipal petition office. Nobody has the right to deprive you of your right to live. How can you live without a pension! But you’d better be careful.”
Pension Was Returned
A Social Security Bureau officer told Wen that part of her pension was returned to her. She checked her bank account and saw that her pension for two and a half years had been deposited into her account.
During the process I cultivated away many of my attachments. I appreciate the opportunity Master arranged for me to elevate. I realized that helping other practitioners was at the same time helping me.