Turning Antagonism and Resentment to Compassion for Those Carrying Out the Persecution
(Minghui.org) The persecution of Falun Dafa in China has been going on for 18 years. It is still severe in some areas, while in other areas the situation has changed.
The persecution was very severe in our area until a few years ago. After the local Falun Dafa practitioners shared their understandings on why we were still being targeted by the police, we realized that our resentment and antagonism towards them were likely the cause.
Jiang Zemin, former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, instigated the persecution, and has the police carry it out. They have been directly involved in harassing, arresting, detaining, fining, beating, torturing, brainwashing, and sentencing practitioners.
It is most likely that those who have been persecuted harbored some degree of antagonism or resentment towards the police. These negative feelings have been reflected in practitioners' articles that expose the persecution.
Writing My Article
I once wrote an article about a practitioner who had been illegally arrested. The article was widely distributed in our area, but unfortunately it lead to six to seven practitioners being arrested and taken to a brainwashing center. The arrests were made as the police were trying to find out who wrote the article.
I felt really bad that people had been arrested because of me. The article was intended to stop the officers' criminal behavior, but instead it resulted in the arrest of more practitioners.
I looked inward and realized that my motivation for writing the article had a resentful and accusatory tone. It lacked a practitioner's compassion of wanting to save the officers.
By sharing practitioners' views and thoughts about the persecution together, our thoughts and feelings toward the police changed. As a result, we noticed that there was a decrease in number of practitioners being persecuted in our area.
For example, several heads of the 610 Office had come and gone, and most of them did not actively persecute practitioners. When the local police received phone calls reporting practitioners' whereabouts, they consulted with Domestic Security officers but often just left the practitioners alone. One time, a practitioner gave the head of the Domestic Security Division some informational materials about Falun Dafa. The head said he had other duties to tend to and drove away.
When criminal complaints began to be submitted to the Supreme People's Court and Procuratorate against Jiang Zemin in 2015 for initiating the persecution of Falun Dafa, many practitioners in our area filed letters of complaint as well.
Our intention was to save all of the officials and policemen. As a result, only a handful of practitioners were required to talk to the authorities about their letters. Not one practitioner in our area has been persecuted for submitting a criminal complaint.
“The greatest manifestation of shan is compassion, and it is an expression of tremendous energy. It can disintegrate all that is not right.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference IX)
The old forces want to eliminate the police officers who carry out the persecution. We practitioners have the responsibility to save them. We have found that one way we can do this is to eliminate our own resentment, blame, and antagonism toward them. We can disintegrate the old forces with our compassionate hearts and righteous thoughts.
However, this does not mean that we should not expose their wrongdoings. Exposing the persecution is an important step that we must take to end the persecution, but we should do it with the intention of saving people.
These are my own understandings. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.