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How Falun Gong conducts mental control over its followers
 
Adjust font size:   Close 银川晚报 China Association for Cultic Studies 2008-10-14
 

Contents

 

Ⅰ Illustrative Cases of on the Hook of Falun Gong Mental Control

Case 1: Shattered Dream of Cultivation Practice

Case 2: Paradise IS in the World

Case 3: Save the World or Ruin Oneself

ⅡThe Tricks Used by Falun Gong to Console the Perplexed Disciples Spiritually

Trick 1: One-way data transmission

Trick 2: Authoritative hint

Trick 3: Hypnotic self-cultivation

Trick 4: Group hint

Ⅲ Results Caused by the Spiritual Consolation of Falun Gong

Result 1: Cult worship is strengthened

Result 2: Data channels are cut off

Result 3: Cultivation becomes the only interest

Result 4: Disciples suffer from mental disorders, including acousma and heteroptics

 

Ⅰ Illustrative Cases of on the Hook of Falun Gong Mental Control

 

[Case 1]

 

Shattered Dream of Cultivation Practice[1]

 

My name is Zhang Wenhong. In the past, I was so bewitched by Falun Gong that I couldn't extricate myself. In order to practice Falun Gong, I tried to keep away from my child and husband and finally I got divorced; in order to protect, I took part in mobbing the office of Chengdu Business Morning Post; in order to seek "Consummation" and "Ascension," I went twice to Beijing to protect the Fa. I dreamed to "ascend" to enjoy the glory and splendid life in "Heaven." I devoted myself to Falun Gong, but when I looked back, I realized it's totally a fool's daydream.

 

"Fairy tale" I love fairy tales since my childhood. The Elvens and fairies are so beautiful that I envy them and dream of being one of them one day. As I grew up, I went to school, then began to work, then got married and gave birth to baby. The dream once faded from my memory for the busy life. However, it was not until the end of 1980s that I got more free time to enjoy myself. It was just in such period that Qigong[2] got popular all over China and I then got obsessed with the breathing exercise. In the first five years of 1990s, I learnt Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong, Zhong Gong, Yang-style Tai Chi, and so on. But I still felt they were too far away from my "fairy dream."

 

"Love at the first sight" On a Sunday morning in the summer of 1996, I went to Chengdu Natatorium, Sichuan Province. When I passed its gate, I found lots of people sitting cross-legged on the groud with their eyes closed. Out of curiosity I sat down and practiced as they did. When the music stopped, I opened my eyes and asked the woman beside me about the name of this exercise. She told me it's called Falun Gong, then gave me a book named Zhuan Falun to study at home. After I went back home, I read it through quickly. Wow! Li Hongzhi would help me to be a fairy if I practiced it. It's fantastic! It seemed my dream would come true soon.

 

"Totally bewitched" Since then I made up my mind: I should read Zhuan Falun to the best of my abilities and I'd better recite it and make it my guide. If I do as Li Hongzhi ordered, I could definitely be immortal. I did so. During these 11 years, I cared nothing but Zhuan Falun; I prevented myself from watching TV and reading newspapers, to say nothing of travelling and card-playing. In order to have more time to study Fa and practice Gong, in 1997, I found a job in Wenjiang Huaheng Hotel, which provided all meals and the shuttle between home and work. I seldom returned home to look after my child. After work, I spent all my time doing Falun Gong practice. Every morning I went to the practice site and then took the shuttle to the hotel. I usually sat on the corner of last row so that I could make use of the 50 to 60 minutes to read Zhuan Falun on my way to hotel, ignoring the jolt of the bus and the noisy talks among the fellows. After lunch, I always hurried back to my room to read Zhuan Falun or practice Gong. My roommate laughed at me saying I was obsessed (I thought she was praising me at that time). In the afternoon, when I finished my work, I always hurried to the dining hall to have supper, then I took the bus to the practice site, also sat on the corner of last row to read Zhuan Falun on the way, then went home. Even before sleep, I still spent an hour studying Fa. In this way my life was reduced to as simple as going between three points, the dormitory, the practice site and the workplace. This life lasted for years. My soul was totally controlled by Falun Gong and Li Hongzhi.

 

"Stuck in the middle" I gave my heart and soul to Zhuan Falun completely, so nothing around me could interest me though I stayed in the busy areas, and lived a thriftily city life with to-and-fro vehicles and people. I tried to be away from the family and the friends. Sometimes I regarded them as a heavy burden. Eventually there came the crisis in my relationship with my parents, sisters and brothers. In 1999, my husband couldn't stand anymore and wanted to divorce. I agreed with him without any hesitation.

 

In 1999, the government banned Falun Gong, but I didn't make any change, because I still did the daydream to become Buddha or fairy, and believed firmly the Consummation Li Hongzhi had promised. And I got on the train to Beijing to "protect Fa" with other Falun Gong practicers at the end of October 1999… Later, I was sent back by the policemen in Shahebao Police Station. I told them I won't take part in the riot seemingly, but I did not give up. I quitted my job and then went to Beijing alone to "protect Fa" in December 1999. Because of my illegal actions, I was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. In the jail, I refused to accept any help and persuasion from the wardress, and I acted as the leading role on the hunger strike and the practice…

 

"Look back" It's painful to get rid of Falun Gong. When I looked back I found I got nothing for reward. Now, I have to admit that all the people are ordinary and Li Hongzhi is no exception, so he is not a god, and doesn't have any magic power. And practicing Falun Gong doesn't help, either. Anyone who sank into Li Hongzhi's fairy tale would be the next victim controlled by the cult.

 

Fortunately my daydream is over and I have returned to what I should be as a normal human being.

 

 

[Case 2]

 

ParadiseIS in the World[3]

 

My name is Li Bingxiu. I live in a remote village, east of Sichuan Province. I am fifty-five years old and have received only an elementary education. When Falun Gong spread like plague all over China at the beginning of 1990s, I was deceived by Li Hongzhi who put on the mask of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance," and became a victim of the cult. My heart still flutters with fear when I recall that period of obsession, haze and fanaticism.

 

The simple and laborious village life fostered me an industrious character. I did household chores and made dresses in slack season for fellow villagers by using my simple sartorial appliance. My simple and peaceful life ended on a day of September 1997 when I heard about Falun Gong accidentally. I was fascinated with the lies "no need to take pills when getting ill" and "to become immortal," especially resonated with the beautiful saying of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" in Zhuan Falun. I felt as if my soul has been purified by it and my desire expanded unlimitedly. I even hoped to become a god or Buddha. I accepted Falun Gong without consideration and convinced "it is the most profound, intricate and extraordinary science among all the theories in the world."

 

Since then, my life was full of ups and downs. At the beginning, I practiced Falun Gong in my room now and then; later, I became frenetic and practiced it infatuatedly day and night. Under my influence, some fellow villagers of poor health came to join me. I unconsciously became a "instructor." The euphoria and happiness I gained in teaching the Fa further tickled my vanity, and I printed Falun Gong leaflets and books used the hard-earned money of my family. Taking no account of my relatives' opposition and my friends' dissuasion, and even ignoring the fact that my husband left me because of my absurdity, I totally dropped my business and farm work in order to concentrate on my "Cultivation." As a result, I deviated from the normal life and completely became a spokesperson of Falun Gong and its heresies. At that time, I seemed to live in a dream. Being instigated by other Falun Gong followers, I went to Beijing twice to "appeal to the higher authorities," to clarify the so-called "truth," to protect and rectify the Fa and even took part in illegal activities such as carrying banners on Tiananmen Square and stirring up troubles…

 

When the government banned Falun Gong in July 1999, I was confused intensely. In fact, I was afraid of the Master Li Hongzhi at that time. I believed he was a "Deity" and "omnipotent"; people who betrayed him could not reach "Consummation" and would be thrown into hells. The thoughts made me thrilling. Fortunately, the timely and patient instruction of our local government woke me up from the nightmare. Actually, I was shocked by those who had already shaken off the spiritual shackles of Falun Gong. Their feelings, their behaviors, and above all their sufferings made me suddenly feel refreshed. Why they had no been retaliated by the Master? Why they had not been destroyed body and soul? And all of them looked safe and sound, much happier than I expected… "Seeing is believing," I finally realized that I was fooled by Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong. Li Hongzhi was a despicable liar. Under the spiritual control of his evil doctrine, Falun Gong followers harm their families, oppose the government, violate social regulations and laws and imperil social stability. All in all, Falun Gong is a cult through and though, it violates human morality and goes against human conscience.

 

Deep in regret, I compared the absurd behaviors of the Falun Gong followers with the instruction and help of the government, our destructive activities with the tolerance of normal people. Then I deeply realized we are the most selfish, the most hypocritical and the worst vermin of our society. Our behaviors are indeed impenetrable and harmful. Moreover, we threw our lots to Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong body and soul, and felt honorable and satisfied, which is extremely stupid. Awakened from the nightmare, I found the "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" preached by Li Hongzhi is definitely a lie, while I had already paid a high price for such a fabrication. When I got out of the "abyss," my mind became clearer, and my abnormal thoughts and behaviors have been rectified.

 

I realized my errors and mend my ways, which has moved my 80-year-old mother to weep. And my husband came back to me again. I promise them I will strive to make our family warmer, richer and more harmonious.

 

Recalling the past, I firmly believe that Paradise is in the world!

 

 

[Case 3]

 

Save the World or Ruin Oneself[4]

 

(Excerpt)

 

 By: Fan Chongfeng, a PhD of Nanjing Normal University

 

April 13 is the day I should never forget. On that day, my life experienced a dramatic change, which brought me from one extreme to the other. On the same day last year, I was arrested for violating national laws and regulations for distributing illegal Falun Gong's materials.

 

In the eyes of normal people, my obsession with Falun Gong was deep; while in the eyes of Falun Gong followers, I was comparatively diligent. Falun Gong requires its followers to abandon fame, interest, affection and even life in the world. Accordingly, I gave up the upcoming PhD degree, a favorable job, my family members who love me devotedly, and even decided to end my life. I did these because I believed what I adhered to was the supreme truth in the universe, what I had done were great things and my death would rescue human beings.

 

Many people do not understand why there are so many people becoming obsessed with Falun Gong and why the Falun Gong believers will lose their mind, defy human society, destroy everything they've got and even commit suicide. I am also thinking about these questions after I have awakened to reality. I have been reviewing the past and surveying my soul in order to find the reason driving me into insanity. I find that each individual has his/her specific reasons, but most of us share a common desire, that is to cultivate our moral character, improve our temperament, and become a good person possessing the merits of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance."

 

When people begin to practice Falun Gong, they do try to find his own shortcomings, correct his improper behaviors and improve his moral standards. However, with the advance of cultivation, those people grow to believe they are the only good people in the world and tend to distinguish themselves from ordinary people. They judge people and society by the theory of Falun Gong, believe ordinary people are inferior to Falun Gong practitioners, and no philosophic theory would rival Falun Gong. Moreover, Li Hongzhi requires his follwers not only cultivate themselves, but also rescue human beings, which leads us followers to generating a strong impulsion to save the world and then resort to action. The result of "saving people" turns out to be making more people believe in Falun Gong and destroying the ones against it. During this period, the followers begin to regard themselves as the saviors. They become more and more paranoid and exclusive. In their mind, they are, next to Li Hongzhi, the utmost in the whole universe.

 

Reflecting upon my foolish behaviors, I find them closely related to the impulsion to rescue the world. I had the strong desire to help others even when I was a child. Whenever I know there is someone in trouble, I'd always like to help him or her. It is the irresistible desire to save others that makes me believe in Falun Gong's "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance," and even make me believe I can cultivate myself into a deity and rescue the world. This desire was reaffirmed and reinforced by the doctrines of Falun Gong and I firmly believed what I did was absolutely right, that only Falun Gong could rescue the world's people, and I should spare no efforts to correct things contradicting with Falun Gong. Finally, I reckoned myself as the supreme savior.

 

In fact, people all have the desire to rescue the world more or less, and harbor the benevolence to help others. Righteous behaviors harmonize relationship between people and promote the social development. Owing to the countless pioneers who disregard their personal interests, we can enjoy the peaceful and harmonious life nowadays. Those pioneers win respect; while the so-called "saviors" of Falun Gong are cast aside, why? Their difference is quite obvious. The former is real, while the later is illusory. The real ones rescue the world; the illusory ones are antisocial.

 

The moment I believed I would become a Buddha to rescue the world by abandoning fame, interest and affection, I started to become antisocial. Defying everything in the world, how can I rescue the world; giving up my own life, how can I save others? The so-called "saving all sentient beings" is actually at the price of destroying all and disregarding lives. To normal people, those absurd behaviors are incredible; for us, deeming ourselves as deity, we enjoy those tragedies. When I fell into the grip of obsession with Falun Gong, I believed in every single word of Li Hongzhi. He said the suicide and autotomy of obsessed followers reported by media were all faked, then I believed we Falun Gong followers, advocating "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" and ahimsa, could not have done this kind of things. However, my own experience proved those frantic behaviors a truth. If my obsession continued, I would also conclude my life for gaining consummation and still treated it a heroic feat. My foolishness would only be groaned or mocked by others, for the death out of absurdness and obsession is truly miserable. Fortunately I awakened in time.

 

If you are not self-supporting, how can you support others? If you are not correct, how can you correct others? Self-supporting is the basis, without which, all other things are visionary. Falun Gong followers, including me, ruined the basis of self-supporting, on the contrary, tried to pursue the visionary. Giving up jobs, abandoning families, we wandered around to engage in Falun Gong activities and confronted with the government and society; we were destroying ourselves, our families and bringing about calamity to society. During the past year, I realized ever-increasingly that the real rescue starts from down-to-earth work, starts by myself and starts in the present rather than to reach for the imaginary.

 

Just as the statement of "Self-cultivation, family harmony, state governing and world peace" from Confucianism. To save the world and people, the priority is doing one' own job properly and cherish one's own life. People orientation means not only to respect others, but also to esteem oneself. There is a warning saying of Confucianism, "dutiful son should not stand under a dangerous wall." The "dangerous wall" goes beyond the meaning of wall itself, but it signifies all things threatening one's life. Only by behaving in accordance with this, can we fulfill our ambition and accomplish our achievements. If we do not cherish our lives, how can we make contribution to our family, country or society? Self-supporting and self-love are basis of rescuing the world. The real kind people cherish their own lives first and then help others with the heart of mercy and indebtedness. The reason why Taoism thrives all through history is his emphasis on cherishing life. Lao-tzu  said, "If a man loves life most, he can be bestowed to govern the state." Those who intentionally abandon their lives to rescue the world only harm themselves.

 

Falun Gong is an evil cult because it makes the people who originally want to cultivate moral character and develop temperament deviate from their good will, abandon their own lives and imperil the society. Falun Gong is a cult with anti-humanity and anti-society features. Like other cults in the world, once Falun Gong followers have blind faith in their Master, and believe that human society has disobeyed the decree of God and would be destroyed, they will regard themselves as saviors, defy the people and laws in real world, and become antisocial by killing innocent people and bringing about social turmoil. The followers themselves will also become the victims of their foolish behaviors.

 

The correct way of rescuing the world lies in behaving ourselves. To rescue others in critical occasions regardless of personal interests is respectful and deserves to be praised. My tortuous experience adequately proved the way of rescuing the world preached by Falun Gong is antihuman and antisocial, which can only harm ourselves rather than rescue the world.



[2] A kind of breathing exercise refers to a wide variety of traditional "cultivation" practices that involve methods of accumulating, circulating, and working with Qi or energy within the body.


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