Critical Comments On Li Hongzhi's "Scripture" (Part 5)
The Strange Tales and Absurd Rules of Falun Gong
MALE COMMENTATOR: A middle-age man, good for nothing, idling, came up with this idea: being a super-conman is much profitable than stealing or robbing. He then collects tips and bits from all popular qigong practice, and infuses it with “bring people up to the high level.” From then on, the evil winds of Falun Gong spread quickly among the mass.
Video of Li Hongzhi: The Falun of our Falun gong, ah, is cultivating in such a big thing as the universe, so this Falun is the image of the universe.
Video of Li Hongzhi: Let me tell you, the Falun is more valuable than your life, it is a high-level form of life.
Video of Li Hongzhi: Because this way to cultivate is extremely complicated, in the other space (universe), its evolutions are very intricate. Everyone knows something about the parts of the television, watch, those precision parts, and considers them to be precise. I tell you that it is more precise and intricate than those many times.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Had not been limited by his education, Li Hongzhi may have come up many other words to promote Falun Gong.
MALE COMMENTATOR: As to the wonderful results from practicing Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi still feels that some vivid examples are best to deceive people.
Video of Li Hongzhi: Of course, Fashen, Yuanying (the primordial spirit), those we have not said much yet. We can cultivate a baby (yinghai) there. Those are life forms, born out of Dantian positions, very mischievous, about this size. Some are a bit bigger. Anyway, they jump here and there, very mischievous. Some of our students may have seen then, (they) made out a motorcycle out of Falun, two Falun’s, used the two Falun’s as wheels. In the middle, it transformed, into, something like a motorcycle. Some grabbing hair, running around, back and forth. They came in through a slide, and skidded down to there. Anyway, you feel uncomfortable here? Anyway, we know that they are mischievous.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This shows a typical symptom of a hallucinating bipolar patient. Li Hongzhi says once this disciple has practiced into the fulfillment stage (three flowers on head), and that has cultivated a Yuanying from the abdomen. As to the celestial eyes, it is an easy dish.
Video of Li Hongzhi: A young man, about 30, he said, when I sat down, I saw the Amida Buddha, and Lao Zi. Amida Buddha sat there, Lao Zi sat here. They looked at him, silent, then, disappeared. As soon as they disappeared, in between them, there appeared an image of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. Guan Yin was holding her bottle, a smoke flew out. It changed into several Feitian (flying) beauties.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: From our interviews (of the Falun Gong practitioners), except that one anxious student drew an eye on the forehead, there was none who had celestial eyes. Let us see another little side benefits of Falun Gong.
Video of Li Hongzhi: When you are practicing, the karma of your life radiates out. When it leaves, do you know how dirty your blood is? Do you know that the mosquitoes are sucking out the dirty things from your body? If you are a good practitioner, when you see mosquitoes not flying towards you, but biting the people around you, but not you.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: It is beyond imagination that Falun Gong functions as mosquito expellants, saving the mosquito expellant incense. Can anyone believe his words?
MALE COMMENTATOR: Strange but worthy of notice, Li Hongzhi claims there is wide spread social benefits from Falun Gong.
Video of Li Hongzhi: When I hosted the lecture classes in Wuhan, several students came to Wuhan for the lessons. There were several students in a factory. After they learned the Gong, went back, these several people, worked. Before that, the factory (performed poorly), now the spirit and outlook of the factory, people, ah, fear instability. So, these, as usually, the enterprises were not making profits. Many causes. These people worked, but did not work well, the quality of the product deteriorated, so the profits got worse. These few students went back, not only taught others to practices the Gong, but also worked hard in the factory, early in and late out. Yes, never before, it completely changed from the past. These few people worked, and motivated the whole factory’s spirit.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Based on our investigation, all these stories are fabricated. This reveals a bigger plot (of Li’s). When our economy is going through transformation, the society is working on solutions for the under-performing enterprises, Li Hongzhi wanted a part in it, saying that his Falun Gong was the only solution to these enterprises. This is simply a joke.
MALE COMMENTATOR: On the contrary, if all in a factory practice Falun Gong, everyone comes in late and leaves early, staying up late, crossing legs, reciting Sutra, wishing to become a Buddha; one would take productivity and profit-seeking as normal people’s addition. There will be no pie falling from the sky.
FEMALE COMMENTATOR: A very striking contrast of Falun Da is that it forbids reading any other schools of thoughts outside of Li Hongzhi’s sutra.
Video of Li Hongzhi: I am here bringing the people to the high level, truly practicing. Those qigong master’s practicing, saying these things, even if you are a good one, you are only cultivating the qi. But it is also hard to tell if it is good or bad, many are not good. Some of our students open a book, he looks at it, opening, hey, this sentence is quite right. Goodness! It is acceptance. The mind thinks: this sentence is quite right, a huge python jumps out. The words turn into a python, constricting him. He tried to shake it off, calling my name…, this is to say, things are complicated. In the age of the dharma-ending, the human society is quite complicated, and quite disorganized, quite corrupt. You’d better not touch these things.