How to View Ordeals Brought about by Others
(Minghui.org) For a long time, I was the only Falun Gong practitioner in my area. I was elated when a couple there that were also practitioners moved here.
Besides sharing our understandings of the Fa, I also went to their home to pick up Falun Gong informational materials.
Unfortunately, they were arrested and the husband disclosed my name to the authorities. As a result, I was sentenced to several years in prison.
When I told a few inmates of my situation, they asked if I was planning to “settle accounts” with the person who betrayed me.
“No, I will forgive him,” I replied. “It's the Chinese Communist Party that sentenced me, not the practitioner.”
They admired me for being so forgiving.
A police officer told me that shortly after they arrested the couple, the husband gave them my name, so they didn't beat him.
Although the practitioner was not beaten during the police interrogation, I believe he must have been under a lot of pressure.
I looked inward to see if I had any omissions in my cultivation, and noticed my attachment to showing off.
When I first met the couple, I excitedly told them how much I had done to raise awareness about the persecution.
A similar thing happened after my arrest. I proudly and confidently told the interrogating officers everything that I had done to expose the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
It appeared as if I was not afraid of the police, but deep in my heart, I did it to show off.
Nothing Happens by Chance
Each incarcerated practitioner has different predestined relationships with the inmates and guards around them.
For example, an inmate was assigned to monitor me while I was forced to sit on a small stool for long periods of time. An image suddenly appeared in my mind that I had treated this inmate in a similar way in our last lifetime together.
The practitioner couple who had recently moved to my area had a very different dialect, which I had trouble understanding. I had never been to their area, nor heard their dialect before, but it felt as if I had known them before.
I later realized that I had a predestined relationship with the husband in a previous lifetime, where I must have mistreated him.
I'm now able to view the betrayal without any feelings of indignation, grievance or revenge.
If we can compassionately view the ordeals brought upon us, we will understand how to deal with them better.