Flying from a Captive Mind

A Prison Inmate in Taiwan

PureInsight | October 24, 2005

[] Just two months ago, I still had a temper, was irritable and fought with others at the slightest provocation. I even fought with the detention center guards. I had already picked a fight with most of the people there. My personality was formed when I was a teenager, when I was about fourteen or fifteen. I had kept company with scoundrels at that time, and it showed. I didn't do any honest work or study. Wherever I went, I picked a fight and stirred up trouble.

I Can't Bear to Remember My Youth, But I Relinquished My Attachments Through Cultivation
I understand clearly now that I was predestined to be introduced to Falun Dafa in the detention center. I found Zhuan Falun to be truly a good book and worthy of reading repeatedly. No wonder so many people have read it dozens of times, and some more than hundred times. After I read it the first time, I already noticed great changes in me. I began to live by the principles "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance," and consequently my temper also changed. I began to get along with my squad leaders. I stopped using bad language and no longer treated others as enemies. Without this predestined relationship, I couldn't possibly have changed so much. Master Li had said that as a cultivator, one must relinquish all attachments, including jealousy, competitive mentality, zealotry, and the mentalityof showing off .

I thus followed Master Li's teaching. I first changed my attitude towards others, and then I stopped smoking, one after the other.

I wish to tell of an incident that had happened when I was 19 years old. Once, police chased me and I ran up to the sixth floor, the top floor of the building, and jumped down. I landed on a sand pile at a construction site. The sand saved me from being injured. I then went into hiding at my girlfriend's place. Later, police found out where I was hiding and came to arrest me. During the pursuit, police fired shots.

Master Li's lectures are guiding me on my path. I felt the need that I had to let go of that incident. I knew that if I continue to fight with the police I would be the one to suffer, not others.

Eliminate Karma Accumulated from Many Lives and Return to True Self
After I began to practice Dafa, many miracles happened to me. After finishing Zhuan Falun the first time, I suddenly came down with a fever and a temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius (103.3 degrees Fahrenheit). After one day's rest, I felt much better and the fever dropped. Teacher has mentioned that such incidents are bodily purification that eliminates karma.

My roommate also experienced such an incident. After he finished reading Zhuan Falun, he suffered a toothache the next day and his face became swollen. He recovered one day later without taking any medicine. I thought it wasn't a coincidence. It was the power of Dafa, which was purifying our bodies.

When I practiced the Falun Gong exercises, I felt that my body became comfortably warm. I can't describe this feeling I had never experienced before. Sometime I felt pain when doing the exercises. But then I remember what Teacher said: "When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it." And I knew it was the process of eliminating karma, so I urged myself to endure. After some time, I was able to sit in full lotus position for thirty minutes during meditation. I am convinced that only if I persist on my cultivation path will I succeed.

I just want to tell all those who have a predestined relationship to treasure the opportunity. We should all treasure our human body, as it allows us to cultivate. We should not waste this precious time. Plants, such as flowers, grass, trees and animals can't cultivate, even if they wanted to. Each one of us is like the water in the Yellow River. The water mixes with mud after it leaves its source and becomes filthy. We all wish that the water would become clear again. But this can only be achieved through cultivation and purification.

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