Use Compassion to Defend Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) Master Li Hongzhi said,
“Your intention to safeguard Dafa's dignity is correct, but how do you safeguard it? Do you shut their mouths? Do you debate with them? I'm telling you, just treat all beings with compassion, and just clarify the facts to people with compassion, and you will be safeguarding Dafa's dignity, and you'll be able to safeguard Dafa's dignity.
Dafa's dignity can't be safeguarded with the means of everyday people. It's brought about by each of our Dafa disciples exhibiting true compassion and kindness. It's not created, it's not created by human conduct or human means. It's born out of compassion and it's manifest in saving sentient beings and in your cultivation. When you cultivate well as a whole, the world's people will say that Dafa is good and will all respect Dafa. I said this to our persons in charge before: in Dafa the persons in charge don't rely on the ways everyday people use to manage things. Things rely on your heart toward Dafa and your sense of responsibility toward cultivation. You achieved it by cultivating yourself well, and people will admire and respect you. If you don't admit it when you're wrong, and act like you're not wrong in order to have people think that you're not wrong, then no one will respect you, because that's an everyday person's approach. The same goes for how the world's people view our Dafa. If someone says that it's not good and you debate with him in everyday people's ways, or you try to silence him or the like, that will worsen the disagreement. We should just conduct ourselves well and handle everything with compassion. You don't need to argue or debate with them.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
Reading this made me realize that when people attack or commit crimes against Falun Dafa, as practitioners, we must defend the Fa based on Dafa's principles. We should tell them the facts with great compassion rather than fight with them. The power of compassion is supreme and can dissolve any negative thing that is manipulating people.
When guards try to force practitioners to sign statements that slander Dafa or try to make them promise to give up their faith, what should we say? We should let them know that, by doing this, they are committing crimes against Dafa that may be impossible to ever atone for. If we truly have compassion, the outcome may be entirely different.
When practitioners are being released from prison, the guards may order them to sign the “criminal information collection form.” One practitioner told the guards, “This is an insult. I will not sign it.” The practitioner was tortured for five days. Another practitioner said, “This is a crime against Falun Dafa. I will not sign it.” The guards did not force him.
While distributing truth clarification flyers, another practitioner encountered a police officer who asked, “Are you the one handing out these flyers? Follow me!” The practitioner replied, “Did you know that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are the fundamental principles of the universe? Falun Dafa is a righteous spiritual belief, and persecuting practitioners is a crime.” The officer said, “What did you say? Can you repeat it?” After the practitioner did so, the policeman quietly said, “You can go now.”
The police arrested a practitioner for distributing Falun Dafa flyers. When they took her to the police station, she told the officers that the flyers saved people. By stopping her from saving people, they were committing a crime against Falun Dafa. She also told them the truth about persecution. The director of the police station told the officers to release her.