(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a high-level mind-body cultivation practice in the Buddha School, guided by the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance and complemented with five sets of slow and gentle exercises. It was first taught to the public by Master Li Hongzhi in 1992 in Changchun City, Jilin Province in China. Within a few years, the number of people practicing Falun Gong increased to over 100 million. The learners strove to live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. They saw their health improved and mind elevated, attesting to Falun Gong’s positive impact on social morality. 

Due to Falun Gong’s popularity and its revival of traditional values, which are a sharp contrast to communism’s class struggle ideology, Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), launched a nationwide persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999. Jiang vowed to eradicate Falun Gong in three months and ordered three persecution policies: “Ruin their reputations, cut them off financially, and destroy them physically.”

Countless innocent Falun Gong practitioners, men, and women, old and young, have since suffered unlawful detention, imprisonment, torture, injection of toxic drugs, force-feeding, and even organ harvesting. To date, at least 4,641 practitioners are confirmed to have died as a result of the persecution. The actual number is deemed to be much higher, due to strict information censorship in China. This brutal persecution of faith against innocent people is still going on, even though it is carried out in a more covert manner in some places.

Karmic Retribution

In both Western and Chinese traditional cultures, the principle of karmic retribution is widely accepted. In ancient China, people held the belief that offending and showing disrespect to gods and Buddhas, or harming people engaged in spiritual cultivation amounted to great sins. Not only the offenders would suffer retribution, but their family members would also face consequences too if their sins were too enormous for them to bear themselves. Such retributions also occurred from time to time during the persecution of Falun Gong. Take the following cases for example:

Chen Meng, an anchor at the state-run China Central Television (CCTV), actively participated in the persecution of Falun Gong by fabricating lies and slanders to aid the CCP’s brainwashing of the Chinese people against Falun Gong, in particular in the infamous “Tiananmen Square Self-immolation” hoax. He died miserably of lymphoma in 2008 at the age 47. 

Li Shuliang was the political head of the traffic police team in the police department of the No. 404 Nuclear Factory in Gansu Province. He actively took part in arresting and torturing Falun Gong practitioners. Once he slapped and kicked a female practitioner in her 70s and whipped her with a leather belt until she passed out. A few years later, Li Shuliang was diagnosed with stomach cancer and suffered unbearable pain until his death. He was in his 50s.

Lu Hongru, in his 70s, was a Zhengzhou University Philosophy Professor and vice-president of Zhengzhou Philosophy Society in Henan Province. He proactively participated in the persecution of Falun Gong and used his status to attack and slander Falun Dafa on Henan Province TV station. One day in early August 2003, his whole family, including Lu, his wife, their daughter and son-in-law, and their teenage granddaughter, were driving to Lu’s hometown. On the way, their car crashed into the rear of a truck. All four adults died instantly, while the teenager was severely injured. 

Just as Ji Xiaolan, an influential scholar of China’s Qing Dynasty, once said: “When a person’s sins are overwhelmingly monstrous that cannot be repaid with his own life, it will bring harm to his family.”

Zeng Guofan, a well-known statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing dynasty, also said: “Good people value virtues and enjoy auspiciousness bestowed by heaven. Evil people sow seeds of calamity and bring misfortunes to succeeding generations.”

Why Do Plague Gods Spread Plagues

We can see from the story in Chapter 87 of Journey to the West mentioned in Part 1 that a person would fall sick if he/she has done bad deeds. When an official has offended Heaven, even if his offense is unintentional, not only he himself but also the people he represents, would suffer tribulations as a result. 

At the moment, humanity is being hit badly by the deadly pandemic of the CCP virus, with more than 200 million people infected around the world and millions’ lives lost. It may be viewed by many as a devastating public health crisis, but on another level, isn’t it also a timely warning to the world’s people?

Chen Tuan, a great Taoist sage in the late Tang Dynasty, said in Xin Xiang Pian: “Is it because of bad luck that people die from diseases? It is because of their own sins, and yet they curse Heaven and Earth.” 

It is said in a Chinese medical classic Mingyi Xubing Lun (Famous Physicians Explain Disease): “The fact that people do not live out their full destiny but in many cases die young is because they do not love or cherish themselves. Instead, they exhaust their intention with anger and competitiveness, strive for fame and go after profit, accumulate toxins, and battle their spirit. On the inside they harm their bones and skeleton; on the outside, they destroy their flesh and muscles.”

Abundant evidence since ancient times warns people that the root cause of short life, disease, plague, and death lies in people’s selfish desires for fame and gain, and their disrespect of Heaven, Earth, and gods. 

There is such a story in a report published on Minghui.org that after a CCP village committee member burned truth-clarification materials about Falun Gong, both his hands began to shake involuntarily, and he could not even hold a bowl or a mug. 

A Falun Gong practitioner told him, “You have done a bad thing to prevent people from learning the truth. It’s a big sin and you’re getting a warning from Heaven. If you do such things again, bigger disasters may come your way.” After he realized what he did was wrong, he dared not do it again, and his hands gradually turned back to normal and stopped shaking. 

In the article “Discourse with the God of Plague,” the ambassador of plagues said to the Falun Gong practitioner who wrote the article: “Dafa disciples have been clarifying the truth to people for more than 20 years. Many people have refused to listen to you. You have delivered many truth-clarifying materials to many households, but how many people really cherish them? It has been a long time. People cannot tell good from bad, and the moral standard has been declining. They followed the evil Party, and have accumulated a lot of karma. This is the real cause of the pandemic.”

Plagues Have Eyes 

There is an ancient saying: “If you do good in one day, although the blessing has not yet come, the misfortune is far away; if you do evil in one day, although the misfortune has not come, the blessing is far away.”

During the pandemic, at one stage, quite a few people in Hubei Women’s Prison tested positive with the virus, so people in the entire prison were transferred to hotels for quarantine, and each Falun Gong practitioner was guarded by two inmates. 

In one case, the two assigned inmates persecuted the practitioner, and soon both tested positive for the virus. The prison replaced the two inmates with another pair of inmates, who also treated the practitioner badly. Very soon they also contracted the virus. However, the practitioner remained sound and safe. Seeing what had happened to the four inmates before them, the third pair of inmates assigned to monitor the practitioner dared not mistreat the practitioner anymore, and as a result, they both tested negative throughout the period.

Ancients in China often said: “Misfortune and blessings do not come to us without reason, we bring them upon ourselves. The consequences of good or evil deeds are always in company with the doer, like a shadow.”

There have been numerous reports on Minghui.org about how people recovered from the pandemic infection by reciting “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” from their hearts, and that some places stayed away from disasters because many local people had withdrawn from the CCP organizations. 

There was such a story that one day when a Falun Gong practitioner encouraged a well-dressed lady to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, the lady told her with a big smile that she and all her family members had long done so, “[That’s why] we have few disasters here!”

The practitioner then ran into a gentleman, who said that he had also quit the CCP. Both he and the practitioner noted that their local area had not been affected by the pandemic, whereas nearby cities and counties all had cases of infection. “This is because a lot of people in our local area have quit the CCP organizations and know Falun Dafa is good,” the practitioner said. “Yes, you are absolutely right!” the man agreed happily. 

Much has been said about the principle that good and evil would receive their due rewards, sooner or later, and that humanity as a whole and each individual member need to base our conduct on universal moral principles and virtuous values shown to humanity by the Divine since ancient times to truly be able to enjoy peace and prosperity. 

The CCP’s repressive ideological doctrines and tyrannic behaviors are in complete contradiction to the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and traditional values and ethics. The CCP represents the most vicious elements in the universe and is most dangerous to humanity.

Now more than 382 million Chinese people have seen through the true colors of the CCP and declared from their hearts to quit it and its associated organizations – the Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers. At the same time, more and more governments and people in the international community have also awakened to the evil nature of the CCP and begun to take action to confront and reject its aggressive expansion and infiltration in the free world. 

Justice and virtue will always prevail over evil in the end, and everyone needs to be clear-headed, act righteously and make the right choice in the process for one’s own future. 

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