Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai To The Residents At Hsihu Center, Formosa
Feb. 4, 1992 (Originally in Chinese)
God Is Very Willing To Bless Us
Did they show you a video today? Part one is about some aliens.
They came from another planet to rescue their friends. Before
their friends were rescued, they waited in cocoons, which were
placed in a swimming pool. Each day, the aliens blessed them to
replenish their energy so that they could recover quicker. When
the time was right, they would be taken home together with
them. Since the ocean is a different environment, each day
the aliens kept replenishing them with their blessing power.
Because they had stayed on Earth for too long, their energy
levels had changed. So they needed those who just came down
from heaven -- the other planet - "who were full of vitality,
to replenish them. Then, a group of worldly people went there to
swim and damaged the cocoons. The cocoons had nothing to do
with the people, but they took a cocoon up, and killed the alien
inside only to heal their ailments. By doing this, these
people didn't benefit much. They would get sick again later
anyhow because birth, age, illness and death are
unavoidable in this world.
Today the movie that you watched is part two. It is about another
group of aliens who were very compassionate and didn't blame
those who had done the bad things, destroyed their work,
and killed their friends. They even took these people to the
other planet to enjoy a more civilized world where there was
no birth, age, illness and death. The aliens were very good
to them. However, when they came back here again, they were
attached to this world. And eventually they died because
their illnesses recurred. They swam in the pool for a long time
and their illnesses were cured. When they went up to the other
planet they gained tremendous blessings. However, when they
came back here, they got the same illnesses again. Those who
had swam in the pool had recovered and became stronger.
But they then did some other bad things so their blessed rewards
Sometimes God, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (enlightened
beings) bless us. They are very willing to do it. They won't
refuse to bless people even if they are hurt. They won't worry
about getting hurt Themselves. The only thing that They worry
about is that Their blessings will be in vain.
Similarly, it's not that you don't love your children;
however, sometimes when they ask for money, you won't give them.
It's not because you don't want to give them money to spend and
buy more food, it's just that you know that they can't use
money wisely. If they have too much money with them, it would
be dangerous. You'd worry that your children may be kidnapped
or robbed. When your children go out, you're worried already, not
to mention that they are carrying so much money. Or, you
won't let your children take gold, diamonds and jewelry along
with them. At most, they'll wear fake ones only. (Master laughs)
If they want, you'll only give them fake ones, but not the
genuine ones. Even if you're rich, you wouldn't dare to let
your children wear genuine jewelry or take big purses with
them when they go out by themselves and run around on the
streets. It's not because you don't love them, and not because
you want to keep these things for yourselves and neglect your
children. It is because little children don't know how to
handle these precious things.
Similarly, it's not that God, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas don't
love sentient beings, but that They know that sentient beings
are too ignorant. Even if they're given precious things,
it's useless. Later they'd throw these things away or step on
them as garbage. It's better to use the blessing power in the
higher realms. When you go to the higher realms, whatever
blessings you get are yours and won't disappear at all. However,
in this world, whatever you get will disappear. (Master laughs)
You can use it only for a short while then it'll disappear
later. Of course, it can be replenished. However, you should
be diligent and work hard to keep the blessings. You should
also develop your own ability each day; not only protect the
blessings that you've obtained, but you should also develop your
own blessing power.
It's just like when our children are young, we dare not give them
too much money. We only give them one or two dollars to buy
ice cream, biscuits or candies. We can't give them too much.
It's the same even for a billionaire's children. However,
when they grow up, we can give them a lot. They not only can
keep the money, but can also earn more money by doing business.
The So-called Sense Of Responsibility That Binds Us To This World
It's similar with the blessing power of God, Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas. As we receive the blessings, we should also do
spiritual practice ourselves. Only then can we preserve the
blessings, become stronger, go through many tests, liberate
others, and bless others. Not just go to a place for someone
to bless you and then leave. It's meaningless! Even if you
become well today, you'd get sick again tomorrow. Have you
ever seen a person who is eternally healthy?
The physical body is like a car. Regardless of how skillful the
driver may be or how talented the mechanics are, the car will
breakdown tomorrow, or some other parts will breakdown next
year because it's not an eternal thing. It's similar with our
bodies. Our physical bodies aren't everlasting. It's because
our bodies on this planet are made of materials of inferior
quality. For instance, houses are different in quality. Some
houses are made of wood, some are made of cement, and some are
made of bricks. Each kind of material has different
durability qualities. Our bodies are similar. In some planets,
the bodies of the beings are similar to ours, but with more
endurance. They look the same, but the materials inside are
Our physical body is made of metal, wood, water, fire and
earth, so it can't be used forever. If you want to use your
body forever in this world, you have to transform yourself to a
different level. You should change your body and alter the
internal atomic substances and structure. You can't eat worldly
food. Even having said this, please don't go back and fast
tomorrow, or you'll die! (Master and everyone laugh) Don't do it
in such a hurry! If we can live in this world for such a long
time but can't eat anything, why do we want to live on? (Master
laughs) Wouldn't this be too miserable for the Chinese?
(Master laughs) Since we do spiritual practice now, we can't
have any affairs or inappropriate relationships, neither can we
indulge in drinking and pleasure seeking. If we can't even eat
vegetarian food, what's the point for us to live on? (Master and
everyone laugh) While we're in this world, if we ask God to bless us
with immortality and never suffer from illnesses and hardships, it would
be impossible; because sometimes even though we don't suffer but
when we see others suffering, we'll be affected.
It's just like what happened in the movie. Six of them came
down, but only two went up again. As soon as they came back
here, they were pulled -- they felt differently. Whoever they
saw, they felt attachment and affection towards that person.
They felt that they had a responsibility to that person
and that the person couldn't live on without them.
That old man was planning to go up again. However, when he met
the two children and saw one of them fall down, he used his
magical power to protect the child. Then he felt a sense of
responsibility for the child. Later he saved the child again
when the child almost had a car accident. And then the old man
felt that he had an affinity with the child; felt obliged to
stay and protect the child and other children as well. Such
feelings cheat us in most cases so that we stay here. Another
couple couldn't bear to part with their grandchild. It's this
kind of emotion and the so-called sense of responsibility that
binds us to this world.
Of course, when we're in the world, we should be responsible
and do things well. Now when we're human beings, God, Buddhas
and Bodhisattvas, or our retribution, has arranged the
circumstances for us and this gives us many responsibilities,
so we should fulfill them and not run away. However, we should
know that after our job is done, we have to leave. We shouldn't
take on more of the so-called responsibility and feel more
emotion, and we shouldn't incur more affinities. If we do, we
can't blame God for not allowing us to go up. It's we who don't
want to go up.
I ask you seriously: how many of you truly want to go back to the
Pure Land? You should ask yourselves. You practice mistily
each day. When your time comes, you may not want to go up.
Yesterday, an Au Lac person told me an interesting story. There
was a girl who was disappointed in a love affair -- her
boyfriend ran away. So she went to a river to commit suicide.
She slowly walked into the deep part of the river. Before she
reached the very deep area a policeman saw her, but didn't
know how to rescue her. So he pulled out his gun and said: "
You had better come up to the river bank, or I'll shoot you! "
When the girl saw the gun, she said: "Okay! Okay! I'll come
up! " (Master and everyone laugh)
Wasn't she not afraid of dying? But she still found an excuse to
get out of the river.
Quan Yin Practitioners Are Those Who Want To Go Home
Very few people truly want to leave this world. Why? I don't
blame you because you belong to here. You feel very comfortable
here. You feel fine as long as you have something to eat and
drink, and have friends and children. I don't mean that all
of you are like this. I believe that most Quan Yin practitioners
want to go Home because we feel that we don't belong here; and
we feel more and more like that over time. Even if we have
relationships with our friends and relatives, since we've had
them already, we just let them be. It's not that we feel any
attachment to them. Later we'll just go on separate paths. Even
best friends are like that. We may not even be able to stay
together with our fellow practitioners. In fact, this is possible.
As spiritual practitioners, if we like someone, we can take him
up with us if that person is willing to go up. We can't force
anyone, of course. Compared to the world population, we, the
spiritual practitioners, are very few in number. That's why
I've said that most people don't want to leave this world because
they feel like they have deep roots and branches here. They're
just like a deep-rooted tree and can't move at all. They have
many so-called feelings of affection, relationships and
responsibilities that make them feel very comfortable. If they
go to other places, they wouldn't feel at home.
spiritual practitioners feel more comfortable when they
meditate. When they go to a higher world, they feel more at
home; however when they're in this world, they don't feel at
home. That's why we want to go the higher world, because we
don't seem to belong to here. The reason that we've come down
here may be because we have some responsibilities and some
mission to accomplish. Now when our time is up and our work is
done, we just want to go Home.
I don't know how you feel. Sometimes I cry brokenheartedly
because I can't stand this world. No matter how much good
food you serve me, no matter what beautiful clothes or
wonderful car you give me, I don't like any of them.
Sometimes I cry for many days because I don't want to stay
here. It's not that I dislike your world, but that I don't
It is just like a child who loves his parents and his
hometown. If you keep him in a royal palace, no matter what
food and beautiful clothes you give to him every day, and no
matter how many soldiers and beautiful girls serve him, he
wants to go home to see his mother. He likes only to be in
his home. It's not a matter of like or dislike. It's not that
I'm disgusted with this world. It's not like that. As for any
person, the place that he likes is his home. I'm not saying that
this world is no good. If it's good for you, it's good.
However, it isn't good for me.
Just like the aliens or ETs, if you ask them to stay, take care
of them, give them a lot of medicines and vitamins, let them
stay in hotels and serve them delicious food, will they stay?
No, they won't! For them, it's more comfortable up there,
because they belong there. That's why many people in this
world don't want to leave, because they like it here. We
can't blame them for that.
Sometimes you do spiritual practice, while your relatives
and friends don't. No matter how you talk to them, you can't
convince them. So you feel bad. But what for? Let people do
whatever they like! If you take them up, they may not be happy.
Then why bother? What's the use? So don't ask me why I don't
force people to pursue spiritual practice by using magical power
or doing other things. What's the use? If you take a farmer's
child to a royal palace and wait on him there, he won't like it!
He would want to go back to be with the cows, goats and his
parents. His happiness is there.
Everything Depends On What We Truly Want
I've told you the story about a person who did his spiritual
practice quite well. He often went to the astral world. When
he came back and saw some souls of the deceased, he was able to
take them up, too. One day he went to the astral world and saw
his friend gambling there. His friend gambled in a very dirty,
gloomy place permeated with cigarette smoke and surrounded
by stinking gutters. He was gambling there with his former
gambler friends. For most people, whatever they do here,
they'll do similar things after they die. (Master laughs) It's
because they like to look for a place that fits their vibration
and suits their hobbies and habits. The Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas can't rescue him if he's unwilling to be rescued.
When that person went there, he saw his friend gambling in such
a dirty place while he could run around in the beautiful realms.
Because of their friendship, he said, "Hey! Don't gamble
anymore! Come with me."
Since they were good friends, that person followed him. They
went up to a high realm where there was lots of fun, beautiful
music, wonderful scenery and flowers, etcetera. That
spiritual practitioner kept telling his friend about all the
good things there -- the blessing power, the beautiful
people, the longevity.
His friend listened and listened, and finally became
impatient. His friend said, "Have you finished with your talking?"
He was very surprised and asked, "Why?"
The gambler said, "I want to go back to gamble. I've been away
for too long. All my friends are waiting for me there." (Master
and all laugh) You can't help at all!
That's why when we teach a person we should start from the
root, not just give him some "Hoola, hoola, hoop," some
blessings and then take him up there. No! No! No! You've heard
that if a person recites "Amitabha Buddha" once or
recites "Supreme Master Ching Hai," he'll be liberated. How is it
possible? It's because that person wants to be liberated! He
knows that he'll be liberated by reciting it. He doesn't expect
to get money or get a promotion, nor does he expect to have many
children and grandchildren. Only those who really long for
liberation will recite it. Since he has such a strong desire,
he'll be liberated. (Applause)
When you have a car accident, it's also helpful to recite it,
but the help is confined to the accident only. (Master and
everyone laugh) Of course it would be helpful for anything.
However, if a person recites it only because he wants to be
liberated, he'll definitely be liberated, because that's the
only thing he wants. It's not that God, the Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas have no blessing power. They can do anything for
you. It all depends on what you want.
Sometimes we want only material things. Of course the Buddhas
and Bodhisattvas may pity us at times and give what we ask for.
Or if They see a person who deserves to be saved, They'll
save him. If They are not supposed to save that person,
then They won't. They will let him suffer a little and then
he'll get rid of a lot of karma, which is good for him. What's
the point of saving his physical body but letting him suffer for
a long time later in the astral world? What's the good of doing
By Brother Initiate Lee Shuen Shiang, Taipei, Formosa
What if everyday we woke up to find that today is just the
carbon copy of yesterday? What if time stopped running and
repeated itself again and again like a malfunctioning record
player? This is the theme of the movie "Groundhog Day".
Phil was a selfish, narrow-mined, unhappy
middle-aged weatherman working for a television station. One
day, towards the end of winter, he went to a little town in
Pennsylvania to cover an annual event called Groundhog Day. All
he wished was to get the job over with, but somehow he got
stuck with it, not because an approaching blizzard prevented
him from getting home but because the next day when he
woke up in the hotel he discovered that it was still
Groundhog Day and was exactly the same as the day before.
Things took place at precisely the same time, even to the
second. What is worse, he was the only one that knew about
this; all the other people were totally unaware, living and
reliving that day the way they had before.
After a short period of perplexity, he realized what was
going on. He understood everything would start all over
again tomorrow no matter what he did today. That was when he
began to be nasty. He got himself acquainted with the
local bank's schedule so that he could steal money and spent it
all like crazy. He practiced, again and again, to seduce his
female colleague who had never liked him. After all this
mischief, however, he got bored, so he began killing himself, in
one way after another. But no matter how he ended his life,
the next morning when his alarm clock rang, it was still the
same Groundhog Day.
Since nothing would be left over except the memory and the skills
learnt the previous day, he began to change the way he lived
life. He took piano lessons, learnt how to fix a car, and
tried to know every resident in town to compensate for his
imperfect life. After repeated experiences, he learnt when he
should reach out his arms for a boy falling from a tree. He got
to know when an old starving wanderer would die and let him
have a very good meal before his very last breath. He opened his
heart and assisted the whole town. In return, he received
people's warmhearted welcome and gratitude. Finally, when he
learnt to live the day as perfectly as he could, time
started rolling again. Subsequently, a warm holiday,
yet a long learning process eventually came to an end.
Although this film is a comedy it is quite thought provoking.
It depicts an extreme situation as a way to reexamine an old
issue - the human conscience. The writer does not take it for
granted that man is born with a heart of gold. Instead, he
emphasizes that a meaningful life is based on the choices we
make. In a wild, fanciful way the film exposes the fallacy of
time because time is indeed a strange thing. We never know how
much longer we will live, but the "future" in our
imagination always seems like eternity, driving us on and on
in an endless circle like a mule working at a mill.
The blind actions of human beings are almost always based
on this illusory concept of time. The fulfillment of desire,
the procurement of fame, and the pursuit of wealth thus become
unquestionable. All their glamour resides in our belief
that we can still enjoy things tomorrow. As the film's
character was faced with the ephemeral reality that he lived
in, he had to admit that these were not what he really wanted.
By default or design, the recurring Groundhog Day
existentially parallels the concepts of reincarnation and
the Myth of Sisyphus. It suggests that boredom arouses
detachment and offers the only chance for wisdom to grow. The
concepts of ephemerality and diligence, incompatible as they
may seem, are fused together in a most poignant way. Perhaps the
issue the writer wanted to raise is whether there any difference
between what we go through in our lives and what Phil goes
through in Groundhog Day?¡¹
Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai Hsihu Center, Formosa
April 19, 1994 (Originally In Chinese)
There is an Indian movie about spiritual practice. In the movie there was a queen who
originally loved Rama, the prince. She loved Prince Rama more than, or at least as
much as, she loved her own son. Eventually, in the competition for
the throne (Master laughs), her son lost and Rama won. For the sake of the " bone"
(Master laughs), the queen hurt the whole family, hurt Rama, and drove her husband, the
king, to an angry death. Many, many tragedies occurred. Even her son despised her and
left to live in another place. The queen had no intention of doing this in the
beginning. However, with a crafty minister always speaking ill of them, gossiping very
spitefully to her, she then contrived that venomous scheme. Sometimes we do not intend to do
anything, but some evil persons around us instigate trouble. Therefore, when we
make friends or when we work with other people, we should be very careful. If we are
asked to do something, we should do it only if it is a good thing to do. If it
isn't, we shouldn't do it; or it might be too late and we'll be sorry. We might regret it all
When Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, many feared that He might come and seize the
throne. The kings were afraid of Him and wanted Him dead. And in the time of Jesus
Christ, many people believed Him, followed Him, learned from Him, and became His
disciples. The priests, ministers of the church, were jealous of Him.
They were afraid of His influential power and plotted to kill Him.
This happens life after life, generation after generation, all for
the "bone". (Master laughs) So, human beings are not much different from dogs sometimes.
We always take pride in ourselves and proudly claim to be the king of all
creatures. In reality, sometimes, we find that the behavior and conduct of our fellow human
beings differ little from that of the beasts. They are sometimes worse than
animals. At times, we spiritual practitioners may also do wrong, but it is good that we
wake up sometimes and our conscience will make us realize immediately.
Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai, Hsihu Center, Formosa
April 19, 1994 (Originally In Chinese)
News 78 Index
This story is not a fictitious tale. Why is this movie so
famous? Because it touches the morality and compassion in
people's hearts. Schindler saved more than one thousand Jews from
execution. That is why he is still famous even today. Many
people loved him. The remaining survivors call him their biggest
benefactor whom they will never forget.
Only moral and righteous acts can last forever. Misdeeds are
always wrong, no matter how you explain them. It is useless
however you try to rationalize them. Within us is our
conscience and wisdom that are the supreme judge. If our
conscience does not forgive us, it would be useless even if the
whole world defended us.¡¹