(Minghui.org) Many Minghui experience-sharing articles have mentioned that it is a manifestation of one's cultivation level when asking for Master’s help at critical moments. I also had a similar experience, when I had the righteous thought to call Master’s name. 

I feel so fortunate to be a Dafa practitioner! I would like to share this experience with fellow practitioners.

Arrest and Detention

More than 10 years ago, I was arrested and detained for practicing Falun Dafa. I did the exercises the next day after dinner, in view of the surveillance camera. 

Suddenly, I heard people telling me that a guard was looking for me. I opened my eyes and saw a guard outside the iron bars, setting a chair down on the floor. 

He held a stack of forms and sat down slowly as I walked toward him. The inmate in charge ordered me to squat behind a line to answer questions like other inmates. 

I ignored the order. Instead, I stood straight in front of the guard and asked him what it was about.

Ignoring Prison Rules 

The guard looked at me and said arrogantly, “Squat down before you speak.” I replied, “Just say whatever you want to say; I can answer you standing up.” 

He insisted that I had to squat to answer his questions, and told me that this was the rule. 

I told him, “The rule does not apply to me. I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and I follow the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I am trying to be a good person.

“I did not break any law. It is the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Jiang Zemin’s regime who persecute Falun Dafa practitioners, and who brought me here. 

“I am being persecuted and I am not a criminal. In addition, it is not appropriate that you ask an elderly person like me to squat in front of a young man like you.” 

He became angry and yelled, “I don’t care! You came to my place and you must follow my rules. You have to squat!” 

Safeguarding Practitioner’s Dignity

I also raised my voice and told him word by word, “I don’t squat. I must safeguard our Dafa practitioners’ dignity. Let me tell you, Master Li Hongzhi is my Master!”

As soon as I mentioned Master’s name, his whole body shook violently as if he was awakened by a thunderclap while sleeping. He almost jumped up from the chair in a panic and said, “Okay, okay, okay. Li Hongzhi is your Master! Li Hongzhi is your Master!” 

I was also shocked that saying Master’s name had such a thunderous, deterrent effect. 

Master said, “Don’t worry about what they say, [but] every word that you say is like a thunderclap to them.” (Teachings at the 2005 Conference in San Francisco)

Every time I studied this paragraph of the Fa, I only understood it in a superficial way. However, it turned out to be really true.

Many inmates witnessed this occurrence. Those standing in the corridor also heard about it.

The guard adjusted himself and pretended to be calm. “Actually I have read Falun Dafa books. I have a drawer in my office full of Falun Dafa books, but there are some things I really cannot agree with,” he said.

I told him, “That’s okay, since Master Li Hongzhi teaches Falun Dafa to practitioners, not to everyday people. We do not ask everyday people to follow the same requirements. It is only practitioners who are willing to follow the high standard.” 

He agreed and turned to a different topic, “I actually just want to get to know you as you were assigned to the cell I am responsible for. I also want to know your opinion about the food here...”

It appeared that as soon as I mentioned Master’s name, it was like thunder exploded and wiped out the negative energy around me. Many people’s knowing sides understood that they cannot look down on Dafa practitioners. 

In other words, the old forces recognized the dignity I deserved as a Dafa practitioner and could no longer take advantage of me in this aspect. Therefore, they stopped manipulating the dark minions and rotten demons that were persecuting me.

Later, the inmates no longer dared to yell at me or order me to do things like they did during the first two days of my detention. No matter how many cells I was assigned to, the inmates all respected me, and asked whether I had any requests. 

I told them I would practice the exercises and talk to them about Falun Dafa. They all accepted this. 

The situation also came about because the previous Dafa practitioners who were detained there clarified the truth to them. Almost all the inmates in charge of the cells told me when we first met, “Falun Dafa practitioners are good people.” 

I could practice the exercises in the open in the early morning and at night after dinner. When I clarified the truth to the inmates, they all listened quietly and no inmate or guard used the loudspeaker to stop me like before.

Through this experience I truly experienced what Master said, 

“…When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide.” (“The Master-Disciple Bond”, Hong Yin Vol. II)

I am very grateful for Master’s protection of Dafa practitioners. My experience proves once again that asking for Master’s help at critical moments is very important.