On World Falun Dafa Day 2022 and the 71st birthday of Master Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong practitioners wished him a happy birthday and expressed their most sincere gratitude to Master Li from China. Many Chinese adherents look forward to Master Li returning to China as soon as possible, and the spirit of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance spreading in their country.
May 13 is the birthday of Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, a practice based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.
Master Li introduced Falun Gong in China on May 13, 1992 and within two years it was practiced by hundreds of millions of people across the country.
An Octogenarian’s Gratitude
Mr. Xu’s wife and child practice Falun Dafa. He told the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times that he truly appreciates what Master Li’s teachings have brought to his family, “I have benefited tremendously from their cultivation.”
In his 80s and in good health, he mentioned that his wife used to be burdened with serious illnesses but regained good health through the practice. He says she is able to do regular house chores despite her advanced years.
The persecution of Falun Gong has created a massive number of victims and tragedies to cultivators in China. His child was once imprisoned by the authorities for being a Falun Gong adheerent. In prison, his child was tortured and abused, which tormented him greatly.
When his child returned home and said to him, “I have committed no crime. I definitely should return home safely,” it was a great relief and comfort to him. He knew it was Master Li’s protection that saved his child.
His child is now living apart from he and his wife in order to protect the parents, as the police would often show up at their door and harass the family.
He said that when he realized how his child insisted on maintaining Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance even while under the hardship of imprisonment, he knew nothing would stop people from searching for their true selves.
On this celebrated day of the world, he presented a poem to Master Li on behalf of his wife and child:
Dafa spread to the world,
With hundreds of millions of people rejoice,
Cultivate diligently, never slack off,
Bravery and diligence in cultivation will benefit both mind and body,
The nine-character mantra will lead the path without hesitation,
Fear none of the mad suppression of the evil party,
Follow the Master all the way home to celebrate the reunion!
Changchun Resident: Falun Gong Promotes Kindness
Thirty years ago, Master Li began publicly teaching Falun Dafa in Changchun, China.
Mr. Guo, a Changchun resident, expressed his sincere wish on World Falun Dafa Day: “Happy Birthday, Master Li.” “The Fa-rectification will succeed soon.”
He mentioned that he learned about the persecution of Falun Gong in China through calls from abroad and online.
He agrees that Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance are moral standards that human beings are rooted in, and thinks the regime’s suppression is despicable and shameful.
He told the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times that he has friends who are Falun Gong practitioners. He said they are good people. They display good and right ideals and thoughts. “Their cultivation is doing good deeds,” he said.
Locked Down Shanghai Residents Appreciate the Truth
Shanghai resident Mr. Chang said he agrees with Falun Gong’s concepts of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. He also has friends who are Falun Gong followers who he believes bring stability to society. He says the persecution is a violation of the Chinese constitution, “Religious belief is a constitutional right of people.”
Chang also expressed his good wishes to Master Li, “Good health, and a long and happy life.”
Shanghai resident Mr. Zheng said, “We only believe what we have experienced in life. Those who have real life experience would know right from wrong.” He referred to the overwhelming negative propaganda that smeared Falun Gong on state TV more than 20 years ago when the regime initiated the campaign against Falun Gong.
He said that he met Falun Gong cultivators in China and knew they were not the bad people portrayed in the various media.
Since the lockdown, people have truly experienced how precious it is to be truthful, compassionate, and tolerant. He said, “Honest information is what we are lacking now. The lockdown has restricted our survival, but it isn’t reported. Everything the media is talking about is false, empty, and farcical.”
Zheng mentioned that many people who used to praise the regime are now faced with the reality, “They are awakened from this lockdown. No one would ever believe in the regime and its policies any more.”
He expressed his best wishes to Master Li for a happy birthday and good health. He believes that the spread of true kindness and honesty will benefit mankind and bring real peace to the world.
People Long for Master Li’s Return to China
Hu Jianguo is an activist in Shanghai. He told the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times that his neighbors were practicing Falun Gong back in 1995. When he started his rights defending activities in Beijing, he met other Falun Gong practitioners there as well.
He described them as kind hearted, and with a decent mindset. He knew the cultivators were not what the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) portrayed in its propaganda. He said, “I have only met good Falun Gong cultivators. They are very nice people.”
When he learned about the media outside China, initiated by Falun Gong adherents, with the mission of clarifying the truth about Falun Gong and encouraging Chinese people to withdraw from the CCP and its associated organizations, he believed it to be contributing greatly to the world.
Hu said, “When people realize the truth, and withdraw from the CCP, society will get back to its pure and high morale.”
Hu Jianguo put his words into action in 2015 when he announced his public denunciation of the CCP and withdrawal from the party.
He believes China today would have been so different if it weren’t for the fact that the CCP persecuted Falun Gong. With the spread of Falun Gong, “China would have been a whole new world,” he said.
Hu feels lucky that the world has welcomed and appreciated Falun Gong, even high schools and police academies in India are promoting Falun Gong.
He said, “I can only see hope for our nation, society, and culture with Falun Dafa.”
He expressed his sincere appreciation, “I definitely want to thank Master Li Hongzhi. Without his inspiration, I would not have improved as a person. I now ask myself to at least tell the truth and be sincere and kind to others.”
On this important day, Hu Jianguo said, “I’d like to wish Master Li Hongzhi a happy birthday, his health forever, his return to the land of China as soon as possible, and the spread of Dafa.”
Lin Cenxin, Hong Ning, Yi Ru, and Chang Chun contributed to this report.