From Misunderstanding Falun Gong to Becoming a Practitioner
(Clearwisdom.net) I heard about Falun Gong for the first time in 1994 through my family. They told me that there was a type of qigong called Falun Gong, offering free lessons at outdoor group practice sites all over China. They heard that Falun Gong was very effective in treating illness.
I once called on a relative and saw Teacher's photo on his wall. There was also a scroll hanging on the center of the wall with three large Chinese characters in calligraphy ,"Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." He was known as bed-ridden and relied on medication all year round. After he started to practice Falun Gong, his health was completely restored. I was only 17 years old at the time and didn't have any illness. Naturally I wasn't interested in practicing any qigong for the sake of treating illness. It's just like Teacher described in Zhuan Falun,
"Speaking of qigong, some people might say, "Without an illness, who would practice qigong?" This implies that qigong is meant for healing illness. That is a very, very shallow understanding." ("Qigong Is Cultivation Practice" in Lecture One of Zhuan Falun)
It was because I didn't read any Falun Gong books that I didn't have a good understanding of Falun Gong.
A classmate and I were starting to learn the computer business in June 1999, so we were out all the time. Once we met three Falun Gong practitioners on a train. There were two older women and a middle-aged woman. A train security guard saw them reading Falun Gong books and confiscated the books. The guard told them that no one may read Zhuan Falun on his train and took them to his office. Although the guard returned the books to them afterwards, I felt the persecution looming before July 20, 1999.
Soon it was July 20. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to bombard the entire country with lies against Falun Gong and started suppressing Falun Gong. There were police checkpoints on all major roads to Beijing, preventing Falun Gong practitioners from exercising their constitutional right to appeal to the State Appeals Office. Police put photographs of Master Li on the ground and told all the passengers passing through their checkpoints to stamp on them. Those who refused to insult Teacher's photographs were arrested as Falun Gong practitioners. Only the wicked CCP would come up with such a lowly design. The CCP is far worse and more depraved than thugs and gangsters. Even thugs and gangsters know shame and hide themselves from justice, but the wicked CCP and its henchmen will commit crimes and violate the laws in broad daylight. Many Falun Gong practitioners were arrested at these police checkpoints on their way to Beijing.
Yet Falun Gong practitioners are never defeated. Silently they have been producing and distributing materials containing important facts about Falun Gong. A work colleague of mine received a VCD containing a video program analyzing the staged hate propaganda of the so-called "self-immolation" on Tiananmen Square and revealing it as a fraud. In the act, the man calling himself Wang Jindong had a plastic bottle between his legs allegedly containing gasoline, but the plastic bottle was intact although his entire body "looked" severely burned on the video. Another alleged burn victim was a little girl. She could sing in front of the camera after the alleged surgery, which supposedly cut her trachea open to assist her breathing! Her entire body, including her face, was wrapped in bandages! But burns like this are never bandaged. Anyway, there are all sorts of loopholes in the so-called immolation. It was not until I watched the VCD that I realized that the CCP had staged the whole thing to turn public opinion against Falun Gong.
Since then, I have been using software to bypass the CCP's Internet blockade and learn more about Falun Gong. I have learned that Falun Gong books have been translated into over 30 languages, that people in over 80 different countries worldwide have been practicing Falun Gong and that Falun Gong has received thousands of proclamations from governments worldwide. Most importantly, the Chinese Communist regime is the only state that suppresses Falun Gong.
In the beginning of 2005, I read The Epoch Times Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. This allowed me to see through the Chinese Communist Party. I immediately withdrew from the CCP Youth League. Meanwhile, I started practicing Falun Gong. I have found all of Teacher's articles on minghui.ca. I felt as though I had discovered the greatest treasure and have been studying them with respect. After a short period of cultivation practice, both my physical health and moral values have been tremendously improved. I am perfectly healthy and I am basking in joy at all times.
I started my cultivation practice late. When I see fellow practitioners devoted to clarifying the truth about Falun Gong, I, too, long for the opportunity to do so. When I read an article on minghui.ca suggesting practitioners to create more truth-clarification materials sites in China, I discussed this with a fellow practitioner and we decided to create one at home. We mainly focus on producing flyers and small booklets containing important facts about Falun Gong. Our goal is help more people know what Falun Gong really is about, help them withdraw from the CCP, the Youth League and Young Pioneer League for the sake of their own future.