Archive | November, 2009

Falun Gong, one of 10 Doomsday cults in the world

27 Nov

Apocalypticism, the belief that the world will end soon, is found in practically every religion on the planet. The Romans were periodically gripped by panics involving the prophesied downfall of Rome throughout their history, and early Christians believed they were living in the End Times with as much zeal as modern American evangelists. Falun Gong is one of 10 doomsday cults that still exist.

Falun Gong

In 1992, cereal factory guard Li Hongzhi started claiming he had godlike powers that allowed him to turn invisible, levitate, immobilize people, control the weather, and see into the future. This last power is especially important, because Li has seen that Fa-rectification, a cosmic process that reduces humanity to a pure state, will cause a “Great Havoc” soon. Li has developed a series of meditation techniques rooted in Taoism and Buddhism called Falun Gong to help mankind attain salvation in its time of need. It is spreading very quickly, there are an estimated 70 million Falun Gong practitioners in China alone. The Chinese government responded by banning the immensely popular religion under the argument that it has all the auspices of a dangerous cult. In 2003, Li announced that the SARS epidemic was the first wave of Fa-rectification. Falun Gong practitioners generally brush criticism aside, claiming that it is slander planted by the Chinese government.

Besides Falun Gong, the other Doomsday cults are Aum Shinrikyo, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Rastafarians, Raelism, Association for Research and Enlightenment, The Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church Universal and Triumphant and the Panacea Society.

 

My family finally enjoys peaceful and happy life

27 Nov

Today is the birthday of my 66-year-old husband. Our son, daughter-in-law, and lovely granddaughter came to celebrate it with us. Hearing the cheerful chatting and laughing, I shed tears. For I remember the same day four years ago, when my husband didn’t want to stay alive any more, my daughter-in-law stayed far away from me at her parents’ house for fear that I would kill 3-year-old granddaughter…

If the local government didn’t help me out, as a stubborn practitioner deeply obsessed with Falun Gong, I would never have a chance to enjoy such a happy and peaceful family life ever again.

My name is Wang Xiaorong; I’m 63 years old and retired from the post of Linyi Cotton & Hemp Corporation. My husband is a retired police officer and my son is in the navy and stationed in other place. My daughter-in-law had lived with us since she got married. I had been in poor health, yet with the care of my husband and daughter-in-law, we lived happily together as a big family. But the peace had been destroyed since I started to practice Falun Gong.

It happened in 1998. I had suffered hemorrhoids for a long time and saw no effect after conservative treatment. The doctor said the most effective way to completely get rid of it was doing a surgery, but I had many concerns. I had been weak and was afraid that surgery might do harm to my health. So I didn’t do it and tried to find an alternative solution. Just at that time, one of my neighbors came to tell me that Falun Gong was extremely effective in curing diseases and she gave me a lot of examples to support her conclusion. Listening to all those miracles and real cases, I thought to myself: “It costs nothing and won’t hurt to give it a try; if it really works, then I don’t have to spend money on medicines and treatment any longer.” So I decided to give it a try and started to practice Falun Gong with her. At that time, I had no idea that Falun Gong was a cult and my husband didn’t stop me either, for he also believed that exercises would do me good and would help me relieve pains. Just like that, I became a practitioner and went to practice Falun Gong at the city square with my neighbor everyday. Several months later, I felt that it really worked and I was full of energy and vitality. At that time, I didn’t know that the alleviation of pains was the natural result of psychological suggestion and doing exercises regularly; instead, I believed in what my neighbor said about the magic power of Li Hongzhi and started to admire him so much that I told my husband one day: I came across a god and he can treat my illness. Seeing that I was happy, my husband didn’t ask questions. He just said to me: “There’s no such thing as a god in this world, it’s probably qigong that you’re practicing.” No matter what he said, I had increasingly deep feelings toward Falun Gong, especially after I read the so-called masterpiece of Li Hongzhi, Zhuan Falun, I thought his theories on “eliminating karma and curing diseases” as well as “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance” were just what I needed and believed that Falun Gong was great in building health and improving nature. So I determined to practice it for the rest of my life.

Accordingly, when Falun Gong was banned by the government in July 1999 as the illegal organization, although I had always been a citizen observing disciplines and law, yet this time I chose the position against the government. My husband used to be a police officer and a member of law enforcement team; he knew that I must stop practicing it immediately. He said to me: “The law is the god protecting ordinary people; it’s just and serious.” In order to stop me, he read Zhuan Falun and found the conflicting ideas and the points that didn’t make any sense. But when he communicated these with me, I was already too obsessed to believe in him. I argued: “What’s wrong with Falun Gong? It can build your health and cure diseases.” At the news that some local practitioners had gone to Beijing, I was very anxious and was eager to fight for Falun Gong. But my husband watched me closely and I was in poor health at that time; so I didn’t make it. One fellow practitioner showed me the scripture Digging the Root by Master, it said: “Dafa students in Beijing used a special method to make those people stop doing damages to Dafa, they’re right actually in doing so…at the critical moment when I ask you to break from ordinary people, you won’t follow me and every chance is offered only once and nevermore.” I felt so reproachful and regret it so much that I lost a chance to go up to higher level and to achieve consummation. So I decided to do something to make it up.

During the Spring Festival in 1999, our son went back for the holiday and on the first day of Lunar New year, we celebrated the family reunion. My husband was so happy that he drank a lot; our son and daughter-in-law went out to visit their friends. I took the chance to get on a train going to Beijing together with a fellow practitioner. But the capital city was tightly guarded, and before spreading out the banner we brought along with us, we were caught by the tour policemen and then sent back to the hometown. At the news that I went to Beijing to publicize Dafa, my family was shocked, for I hadn’t been to any place for years due to my poor health. Taking into consideration that I was ill, local government gave me a chance to correct my mistake and to start a new life. They told my husband to get me home and I noticed that he became so skinner in just a few days. Then I knew that was because after I left home for Beijing, he barely ate and all he did was to call everyone he knew for advice and help. To tell the truth, I felt awful at seeing him worry so much about me; so I restrained myself a little bit afterwards and promised to him that I would never go out like that again. But deep in my heart, my obsession with Falun Gong had never changed; at recalling what Li Hongzhi said, such as “if this sentimentality is not relinquished, you will be unable to practice cultivation,” “cultivate away fame, material interest, and emotion, Reach Consummation, ascending the firmament”, I thought that I failed in the test of “attachments”. So I made up my mind that I should gradually relinquish my sentimentality toward my husband. Since then, I was indifferent to my husband and no longer cared for him as I used to be.

I didn’t care about my husband, and that was also what I did to other family members and relatives. My daughter-in-law was pregnant in 2001; since my son was not with her and as her mother-in-law, I should take good care of her. But except for chanting scriptures asking Dafa to bless my unborn grandchild, I had never made one nutritious meal for her. Sometimes, she had no appetite and I just pretended that I didn’t know. Finally she had no other choice but to go to her parents for help. My husband blamed me for this but I scolded him by saying that our daughter-in-law was too delicate. My words enraged him but he could do nothing but shaking head. To make things worse, when my daughter-in-law had complications during labor and was hospitalized after delivery, I refused to wait on her by pretending that I didn’t feel well and went back home to practice Falun Gong and to send forth righteous thoughts. Later on, at the end of the maternity leave, my daughter-in-law had to go to work. She wanted to trust the baby to me; but at seeing that my manners became increasingly irregular, she was afraid. After watching TV programs on practitioners burning themselves in Beijing as well as the true case of Fu Yibin killing his father and wife, my son and daughter-in-law never brought up the issue of asking me to take care of the granddaughter again. It was when I finally gave up on Falun Gong that my daughter-in-law told me the truth: they didn’t trust me with the baby because they were afraid that I would kill her as a “demon” or “save” her to the heaven. But back then, I didn’t feel uneasy or guilty for not fulfilling my duty as a grandmother; on the contrary, I was happy that I would have more time in studying and practicing. It never occurred to me that, as a married daughter, my daughter-in-law must have lots of awkward moments living with her parents. Looking back on the days when I was obsessed with Falun Gong, other family members were so afraid of me that they even dared not to go back home and live with me, while I still insisted on cultivating “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance” and on “being a good person by saving others first”, it seems to me now that I was so hypocritical. In order to practice Falun Gong, we did so many harms to those loving and caring about us; but still, they were tolerant and always there for us. So, who’s really the good person?

I used to have such a happy family, but at that time, because of me, all the warmth, peace, and happiness have gone.

My husband had no other choice but to take me back to our hometown in Zibo. He wanted my relatives to talk to me so that I could become normal. But he had no idea that I had always tried to find a chance to get out again and make more contributions to Dafa. At our hometown, it was impossible for my husband to watch over me all the time and that gave me chances to carry out my “plans”. One day, I went to the local market with the wife of my brother and put the materials on Falun Gong that I hid in my pocket into the bike baskets of passersby. I was scared at that time, but then I remembered what “Master” said: “without any attachments, there’s nothing to be afraid of”. By the way, “Master” said his “Law Bodies” would always protect Dafa disciples. But then a man called the police and I was caught on site when distributing materials. I was then sentenced to two-year re-education through labor for distributing materials propagandizing Falun Gong and for disturbing social orders. Due to my poor health and diseases, I was put on probation.

I’ve broken the law twice and I should have learned good lessons from the experience; but that was not the case. On the contrary, I believed that the reason why I could get away from the labor camp was because of the protection by the “Law Bodies” of Master. Now I know the thoughts is so stupid, for what protected me is not the “Law Body”, but the patient and lenient government and my loving family, it was they who gave me a second chance and welcomed me home with open arms. But since my mind was under the control of Li Hongzhi, I believed in his magic power instead and said to my husband: “I have gone up to a higher level and I have to go on with it.” At seeing that I was hopeless, my husband was so angry that he dragged me out to the street to find a running car to bump into so that the two of us would “go up to the heaven” together. That day was his birthday and usually my son, daughter-in-law and grandchild would come back celebrating it. But because of me, my husband was not in the mood and if it were not one of his old colleges told him to send me to a local psychological clinic center, the family tragedy would surely happen sooner or later.

My husband sent me to the local clinic center in April 2005, where I finally understood why I could benefit from the practicing. After watching the video tapes on “Refusing Medical Care Resulting in Deaths” and “Cold-Blooded Homicide Killing without Mercy”, I felt so afraid, especially after the tutor told me that the root of all these tragedies was the heretical ideas fabricated by Li Hongzhi, I started to understand why the government would ban Falun Gong and forbid us to practice it. I felt for the first time that I was so lucky to have a caring and loving family and to have such instructive and patient clinic tutors; otherwise, I would have ended up miserably a long time ago. Since then, I can see clearly the cheating nature of Li Hongzhi and the nature of Falun Gong as a cult. I finally find the real me and find back the human side in me; as a result, peace and happiness return to my family.

When I enjoy the happy life, however, I have mixed feelings of regret, remorse, and gratitude. In order to vent all these emotions and to help those being obsessed with Falun Gong as I used to be, I write down my experience, wishing that every family is blessed with a peaceful and happy life.

 

Singapore authorities cast a wary eye on civil groups ahead of APEC summit

27 Nov

SINGAPORE: With two weeks to go before heads of state gather for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here, Singapore is wary about allowing the entry of well-organised civil groups and disruptive individuals bent on derailing the talks.

Two Falungong followers, a Malaysian and an Indonesian, were reportedly denied entry into Singapore at Changi Airport last week.

According to the relevant media’s publication, the pair tried to enter the country separately on Oct 19 and Oct 22. The report also said the pair had previously made frequent trips to Singapore.

Falungong was banned in China in 1999 after it was accused of fanning social unrest. Though it is not outlawed in Singapore, several of its followers here have been arrested for holding illegal assemblies.

When MediaCorp cited the Falungong example and asked if Singapore was keeping out individuals who might pose law-and-order problems, a spokeswoman from the APEC Singapore 2009 organising committee said all requests to enter the country would be treated fairly.

“All sovereign nations have the prerogative to decide who cross their borders. Singapore is no exception,” she said. “This is especially so in the current security climate, where we have a duty to ensure the safety and security of the public.”

Security analyst Dr John Harrison from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies was not surprised with the entry ban related to APEC.

“The (Singapore) Government will get a variety of information in from all sources – open and classified – from partners in the region and around the world,” he said. “It will try and mitigate threats and risks as early as possible.”

Apart from the task of keeping out people with backgrounds tied to terrorism, the authorities would have their eye on individuals who could use the event to carry out violent protests, Dr Harrison said.

Three years ago, when Singapore hosted the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meeting, the authorities objected to 28 foreigners – all of whom had a history of taking part in violent protests or disruptive activities at previous meetings – from being allowed into the country.

Then, civil society organisations were allowed to protest in a small corner of the meeting venue at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre; large-scale protests were confined to the Indonesian island of Batam.

Observers say that unlike the IMF event to which many civil society groups were invited, APEC’s broader platform is not likely to warrant the same level of involvement and, hence, numbers of activists. – TODAY

 

Falun Gong ruined me and many others

17 Nov

My name is Dong Lanlan and I’m a teacher at a kindergarten in Futian District, Shenzhen. I firstly knew about Falun Gong in May 1998 and was interested in the ideas of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance”, as well as the function of “building health and preventing illness” advocated in Zhuan Falun. With curiosity, I went to the place where practitioners gathered and started to practice Falun Gong.

Chinese government banned Falun Gong in July 1999. I knew that to practice it in public or to take part in any of its activities violated the law and would be punished accordingly; besides, I also had the feeling that the things that Falun Gong propagandized were too mysterious and knew that some of its activities had negative social impact. But still I was reluctant to give up on such appealing ideas of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance”, of “becoming a better person”, and of “building health and being immune to illness”. So I made up my mind to practice it at home, to be a “good person” in the society, and not to participate in any activities and events organized by Falun Gong. That is, I decided to embrace all the “good” things of Falun Gong and not to touch its “bad” things; this way, I would be alright in case I practice it at home and no one would know about it. After several months of practice, I felt more assured at the way I was doing it. At that time, my husband fell ill due to tight work schedule and weak health and had to stay at home for rehabilitation. I was concerned to see that he had nothing to do at home, so I decided to find something for him to kill time. One day, I said to him: “Honey, why don’t you try Falun Gong at home? I know you don’t feel like doing exercises, this is different and you can do it at home. It works for me.” My husband was a dependent man and would usually follow my advice. So he started to practice Falun Gong. After a while, I found that he became obsessed with it and was afraid that something might go wrong. So I talked to him seriously about it: “Honey, let’s make some rules on it. You must practice it at home and don’t go out to take part in any activities.” My husband said he would listen to me, as he always did. With PhD degree, he’s serious about anything and is quite different from me, for I just did the exercises and would look through those books just occasionally. More importantly, I didn’t go deep into the things stated in these books. But that was not the case with him. He often visited Minghui Online and read Zhuan Falun everyday. Just like that, he gradually became obsessed with Falun Gong. I was so concerned that I talked to him several times about it. But every time I did, he would say: “don’t worry, it’s under control and I won’t go out and make any trouble.”

In 2001, being abetted by Falun Gong and threatened by the scriptures published on Minghui Online, my husband lost control of himself and went to Tian’anmen Square to “clarify the truth” without letting me know. He was then sentenced to two-year reeducation through labor for disturbing social orders. This made me resentful at the authority. What’s wrong with “being a good person” and practicing Falun Gong at home to build health? What’s wrong with “going out and telling the truth”? I was not convinced by what happened to my husband.

Two years later, my husband went back home and the two of us practiced Falun Gong at home as usual. It seemed to me that he became more cautious than before and didn’t go out so often either. I believed that he would never participate in any of the activities organized by Falun Gong. But one day in April this year, policemen came to our apartment searching for the materials about Falun Gong. They found a large amount of Falun Gong books and promotion materials, together with the website of Minghui Online and articles downloaded from the website and saved in our PC. I was so shocked at seeing these and my husband was once again sentenced to two-year reeducation for taking part in illegal activities organized by Falun Gong. I was also under administrative detention for collecting the books on Falun Gong. Later on, I was sent by the community administration to Shenzhen Law School.

At arriving at the school, I shouted at the top of my lung: “What’s wrong to be a good person?” I felt that I was wronged and became angry. My tutor talked to me patiently, managing to comfort and reason with me, and gradually calm me down. Since I was there, I might as well stay and make the best of it, I thought to myself; so I decided to wait and see instead of arguing with them. I thought: so I’ll see if you can really convince me. In more than one month, the teachers analyzed for me “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance” from different perspectives of traditional Chinese moralities, culture, religions, materialism and natural sciences, and I gradually saw the real facts and realized the truth behind “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance” advocated by Falun Gong and the trap of “building health and staying immune to illness”.

I started to practice Falun Gong with the confidence that I could manage to get away with the good things of it and that’s why I encouraged my husband to practice it in the first place. But what happened later was not what I wanted. The heretical ideas of Li Hongzhi brought harms not only to me but more so to my husband. We wanted to be benefited from Falun Gong instead of getting involved into it and we had rules and promises; but the fact is that my husband participated in the activities organized by Falun Gong in secret and was sentenced to reeducation through labor twice. While I collected and kept the books and materials on Falun Gong at home, getting closer and closer to the cult, becoming increasingly discontent with the banning of Falun Gong by the government, and at last choosing to take the side of Falun Gong. Cruel facts teach me a good lesson and wake me up. I want to tell those kind people still being obsessed with Falun Gong: if you don’t make a clean break with Falun Gong, you’ll be under the control of Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong sooner or later and your mind will be filled with the heretical ideas of Falun Gong before you lose the independent thinking capacity. My husband and I are typical examples. So when other practitioners claim that they have mysterious experience, I know exactly what happened. Falun Gong plagiarizes the theories of traditional Chinese qigong and cheats on practitioners. When you practice any kind of qigong, the master with conscience will tell you that what you hear and feel during practicing are illusionary and don’t take them too seriously. But Falun Gong has done just the opposite for Li Hongzhi encourages the practitioners to take real all the illusions they see and feel. Believing in the heretical ideas advocated by Li Hongzhi, practitioners will think they really get mysterious experience by practicing and thus have trust in the existence of other worlds. This is also one of the main reasons why most practitioners chose not to believe in the government after Falun Gong was banned and why there were so many practitioners committing suicide or self-mutilation, burning themselves, killing others, or suffering mental problems. The root of all these is the fact that Li Hongzhi uses these heretical ideas to put practitioners under strict mental control.

I want to tell those still practicing Falun Gong: if you really want to stay healthy, be sure to observe scientific rules, to seek professional medical care after falling ill, don’t believe in the theories of Falun Gong on building health with merely practicing. When I attended the gatherings, the most frequently discussed topic among practitioners was how bad their health used to be and how they managed to improve it after practicing Falun Gong. Most practitioners believe in the miraculous effect of Falun Gong in helping people to stay healthy and be immune from illness. That’s also one of the reasons why I encouraged my husband to practice it back then. For years, we were superstitious about Falun Gong and took it as a panacea. Although we have medical insurance provided by Shenzhen Municipal Government, yet we never saw doctor and the only thing we would do when we fell ill was to practice some more. But several years later, the health of my husband hadn’t been improved at all; on the contrary, his health had deteriorated. In fact, my husband suffered chronic diseases as a result of high work pressure, tight schedule, and low immunity. His illness would have been nothing if he could do more exercises, manage to keep a good living habit, do regular physical check, and seek medical care in time. But out of good wishes and due to the obsession, we believed that the reason why we kept on practicing Falun Gong but still couldn’t improve our health was because our belief in Falun Gong was not strong enough and our practice was not good enough. Sister Gao in her fifties used to be one of my fellow practitioners and she had suffered diabetes since her thirties. After practicing Falun Gong, she had this feeling that she was getting well. Then one day in late 2004, she suddenly lost her sight, which was obviously a complication caused by diabetes. But she didn’t think so; instead, she believed that this was a test on her. Her family tried to get her to the hospital, but she refused and her conditions became increasingly worse due to the delay of medical care. When her family finally got her into the hospital by force several months later, the diseases had developed into advanced stage and she was in critical condition suffering a serious of complications including blindness, heart and kidney failure, and high blood pressure. The doctors worked hard and finally managed to save her life. This is also why I have regret it so much and blamed myself for a long time; if I got the truth about Falun Gong earlier, I would never let my husband practice it and he would not be sent to the labor camp. I have caused great harms to my own family and if I could have seen the real picture of Falun Gong, I would persuade Sister Gao to go to hospital and she wouldn’t end up with current miserable situation.

After the study, I saw clearly the nature of Falun Gong as a cult and finally had a clean break away from it so to be a person observing the law and being useful to the society. I sincerely hope that other practitioners who see only the superficial aspects of Falun Gong and still practice it just like me before to calm down and to take time to think about it, to know more about Falun Gong, to wake up and to get away from its control, to stop doing things ruining yourselves and others, right now.

 

In order to ‘remove the demon’, I almost killed my father with a screw driver

17 Nov
I’m Lu Jianquan, 39 years old and from Shizhong District, Leshan City, Sichuan Province. I used to be obsessed with Falun Gong and fooled by the heretical ideas fabricated by Li Hongzhi. Under the mental control of the cult and dreaming for going up to the heaven to achieve “consummation”, I took my own father as a “demon” and almost killed him… I’m serving my term at Wumaping Prison in Sichuan and remorse pricks me whenever I think about the past.

In early 1999, I was a businessman in Shenzhen and saw many people practice this thing called Falun Gong. I read some of their promotion materials and was curious about it at that time. Then I took part in a practice activity organized by Falun Gong practitioners in late April that year. In his Zhuan Falun, Li Hongzhi said that everyone practicing Falun Gong will finally achieve “consummation” and will “ascend in broad daylight” to “the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss”. He said: “In the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss, the trees are made of gold, and so are the ground, birds, flowers, and houses. Even the Buddha-body is golden and shiny … When you’ve succeeded in cultivation, you’ll get whatever you want and do whatever you want to do. In this world, you’ll get everything and that’s the rewards for your mighty virtues, all your sufferings, and your cultivation” (Zhuan Falun).

As for me who longing for making a fortune yet suffering losses again and again in doing business, these heretical ideas with deceptive “disguise” won me over and I started to practice Falun Gong with great resolution.

Although I was a devotional practitioner, yet Falun Gong did nothing to help with my business. On the contrary, I suffered more and more losses. In December 2001, being unable to carry on with the business, I returned to my hometown in Leshan. I was greatly depressed because of the failure and lost all confidence in life. All I wanted is to achieve “consummation” by practicing Falun Gong and to go to “the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss” described by the “Master”.

As for my practicing Falun Gong, my family had been against it from the very beginning. My father and sister talked to me a hundred times, trying to talk me out of it and into a new start by finding a job. In order to stop me, my father destroyed the books and audio tapes on Falun Gong several times. But what they have done didn’t pull me back; instead, I harbor a grudge against them.

I remembered that “Master” said in a scripture: “Those who destroy Dafa are the demons” (Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa). So I believed that the reason why I couldn’t achieve “consummation” was because of these “demons”. Furthermore, “Master” told us: “The wretched demons just deserve to be killed” (Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa), “if the evil has already reached the point where it is unsavable and unkeepable, then various measures at different levels can be used to stop it and eradicate it” (Beyond the Limits of Forbearance).

These heretical ideas removed my last hesitation on killing and in order to get rid of the “disturbances” imposed by my father, to realize rapid progress in practicing, I made a plan to eradicate the “demon” preventing me from achieving the “consummation”.

On February 1, 2002, I told my mother and sister: “I’ll kill father in five days and then set the house in fire and burn myself. Don’t you worry, people have souls after they die and what I destroy are merely bodies.” At hearing this, my family was afraid that I might really do something extreme so they rushed my father to take a hide at the house of one of our relatives. But in order to protect the family fame, they didn’t report it to the police and my mother and sister talked to me about it later. The forgiveness of the family didn’t wake me up; on the contrary, I thought the “demons” wanted to show the impression of weakness and this made me more resolute in killing them. So I pretended that I gave up the plan and easily won their trust.

On February 4, my family believed that it was safe and got my father back home. At about nine o’clock in the evening, they were watching TV and I believed this was the best time to do it. So I went to the bathroom, got a screw driver that I hid there in advance, attacked my father in his head, face, chest, back, and ribs. My father was totally unprepared and fell in blood in just a few minutes. I used such a force that I broke the screw driver and left 4mm-long tip inside the skull of my father. At the sight of my crazy violence, my mother rushed to hold me; but how could an aged woman stop a crazy young man? I got rid of her grip and jumped at my father once again. At the critical moment, my sister got a kitchen knife and waved it at me to stop me in time. I was then caught by the policemen and my father was rushed to hospital by my family. After a long-time rescue, my father was finally saved but the medical examiner concluded that he was critically injured.

On February 25, 2002, I was sentenced to 12-year imprisonment by Shizhong People’s Court for committing the crime of intentional homicide. At the prison, I received a letter from my mother, and it said: “You’ve got the demon inside you by practicing Falun Gong; so you’ll kill when the demon asks you to kill and jump off the building when the demon asks you to jump. Falun Gong is the root of all these.” Reading the letter and recalling my father falling in blood, I started to doubt about Falun Gong for the first time. I was so devoted in studying and protecting Fa, why would I get nothing except for bringing harms to my family and ending up at prison? Isn’t it true that “Master” has numerous “Law Bodies” and would watch over us anytime and anywhere? Why would I end up here in prison? For so many years, I hadn’t been a better person because of practicing Falun Gong, and then does so-called “Paradise of Ultimate Bliss” really exist?

I couldn’t answer these questions and felt so confused. In order to solve these problems, with the help of the guards and tutors, I read a lot of materials revealing the truth about Falun Gong. The more I read, the more I was afraid, for I finally got the real picture of what I had believed in for so long.

Now I feel so remorseful. At the same time, I’m also grateful, for my family hasn’t given me up because of my cruelty. They visited me several times at prison and still care a lot about me. The warm feeling of family is something that Falun Gong has never given to me. When I’m in my lows, the ones standing beside me supporting and protecting me are not the omnipresent “Law Bodies” of “Master” but my families. At sorting out all these, I decided to break away completely from Falun Gong. In March 2003, I wrote a 6-page letter to father telling him that I was terribly sorry and remorseful, that I had a clear understanding of the nature of Falun Gong as a cult. At receiving my letter, father and others came to visit me and I couldn’t help kneeling down in front of father apologizing for what I had done to him. Father forgave me and hoped that I would start all over again and be a better person.

I learn a lesson from the blood of my father and want to tell those who are in the same situation that I used to be: wake up, see clearly the real nature of Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong cult, don’t make the same mistake as I did, never do things that you’ll regret later after paying a price of blood, and never wait till it’s too late to say you’re sorry.

Falun Gong man arrested in Singapore

17 Nov

A LAW that was passed six months ago to empower the police to deal with disruptive behaviour in public places has been invoked.

The police confirmed to The Straits Times yesterday that they arrested a man on Wednesday under the Public Order Act for violating a ‘move-on’ order after he defied several police warnings.

The man, Chua Eng Chwee, 69, and a Falun Gong practitioner, was arrested while staging a protest with eight placards under the Esplanade Bridge.

The police had earlier issued him with a written move-on order, but Chua defied this and subsequent warnings, said the police spokesman.

The Public Order Act, which was passed in April, enables the police to issue orders to compel a person to move on and refrain from returning to the designated spot for 24 hours.

These orders, modelled after similar measures in Australia, aim to allow the police to prevent the commission or escalation of an offence without having to arrest the offender.

 

Li Yixing kills his wife to ‘eliminate the demon’

6 Nov

On December 16, 2006, at about four o’clock before dawn, members of the Zhou family were suddenly woken up by thrill cries of “help” at Room 2, Unit 1, Building 12, No. 57 Residential Area, Hanxing Road, Kaifeng City of Henan Province. Through the burglar-proof door, Mr. Zhou saw some one was madly striking another one lying on the ground of the dim corridor with something like a club. Mr. Zhou ringed the 110 Police Call immediately. After the investigation the police revealed: the victim was a female, already dead; her body lying across the door at Room 1, Unit 1 of the Building 12; beside the body were a kitchen knife and a steel tube of 64-cm-long; and behind the body, bloodstain stretched from the bedroom to corridor. Head of the deceased was fully covered by blood, with several knife injuries on it. The back and two legs of the deceased were full of blunt-force injuries.

According to police source, the victim named Guo Jiuju, female, 60 years old, was a retiree from Henan No.1 Textile Mill. The suspect named Li Yixing, male, Han nationality, 61 years old, also retired from Henan No. 1 Textile Mill, was the victim’s husband. Li began to practice Falun Gong in the early 1995, and soon was obsessed by it. In February 2001, Li Yixing was sentenced to two years “reeducate-through-labor” because he had gone to Beijing and stirred up troubles. After committed the killing, Li Yixing did not run away from the spot that day.

According to colleagues, Li Yixing was actually an open-minded man before practicing Falun Gong. He had many hobbies originally, such as singing Henan Opera, playing Chinese chess and practicing calligraphy – his calligraphy work was once awarded a prize and he was asked to teach children to write with a brush-pen at their Residential Area. After practicing Falun Gong, Li became a man of few words and lived in solitude. He seldom attended the opera fans’ parties or chess fans’ meetings which he used to be very fond of. And he had no contact or dealings with other people except his Gong mates. Li Daming was Li Yixing’s son. He said his father totally gave up hobbies after practicing Falun Gong; and reading Zhuan Falun became Li Yixing’s only hobby, and practicing Falun Gong was his sole exercise.

As to why Li Yixing killed his wife, let’s see what he has said in the interrogation record.

Policeman: Why did you kill your wife?

Li Yixing: I thought my wife had been attached by the demon, and she was going out to find some people and do me harm.

P: But how come you discovered that your wife was possessed by the demon?

Li: I have practiced Falun Gong for years, and I am attached by Sun Wukong the Great Monkey King, so I could see clearly that my wife was a demon.

Judging from Li’s confession, it was obvious that Li Yixing thought he had already cultivated into a very high level and was attached by the Great Monkey King. So he could find out which one was attached by “a demon.” Li firmly believed that his wife had become a demon that tried to kill him, so he killed his wife to avoid being killed. Actually, Li Hongzhi provided his followers with a lot of demon elimination descriptions in his book Zhuan Falun and other scriptures. Poisoned by Master’s theory, Li Yixing cruelly killed his wife.

Perhaps Guo Jiuju was still perplexed in the nether world by a riddle – why her husband laid murderous hands on her for such a ridiculous reason. And her husband, the killer, was punished by law: Li Yixing was condemned to death with a two-year reprieve by Kaifeng Intermediate People’s Court on the charge of premeditated murder.