Persecution Dissolved When My Thoughts Became Righteous
(Minghui.org) I learned the truth about Falun Dafa in 2012. By late 2013 I had read Zhuan Falun and realized that it was a book for spiritual cultivation. Later, Master installed a Falun for me and purified my body over a period of several days.
Since then, I have truly understood the purpose of life. I have regarded all the trouble I've encountered as good things and have always remained in a good mood. Master guided me to memorize and recite the Fa. No matter where I was, whether walking on the street or catching the bus, I recited the Fa regularly.
Whenever I encounter a problem, I try to think of the relevant passage from Master's Fa. For the first time in my life, I’ve truly understood happiness.
One Righteous Thought Subdues One Hundred Evils
In 2014, a practitioner named Anqi was arrested while distributing truth-clarification materials. I thought of Master's Fa:
"The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference ,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
I decided to look into Anqi's situation. I went to the police station and asked why Anqi had been arrested. Several policemen searched my bag without permission before calling their director. I told them that Falun Dafa is a Buddha School practice and teaches people to follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.
Several people from the county police and State Security Bureau arrived and demanded that I submit to a recorded interview. They tried to coerce me into admitting that I practiced Falun Dafa. I recited silently some lines from the poem “Benevolent Might”:
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.(Hong Yin, Translation Version A)
At that moment I felt extremely tall, not intimidated by the police officers at all. I told them how former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Jiang Zemin and his underlings instigated the Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax to slander Falun Dafa. I explained that the 610 Office is an illegal organization established by the Jiang regime solely to persecute Dafa. I added that I hoped they would not endanger themselves by siding with the evildoers.
I decided to leave, so I asked them to return my belongings. At that moment, I had the firm thought that I must go home that day—I should not stay there. They asked me if I wanted to have lunch. I declined and thought that I should just go home to have lunch. Before they finished work in the afternoon, someone came to me and said, “You can leave.” Later, with the combined effort of practitioners at home and abroad, Anqi also returned home safely.
A Faith that Cannot Be Shackled
Once, when I was visiting another practitioner’s home, several undercover policemen barged in and knocked me to the ground causing my mouth to bleed. I told them, “Good will be rewarded with good and evil met with evil. This is a heavenly principle. You shouldn't persecute good people.” They kicked me and tied my hands together. I called out,"Falun Dafa is good!" They covered my mouth with tape and took me to the police station, where I was punched and kicked before being handcuffed to an iron chair.
The next day, I was taken to a detention center. I decided that since I was there, I should clarify the facts to as many people as possible. When the police were patrolling the next morning, I sat in the lotus position and sent righteous thoughts. In the afternoon, detainees in my cell were ordered to handcuff my arms and legs. No one was allowed to talk to me. I thought,“You can lock up my body, but you can never restrain my belief!”
I was asked to sign off on the record of their interview but I refused. The supervisor told another officer to take me to the office. As we walked down the hallway, I shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" There were a number of officers and some prisoners in the office when we arrived. I had the thought that Dafa disciples were supposed to be the protagonists. I said loudly, so that everyone could hear, “Dafa teaches people to be kind, to follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. In 1992, Dafa was introduced to the world. By 1999 there were one hundred million practitioners in China. Now Falun Dafa is practiced in over 100 countries. The CCP slanders and cruelly persecutes practitioners, fabricating lies continually. I hope that everyone will learn the truth and not be used by the CCP.” Most of them listened quietly, without interrupting me.
While in the detention center, I was guarded by at least two detainees at all times. The guards considered detainees—such as those convicted of using illegal drugs, prostitution, theft, and murder—as scum. I thought they were just lost, like I was before I began practicing Dafa.
I looked for opportunities to help them learn about Dafa. Detainees came in and out every few days, so I asked Master to strengthen me and help them all come to know the truth of the persecution.
In the vast sea of people, it's hard to meetA smile encountered by chance is from a karmic bondQuiet down your mind and hear the truthYou've waited millennia for these wordsThe saving Dafa is spreading in the worldEach word of the heavenly secrets is true(“Talking of Karmic Bonds," Hong Yin III)
Knowing what the CCP was like, some detainees said that I would never be released; it seemed they felt sorry for me. But I smiled and told them that I would definitely get out soon. They said that my positive outlook was admirable. I told them that my Master would help me get out.
I asked Master to help me and calmly looked within to find my attachments. I found that I still had the strong attachments of zealotry, showing off, competitiveness, jealousy, and lust. I also didn't pay enough attention to what I said, which was disrespectful to Master and Dafa. I had thoughts of revenge, cynicism, not considering others' feelings, and resentment. I thought, “In the future, I must seriously cultivate myself in accordance with the requirements of Dafa.”
Finally, under Master's compassionate care, and after a process of constantly looking within, the evil was no longer able to persecute me and I was released. When I left the detention center, a guard asked me if I would continue to practice Falun Dafa, and I gave him a resounding “Yes!”
Master Has the Final Say
A year later, I was arrested once again. As long as there was a suitable opportunity, I would tell people around me about the persecution. I was also happy to talk to guards when they wanted to meet with me. I used these opportunities to clarify the truth. I would tell them that a worldwide campaign to sue Jiang Zemin had begun and was gaining momentum. I hoped they would not choose the wrong side. Sometimes, guards who knew me would greet me. I was happy to return their greetings, much to the surprise of other detainees.
One night in a dream, I saw lotus flowers blossoming, one after another. When I awoke, my eyes were filled with tears. I knew that Master was encouraging me, reminding me that Master is always with practitioners.
I felt that Master had arranged for me to explain the truth of the persecution to workers at the Public Security Bureau, procuratorate, and the courts. So I tried to clarify the facts to them from a legal point of view. There was one particular guard who had many misunderstandings about Dafa, so I started by telling him that it was illegal to persecute practitioners. Over time, his attitude toward the practice changed a lot. I advised him to take a good look at the informational materials that practitioners produced so that he would not end up a scapegoat for the CCP.
I made sure to recite the Fa every day. When I had time, I calmed down and sent righteous thoughts to purify my field. For a number of days, the word “endless” kept coming to mind. I then remembered what Master said:
“When a tribulation arrives, if you, a disciple, can truly maintain an unshakable calm or be determined to meet different requirements at different levels, this should be sufficient for you to pass the test. If it continues endlessly and if there do not exist other problems in your xinxing or conduct, it must be that the evil demons are capitalizing on the weak spots caused by your lack of control.” (“Expounding On The Fa” in Essentials For Further Advancement)
I suddenly understood! I had always thought I was arrested and persecuted because there was a loophole in my cultivation. I even thought that being kidnapped might be Master's arrangement for practitioners to rescue people in the detention center. Now I realized that I had acknowledged the arrangement of the old forces. Master said that there was no arrangement for so-called “cultivation in prison.” This situation was arranged by the old forces.
I immediately corrected my thoughts: “I am a disciple of Master Li Hongzhi. Everything I have been given is from Master, so I hand over my life to Him. If Master did not arrange for me to practice in prison, I should not be here. Any loophole I have should be corrected through cultivation; therefore, the prison must immediately and unconditionally release me.”
I asked Master to strengthen me. I then continued to deny persecution by the old forces, and I was eventually released after 28 days. Under the protection of Master, I arrived home safely.
Recalling my cultivation journey, I’ve realized that all righteous thoughts come from the Fa. It was Master’s Fa that led me on the path of returning to my origin. It was Master’s Fa that guided me to correctly face the conflicts and difficulties in life. Master’s Fa guided me out of persecution.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!