Chen Yuanfang in Ancient Times and an Eight Year-Old Dafa Disciple in Modern Times

Li Deming

PureInsight | January 19, 2004

[] I was deeply touched by the article "Police Have No Answer to an Eight Year-Old's Righteous Accusation" ( The article talked about an eight year-old boy who was also a Dafa disciple. One day when he went home from school, he could not find his mother. After searching and asking for her whereabouts, he found out that she had been kidnapped by the police from their home and sent to the local police station. He carried his school bag and went to the local police station immediately. He told the policemen that there was nothing wrong with his mother practicing "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" and trying to become a better person. He said that if his mother had not violated the law, she should be released immediately. In front of the righteous thoughts and the righteous actions, the policemen could not do anything but to release his mother.

Amidst the horrible persecution of Falun Gong in Mainland China, very few adults have dared to speak out on behalf of Falun Gong. However, this eight year-old Dafa disciple did just that. Furthermore, he was able to compel the police to release his illegally detained mother. This child's behavior was full of compassion, purity, great wisdom and courage. It was really inspiring.

This story reminds me of an ancient Chinese story. It is a real story that has spread for thousands of years. As the story goes, Chen Yuanfang was a seven year-old-boy. One day, his father, Chen Taiqiu, had made plans to go out with a friend. The friend was supposed to meet Chen Taiqu at his house at noon. Chen Taiqiu waited a long time and decided to go out on his own. Hours later, the friend arrived. He asked Chen Yuanfang if his father was home. When Chen Yuanfang told him that his father had left already, the friend grew angry and began to curse his father. Chen Yuanfang calmly replied, "You did not show up on time after you had agreed to meet my father at noon, and that is not living up to your own promise. Then you scolded my father in front of me, and that is impolite." The boy's words made his father's friend feel embarassed and ashamed. He kept apologizing to the boy.

The words and deeds of the seven year-old Chen Yuanfang have been passed on for thousands of years. In modern times, the eight year-old Dafa disciple's righteous thoughts and righteous actions when facing evil illuminate the universe.

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