"I would like to share my personal experience to warn those who are still struggling in the bitter sea of evil cults: Evil cults harm both others and ourselves, so please break away from them and return to the right path before it’s too late,” said Teng Xin, a teacher and a former Falun Gong follower from Beiliu City, Guangxi Autonomous Region, with deep emotion after he had finally awakened to the truth with the help of anti-evil-cult volunteers, his family members and friends.
Not recognizing the true face of Falun Gong initially
Teng Xin was born in 1971 in Beiliu City, Guangxi Autonomous Region. After graduating from a normal school, he was assigned to be a teacher in his hometown. He liked reading Qigong books since childhood, hoping to cultivate his temperament and prolong his life by practicing Qigong. On a summer day in 1996, when shopping for books in the urban street in his spare time, he came across a book called "Falun Gong in China." Out of curiosity about the psychic powers described in it, he bought a copy of the book for reading at home. Since then, Teng Xin gradually got exposed to Falun Gong and was attracted by the various “benefits” mentioned in the book, such as that practicing Falun Gong can cure diseases, keep people healthy, cultivate "truth，compassion，forbearance", and so on. He felt confused in the beginning when he read the book because the ideas advocated in it conflicted with his own. However, as he read it more and more and was continuously indoctrinated with such ideas as “reaching consummation”, “ascending to high levels”, and “gaining psychic powers,” he gradually wavered in his thoughts and began to accept and believe firmly in the heretic ideas of Falun Gong ever since.
Lifting the clouds and returning to the right path
“‘Learn to be an Excellent Teacher; Act as an Exemplary Person’. I felt ashamed when I thought of the creed I once held to and reexamined my life experience against it," said Teng Xin when he recalled his past. As a former faithful follower of Falun Gong, Teng Xin resisted to contact with anti-evil-cult volunteers at first, but through their education by appealing to emotion and reason, Teng Xin began to reflect on his preposterous life as a Falun Gong addict and understood that the Falun Dafa that he had been assiduously pursuing and defending with his life was just a hoax. Little by little, he learned the truth about the so-called physical benefits of practicing Falun Gong and dispelled the mystery about the evil cult; step by step, he realized that the "consummation" described by Li Hongzhi had never been reached and what he said was just a series of self-contradictory lies; finally, he saw clearly the ugly face of Falun Gong and recognized its harmful nature as an evil cult. So, on his own initiative, he handed over his collection of materials such as Falun Gong books and CDs, stopped associating with followers of the evil cult and refused attending cult activities, so as to make a complete break with Falun Gong and return to the normal working life, throwing away the heavy shackles of his past.
Teng Xin's decision to make a fresh start was recognized by the community and welcomed by his school. In the beginning, Teng Xin carried a heavy burden in his mind, not daring to interact with others, for he was afraid of being looked at with strange eyes, unable to find the direction of his life. With the help of anti-evil-cult volunteers, who made several follow-up visits to him, Teng Xin gradually went out of his predicament and found hope in life. The administrative department in his school arranged for him to return to his teaching position that he once loved so much. Henceforth, Teng Xin refocused his attention on his family in everyday life, trying to bring love and affection back to his family, so that his parents could enjoy family affection again and live a peaceful life in their old age. As for Teng Xin’s children, they regained the love of their father and grew up healthily.
(A pseudonym is used for the main character in the story)