Germany: Falun Gong Has Taken Root in Goettingen - Part 2 (Photos)
(Part One can be found at: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2005/12/10/67746.html)
Chinese Student: "I would like to make friends with you."
There are a lot of Chinese students in Goettingen; at one time the number of Chinese students was over 2,000. After seeing Falun Gong practitioners often, they have become accustomed to seeing them practicing the exercises. Some of them admired the practitioners very much. When passing by, they would approach the practitioners and greet them, or even say some caring words to them such as, "That girl who is practicing the exercises was my classmate; please remind her to put on heavier clothes next time - the weather is cold."
Trying to make friends with a practitioner, one of the Chinese students once told a practitioner his name, but it turned out to be a pseudonym. He and most other Chinese students there had a fearful and defensive mentality. One day, he went to a practitioner's home and associated with other practitioners. Afterwards, he told a practitioner that he was ashamed of himself for having used a pseudonym to associate with them, while all of the practitioners used their real names and always dealt with things with sincerity and honesty. In the end, he wrote a poem for the practitioners, praising them for their sincerity and perseverance.
One day, a tall Asian boy stood in front of the practitioners, attentively watching their Falun Gong exercises for a long time until they finished. On the following day, he came again with his mother. Both of them attentively watched the practitioners practicing the exercises as if they had a thirst for learning them. After talking to them, the practitioners came to know that they were from Mongolia. The sixteen-year-old boy was there for a study project and they would go back to Mongolia a month later. Afterwards, they went to a practitioner's place to watch the exercise-teaching video and brought back a copy of Zhuan Falun in Russian.
Several practitioners have mentioned a touching story. An alcoholic man who was often intoxicated came to the practice site from time to time, showing no respect for the Falun Gong exercises. He would even run around trying to make the passersby laugh when the practitioners were practicing the exercises. At first, the practitioners did nothing about it.
One day, a practitioner intended to stop him, as he thought that if this man continued to disturb the exercise demonstration, it would not be good for his future. Therefore, he talked to him peacefully, "Please stop doing that, otherwise it will not be good for you." At that moment, the man didn't say anything. But after sitting there and watching the practitioners practicing the exercises for almost two hours, his eyesight turned clear. Then he took some money out of his pocket and handed it to a practitioner. The practitioner told him that Falun Gong has never accepted donations. When the practitioner shook hands with him, he was so touched that his body seemed to be shaking. Since then, that man went to the practice site as usual, but he has never caused practitioners any trouble. Instead, he often brought things like bread for the practitioners, and imitated the practitioners by putting his two palms together in front of his chest in a traditional Chinese greeting.
Through this incident, many passersby witnessed how Falun Gong practitioners deal with situations and they were impressed with the way the practitioners handled the problem. As a result, their attitudes towards practitioners changed significantly. From then on, the practitioners noticed that people's indifferent attitudes towards them were gone.
"Falun Gong practitioners are doing the most righteous things there, would you please make a detour?"
With the passage of time, people in Goettingen have come to know more about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Moved by what practitioners have done, they often take the initiative to sign petitions in support of Falun Gong and bring something for the practitioners, such as flowers, food, etc. As Christmas is coming soon, one day when the practitioners finished practicing the meditation and opened their eyes, they were surprised to find a sugar-coated apple in front of each of them.
From time to time, journalists took the initiative to interview practitioners. As they had taken notice of the practitioners for a long time, they wanted to have a long talk with practitioners so as to learn more about Falun Gong.
After learning the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong, a youngster earnestly signed a petition to show his support for Falun Gong, and then he left with a smiling face. However, within ten minutes, he came back again with joy and asked the practitioners if he could sign the petition again. Afterwards, upon noticing a truck entering the square and moving towards the practitioners who were practicing the sitting meditation, he stopped the truck and told the driver, "As they are doing most righteous things there, would you please make a detour?"
Constant drips wear down the stone
What these practitioners did seems to be nothing special, but with their perseverance for a long period of time, knowledge about the persecution against Falun Gong in China has spread extensively in that region. Their activities have been widely supported, not only by the general public but by the local government as well.
The Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong has been going on for over six years. During this period, Falun Gong practitioners have incessantly brought the facts about Falun Gong to the general public. Their goal is to let people know the magnificence of Falun Gong and how it is cruelly oppressed in China, and how practitioners proceed with peaceful petitions based on the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance." Practitioners outside of China tell people how the practitioners in China risk their lives, regardless of tremendous pressure, to tell the public that Falun Gong is a righteous cultivation practice, that it is not a crime to practice Falun Gong, and that the persecution of Falun Gong must be stopped.
As an old saying goes, "Constant drips wear down the stone," and, "With tenacious efforts, one can grind down an iron bar into a needle." Stories of practitioners clarifying the truth can be found in every corner the world. With Falun Gong practitioners' incessant endeavors day after day, we are firmly convinced that justice will prevail and the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong will be ended.