China attacks Falun Gong

August 30, 2009

St_martin_in_the_fields_exteriorHeard of Falun Gong or Falun Dafa? Now I have to confess that I had not. Yesterday however I did encounter it and it was something that touched the very depths of my heart. Just to the side of St Martin in the Fields a group of men and women were doing Falun Gong. They were absolutely silent, meditating, moving slowly and focussing totally on the Self. That part of London is always so crazy and yesterday it seemed to be heaving. Yet in the middle of all of that there was silence, movement, harmony and beauty.

Watching them reminded me of a film directed by Aronofsky where he uses the theme of the Fibonacci Sequence to make the point that there is no such thing as coincidence or randomness, there is a divine ordering behind everything. These beautiful people seemed to be witnessing to something very powerful in the universe. These visibly silent people were sending out such a loud sound across London. I found it deeply moving to watch.

What perhaps made their silence even more eloquent was the literature some of their members were handing out was describing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. It seems that in 1999 the Chinese Government decided that this form of spirituality was no longer acceptable. As a consequence hundreds of thousands of people are being held in jails and labour camps. The United Nations have documented 38,000 torture cases. 3,200 people have been confirmed dead as a result of torture. Their literature outlines even more horrific cases. The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Edward McMillian-Scott has commented that, “More than 40,000 additional unexplained transplants have been recorded recently in China since 2001. Although using body parts from executed prisoners has been routine in China, many believe, as I do, that live Falun Gong prisoners are quarried for their body parts.”

So despite the most horrendous persecution these evidently good and holy people continue to meditate and move with the harmony of the universe. Ultimately we do know who will succeed.

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