Reflections on “Practitioners Should Also Recite 'Falun Dafa Is Good, Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance Is Good'"
(Minghui.org) When I came across the article entitled “Practitioners Should Also Recite “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance Is Good”” published on June 1, 2020 on the Minghui website, I shared the same feelings.
“Saying "Dafa hao" is not only effective for ordinary people, but also for Dafa disciples since it clears away the bad things in the mind. When you have every cell in your body saying that Dafa is great, you will find that your entire body feels the reverberations. (Applause) It is the Fa that your mind is invoking, so that's why it is so powerful.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York)
An ordinary person who sincerely recites “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” can receive good fortune. Especially during this epidemic, many people who contracted the CCP virus (coronavirus) recovered after reciting these phrases.
Generating Positive Energy
In addition, cell biology researchers have found: “When one recites this phrase, one’s body goes through material transformations, i.e., the body generates positive energy to strengthen the immune system, so as to eliminate the virus.”
This is also acknowledged by Chinese medical practitioners as “upholding righteousness while eliminating evilness.” From another angle, when an ordinary person sincerely recites these words, they are showing their sincerity and reverence towards godhood. For a person to embrace the characteristics of the universe – Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, means that they will be protected by gods and Buddhas, so that the virus will stay away.
Just as Master said: “Any person who can align with Dafa is truly a good person, and will be rewarded and blessed with health and happiness.” (“On Dafa,” Essentials for Further Advancement)
I first began to recite “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” in 2001, when I was illegally detained at a forced labor camp. At that time, I had no access to any Dafa books, but could only recall Hong Yin and some of Master’s new scriptures. Besides those, I often recited “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!”
Under the instigation of the 610 Office, in 2002, people who were trying to brainwash me into renouncing Falun Dafa said to me, “You can’t even read Zhuan Falun; what does cultivation mean to you?” I replied, “Though I can’t, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the universal law. As long as one remembers these words, and assimilates to them in one’s daily life, then one is cultivating.”
During that week, they had me read all of Master’s new articles. Among them, I could recite:
“Dafa is Great
Falun Dafa is greatThe colossal firmament,illuminated by the Fa’s lightOnly after the immense force…...of Fa-rectification sweeps through,Are the boundless wonders known
Falun Dafa is greatGradually enters the human realmThe sentient beings need not worryGods and Buddhas are smiling” (“Dafa is Great,” Hong Yin II, Translation Version A)
After that, I recited it many times every day – when I was in bed, walking, or when I had any free time. Sometimes when I woke up in the middle of the night, I’d recite it once before going back to sleep. Later I formed a habit whereby no matter whether I was walking or riding a bus, besides reciting poems from Hong Yin, I’d recite this phrase and the Fa-rectification formula.
I have been arrested, held in police custody, incarcerated in forced labor camps, and sentenced to prison multiple times. As a matter of fact, for most of the past 20 years, I was held in a prison or a forced labor camp. But with my faith in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I have come this far.
At the detention center, forced labor camp, and prison – no matter where I was, I staged hunger strikes, I resisted participating in hard labor, nor did I cooperate with the guards’ demands. No matter whether it was guards, inmates, and other people who came to the prison, I’d take the opportunity to clarify the facts to them and encourage them to remember “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” By doing so, my environment and the people around me changed with my righteous thoughts.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
At the forced labor camp, soon after I refused to participate in the hard labor, I went on a hunger strike to protest the illegal treatment by the labor camp guards. Based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I validated the Fa with rationality. At first, I wrote a solemn declaration stating that I would always practice Falun Dafa and then wrote to the people in relevant departments and management, to explain the reason for my actions. Meanwhile, I clarified the purpose of my actions to the monitors [inmates assigned to monitor me], and how participating in the persecution would harm them. After they learned the truth, they stopped actively working for the guards to persecute us.
During that time, the team leaders came over. According to the labor camp rules, I was supposed to be locked in solitary confinement or receive other punishments for being on a hunger strike. I asked them, “Is Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance good?” They replied “Yes.” I then asked, “I cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a good person; how come I am being held at a labor camp? I was deprived of my legitimate rights since letters to me were not delivered to me; I was also deprived of the visit from my daughter. As to all these injustices, all I can do is to use my life to safeguard my legitimate rights granted by the Constitution.”
The team leaders said, “Well, we have to listen to the top.” I said, “I have no hatred towards you, and this is not targeting you either, but rather the persecution towards Falun Dafa. Now, after you’ll have reported my situation to your supervisor, you’ll be done; however, you must be clear that the persecution of Dafa is against the law and the Constitution. Everyone has his or her conscience, so they can choose whether they side with goodness or evil.”
They left, though they increased the number of monitors from three to five people, and also emptied a room for me and monitors to stay. Although I was being monitored around the clock, the environment had become much more relaxed. The team leader told the monitors specifically that if I wanted to take a shower, I could use the solar-powered bathroom, which provided hot water, though the other prisoners could only have access to cold baths almost all year around, with the only exception being Chinese New Year. After I did what I was supposed to do, and clarified the facts to whomever I could, four days later, I stopped the hunger strike.
One day, a female guard asked me, “All the prisoners are afraid of the team leader, as he is a heavily-built guy, is vicious, and often beats other prisoners. Even the guards are afraid of him. However, I realized that as soon as he saw you, he started smiling. You're the only one who is not afraid of him.” I said, “He is vicious so everybody is scared of him and nobody likes him. However, since I cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I do everything based upon considering others' feelings, and would never do bad deeds; how could I possibly be afraid of him, or hate him? Instead, I only feel pity for him, so how can he hate me?”
When I was held at the prison in 2016, a young guard who was responsible for monitoring me asked me to come to his office. When I was about to sit down, he started scolding me. I said, “The prison warden told me that I could sit.” I was actually the only one among all the prisoners who could sit while talking to an officer. He raised his voice, “That doesn't work here!” After that, he began to verbally abuse me with a lot of harsh words.
Over the past several years of being held at the prison, I was never treated like that and felt a bit embarrassed. When I was about to argue with him, suddenly “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” appeared in front of me, and I recalled what Master said:
“Someone says: "If someone kicks me while I’m walking down the street and no one around knows me, I can tolerate it." I say that this is not good enough. Perhaps in the future you may be slapped in the face twice, and you will lose face in front of someone whom you least want to see it. It is to see how you will deal with this issue and whether you can endure it.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
Right away, I knew he was helping me improve my xinxing. Then I began to look inward: How come I was bothered by this today? It’s because I usually looked down on those guards. Today I was being verbally abused by him, and I felt I'd lost face. Right then, a monitor came in and asked the guard to come with him. After a little while, when the guard came back, he changed his tone, saying, “I didn’t mean that, I'm sorry.” I said to him right away: “Please take it easy! It was me who was at fault. I didn’t show you enough respect.”
Later, the monitor told me when he overheard our talk, he was afraid that the guard would penalize me, so he came to look for him, and told him: “Don’t mess with him, even the prison warden treats him well.” The guard continued to apologize.
Our cultivation, requires us to follow the natural course. When I recite “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” I have no pursuit. It has become natural over time. Master said:
“...gaining naturally without pursuit.” (Fa-Teaching Given at the Conference in Sydney)
“...he should only focus on practicing, without paying attention to obtaining gong...” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
I feel that after I'd recited those phrases frequently, I became much more peaceful, and more easily managed to look inward when facing problems. Wherever I’ve been, my environment has also become peaceful.
Before I started reciting those phrases, if I was on a bus or at the supermarket, I often ran into people quarreling or fighting with one another. Lately I hardly run into anything like that whenever I'm out. By contrast, the things I've now seen young people giving up their seats to the elderly and, when people happen to bump into each other, they apologize.
I’d relate this to “The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities.” (Lecture Three, Zhuan Falun)