Special Interview with Ms. Lin Xiling: Divine Performing Arts Brings Spiritual Renewal (Part 2)
(Clearwisdom.net) [Note: Lin Xiling, born in 1935, joined the Army Performing Arts Troupe when she was 13. In 1953, she entered the law department of Chinese People's University, and was a reporter for China Youth Daily. In 1957, she was labeled a typical "rightist" by Mao Zedong, and was imprisoned for 15 years. In 1979, when the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping redressed the rightists, he issued an order that Lin Xiling, Zhang Bojun, Luo Longji, Chu Anping and Chen Renbin (five famous rightists) could not be reprieved. In 1983, Ms. Lin Xiling sought refuge in France and currently lives in the United States. Presently, four of the "five famous rightists" have passed away. Thus, Ms. Lin Xiling is known as the "last rightist of China".]
The following was compiled from a recording of an interview with Ms. Lin on her thoughts after watching the Divine Performing Arts performances. Part 1 can be found at http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2008/1/12/93205.html
What moved me most during the Divine Performing Arts' performance was its compassionate guidance for people who are searching for the true meaning of life. The song "Who I Am" sung by Mr. Guan Guimin is so peaceful and pure-hearted that it opened the door of my heart, which has been broken by the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] regime for half a century.
I escaped death by a hairbreadth. I was labeled a "rightist" in the 1950's and spent 15 years in prison. Later I went into exile while my parents, son and my niece--all of my loved ones--died from persecution by the CCP regime. My son died at 18, and the CCP regime blamed his death on Falun Gong. I even made an announcement that his death had nothing to do with Falun Gong, and I made it clear that the murder was the responsibility of the CCP regime, and that the CCP was the real evil cult. I knew Falun Gong practitioners experienced the most brutal persecution. But still somewhat influenced by the lies fabricated by CCP regime, I did not investigate the truth about Falun Gong.
For so long I struggled with life and battled against the CCP regime alone. Although I was a Christian, I still felt helpless and lost hope for my future and this country. Sometimes I even thought of giving up, but I did not give up my resentment until I watched the Divine Performing Arts show.
What a wonderful performance it is! It presented the beauty and brightness of both heaven and the human world. It presented us with the hope and the future that justice will finally prevail over evil. It presented us with the ultimate origin and end of life. I watched the show with my heart and felt it with my spirit. I could not stop my tears, which diluted and washed out the hatred which had built up for half a century, and refilled my heart with the most precious elements: compassion and tolerance.
Divine Performing Arts Demonstrated the Hope that Justice Will Finally Conquer Evil
I deeply understand Falun Gong practitioners based on my own experiences. After eight years of continuous persecution, Falun Gong practitioners still persevere in their beliefs, and never compromised to the CCP regime. Now they transcend the persecution and host a world-class show to clarify the truth to the people of the world and call on their conscience. This cannot be done if motivated by any political or economic profit, but is clearly accomplished through the power of believing in "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance."
The piece "The Power of Awareness" is my favorite and perfectly demonstrates the truth that "righteousness will definitely win over evil." We can see that more and more Chinese people are awakening from the lies fabricated by the CCP regime and are speaking out for justice. At the end of this piece, the practitioners on the stage and the screen combined together were from all over the world and was the most beautiful scene I ever saw. It is a glimpse into the future and also a true reflection of what is happening today. Only a society that is based on "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" is a true society of harmony. The "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" pursued by Falun Gong practitioners brings new hope and a vital force to this world.
Divine Performing Arts Inspires Us to Pursue the Truth
After watching the show, when I took a look at the show's program, I was drawn to a song's description: "Truth is the only saving, truth is the last hope of the future."
Years ago when one of my friends gave me the book Zhuan Falun, I refused to read it due to the exclusivity of Christianity, plus I had a negative opinion of Falun Gong because of the overwhelming propaganda of the CCP regime. I said wrong things, but the Divine Performing Arts changed me. With the help of this righteous mirror, I realized the limitation of history and the limitation of human life. Do not pretend to know something you actually you do not know, do not say anything if you actually do not understand, and never believe any propaganda and slander fabricated by CCP regime.
My university major was law, and I was framed and persecuted by the CCP regime. However, I was still deluded by the CCP regime on the issue of Falun Gong. I will tell all the people I know the truth about Falun Gong. In the face of the pressure of the CCP regime and the pressure of my friends, I will insist on the choice of conscience to speak true words and be a good person.
I am cautious in most things, but I am totally convinced by the pure truthfulness, ultimate compassion and beauty of Divine Performing Arts. From the countless compliments of the audience, regardless of their race, profession, gender and age, I realize that the success of Divine Performing Arts cannot be done by humans; it is heaven's will to purify the body and spirit of humans. Divine Performing Arts really comes from the divine, it is the gospel of the heavens.
I really appreciate Divine Performing Arts for bringing me the truth--the truth about Falun Gong, the truth about the persecution, and the truth about life which inspires me to pursue the truth of universe. I think I am the beneficiary of the show. I thank God for giving me a chance to watch the Divine Performing Arts and gave me the chance to pursue the truth of life.
When I became a Christian, I was baptized in water. Watching the Divine Performing Arts perform is like a baptism that purifies the soul.