The Battle Has Not Yet Been Won
(Clearwisdom.net) I would like to share my understanding on the interference with Shen Yun's performance in Hong Kong.
Although the performance was canceled, people worldwide are now aware of the evil intentions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The so-called "one country, two systems" policy and autonomy for Hong Kong doesn't even come close to the truth. The minute the CCP does something underhanded like this, it is our opportunity to tell people about the CCP's brutal suppression of Falun Gong and thus save more people. We must utilize this opportunity to let more people see the true face of the CCP.
We can avail ourselves of the legal process and have the sponsors of Shen Yun in Hong Kong sue the government. The government issued most of Shen Yun's staff entry permits with the exception of six core production staff members. It did not notify the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company of these exceptions until three days before the company members were to board the plane for Hong Kong.
The government of Hong Kong acted like it wanted Shen Yun to perform, but it used purported "labor laws" to cause Shen Yun to have to cancel. The Hong Kong government claimed that there were people in Hong Kong with the skills necessary to take the places of the six core production staff members whose visas were denied. Most people are aware that core production staff for a performing group are not ordinary laborers. In actuality, these irreplaceable senior technicians have been trained over a long period of time and have intimate experience working with the Shen Yun artists. The performances cannot go on without them.
By going through the legal process, we can tell people the facts about the CCP and thus save people. We can intimidate the evil and pave the path for Shen Yun's performance in Hong Kong in the future.
We do not fear the CCP's interference. Teacher said:
"Really, no matter what the old forces do, that's what will happen under the effect of the cosmos's [law of] mutual-generation mutual-inhibition--whatever it does will amount to advertising on the Dafa disciples' behalf. Let's take, for example, the many projects Dafa disciples are doing. As soon as the evil interferes, the forces that are upright and good emerge in turn. And it's the same with whatever the bad people do: As soon as they smear us, or want to do something bad and stir up trouble, it inherently has the effect of expanding our influence." ("Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capital")
Before Shen Yun's performance in Canberra, Australia, in 2007, Chinese Embassy officials wrote to every city council member, slandering the show and telling them not to go see it. The letters had just the opposite effect, as every single person went to see the show. On April 5, 2007, Green Party MP Keith Locke sent a congratulatory letter to Shen Yun and condemned the CCP's interference. Dozens of people who received phone calls telling them not to be at any of the shows did just the opposite--they made sure to see the show.
Whether Shen Yun can successfully perform in Hong Kong does not depend on the CCP and the Hong Kong government--it depends on us practitioners. Some of us have not viewed Shen Yun's shows with righteous thoughts. A lot of us have relied on other practitioners and neglected to do what we were supposed to do before the performance. Practitioners are putting on a grand show to save sentient beings. If the show cannot be performed, the main characters in the play on earth did not do well.
For practitioners, anything that happens is related to our practice, our diligence. The results of anything we do depends on whether we do them with human notions or righteous thoughts. We should not be attached to whether or not Shen Yun will perform in Hong Kong, but let the Fa govern our minds and turn everything into a good thing.
Over 7,000 people were prevented from seeing the show despite having purchased tickets. The result has been that everyone in Hong Kong has learned about Shen Yun, which would be a difficult feat for the practitioners in Hong Kong to achieve. In the process, more people learned about Shen Yun and the CCP's evil deeds. When Shen Yun does perform in Hong Kong, even more people will want to see it.
This incident is just another CCP scandal, and there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the CCP had a part in the denial of the visas. In China, the CCP suppresses practitioners covertly, and people can't see it in plain view. As the CCP continues to play tricks overseas, it can no longer use the power of the state to stay hidden. Everything the CCP does proves that practitioners are telling the truth.
With faith, we do not fear. We do not fear the CCP's interference. It is only temporary. With practitioners' efforts, it is only a matter of time before Shen Yun will perform in Hong Kong.