France: Falun Dafa Practitioners Wish Revered Master a Happy New Year
(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, practitioners in France gathered at the Place de la République, a renowned Parisian tourist attraction, to wish the founder of Falun Gong, revered Master Li, a Happy New Year. They pressed their hands together in heshi (a sign of respect) for a group picture and called out: “Happy New Year Master! Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” The practitioners are grateful for Master’s arduous efforts in offering salvation to all beings.
It is the 28th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the world and over hundred million people have taken up the practice. With the ongoing 21 years of persecution, Falun Dafa practitioners have truly cultivated and assimilated to Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Practitioners in France have persisted in clarifying the truth to people for more than 20 years. They wish to bring the beauty of Falun Dafa to predestined people and leave Master’s boundless compassion to the French people.
Assimilating to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance
Minh, a young Vietnamese Falun Dafa practitioner pursuing his Master's degree in France, is very grateful to Master’s salvation. He shared that ever since he was young, he would ponder and ask himself where he was from and wondered about the purpose of life. He found Falun Dafa while researching online. He said, “I started to read Zhuan Falun and Master’s other lectures. What Master said was easy to understand and answered all my questions. I am no longer confused about life.”
Minh said that after he began practicing Falun Dafa, his health improved. “I would often get sick in the past and I coughed for months. I had to take medication to make myself feel better. After cultivating, my physical state changed for the better. I no longer take any medication and I am not sick anymore.”
In the past, Minh had a lot of negative thoughts. He said, “I would feel very distressed because I pursued fame and profit. All night I would think about what I was going to do in my life. As a result I suffered from insomnia.” After reading the section “Loss and Gain” in Zhuan Falun, Minh was able to relinquish many of his attachments. This was something he was never able to do before. “I can handle everything more calmly now. I am able to sleep very well at night and my life has become better. I no longer feel that my life is unfair.”
As a young and new Falun Dafa practitioner, Minh continues to eliminate his attachments. However he said that Master is always by his side, constantly guiding him and enlightening him. When he does not handle things well, Master gives him more opportunities and arranges the best path for him.
He said, “I am sincerely grateful to Master. I know that gratitude is best displayed by constantly purifying myself and assimilating to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance!”
Encountering Falun Dafa
Visudhha is a dramatic actor from Bretagne, France. When he was a child he wished to understand everything in the world. He searched for something more profound within. He explored many different religions: Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, but felt that those teachings were limited and incomplete.
After his friend told him about Falun Dafa, Visuddha finished reading Zhuan Falun in one day with much enthusiasm.
That winter he had been feeling very depressed and miserable. Nothing could cheer him up and he refused to do anything. However after reading Zhuan Falun, he understood that retribution for all the evil deeds he'd done in past lifetimes were hindering him from cultivation. As a result he made sure to study the Fa and practice the exercises. If he had trouble falling asleep at night, he would listen to Master’s audio lectures. Listening to Master’s voice made him feel at ease and this helped him persist.
Visuddha would feel a strong energy field while practicing the exercises. He felt that his cells were moving at a very fast speed and yet everything looked very calm on the surface. He was able to persist and accomplish projects more smoothly, as he felt more clear-headed.
To Visuddha, cultivating Falun Dafa is a process of being purified layer by layer. After the negative substances in his mind and body were removed, his mind became clearer and his surroundings became simpler.
He said, “I feel very fortunate to cultivate Dafa. Master is always protecting me and he never gave up on me. Master has given me boundless compassion and everlasting salvation.”
Visuddha added, “No words can describe my infinite gratitude to Master! I will not let Master down. I will continue to cultivate more diligently.”