(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners celebrated the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the public, wished Master Li Hongzhi a Happy Birthday and spread the beauty and wonders of Falun Dafa in the center of Athens on May 9 and 13, 2022.
Athens is an ancient landmark and a meet-see for tourists. Falun Dafa practitioners’ peaceful exercise demonstration attracted many people. Some asked about Falun Dafa and local practice sites while others received truth-clarification flyers and took copies home for their relatives.
People Attracted to the Peaceful Exercises
A lady from Dubai stopped to watch practitioners as they meditated. She asked, “Are they relaxed?” A practitioner replied, “Yes, although their bodies are completely relaxed, they aren’t sleeping. Their minds are focused.”
The lady asked, “Why are you practicing the exercises here?” The practitioner said, “Falun Dafa practitioners abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to become better people. This practice allows one to become healthy and have high moral standards. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecutes this group of people and have made up many lies to deceive people who do not know the truth about Falun Dafa. We are here to tell people how great Falun Dafa is while also calling for an end to the persecution.”
The lady accepted a truth-clarification flyer and began reading it.
Two young Arabic men asked a practitioner, “They look very peaceful. What is this called?” The practitioner explained that Falun Dafa is an ancient spiritual practice that benefits both mind and body and is free of charge.
One of the young men asked, “Are you anti-communism?” The practitioner explained, “We are peacefully protesting the persecution of Falun Dafa.” He was shocked and said, “Persecution? Why? These practitioners who are doing the exercises look so peaceful.” The practitioner explained that the CCP is atheist, hence they forbid anyone in China to have any religion or faith. The young man asked again, “Why? It is because...” Before he could finish, his friend said, “It is because of jealousy. Jealousy is part of our nature and falls on the evil side. Therefore we need to do better.” He pointed to practitioners who were demonstrating the exercises and said, “This is good. Continue practicing and keep up the good work.”
“What can I do to help?”
Emalia, who works in retail, was shocked after learning how Falun Dafa is persecuted. “Forced live organ harvesting actually exists? This is horrible!” She shook her head and continued, “The CCP removes organs from practitioners while they are alive because they become healthy after practicing Falun Dafa, right?” A practitioner explained, “Practitioners are guided by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They are compassionate to everyone and have an open mind. By practicing the Falun Dafa exercises they become healthy in both mind and body.” Emalia nodded in agreement.
Emalia said that she saw practitioners last week but did not get the chance to learn more about the practice. She said, “What can I do to help?” A practitioner asked Emalia to spread the truth about Falun Dafa and help stop the persecution and forced live organ harvesting.
The practitioner also told her that the European Parliament recently passed a resolution which condemned the CCP’s forced live organ harvesting. “Many more countries will take notice of forced live organ harvesting. This is also the reason practitioners around the world have been persisting in telling people about the situation. Emalia gave her a thumbs up and said, “You guys did great! You should persist.” Almost immediately, she turned around and started to tell the two people behind her about Falun Dafa.
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