It is not surprising that different religious groups want to help others find their way through the maze in today’s tumultuous world.

As the coronavirus or (Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus continues sweeping the world, those with kind hearts are reaching out to their fellow men, their help comes in many different forms—some offer free masks and hand sanitizer to those less fortunate—and may try to help with spiritual advice on how to handle the loneliness that lockdowns can bring to individuals.

One group—Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), an ancient meditation practice from the Buddha school—has a strong meditation component. Although it is not intended to replace any medical care, the general public has had impressive results during the pandemic by reciting the “nine true words.”

These words correspond to the nine Chinese characters: “Fa-Lun Da-Fa Hao” and “Zhen-Shan-Ren Hao” (法輪大法好, 真善忍好).
They mean respectively “Falun Dafa is great” and “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are good,” and the practitioners believe repeating the phrases consistently when suffering from an illness has great benefits. While many people would find this debatable, others who are willing to try will argue otherwise. Could the Divine be helping those who have found their belief and are reaching towards the heavens for guidance?

Now, you would imagine that any government would welcome such positive steps during such a crisis the world is experiencing, but this is not China’s case.

Bitter Winter has learned that the functions of Office 610 and the “Central Leading Anti-Xie-Jiao Group” are now being absorbed into the CCP Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (CPLAC) and the Ministry of Public Security.

The CPLAC is extremely concerned with the widespread success of the “nine true words” meditation throughout the country and has set up a special task force to deal with it.

It is also a good example of the extensive use of Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code, punishing those who “use a xie jiao,” i.e., a banned religious group, “to undermine the enforcement of law.”

The prefecture-level city of Huaibei, the People’s Court of Duji District, in northern Anhui Province, sentenced Falun Gong practitioners Bo Fanglu and Mao Yutian. They had been accusing of promoting the “nine true words” meditation to those concerned about the CCP virus or COVID-19.

On Feb. 23, the People’s Court of Duji District sentenced Bo to four years in prison and a fine of RMB 10,000 (US $1,527).

Mao, who was “persuaded” to cooperate with the authorities, was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined RMB 2,000 (US $305.)

Mao was interrogated, and suggested that Bo had been responsible for handing out leaflets to the public, encouraging them to recite the “nine true words.”

The police had already investigated Bo and found the leaflets in his possession. This was enough in their eyes for a conviction. Bo had previously been sentenced to two years imprisonment for practicing Falun Gong, so was no doubt under heavy surveillance.

The illegal court decision demonstrates again that Article 300 is not used to punish criminals, as claimed by the CCP. It is used as a direct assault on the freedom of China’s people, as attempting to live a spiritual life is considered “using a xie jiao to undermine the enforcement of the law.”

Remember, though, reciting the “nine true words” is something anyone, and in any place, can do. There are no chains on the heart.