Posteado por: Esperanza Jhoncon | junio 17, 2018

About Falungong / Falun Dafa

This is my second reply to someone interested in practicing Falungong:

I really do not have much interest in debating about the “goodness” of Falungong, nor the advantages or disadvantages of the single party in China, or look for evidence of persecution of groups, cults or religious sects in China.

I have lived in China for more than three decades: before and after economic reform, and I go to China to visit my masters and/or to participate in demonstrations of traditional martial arts.

However, I would like to point out the following points:

(1) In China and in many parts of Asia (and the Middle East), as the origin of all religions of the world, there are many religious, spiritual, healing, meditation, cultivation, adoration, etc. groups. They are in the Middle East, India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia …. They practice a variety of Brahanism, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Yoga, Mahikari, Japanese ancestral schools (Judo, Kendo and others). Religious beliefs are part of the culture and civilization of the people. They express their scheme of thought and its connection with a sense of the beyond of earthly life.

(2) As far as I know, these spiritual or religious practices do not make ostentation or public demonstrations of their beliefs. On the contrary, they are kept in reserve and discretion. From my perspective, they all deserve my respect.

(3) The appearance of Falungong through Mr. Li Hongzhi, in 1992, was probably resonant because as a former soldier of the People’s Liberation Army of China he had contacts with members of the Communist Party. The impact was greater because he made a great display of his techniques, with his followers, in the historic Tiananmen Square.

(4) The historical characters you mentioned, such as Jesus Christ or Sakyamuni, never showed off or boasted of their power to summon or to be able to heal or influence people. As far as it is known, they didn’t use Mr. Li Hongzhi’s strategy of asking his followers to get more followers (marketing). True masters are followed because people are convinced that they have much to offer. Take into account Mahatma Gandhi: He never said people to follow him, but people did it in spite they know they would be killed by the British colonialist. Nobody has to ask to be followed, as Mr. Li Hongzhi does.

(5) According to several statistics, at least 80% of the Chinese are agnostics or atheists. They have principles and values in their daily lives, such as loyalty, gratitude, respect, honesty, honor, etc., but they do not have to convert those values into a cultist or spiritual practice. They are part of their daily life.

(7) Of course, Mr. Li Hongzhi is not committing terrorist acts in China or outside of China. We do not know if the Chinese Communist Party is committing them. If so, it would probably not be called “terrorism,” but coercion, as all the nation-states of the world do. But it is done with such secrecy that it is difficult to prove it. Therefore, the desire to “prominence” of Mr. Li Hongzhi, seems more like a craving for power than a real conviction to become a spiritual leader.

(8) Mr. Li Hongzhi frequently shows up in New York’s central park with his legs bent and waving his hands (in supposed “Qi” handling signal); every year he organizes parades where the followers have to attend with their bright yellow garments with red stripes (the same wardrobe that was used in the time of the emperors of China; Mr. Li delivers hundreds of lectures where it is possible and repeats exactly what is written in Internet and in his books, mixing philosophy and Chinese tradition.

(9) As it is proven, many of his followers are ex-drug addicts. Mr. Li Hongzhi boasts of having “cured” them, when in reality addiction is eliminated by changing life habits, and giving those people a new perspective on life. One more aspect, most people who enter these groups seeking the “salvation of their soul” is because of a great sense of guilt that they need to redeem to find inner peace. There is nothing negative about it, but any good spiritual leader, teacher or parent does it without assuming that he has a “heavenly gift.”

(10) As a result of such exposure of Falungong and the use of leadership strategies of Mr. Li Hongzhi, today the anti-Chinese groups of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the US, use all kinds of speculation to attack the communist government. Communist intellectuals do not pay much attention to this phenomenon, I suspect that it is because they are based on the teachings of Laozi or the Tao (Teking) that, according to the theory of knowledge, the elementary DIALECTIC (the same that was later picked up by the German philosopher Friederick Hegel), explains that opposites are not contradictory but form a unity. That is to say: if you believe in “god”, you have to believe in “evil”. If someone shows like a super macho man, he most likely has problems with homosexuality. If someone is devoted to kindness, he hides a great evil. They are two sides of the same coin.

I will not go further into more details about the genesis of the dialectic, because I would have to write a book for which I do not have the time now that I would need.

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