[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] The Rise of Falun Dafa in Wuhan City
(Minghui.org) In celebration of World Falun Dafa Day, practitioners in Hubei Province would like to share stories of how Falun Dafa was spread in their hometown.
Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, introduced the practice to the public in China in 1992. Soon after, the Wuhan City Qigong Association asked Mr. Li to give a seminar from March 30 to April 8, 1993. The seminar was very well received, and by popular demand, Health Consultant, a radio program from the Hubei Yangtze River Economic Radio Station, interviewed Mr. Li on April 6, 1993.
Preparing for the Radio Broadcast with Mr. Li Hongzhi
The broadcast was very popular and many people tuned in to listen.
Talk show host: Dear listeners, this is the Yangtze River Economic Radio AM 1053. Today is April 6, 1993, and the time is 9:30 a.m. Welcome to our special program Health Consultant.
I recently attended a qigong seminar, and I'd like to share a few extraordinary stories with those who have tuned into our broadcast.
People traveled from remote regions by car and boat in our province to attend the seminar in Wuhan City. There were many in the audience who suffered from incurable illnesses for many years. Yet, to everyone's amazement, a single word, gesture, or a talk given by this qigong master returned them to good health.
Last night, the man who sat beside me wanted to record the lecture. The qigong master said, “If I would like you to record it, you will be able to. If not, you won't be able to do it.” This man said, “That's impossible. How can he control the tape recorder?” So, he checked and the tape recorder was jammed.
I personally experienced physical changes after attending the seminar. For example, I no longer suffered from a painful sore throat I had the night before—and that happened after the qigong master merely stood next to me. So, today I invited the qigong master, Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, to our show.
Good morning Mr. Li! Welcome to our live broadcast. I feel that people in Wuhan are very fortunate to have you here—including our callers today.”
Mr. Li Responds to Requests from Callers
The callers are identified by letters from the alphabet.
A: I work at a hospital. Many of us at the hospital tuned into this broadcast after we heard about this interview. Because of the nature of our job, many of us experience high blood-pressure and high cholesterol. Can Mr. Li help us?
Mr. Li: Everyone listening to the show please lower your head and relax. Keep relaxing...good! Now stretch your neck .
Soon the callers discovered that their blood pressure and cholesterol levels had returned to normal.
B: I'm a student and I've suffered from severe rhinitis for many years. My nose is always stuffed up. Can you please help me and any other listeners who have rhinitis?
Mr. Li: Hold the phone and close your eyes. Do not think of your nose and think of other things. (Pause) Alright! How are you feeling? Can you breathe now?”
Caller B said he felt good right away and thanked Mr. Li.
C: I have coronary heart disease. Can Mr. Li cure me?
Mr. Li: Relax … Keep relaxing … alright! How are you feeling? Does your heart feel steady now? And it should also feel calm.”
C: I feel very good now. My heart indeed feels calm. Where does Mr. Li hold his seminar? I want to attend.
Falun Dafa Guides People to Be Good
Many people started to practice Falun Dafa after witnessing Mr. Li's compassion. Thus, they came from throughout Hubei Province to attend the seminar in Wuhan City.
After the seminar, many people learned to live by the principles of the practice, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In this way, they became better people and they tried to always think of others first in whatever they did or said. They also influenced and guided their coworkers to correct their attitude and behavior.
Master Li said:
“One volunteer director at a city’s Dafa instruction center went to a factory to see how Falun Dafa practitioners were doing with their practice. The factory manager came out to meet him in person: 'Since studying Falun Dafa, these workers have been coming to work early and going home late. They work very diligently and will do any assignment the boss gives. They also no longer compete for personal gain. By doing so, they’ve made the whole factory take on a new look, and the factory’s economic returns have also improved. Your practice is so powerful. When is your teacher coming? I’d also like to attend his lectures.'” (Zhuan Falun)
Falun Dafa Benefits China
With so many taking up Falun Dafa in the early '90s, it was not hard to find the countless ways it helped people across the country to conduct themselves more selflessly.
Hubei Province experienced severe flooding in the summer of 1998. The levees alongside the Yangtze River collapsed into Paizhou Bay, Jiayu County, causing great damage.
Many practitioners donated money and goods, and others volunteered to help with the relief effort. The Wuhan area also suffered from the flooding, and practitioners donated money anonymously, with a simple note that they were from “Falun Dafa practitioners.” The media reported practitioners' kind acts, and many companies recognized and praised practitioner employees for their good deeds.
The General Administration of Sports of China conducted a survey among practitioners in September 1998. The results showed 97.9% of respondents experienced health improvements, including 92% who reported total disappearance of symptoms.
After the survey, several retired officials from the National People's Congress investigated Falun Dafa in the second half of 1998. Their investigation concluded, “Falun Dafa brings countless benefits to the nation and its people. No harm to the nation and its people were found.”
When practitioners follow and live by Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, their health improved accordingly. They also became more honest, kind, tolerant, and peaceful.
There were 100 million practitioners in China by July 1999 when Jiang Zemin and his followers began to persecute the practice. Since then, Falun Dafa has become more popular worldwide and is now practiced in over 100 countries.
Practicing Falun Dafa Despite the Persecution
In China many people have recognized the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and as of May 2015, more than 200 million Chinese have withdrawn from the CCP. Some people have even begun to practice Falun Dafa.
For example, a 60-year-old gentleman lost his eyesight two years ago and could not afford medical treatment. A practitioner suggested that he sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” when he encountered hardships. He immediately recited the two phrases and could see again within 30 minutes.
He then started to practice Falun Dafa. Not only did his health improve, but his family life became more harmonious. He now tells everyone he meets to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
A woman in her 60s was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. She sought treatment at the Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, but her health did not improve. The doctors admitted that they were unable to help her.
A practitioner recommended that she practice Falun Dafa. So, she learned the exercises and read the Dafa books. Gradually she regained her health. She had another check up three months later, and the doctor could not believe how she had returned to good health. Of course, she told the doctor that she benefited from Falun Dafa.