Throughout the ages, there have always existed secret practices in China, meant to improve health, prolong life, and attain spiritual wisdom. These practices are deeply rooted in ancient traditions such as martial arts, cultivation, and supernatural skills that could powerfully uplift and transform the mind, body, and spirit. China was once known as the land of the Divine and followed the “Great Way,” and this brought the ancient Chinese wondrous harmony, deep peace, and one of the most prosperous civilizations the world has ever known.
Today a beautiful movement rooted in this rich, ancient Chinese culture is spreading throughout the world and touching the hearts of millions with its profound health and spiritual benefits. Practicing this set of five gentle exercises and meditation leaves you feeling refreshed, focused, and very light as if walking on air. Imagine feeling so calm, relaxed and happy while being connected to the pure and natural flow of life.
In over 100 different countries around the world, millions of people have benefited tremendously from practicing this incredible mind-body practice. A striking testimony about the goodness of this spiritual movement comes from Doctor Damon Noto (a five-time Honoree of the Patient Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Award and Top 10 Doctor Award in New York and New Jersey), who has practiced for over 10 years and said, “This meditation practice that you can do in your daily life is very simple exercises and meditation; and there is also a very simple philosophy to try to be a better person.”
Former model and now Director of Anima Creative Management Group out of India, Mark Luburic, also practices this ancient discipline and mentioned that “not just physically but mentally as well, my outlook on life changed dramatically … so, it’s been quite an amazing journey.”
Valentin Schmid, Business News Editor to one of the largest independent newspapers in the world, shared, “I think that everybody can benefit, for sure! I mean it doesn’t matter which walk of life, which job you have, you have a family, you’re young, you’re old.”
Another impressive account of how effective this spiritual practice is comes from Sterling Campbell, the drummer of the late great David Bowie, who said: “Being a musician, my surroundings were not the healthiest. But when I started practicing, in one month, I just snapped out of all those environmental hazards, alcohol and drugs.“
Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, Anastasia Lin, shared her feelings about practicing, “In ancient times, Buddhist monks, Daoists, and even scholars, would use this kind of meditation practice to refine their spirit and refine their body … to me practicing is very personal.“
This legendary practice has received numerous proclamations from governing bodies, awards from community leaders, certificates from a variety of organizations and countless touching testimonials from people around the globe. Despite international recognition and praise, the spiritual practice is outlawed in China, and practitioners are brutally persecuted and even killed for their organs.
The first question you might ask is: why is this peaceful meditation and exercise practice banned in China? Before answering this question, it is important to understand how the movement evolved in China and became what it is today.
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The Essence of China
Originating in China, Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) spread to become the largest spiritual movement in all of the mainland. Since its introduction by Mr. Li Hongzhi (a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, a nominee of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought and the recipient of Freedom House’s International Religious Freedom Award), the popularity of the exercise has skyrocketed from only a handful of people practicing in 1992 to the point where one out of every twelve Chinese citizens were practicing by 1998. The Chinese Government estimated that between 70-100 million people were practicing the ancient movement by 1998, thus becoming the essence of China.
From 1992 to 1998, you would see people from all walks of life practicing Falun Dafa in parks, sports stadiums, ancient temples and city squares in every province across China. Among the millions practicing Falun Dafa, there were high-ranking government officials, military personnel, business executives, professors, graduate students, young children, elderly, as well as members from every social class–rural peasants, the upper wealthy class, and more than half of the upper middle class.
Across the same time period, China’s suicide rate was dropping while productivity was rising. Moreover, in 1999, Chinese officials went so far as to quantify Falun Dafa’s healthcare cost savings, with one official from China’s National Sports Commission declaring in the U.S. News & World Report that Falun Dafa “can save each person 1,000 yuan in annual medical fees. If 100 million people are practicing it, that’s 100 billion yuan saved per year in medical fees.”
According to numerous doctors around the world, including Dr. Jingduan Yang (leading physician, board-certified psychiatrist, and international expert on classic forms of Chinese Medicine): “Falun Dafa works on an energetic level. It gets at the deeper roots of illness by working on the mind and the body.”
At the core of Falun Dafa are the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, which guide people to be good in all areas of their lives. Moreover, practicing Falun Dafa exercises results in amazing health benefits, amplified further by increased feelings of selflessness,and respect for others, allowing practitioners to lead happier, more positive lives.
However, not many today are aware that Falun Dafa and the millions of practitioners in China are being brutally persecuted and – even more shocking – systematically murdered for their vital organs. Independent investigative reports suggest that Falun Dafa practitioners have been victims of forced organ harvesting at state-run hospitals, their organs cut out of their bodies while still alive, and the organs then sold for massive profits to organ transplant tourists from around the world.
A New Form of Unprecedented Evil
We have all heard about the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, the terrifying crimes committed by Pol Pot in Cambodia, and the evils of ISIS in the Middle East. But how many of us have heard about the on-going brutal persecution and forced organ harvesting from innocent Falun Dafa practitioners by the Chinese communist regime?
To understand one of the largest organized campaigns of religious persecution happening in the world today, where millions of innocent people in China have been fired from their jobs, expelled from schools, jailed, tortured, or killed simply for practicing Falun Dafa, we must realize that there is no limit to how far the Chinese Communist Party will go to cover up its crimes and keep people from knowing about them.
During the 1990s, Falun Dafa received great support from the various Chinese government agencies as a meditation practice and was praised for improving public health and morality. However, on July 20, 1999, a nationwide “final solution” campaign of suppression was launched. Why did this sudden turn of events happen?
There are three main reasons behind the suppression of Falun Dafa and its practitioners in China.
The Largest Movement in Chinese History
The first reason would be simply the sheer size of people practicing outnumbering the members of the Chinese Communist Party by 30 million people in 1999. We can clearly see that after Falun Dafa became the largest growing spiritual movement in China, where one out of every twelve Chinese citizens started to practice by the end of 1999, the Communist regime felt threatened by the widespread popularity of Falun Dafa.
As a result, the former-Party head, Jiang Zemin, launched the suppression against Falun Dafa in July 1999, calling Falun Dafa “the biggest threat to national security since The Tiananmen Square Massacre.”
Official communist party documents were found to have stated that “The competition against Falun Dafa is the principal means of competition for the hearts and minds of the masses,” and thus Falun Dafa needed to be treated “like rats running across the street that everyone shouts out to smash.”
According to David Matas, Canadian Human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, “The reason why the system can treat Falun Gong so inhumanely is the dehumanization, the depersonalization, the marginalization through this propaganda-run repression against Falun Gong.”
Sir Edward McMillan Scott (Former European Parliament Vice-President) said: “Now I’ve met, as I said, hundreds of members of Falun Gong. It is not a sect, it is not a cult, there is no money involved, there is no brainwashing; all the normal characteristics of a cult simply don’t exist. These are people who practice their spiritual exercises on their own. And yet, as I said, because between 70 and 100 million people in 1999 were practicing Falun Gong, this was seen by Jiang Zemin, then the leader of the Communist Party, as a threat to his own position. It wasn’t of course, but he saw the opportunity of creating an enemy within, just as during the war the Nazis singled out the Jews as a special characteristic and did what they did to the Jews. The same is happening today to Falun Gong in China. That is why it is genocide. That’s why I say it’s so serious.”
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The Clash of Ideologies between Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party
The second reason for the persecution on Falun Dafa in China, is the clashing ideologies between Falun Dafa, which is deeply rooted in kindness, truthfulness, and forbearance, and the Chinese Communist regime, which is tainted by a history of violence and totalitarianism. The infamous Tiananmen Square massacre, where hundreds of thousands of students were viciously gunned down by the CCP is a notable example. This tragedy proves that the CCP will weed out, demonize, and attempt to crush anyone who stands in the way of complete control.
This explains why the Chinese Communist regime went so far as to label Falun Gong a “sinister cult” and staged a self-immolation event to demonize Falun Dafa practitioners, calling them terrorists, arresting them, and sending them off to re-education camps. Unfortunately, in 2001, after the staged propaganda “False Fire” act, a sizable majority of Chinese citizens were poisoned by the lies of the regime and went along with the brutal persecution and suppression of Falun Dafa.
Professor Wendy Rogers, Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics in Australia stated: “There’s no evidence that Falun Gong is a cult of any sort. There’s no evidence of political action to try to bring down the Chinese government. There’s no evidence of anything other than a deep desire to be left alone to practice their spiritual beliefs in peace and to not be locked up and murdered.”
David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State and Cabinet Member shared, “We’ve actually had a case in the courts in Canada, which ruled that Falun Gong is not a cult, and if you look… all the indications of cults, it is not one. It’s simply a part of this demonization that goes on, it’s an easy term to throw out.”
David Matas agreed with David Kilgour by adding: “First of all, it [Falun Gong] is not even an organization because it’s a set of exercises with a spiritual foundation. Everything’s on the internet, you don’t pay anything, you don’t sign up to anything, you can start whenever you want, you can stop with it whenever you want, you don’t even have to tell anybody you’re doing it. Their principles are very simple and ethical, and I mean all of that is true.”
Falun Dafa inspires freedom of thought, motivates positive thinking, and teaches people to turn towards goodness and consider others in a kind way. Moreover, Falun Dafa connects people from all walks of life and creates a common unifying force built on peace and profound health, which benefits all human beings. All it takes is one glance to notice the stark contrast between these ideals and those of the Chinese Communist Party, which launched the persecution with full knowledge of the peaceful principles of Falun Dafa.
Falun Dafa Organs Provide Massive Profits for the Regime
The final, unspeakable reason for the persecution of Falun Dafa was and still is to this day, to steal the healthy organs of Falun Dafa practitioners and sell them for profits.
Mounting evidence has confirmed the abominable allegations of forced organ harvesting, which started in 2006 when David Kilgour and David Matas first published their report. The Kilgour-Matas updated report first shed light on what the Chinese Communist regime was doing to Falun Gong practitioners and others since as early as 2001. “It’s a new form of evil on this planet,” proclaimed Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas.
Joining Kilgour and Matas was an award-winning investigative writer and China watcher Ethan Gutmann, who had also doubted the initial allegations. But after reading the Kilgour-Matas report, Gutmann would start an eight-year long investigation of his own into organ harvesting that resulted in his book: The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting and China’s Secret Solution to its Dissident Problem. Mr. Gutmann has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work, and in a significant Vision Times interview, he shared his concerned findings: “This investigation started in 2006. Yet the volume of investigative work is only increasing. Do you want to comment? Hit the books. If someone is too lazy to read about this subject—or just doesn’t care enough about Chinese atrocities to bother—perhaps they should keep silent.”
The latest European Parliament Resolution and Resolution 343 by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, along with New York Senate Resolution 1432; all call on “The People’s’ Republic of China to allow a credible, transparent and independent investigation into organ transplant abuses.” Beijing has failed to respond to these calls. Moreover DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting), notes a bigger concern regarding forced organ harvesting: “Recent announcements of creating a ‘Special Economic Zone’ on Hainan Island spark further concerns of the imminent expansion of transplant tourism as China declares plans to lead the world in organ transplantation by 2020”, a 2017 DAFOH report stated.
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What Can We Do to Help Stop This?
The main change must come from within China. Human beings have a moral obligation to stand on the right side of justice and raise our voices of concern in exposing this evil. As Irwin Cotler, the former Minister of Justice of Canada said, “We will not rest until the situation with regard to justice for Falun Gong is secured.”
In Addition, Dr. T. Kumar, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director, stated: “Falun Gong practitioners never harmed anyone. They just did their own prayers or meditation on their own. That’s the question we want to ask: Chinese government, why do you want to hurt and harm people who never hurt you or hurt anyone else?”
As human beings, it is unacceptable to stand by and let these atrocities occur. We can take meaningful action by simply spreading awareness of these crimes and informing our family, colleagues, and friends. Alerting our congress members and urging them for their support is also extremely important.
Another good way to lend support is signing a petition. The saying “The pen is always mightier than the sword” holds true. When we sign our name on the dotted line, it’s a testament of a decision we made. Recently The New York Senate, along with 56 Lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution 4488 to honor the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed on May 13, 2018. This is the 8th consecutive year that the New York State Senate has passed a resolution recognizing this celebrated occasion. Signing your name to support the stopping of this evil persecution and upholding the dignity of Falun Dafa in China, is YOUR choice to do what is right, noble and is truly a powerful way to share your concern.
“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.” (Mahatma Gandhi)