Practitioners Play the Lead Role in Defense of Practitioner
(Minghui.org) A local Falun Gong practitioner was arrested in January 2014 and his trial was scheduled for September 19, 2014.
We practitioners immediately sprang into action. The local Fa-study contact person had all the available information published on the Minghui website before he arranged a group Fa study.
We looked inward for any loophole that could be exploited by the old forces, decided to deny any arrangement by the old forces, and be guided by Master. Master said: “The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference”).
Practitioners Take Action
We all participated. Some sent forth righteous thoughts near the detention center, while others wrote letters, made phone calls to the local 610 Office, court, procuratorate, police department, and other government offices, to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. We also distributed Falun Gong materials and detailed the lawless behavior of those that arrested the practitioner.
The practitioner's wife, also a practitioner, went to the local Domestic Security Division many times and asked for her husband's release. She held compassion in her heart when she told the police the facts about Falun Gong. She explained that when Falun Gong's reputation was restored, those involved in the persecution of this practice would be taken to task.
Many officers were touched by her compassion and changed their attitude--from cursing at and pushing her out the door to smiling and listening to her.
Find a Solution in the Fa
We also decided to hire a lawyer, which was an excellent opportunity to inform the legal community, a group we had neglected in the past, the facts about Falun Gong.
Most of the lawyers lacked the courage to take on this case. But one lawyer, whose son studies overseas, had heard the facts about Falun Gong. Based on what he had heard, he agreed to accept the case. However, the local judicial bureau did not allow him to defend our practitioner.
We did not give up. We read the Fa and looked for loopholes and found the solution in the Fa. Master said,
“A Dafa disciple’s Consummation is absolutely not just individual Consummation. Rather, it must be that in saving sentient beings you will have led countless beings to Consummation. That holds true for every one of you! (Applause) Then if that’s the case, think about it, during this historic period shouldn’t we be playing the lead role?” (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Greater New York Fa Conference”)
We should play the lead role and not rely on everyday people too much. When we understood this Fa truth, the solution presented itself. The son of the arrested practitioner had graduated from college and wanted to defend his father.
The lawyer, the practitioner's son, and the practitioner's wife went to the judge's office many times and told him the facts about Falun Gong. In the end, the judge allowed the son to defend his father.
They also could visit the detained practitioner and told him to keep righteous thoughts, a solid belief in the Fa, and not be governed by emotions.
We Cooperated Well
When the trial was held on the morning of September 19, 2014, we cooperated well. We went to many places around the courthouse to send forth righteous thoughts.
The wife and the son of the practitioner were allowed into the courtroom, but everyone else was kept away, which is illegal. The practitioner arrived in the courtroom in chains, but the family did not react to this.
Evidence Is Irrelevant
After the procurator presented his evidence, the defendant and his son said that it was irrelevant, that it had nothing to do with the case. The procurator claimed that there were 9,000 items about Falun Gong in the practitioner's computer memory. The defendant asked the court to play the video file. After a few seconds, the court realized that all the videos showed the facts about Falun Gong and immediately stopped the presentation.
The defendant said that if the videos could not be shown, they could not be used as evidence against him, that they only showed that he was a practitioner and not that he violated any law.
The practitioner's son, who actually is a law novice, silenced the procurator with his argument. It was just as Master said, “With such an enormous Fa here, the Fa will be with you when your thoughts are righteous, and this is the greatest assurance.” ("Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan”)
The practitioner's son got his turn in the courtroom and presented many facts about Falun Gong. He explained how it has spread throughout the world and that many proclamations honoring it have been issued by governments at all levels. Then he presented the awards his father had earned at his workplace and a letter that asked for his release, signed by 141 people.
The defendant then got the chance to tell how the police had attacked him during his arrest and how he had benefited from practicing Falun Gong.
The son closed by saying that practicing Falun Gong does not violate existing criminal law or the Constitution, that freedom of belief is protected by the Constitution. Furthermore, the agencies that create the cult list are not law-making bodies and have no legal authority. Therefore, his father should be released immediately.
The trial was adjourned.
Practitioners Treat Everyone with Compassion
Before the practitioner was taken away, his wife approached the procurator and said, “You also have a family. Do not do wrong, and remember that good will be rewarded with good, while doing evil will incur retribution. It is a crime to imprison an innocent person. You and everyone who has signed off on this case will be held responsible in the long run.”
Then she said to her husband, “Do not develop any attachments. Hold solid belief and righteous thoughts. Do not hate those who persecute you, and, above all, remember Master's teachings.” He responded in a loud, firm voice that he would definitely remember.
Everyone had tears in their eyes. Even when being persecuted and facing a harsh environment, practitioners remain firm in their belief and treat everyone with compassion.
With Master's protection and good cooperation among practitioners, the trial became a stage for practitioners to clarify the truth about Falun Gong and conquer what was evil. Practitioners followed Master's Fa, played the lead role, and demonstrated the beauty of Falun Gong and the compassion of practitioners.
After the Trial
Through our rescue effort, we came to better understand Master's Fa.
“The cultivation practice in our Falun Dafa avoids using this method of one energy channel bringing hundreds of energy channels into motion. From the very beginning, we require that hundreds of energy channels be opened up and make simultaneous rotations.” (Zhuan Falun)
We now understand the power of cooperating well as one body. When everyone gets involved and when barriers between us are eliminated, the power of the whole body cannot be defeated.
Our righteous thoughts grew stronger and our xinxing rose. We did our best in different ways and demonstrated the power of the Fa.
Fellow practitioners, always remember that we should play the lead role. We certainly experienced that we can play the lead role well.
The trial was over, but not all was well yet. We cannot wait for non-practitioners to do something for us. Instead, we should deny the old forces arrangements and follow Master's arrangements. We should continue to clarify the truth to the legal community and open their eyes to the facts about Falun Gong.