The city of Skiernieweice in Poland held its annual harvest festival parade on September 18, 2021. Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners took part in the celebrations and were warmly welcomed by spectators. Many people expressed the same sentiment: “Falun Dafa’s fundamental teachings – Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance – are principles everyone needs.”
|Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the annual harvest festival in Skiernieweice, Poland on September 18, 2021.|
Despite rainy weather on the day of the parade, both sides of the street were lined with spectators. Practitioners carried banners with the words: “Falun Dafa is good,” “Falun Dafa in Poland,” and, “Falun Dafa – Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.” They also brought a dragon dance troupe. People laughed, clapped, and applauded as the golden dragon continuously wove up and down the streets, drawing expressions of delight and admiration.
Local dignitaries and officials stood in front of the main stage. As the practitioners walked by, each of the dignitaries received information about Falun Dafa and a lotus flower, which symbolizes purity. The event organizers introduced the mind-body practice: “This golden dragon has traveled to Berlin, London, Paris, Austria and now it has flown to Skiernieweice. We thank the Falun Dafa Association in Poland for bringing us traditional Chinese culture.”
Everyone Needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance
A number of parade spectators shared their thoughts about Falun Dafa and the ongoing persecution in China.
Ms. Mila told a practitioner she loved the dragon performance. She said that the performance was very energetic and brought sunshine as well as joy to everyone despite the rain. She said, “I think Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is very profound. No matter who you are, what belief you have or which country you live in, everyone needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.”
She pointed out, “Yet in China, those who follow these standards are persecuted. People who improve their morals are thrown into jail. This is a tragedy that should not happen. Everyone should do something to help these good people gain freedom. I support Falun Gong.”
|Ms. Jolant (second left) said, “I think this is great. It is a beautiful faith that we have lost for a long time and we need to bring it back. The world needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance!”|
Mr. Andrzej said, “In these troubled times when the pandemic is so severe, people especially need Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. It is unfortunate that this is suppressed in China. I know China does not allow any religious belief. This must change and Communist rule must end. I hope this day will come soon.”
Robert said, “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are philosophies everyone needs. One should not be persecuted for their belief, absolutely not!”
As he watched the parade, another person remarked, “The principles of Falun Dafa – Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, are what everyone needs. This world lacks such qualities.”
Another person said, “I too dream of the day when everyone and myself have forbearance and endurance.”
A spectator told practitioners, “I think the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are very important, not only to you, but also to Polish people. Without these values, the world today cannot go on.”
Practitioners handed out nearly 3,000 pamphlets during the harvest festival event. People were seen everywhere intently reading the information. Many went to the website using their mobile phones to learn more about the practice and gave practitioners a thumbs up to express their support.
|Ms. Kiełczyńska (right), loved the dragon dance performance by practitioners and said she completely agreed with the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.|
Falun Gong Is Extraordinary
Polish Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Ewa introduced the practice and said, “Falun Dafa teaches one to follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance in cultivating one’s character. I have gained a lot from the practice and I hope more people can learn about Falun Dafa and benefit from it.”
Gabriel lives in Lódz. Two weeks ago, his coworker introduced him to Falun Dafa. Gabriel said, “I am reading Chapter Nine of Zhuan Falun. I especially love the sitting meditation. I can already feel how extraordinary Falun Dafa is, and I can see a lot of my shortcomings.”
He continued, “Falun Dafa is definitely not just about improving physical health. It is a way to give one a healthy spirit. I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in Falun Dafa activities. I hope to gain more in-depth knowledge of Dafa.”
I Want to Help People Learn About the Persecution in China
Mr. Andrés, a Dafa practitioner from Argentina, said, “Falun Dafa became popular after it was introduced to the public in China. Millions of people practice it and it is also popular in other countries. Unfortunately, since 1999, the Chinese Communist regime has been brutally torturing practitioners in China.
“This is an excellent opportunity to help Polish people understand how beautiful Chinese culture is and at the same time let them know that the persecution in China is still taking place,” Andrés said.
Background: What Is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance—as well as the five gentle exercises and experienced uplifted health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline's growing popularity as a threat to the CCP's atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Under Jiang's personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years, though due to the difficulty in getting information out of China, the actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
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