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My Compassion Staved Off an Arrest

March 20, 2021 |   By Zhen Zhen, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Hebei Province, China

(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Dafa since before the 1999 persecution started. I am grateful to Master for keeping me going in my cultivation journey all these years.

A fellow practitioner and I have been out everyday clarifying the truth to people face-to-face and giving out pamphlets. We have both felt the weighty responsibility and the urgency of saving people. It hasn’t been easy for us as we are both in our sixties. A lot of times, we had to drag our tired and achy legs over the stairs in the multi-storied apartments, but that did not deter us. We were out there day and night whenever the pamphlets were made available to us. All we wanted was for everyone to hear the facts as soon as possible so they can be saved from impending disasters.

In our mission, we have experienced adversities but it’s nothing compared with what we have gained. The power of Dafa and Master’s infinite mercy never failed to amaze us. We have also witnessed the real power of compassion in disintegrating the evil elements preventing people from accepting the truth about Dafa. I’d like to share one such encounter.

On the morning of August 24, 2018, my fellow practitioner and I went out to clarify the truth as usual at a neighborhood precinct. She ventured in first on her motorbike but I was stopped at the gate by a young security guard, “What are you doing?” Wasting no time, he snatched my bag from me. In the tussle, the 100 or so pamphlets were scattered all over the ground. He said fiercely, “At long last, I have caught you! I am going to call my supervisor.”

I tried to stop him while picking up the scattered pamphlets, “Please do no such thing, it’s a bad decision. I only want the best for you.” By that time, a small crowd had gathered around us. 

His supervisor, another young man, came up to us on his motorbike. Angrily, he demanded that we go with him to his office. I followed him on my motorbike. He said on the way, “You are always at this. Last month your pamphlets caused us a 2,000 yuan penalty to our wages.” I softened and felt sorry for them, “Young man, I can reimburse you for the penalty you suffered, but please let us go. What you are doing will give you sinful karma.” He would have none of it. When we got to his office, he dragged and marched me in threatening to report me to the police. 

I said to him calmly, “I don’t think you should call the police. They will not come because they understand the facts [about Dafa]. Even if they came and took me, they would release me on the way.” He called the police anyway. The call connected and a female voice was heard answering. At that moment, my righteous thought and feeling of compassion reignited in me. I yelled into the phone, “Young lady, I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. Falun Dafa is a Buddhist cultivation system and we conduct ourselves in accordance with the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I have not broken any law. Remember Falun Dafa is great. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great. You will be blessed for treating Dafa practitioners with kindness.”

Given the situation I was in, I told myself I needed to maintain my righteous thoughts and cast aside any fear. Some onlookers had gathered around us but I was not intimidated. I sent forth a strong righteous thought: “Let everything that happens here be an opportunity to validate the Fa and to save people. Eliminate all evil elements that prevent people from being saved.” I silently recited the powerful words:

“The Fa rectifies the Cosmos; the Evil is completely eliminated.” (“The Two Hand Positions for Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)

I also silently repeated the poem ‘Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People’ in The Essentials for Diligent Progress Vol. III. I felt the huge responsibility of being a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple and therefore I must have an immovable faith in Dafa and Master. I decided to put everything in Master’s hands. 

A police car came and two people got out. They started recording the incident with their video cameras and interviewed a few of the onlookers. One of the officers turned to me and said, “Go home! For your safety, stay away if they don’t want you here.”

Dafa is merciful but has high principles. When we face down the evil without fear, the evil will fear us in return because of our faith in Dafa. When we refuse to treat ourselves as victims agonizing over the likely consequences of being caught, but instead use it as an opportunity to validate the Fa, Dafa will strengthen us. And when we face our aggressors with compassion, we disintegrate the evil. That to me is the real compassion we cultivators need to have in order to disrupt the evil’s plan and save sentient beings. 

Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!