Eternal Praise from All Beings - Part 2 (Photos)
Crossing Thousands of Mountains and Rivers
Ms. Dai Zhizhen went abroad to pursue her career at the age of 24. She traveled throughout the world to seek the truth of life at 29, and she began to practice Falun Gong at 34. Four years later, her husband was persecuted to death in China, because he refused to renounce Falun Gong. At that time, their little daughter was only fifteen months old. Ms. Dai feels deep agony when remembering her husband's death, "When I read the news of my husband's death on the website, I was deeply shocked. My entire body trembled and I could not get a word out of my mouth. I locked myself into the room and by the next day, all my hair had turned gray. Turning gray overnight showed an agony that is beyond words."
[photo] Ms. Dai Zhizhen and Daughter Fadu
Because of the principle, "considering others first," she remained strong in character although she had been close to collapsing. She and her little daughter began her second world-wide traveling expedition. This time she told the truth throughout the world on behalf of her family and fellow practitioners who persevered in China. She did this for the people who are deeply poisoned by the lies of the CCP. It has been 33 months now since she began her second traveling expedition. Despite hot summers and cold winters, they visited many continents: Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. They have been to forty-nine countries, and have brought with them the wonder of Falun Gong and truth of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
She said, "The night when I learned of my husband's death, I did not think I could ever become as calm and tranquil as I am today. However, the path we are traveling gets broader because my daughter and I have strong faith, consequently my mind has become calmer. I have passed the test of life and death, togetherness and parting. I no longer cling to sentimentality but have developed great compassion for mankind. Therefore, I have no anger or pain in my heart. I have assimilated into the Fa and embrace Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance with my entire being, and nothing can destroy it.
For seven years, the Chinese Communist regime has used the nation's wealth and bribed or pressured other nations worldwide. Facing this, Falun Gong practitioners outside of China began to clarify the truth globally. They persevered and have awakened people's consciences. They are calling for help to stop the persecution in China, and rescue imprisoned practitioners in China. In America, Canada, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia and many other countries, Falun Gong practitioners have brought law-suits against the major perpetrators in order to stop the persecution and uphold justice. Falun Gong has gained more respect and support from people worldwide.
Distributing the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, Disintegrating the CCP, and Saving Sentient Beings
Since the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were published at the end of 2004,
practitioners have been the major distributors of the Nine Commentaries and promoters of the movement to "Quit the Party." Because helping people to quit a Party that has killed 80 million people, has persecuted righteous belief, and was doomed to be eliminated by the gods from heaven, is an act of rescuing sentient beings, and also preventing them from unwittingly being buried alive with the CCP.
Scholars outside of China have said that there is no other country where the people are made to support a certain political party, and put the benefits of that party above everything. In China, if you dare to suggest anything different than what the CCP believes, or oppose any of its policies, then you will be labeled as an enemy of the CCP. No other political regime in this world can raise a banner of "For the People" and actually be against the people, and puts the benefits of the CCP above that of the nation and the race. The Chinese Communist regime is actually a regime of scoundrels. It takes its people hostage by using threats and inducements. Helping people quit such a Party and/or its related organizations is helping the people to leave behind a political pressure cooker.
More and more people have learned the truth about Falun Gong, and also learned about the evil nature of the CCP. There are 10 million people who have awakened to the truth, and they have taken the initiative and stood up courageously to renounce the CCP. They publicly resigned from the evil CCP and/or its related organizations. Amidst justice and evil, when one upholds justice and follows one's own conscience, one has chosen a better future. The evil deeds of the CCP have angered both heaven and earth. When the majority of China's population has turned against such a regime, its days are numbered.
3. Enduring Extreme Hardships and Spreading Hope
Many observers said that Falun Gong is a unique group. Facing such an inhuman persecution, Falun Gong has demonstrated unprecedented perseverance. This quality not only shows its unyielding persistence against the persecution but also its splendid smile to the society and the general population. That has been rarely seen at any time in the history of mankind.
Global Chinese New Year Gala Shows China's Divine Culture
The New Tang Dynasty TV Station has held three consecutive Global Chinese New Year Galas with the voluntary participation of Falun Gong practitioners. Performing in over twenty cities all over the world, artists, including singers and dancers from Europe, America, Asia, and Australia repeatedly appeared in myths and legends which reveal the principle of "Good will be rewarded with good, and evil will meet with retribution." They spread the beauty and joy of life. The performance is refreshing, and one revisits the spiritual feast of a divine culture while welcoming the New Year.
Every performance is filled with lives philosophy, reverence for heaven, and knowing one's destiny. From the exhilarating singing and dancing, the inner meanings of the divine culture shines through. It tells of returning to one's true self as well as the principle that good or bad deeds have their own consequences. Being fraught with righteousness and harmony, people not only experienced the elegance and the New Year's blessings, but also re-evaluate the treasure of life, improved ethics, and the significance of returning to human nature. What Falun Gong practitioners have done is not limited to the rectification of the deviations of modern culture and the continuation of the quintessence of traditional Chinese culture. They also laid the foundation of the orthodox culture for future generations.
European Choirs--"Mercy Call"
9 Swords Eliminate Evil
The Miraculous "Divine Land Marching Band"
Since the Chinese New Year of 2006, the newly formed marching band called "Divine Land Marching Band" has performed in America's largest cities e.g., New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
March 12, 2006, on Constitution Avenue, Washington DC.
February 26, 2006, "Divine Land Marching Band" in the parade in Chinatown, LA
The "Divine Land Marching Band" heard countless cheers, and many spectators could not help clapping their hands to the rhythm of the music. Harold O'Brian, a lawyer from New Jersey, and Joann Pierie, a school director from Pennsylvania, said that it was excellent, and that they had never seen a marching band so large and spectacular. They were astonished when they learned that the marching band was formed only three or four months ago.
The newly formed "Diving Land Marching Band" has more than two hundred practitioners as its members. The youngest member is 10 years old, and older members are over 50. There are also many Westerners. They come from all walks of life: physicians, professors, executives, computer experts, reporters, college students, high school students, and housewives.
The famous vocalist Guan Guimin shared in his introduction of the "Divine Land Marching Band" that all members are amateurs. Many of them had never touched an instrument nor knew anything about music. Normally a marching band this size would take at least 6-12 months of practice to be able to perform. They practiced during the weekends. He said, "After more than two months of practice, they began to perform. It's a miracle that the results are this good. The 'Divine Land Marching Band', just like its name, is born from divine power. During this historical moment, its mission is to spread bright hope, suffocating the evil forces, and bring blessings to sentient beings."
Cellist Mr. Chen Rutang, the bandmaster and the former director of the Chinese Central Orchestra, said, "What the 'Divine Land Marching Band' displays is the spirit of Falun Gong practitioners. We have only one wish, and that is to present the marvel of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance of Falun Gong to the people of this world."
The "Divine Land Marching Band" brings the atmosphere of spring, and the touching drum beats are calling those people in China who have not yet awakened from a deep winter: Hurry up and listen--the footsteps of spring are approaching.
During national holidays and other festivals outside of China, Falun Gong practitioners are very often invited to participate, because Falun Gong practitioners represent the traditional Chinese culture, and the quintessence of the Chinese culture is in the characteristics of the universe: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. For the last seven years, Falun Gong practitioners have displayed the exercises of Falun Gong, large marching bands, waist drum teams, dragon dances, dances, concerts, song and dance shows, poster exhibitions, art exhibitions, performances on the street, and movies on TV. All those programs broadcast the message of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to the general public, and the performances are very well received by people in different countries.
The spiritual image of Falun Gong practitioners in the parades moves the spectators. Everywhere Falun Gong practitioners go, the cheers and applause follow. Falun Gong practitioners have received countless praises including, first prize, special prize, and various awards etc.
In 2002, the committee of the Edinburgh International Arts Festival awarded Falun Gong practitioners the first prize for the British Queen's "Golden Jubilee Celebration." That was also the first time Falun Gong practitioners participated in the parade. The committee members highly praised the performance of Falun Gong for its refreshing and graceful style. There were 200,000 thousand spectators in that parade, which was the largest crowd ever.
On the afternoon of April 10, 2004, about 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners, from all over the world, held a grand parade with "Journey of Fa-rectification" as the theme in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York. The procession demonstrated that Falun Gong had repeatedly gone through hardships since 1992 and yet has continued on its solemn and stirring magnificent course, which caused spectators' enormous echo. The spectators were shocked by the torture reenactments. They were shocked and concerned after learning of the brutal persecution that practitioners in China suffer. Many were also moved to tears by the dance and music performed by Falun Gong practitioners who, under such difficult conditions, had managed to bring optimism, joy, and hope to the general public.
Grand Parade in New York on March 25, 2006
Disclosure of Sujiatun and Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners
On December 24, 2000, about 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners, from all over the world, held a parade in Taipei to support fellow practitioners persecuted in China.
After going through seven years of persecution, Falun Gong practitioners carry no hatred in their hearts, and they have confronted the most brutal and evil in this world with enormous kindness and tolerance. They clarified the truth with forgiveness and compassion in their heart to the entire world. Their wisdom and compassionate hearts won the understanding and respect from the general public.
A Day for all Humanity to Celebrate
Since the first day of the teachings of Falun Gong, up to May 13, 2006, it has brought benefits to many communities. There have been about 2,000 honors from governments, congress, and various organizations from different countries. They recognized the undeniable contributions by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong and also the four time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize since 2000. Every reward is like an everlasting praising song that bears witness to history.
As the truth about Falun Gong has continued to spread, Falun Gong practitioners have demonstrated their rationality, their kind and noble character, and their selfless generosity. Those qualities enabled the general public to gain a deeper understanding. Many countries and local governments start to establish " Falun Dafa Month," "Falun Dafa Week," and "Falun Dafa Day" to appreciate the wonder of Falun Dafa brought to their people.
In May 2000, to celebrate the birthday of the founder of Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi, and the great event that Falun Dafa has been brought to the worldly people, based on Falun Gong practitioners' suggestion, the Falun Dafa Association decided to make May 13 "World Falun Dafa Day." From then on, all Falun Gong practitioners and sentient beings can celebrate together on the same day, and share the wonder and joy that Falun Dafa has brought to life.
The day a human being has been saved is the day that a person can understand the true meanings of life from Falun Dafa. A person can genuinely apply the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion- Forbearance to daily life, and then a life can transcend and become wonderful. Falun Gong practitioners want to express their gratitude to their great and merciful Master. We believe strongly that the future generations will treasure Dafa, respect Dafa, and believe in Dafa. And then May 13 will become the most sacred day for mankind.