Stopping the Persecution and Exposing the Evil Locally with Righteous Thoughts
(Clearwisdom.net) I am writing about some of my thoughts and experiences in Dafa cultivation to share with fellow practitioners.
I. Disintegrating the Persecution with Righteous Thoughts
In December 2006, more than ten practitioners here including myself were illegally arrested. This was the fourth time I have been arrested within a year. The first three times I endured all the difficulties and left prison. The third time, I was illegally sentenced to forced labor. On my way to the labor camp, I kept shouting, "Falun Dafa is good" for five hours. In the end, under Master's compassionate care, they failed to persecute me. My thought at that time was, "If I am sent to labor camp, I will clarify the truth there." Then I told myself that eliminating the evil's persecution is what I should do from the point of view of the Fa. I could save more sentient beings out in society. In the end they determined that my health was not up to standard after a physical exam and the labor camp personnel refused to accept me.
During the previous three arrests, I clarified the truth to the police and talked to them about the "three withdrawals" [quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Communist Youth League, and the Young Pioneers], and refused cooperate with the evil persecution at any time. In the detention center, I spoke out loudly, "Falun Dafa is good" and went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution. Through my righteous thoughts and actions, I left the detention center five days later. When I was sent there the fourth time, police treated me very politely as they had heard the truth and had witnessed a practitioner's compassion and forbearance. They let me go that night.
There was an interlude during this period, in the daytime, in which there was no one in the room for a short while. During this time I took five or six amulets from my wallet and put them into the desk drawers. A policeman came back and found an amulet when he opened his drawer. He took it out and asked whether I had put it into his drawer. I smiled and said, "All of you drive and I wish you to be safe." He put it back and said nothing. Even though he also had also taken part in arresting me, his behavior now was from his true self. It is true that all sentient beings are waiting for us to save them. This includes the police. Without fear, we might save people in any circumstances.
The next day, I let go of my fear and made public all the information about people who had participated in the persecution, including their work departments and phone numbers. I was actively trying to rescue detained practitioners. I put together facts about the event and then made a flyer, which I distributed and posted. I disclosed to the public all the evil deeds committed by the persecutors and thus frightened the evil.
Five of the detained practitioners went on a collective hunger strike and declared, "Falun Dafa is good." They were released together. The result was unexpected to all of us. In our communication, we enlightened to the understanding that what the evil feared most is being exposed to the public. Through exposing the evil throughout 2006, we frightened the evil and set up a good base. Exposing the evil is the best way to stop the persecution. We also realized that if the evil doesn't quit, it is due to our insufficient disclosure of the evil. When we made the evil public, we cleared the bad factors in other dimensions and also made people taking part in the persecution restrain themselves.
II. Completely Denying the Old Forces
In late 2006, after I left the detention center with fellow practitioners, I went to the police station together with other practitioners to ask the police to return our computers. They removed the hard drives and returned the other parts of the computers to us. I thought... let it be. It is ok for me to install another hard drive. I had been arrested several times and had changed the hard drive twice. Practitioner Zhang refused to take back an incomplete computer. She said, "If you took out our hard drives, we can't use them at all." The police said, "Let us give this some thought, please come back later."
On our way back, Ms. Zhang said, "If we let them take away our hard drives, it means that we let them commit crimes. Hard drives are our instruments to validate the Fa. If we allow the police to take them away, haven't they committed a crime?" I enlightened at once, "Stopping the evil is compassion." I was arrested several times, yet every time, far from stopping the persecution, I went along with them and wanted to give them an impression that I was a good person.
Master tells us:
"Why should you, a Dafa disciple, fear the evil ones when enduring persecution? The crux of the matter is that you have attachments. If not, do not endure passively, and face the evil people with righteous thoughts at all times. No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won't be this way." ("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful" from Essentials for Further Advancement II )
If you are obedient to the evil, you simply let the police commit crimes as they persecute Dafa. If you follow the evil's demands, you not only allow them to commit crimes but also put yourself under more serious persecution. Then you might be sent to a detention center, forced labor camp, or prison. If you don't cooperate with the police, you not only save them at that point but also create a foundation for them to learn the truth later.
I realized that the source of persecution was that I myself hadn't done well and I followed along with the evil. I didn't eliminate the evil fundamentally, and thus the evil could persecute Dafa disciples. That is to say, it is we ourselves who allow the evil to persecute us. We should stop the evil and not allow them to persecute us from the beginning.
III. Exposing the Evil Locally
In communicating with fellow practitioners, we realized that we hadn't done well in exposing the evil locally during recent years, and their persecution of us has never stopped. Every year, they persecuted us several times. So we cooperated with each other and made brochures to disclose typical persecution cases to the public.
In the process of making the brochure, we all faced xinxing tests and interference, but we overcame them all by searching inside, improving our xinxing and cooperating with each other. We finished the brochure and published it on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website. It was a great encouragement for us. At the same time, we knew that it was far from enough and realized that we should continue doing it.
We felt that the brochure worked well in saving sentient beings, as it tells people about an issue or person that people are familiar with - either people they know or have heard about. When people hear about what is happening locally, it makes a deep impression on them, and they can differentiate kindness from evil, and good from bad.
Now we know how to expose the evil in this way. Whenever Dafa is persecuted, we immediately make it public and stop it. In practice, we see that it has a great effect.
Even though we had made the brochure, there were not many practitioners distributing them, as we still hadn't formed a whole body. We need to do better later.
IV. Doing the Three Things Well
As I know something about computers, fellow practitioners often send their computers or printers to me for repair and I solve their problems with patience. I accompany practitioners when they buy electronic equipment and help them set up truth-clarification materials production sites. I often offer to help any way I can and try my best to solve their problems.
I pass by a vegetable market when I get off work. Every time I go there, it is a good opportunity to clarify the truth and persuade people to quit the CCP. I have given out much information about quitting the CCP and clarified the truth to people I met there.
When I buy vegetables, I ask, "Do you know that you will be safe after quitting the CCP?" They answer, "I saw that written on money." Then I explain a little more following the person's particular way of thinking and then it is often easy for them to understand. I have persuaded more and more people to quit the CCP this way. I see that people are awakening and are getting the message that "Heaven will destroy the CCP."
I should send forth righteous thoughts at 12:00 a.m. but I have often missed it because I am sleeping, so I set up a new goal for myself. Every day I will not sleep until I send righteous thoughts at midnight. I get up at 3:50 a.m. to take part in the group exercises in the morning. Thus I ensure that I will send righteous thoughts at the four set times when practitioners all over the world send forth righteous thoughts together. I also do the five exercises every day and keep my body in the best state, in order to save sentient beings better. This is what I am doing now, with effort, and I believe that I can keep doing it.