(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners introduced the mind-body cultivation practice at a local weekend event organized by Vivira Mall in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India.
The event took place on March 3-5, 2023. The shopping center was thronged with weekend crowds, making it a great opportunity for practitioners to share Falun Dafa’s positive message and principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance with everyone.
Many visitors were drawn to the simple but unique stand displaying the Falun Dafa books in the English and Tamil languages. Interested in knowing more about the practice, some shoppers asked questions, while others were keen to learn the practice via online classes.
A man from Africa asked for more information about Falun Dafa. Practitioners showed him the Minghui International magazine, taking him through its vivid pictures and relaying to him the stories behind them and telling him about the health benefits of Falun Dafa. He also bought the books, Falun Gong and Zhuan Falun.
He learned about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 23-year-long brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, and the CCP’s biggest crime against humanity—the forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, most of whom are Falun Dafa practitioners. “I never heard of this, it is horrible,” he said.
A young student visited the Falun Dafa stand and asked many questions. He said he was already on a spiritual path. He then took a Falun Dafa book and started reading “On Dafa” in the Tamil language. He said he felt really good while reading. He bought the two books and said he was interested in learning the exercises and attending the online classes.
A man in his 60s had a basic knowledge of qigong practices and asked several questions. He talked with a practitioner for over 30 minutes. He said that Falun Dafa is profound. He bought two books and wanted to learn the exercises. The practitioner gave him the details of the local practice site.
Many people of all ages talked with practitioners, but most of them were youngsters. Nisha, a practitioner who organized the event, said that the manager of the mall understood the beauty of Falun Dafa. He knew that it would benefit people physically and mentally, and expressed his support for introducing the practice.
Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises, have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 23 years, though due to the difficulty in getting information out of China, the actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply China’s organ transplant industry.
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