(Minghui.org) Since the persecution of Falun Dafa started in 1999, I have been illegally imprisoned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) many times.
When I was first imprisoned I kept having the same dream, that I was flying a plane. Just as the plane was about to take off it almost touched a power line and had to land. As I put the Fa more and more in my mind, I finally dreamed I flew the plane freely in the blue sky.
My Miraculous Encounters in the Detention Center
After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, I went to Beijing to petition for Falun Dafa. I was arrested and taken to a detention center in Changchun. When I entered the detention center, I saw dozens of gloomy cells. I was put into one of them.
As a university teacher and a person of integrity all my life, I never thought I would one day be imprisoned. I was a little scared because I heard that people who were detained were severely beaten by guards and inmates. But I immediately remembered Master’s teachings and became less afraid (Master Li is the founder of Falun Dafa).
“If anyone could harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
When I entered the cell, many eyes were staring at me, and the atmosphere was oppressive and tense. Someone asked, “What is your name?” I said my name. He asked for my hometown, and said, “Then you have to call me uncle!” I said, “I don’t know you, why should I call you uncle?” It turned out that he was son of my mother’s aunt, who left our hometown more than 30 years ago. “Your mother once visited my home and talked about you, so I know you,” he said. “I also know that you both practice Falun Dafa.”
My mother does have a connection with this relative. As for this uncle, I only knew his name, and we’d never met. I never thought that we would meet under these circumstances. He was imprisoned for fighting and gangster behavior, and he was also the head of the cell.
When the other inmates heard that he was my relative, they all immediately came over to say nice things and gain my approval. At that moment, I knew that it was Master’s arrangement to put me in this cell in order to protect me. Otherwise, how could there be such a coincidence? Master arranged for a relative whom I’d never met to help me in a time of crisis. I thanked Master in my heart for his protection.
This was my experience the first time I was detained.
A year later, I was arrested again for going to Beijing to appeal for Dafa, and I was put into the same detention center, only in a different cell. I thought this time I would not be as lucky.
When I was pushed into the cell, a man inside shouted, “Hey, you’re here again?!” I looked and it turned out to be the relative I’d met last year. He’d been transferred here and was the cell head. He had a sense of justice and said, “As soon as I saw that the CCP was suppressing Falun Dafa, I knew Falun Dafa must be good. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many people learning it. I will practice in the future!” He really started to learn the exercises. He also took good care of the practitioners detained there.
Once again, I did not suffer much in detention.
The third time I was put in a detention center in another city was because I distributed Falun Dafa truth-clarification CDs in that province. A few days later, one of the guards asked me, “Do you know Ah Rong? He deposited a thousand yuan for you.” I asked curiously, “How do you know my friend?” The guard said, “He’s my brother-in-law.” Ah Rong was my only friend in the area. Unexpectedly, he was a relative of this guard. I clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to this guard and from then on, he took good care of me.
I was illegally detained three times in the detention center, and all three times I was miraculously helped and protected. Without Master’s protection along the way, such miracles could not have happened!
Instructor: “After I retire, I want to practice Falun Dafa too!”
An inmate who was arrested for drug trafficking had a disease which caused his belly to be swollen and bulging, and his life was in danger. I told him, “Falun Dafa is the Buddha Fa. If you sincerely recite ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,’ your illness will be resolved.” He recited the phrases for a week, and his belly went back to normal. When the director and the instructor learned of this, they both realized that Dafa was amazing.
This drug dealer had a co-defendant who was locked up in another cell. Because of his long time detention, he developed rheumatic heart disease. The doctors in the detention center could not cure him. The director told the instructor, “Let’s transfer him to this cell, so that he can learn Falun Dafa. As long as people don’t die here, we won’t be held responsible!” Two inmates brought the man to my cell.
I taught him to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I told him, “You have to be sincere and believe in it, otherwise it won’t work.” After reciting the phrases for an hour or so, he was able to walk on his own without assistance. He was so excited that he held his hands high and shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
The director and instructor witnessed this miracle. The instructor said with emotion, “It turns out Falun Dafa is indeed very good! All the propaganda on TV are lies! After I retire, I will practice Falun Dafa too!”
These events showed the guards and inmates how amazing Dafa is, and that it is wrong to persecute practitioners. The detention center officials didn’t have the power to release me, but they gave me a little more freedom – allowing me to walk around at will. This way, I could clarify the facts to more people. Almost everyone in the detention center knew the words “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Some people recited them and benefited.
Breaking Through Interference
When I was first detained, I could hardly think of Dafa because of my wavering mind. I felt uncomfortable and weak, and I kept coughing. Fortunately, I quickly realized that negative factors were pulling me down, trying to separate me from Dafa. I absolutely could not allow this.
I tried hard to think of Master’s Fa, and when I finally remembered a sentence of the Fa, I immediately wrote it down in my notebook. I memorized and recited it over and over again. Soon, I was able to remember another sentence of the Fa and hurriedly wrote it down again. Gradually, I remembered more and more. I became stronger and stronger.
My wife is also a practitioner, and she often included Dafa content in her letters, such as the table of contents of Zhuan Falun and Master’s new scriptures. This was a great help to me in that evil environment, to keep my thoughts from straying from Dafa.
When the prison guards knew that my letters contained Falun Dafa content, they seized them. I remembered Master’s words,
“...When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide”(“The Master-Disciple Bond,” Hong Yin II)
I went on a hunger strike to protest and asked the guards to issue a list of the items they seized. They printed out the list and asked another captain to bring it to me.
This captain accidentally brought all the letters back to me along with the list. I quickly pulled out the letters with Dafa contents. As soon as I hid them, the captain hurried back to the cell and asked me to give him the letters. He took them and checked, but couldn’t find any letters with Dafa contents. He said, “Strange! Where did they go?” Then, he turned around and left.
The Captain Became Very Ill
There was a so-called anti-cult exhibition in the prison that slandered and defamed Dafa. I went to the captain and told him, “Don’t follow the CCP to slander Falun Dafa.” He said, “My superiors ordered it. I have to obey orders.”
I suddenly remembered that my wife previously sent me a document. Why not post this information on the prison bulletin board? I wrote with a paint brush on a large piece of white paper, “The 14 cults announced by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the General Office of the State Council, and the Ministry of Public Security in Document No. 39 of 2000 are as follows, among which Falun Dafa is not mentioned. Falun Dafa is a Buddhist cultivation practice, so prison leaders please be consistent with this document and stop slandering and defaming Falun Dafa.”
When I got everything ready, I suddenly felt terrified: Would I be persecuted more severely if I posted this in such an evil environment? Would I be locked in a solitary cell? Would they extend my sentence?
However, I remembered Master’s word:
“The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
When I went to bed that night, as soon as the thought of being persecuted came to my mind, I immediately denied it and rejected it.
The next day, I posted Document No. 39 and my statement on the bulletin board. All the detainees in the team saw it and understood that the CCP was slandering Falun Dafa. The exhibition was taken down and I was not punished in any way afterwards.
The day after the exhibition was taken down, the captain stopped coming to work. He didn’t come back until more than a month later. The day he returned he called me to his office and said, “I was seriously ill and I almost died. In the hospital, the first person I thought of was you! The doctor said I had too much yin energy. What is too much yin energy?”
I said, “Because you allowed Dafa to be slandered you attracted evil spirits. Evil spirits are heavy yin energy. Don’t think that ‘retribution’ only refers to retaliation. Sometimes retribution is Gods’ and Buddhas’ mercy—just like a parent disciplining a wayward child. Divine beings are giving you a lesson so that you won’t follow the CCP in slandering Falun Dafa and persecuting practitioners. You should sincerely reflect on yourself and recite ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’ often, and Master will be merciful to you.”
He understood and thanked me.
Captain: “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is definitely right!”
After this incident, I realized that the CCP had poisoned these prison officers too deeply, and that the only way to awaken them was to expose the true nature of the CCP. I wanted to write something to tell them. As soon as I thought about this, I immediately became scared again: Would my sentence be extended for exposing the wicked Party? Would I be punished and tortured? I immediately denied this thought: “There will be no persecution for saving sentient beings.” I told myself, “Your mind must be righteous.”
So I proceeded to write, “Why the Communist Party is a cult.” From Marx’s joining Satan to all the vicious crimes committed by the evil specter of the CCP in China, as well as why it persecutes Falun Dafa. After I finished writing, I repeatedly revised it and overcame my fear.
A few days later, I was told to go the team office, so I took what I wrote with me. There were many prison guards in the room, and they wanted to videotape me. I thought, “Go ahead and record it. Show it to more people who are manipulated by evil.” I steadied my mind, excluded all fear of persecution, and began to read the manuscript I had written. While I was reading, they all listened silently. When I finished reading, I asked them to give the letter to the prison warden. The prison guard told me to go back to my cell and wait.
Two days later, another captain wanted to talk to me. I was told that this captain beat people particularly hard, and I didn't know what would happen. When I got to the door of his office, I heard him saying on the phone, “That’s too arrogant! Hold him up!” I was shocked, but I quickly calmed down. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and did not acknowledge any persecution.
After the captain finished the phone call, he saw me and cheerfully invited me in. While pouring me tea, he told me, “There is a prisoner who contradicted the team leader and was too arrogant, so he was restrained.” He said, “You are not a prisoner, and I am not a prison officer today, so we are just friends, having a good conversation together. Although I don’t know Falun Dafa, but Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is definitely right!” I then talked to him for a long time about Dafa.
As I walked out of the captain’s office, I remembered Master’s Fa:
“As I have always said, as Dafa disciples your historic missions are simply huge, with you shouldering the responsibility of saving sentient beings. So for sure there is a path that you will be able to walk through to completion. It is a path that has to meet the requirements, and only that way will the sentient beings of the cosmos admire you and not be able to interfere; will your path be free of problems; and will your journey go smoothly.” (“20th Anniversary Fa Teaching,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
Over the years, I have been illegally detained three times in detention centers and sentenced to four years in prison. While imprisoned, I did everything I could to tell the truth about Dafa and validate that Falun Dafa is good. I was barely persecuted by the guards and inmates. The fundamental reason for this is that I recited and memorized the teachings whenever I had time. I followed Falun Dafa’s requirements to let go of my human thinking, be kind to others, clarify the facts and awaken people. I was protected and blessed by Master.
(The 18th China Fahui on Minghui.org)
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