Negating the Evil Is Also Saving People
On July 1-3, 2010, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) held a conference in a hotel at Fort Lee in northwest New Jersey. The organizers invited three Chinese Communist Party officials to give a report on their research on the evening of July 1. Practitioners from New York and New Jersey cooperated to clarify the truth both inside and outside the meeting, fully exposing and negating the evil influences. Through this event, all practitioners involved improved on cooperating with each other as one body.
Acting as One Body
It wasn't until the night of June 30 that we first heard about the conference. We realized that CCP authorities had come to the United States to poison people's minds, and to further extend the persecution of Falun Gong from mainland China to Western countries.
Since we heard about this event, we should take it as an opportunity to negate the evil and save sentient beings. It is a responsibility local practitioners could not shirk. But our problem was, the practitioner in charge of coordinating such events had just left town on other business. We heard that the CCP officials were giving a talk at 7:30 p.m. the next evening. Should we do something within the limited time left before the conference? And what should we do?
Several practitioners discussed with each other and decided that we should stop the CCP officials from poisoning the minds of more sentient beings. We informed practitioners in New Jersey and New York, including the ones who work for the media. We had a meeting that night to explain the details of the conference and everyone talked about their understandings from the Fa's perspective.
In this dimension, the communist regime persecutes Falun Gong to destroy and persecute righteous belief, particularly by using brainwashing. One of the goals of the persecution is to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their beliefs. The three CCP officials scheduled to speak at the conference were so-called experts in studying, designing and directing brainwashing centers in China on national and local levels. One of them worked with the 610 Office to study brainwashing after the CCP started the persecution. He went to the Beijing Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp and Women's Forced Labor Camp in person to conduct brainwashing and has received numerous awards from the 610 Offices at all levels. The second official coordinates brainwashing arrangements all over China, as well as promoting the propaganda of the persecution and defending the communist regime in Western countries. She was the one that brought the "Millions of Signatures" to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights conference in Geneva held in March and April 2001 to cover up the nature of the persecution. After that, she went to Geneva three years in succession to poison the minds of sentient beings. The third official is a university professor who works for a provincial 610 Office. He also majors in brainwashing studies.
Police officers and thugs carry out the torture, but at higher levels, there are a lot of these so-called "experts" or "scholars" who contrive new brainwashing techniques and strategies that can be deployed throughout the country. They also speak out publicly to defame Falun Gong, poisoning the minds of countless people. This conference was an example of this.
Our local practitioners all agreed to make every effort to restrain their efforts. We immediately began to take action. Some practitioners wrote a letter to the conference organizers in the name of the New Jersey and New York Falun Dafa Associations, requesting that they cancel the CCP officials' presentations. We also prepared a banner and planned our activities for the next day.
The next day, we carried out different things simultaneously. Briefly, the New Jersey Falun Dafa Association contacted the conference organizers and asked them to cancel all the CCP's officials' activities, their presentations and discussion. Some practitioners went to visit federal officials to reveal the true identities of these CCP operatives and explain that their actions in the United States would jeopardize America's national security and credibility. Some practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts and clarified the truth both inside and outside the conference hotel.
The presentations went ahead as scheduled, however, so several of us attended, as did reporters from the TV and newspaper. Through asking questions, giving victims' statements on the brainwashing and persecution, and exposing the true identities of the speakers, we showed the audience that these CCP officials' reports actually reflected the truth of the cruel persecution of Falun Gong.
The CCP officials were left speechless. After the conference, the practitioners who had stayed outside also went into the hotel and clarified the truth to the the conference attendees. Most people realized that the CCP officials' reports were based upon the results of the persecution of innocent people and didn't have any academic value.
Realizing what had happened, the conference organizers expressed their disappointment about the presentations and said that they would never invite the CCP officials again.
This event showed that all Dafa disciples are one body. This was not only reflected through our cooperation during the event itself. In fact, the success of this activity was the result of continuous truth-clarification and the elimination of the evil by all Dafa disciples around the world in the past several years.
The organizers of the conference were previously known as the American Family Foundation. After the persecution started, they had invited similar Chinese officials to attend such meetings many times. The coordinator also went to China to participate in academic exchanges. In many similar activities that were held in United States, Dafa disciples have clarified the truth. Without these previous efforts by practitioners all over the world, we wouldn't have been able to carry out this independent action.
Dafa is Merciful, But Also Solemn and Dignified
Master said in the "Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference", "The Fa is merciful to all beings, but at the same time it's solemn and dignified."
How should we look at the CCP officials? How should we handle the priority of truth-clarification and nullifying the evil in this situation? My understanding is that for those alleged "experts" who specifically do research on how to persecute Falun Gong, when they stand for the CCP and speak for the evil to slander and defame Dafa, regardless of whether it's in China or abroad, we should completely expose them and their crimes to prevent them from poisoning the minds of sentient beings. Doing so is being compassionate to sentient beings. This is also an opportunity for the event organizers to stop cooperating with the CCP, and turn around to help end the persecution.
During the past years, many people who once participated in the persecution have stopped persecuting Dafa disciples. Some of these evil organizations do not exist any more. But these three persons are different. Since the persecution started, they have been doing the most evil things to brainwash Dafa disciples in order to destroy them. Theirs is not an ordinary crime. Of course, we should still seize opportunities to clarify the truth to them. However, for them, what is the truth?
After most people had left, when walking out, we saw the three officials with two other persons, who later turned out to be officials from the Chinese embassy in Washington DC. Four or five practitioners went to talk to them and told them about the lawsuits and investigations abroad, the persecution and the efforts to end it, the illegality of the persecution, the sanctions against the Nazi criminals after the WWII, how the persecution of a righteous belief has never succeeded before, about the exposure of the persecution against Falun Gong in the annual report of the United Nations, as well as the resolutions passed by the US Congress. What they have done not only violates international laws, but also violates the Constitution in China. Therefore they are already criminals. I didn't know how much they accepted the facts, but I could tell they were shocked.
Unlike other people who don't know the truth of Falun Gong, these officials have actually all read Dafa books and were not just casually browsing through the book. The reason that they read Dafa books was to persecute Dafa. Perhaps because of their already ingrained instinct to brainwash people, as we spoke to them several times they wanted to switch the topic to the books but I stopped them. We talked to them about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and quitting the CCP. What is the truth for them? I told the person who went to the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp to brainwash Falun Dafa practitioners, "No matter if you believe in divine beings or not, they do exist. You have arrested so many good people who are cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to prisons, forced labor camps and brainwashing centers, and you want to "transform" them into becoming communist party members like yourselves who deceive and swindle others. Look at how fast the morality in China is degenerating nowadays, and you are making it worse by persecuting good people. You have committed such a big crime, people know what you have done, and so many divine beings are also watching you. If you can think for yourself, you should stop participating in the persecution."
There Is No Limited Form to Negate the Evil
Some practitioners thought about bringing a lawsuit against these officials. Filing a lawsuit is an important and effective way to suppress the evil, and it also plays a strong role in Fa-rectification. Nevertheless, Dafa is harmonious, there isn't and shouldn't be only one method that we use to restrain the evil. This time, we didn't take any legal action, but we made use of every resource and approach available, and the results turned out to be very good. In order to achieve a better effect in negating the evil, after the conference was finished, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) published an announcement exposing these three officials and listed the crimes they have committed. One day before their departure, we distributed the announcement to them. We wanted to let people know about their disgrace, including their coworkers and others who are engaged in doing the same things with them.
The Evil Is Nothing
During the conference, these so-called "experts" were all restrained by the strong righteous field of Dafa disciples. Their reactions were extremely slow; even while they were reading their reports, they stumbled. When the deputy Secretary General of CACA was asked who were the subjects she mentioned in the brainwashing center in Xiaguan District, Nanjing City, her answer was "I don't know." When she was asked what was the percentage of different religions in her research, and how many people were represented from each religion, she still answered "I don't know." Looking at her lost face, all the attendees realized how ridiculous and shameless their reports were. In the end, it was the implied understanding that all of the subjects being brainwashed were Falun Gong practitioners.
Clarify the Truth Nobly
In their reports and the conversations we had with them, we could discern the evilness of their brainwashing. They take advantage of practitioners' sentimentality and attachments. We could say that their intelligence and the evilness of how they take advantage of practitioners' attachments are disproportionate. We can tell that the evil forces use them to do bad things. Compared to the practitioners in mainland China, the overseas practitioners have a relatively easier environment and may not have direct personal experiences. Actually the tests are the same. My understanding is that no matter who they are, whether they are experts, professors or high ranking CCP officials, we should nobly clarify the truth to them. This is our compassion. There are no social relationships, friendships or any other special situations to be taken into consideration in truth-clarification. Different people have different attachments and we need to adjust our methods and focus when we talk to them, but we shouldn't be affected by our own sentimentality and say something or do something that we shouldn't. In this aspect, we have had a lot of lessons. I experienced one myself many years ago.
A professor emeritus from Harvard University often went to the local practice site to do the exercises and study the Fa with the practitioners. Later a practitioner introduced him to us for some important projects. But whenever we talked about the so-called important project, the professor deliberately beat around the bush. I felt it was very strange. We do have some projects that we can't easily talk about with other people, but that's to prevent the damage that could be brought about by the evil. It's not like the confidential materials among everyday people, since truth-clarification doesn't need to be kept confidential among practitioners. Then when we began asking him some questions, he started to talk about something very evil using all the sentences that the CCP uses to brainwash people. I became very serious and said to him, "You are not a Falun Gong practitioner at all." He then admitted that he came to us to study Falun Gong so he could help the CCP to persecute Falun Gong. Later he left and went on to other cities to look for new targets.
Two weeks later, he was exposed by practitioners in Sweden. After that, he stopped swindling the practitioners around but started to help the CCP defame and slander Falun Gong in public. Not until 2005 when his presentation at the meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights was canceled did he finally disappear.
Overall, these days are for Dafa disciples to clarify the truth and save sentient beings. If we depend on some celebrities among everyday people or wait for the governmental departments to take special actions for us, we may be capitalized on by the old forces. There are no shortcuts in truth-clarification. We must try our best to do everything well, and not have any regrets in the future.
Thank you Master, thank you everyone.