Further Insight into the Relationship between The Prophecies of the Hopi Indians and Falun Dafa
I have noticed for some time that two articles discussing The Hopi Indian Prophecies and Falun Dafa have been posted on the Clearwisdom website. The first, ‘The Hopi Prophecy (I)’ was posted on 11/20/2000 and the second, ‘The Hopi Prophecy (II)’ was posted on 11/21/2000. As a practitioner of Falun Dafa for the past one and a half years who came to our practice directly through the message of the Hopi Prophecies, I have some further insight into what they say about the coming of Falun Dafa into the human world and particularly on the North American continent that may interest my fellow practitioners and hopefully help us toward an ever deepening understanding of the Buddha Fa.
I am a practitioner who lives very simply, no electricity and growing a lot of my own food. I teach gardening at a small, alternative boarding school for middle schoolers. Before obtaining the Fa I was following the teaching of American Indian elders, mainly the Hopi, and living a very simple life while trying my best to eliminate attachments and the causing of suffering for others. The teaching of the Hopi Prophecies came to me in 1996 while I was living in the town of Athens, Georgia and were brought by the Hopi Messenger Thomas Banyaca. Since that time I have been watching the Hopi Prophecies with much interest, as they give great insight into the current happenings in the human world. I continued to watch for signs of their fulfillment for several years while living a simple life in this human world. One day as I was visiting the website of The Hopi Information Network at a local library, I spotted a message on their message board that said something to the effect of, ‘The words of the Hopi Prophecies clearly foretell the sign and the coming of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.’ That statement aroused a great curiosity in me and I immediately did Internet searches that led me to the Falun Dafa information website. After more research and visits to a couple of introductory practice workshops I gradually became more and more convinced that Falun Dafa and the teachings of Teacher Li were exactly what I had been looking and waiting for. Now, almost two years later, I have for some time accepted the Buddha Fa into my life and am a diligent cultivator amidst the Fa-rectification process. I would now like to spend the rest of this paper showing some of the things I know about Hopi Indian Prophecy and how it relates to our cultivation way.
Let me start by quoting Hopi Prophecy from two reliable sources. The first is from the late Hopi spiritual leader Dan Evehema’s ‘Message to Mankind’ delivered in 1996 and the second by the deceased Hopi Chief Dan Katchongva delivered in the early 1970’s and reprinted in Thomas E. Mails’ The Hopi Survival Kit which was published in 1997. Dan Evehema, relating the thousands of years old prophecy handed down from his ancestors tells us:
…When the leaders turned to evil ways instead of the great spirit we were told that there would be many ways this life may be destroyed. We were told of the three helpers who were commissioned by the Great Spirit to help the Hopi bring about the peaceful life on earth would appear to help us and we should not change our homes, our ceremonials, our hair, because the true helpers might not recognize us as the true Hopi. So we have been waiting all these years.
It is known that our True White Brother, when he comes, will be all powerful and will wear a red cap or red cloak. He will be large in population, belong to no religion but his very own. With him there will be two great ones both very wise and powerful. One will have the symbol or sign of the swastika which represents purity and is female, a producer of life. The third one or the second one of the two helpers to our True White Brother will have a sign of the symbol of the sun. He, too, will be many people and very wise and powerful. We have in our sacred Kachina ceremonies a gourd rattle which is still in use today with those symbols of these powerful helpers of our True White Brother.’
The quote from Dan Katchongva’s famous speech is this:
We have teachings and prophecies informing us that we must be alert for the signs and omens which will come about to give us courage and strength to stand on our beliefs. Blood will Flow! Our hair and our clothing will be scattered upon the earth. Nature will speak to us with its mighty breath of wind. There will be earthquakes and floods causing great disasters, changes in the seasons and in weather, disappearance of wildlife, and famine in different forms. There will be gradual corruption and confusion among the leaders and the people all over the world, and wars will come about like powerful winds. All of this has been planned from the beginning of creation.
We will have three people standing behind of us, ready to fulfill our prophecies when we get into hopeless difficulties: The Meha Symbol, which refers to a plant that has a long root, milky sap, grows back when cut off, and has a flower shaped like a swastika, symbolizing the four great forces of nature in motion. The Sun Symbol. And the Red Symbol. Bahanna’s [White Man’s] intrusion into the Hopi way of life will set the Meha symbol in motion, so that certain people will work for the four great forces of nature (the four directions: the controlling forces, the original force) which will rock the world into war. When this happens we will know that our prophecies are coming true. We will gather strength and stand firm.
This great movement will fail. But because its subsistence is milk, and because it is controlled by the four forces of nature, it will rise again to put the world in motion, creating another war, in which both the Meha and the Sun Symbol will be at work. Then it will rest in order to rise a third time. Our prophecy foretells that the third event will be the decisive one. Our road plan foretells the outcome.
The sacred writing speaks the word of the Great Spirit. It could mean the mysterious life seed: the two principles of tomorrow, indicating one, inside of which is two. The third and last, which will it bring forth, purification or destruction?
This third event will depend on the Red Symbol, which will take command, setting the four forces of nature (Meha) in motion for the benefit of the Sun. When he sets these forces in motion the whole world will shake and turn red and turn against the people who are hindering the Hopi cultural life. To all these people Purification Day would come.
… The Purifier, commanded by the Red Symbol, with the help of the Sun and Meha, will weed out the wicked who have disturbed the way of life of the Hopi, the true way of life on Earth. This will be the Purification for all righteous people, the Earth, and all living things on the Earth. The ills of the Earth will be cured. Mother Earth will bloom again and all people will unite into peace and harmony for a long time to come.
If practitioners can visualize or look at the ‘Re-drawing of Image on the Prophecy Stone on Hopi Land’ that is included in the ‘Hopi Prophecy (I)’ and ‘The Hopi Prophecy (II)’ on the Clear Wisdom postings you will notice the three circles on the bottom line before the corn and small people. The posting on Clearwisdom ‘Hopi Prophecy (II)’ describes an interpretation of the meaning of these circles: ‘The two circles on the bottom line represent the first and second World Wars… The small circle after the last chance is the Great Purification, after which corn will grow in abundance again, the Great Spirit will return, and the Path of Life will continue forever…’ The first circle that represents the first World War relates to the rise of Nazism according to the interpretation of Dan Katchongva, ‘…set the Meha symbol in motion so that certain people will work for the four great forces of nature which will rock the world into war. This was the perversion of the original svasticum by Hitler and the Nazi’s which came out of the First World War. Master talks about the perversion of the svasticum by Hitler in Zhuan Falun: ‘He [Hitler] appropriated it, but the color he used was different than ours. It was black and pointing upwards, and was used in the upright position.’ I guess the only point I’m really trying to make here is that our Falun may be the symbol associated with the third symbol, that of purification, which Master has spoken about many times. Master says in his ‘Lecture at the First Conference in North America’: ‘Just as with your practice of cultivation, as your bodies are being transformed, so the new earth is being made…These substances at the surface-level dimension will let the good people, who are kept to go on to the new earth, one day unwittingly find that the world has suddenly changed; or they may wake up one morning and discover that everything on earth has been renewed.’
This statement by Master seems to correlate with what the thousands-of-years-old Hopi prophecies as related by Dan Katchongva says, ‘This will be the Purification for all righteous people, the Earth, and all living things on the Earth. The ills of the Earth will be cured. Mother Earth will bloom again and all people will unite into peace and harmony for a long time to come.’
Master also says earlier in the same lecture that, ‘So it’s certain that humankind will experience elimination on a large scale. Those who aren’t so good will certainly be eliminated. It’s like the human body’s need to metabolize: unfit parts are eliminated. This type of thing will happen.’ I should clarify here that I don’t want to take Master’s words out of context. He earlier balances this statement with an explanation that, ‘Never have I said that there would be catastrophes happening to humankind or to the earth.’ Anyone reading this paper who needs clarification here should read the entire transcript of Li Hongzhi’s ‘Lecture at the First Conference in North America.’ The reason why I use this quotation here is to compare it to the statement by Dan Katchongva that, ‘The Purifier, commanded by the Red Symbol, with the help of the Sun and Meha, will weed out the wicked who have disturbed the way of the life of the Hopi…’ In another interpretation of this prophecy it says that the wicked will be beheaded.
My main point here is that I believe the coming of Falun Dafa in North America may have been prophesied thousands of years ago by a people with an old cultivation way. Our Master and Falun Dafa may be being referred to by, ‘The Purifier’ or the ‘Meha’ symbol. On this point I am not sure. But Master does seem to be doing much of what the Hopi prophecies say the ‘Purifier’ would and our Falun emblem is similar to the Meha symbol on the prophecy stone as pictured on ‘The Hopi Prophecy (I) and (II)’ on the Clearwisdom website.
I will end with a few more correlations I see between Falun Dafa and what is imparted in the Hopi Prophecies: In China Falun Gong (p.50) Master says,’After going through adjustment of the physical body, students of Falun Gong will reach a state that is suitable for cultivation of The Great Way (Dafa): the state of the Milk – White Body. After the first round, the body of a practitioner is no longer a regular one. After reaching Milk-white Body, one will never get sick… Additionally, the energy column will be very high, and three flowers will appear atop one’s head… Taking one step further, there will be nothing left. All of one’s gong will be pressed into the body’s deepest dimension. One will reach the state of Pure White Body, wherein the body is transparent.’ Could it be that the Hopi prophecy of ‘the Meha symbol, which refers to a plant that has a long root, milky white sap, grows back when cut off; and has a flower shaped like a swastika…’ is indeed referring to our practitioners in the state of ‘Milk – White Body’ with the ‘three flowers ‘that’ appear atop the head’? Also could not ‘the Purifier’ be one in the state of ‘Pure White Body’? Dan Evehema refers to the Purifier as ‘our True White Brother’ in the earlier quotation I used in this paper.
One last correlation: Master says in Zhuan Falun (p.142); ‘Many of our practitioners with supernormal capabilities have seen that this Falun Dafa site is shielded with red light, and it is red all over.’ Again the Hopi Prophecies as related through Dan Evehema state that, ‘It is known that our True White Brother, when he comes, will be all powerful and will wear a red cap or red cloak. He will be large in population, belong to no religion but his very own.’ Could our Dafa and practitioners (though we are not a religion) be the Red Symbol and ‘large in population’ (100 million)? I don’t know.
I had two reasons for writing this paper. One, to try and further clarify the truth about Falun Dafa in North America to ourselves and the world. Only my fellow practitioners and our Master can let me know if this has been useful in truth clarification. Secondly, I am hoping to form a group of practitioners to present the Fa to the Hopi Indian Elders at the Hopi Reservation in Northeast Arizona next summer around the end of July. I know this is part of my own path and Dafa work during the Fa-rectification process. It may be something that they have been waiting thousands of years for.
by Jim Veteto
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