(Minghui.org) When the summer vacation just started in July 2020, my husband called me, saying that my school principal wanted to talk to me. It was because the county Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) ordered him to do so. Officials from the PLAC spoke to me a month ago.
The principal was transferred to my school in late May. I had wanted to clarify the truth to him, but didn’t get a chance. I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell him about Falun Dafa. So, I didn’t hesitate to go to the school and talk to the principal.
On the way there, evil thoughts and threats flooded my mind, but I remembered what Master said:
“In life, nothing sought,In death, regretting naught;Washing away all wrong thought,Buddhahood, with lessadversity, is wrought.”(“Nothing Kept” in Hong Yin, Translation version A)
I told myself that I was a disciple of Master Li Hongzhi (Falun Dafa’s founder). With the strengthening from Master, my righteous thoughts grew stronger and stronger, but my mind was unstable, and still felt fear.
As I approached the school gate, a thought entered my mind: I’m here to save him, not to casually chat. As soon as these righteous thoughts emerged, the bad thoughts and matter disappeared. Master hinted in my mind: “Focus the talk on the knot in his heart.”
But how do I know what the principal’s knot is?
Defending Dafa and Clarifying the Truth
After I met the principal, he started with, “The country does not allow...” In response, I told him that practicing Falun Dafa was completely legal in China, and that there was no legal provision that states Falun Dafa violates the law.
He asked me why Falun Gong is said to be a “cult,” so I explained how the term came about. “It was what Jiang Zemin [the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)] told a French newspaper reporter in 1999, and later the “Legal Evening News” also reported. It was originally something Jiang Zemin claimed, and they were his words.”
I asked him what the fundamental law of our country was. To which he replied, “It’s the Constitution.”
I then asked, “When some laws and regulations contradict the Constitution, which shall prevail?”
“Of course, the Constitution” he responded.
I continued, “Well, Article 35 and 36 of the Constitution state that citizens have the freedom of belief, and people should not be discriminated against for their belief.
Experiencing and Explaining the Reasons for Discrimination
“Why did you only call me, and not the other teachers, for a chat? Why am I being treated differently? Isn’t this an infringement of my rights? Is it because of my faith? Do you see who is breaking the law?”
He hurriedly replied, “It was officials from the PLAC that told me to do this.”
“You are helping them break the law,” I told him. “Today, I will not pursue who is violating the law, because you are also being deceived. I just want to tell you the truth.”
He told me that the PLAC were also acting on orders from above, and asked, “Why are people who practice Falun Gong being imprisoned?”
I told him, “This has always been done based on the so-called Article 300 of the Criminal Law: Using a cult to obstruct the implementation of the law. As I said just now, Falun Dafa is not a cult, nor does it have a name list and an organization, and it doesn’t hinder the implementation of any law. There are now a large number of lawyers defending the innocence of Falun Gong practitioners. These lawyers are legal professionals, and their defense is much stronger than what I have said. It has left judges speechless. Isn’t it clear that this persecution is deceiving people who don’t know the truth?”
Deriving Benefits from Cultivating
The principal nodded in agreement, and asked, “Why did you start practicing Falun Dafa?”
“I used to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis,” I replied. “My arms and legs were severely deformed, and I was unable to go up or down the stairs. I was in my 20s, and the principal at the time gave me an office on the ground floor. I couldn’t even walk to the shops 500 meters away. The doctors said there was nothing they could do. They said that if my condition worsened my limbs may need to be amputated and replaced with prosthetic ones.
“I was given a prescription and told that I would probably be bedridden by the age of 35. My mind went blank after hearing this.
“I tried all kinds of treatments. During acupuncture, wrong acupuncture points were targeted, which caused deformation and hyperplasia of my joints. Before practicing Falun Dafa, I felt cold all year round, and hadn’t taken off my thick cotton pants for five years. All my family’s money was used for my treatment.
“I had been practicing Falun Dafa for just over a month, when I stopped taking medicine. My thick cotton pants were replaced with lighter ones. Not only did I recover from my arthritis, but all my other illnesses disappeared. Twenty years have now passed and I haven’t taken any medicine since. I am 54 years old this year.”
The principal asked, “Are there any other benefits besides curing illnesses?”
“Sure! It can improve one’s moral standard,” I replied. “Before practicing Falun Dafa, I was in poor health and my husband had an affair. My husband and I met when I was in college. I came here alone with him, without other family members and friends. I couldn’t bear the mental pressure of my husband having an affair, and I tried to commit suicide three times.
Divorcing and Changing Attitude
I divorced him in late September 1997. After that, he left home for a few days, but then came back, and I was unable to drive him away. During the few days my husband left, my 7-year-old son and I lived alone in a bungalow. There were no neighbors and we received harassment calls at night. Since my husband didn’t want to leave, I had to let him stay. He was kind to my son, and he could do things to help me. His staying with us made me feel safe, so I just treated him as a helper.
“Three months later, I started practicing Falun Dafa. The principles of Dafa made me gradually let go of my hatred toward my husband, and I accepted him as a member of the family again. I didn’t mention his past faults again, and treated him better than before. I couldn’t tolerate him when I was seriously ill, but with practicing Falun Dafa, I became healthy, and I could forgive him and treat him kindly regardless of his past. This is the power of Dafa, which has completely changed me.
“When Falun Gong was suppressed for no reason, my husband had an affair again, and the woman came to my house. I helped my husband face it, and we resolved the situation together. It was Falun Dafa that kept my family from being broken. My son didn’t grow up in a single-parent family, and he got a college degree and now has a good job.”
Admiring the Change Due to Practicing Dafa
The principal said: “I heard a bit about you before. Now I know more. I really admire your super-sense in handling family issues.”
“That would have been absolutely impossible if I didn’t practice Falun Dafa.” I also told the principal about my stand on my job, saying that I was treated so unfairly at work, which he didn’t know about, and how I kept working hard and being responsible to the students. This is because Master Li Hongzhi said,
“Since studying Falun Dafa, these workers have been coming to work early and going home late. They work very diligently and will do any assignment the boss gives. They also no longer compete for personal gain.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
“...be considerate of others in all respects.” (Lecture Six, Zhuan Falun)
“Of course, you have a very high xinxing level and an upright mind. You will upgrade your own xinxing and your own level; you do not commit wrongdoing and only do good deeds—these are only such a manifestation.” (Lecture Eight in Zhuan Falun)
I continued to tell the principal, “A former principal once said, “If half of the teachers practice Falun Dafa, his job would be easy, and the quality of the school’s teaching would rank first in the city.”
This principal said that even though he was a CCP member, which he considered appropriate for his future prospects, he didn’t believe in the Party and only followed his conscience. I said: “There are not many people who value their conscience now.”
“I will tell the PLAC that I did not see you practicing Falun Dafa,” the principal added. “Nor did you talk about Falun Dafa to the students.”
However, I reminded him that I did tell the students about Falun Dafa. He looked at me in surprise. I said: “I told the students to be honest with other classmates, family, and friends. Not to deceive others, be kind, and not be fussy and picky, but be modest and tolerant when dealing with others.”
The principal agreed that teaching students this way was the right thing to do, so I told him that this was the meaning behind Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He said: “This is great! Since this practice is so good you should practice it, but try not to put your job or your children and grandchildren’s futures at risk.”
It was getting late and the principal wanted to go home. He thanked me for telling him so much about Dafa. I said: “Thank you for your kindness, and I hope you have a bright future!”
I didn’t get the chance to encourage him to quit the Communist Party while I was clarifying the truth to him. I had no fear throughout the whole process, only the wish to save people. I have truly experienced what Master said,
“And human notions change,The degenerate things purged,Brightness now shines forth.”(“Born Anew,” Hong Yin, translation version A)
After I changed my mindset, I didn’t have to think about which words I needed to use – they just came out of my mouth naturally. Master did everything. Thank you, Master, for your mighty compassion!
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