By Elena Shelberova
Falun Gong is «a great ocean of truth …» — scholar and writer Zhong Weiguang
Why Falun Gong practice attracts millions of people?
There are many healers known in history who helped people to get rid of their ailments. In religious teachings in the past, they talked about miraculous healings, but to do it on such a colossal scale, as it does Master Li Hongzhi and his teachings, is just inconceivable. In addition, in-depth research has been conducted by experts, confirming the authenticity of people’s recoveries as a result of practicing Falun Gong.
What is Falun Gong?
After revising ancient teachings of self-improvement and having made it understandable for people of today, Master Li Hongzhi called it Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), and crowds of people came to the lectures of Mr. Li, even in government circles this qigong practice was admired extraordinarily.
Falun Gong is different from other qigong practices being taught in China. While it does include slow-moving energy exercises, it also involve something more—teachings that guide students on a path of moral self-improvement and discovery in their daily lives. At the core of these teachings were three principles and the desire to align one’s self with them in thought and action—Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance (Zhen 真Shan 善Ren 忍 ).»
Changes in the way of thinking, in the way a person looks at the world, have an effecton one’s physical condition,on improving his health.
Research by experts
In order to understand the contribution and effects of Falun Gong on healing and fitness for health improvement, Beijing Zizhuyuan Assistance Center in October 1998 invited leading experts and medical professionals to conduct a sociological survey among Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing. Of the 584 practitioners who responded, 174 were men and 410 female. The method used in this study was to ask the randomly chosen practitioners to complete questionnaires. Altogether 700 questionnaires were sent out. After classification, statistical study, and analysis by a group of scientists and physicians, the results showed that there were tremendous improvements in the physical condition of these Falun Gong practitioners after practicing Falun Gong, and annual medical expenses decreased sharply. Out of 527 people, 63.9% of them completely cured their diseases. After practice, 90.20 % of people had remarkable improvement of their general physical condition (See Study 1).
In the same year,1998, the National Sports Commission in China organized medical researchers to conduct a survey on all qigong practices, including, of course, Falun Gong.The results were obtained from Beijing, Wuhan, Nanchangand Shenzhen, as well as the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Anhui. As a result of this survey information regarding health-related changes was gathered, a comparison was done between the health condition before and after practicing Falun Gong. The survey results indicated that the overall effectiveness of Falun Gong practice in healing illnesses exceeded 98%. (See Study 2).
Study 1: The Effect of Falun Gong on healing illnesses and keeping fit
A Survey among Practitioners from Beijing Zizhuyuan Assistance Center (October 18, 1998)
Table 1: The change before and after practice in terms of disease symptoms and medicine consumption:
Table 2: The Effect of Falun Gong on healing illnesses and keeping fit
Table 3: Physical health improvement after practice
Note for Table 3: After practice, over 90% of people’s health had remarkable improvement and no single case had a decline in health. This indicates the significant effect of Falun Gong in promoting health.
Study 2: The Effect of Falun Gong on healing illnesses and keeping fit
A Survey among Practitioners from Beijing, Wuchang, Dalian, Nanchang, and also Guangdong, Guangxi and Anhui provinces conducted at the request of Sports Commission, 1998
List of experts and medical professionals participating in this survey and statistical analysis:
Wang Qi, Chief Physician, General Hospital for Armed Police
Li Naiyuan, Chief Physician, Stomatological Hospital of the Beijing Medical University
Zheng Lihua, Deputy Chief Physician, People’s University of China Hospital
Qu Zengqiu, Pharmacist, People’s University of China Hospital
TianXiulan, Managing Physician, Beijing Hospital of Nuclear Industry
Jing Lianhong, Physician, Dongshi Hospital for Women and Children
Similar studies were also conducted in Taiwan:
All doctors and scientists who conducted similar studies come to the same conclusion: practicing Falun Gong leads to improved physical and mental condition of the person. Living life in accordance with the high principles and standards in conjunction with smooth meditative exercises fills the human body with energy.
Expert on Chinese and Western medicine, John Yang M.D., explains: «Falun Gong not only affects your flesh and blood, it works in the body at different levels and reaches the deepest roots of the disease.»
Healing effect of Falun Gong on millions of people
In December 1992, the Oriental Health Expo was held in the World Trade Building in Beijing. In front of the Falun Gong booth, the founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi, along with some early disciples, adjusted the bodies of the people who came by. This location of the exhibition had the longest queues.
One day, a middle-aged woman came to see Mr. Hongzhi. She needed help, and was leaning on her husband’s arm. The woman had a tumor in her abdomen. Her belly was appeared as though she was ten months pregnant. Hospitals had not been able to heal her, so she came to the expo and found Mr. Hongzhi. He intervened, immediately adjusting her body. He made a movement with his hand, as though stretching into somewhere and taking something out. Her belly was deflated right away and returned to normal size. Afterwards the waistband of her trousers could hold two of her. The people who witnessed this at the time were frozen stiff, and were stunned into silence. When they realized what they had seen, there was a thunderous burst of applause, extending for some time. Other expo patrons come over to see what had happened.
The couple was so excited and grateful that they immediately knelt down and kowtowed to thank Mr. Li Hongzhi. He leaned over and helped them stand up. The couple immediately wrote a letter of gratitude and gave it to the expo’s organizing committee. Li Rusong, head manager of the expo, read the letter aloud over the audio system and said, «The first appreciation letter is praising Falun Gong and Falun Gong has the most appreciation letters.»
Here is how doctor of technical sciences Yan Seng described the way he started practicing Falun Gong:
One day in July 1995, I received a book from my parents in China. The name of the book was Zhuan Falun. The author was Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. I could not get away from the book that night, and I continued to read it until five o’clock the next morning. It was the same for the next few days. The reason that this book attracted me so much was that I felt I finally found what I had longed after.
«Benefits that you get from practicing Falun Gong, cover almost anything,” said a teacher from Russia Svetlana Kiseleva.
For Kerry Dobson from the state of Pennsylvania, simply climbing out of bed used to be a struggle. Half of her body lost sensation as a result of Lyme disease. She suffered from this disease for 10 years. It had grown progressively worse, to the point of being crippling. «I would have paid anything, or travelled anywhere, to get well. I was desperate,» Kerry recalls. But as fate would have it, Dobson’s solution was waiting for her in a local park, and it didn’t cost a cent. At the recommendation of a friend from China, Kerry began practicing Falun Gong. A few weeks later, she had her life back.
«I was a heavy smoker, says John Yang M.D., who smoke done to two packs of cigarettes a day. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not quit.» But everything changed when he started to learn Falun Gong. Since then, for the past 14 years, Dr. Yang never smoked again.
Through consistent and dedicated practice, the student of Falun Gong strives to achieve a state of selflessness, inner purity and harmony. By practicing five sets of exercises, people become more pure, kind, honest, and therefore healthier. Ultimately they reach a state of spiritual attainment that in Asian traditionis known as“enlightenment.”
Persecution and the forced removal of organs (forced organ harvesting)
By the end of the last century in China an estimated 70-100 million people were practicing Falun Gong, and its popularity was growing. It was this growth that triggered jealousy and fear in Jiang Zemin, the then-leader of the Chinese Communist Party. In addition, the political ideology of the ruling Communist Party of China based on lies, violence and struggle is the opposite of the principles of Falun Dafa which are based on «Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.» Out of jealousy and paranoia, Jiang Zemin began the persecution campaign: he vowed within three months to eradicate this teaching of kindness. He established the 610 office, an agency very similar to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo, which was specifically created to persecute Falun Gong and its followers, people who were absolutely innocent and not interested in politics.
Television programs began to rumors and defamation against Dafa. Practitioners were beaten up right in the streets, thrown into jails without trials, and sent to forced labor camps. Thus began the genocide of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and selling them for profit, which was sanctioned by the CCP regime, was in disputably proven by Mr. David Matas, well-known Canadian human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia Pacific region) in their book ‘Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs,’ shocked the world. It became known that from 2000 to 2005 in China there were about 60,000 organ transplantations performed. The source of 41,500 of these transplants is unknown.
In prior times, the followers of Buddhism, too, were persecuted, and Christians who followed Jesus, jailed and even killed for over 300 years. But the torture, which Falun Gong practitioners are now subjected to in China, and the forced removal of organs for profit have no precedent. This form of evilis unprecedented on this planet.
Falun Gong in the world
Inhuman persecution backfired: today people practice Falun Gongin in more than 100 countries, and more and more people are opposed to the brutal persecution in China.
In May 2012, US Congressman Albio Sires from New Jersey spoke at the House of Representatives to honor the 20th Anniversary of Falun Gong’s public introduction and its founder Master Li Hongzhi. He said: “Mister Speaker, I rise today to honor the Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) movement and its founder, Master Li Hongzhi. Throughout the world, there are an estimated 100 million people in over 120 countries throughout the continents of Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America who practice Falun Dafa.
Falun Dafa has helped many improve their health, purify their minds and uplift their spirits, increasing not only health standards around our state and the world, but also promoting qualities that strengthen us as humans.
Mister speaker, please join me in commending Master Li Hongzhi and the practitioners of Falun Dafa on “World Falun Dafa Day” and the “New Jersey Falun Dafa Month” celebrations. Let us wish that these wonderful practitioners of Falun Dafa continue to make an impact on their communities by observing the principles which they follow.”