(Minghui.org) Today when sending forth righteous thoughts and silently reciting the verses “eradicate all evil that damages Dafa” (“Minghui Editorial”), I was shocked. It turned out that the main point of sending righteous thoughts is to “eradicate all evil that damages Dafa,” and behind the word “Dafa” there is not the word “disciple.”

Reading the content of the main points of sending righteous thoughts again, I noticed there is no word about self-protection! This surprised me. After so many years of sending forth righteous thoughts, my base points have all fallen on self-protection. At the same time, I thought of the following Fa teachings:

“When people show the appropriate respect and reverence toward Dafa as it manifests here in this world, they, their race, or their nation will enjoy blessings or honor.” (“On Dafa”)

This reminds me of a recent sharing article published on the Minghui website. When a practitioner was cursed by a police officer, he said it was an insult to him and he was beaten. Another practitioner who was cursed at said it was an insult to Dafa, and he was not further persecuted.

Taking Care of the Precious Dafa Book

As I write this, I remembered an incident 17 years ago. A fellow practitioner in our area was taken to a brainwashing center. That night she was allowed to call her non-practitioner husband, and she hinted to him that there was a Dafa book at home and asked him to hide it.

When she was released from the brainwashing center, her husband described the whereabouts of the Dafa book. It turned out that he was so scared when he found the Dafa book that he decided to put it on a bench in the neighborhood courtyard. 

He said to the Dafa book, “Please don’t blame me. I leave you here so someone who is destined can pick you up.” A few years later, this fellow practitioner changed to another Fa-study group and was surprised to find that the Dafa book which was discarded by her husband had appeared in the home of another practitioner in this study group. 

It turned out the book was picked up by that practitioner. And the husband, although he gave up the Dafa book, did not forget his reverence for the book in the midst of danger, and thus made his own achievement. 

Today, he is a businessman owning millions of dollars in assets. When an ordinary person gave up a Dafa book under pressure, he was reverent and asked gods not to blame him. 

In contrast, many of us who think of ourselves as Falun Dafa practitioners rarely asked for the precious Dafa books back when our homes were raided and robbed by police. We can’t just reprint another set of Dafa books and that’s it. Dafa books are a concrete manifestation of Dafa in the world, so how can we let the evil steal and disrespect them at will?

Not to mention that the first thing a practitioner should do after being released from illegal detention for a few days is to ask for the Dafa books back. Even if one has been jailed for a few years, the first thing one should do after getting out of the black den is to ask for one's Dafa books back. We practitioners must do our part. 

Lots of practitioners have been repeatedly robbed of their Dafa books, repeatedly detained, and repeatedly falsely sentenced. Perhaps not recovering Dafa books and giving up Dafa books is one of the main reasons? How can Dafa protect you when you don’t even want the Fa?

Here is another example: A practitioner in our area is a so-called Falun Dafa “key figure.” That practitioner lives in a neighborhood with the local police and the community director. 

The community director was awarded for closely executing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) directions. The community director once called out, “Not a single Falun Dafa (practitioner) in my community dares to go to Beijing to petition!” So, this practitioner went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa and returned. As one can imagine, the practitioner was later arrested multiple times. 

But, the evil never dared to ransack the practitioner’s home, nor dared to falsely sentence this practitioner. When asked how this could be done, the practitioner replied, “If I am here, Dafa books are here. If I am not here, Dafa books must also be here. Dafa practitioners have to live with Dafa.” 

It turns out that it is because of the practitioner’s devotion and respect for Dafa books that the evil dares not harm him. Why do we send forth righteous thoughts to “eradicate all evil that damages Dafa”? If Dafa is not undermined, Dafa practitioners will not be persecuted. 

If the Dafa books are safe, Dafa practitioners are safe; and only when Dafa is piously respected, can Dafa practitioners be respected.

Some practitioners have concerns about getting their Dafa books back, fearing that they will be victimized by the evil again. On the contrary, the fact that the Dafa books are in the hands of the evil and not trying to get them back is sufficient reason for the old forces to harm practitioners.

I hope that practitioners who have been repeatedly arrested, had their homes ransacked, and were illegally imprisoned will not just look for their omissions such as the competitive mentality, zealotry, and jealousy, etc. It is also a big omission not to ask for the stolen Dafa books. 

In particular, those who have had their retirement pensions suspended should not just want to get their pensions reinstated. Maybe the fact that you didn’t get your Dafa books back is one of the fundamental reasons for the old forces to stop your pensions. 

There are reports on the Minghui website about practitioners successfully getting their stolen Dafa books back.

[Editor’s note: This article only represents the author’s understanding in their current cultivation state meant for sharing among practitioners so that we can “Compare with one another in study, in cultivation.” (“Solid Cultivation,” Hong Yin)]

Chinese version available

Category: Improving Oneself