Overcoming Adversities When Rescuing Practitioners
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gong) in the winter of 1995. The first time I read Zhuan Falun, Master’s words took root deep in my heart.
Master, the founder of Falun Dafa, said,
“If you are a true cultivator, our Falun will safeguard you. I am rooted in the universe. If anyone could harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Falun Dafa practitioners were not persecuted back then, but I knew that no evil or dark minions could harm me as long as I follow the Fa principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Rescuing My Daughter from a Brainwashing Center
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started its persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, the management at my daughter’s company took her to a brainwashing center in March 2001, and charged her 5,000 yuan per month for it.
They threatened to take her to a forced labor camp if she didn't give up her belief. My husband, who is not a Dafa practitioner, almost had a mental breakdown. He often drank and quarreled with me over our daughter's arrest, and he resented me because I introduced her to Falun Dafa. My husband also wouldn't let me go with him when he went to visit her in the brainwashing center.
I saw my daughter not only as my child, but also a fellow practitioner. How could I leave her alone while she was encountering huge tribulations? I knew that I had to visit her and encourage her, to strengthen her faith in Master and Dafa! So I decided to visit her on alternate weekends, when my husband didn't go.
He laughed at me when he learned of my plan, saying “Don’t waste your time! They won’t let you in. They know you're a practitioner.”
I never made an appointment to see my daughter at the brainwashing center, but I was able to see her anyway. Neither the security guard nor the receptionist stopped me. When I went to the fourth floor, where my daughter was detained, the guard on duty asked me, “What are you doing here? Did you make an appointment?”
I simply replied, “Didn’t you ask me to come and visit her?”
Although my daughter was closely monitored at all times, we understood each other through eye contact and simple language.
During those days, our revered Master’s articles came out one after another, strengthening my righteous thoughts.
“Dafa disciples have already been bringing their supernormal abilities into full play in Fa-rectification. For instance, while doing Fa-rectification, when the righteous thoughts are very pure, their supernormal abilities are comprehensively utilized. Moreover, with righteous thoughts many disciples are able to use them at will—whatever they want to use, they almost always have it.” (“What Are Supernormal Abilities, Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I decided to use my supernormal abilities and divine powers to help my daughter. I thought of ways to take Master’s recent articles to her, along with food and clothing.
On a visit in late June, I only took her a summer blouse, thinking that she should return home in the blouse. I sent righteous thoughts on the train ride to see her.
When I arrived at the brainwashing center, I went directly to the fourth floor as usual. But this time it was locked. I held the door while sending righteous thoughts, trying to get through using divine powers.
The door open, and I went inside. The guards were surprised to see me, and asked how I got in. They then called for more guards to come and take me away.
I handed them the blouse, and sent righteous thoughts to eliminate the old force factors that were persecuting my daughter.
When more guards came, they took me outside, and left me in the yard. No one was around, so I posted a truth-clarification flier on a pillar. When I got to the main gate, I posted a flier on each side of the gates.
The guards on duty at the entrance glanced at me, but didn't see what I was doing. I then went home, sending righteous thoughts along the way.
My youngest daughter called me two days later, saying “Mom, I went to see my sister with dad today. The guards yelled at him, saying that he wasn't helping them by monitoring you. They also mentioned that you posted fliers in the yard. Please be careful, dad might fight with you!”
To my surprise, my husband remained calm when he got home that night. He told me that the head of the brainwashing center was furious, and didn't want other Dafa practitioners going there and posting fliers. He wanted my daughter’s company to take her back as soon as possible.
A few days later, my daughter left the brainwashing center. She was wearing the blouse that I bought for her, just as I had wished for.
From this incident, I realized just how powerful our righteous thoughts are. If we have strong righteous thoughts, the detained practitioners' righteous thoughts will be strengthened too.
During that time, my daughter’s cultivation state was not stable. She knew that she shouldn't renounce her belief, but she had fear in the brainwashing center.
Whenever I had time, I would say to my daughter in my mind, “I am always here to support you. You're not alone!” When I studied the Fa at home, I held the thought ,“Let her study with me.”
After that, my daughter's righteous thoughts became stronger, helping her to leave the brainwashing center.
I went to distribute truth-clarification materials in September 2001. It was around 3:00 a.m., and I was putting a flier on a telephone pole, when a man suddenly appeared. He was looking at the flier I had just posted.
I sent out a thought, “Please leave me alone, and just pass by, or I will make you stop.” I then left, still sending righteous thoughts.
He followed me, so I started to run.
I was 52 years old at the time, and he looked much younger. But for some reason he couldn’t catch up with me. I ran into an alley, which unfortunately was a dead end. And he blocked the exit.
I kept sending righteous thoughts to eliminate the old force factors that were trying to persecute me.
The man was looking at his phone, making a call. So I quickly passed by him.
He just stood there, watching me walk away. It was like he couldn't move, and was frozen to the spot.
When my daughter came to my house that evening, I told her about the incident. She said that she had a dream early that morning. She dreamed that I was being chased by an evil entity. Then she saw me stuck in a room, with the evil blocking the exit. She sent righteous thoughts, and the evil entity was frozen and couldn't move. So I was able to escape.
My understanding is that this incident was probably arranged by the old forces. But as long as we have firm belief in Master and the Fa, Master will strengthen us and help us to eliminate the old forces’ arrangements.
Working Together to Rescue a Practitioner
A Dafa practitioner in our local area was illegally sentenced in June 2008, and was incarcerated in prison. He had long-term paralysis, was bedridden, and unable to take care of himself. When other practitioners learned of this, they decided to go to the prison with his family member, who is also a practitioner, to ask the authorities to release him on bail to receive medical treatment.
His family member went alone for the first two days to talk to the prison staff, while other practitioners sent righteous thoughts in close proximity to the prison. But, we didn't make much headway.
I recalled reading some practitioners' articles in Minghui Weekly about their experiences when rescuing practitioners together with the arrested practitioner's family members. I realized that if we could work together with the family members, we would have greater strength. So I volunteered to go with that family member to talk to the prison authorities.
When we arrived at the Prison Administration Department, we met an officer named Liu. He became infuriated after I spoke to him, and said, “Stop talking! I know what you are here for.”
I looked into his eyes, and kept sending righteous thoughts. I didn't have any resentment, I just felt pity for him.
He calmed down, and directed us to the prison director's office.
The director wanted to know our relationship with imprisoned practitioner. The family member said that she was his aunt, but I didn't answer, and just said, “He is disabled. You shouldn't have arrested him. Now you have to arrange for people to take care of him. Isn’t this causing you trouble? Today if you help us, you are actually helping yourselves too, and you are doing a very good deed.”
The director agreed, and said that he would report it to the provincial prison administration department.
After a week of clarifying the truth and sending righteous thoughts, authorities at the prison, police station, and public security bureau all agreed to release the practitioner.
It was pouring down on day of his release, but still more than ten practitioners came to the prison that morning. We kept sending righteous thoughts outside the prison, and other practitioners at home also helped by sending righteous thoughts.
At around 11:00 a.m., the prison authorities told us that our application was approved, and the practitioner would be released that afternoon.
The sun had appeared by the time the practitioner was released, and I felt that the sun was smiling. I knew that we had just won a battle in other dimensions - a battle between good and evil.
Through this incident, we learned how to coordinate and elevate as one body, and we all felt encouraged.
Supporting a Lawyer
A practitioner in our area was arrested in early May 2012, and his case was handed over to the local Procuratorate.
The arrested practitioner's wife was a new practitioner, and she insisted on hiring a female lawyer that she knew to defend her husband. While the lawyer was not willing to enter a 'not guilty' plea for the practitioner's husband, she still wanted to hire her because she felt comfortable communicating with her, and she could also save a lot of money.
When we heard about this, some practitioners thought it would be a waste of time and money for her to hire someone who was not willing to speak up for Falun Dafa in court. Others felt that we should stop her because we cannot let the lawyer commit a crime against Dafa.
“Wherever there's a problem, that is where you need to clarify the truth and save people. Don't take a detour when you run into difficulties. When you see something that does us harm, or when you see something blocking our validating the Fa, don't take a detour -- you should face it, and clarify the truth and save those beings.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
I shared my thoughts with the other practitioners, and said, “It's her right to hire any lawyer she likes. We can only share our understanding of the Fa principles with her. If she doesn't listen, we can try some other ways. For example, we can clarify the truth about Dafa to the lawyer. If she knows the truth, I believe that she will choose a bright future for herself and plead 'not guilty'.”
The practitioners agreed with me, and two practitioners offered to go with me to see the lawyer.
We went to the lawyer's office the following day. When she opened the door, I said, “We are Falun Dafa practitioners, and have come to make sure you know the truth about Falun Dafa.”
These simple words seemed to open up her heart, and she warmly invited us in.
We told her about Falun Dafa, the self-immolation hoax on Tiananmen Square, the rock in Guizhou Province with the hidden characters “the Communist Party of China shall perish,” and how Falun Dafa has spread around the world.
I also advised her to quit the CCP and its youth organizations to secure a bright future for herself. She agreed.
We then talked about the arrested practitioner's case, hoping that she would make the right choice. She said that she would think about it.
The next morning, we went to the lawyer’s office again. We spoke more with her, and advised her to stand up against the persecution. She became very determined this time, and agreed to plead 'not guilty' for the practitioner in court.
This lawyer courageously spoke up for Falun Dafa in court, and defended the practitioner.
From this incident we learned to let go of our human notions, and have firm faith in Master and the Fa.
Trying to Help the Domestic Security Division Head
By participating in projects to rescue fellow practitioners in recent years, I've had the opportunity to clarify the truth to public security officers face-to-face. Sometimes I did very well, but other times I did not.
A practitioner’s young daughter came to me after her father was arrested in the spring of 2014. She told me that the head of the local Domestic Security Division notified her to fetch the items they had confiscated when they ransacked her home. She hoped that I would go with her, and find other practitioners to help send righteous thoughts.
After making arrangements with other practitioners, we headed to the local Domestic Security Division. Around ten practitioners helped send righteous thoughts outside the building, while another practitioner and I accompanied the arrested practitioner's daughter and went inside. The head greeted us, and instructed the officers in charge to fetch the confiscated items.
While we were waiting, we clarified the truth to him. He listened carefully, and asked us questions. We answered them all one by one.
The atmosphere had been quite harmonious. Then, suddenly, he asked me, “What's your name?” At that moment I started to think quickly, and replied, “You can just call me elder sister!”
He became upset, and was not willing to listen to us anymore. He even said that he could detain us that day.
I joked with him, yet said in my heart, “Your words do not count! My Master has the final say about any arrangements for me.” I then went to the restroom.
He asked other practitioner if I was the leader in our area. The practitioner replied, “Nope! We don' have any leaders.”
While I was in the restroom, I wondered why the head had suddenly changed his attitude. It seemed that he felt hurt because I didn't trust or respect him. The old forces in other dimensions saw clearly that I was not being truthful enough.
I was actually a cunning person who knew how to protect myself! If I could truly think about him, and tell him that I did not give my name for his own benefit, the result would have been completely different. Now the old forces wanted to persecute me because I had loopholes in my cultivation. I sent forth a firm thought that I will not let him commit a crime against Dafa!
By the time I came out of the restroom, he had gone to another room. He came out at times, and paced along the corridor. I could see that he was struggling in his mind.
We kept sending righteous thoughts. After a while he returned to his office, and stayed there. Two policemen then brought us the confiscated items. We signed their paperwork, and left.
Each time I think of this incident, I feel regret. I also looked within after this incident, and mailed the prison director some truth-clarification materials, hoping that he could still be saved.
For more than ten years of ups and downs in my cultivation, I’ve managed to walk on my path under Master’s compassionate protection.
I’ve also seen a shift in my attitude towards public security officers: from feeling fearful of them in the beginning, to feeling annoyed by them, to fighting with them, and eventually feeling pity for them. Now I treat them with compassion, truly feeling a sense of urgency for them to be saved.
We have to have firm belief in Master and the Fa, and truly follow the principles of Dafa. The closer to the end, the requirements of the Fa are becoming higher and stricter. Even one attachment or human notion could adversely affect our efforts in helping Master to save sentient beings.