October 15, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China
(Minghui.org) A recent article on the Minghui website made me concerned about something. Even though more than 180,000 practitioners have filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, there are many many more practitioners who had been persecuted but not joined the movement of filing lawsuits yet. I am very worried about these practitioners, who I think are obstructed by notions of fear and attachment to self.
I remembered a vivid dream I had in 2006 when I was jailed in a forced labor camp. In the dream, many people were climbing in a huge cave. A few grand statues sat at the top. I knew the statue in the middle was Master. Many people, including people I believed to be practitioners in the dream, climbed up a hill. Then, the statue in the center leaned forward and asked, “Who is a Dafa practitioner?” Many people raised their hands cheering, “I am, I am, I am.”
However, a thought entered my mind, “No, I can’t step forward now. I still have important things to do.” I didn’t answer the call and turned my head away to continue my journey in a different direction.
But the path I took turned out to be a dead end. So I had to turn back and looked at what was unfolding in front of me.
The statue stood up and began to say something. I didn’t hear what he was saying, but my heart understood it was the truth.
The statue looked in my direction and continued to say something. Suddenly, I realized that he knew I was there and was talking to me.
A feeling of regret filled my heart. I knew I missed an important opportunity, so I began to cry.
Then the cave changed into white clouds floating in the blue sky. I woke up.
Shortly after the dream, practitioners in the labor camp organized a group hunger strike. Regrettably, I didn’t join them.
I found a job in 2011 and started to tell people the facts of Falun Dafa indirectly because of my fear and the memory of being persecuted.
In recent years, seeing many accomplices of Jiang Zemin being brought to justice lessened my fear and I had more courage to talk to people about Falun Dafa.
I realized that dark clouds might block sunlight for a while, but they are just a very low layer of clouds and the sun is always shining up above. The sun is Teacher and Dafa.
The old forces arranged “dark clouds” (harassment, detention, imprisonment, etc.) because of practitioners’ fear. Without fear, there will be no excuse for the old forces to persecute practitioners, so the “dark clouds” will simply disappear.
In my understanding, every stage in the Fa-rectification process, from appealing for Falun Dafa in Beijing, telling people the facts of the persecution, distributing copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and suing Jiang Zemin, Teacher has been asking us, “Who is a Dafa practitioner?”
Are you going to answer, “I am,” or hide away and walk down a dead end like I did in my dream?
I believe that only when we do what Teacher tells us to do, are we genuine Falun Dafa practitioners.
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Category: Journeys of Cultivation