Spreading the Fa in China: Remembering Three Large-Scale Events in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province
1. A Large-Scale Group Practice in Yanjiang Park
In 1997, Falun Dafa practitioners in Jiamusi City (1) decided to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public, and to spread the Fa (2) by holding a large-scale group practice that would include practitioners from every practice site in the area. We decided to gather at Yanjiang Park, which was located near a river. Thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners participated, and many residents witnessed the magnificent scene.
I hurried to the park by foot that morning before daybreak. Along the way, I saw other practitioners also heading towards the park. Some walked, some rode bikes and some carried Falun Dafa flags or Falun emblems. Some practitioners came in buses supplied by their workplaces, because many employers supported Dafa at that time.
When I arrived, the park was full of practitioners. Falun emblems, Dafa flags and banners of all sizes were hanging everywhere: on street lamps, on guardrails and on the iron chains along the river. Some were red and some were yellow. Banners and posters hanging between trees on both sides of the road showed images that told the story of how Falun Dafa had spread throughout China.
I stood on a tower and looked down at the scene. It truly looked like a sea of people. The green trees, the colorful flowers and the crowds of people were all bathed in the morning sunlight. This was the first time for many people to witness such a great and peaceful scene. Some were taking pictures and some were videotaping to record this precious historical moment when Falun Dafa was so widely accepted.
When the exercise music started to play, the air seemed to stand still. It was extremely quiet. I felt as if I were the only person between heaven and earth, following the music and doing the Falun Gong exercises. The movements were so relaxed, smooth and harmonious, beautiful and dignified.
After an hour we finished the first four sets of exercises, and it was time for everyone to go to school and to work. The practitioners gradually left.
Whenever I recall that scene, I have a deeper sense of Teacher's immeasurable compassion in saving all beings.
2. A Grand Group Activity in Jiamusi City's Central Square to Spread the Fa
It was May 2, 1998. More than 5,000 practitioners from the local area and nearby towns participated in Jiamusi City's largest Fa-spreading activity. A group exercise was held in the Central Square in downtown Jiamusi City. It was a long Labor Day weekend and the street was crowded with vehicles and people.
After 8:00 a.m., practitioners began to arrive. We lined up on all four sides of the square, facing the stage in the center. Soon the square was fully occupied. On the east side, practitioners lined up all way to the steps of the Government Building. On the north side, practitioners fully occupied the square next to the museum. The stage in the center of the square was filled with young practitioners all lined up. Even though many practitioners didn't know each other, everyone was glowing with happy smiles.
At 9:00 a.m., the exercise music began to play. Immediately all of the practitioners lined up in straight rows in both directions. All these practitioners, who had so improved their moral standards, were able to do the exercises with an exactness that rivaled a trained military unit. Many people who were watching us were wondering, "How could they all move with such precision?"
Bathed in the sunlight of May, we did the gentle movements of the Falun Gong exercises, following the music. My mind was filled with Teacher's words and with the music. Every cell in my body was immersed in the grand compassion of the Buddha Fa. Tears slowly trickled down my face.
An hour passed by in a twinkling. I don't know how many people watched us exercising and witnessed this glorious moment, but it will forever be inscribed in the history of the universe.
After 10:00 a.m., the practitioners calmly left. They made no noise at all nor did they affect the traffic. They quietly picked up the trash and went on their way.
This group exercise event manifested the wonderfulness of Falun Gong. It made a profound impression on ordinary people's minds. It was a magnificent event in Jiamusi.
3. Group Fa Activity at Train Station Square
It was a few days before April 25, 1999, when I attended another group exercise at Train Station Square to spread Falun Gong. This event occupied the largest area of any event ever held in Jiamusi. At that time, Train Station Square was well landscaped. Flowerbeds and grassy areas decorated the square. There were many pedestrians, and the traffic was quite heavy.
It was very cold that morning. I got up early and put on a thickly padded cotton jacket, and a scarf and gloves, but I still felt chilly. When I arrived at the square, I saw many practitioners. Old or young, men or women, everyone was cheerful, and I no longer felt the cold. Practitioners had decorated the guardrails with Falun Gong posters, Falun emblems and banners. It was truly a grand, public exhibition of Falun Gong.
The practitioners who knew each other were sharing experiences in small groups of three to five people. After everything was well arranged, practitioners started to line up. They kept the pedestrian walkway clear and lined up along the sidewalk that ran through the grassy areas. Soon practitioners were spread over a very large area. Both the east and west sides of the entire square were filled with practitioners.
Two speakers began to broadcast the exercise music. Everyone practiced the exercises in unison. The entire event was peaceful and well organized. Older practitioners carefully reminded the younger ones, "We are Dafa practitioners. We are good people everywhere and with regard to everything. Pay attention to protecting the environment. Don't step on the grass. Don't throw trash." Not a single child entered the grassy areas. Not a single child disturbed any of the public facilities such as benches, lamps or the like.
Many people passed by and saw the peaceful exercise scene. It left them with an unforgettable impression. People who lived in the neighborhood continued to talk about the event for a long time afterwards. So many people are firmly following the teachings of Master Li, as expounded in the book, Zhuan Falun. So many people have conscientiously become good people after learning Falun Gong. It is incredibly powerful. Dafa is wonderful and distinguished. It will forever stay in people's minds and hearts.
(1) Jiamusi City, also known as Kiamusu.
(2) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.