Have Complete Faith in Teacher and Save Sentient Beings with Righteous Thoughts and Actions
(Clearwisdom.net) I will never forget April 15, 1997, the day I was released from the unsavory human bonds I had formed during my lifetime, such as playing poker and mahjong and dabbling in the stock market. I was also released from diseases and constant pain. I began walking a new path that will return me to my origin. During this Fa-rectification period, I have endured wind and rain and have survived eleven difficult years. Under Teacher's protective guidance, I am walking towards maturity, one step at a time. Every step of my improvement has been due to Master's efforts and assistance.
Please, allow me to express my deepest thanks to our Esteemed Master. I also wish to express my appreciation to fellow practitioners who have walked with me hand in hand until today.
Studying the Fa Diligently is the Key to Reaching Maturity
I awakened from a dream that it is still fresh in my mind in the early morning on July 20, 1999. A large truck spraying insecticide was driving towards us. We were practicing the exercises beside the road. We couldn't stop coughing. Then a doctor stopped by and I asked him, "Will I die?" He said firmly, "You will be all right after you cough up blood." I was positive that this was a hint from Teacher. He told us we would pass the mayhem, no matter how problematic. This strengthened my righteous faith in Teacher and Falun Dafa.
On that day, practitioners entered a new stage. Self-cultivation came to an end and Fa-rectification period cultivation began. Despite the unprecedented crackdown, my true nature told me that I had to assimilate into Falun Dafa and expend the greatest effort if I wanted to overcome this disaster. I realized the importance and seriousness of diligent Fa study. Therefore, I devoted much time to studying and transcribing the Fa to form a beneficial cultivation environment. At that time, fellow practitioners in our area all cultivated diligently. We were not threatened by the suppression. We encouraged each other, passed tribulations, and studied the Fa diligently. Most of us soon began to clarify the truth about Falun Gong and its persecution.
In late 2005, many practitioners shared their experiences about reciting the Fa on the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net). Encouraged by fellow practitioners, I also memorized the Fa. It took me about six months to memorize Zhuan Falun for the first time. It's difficult to describe how happy this made me. When memorizing and reciting the Fa, the Fa principles became clear and my moral character improved. I enlightened that "However much you sacrifice is the amount you will gain." (Zhuan Falun) I established a firm base from diligent Fa study and strengthened my full righteous faith in Teacher and Dafa. Therefore, no tribulations, large or small, could disassociate me from my cultivation path. I also could help fellow practitioners to cultivate diligently, pass tribulations, and walk towards maturity.
I enlightened that I had a predestined relationship with every practitioner I associated with. I cherished these relationships from the bottom of my heart. The old forces began to test practitioners with destructive tests at the beginning of the persecution. Several fellow practitioners faced sickness karma. At the time, Teacher hadn't told us yet about sending forth righteous thoughts. I felt responsible for my fellow practitioners, even though I was not the coordinator. I didn't want to leave any practitioner behind. Whenever any practitioner needed me, I didn't hesitate to study the Fa, share experiences, and encourage him or her. In the end, we were all able to walk away from disaster. Actually, Teacher does everything. Alas, some practitioners were not diligent, despite my efforts. Some practitioners tried to have me give up on such practitioners. At that time, I remembered Teacher's words:
"If [I] don't look after these people they will be destroyed and utterly finished, but they made vows in the past, and a being can't be judged based on one lifetime only, and should instead be judged comprehensively based on what has happened over time. So how could they not be looked after?" ("Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005")
I couldn't give up on any practitioner. I tried my best, even if there was only one ray of hope. Each practitioner represents a cosmic body that contains innumerable sentient beings. I did not want to have any regret.
Having Complete Righteous Faith in Teacher
In June of this year, about eight officials from the local police station and domestic security division, arrived with a police bureau warrant that allowed them to confiscate my house. They broke into my home. I was shocked, but then calmed down and became peaceful. I was surprised at my calmness. At that moment I came to understand what unchangeable "truth" (jingang) means. Later my husband said, "We have been married for so many years. I thought you were timid. But that day you were different. It really made me look at you with fresh eyes. You showed great daring. I did not expect this." I responded, "It is not an issue of daring. It is righteous faith. It comes from my full righteous faith in Teacher."
At that time I didn't understand that the old forces dared to persecute me. I only held compassion in my mind, a compassion that wanted to save these police officers. I clarified the truth to them while sending forth righteous thoughts. I talked about how I had benefited from Dafa, how widely Dafa has spread across the world, and about the horrible destiny of someone who commits crimes. I could feel how deeply shocked they were. I absolutely believed that Teacher was with me at all times. I firmly believed that heavenly Fa protection warriors were protecting me. I felt the capacity of my heart expanding and that the compassion I cultivated in Dafa rapidly disintegrated those evil beings and elements that controlled the police. Looking at those pitiful police officers, I held no hatred or resentment, but true compassion. I asked Teacher to strengthen me, "I will save them even if there is only one ray of hope left." By that time even the head of domestic security division had lost his evil arrogance. "Are you the head?" I asked, "Let's have a talk." He lowered his head, hesitated, and said, "Come to the police station to talk." Then he left hastily. I never saw him again.
They arrested me and took me to the police station. I was handcuffed and imprisoned in an isolation cell. I held no fear nor did I feel any stress. I asked Teacher to bring sentient beings who had a predestined relation with me. They all came to me, one after the other. And everyone heard the truth of Dafa. I believed that their knowing side understood that I wanted to save them, as they respected me and showed their concern. When it was time to eat, the police officer responsible for me asked, "Aunt, would you like to eat?" I replied with a smile, "Of course." I was very clear in my mind that I was here to save sentient beings, not to be persecuted. I sent forth righteous thoughts while clarifying the truth about Dafa during the meal. I felt at home. At that moment I was upright and dignified because I am a life forged by Dafa and I am walking on a divine path.
After the meal, a young police officer who sat across from me slandered Dafa. I knew that the old forces were manipulating him. He threatened me and claimed that I would be taken to a forced labor camp or sentenced to a prison term. It did not occur to me that the evil could dare to persecute me. I firmly believed that Teacher arranged my path and no one could move me. I said solemnly, "No one can move true cultivators." The young police officer turned and left. 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 (applause), 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 Western U.S. International Fa Conference")
At this moment, the officer responsible for me turned on his computer, ready to take notes. He asked me gently, "Aunt, would you please cooperate with me for the notes?" Still smiling I said, "I will not give you any answers. Once I answer your questions, it is the same as pushing you into the position of judging me. For the sake of you and your family, I hope that you will stop trying to coerce me. I am truly doing this for your own good from the bottom of my heart." He kept quiet for a while, working on his computer. Then said seriously, "Aunt, is it OK if I state that we will notify your family once this case has been decided?" I nodded in agreement.
That night I kept sending forth righteous thoughts, clarifying the truth, urging everyone to resign from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and looking within. I wanted to find all my attachments. I treated all the police officers the same. I let them feel my compassion even if I had no time to say anything. During this process, they also witnessed the wonder of Dafa. A young female officer had a cold. I told her, "If you recite 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,' you will feel the wonder of Dafa." I prayed for Teacher to strengthen me, thinking, "I must save this life." Within two minutes her cold symptoms disappeared. Early the next morning, they removed my handcuffs. The old forces' arrangement to persecute me and ruin sentient beings was disintegrated.
Thank you, Teacher, for your protection. I could feel and enlighten to what Teacher told us,
"Buddha's grace transforms heaven and earth
Disciples' righteous thoughts are strong,
Master has the power to turn the tide"
("Master-Disciple Grace," from Hong Yin Volume II)
During tribulations, as long as we have complete faith in Teacher and the Fa, are within the Fa, and only walk on the path arranged by Teacher, then we will indeed find, "After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead." (Zhuan Falun) However, this full righteous faith comes only from diligent Fa study.
I will not slacken on the final path of cultivation. I am Master's disciple, so I must achieve what Master has asked of us and do the three things well so that I can save more sentient beings and return to my original, true self.