Eliminating Evil with Righteous Thoughts; Saving Sentient Beings With Unwavering Faith
(Clearwisdom.net) Having experienced years of brutal persecution, every Dafa practitioner has touching stories, even miracles of validating the Fa to tell. I have decided to pick up my pen, write down my experiences for Teacher and encourage myself to advance diligently on my cultivation path. I do not care whether I can write well enough or whether it will be published; this is something I should do. At the same time, I would like to encourage other practitioners to advance diligently. I will only give two examples because it would be impossible to recount all of my experiences.
1. Evil Eliminated with Righteous Thoughts
One day I was on my way after dinner to a fellow practitioner's home. Passing our old group practice site, we saw several practitioners studying the Fa. I was very touched. All such sites had been lost when the persecution began in 1999, but this one had been revived. I joined them right away. We were later joined by a dozen more practitioners. We studied the Fa every day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We shared only one copy of Zhuan Falun and took turns reading it. We all knew that in this very special environment, it was not easy for us to study together, so we each treasured the opportunity.
This lasted for 7 or 8 days. One day, we had barely sat down when a police vehicle rushed over. Eight police officers came and dragged us all into a van and took us to the local Office of Public Security. The first thing that they told us to do was to give up our copy of Zhuan Falun. At that time, we did not know about sending forth righteous thoughts but we enlightened in the Fa that each of us had very strong supernormal capabilities. We had the thought that Dafa books could not be taken away and they could not see our book. In the end, they didn't find it even though they searched for a long time. They were all puzzled. They saw us holding the book, how could it disappear? Later on, I heard that the practitioner who was holding Zhuan Falun had this thought with him: "I must protect the book; it cannot be left with the police. I will take good care of it so the police cannot see it." We protected the book and Dafa with the mentality of cultivators.
The police took us to an office and interrogated us individually. They asked why we continued to practice when it had been banned. We told our own experiences of benefiting from practicing Falun Dafa and how we have improved our health as a result. Many police officers came to understand Falun Dafa. However, one of them threatened us, "If you guys do not cooperate, we will notify your employers. I just don't believe that we cannot fix you." The following morning, I was asked to go to my former employer (I was retired). Along the way, I recited "Benevolent Might" in Hong Yin:
"Dafa is what you carry everywhere,
Zhen Shan Ren, rooted in the mind;
A great Arhat walks the earth,
Gods and demons fear with awe."
When I got there, I clarified the truth to them. My former colleagues all know that I used to be ill all the time and every year my expenses in treatment and medications were about 3000 yuan. Since I started the practice, I had not had any medications and I was much better now. I have saved tens of thousands of yuan for the government. What's wrong with that?
In the office, the officials-in-charge at the three levels and an angry looking woman were eating corn on cob when I walked in. A woman with last name Wang was drinking some mineral water. She said, "I was sent by the higher authorities to be in charge of Falun Gong." One guy said, "I would like to wring your neck. You have caused so much trouble for us. How dare you go to the square and sit there to read Zhuan Falun. Who told you to go?" I told him that I went on my own. Then I went on to tell them why I wanted to go. The woman was furious. "You look kind, how can you be so stubborn and such a daredevil? I will notify your family to prepare money and clothing for you. I will send you to prison." I told her, "There's no need to prepare anything because I am not going." Then another guy stood up and yelled at me, "Let me tell you. Several of you have been sentenced; some will be executed." I said, "Having heard the Dao in the morning, one can die in the evening". They didn't understand and asked what that meant. I explained, when people learn about Dafa in the morning, they are not scared even though they die in the evening. They were completely defeated and looked at each other and did not say anything. Then one guy brought me a corn on cob and a bottle of water and told me to eat. I thanked them and told them that I was not hungry. He looked at his watch and said, "Time to make dinner. Go home. We will call you if we need you." They were smiling and walked me out of the office as if nothing had happened. Teacher said,
"If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate, and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace." (Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference)
After a week or so, a staff member from my former employer came to my home and asked me to go with them to meet a high-level official. When I got there, I found a party secretary, a chief of staff and heads of the Public Safety Office and a couple of police officers waiting there. After a few minutes, three more police officers came. It was very threatening. I recited Teacher's Fa to myself. Surprisingly, the director of the detention center announced that I was to receive only a warning, no detention. Everyone was stunned.
I found out later on that they thought I was the organizer of the group study and they were going to do something to me. But no one knew what happened. Many people were gossiping that I must have connections with someone higher up. Even my boss asked me about it. I brushed it off. I knew in my mind that everything was done by Teacher. After this, I enlightened to the deep meaning of
"When disciples have ample righteous thoughts,
Master has the power to turn back the tide"
("Master-disciple Bond" from Hong Yin II)
2. Sentient Beings Saved With Unwavering Faith
One afternoon before the wheat harvest, on my way home after distributing some materials, I passed by a construction site. I thought I could not miss this, so I biked over. The site was enclosed and I could not get in unless I went in from the main gate. I was blocked by a guard who refused my entry, so I went to a convenience store nearby and talked to the shopkeeper. He told me that people were watching, that two Falun Gong practitioners were arrested some time ago for distributing informational materials and he asked me to leave quickly. I found the sleeping quarters for the workers with a kitchen at the end. I went closer to check out the surroundings so I could deliver materials there in the future.
A middle-aged man and a teen-aged boy came out. I found out the man was the cook and the teenager was his helper. It was rather hot but the teenager was wearing long pants and long sleeves with bare feet. I asked if he was hot and he told me that he had no choice as he had no money to buy cooler clothing. Then he lowered his head. I said to him, "Don't be sad. I will get some for you. I will bring them over after dinner." He looked at me and asked, "Really?" not very convinced. I assured him that I would come back.
The following morning, I put all the truth-clarifying materials in a packet and sealed it. I took some clothing and shoes and socks for him. Then I stood in front of Teacher's portrait and asked for strength. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts all the way, so the guards would not appear and the dog would not bark, so all the workers can learn the truth.
After half an hour, I got to the site. The boy was happy to receive the clothing and the materials. After I talked to him, he agreed to withdraw from the Young Pioneers. More and more workers congregated around me. I talked to them extensively. They enjoyed listening to me and even invited me to go in. Soon a dozen of them withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Some had never joined and I told them to remember to say "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good", especially in times of crises. Some of them commented, "We almost missed you because we are leaving for home for the harvest season tomorrow." I knew it was all arranged by Teacher. I felt the inner meaning of "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master. " (Zhuan Falun)
When I took my leave, they all thanked me and said, "We will pass this material on to our folks at home so more people will find out about this and be saved." It was dark and some workers insisted on walking with me. I told them that I would be fine because I have a Teacher guiding me. They all said in chorus, "Falun Dafa is good." I was so happy for them.
It went very smoothly this time; the dog did not even bark. I think it was because I set out with a very pure heart.
In the past nine years of persecution, on my path of validating the Fa, I stumbled and fumbled. But with Teacher's guidance and protection, I continued to look inward and forge forward and assist Teacher in rectifying the Fa. Teacher, I will not waver in my cultivation and will coordinate with other practitioners. I will study the Fa more and advance more diligently; do the three things well, save more sentient beings and end the persecution.
Thank you, Teacher, thank you fellow practitioners.