Religious Freedom

‘A Crucial Message for All Human Beings’: Chinese Find Insight From Article by Founder of Falun Gong

BY Dorothy Li TIMEJanuary 26, 2023 PRINT

What’s the purpose of our lives? Legends from China and elsewhere say that divine beings created humans modeled in their own image. By following heaven’s commandments, humankind can enjoy a harmonious life, while waiting for the Creator’s return.

But communism detests these traditional ideas. Since it seized power in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has repeatedly launched bloody campaigns to uproot traditional beliefs and values, destroying the bedrock of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

By decimating China’s traditions and replacing them with communist ideology, the regime has indoctrinated generations into believing only in the CCP and its atheistic worldview. As a result, many have lost their connection to 5,000 years of Chinese culture and beliefs.

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, published an article titled “How Humankind Came To Be,” enlightening Chinese people at home and abroad.

“It’s the first time for me to learn such a comprehensive explanation of how human beings came about,” said Gu Guoping, a former teacher at Shanghai University and a Shanghai resident who isn’t a Falun Gong adherent himself. “What Master Li said makes a lot of sense and is very thorough.”

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Daniel Lou in Staten Island, N.Y., on Oct. 8, 2019. (Sarah Lu/The Epoch Times)

Echoing his sentiment, Daniel Lou Xinyue, a Chinese American entrepreneur who lives in New York, was amazed by Mr. Li’s insight into the universe, including how it was created and structured.

“I have never heard of an explanation as clear as the one Mr. Li Hongzhi offered,” Lou told The Epoch Times.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a discipline rooted in ancient Chinese traditions that involves moral improvement, leading to spiritual enlightenment. The practice is composed of meditative exercises and a set of moral teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

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Falun Gong practitioners perform the practice’s exercises at an event celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 1, 2021. (Sun Hsiang-yi/The Epoch Times)

Lou has long been interested in historical and cultural classics. Growing up in Eastern culture, he had heard of the 18 realms of hell from Buddhist scriptures. He also explored works of Western religions, including the Bible, where he found descriptions of heaven.

But what’s the whole universe like? “No one ever clearly described it to me,” Lou said.

Reading Mr. Li’s piece is well worth the time and effort, he said, even if people aren’t interested in taking up the spiritual practice itself.

“I think the article has great importance to humankind as well as to the history of human thought,” he said.

Lou pointed to the first lines of the text to illustrate his reasoning.

In the article’s opening, Mr. Li states, “I am seeing imminent danger approaching humanity, and have been called upon by divine beings to pass along, for this reason, several things to everyone in this world.”

Mr. Li made it clear that there are divine beings, Lou said.

“Now, most people … have forgotten that there are divine beings who control and maintain the order of the existing world,” Lou said.

“Why is this an era of moral decay? Because most human beings have forgotten the Creator and their divine. They have even forgotten that man has a soul, which was what Master Li described as the ‘true soul’ that will not die with the passing away of the physical body.”

Only by knowing this, Lou added, can humankind persist in doing good things, especially amidst painful experiences.

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A mourner carries the cremated remains of a loved one as he and others wear traditional white funeral clothing during a funeral in Shanghai, in a file photo. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

COVID-19 and Retribution

Living in a country in the grips of a severe COVID-19 outbreak, Gu said he was impressed by Mr. Li’s illustrations of the reasons behind the traditional idea of “you reap what you sow.”

In the article, Mr. Li states, “Everything that happens in one’s life—whether it seems warranted or not—is, in reality, the karmic consequence of what one did in one’s past lives, for better or for worse.”

Eastern culture has long held a belief that karma will be accrued with bad or immoral deeds and that this will be paid back in this life or the next.

This concept of karmic retribution, according to Gu, explains the uptick in deaths among officials and public figures closely aligned with the CCP amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

“[The CCP] has been procuring organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. That is an absolutely anti-human atrocity. That’s why the virus attacks [people aligned with the Party],” Gu said.

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Falun Dafa practitioners hold placards in a parade to raise awareness about the CCP’s persecution of the faith in China, in Manhattan, New York, on May 16, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

The CCP, which considered Falun Gong’s immense popularity to be a threat to the Party’s control, ordered a brutal suppression of the practice in 1999, resulting in an estimated 100 million adherents being targets of detention, torture, and forced organ harvesting.

In 2019, an independent tribunal found that the communist regime had killed prisoners of conscience for their organs to supply the transplant market “on a significant scale” for years, with no evidence that the practice had stopped. The main victims, the tribunal said, have been detained Falun Gong practitioners.

Now, with COVID-19 spreading like wildfire across the nation, Gu said Mr. Li’s article could help Chinese people reexamine their lives.

“[The article] is a reminder for people to reevaluate how they live their lives and view the world,” Gu said. “It’s vital and timely.”

Important to Humanity

Since reading the piece, Lou has already begun to see his daily life and goals through a new lens.

“This article changed how I view the world, life, as well as my attitude,” he said. “It makes me more determined to stay kind and do good things.”

While he doesn’t practice Falun Gong, Lou said he has recommended Mr. Li’s article to his friends.

“Previously, Mr. Li’s teachings were only for Falun Gong disciples. But now, Mr. Li is delivering messages to all human beings,” he said.

“In my understanding, Mr. Li wants more people to be saved at this time.

“I kept sharing this article. … I think everyone should do so because it’s such a crucial message for all human beings, no matter whether you’re in the West or the East. I recommend it to everyone.”

Shi Ping and Luo Ya contributed to this report.

Read Mr. Li Hongzhi’s article “How Humankind Came To Be” here.

Dorothy Li is a reporter for The Epoch Times based in Europe.
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