Improving Myself While Working to Rescue Other Practitioners
(Clearwisdom.net) Several local practitioners who worked in materials production sites were arrested and sentenced in 2009. Facing persecution, I was scared and hurt, and I often cried and felt very sad. Through studying the Fa and looking within, I knew that a real practitioner should not withdraw and give up in front of the evil and under pressure. I should do something to create an environment for saving people.
Giving up Human Notions and Breaking Through
In July 2009, I heard that practitioner “A,” whom I knew, had been arrested. I felt lost and didn't know what to do. I went to the county where A lived and found his family. After I heard what had happened to A, I posted the information on the Minghui website as soon as I could. I didn't know what to do after that. I went with A's family to the County Public Security Bureau to ask for his release. At the same time, I took over the Dafa work for which A was in charge. For a few months, A's family was not allowed to see him. They only learned from a kindhearted person that he was not giving up and had not provided any information or signed any documents. He had been on a hunger strike to protest his illegal persecution.
I felt terrible during that time and A's family was sad and helpless. There were dozens of practitioners in the county, yet none of them came forward to coordinate a rescue effort or make informational materials about Falun Gong and the persecution. I had to go back and forth 24 miles per day to help with A's rescue. The workload of making materials was heavy, with no one to help. My family could not really understand what I was doing. The situation was really hard for me. I thought about giving up on A's rescue, because I simply could not do it.
I asked myself whether I should continue the rescue effort. “Of course I should!” I knew I should study the Fa and quickly give up my attachments to fear, comfort, and depending on others. I needed to go find other practitioners and help everyone form one body based on the Fa.
Teacher gave me the wisdom and pointed me in the right direction. Master said,
“Walk the last steps of your path well and with determination, study the Fa well, and, with a foundation laid by your having cultivated well, your righteous thoughts will naturally grow stronger and you will surely do well with what Dafa disciples are supposed to do.” (“Greetings”)
A strong wish repeatedly appeared in my mind, “Take legal actions to rescue practitioner A and create a new environment for saving sentient beings.” Very soon, the practitioners in the area found me. Everyone agreed to go through legal procedures to rescue A. In fact, a few practitioners had already done so. They had also been looking for a lawyer for practitioners B and C.
Rescuing Practitioners with Righteous Thoughts and Actions
I met with several practitioners in the county. We exposed the persecution to the local lawyers and most of them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. The local police tried to stop us from talking to the lawyers, but they didn't succeed.
Officials from the provincial judicial department had intimidated all the local lawyers and prohibited them from defending practitioners. We worked with lawyers from outside the province and hired X and Y. I witnessed the power of righteous thoughts in the process of rescuing practitioners. We formed one body and made many people, including lawyers, aware of the persecution.
One afternoon, I went with lawyer Y to meet with A at the detention center. On our way home, Y whispered to me nervously, “We are being followed by a black car....” I remained calm and told Y not to worry. I knew that the CCP was up to no good and decided not to lead them to where Y lived in order to protect him.
I asked for Teacher's help in my heart. Suddenly, I remembered what Teacher said in Zhuan Falun,
“I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.”
As I asked for Teacher's help, our driver (not a practitioner) sped up and began to drive very fast through the city. I saw in the mirror that the black car was no longer behind us.
Y was scared. Evil beings in other dimensions exploited our gap because we didn't coordinate well. Officials from the provincial judicial departments in two provinces began to put pressure on Y. A few days before the trial, they even investigated him, forcing him to withdraw from our case.
One day before the trial, I met with lawyer X, who brought another lawyer, Z, to replace Y. I lost my confidence in the case. “No, I can't let the evil get me! I am a Dafa practitioner and we must rescue practitioner A. These lawyers should work with me to clarify the facts and save people.” I asked Z, “Have you defended Falun Gong practitioners with a not guilty plea?” He told me, “No, this is my first time, but I believe all innocent cases are the same.”
My hesitation was gone, and I asked Teacher to help this brave young man and thanked Teacher for sending us a proper lawyer for our case. Teacher was taking care of everything for us!
The two lawyers X and Z made it to the courthouse on the day of the trial. There were plainclothes and armed police in and outside of the courtroom. The authorities arranged public servants, legal personnel, procurators and representatives from nearby towns and counties to attend the trial. Many bystanders and Falun Dafa practitioners came, too. I went to the court with practitioner A's family to send forth righteous thoughts.
In the courtroom, practitioner A did a wonderful job exposing the persecution of Falun Gong despite having been on a hunger strike for a long time. Many ordinary people heard A and the lawyers' not-guilty defense, which was supported with plenty of evidence. The successful defense helped sentient beings to be saved and to position themselves at the right places in the future. It also created a new environment for truth-clarification in the area.
Based the lessons I learned, I thought, “Why have the evil beings always kept their eyes on the materials production sites?” I knew that interference and persecution always came along when practitioners who worked at the production sites got really busy and were falling asleep when they sent forth righteous thoughts. We knew that the evil had exploited our gaps and we had to stop it.
“If you are to do well at the task of saving sentient beings, you first must cultivate yourselves well. Only by studying the Fa more can your righteous thoughts be ample, and only by studying the Fa well can a Dafa disciple fulfill his or her historic mission.” (“To the Brazil Fa Conference”)
We must truly carry out what Teacher asked and wants us to do.
We should do Dafa work only when we are in a good state of cultivation. We need to keep our minds pure and rectify every thought. We should not be afraid when we are doing the most righteous work in this universe - saving sentient beings. When we feel unsure or especially fearful while saving people, evil beings in other dimensions are probably exploiting our gaps already. At moments like this, we need to stop the work we are doing, calm down and look within, study the teachings, and send forth righteous thoughts. We should cleanse our dimensions and not give the evil any opportunities. Otherwise, the work we do will contain the element of fear and will not be effective in saving sentient beings. The evil will also take advantage of us and interfere with our cultivation.
Practitioners who work in materials production sites should not let the sites grow too big. They need to help other practitioners improve based on the Fa and make materials on their own. Every site should operate on a small scale and independently. This way, every practitioner can improve and catch up with the Fa rectification process.