Beginning to Practice Falun Dafa in Prison（Excerpt) 獄中得法記（節選）
September 25, 2013 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Yantai, Shandong Province 文: 山東煙台大法弟子
(Minghui.org) I used to work in the Family Planning Commission, a state agency in China responsible for implementing the One Child Policy. I didn't realize that I'd been assisting the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) criminal activities until I started practicing Falun Dafa.
Before practicing Dafa, I helped my daughter run a store following my retirement; however, I was arrested on false charges and thrown into prison. The government confiscated everything in our store, froze my bank account, put my house up for auction, and harassed one of my family members. I lost everything -- even my will to live. I refused to eat or sleep in prison, waiting for this injustice to be rectified, but no progress was made on my case. I was desperate.
Falun Dafa Cleared Up My Confusion
During my imprisonment, Falun Dafa practitioners in the same cell studied the Fa daily. The words they read and recited touched my heart. They were so caring to those having difficulty and always put others' needs before their own. I witnessed the holiness and beauty of Falun Dafa through these selfless practitioners. They were brutally beaten, abused, exposed to extreme temperatures, force-fed, handcuffed, shackled and tortured in various ways, yet never wavered from their beliefs. They could have been released if they'd only promised not to practice Falun Gong. I asked them why they didn't. They explained that their lives were saved by Falun Dafa, and would never say anything against Dafa or Master. I was deeply touched by their steadfastness. My conscience was revived by their spirit.
I listened to Master's lectures and read Falun Dafa books with them. I began to understand the truth about life. I stopped feeling bitter for being wronged and stopped hating those who put me in this situation, because I finally understood why I came to this world and suffered these hardships. Falun Dafa taught me the significance of life. With gratitude to Master, I studied, recited and copied Zhuan Falun and other lectures again and again. I copied poems from Hong Yin and gave them to the inmates who were about to be released. I told them to never get involved in the persecution of Falun Gong, to be good persons and learn Falun Gong when they regained their freedom.
Before my release, jailers asked me if I planned to appeal. I said “no”, because even though the year in prison was the worst time of my life, I obtained the most precious thing in the universe: Falun Dafa. I would have lost my life without Master's teaching and practitioners' compassion. Even though my family worried that I'd have a mental breakdown, I was actually more energized and my physical condition had improved. While others talked about how much I'd suffered in prison, I said that it was worth it, because I'd started practicing Falun Dafa.
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