Introducing Falun Dafa in India - Part 3 (Photos)
Clarifying the Facts to Indian Society
In addition to teaching the exercises, Indian Falun Dafa practitioners have continuously clarified the facts to the media and to people at all levels of the social stratum. Practitioners helped with the screening of the film "Sandstorm" at the Indian Film Show. The film exposes the cruel persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Jiang's clique. Practitioners have established an Indian Falun Dafa website and actively promote the monthly journal that tells about the wide dissemination of Falun Dafa in India.
Unlike in many other countries and regions, Indian people are quite familiar with the concept of cultivation. Many leaders of family clans treat Falun Gong practitioners as equals and hold great respect for Dafa.
Between August 27 and September 4, 2005, the Indian capital city New Delhi held an international book expo where many people came to learn about the facts; some immediately learned the exercises. Later on, many school principals and teachers sent invitations to practitioners, asking them to teach the Falun Gong exercises to their staff and students. One older man commented after learning the facts that the evil would not last long, and those being persecuted would prevail in the end.
People learning the facts at the International Book Expo in New Delhi
Teaching the Falun Gong Exercises
India celebrated her 60th Anniversary of Independence on August 15, 2007; people from all walks of life celebrated. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to come to schools in the Bangalore and Mumbai metropolitan areas to run forums to introduce Falun Dafa to teachers and students.
A workshop at a school in Bangalore; people are learning about Falun Gong
October 21, 2007 was the date for the National Buddhism Conference in Nagpur. Indian Falun Gong practitioners reserved three booths to introduce Falun Dafa to Buddhists who came from all over the country. Practitioners distributed flyers and taught the Falun Gong exercises.
Visitors in an endless stream visit the Falun Gong booth
The Indian National Schools Association held a three-day celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2007. In order that more people could benefit from Falun Dafa, Indian Falun Dafa Association members applied for a booth. They also wanted permission to show films about Falun Dafa, so that they could introduce Falun Dafa to school principals and other guests and tell them about the worldwide dissemination of Falun Dafa. They also invited practitioners from Taiwan and Malaysia to teach the Falun Gong exercises at the celebration. Of the more than 100 exhibition booths, Falun Dafa's was the most popular, crowded with visitors.
Many private school principals attended the celebration activities. School principal Father Verkey made a special point in his speech that practicing Falun Gong had greatly improved the life and the studies of the staff and students. His speech inspired other school principals and aroused their great interest.
School Principal: Falun Gong helps improve mind and body
Two school principals presented speeches during the celebration, in which they addressed how they promoted Falun Dafa in their schools. Father Verkey's speech attracted much attention. He pointed out the benefits the staff and students have gained after they started practicing Falun Dafa. Other school principals warmly applauded his comments.
Father Verkey spoke of his poor health prior to beginning the practice. Soon after practicing, he experienced incredible physical and mental improvements, so he decided to introduce Falun Dafa to the whole school. The practice made many difficult students turn into good students who made great progress with their studies. He added that Falun Dafa is unique; he would like to recommend it to all school principals, as well as to all students and teachers.
Demonstrating the exercises; 60 schools showed interest in learning Falun Gong
The celebration organizers arranged for Falun Dafa practitioners to demonstrate the exercises on stage. The audience responded favourably with warm applause to the beautiful music and the elegant exercise movements. Principals from 20 schools invited the practitioners to their schools to teach the exercises after watching the exercise demonstration. To date, the number of schools that want to practice Falun Dafa has increased to more than 60, including some universities. Some of these schools have more than 3,000 students.
Father Verkey and Falun Gong practitioners were presented with flowers after the exercise demonstration
"Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" Art Exhibition exposes the persecution
Prior to the Chinese Communist leaders' arrival for a four-day visit in New Delhi on November 21, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners went to Conaught Place in New Delhi to promote Falun Gong. They practiced the exercises, hung banners and set up an art exhibition. More than 1,000 people came to watch and learn the facts, including Tibetans who came to New Delhi to protest the CCP, local residents and reporters.
Tibetans, local residents and reporters watching the exercises and learning the facts at the exhibition
Between December 5 and 10, 2008, the Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition was held in Nalanda in Mumbai and attracted people from all walks of life. Many expressed their shock at the persecution in China. Practitioners from other places in India also came to Mumbai to teach people the Falun Gong exercises.
Looking at the paintings, in deep thought
Practitioners said they would make additional efforts to promote Falun Dafa in India, exposing the evil persecution, and make sure that Falun Dafa is disseminated to every corner of India, so that more people will benefit from the practice.