TAICHUNG, Taiwan—“Shen Yun displays scenes of heaven in detail. It allows us in the secular world to see the secrets kept from man,” a long-time practitioner of Buddhism, Ms. Chien Fang-He, said after she saw Shen Yun’s first performance in Chung Shan Hall on April 6.
“The imperial palaces presented on stage were the true manifestation of those in the divine realm. I saw it with my third eye after I began practicing Buddhism. What is said in the lyrics of the songs is true as well. Most of the people on Earth originally came from heaven,” Ms. Chien stressed.
“The dances I’ve seen elsewhere are entertaining, but Shen Yun’s dance, it is “out of this world,” literally.”
Watching the performance made me “feel like I was so close to the gods. We are children from Heaven and have missions in this secular world. We need to complete them before we are qualified to return. I keep telling myself that I will give my best, so that I haven’t come here in vain,” Ms. Chien said.
According to the introduction on Shen Yun’s website, “It was during the Tang Dynasty (618 C.E.–907 C.E.) that the three religions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism reached their peak during an era often seen as the pinnacle of Chinese civilization. Under the influence of these faiths, Chinese culture has generated a rich and profound system of values. The concepts of ‘man and nature must be in balance,’ ‘respect the heavens to know one’s destiny,’ and the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness are all products of these three religions’ teachings.”
The inspiration Ms. Chien got from the dance “Hope for the Future” was “gods are watching all mankind.”
“Gods will not stand on the sideline watching kind people victimized. All divine beings will protect those who do the right things,” she said.
She then reflected on herself and concluded, “Now that I know gods are watching me, I will have more courage to do righteous deeds.”
Ms. Chien was inspired by Shen Yun’s stories that depict the spiritual roots of Chinese culture.”
“When you want to be better than others, you must be able to hold your anger first. I know that I am here to abide by this principle and make my life meaningful. Most people seem to have forgotten that,” she said.
Reporting by Long Fang and Lin Hsin-Yi
Article in Chinese: http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/16/4/7/n7531187.htm
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