The ‘Petals of Peace’ project began with a little 3-year-old Australian girl. Here is her story:
Not long ago a little girl was born in Australia. Her name was Fadu.
Her mum, dad and all her relatives came from a beautiful land in the East.
This eastern land had magnificent mountains, exotic animals, like tigers and panda bears, and lakes filled with colorful lotus flowers.
This land had so many wonderful treasures as it was one of the oldest cultures in the whole world.
When Fadu was little, she left Australia to visit this eastern land called China.
All the rest of her family lived there, including her uncles, aunts and her dear old grandpa.
Fadu’s family enjoyed doing many things together.
They ate with chopsticks, visited the markets, and went to the park each morning to practice ancient Chinese exercises called Falun Gong.
The gentle stretching exercises made Fadu’s family very healthy, especially Fadu’s grandpa, who quickly became fit and well after being sick for a long time.
They grew to be happier too, as they became more truthful, kind and patient towards each other. In this way, Fadu’s family planted seeds of goodness in their hearts that would one day blossom into something beautiful.
However, before long, the leader of this far-away land became jealous of the large numbers of people practicing their exercises in the parks, and decided to change some of the rules.
Suddenly, no one was allowed to do these gentle exercises any more. Fadu’s family felt very sad and could not understand why they were not allowed to do their exercises in the park any more.
So, her dad wrote a letter to the leader explaining how his family had become healthier and was striving be more truthful, kind and patient.
However, the leader refused to understand, and sent a few bad men to take Fadu’s dad away.
Fadu and her mum were very upset and they didn’t know where to find him. Sadly, they decided to return to Australia to wait for any news about Fadu’s Dad.
They said goodbye to their aunts and uncles and dear old grandpa and left the beautiful far away land, hoping that one day they would be able to return.
Fadu and her mum missed the rest of their family very much, and worried about their safety. The world now seemed dark and very lonely. It was as if they were at the bottom of a murky pond and couldn’t find their way out.
Fadu’s mum began to remember how the lotus plants she had seen in China began as little seeds in a muddy pond and were able to grow up out of the mud into the sunshine to become beautiful flowers.
After feeling sad for a while, Fadu and her Mum decided they didn’t want to live as though they were in a muddy pond.
They stopped thinking about their own unhappiness and thought instead of all the children and people in the world who might be feeling sad over things that have happened in their lives.
Their compassion and kindness deepened, and they decided to share their story and hope for a brighter future. They travelled around the world to share with people the importance of being truthful, kind, and patient.
In this way they were able to share seeds of goodness with children everywhere.
Fadu and her mum found that they were not alone in their situation as so many people reached out with their hearts to comfort them. They in turn were able to comfort others.
It was as though the sun had started to peep through the clouds and the little seeds of goodness began to grow. As they rose, not a single trace of mud was left as they unfolded into the most magnificent and beautiful lotus flowers that anyone had ever seen!
They sparkled in the sun like ‘Petals of Peace’ offering friendship and hope to children all over the world. Soon there was one for every child!
Can you help make a lotus flower and send your good wishes to all children facing difficulties like little Fadu?
Together we can make a lotus flower for others and, of course, we can make a very special one for y