(Clearwisdom.net) In Germany's Northern Rhineland, many people have recently started to practice Falun Dafa. Although they have not been practicing for a long time, their hearts are very good and they take every opportunity to reveal the truth about Falun Dafa and the facts of the persecution to large quantities of people.
New practitioners introduce Falun Dafa and expose the persecution in Cologne
New practitioners practice the exercises during a Falun Dafa activity
Mr. H is a middle-aged man. He first started to practice at the end of last year. After reading Zhuan Falun, the core text of Falun Gong teachings, he truly understood the principles of how to be a good person and the meaning of life. He also watched the Falun Dafa exercise demonstration VCD and felt that the practice was quite good. So he started to practice in his spare time. Unexpectedly, the painful lumbago that had plagued him for many years disappeared and several other symptoms of illness also disappeared. Not only does he go to the exercise sites in other cities to take part in group exercise practice and Fa study, Mr. H also helps in various other activities to promote Falun Dafa and expose the persecution in China. He also introduced Falun Dafa to his friends Ms. M and Mr. Z.
Ms. M's experience is quite unique. About a year ago, she borrowed Zhuan Falun from her friend Mr. Z, and she started to read it before she went to bed that same night. She was reading it while sitting in the double lotus position. As soon as she started to read she fell deeply into Zhuan Falun. Without noticing, she read all night. She had read through the entire book while still sitting in the full lotus position the following morning. She wanted to continue the practice thereafter, but after asking around, she could not find anywhere where she could learn the exercises. Neither could she obtain any information from her friend. As she had a lot of work to do at that time she had to put this wish aside. During April and May of this year, Mr. H mentioned to her that he had started to practice Falun Dafa. She then borrowed all the teachings she could get hold of and read all of them. This time, she made up her mind and announced formally that she will start to practice Falun Dafa.
Over a year ago Mr. Z had a few Falun Dafa books pass through his hands, including Zhuan Falun, The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa and some other Falun Dafa teaching materials. After reading these books, he felt very good. However, there was no environment for him to cultivate. As time flew by, it soon reached the year 2004. When he saw the huge changes experienced by his friend Mr. H, in both body and mind, he also wanted to practice. This time he decided not to hesitate. In May of this year, Mr. Z went to the Falun Dafa exercise venue with Ms. M to learn the practice.
Another person who has just started to practice Falun Dafa is Ms. L. All of her family members believe in Buddhism. Growing up in such a family environment, she also naturally believed in Buddhism since she was young. About two years ago, she came across Falun Dafa in front of Cologne Church. Last year, she had another in-depth talk with some other Falun Dafa practitioners in our city. One week later, as promised, she came to read Zhuan Falun. Later on she decided that she wanted to learn Falun Gong. So from July of this year, she started to study the Falun Dafa teachings and practice the Falun Dafa exercises together with the local practitioners.
As soon as these new practitioners start to practice, they truly make great strides in their cultivation and they continue to cultivate very seriously. They are catching up rapidly. Apart from joining the Falun Dafa exercise and study sessions, they also take part in various activities for promoting Falun Dafa and letting people know about the persecution.
Their participation has enriched the local practitioners' resources, which then made it possible for us to frequently hold many kinds of Falun Dafa activities. At an activity held on the 20th of July this year, we even had an anti-torture exhibition where we demonstrated the brutal methods of torture used in China to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief. The effect of this activity was unprecedented. More than five thousand leaflets were distributed in just a few hours. People formed a long queue waiting to sign the petition to stop the persecution. The petition forms we brought were nowhere near enough. According to someone who had being practicing Falun Dafa for quite some time, this activity was the most successful one since he had started to join activities here.
Since this August, these new practitioners also joined the daily activity of promoting Falun Dafa and clarifying the truth about the persecution in front of Cologne Church. Every time, it takes them three and half hours to four hours to travel there and back. They always stay for the whole day. This spot is a favorite for tourists and many Chinese people have learned the facts about Falun Dafa here. This is a very precious opportunity for them because in China the state-run media, controlled by former leader Jiang Zemin, spreads only lies and defamation about Falun Dafa. The weather has no influence at all on these Falun Dafa practitioners. They are happy as long as they can let more people know the facts about Falun Dafa.
The biggest understanding Mr. Z has gained after starting to practice Falun Dafa is that he now knows how to act in a righteous way. When he looks back, he realizes that things he did in the past were wrong and did not accord with Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. When he thinks of this Mr. H sighs with emotion: "I have asked myself a thousand of times: why do humans live in this world? Now I know."
The first day Ms. L learned the Falun Dafa exercises from a practitioner, it had a profound effect right on the spot where her illness was. After studying the Dafa teachings more deeply, she feels very lucky that she has finally found a righteous way. She also broke through many barriers in her character. She corrects her family members and some relatives' misunderstanding about Falun Dafa. Now some of her relatives also want to start to practice. Her biggest wish is to expose the lies that the Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin and his regime have enforced on the world using the country's propaganda machine. She wants to allow more people to know the truth, and benefit as she has.
Ms. M is in her fifties now. Before practicing Falun Dafa, her health was deteriorating day by day. After she began practicing, her energy and vigor recovered rapidly. Her face has also become smooth and silky. She said with stirring emotion, "How lucky I am that I can practice Falun Dafa. My life now has true meaning. I cannot do many things, but I will do anything that is needed. Although I only have been practicing for five months, I should do my best during this period of time."