In traditional Chinese medical treatment and various ways of keeping one healthy, people often run into the issue of "spiritual healing" [i.e., healing illnesses by paying attention to one's spiritual consciousness]. This is the same issue as raising one's moral consciousness and the ability for self-restraint and maintaining a good behavior and healthy life style. These are the things that fall into the category of self-cultivation. However, Jiang and his regime deny Falun Gong's healing efficacy out of political motives. In fact, it is the same as denying the traditional Chinese medicine.
News from China
Today, 65 people published solemn declarations. They stated that what they said and did under the evil's influence that were not consistent with Dafa's standards are null and void. From now on, they will make up for the losses they caused to Dafa by redoubling their efforts in clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to the people and by following Teacher closely in the Fa-rectification process.
Falun Dafa practitioner He Zhenyue from Ziyang City of Sichuan Province was killed in the Detention Center of Chengdu City. He Zhenyue went to Beijing to appeal and was discharged of his public employment and fined 7,000 Yuan RMB [500 Yuan is the average monthly salary of an urban worker]. He went to appeal again in December of the same year and was beaten and tortured cruelly. He was released several days after he went on hunger strike and was forced to leave home to avoid further persecution. On February 3, He and five other practitioners were beaten, abducted at a Dafa material storage site and they have been illegally detained for a long period of time.
(World Journal, Hong Kong, May 2) On May 1 World Labor Day, in Daqing Oil Field in the northeastern and southwestern part of China, and many cities including Shenyang, Fushun and Guiyang, several thousand workers demonstrated in a parade. The people in the parade shouted slogans such as "Down with Corruption, We Need to Survive." They demanded the authorities to improve the poor economic and working conditions of the workers that were laid-off and those that were off-duty. On May 1 in Liaoyang City, about 800 workers demanded the authorities to release the leaders of the workers, Yao Fuxin, Xiao Yunliang, Pang Qingxiang, Wang Zhaoming who were arrested in March this year.
The Chief of the Chinese Police Bureau fabricates slanders at will. There are an enormous number of Falun Gong practitioners around the world who can take turns going to China to appeal, so they don't need to "often" take three or four days off from work. 10,000 Yuan is only about 1,250 American dollars, the practitioners in China uphold the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance" with their lives. So why would practitioners abroad, who are in relatively better financial circumstances, begrudge over several thousand dollars? Furthermore, the practitioners in China are deprived of their right to speak, so how would people know about the persecution if the overseas practitioners didn't appeal?
"Double-dealing" characters and Jiang. In stories, "double-dealing" characters are used as a metaphor for real-life people who are shameless. But the double-dealing character is nothing compared to Jiang. The reason Falun Gong practitioners clarify the truth is because they want to tear off Jiang's mask, reveal his true face and expose his intentions in order to end the evil and save the people.
I observed another kind of beauty in a group of people who live and cultivate according to the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance." They are sincere, kind and enduring. After I dealt more with them, I discovered that as long as we have room in our heart where we can see the sceneries outside, we will find that in fact, beautiful sceneries are everywhere in our life. Bear "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance" in our heart and then we will have room to enjoy the sceneries.
Latest News from Abroad
On April 25, Falun Gong practitioners in Latvia handed an open letter to the Chinese consulate in Latvia in which they requested the Chinese government to stop its illegal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
On the evening of April 27, Friends of Falun Gong successfully held a not-for-profit concert called "Wonderful Future" at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston to celebrate the spread of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance throughout the world, to thank all the friends who support Falun Gong for their kindness and help, and to showcase the richness and diversity of Chinese culture and the talents of some of the Falun Gong practitioners.
Sharing Experiences and Understandings Amongst Practitioners
Breaking down the restrictions placed on us by our human notions. When Teacher Li told us to send forth righteous thoughts, he gave us all the supernormal capabilities and abilities. It is the old forces that are restricting the use of our supernormal capabilities, including its manifestations in the human world, with all kinds of excuses. These excuses are the attachments practitioners still hold on to and our human notions, which become barriers to the full display of practitioners' supernormal capabilities. The evil forces in this human world will not be extinguished unless we are able to clear up our attachments and notions through sending forth righteous thoughts.
When the passengers got off the bus, an older man came over to me, "I saw Falun Gong pamphlets on the bus." I realized that Teacher Li had given me another opportunity, which I would not miss. I told him right away, "All Falun Gong practitioners are kind-hearted people. They hand out pamphlets to clarify the truth to people. They are being persecuted by the government." The man was taken aback by what I said. He turned and got off the bus. I was glad that I had told him the truth.
An Unbelievable Story: Before I received the notice of "Regarding Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts" published on Clearwisdom Net, every time I sent forth righteous thoughts, I had a long list in my mind and tried to make sure that I didn't miss any evil. One morning when I woke up, I found the notice from Clearwisdom Net and was happy to learn about all the specifics about sending forth righteous thoughts. Who put this beside my bed? Tears came to my eyes when I realized that Teacher Li is always with us.
Bringing the Truth Wherever I Go:
When I was looking after my brother-in-law, who had an operation in the hospital, I clarified the truth about Falun Gong to his over 60-year-old roommate. I told him that it is really good to practice Falun Gong. The elderly man nodded. When his daughter visited and listened to what I said, she said: "I want to practice Falun Gong too!" My brother-in-law later was transferred to another ward and I clarified the truth to his two new roommates. One of them said: "The TV has been broadcasting slander about Falun Gong for the last few years, I really want to know more about Falun Gong. Today when listening to you, I really learned what Falun Gong is."
It has been three years since Xie's family moved away from us. We had been neighbors for decades. I thought that Buddhas offered salvation to those who had predestined relationship, and that I should visit them to clarify to them the truth about Falun Gong. Later I finally found Xie and his sister, and clarified the truth about Falun Gong to them. His sister said: "I will tell my friends that Falun Gong is good! We will not listen to the lies."
I ran into a friend whom I used to dance with and I clarified the truth to him. He changed his attitude towards Dafa. Later on I realized that I could tell the truth to those I did not know after dancing with them. There are dozens of dancing clubs and I could tell the truth to numerous people in a very natural way, instead of speaking to people I do not know on the streets.
Stories of Cultivation
A Patient Suffering from Kidney Failure in the Winter of 2000: I was in the late stage of kidney failure. I depended on kidney lavage everyday to survive. In the winter of 2000 I started practicing Falun Gong; all of my indicators gradually improved and are finally back to normal. I feel very fortunate to have found Falun Dafa and am full of appreciation to Dafa.