In Northern Rhineland of Germany, many people have recently started to practise Falun Dafa. Although they have not being practising for a long time, their hearts are very righteous and they take every opportunity to reveal the true facts about Falun Dafa and the persecution to large quantities of people.
Mr. H is a middle-aged man. He first started to practise at the end of last year. After reading Zhuan Falun, the core text of Falun Gong teachings, he truly understood the principles of how to be a good person and the meaning of life. He also watched the Falun Dafa exercise demonstration VCD and felt that the practice is quite good. So he actively started to practise in his spare time. Unknowingly, his painful wrists that had plagued him for many years disappeared; some other illness symptoms also disappeared. Not only does he go to the exercise site in other cities to join the group study of the Falun Dafa teachings and the Falun Dafa exercise class, but also joins various activities to promote Falun Dafa and expose the persecution. He also introduced Falun Dafa to his friends Ms. M and Mr. Z.
Ms. M's experience is quite unique. About a year ago, she borrowed Zhuan Falun from her friend Mr. Z and she started to read it before she went to bed that same night. She was reading it while sitting in the double lotus leg-crossing position. As soon as she started to read she fell deeply into Zhuan Falun. Without noticing, she read all night. She had read through the entire book while still doing the double-leg crossing by the following morning. She then continued to cultivate in Falun Dafa. However, after asking around, she could not find anywhere where she could learn the exercises. Neither could she obtain any information from her friend. As she had a lot of work to do at that time she had to put this wish aside. During April and May of this year, Mr. H mentioned to her that he had started to practise Falun Dafa. She then borrowed all the teachings she could get hold of and read all of them. This time, she has made up her mind and announced formally that she will start to cultivate.
Over a year ago Mr. Z had a few Falun Dafa books pass through his hands, including Zhuan Falun, The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa and some other Falun Dafa teaching materials. After reading these books, he felt very good. However, there was no environment for him to cultivate. As time flew bye, it soon reached the year 2004. When he saw the huge changes of his friend Mr. H, in both body and mind, he also wanted to practise. This time he decided not to hesitate. In May this year, he went to the Falun Dafa exercise venue with Ms. M to learn this practice.
Another person who as just started to practise Falun Dafa is Ms. L. All of her family members believe in Buddhism. Growing up in such a family environment, she also naturally believed in Buddhism since she was young. About two years ago, she came across Falun Dafa in front of Cologne Church. Last year, she had another in depth talk with some other Falun Dafa practitioners in our city. One week later, as promised she came to read Zhuan Falun. Later on she decided that she wanted to learn Falun Gong. So from July of this year, she started to study the Falun Dafa teachings and practise the Falun Dafa exercises together with the local practitioners.
As soon as these new practitioners start to practise, they truly make great strides in their cultivation and cultivate very seriously. They catch up rapidly. Apart from joining the Falun Dafa exercise study session, they also take part in various activities of promoting Falun Dafa and letting people know about the persecution.
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Their participation enriched local practitioners’ resources, which then made it possible for us to frequently hold many kinds of Falun Dafa activities. At an activity we held on the 20th of July this year, we even held an anti-torture exhibition where we demonstrated the brutal methods of torture used in China to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs. The effect of this activity was unprecedented. More than five thousand leaflets were distributed in just a few hours. People formed a long queue waiting to sign the petition to stop the persecution. The petition forms we brought were nowhere near enough. According to someone who had being practising Falun Dafa for quite some time, this activity was the most successful one since he had started to join activities here.
Since this August, these new practitioners also joined the daily activity of promoting Falun Dafa and clarifying the truth about the persecution in front of Cologne Church. Every time, it takes them three and half hours to four hours to travel there and back. They always stay for the whole day. This spot is a favourite for tourists and many Chinese people have learned the facts about Falun Dafa here. This is a very precious opportunity for them because in China the state-run media, controlled by former leader Jiang Zemin, spreads only lies and defamation about Falun Dafa. The weather has no influence at all in front of these Falun Dafa practitioners. They are happy as long as they can let more people know the facts about Falun Dafa
The biggest understanding Mr. Z has got after starting to practise Falun Dafa is that he now knows how to act in a righteous way. When he looks back, he realises that things he did were wrong and did not accord with Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. When he thinks of this Mr. H sighs with emotion: "I have asked myself a thousand of times: why do humans live in this world? Now I know."
Ms. L has spent many years studying and cultivating in Buddhism. She has worshipped Buddha sincerely for a long time. She even read aloud scriptures thousands of times a day. However some stubborn diseases occurred suddenly to her once healthy body. The first day she learned the Falun Dafa exercises from a practitioner, it had a profound effect right on the spot where her illness was. After studying the Falun Dafa teachings more deeply, she feels very lucky that she has finally found a righteous way. She also broke through many character barriers. She corrects her family members and some relatives’ misunderstanding about Falun Dafa. Now some of her relatives also want to start to practise. Her biggest wish is to expose the lies that the Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin and his regime has enforced on the world using the country’s propaganda machine, so as to allow more people to know the truth and benefit as she has.
Ms. M is in her fifties now. Before practising Falun Dafa, her health was deteriorating day by day. After she began practising, her energy and vigour recovered rapidly. Her face has also become smooth and silky. She said with stirring emotion, "How lucky I am that I can practise Falun Dafa during this period. My life now has a true meaning. I can not do many things, but I will do anything that is needed. Although I only have being practising for five months, I should do my best during this period of time."
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