Finland: Stories from the Railway Station in Helsinki

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Every Saturday, Falun Gong practitioners in Helsinki demonstrate Falun Gong exercises and distribute materials about the persecution at the railway station. People usually stop to watch the gentle movements, read the information boards and talk with practitioners. People have been grateful for being able to see something so harmonious and peaceful in the very centre of Helsinki. Among the different pavement artists and traders, the slow and soft exercises of Falun Gong, Chinese music and the peaceful manner of the practitioners creates a very pleasant energy field, and it brings many people to ask for more details. Large numbers of passers-by have thanked and supported practitioners. Here are a few short stories from the railway station.

A couple sees Falun Gong for the first time in Finland

A practitioner gave a flyer to a couple, entitled: “Why does China persecute Falun Gong?” The man said, “Why does China persecute Falun Gong? It is a good question, and there is no good reason for that. I have been to Asia and China many times and I’ve seen Falun Gong there. This is the first time I have seen Falun Gong in Finland. It is really good that you are here. Falun Gong is a very good thing.”

A young man stopped to talk with practitioners in the railway station. He practised Tai Chi and wanted to know why Falun Gong is persecuted in China. Practitioners explained to him that Falun Gong is a cultivation system based on Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance, and those who practise try to embody these principles in their daily lives and to be better people. There are no other aims, neither political nor social. The reason for the persecution was purely the personal jealousy of Jiang Zemin, when the number of practitioners exceeded the number of communist party members. After the discussion the man said, “There isn’t any rational reason for persecuting Falun Gong. This causes huge damage to the Chinese government itself, and it causes huge economic losses. It is crazy. Practitioners in China are holding on to these principles and practice under such a brutal persecution it truly demonstrates that it is a very powerful method. I value this. You really are doing a good thing here. I wish you success.”

A person’s kind-heartedness awakens after seeing Falun Dafa

As soon as a Chinese practitioner had started to exercise, an elderly gentleman stopped to look. With a smile he stepper closer and said, “She is indeed calm while sitting there, I’d like to learn something that good too.” He commented that while watching the practice he found himself in a better frame of mind. The person’s face shone with kindness from his heart. He thought that the persecution cannot last long and it is totally wrong.

A mother with two young children came to look at Falun Gong. Her children wanted to watch the movements, but their mother tried to take them away. When they saw a practitioner doing the exercises the child said, “Those are funny movements.” The mother replied, “Yes they are.” A practitioner was telling them that practising Falun Gong in China is forbidden when the mother said, “Yes and that’s reasonable.” When practitioner asked what she meant, the mother said, “Isn’t this the bad sect?” [In the persecution of Falun Gong in China, it is a common tactic to spread bad propaganda based on lies. Jiang Zemin’s government has spread a lot of propaganda to the media, and this term, “bad sect” is a commonly used label to justify the persecution] The practitioner then told the mother the facts about Falun Dafa and why the persecution started in the first place. The mother took her gloves of and shook hands with the practitioner saying, “Thank you. It was really good that you told me the truth.”


Translated from Finnish at http://fi.clearharmony.net/articles/200403/941.html

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