Editors' Note: In both Western and Chinese culture, the principle of karmic retribution, that is, being held ultimately accountable for one's own actions, is widely accepted. The fundamental teaching of Falun Gong is the characteristic of the universe, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." The universe will reward actions that are in harmony with this principle, while actions such as beating, torturing and murdering people will incur karmic retribution. Stated another way, good deeds will be rewarded with good, while evildoings will meet due karmic retribution. Articles such as this one are meant as a compassionateáreminder of this principle to those who would commit wrongdoing. While many of those who persecute Falun Gong are merely "following orders," the universal law requires that they, too, be held responsible for their actions, and that only by reversing their course of wrongdoing may they escape karmic retribution.

Liu Qinghua, the Deputy Chief Officer of Qianjin Township, Jiaohe City, Jilin Province, played a major role in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. On October 18, 2002, he died when his motorcycle collided with a car.

Xu Guobing, a resident of Dongshen Township, Kangpin County, Liaoning Province, asked the village committee for an assignment to stake out practitioners and eavesdrop on their conversations. Although he was repeatedly advised by his family members and friends not to do so, he refused to mend his ways. Recently, he angrily left his home after a quarrel with his wife. He was later found in the hills by a shepherd and sent to a hospital. Both of his legs and one of his fingers have been amputated.

March 30, 2003