Sharing the Wonder of Dafa - A Review of the Submissions for World Falun Dafa Day (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) The two-week celebration of Falun Dafa Day 2010 on Clearwisdom.net has now concluded. Below are some of the highlights among the articles and artwork recently published in commemoration of World Falun Dafa Day.
Their Personal Experiences are Miracles in the Modern World
Because of a workplace injury, a practitioner's lumbar and cervical vertebrae sustained compression fractures, and he had to wear a steel back support at all times. On the eighth day after he started to practice Falun Gong, the practitioner recovered from the injuries and never used the steel back support again (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/25/117372.html).
A 72-year-old practitioner used to have blood in her urine, and low blood pressure that caused her to become out of breath just from walking. She also had hypersensitive skin, severe problems with insomnia and allergic reactions from all kinds of medicines; thus she couldn't take any drugs to reduce her suffering. But just one hour after she practiced Falun Gong for the first time, she had a very sound sleep. Her son wrote a letter saying: "It's really unbelievable. On the first day my mother practiced the first exercise, there was an instant change, even though she didn't truly understand the essentials of the movements. As long as she continued doing the exercises, she got better and better. Now her health is quite normal." (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/18/117148.html)
These miracles are real stories that have happened around us. The above are just two stories from the submissions for the World Falun Dafa Day this year.
Cut out paper design: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.
Practitioners Actively Respond to Our Request for Submissions
May 13, 2010 was the 11th World Falun Dafa Day. In order to celebrate Falun Dafa's introduction to the public 18 years ago, to help more people learn about Falun Dafa and about the history and current situation of how it is being embraced around the world, the minghui.ca (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) editors published a Request for Submissions for World Falun Dafa Day," asking Falun Dafa disciples around the world to submit their experiences. The website also wished to help people understand why there are still so many practitioners persisting in practicing Falun Dafa in China despite the cruel persecution launched by the communist regime 11 years ago.
As of May 5, within only half a month, the Minghui editors received about 4,000 submissions, including articles, Chinese calligraphy, traditional arts and crafts, paintings, photography, music, poetry and interviews. The stories submitted by the practitioners were so earnest, touching and precious that the editors extended the celebration of Falun Dafa Day from one week to two weeks. From May 8 to May 21, Minghui published almost 200 submissions, including artworks.
Miraculous Stories of Keeping Healthy and Fit from All Over the World
These articles and art works demonstrate to our readers how Falun Dafa is wonderful practice and also the supernormal manifestation of the Buddha Fa. For example, in the article "Falun Dafa Miraculously Saved Several People in My Family," a practitioner from China recalled that after her family members memorized and genuinely believed the words, "Falun Dafa is good," her brother and her grandnephew who were severely ill, recovered, and the daughter of her elder brother came back to life after her heart stopped beating for two hours. All the nurses who were disassembling the equipment cried out, "It's a miracle! It's a miracle! Her heart had stopped beating for two hours. How could it beat again?!" And as for her nephew, after practicing Falun Dafa for nine days, he recovered from serious fibrosis.
In the article, "How Can I Ever Repay Revered Teacher?" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/18/117150.html) the practitioner's three-year-old son was diagnosed with epilepsy. After studying Falun Dafa for 15 years, his son has become a healthy young man and was admitted to a university. In the article "Falun Dafa Gave Me a New Life" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/20/117209.html), the practitioner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but after practicing Falun Gong she was cured and was given a brand new life. In the article "After Practicing Falun Gong, My Leukemia Disappeared" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/26/117402.html), the practitioner told us the miraculous story of how her disease was cured without medical treatment.
Just as the news "Falun Gong is Beneficial to All Ages" in the front page in Yangcheng Evening News on November 10, 1998 said, Falun Dafa is suitable for people of all ages. The article "My Eighty-Year-Old Mother-in-Law's Good Fortune of Obtaining the Fa" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/23/117326.html) talked about how the practitioner's mother-in-law started cultivating Falun Dafa in her eighties. She used to suffer from a number of illnesses, but now her complexion looks healthy and her gray hair is turning black; she couldn't read in the past, but now she reads through Zhuan Falun every week. She had a fractured bone in one of her legs and couldn't walk, but now she can stand and walk on her own. The author of "Falun Dafa Is So Good, Anyone Who Studies It Will Be Blessed" is a ninety-year-old practitioner. She told us her story of regaining health after cultivation and keeps disciplining herself according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and strives to be a good person. Another ninety-year-old practitioner narrated her miraculous experiences in "Ninety-five-year-old Practitioner Expresses Thanks to Master on World Falun Dafa Day," http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/19/117176.html .
Families, Business and Society Benefit from Pure Hearts
In modern day society, mankind's morality is degenerating very quickly. Many parents are at a loss when it comes to educating their children. However, teen-aged Falun Dafa practitioners have found the right direction in their lives. A young practitioner wrote an article titled "Three Big Problems were Resolved when My Family began Practicing Falun Gong" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/26/117395.html). In the article, the young man shared how he found his destination in life and his family became harmonious. In "Our Children Grow Up Healthily," author Qing Shan told us how after all of his family started cultivation, they stopped fighting with each other and lived together harmoniously. Guided by the Fa's principles, his children became very polite and respectful and cared for the elder generations. Meanwhile, Dafa granted his children wisdom and they became excellent students and were admitted to top universities with the highest and second highest scores. Later, his daughter received a fellowship to continue her studies at a top university in the United States.
The biggest difference between Falun Dafa and other traditional cultivation ways is that Falun Dafa practitioners are part of society; they do not leave to cultivate in some remote location. They all have their own regular family life and also do their jobs in every profession; yet, they are not attached to the material world with all its desires: They discipline themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which is the characteristics of the universe. In the article "Falun Dafa Taught Me to be a Good Person" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/18/117149.html), the author used very simple words to tell us the story of a teacher who is responsible in her work and deals with family conflicts with compassion. In the article "Following the Standards of Dafa to Get Along with Others in the Same Business" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/20/117211.html) and the article "The Secret of My Success in Business", both authors are businessmen. They complied with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and improved their xinxing while conducting their business. By doing this they demonstrated the greatness of Dafa to other people. The author of "Following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance While Managing a Shopping Mall" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/24/117347.html) is a manager of a shopping mall with several hundred vendors. In her work, she treated the employees and customers benevolently, and changed people around her with her unselfish motives and compassion. Her style of doing things demonstrated the beauty of Falun Dafa. In such a society where people all compete with each other, she created a harmonious environment around her.
The article "No Longer Spending Public Money for Personal Use or Taking Bribes - a Government Director's Cultivation Story" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/23/117316.html) describes the practitioner's change from using public money for meals and taking bribes to spending her own money and refusing to receive gifts. She said: "However, when I pulled out my wallet, a feeling of uneasiness overcame me. Indeed, for all those years, I completely forgot how to pay for a meal with my own money. It was agonizing, but I forced myself to pay with my own money." From then on, the author preserved her integrity. "The provincial government normally gives rewards to outstanding public servants every year. Before I retired, I received this honor for six consecutive years. Upon the year of my retirement, with only six months left, my colleagues gave me the award for that year ahead of time. "
Artwork from Practitioners
Traditional Chinese Painting : A Quiet Night in A Village
Pyrography: A Flying Heavenly Girl
Woodcarving: The Buddha-light Illuminates Everywhere and Rectifies All Abnormalities
There were quite a few artworks included in the submissions. In the traditional Chinese painting "A Quiet Night in a Village," the practitioners in a villager study the only copy of Zhuan Falun together (after the Chinese communist regime started the persecution, they collected and destroyed all the Falun Gong books). For the pyrographics of "A Flying Heavenly Girl" and "Falun Dafa is Good," the artists drew Chinese calligraphy on gourds with a soldering iron. Their works are simple and elegant. They integrated the truth of Falun Dafa and the essence of cultivation into their works, in the hopes that more people can learn the truth. Musical submissions from practitioners also provide people with a peaceful realm through pure rhythms.
The Historical Evidence that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Cannot Deny
Falun Gong practitioners do the exercises together in Changchun, in May 1998
Lantai Neiwai magazine: The Practitioners under the Sun
There were quite a large selection of historic materials in the submissions, such as "Historical Photos: Group Exercises of Chinese Practitioners in the Early Day,s" "Lantai Neiwai magazine: Falun Gong Has the Best Effects in Keeping Healthy and Fit,"and others. These precious submissions revealed the tremendous growth of Falun Gong all over China in the early years and also provided positive media reports about Falun Gong before the persecution. Additionally, many veteran practitioners who attended Master's lectures recalled the hardships that Master endured when He spread the Fa in the early days, as well as the stories of Master being considerate to practitioners and His simple way of life. Many practitioners witnessed the great power of Master. The author of the article "A Practitioner's Memories of the Days Spent with Master in the Second Lecture Class" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/17/117115.html) used to work with Master in the same workplace. In his article, he told us that Master was very modest despite His high-level gong. This practitioner also recalled details of when Master first held lectures to spread the Fa. He mentioned one of his miraculous experiences, which Master wrote about in Zhuan Falun:
"The last time we held a class at Jilin University, a practitioner pushed his bike as he was going through the main entrance of Jilin University. As soon as he walked into the middle of the road, all of a sudden two cars sandwiched him. The cars almost hit him, but he was not scared at all. Normally, we are not frightened at all upon running into these things. At that very second, the cars stopped and nothing happened."
The practitioner wrote, "That was me in that story."
Warm Feedback from Readers
The World Falun Dafa Day submissions received a lot of feedback, both from practitioners and also from others who want to know more about Falun Gong. Practitioner Ms. Kang from the USA expressed her feelings after reading the articles over the two weeks: She was deeply moved, and was inspired and encouraged by those articles to cultivate more diligently.
Ms. Zheng, the human resources manager from National Taiwan University Hospital, told us that she started to read the submission articles every day after May 9, no matter how busy she was. What impressed her the most were the stories of the practitioners that Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun. For example, in the article "Witness to Master Spreading the Fa in Early Years in Changchun - Metal Pipe Fell on My Head" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/14/116969.html), the practitioner said at the beginning: "I am 81 years old, a student of Master's first class of spreading the Fa. I am the person that Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun. I had a metal pipe fall on top of my head, but I was fine. Greetings, Master! I miss you! I know you know who I am when I mention this story, I am waiting for your return!" Ms. Zheng was so moved by those words that tears flowed from her eyes. At the end of the article, this senior practitioner wrote: "I am very strong, waiting for Master's return. I want to be a witness for Master; all I said is true. I am living evidence." When the elderly practitioner said those words, she cried. And Ms. Zheng, who was reading this article, also cried.
There is a reader who is studying western medicine. After he read the news of World Falun Dafa Day, he wrote a letter to the Minghui editors: On May 13, he read a lot of news about World Falun Dafa Day, so he sent a message to the overseas practitioners to give his best regards to Master Li Hongzhi and all the Dafa disciples, and he hoped that everything would go well with Dafa disciples. He said, just after he sent the message, a miraculous thing happened: a headache that had bothered him for several days suddenly went away. He felt that it was really amazing. He said, "This world is wonderful; there are so many things that we don't understand. Humanity is so small."
Gratitude from Dafa Disciples
The purpose of these submissions was for Dafa disciples to express their gratitude and to be witnesses to the greatness of Dafa. Practitioners thanked Master and Dafa for saving their lives and offering them salvation. In the end of the article "How Can I Ever Repay Revered Teacher?" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/18/117150.html) the practitioner wrote: "I couldn't have imagined such a change in my deepest dreams over the past years. I can't stop crying and I feel absolutely blessed. There is nothing I can do to repay Teacher."
Falun Gong practitioners who shared their personal experiences in the articles also hope that more and more people can benefit from Falun Dafa. The author of the article "Beginning Cultivation in Falun Dafa and Living Truthfully Healed My Illnesses" (http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/5/16/117073.html) started cultivation after she learned the truth of Falun Gong, and soon she was healed from all her illnesses. She expressed the feelings of many Dafa disciples: "I often ponder the reason the CCP made up and still makes up so many lies to defame Falun Gong. Had they not done so, there would be many more people like me who could benefit from the practice of Falun Gong. I really hope my experiences will help more people understand what Falun Gong really is all about. That way they will no longer be deceived by the lies and be able to live truthfully."