Rescuing Fellow Practitioners
(Minghui.org) Nearly 50 local practitioners and their family members were arrested or harassed within a few days, including almost all the coordinator practitioners in my city. Many other practitioners were monitored in their homes by the police.
With this string of bad news, I was anxious and overwhelmed. This is the toughest situation that I’d faced since taking on the responsibility of coordination.
I immediately sent the arrest information to the Minghui website, and the editors responded very quickly, which really encouraged me. I had a clearer understanding of my responsibility: Maintain my righteous thoughts and help fellow practitioners out of the tribulation.
Forming One Body with Fellow Practitioners
Getting started was tough. Some of the arrested practitioners' family members were so scared that they wouldn't even open the door for me. Some practitioners had concerns and didn't want to get involved. For those who could help, we often had different opinions and couldn't form one body to get anything done.
I thought to myself, “Just work with what we have. Even it's just me, I will continue the rescue them.”
I also remembered what Master taught in Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York:
“With a lot of the Fa-rectification things, it's not that there is no way to do them. No matter how hard it is, there is a path for you to take, even though it is a fairly narrow one. You have to go down that path correctly, and it won't work if you come up even a little short or stray a little bit. Nevertheless, there is a path for you. In other words, you need to go down it correctly. If you don't, the evil that currently exists will take advantage of it and cause trouble. In fact what I've just been talking about is the question of validating yourself versus validating the Fa when you work together on something--that's the issue.”
With the Fa in my heart, I felt more confident and assured. We formed a rescue team of three practitioners.
I worked on collecting information on the perpetrators and exposing them. I ran between different police stations and departments to verify the accuracy of the information during the day. At night, I typed the information into the computer and sent it to the Minghui website.
Seeing how hard the work was, the other two practitioners took a few days off and helped me with this part.
Meanwhile, we transferred all the Falun Gong materials from the arrested practitioners' homes and also encouraged their family members to go to the police stations to pressure the officers and ask for their release.
A few days later, more and more practitioners joined us. We collected a wealth of information and quickly sent it to Minghui. We created additional teams: one to write letters and another to make phone calls or send text messages to the officers to clarify the facts to them. Yet another team focused on sending righteous thoughts. The body of practitioners was mobilized, and every practitioner contributed in one way or another.
The Manifestation of the Fa's Power
With the strong power of one-body cooperation, the police began to release some of the practitioners.
One police officer said, “Falun Gong (practitioners) are really capable. They even made phone calls to the city police department.”
The practitioners who were making phone calls also shared some good news with us: 12 officers in the judicial system agreed to quit the Communist Party during their 3 hours of calling them that morning.
Despite the good news, I didn't feel overly excited or joyful but, rather a heartfelt gratitude for Master and the Minghui editors, who helped us to form one body to rescue our fellow practitioners.
In a span of two weeks, most of the practitioners were released.
Master was helping and strengthening us the entire time. Without the power of Dafa, without the cooperation between us and overseas practitioners, how could we have achieved the desired results so soon?
I was happy that I was able to let go of myself and work wholeheartedly for others. Even at the most difficult times, I could still think of the positive sides of practitioners and didn't blame or complain about anyone. I just held on to one thought: “Stop the evil, hurry up to save sentient beings, and help fellow practitioners out of tribulation.”
“When you let go of self even more, your wisdom for validating the Fa will naturally come forth.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students”)