Beijing, May 12 /Xinhua/ —
Recently the famous Russian [Orthodox] expert on questions of sects Alexandr
Dvorkin while being interviewed by a correspondent of Xinhua News Agency
assured, that “Falungong” had become one of the world cults. He exhorted all the
healthy and fair forces to join together to fight against sects.
A. Dvorkin is the President of the
Russian Association of centers for Religious and Sectarian Studies.
He took part in last week Chinese-Russian forum on anti-sects efforts,
organized by the Chinese Society on Sectology. He says, that the headquarters of
the “Falungong” leader Li Hongzhi is situated in New York City.
“Falungong” works in many countries, its activity affects different
spheres. «His followers consider, that they don't belong to any of the
countries. They act only in obedience to the directions by Li Hongzhi. Besides,
“Falungong” obtains support from other world sects, governments and
political bodies of some western countries».
Dvorkin says, that a sect endangers
personality, family, society and state, being “cancerous” on the society’s body.
A sect makes its followers an instrument, destroys families and can’t make any
contribution to society’s development. At the same time society always feeds new
human resources and money to a sect. “We can compare sects with cancer, where
cells always receive nutrients from the human body till the time the host is
completely destroyed”, – says the scientist.
He says, that sects are defined by
four main peculiarities. First, the leader of a sect identifies himself as God
or a saint and as the only possible way to establish communication with God.
Second, all the cults have an acceptable system for everybody, using methods to
disseminate their teachings and raise money for meeting their objectives. Third,
a cult is invulnerable, the leadership being totalitarian with vertical control
from top down. Fourth, a sect can disorient an individual and can forcibly
change his character for the purpose of transforming a follower into its
The 52 years old A. Dvorkin is a
famous Russian expert sectologist, historian and theologian. He is the author of
more than 500 research articles and more than ten books. His works have been
translated into 16 languages.
A. Dvorkin says, that every cult
acts as “an independent kingdom”, where followers focused on activities for the
good of the sect, and are not bound by any laws or moral standards. Sect
practitioners consider all the people who have
not entered their cult as enemies, and find it necessary to fight against the
outside world. The inhuman character of sects is divisive, leading to suicides
“Falungong” sect was organized in China at the
beginning of the 1990’s. Its leader Li Hongzhi under the false pretence of
exercising to improve health attracted people to the sect. After this he, using
his false teachings about «Dharma-ending period», «Placement of the mysterious
pass», «Supernormal abilities», exercises control over followers'
minds, that has killed more than 1700 sect followers.
He also says, that
“Falungong” actions do no accord with the principles of «Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance», as the sect promulgates it.
“Falungong” often tell lies: they proclaim that “Falungong”
developed from the real Buddhism, as a matter of fact the sect has no relation
with it. Li Hongzhi entitles himself «a scientist», but actually he doesn't even
have any elementary scientific knowledge.
Li Hongzhi promises, that his
followers would have good health and happy life. But in reality many
“Falungong” practitioners have lost their homes
and family members. The adequate understanding of the concept «Compassion»
includes unmercenary self-sacrifice for other people. But Li Hongzhi sacrifices other
people's lives and takes advantage of it. “He lives in the USA, with his life
out of danger, being prosperous and wealthy. But he
brought his followers to kill themselves through
self-immolation in Tian’anmen Square. It isn't compassion, it's maliciousness, - says A. Dvorkin. –
long-term thinkings, and then right conclusions, but «forbearance» as required
by “Falungong” from its followers doesn't expect them to think and
choose: a person simply must refuse to think and has to accept other people's
The Russian expert says, that the
Chinese government forbade the activity of “Falungong” for the avoidance
of harm, that it does for the Chinese people. Today «Falunong» also realizes its
activity in Russia. There is a small following, but in spite of their limited
influence, they are extremely aggressive. Unlike “Falungong” followers in
some European countries who are Chinese, followers in Russia are Russian people.
It tends to increase the number of Russian people joining the sect.
A. Dvorkin emphasizes, that
“Falungong” has already become one of the international cults. Li Hongzhi
uses propaganda against the Chinese government. “Falungong” opposes not
only the Chinese government, but also the Chinese People. “Falungong”
isn't the only anti-chinese force in the world, it acts together with other
anti-chinese forces, they arranged to oppose the Chinese government.
A. Dvorkin thinks, cults always act
under the slogan «protection of human rights», they act as «defenders of human
rights». “Falungong” acts the same way. «It is necessary to reveal the
facts of violation of human rights by “Falungong”, to help people realize
the essense of the sect and who is the real defender of human rights», - he