"I will always follow the Party, work hard, and make a clean break with the Falun Gong evil cult..." This is what Wang Xiangyang (pseudonym), a former Falun Gong follower, said most often to himself after he had retracted from the wrong path.
After the Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008, medical staff from Chengdu, Sichuan province, set up temporary anti-earthquake shelters as "street wards". Photo courtesy of Xinhua News Agency
A slight error in thought led him into an evil cult
Wang Xiangyang, born in 1964, had been introverted since his childhood. After graduating from Jiangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986, he was assigned to work in a hospital in his hometown of Yichun City, Jiangxi Province.
One day in 1997, a mysterious man came to Wang Xiangyang's office and said to him, "Do you know Falun Dafa? It improves people’s health and teaches the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.” As Wang’s work was quite easy at that time, leaving him with much free time, he accepted a Falun Gong propaganda book called Zhuan Falun offered to him by the mysterious man.
Thereafter, he began to read Zhuan Falun to pass the time. At first, Wang Xiangyang was very surprised that the ideas presented in the book were somewhat different from his own, so he read it again and again as if it were a treasure, thinking it had increased his knowledge. As time went by, his spiritual world gradually collapsed and his mind was firmly controlled by Falun Gong under the incessant influence of its heretical fallacies. He persevered in getting up early every day to practice Falun Gong as if possessed by the devil, often talking to himself, ignoring his colleagues, and neglecting his family.
Whenever a patient came to consult him about some illness at his hospital, he would first talk about Falun Gong before discussing the patient’s condition, which often made the anxious patient and his or her family members so angry that they complained to the hospital about it. The leaders in the hospital made several attempts to talk with him, but he always managed to avoid them. Although his wife and daughter had a heart-to-heart talk with him, he was unmoved by it; instead, he persuaded them to practice Falun Gong. His wife was very sad to see that he had changed from an originally reasonable man to so unreasonable a person. Their originally harmonious family was caught in endless quarrels, which made their daughter no longer feel warmth in their family.
Anti-evil cult volunteers awakened Wang Xiangyang to the true nature of Falun Gong
In July 1999, Falun Gong was outlawed by the government, which made Wang Xiangyang feel very puzzled. Although he no longer actively promoted Falun Gong due to his status, he maintained contact with Falun Gong cultists and participated in their activities.
Later, he attended a 15-day training and studying program, where the anti-evil cult volunteers showed great care for him by often talking to him and inquiring after sb.'s well-being. Finally, they awakened him to the true nature of Falun Gong and his errors in getting obsessed with the evil cult. He gradually came to realize that Falun Gong was an evil cult aimed at undermining social stability and harming practitioners’ lives under the guise of helping people keep fit.
He decided to turn over a new leaf by cutting off all ties with Falun Gong and resuming his normal work and life. However, in the beginning, he was still afflicted with a heavy burden, fearing that he would be labeled as a cultist, discriminated against, and isolated by his colleagues because of his absurd behavior in the past.
Speaking of this, Wang Xiangyang sighed with emotion: "When I drifted off course, the party and the government had been helping me return to the right course. Instead of giving up on me, the leaders and colleagues in my hospital trusted me politically, supported me at work, helped me in life, and accepted me emotionally, pulling me back from the abyss the evil cult..."
At New Year or other festivals, the hospital leaders would visit Wang Xiangyang’s family to extend their regards to them, and inquire about the difficulties his family faced. Learning that Wang’s wife got involved in a traffic accident dispute with someone, the hospital took the initiative to help his family settle the dispute. Wang had never been suppressed by his hospital or lost his chance for promotion because of his past obsession with Falun Gong. When there was no vacancy for him to get a senior professional title in the hospital, which would prevent him from further promotion, the hospital president tried every means to obtain a place for him, making him the third one to have been granted a senior professional title in the hospital. Also, to Wang’s delight, his daughter landed a job in an organization of her own choice and his family gradually restored its former harmony.
As the saying goes, "Men are human and none are heartless." Thinking of what he had been through all these years, Wang Xiangyang seemed to have woken up from a nightmare when he was addicted to the Falun Gong evil cult. "Now I'm finally awake, and my current life makes me more certain that only by following the guidance of the party and the government will my days get better and better!"
Wang Xiangyang volunteered to go to Wenchang to help the earthquake victims
In 2006, Wang Xiangyang learned that his hospital would send some doctors to a hospital in Hunan Province for further training. As he was very eager to get the training opportunity, he applied, with a mindset of having a try, to the hospital for the training. Unexpectedly, the hospital president agreed to his application and said to him: "The greatest respect is trust. I always believe that as a senior intellectual, you will surely be able to distinguish right from wrong as long as you are not deceived." This had brought great encouragement to Wang Xiangyang, who was determined to take this training opportunity to improve his medical skills and save more patients to prove his worth.
He did as he thought he ought to do. During the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, which had caused many families to be torn apart overnight, Wang Xiangyang applied on his own initiative to go to the earthquake-hit area to take part in the rescue work. Braving the aftershocks, he rushed about between schools and farmhouses in Wenchuan from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, making every effort to treat the earthquake victims and save their lives. The high intensity of work made him exhausted, but he felt pleased that he could help others in need during a difficult time. Later, he was awarded the title of Advanced Individual in Earthquake Relief for his work in Wenchuan.
When Wang Xiangyang returned from Wenchuan, his hospital held a grand commendation conference for him. Wang said he was treated like a hero. “I hadn’t expected that I would have received so much attention just because I had done a little bit of what I could," said Wang Xiangyang. "If the 15-day training and studying program made me awake to my errors, then this commendation conference held by the hospital shook my soul."
For Wang Xiangyang, a former Falun Gong addict, the recognition he had received was something he had never dared to expect：He was treated as a hero for his brave deeds during the Wenchuan Earthquake. Once again, he felt the love from his hospital. When he returned home after the commendation conference, he couldn’t help shedding tears of excitement.
Since then, he worked even harder, hoping to reward his hospital with even better performance. "Time will dilute everything and also prove everything", said Wang Xiangyang. Now, he had become the Deputy Director of a department in his hospital and an outstanding doctor of traditional Chinese medicine well-known throughout his province, full of enthusiasm and energy in his work.
Speaking of those who are still addicted to and deceived by the Falun Gong evil cult, Wang Xiangyang hopes that they will recognize the true nature of Falun Gong and return to the right way as soon as possible. "If they break away from Falun Gong, they will find that every new day is worth waiting for and that every place is full of excitement in this world!"