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859 A Taoist Tale of Longevity, Multi-subtitles


Recently,
Supreme Master Ching Hai Recently,
Supreme Master Ching Hai graciously allowed
our Association members graciously allowed
our Association members to gather
for an international seminar. to gather
for an international seminar. It was a joyous occasion as Master and disciples
reunited to meditate as Master and disciples
reunited to meditate and pray for peace. During her visit to meet
with our Association members, During her visit to meet
with our Association members, During her visit to meet
with our Association members, Supreme Master Ching Hai also spoke of the teachings
of past Masters also spoke of the teachings
of past Masters and answered the spiritual questions
of fellow initiates. and answered the spiritual questions
of fellow initiates. and answered the spiritual questions
of fellow initiates. Throughout the ages, compassionate enlightened Masters
have urged people compassionate enlightened Masters
have urged people compassionate enlightened Masters
have urged people to surrender
to the greater universal power to surrender
to the greater universal power by seeking the Divine within, from which all other goodness
and happiness follow. from which all other goodness
and happiness follow. from which all other goodness
and happiness follow. This message was echoed again
in a Taoist tale about longevity, This message was echoed again
in a Taoist tale about longevity, This message was echoed again
in a Taoist tale about longevity, which Supreme Master Ching Hai
shared with our Association members which Supreme Master Ching Hai
shared with our Association members which Supreme Master Ching Hai
shared with our Association members during the International Gathering
on December 18, 2008. during the International Gathering
on December 18, 2008. during the International Gathering
on December 18, 2008. Alright, your Mama is here. Alright, your Mama is here. How’s everything?
(Great. Very good.) How’s everything?
(Great. Very good.) Good? (Very good, yes.)
How are you? Good, thank You, Master. Good, thank You, Master. Still working as a doctor?
(Yes.) Still working as a doctor?
(Yes.) You did not retire yet?
(No, I’m working full time now.) You did not retire yet?
(No, I’m working full time now.) You did not retire yet?
(No, I’m working full time now.) Full time. How come? The kids are about to go to college,
and that sort of thing. The kids are about to go to college,
and that sort of thing. The kids are about to go to college,
and that sort of thing. They are growing up.
You don’t look any older. They are growing up.
You don’t look any older. Say hallo, Hermit.
Hallo to everybody. Say hallo, Hermit.
Hallo to everybody. Hallo! This is Hermit,
the blue eyes. Hallo! This is Hermit,
the blue eyes. Lay… that’s a good boy.
Good boy, okay? Lay… that’s a good boy.
Good boy, okay? Keep my feet warm there.
Thank you! Keep my feet warm there.
Thank you! You want one? This is for the people, you know?
He loves it. This is for the people, you know?
He loves it. Okay, enjoy, Hermit. He is a very shy one. Normally if it’s Goody, Happy,
they will jump all over, Normally if it’s Goody, Happy,
they will jump all over, Normally if it’s Goody, Happy,
they will jump all over, but this guy,
he just sticks around me. but this guy,
he just sticks around me. Want to say hallo now, good boy?
Okay, you like her. Want to say hallo now, good boy?
Okay, you like her. It’s cool. It’s good. You learn to be friendly,
which is good. You learn to be friendly,
which is good. There. We are reading
some of the Taoist tale. There. We are reading
some of the Taoist tale. Zhang Bo-Duan was very interested
in Buddhism and Taoism. Zhang Bo-Duan was very interested
in Buddhism and Taoism. Zhang Bo-Duan was very interested
in Buddhism and Taoism. Even when he was a child,
he read any book he could get. Even when he was a child,
he read any book he could get. Even when he was a child,
he read any book he could get. But his favorite texts
were those on meditation But his favorite texts
were those on meditation and the art of longevity. He is not attracted
to governmental office He is not attracted
to governmental office or any of those
that’s making money, like business or any of those
that’s making money, like business or any of those
that’s making money, like business or any position in society. So now he went to a mountain
called Tian Tai mountain So now he went to a mountain
called Tian Tai mountain So now he went to a mountain
called Tian Tai mountain to study meditation
with a Buddhist monk instead. to study meditation
with a Buddhist monk instead. When he was about 60 years old, When he was about 60 years old, Zhang Bo-Duan
met a Taoist from Sichuan Zhang Bo-Duan
met a Taoist from Sichuan by the name of Liu Hai-Chan, by the name of Liu Hai-Chan, and began to practice the Taoist techniques
of cultivating body and mind. the Taoist techniques
of cultivating body and mind. the Taoist techniques
of cultivating body and mind. Just like you guys sitting here
cultivating body and mind. Just like you guys sitting here
cultivating body and mind. Just like you guys sitting here
cultivating body and mind. We keep reading it first, and then we can try to
expound on it later. and then we can try to
expound on it later. Bo-Duan had a friend
who was a Zen Buddhist. Bo-Duan had a friend
who was a Zen Buddhist. The two men often met
to meditate together The two men often met
to meditate together and discuss Buddhist
and Taoist philosophy. and discuss Buddhist
and Taoist philosophy. One day, the friend
whose Buddhist name was Huei Ting One day, the friend
whose Buddhist name was Huei Ting One day, the friend
whose Buddhist name was Huei Ting went to Bo-Duan’s retreat
and said to him, went to Bo-Duan’s retreat
and said to him, “Oh, I have mastered
the technique of spirit travel.” “Oh, I have mastered
the technique of spirit travel.” You know what that means, right? You know what that means, right? Astral projection.
I’ll explain later. Astral projection.
I’ll explain later. So, “I have mastered
the technique of spirit travel. So, “I have mastered
the technique of spirit travel. When I enter meditative stillness,
I can send my spirit anywhere I want.” When I enter meditative stillness,
I can send my spirit anywhere I want.” When I enter meditative stillness,
I can send my spirit anywhere I want.” When I enter meditative stillness,
I can send my spirit anywhere I want.” That’s different. I’m all excited,
I want to tell already! I’m all excited,
I want to tell already! Bo-Duan proposed, “Okay, shall we travel somewhere
together today?” “Okay, shall we travel somewhere
together today?” “Okay, shall we travel somewhere
together today?” And Huei Ting said, “My pleasure!” And Huei Ting said, “My pleasure!” So Bo-Duan asked Huei Ting,
“Where shall we go then?” So Bo-Duan asked Huei Ting,
“Where shall we go then?” And his friend said, “Oh, we can go to the gardens
in Yang County, we can go to the gardens
in Yang County, if you like. Because I have heard that
the flowers there are very beautiful Because I have heard that
the flowers there are very beautiful Because I have heard that
the flowers there are very beautiful and they bloom in full
this time of the year.” and they bloom in full
this time of the year.” So they both sit
on their meditation cushions So they both sit
on their meditation cushions or meditation chairs, the way you do, close their eyes and send their spirits
to the flower gardens of Yang County. close their eyes and send their spirits
to the flower gardens of Yang County. close their eyes and send their spirits
to the flower gardens of Yang County. close their eyes and send their spirits
to the flower gardens of Yang County. When Bo-Duan arrived, he found his friend
already sitting on a bench. he found his friend
already sitting on a bench. Huei Ting told Bo-Duan, “I’ve already walked
around the garden three times “I’ve already walked
around the garden three times “I’ve already walked
around the garden three times and you just came?” So Bo-Duan only said, “Why don’t we each
take a flower back as a souvenir.” “Why don’t we each
take a flower back as a souvenir.” “Why don’t we each
take a flower back as a souvenir.” So Huei Ting nodded. Then the friends walked
through the garden Then the friends walked
through the garden and each plucked a flower. Back in Bo-Duan’s place, the two men opened their eyes again
and stretched their legs. the two men opened their eyes again
and stretched their legs. the two men opened their eyes again
and stretched their legs. Bo-Duan asked his friend,
“Where is your flower?” Bo-Duan asked his friend,
“Where is your flower?” So Huei Ting could not find it. So Huei Ting could not find it. So Bo-Duan then reached
into his sleeve So Bo-Duan then reached
into his sleeve and brought out
a beautiful chrysanthemum. and brought out
a beautiful chrysanthemum. At first, Huei Ting was disappointed, At first, Huei Ting was disappointed, but then he laughed
and said to Bo-Duan, but then he laughed
and said to Bo-Duan, “I’m glad that you were able to
bring back a flower. “I’m glad that you were able to
bring back a flower. At least one of us did.” So Bo-Duan gave
the flower to his friend So Bo-Duan gave
the flower to his friend and said to him, “I know
you appreciate flowers very much. and said to him, “I know
you appreciate flowers very much. and said to him, “I know
you appreciate flowers very much. and said to him, “I know
you appreciate flowers very much. Take this one home in memory
of the good time we had today.” Take this one home in memory
of the good time we had today.” Take this one home in memory
of the good time we had today.” Later, when Huei Ting had left, Later, when Huei Ting had left, Bo-Duan’s students asked him, Bo-Duan’s students asked him, “Why couldn’t Huei Ting
bring back a flower “Why couldn’t Huei Ting
bring back a flower just like you did?” So, Bo-Duan replied to his students
saying that, So, Bo-Duan replied to his students
saying that, So, Bo-Duan replied to his students
saying that, “Huei Ting cultivated his mind only, “Huei Ting cultivated his mind only, therefore when he entered stillness,
he could liberate only his spirit. therefore when he entered stillness,
he could liberate only his spirit. therefore when he entered stillness,
he could liberate only his spirit. As a result, the entire journey was
in his mind only. As a result, the entire journey was
in his mind only. As a result, the entire journey was
in his mind only. On the other hand,
I cultivate both mind and body, On the other hand,
I cultivate both mind and body, On the other hand,
I cultivate both mind and body, so when my spirit travels, it can take on corporeal form
and influence reality. it can take on corporeal form
and influence reality. it can take on corporeal form
and influence reality. That’s why I could
bring back a flower That’s why I could
bring back a flower and he could not.” When Zhang Bo-Duan was about to
enter the spiritual realm, When Zhang Bo-Duan was about to
enter the spiritual realm, When Zhang Bo-Duan was about to
enter the spiritual realm, he called his students together
and said, he called his students together
and said, “After I have gone,
you should cremate my body.” “After I have gone,
you should cremate my body.” “After I have gone,
you should cremate my body.” At 99 years of age, he sent his spirit
into the immortal realm. he sent his spirit
into the immortal realm. After the students cremated his body, After the students cremated his body, they found among the ashes
thousands of tiny fragments of bones they found among the ashes
thousands of tiny fragments of bones they found among the ashes
thousands of tiny fragments of bones that glowed with a golden hue. This is what the Buddhists call “relics”. This is what the Buddhists call “relics”. This is a Master
who lived between 960 and 1270 CE. This is a Master
who lived between 960 and 1270 CE. This is a Master
who lived between 960 and 1270 CE. He’s one of the greatest exponents He’s one of the greatest exponents of the Southern
Complete Reality School of the Southern
Complete Reality School and is the author of the famous
Internal Alchemical Classic, and is the author of the famous
Internal Alchemical Classic, and is the author of the famous
Internal Alchemical Classic, meaning “Understanding the Reality.” meaning “Understanding the Reality.” Anybody travel like that recently? Anybody travel like that recently? How about that! Any of you cultivated this? No? Any of you cultivated this? No? It is an art that has been lost. It is an art that has been lost. Maybe some people still can do that,
but some cannot. Maybe some people still can do that,
but some cannot. Maybe some people still can do that,
but some cannot. Remember the master of Yogananda? Remember the master of Yogananda? After he went to the astral world
to be a teacher there, After he went to the astral world
to be a teacher there, After he went to the astral world
to be a teacher there, not that his level is astral level, not that his level is astral level, but he’s appointed as a teacher
in the astral level but he’s appointed as a teacher
in the astral level after he has left this physical one. So he came back to life in the flesh
to give Yogananda a touch So he came back to life in the flesh
to give Yogananda a touch So he came back to life in the flesh
to give Yogananda a touch and he was very happy. But I told you also, the astral being can always
manifest themselves in the flesh even the astral being can always
manifest themselves in the flesh even the astral being can always
manifest themselves in the flesh even and come back to this world
for a while. and come back to this world
for a while. There were different times
for different levels of beings There were different times
for different levels of beings There were different times
for different levels of beings who can manifest themselves
into this physical world. who can manifest themselves
into this physical world. Depends on from which level
you come from, Depends on from which level
you come from, you can stay how long, how long. you can stay how long, how long. And also depends
on how meritorious you are, And also depends
on how meritorious you are, even as astral beings. There are those
who have a lot of merit, There are those
who have a lot of merit, there are beings
who have not too many. there are beings
who have not too many. Even just a normal ghost, some of them have
more power than others. some of them have
more power than others. The one who has more power The one who has more power can manifest himself
truly in the physical body can manifest himself
truly in the physical body and can even throw a tantrum. and can even throw a tantrum. If you go into his haunted house, If you go into his haunted house, he sometimes throws cups
on the floor he sometimes throws cups
on the floor and breaking mirrors
and all that stuff and breaking mirrors
and all that stuff to scare you
and tell you to get out. to scare you
and tell you to get out. Sometimes tickle your toes. They’re kind of possessive; They’re kind of possessive; they think that house belongs to them, they think that house belongs to them, that’s why they don’t want to get out that’s why they don’t want to get out and anybody who comes in,
they think they invaded their house. and anybody who comes in,
they think they invaded their house. and anybody who comes in,
they think they invaded their house. Until they are free
from the ghost existence, Until they are free
from the ghost existence, they will continue to believe that they are living
in the physical body even. they are living
in the physical body even. Now, let’s check it out. So, this man
has not been interested at all So, this man
has not been interested at all in worldly position
as well as gain, in worldly position
as well as gain, so he went to study
both with the Taoist and the Buddhist. so he went to study
both with the Taoist and the Buddhist. He has been studying
with a Buddhist monk. He has been studying
with a Buddhist monk. So at that time, the Buddhist monk
that he studied with the Buddhist monk
that he studied with obviously has transcendental power. obviously has transcendental power. That’s why he could meditate That’s why he could meditate and leave his body
and go in the spirit. and leave his body
and go in the spirit. And later, at 60 years old, he met a Taoist from Sichuan,
Liu Hai-Chan, he met a Taoist from Sichuan,
Liu Hai-Chan, he met a Taoist from Sichuan,
Liu Hai-Chan, and then he practiced the technique
of cultivating body and mind as well. and then he practiced the technique
of cultivating body and mind as well. and then he practiced the technique
of cultivating body and mind as well. and then he practiced the technique
of cultivating body and mind as well. The soul, he can cultivate
with the Buddhist monk. The soul, he can cultivate
with the Buddhist monk. But the body and the mind,
he probably cultivated with this Taoist. But the body and the mind,
he probably cultivated with this Taoist. But the body and the mind,
he probably cultivated with this Taoist. Therefore, he could leave his body
in some place Therefore, he could leave his body
in some place Therefore, he could leave his body
in some place and then travel to another place. and then travel to another place. And then even take also
his material cells with him. And then even take also
his material cells with him. So that over there, he can actually pluck
the flowers physically. he can actually pluck
the flowers physically. He doesn’t have to
take the whole body. He doesn’t have to
take the whole body. That’s why his students
probably still can see him That’s why his students
probably still can see him sitting there
or in his room or whatever. sitting there
or in his room or whatever. I think there are
one or two people in the world I think there are
one or two people in the world who still can do that. Maybe in China and Russia. Surprised? Maybe in China and Russia. Surprised? In Russia, there is a lady who is not eating anything at all
right now. who is not eating anything at all
right now. Not eating, not drinking. Sometimes we expect like some phenomenal person would live maybe in India or Tibet
or something, would live maybe in India or Tibet
or something, would live maybe in India or Tibet
or something, but it’s not always,
it’s not always. but it’s not always,
it’s not always. Or we expect an enlightened Master to
live in some temple, Or we expect an enlightened Master to
live in some temple, Or we expect an enlightened Master to
live in some temple, or some saintly person,
a saintly priest to live in a church. or some saintly person,
a saintly priest to live in a church. or some saintly person,
a saintly priest to live in a church. Now, for a person who is not interested
in fame and gain in this world, who is not interested
in fame and gain in this world, he’s already half saint, I think. he’s already half saint, I think. I mean truly not interested
and not lazy. It’s different. I mean truly not interested
and not lazy. It’s different. I mean truly not interested
and not lazy. It’s different. And it’s not only
un-interested in the material gain, And it’s not only
un-interested in the material gain, And it’s not only
un-interested in the material gain, but there’s another aspect to it. Like this person, why not interested
in money and gain, why not interested
in money and gain, for what reason? It’s not just like,
“Okay, he’s lazy, It’s not just like,
“Okay, he’s lazy, he don’t want to earn money or he doesn’t know
how to count money, or he doesn’t know
how to count money, so he’s not interested.” Or maybe he has too much money
like inheritance from parents Or maybe he has too much money
like inheritance from parents Or maybe he has too much money
like inheritance from parents Or maybe he has too much money
like inheritance from parents so he doesn’t care. The reason you forsake money or fame
is important. The reason you forsake money or fame
is important. The reason you forsake money or fame
is important. It’s not the action alone. If you just forsake
the money and name If you just forsake
the money and name and just don’t do nothing
with your life, and just don’t do nothing
with your life, then it is a waste of a life. You waste the food of the world, You waste the food of the world, especially in this time
of food shortage. especially in this time
of food shortage. So, this guy,
why he was un-interested? Tell me. So, this guy,
why he was un-interested? Tell me. He had something better.
(Like what?) He had something better.
(Like what?) His meditation practice.
(At that time, not yet.) His meditation practice.
(At that time, not yet.) He forsook worldly gain and fame He forsook worldly gain and fame to have time
to go and study with masters to have time
to go and study with masters at different schools. So, he went to study
with the Buddhist monk So, he went to study
with the Buddhist monk who obviously was enlightened who obviously was enlightened because he stayed with him
until he’s 60 years old. because he stayed with him
until he’s 60 years old. And then he met the Taoist who also taught him another thing,
body and mind. who also taught him another thing,
body and mind. who also taught him another thing,
body and mind. Because, as you know,
the Chinese people, Because, as you know,
the Chinese people, most of them in the old time
were Buddhist, most of them in the old time
were Buddhist, and at one time, Buddhism was
the Chinese, kind of, national religion. and at one time, Buddhism was
the Chinese, kind of, national religion. and at one time, Buddhism was
the Chinese, kind of, national religion. Nowadays, many countries
still have national religion, Nowadays, many countries
still have national religion, Nowadays, many countries
still have national religion, like in Arabic country
they have Islam. like in Arabic country
they have Islam. In the Western countries,
they have Christianity. In the Western countries,
they have Christianity. Baha’i, of course,
Baha’i is universal. Baha’i, of course,
Baha’i is universal. You know that
when the Master was alive, You know that
when the Master was alive, it was comprised
of all kinds of religions. it was comprised
of all kinds of religions. Just like what we are now;
whoever you are, you come. Just like what we are now;
whoever you are, you come. Just like what we are now;
whoever you are, you come. Buddhist, Christian,
Hindu, Muslim, whatever it is, Buddhist, Christian,
Hindu, Muslim, whatever it is, we don’t discriminate. The real Master never discriminates. The real Master never discriminates. So, Baha’ism was like that. Because the Master was enlightened, Because the Master was enlightened, the Baha’ist Master was enlightened. the Baha’ist Master was enlightened. Therefore, the teaching of his
is just universal, Therefore, the teaching of his
is just universal, it’s just
like any real Master’s teaching. it’s just
like any real Master’s teaching. The same with the true Islam, The same with the true Islam, true Christian, or true Buddhist,
and true Hinduism. or true Buddhist,
and true Hinduism. Any religion believes that
God is loving and kind, right? Any religion believes that
God is loving and kind, right? Any religion believes that
God is loving and kind, right? That’s why they always
pray to Hirm, “Help me, That’s why they always
pray to Hirm, “Help me, grace me, bless me,
protect me.” grace me, bless me,
protect me.” If a person is not kind and loving,
how Hes protects you? If a person is not kind and loving,
how Hes protects you? If a person is not kind and loving,
how Hes protects you? How would Hes care to bless you? How would Hes care to bless you? How would Hes care to grace your life
or anything? How would Hes care to grace your life
or anything? How would Hes care to grace your life
or anything? So even if any religious scripture
or the religious believer So even if any religious scripture
or the religious believer So even if any religious scripture
or the religious believer doesn’t say that God is love even, doesn’t say that God is love even, but it’s implied that
God is a loving person, but it’s implied that
God is a loving person, very protective, very kind. That’s why we pray to Him or Her, That’s why we pray to Him or Her, because if Hes not kind,
how would you care to pray to them? because if Hes not kind,
how would you care to pray to them? because if Hes not kind,
how would you care to pray to them? If a person or a being is not loving, If a person or a being is not loving, how would you even think
to pray to that being, right? how would you even think
to pray to that being, right? So God obviously is love. So how can a person
who embodies love So how can a person
who embodies love teach anyone to kill anyone else? teach anyone to kill anyone else? It’s also Hiers children. Or even encourage that, or even tolerate it, or even bear it. We were in Heaven
talking about God, We were in Heaven
talking about God, let’s go back to Earth again. Now, the Zen Buddhist friend of his,
Huei Ting, Now, the Zen Buddhist friend of his,
Huei Ting, also had the ability to
free himself from the body. also had the ability to
free himself from the body. Do you remember
reading the story about Kabir? Do you remember
reading the story about Kabir? Do you remember
reading the story about Kabir? Kabir, after he died, he seemed to take his body
with him, too, he seemed to take his body
with him, too, because the Hindu and the Muslim
were fighting with each other, because the Hindu and the Muslim
were fighting with each other, because the Hindu and the Muslim
were fighting with each other, saying whose denomination
the Master should belong to, saying whose denomination
the Master should belong to, and must belong to, and they fight over his body. and they fight over his body. They believe he’s Muslim because he teaches also
Muslim teaching, because he teaches also
Muslim teaching, maybe referring
to a Muslim teacher of the past, maybe referring
to a Muslim teacher of the past, when he had a Muslim disciple. when he had a Muslim disciple. And when the Hindu disciple comes, And when the Hindu disciple comes, then he talks about Hinduism
and the past Master then he talks about Hinduism
and the past Master and Vishnu and Brahma
and all that. and Vishnu and Brahma
and all that. Or maybe celebrates also
with the Hindu in the Hindu way. Or maybe celebrates also
with the Hindu in the Hindu way. Or maybe celebrates also
with the Hindu in the Hindu way. And when he is with the Muslim, then he celebrates with the Muslim
in the Muslim way. then he celebrates with the Muslim
in the Muslim way. then he celebrates with the Muslim
in the Muslim way. So, both believed that
he belonged to them alone. So, both believed that
he belonged to them alone. It’s possible. So, after Kabir died, Muslim and Hindu
fought with each other Muslim and Hindu
fought with each other who will take the body to where. who will take the body to where. So then, after discussing
for a long time, So then, after discussing
for a long time, the body was still laying
in the coffin waiting. the body was still laying
in the coffin waiting. Until next morning
when they decided both to come there Until next morning
when they decided both to come there Until next morning
when they decided both to come there to debate about who will take
the coffin home, to debate about who will take
the coffin home, you know, the Master’s body. Then they open the coffin,
they see nothing in there. Then they open the coffin,
they see nothing in there. He only saw one rose, in the coffin. He only saw one rose, in the coffin. The body’s gone, just one rose. The body’s gone, just one rose. The symbol of love, unification. The symbol of love, unification. Love is only one. There is no Muslim,
there is no Hindu. There is no Muslim,
there is no Hindu. The Master wanted to
leave the message like that. The Master wanted to
leave the message like that. The Master wanted to
leave the message like that. It could be that
the Master took his body with him. It could be that
the Master took his body with him. It could be that
the Master took his body with him. It could be that some wise, very enlightened disciple
had taken the body with him some wise, very enlightened disciple
had taken the body with him some wise, very enlightened disciple
had taken the body with him while everybody was debating,
and not looking, while everybody was debating,
and not looking, so he just took it away, worrying that the Muslim
or the Hindu or both, worrying that the Muslim
or the Hindu or both, they will chop his Master’s body
into two parts they will chop his Master’s body
into two parts they will chop his Master’s body
into two parts after all decided,
“Okay, you the left, I the right.” after all decided,
“Okay, you the left, I the right.” Then that would be a disaster,
that would be terrible. Then that would be a disaster,
that would be terrible. Then that would be a disaster,
that would be terrible. Because it’s not like the Muslim
or the Hindu Because it’s not like the Muslim
or the Hindu have enmity with each other; have enmity with each other; but it could be that
they can be in the conflict, but it could be that
they can be in the conflict, and they could even chop
a master’s body into two, and they could even chop
a master’s body into two, divide it in two halves so that each one take one,
end the discussion. so that each one take one,
end the discussion. That is one thing. Because maybe not all of the masters
have been highly enlightened. Because maybe not all of the masters
have been highly enlightened. Because maybe not all of the masters
have been highly enlightened. Because maybe not all of the masters
have been highly enlightened. In any spiritual practicing group, there are some who are
highly elevated spiritually, there are some who are
highly elevated spiritually, some are still nowhere. And mostly the ones
who are not very enlightened And mostly the ones
who are not very enlightened are the loudest mouth. Ego! “I know everything! Master would want this.
Master is mine.” Master would want this.
Master is mine.” Because if you are truly enlightened, Because if you are truly enlightened, you don’t have this kind of attitude;
you don’t. you don’t have this kind of attitude;
you don’t. You just do
what the master said anyway. You just do
what the master said anyway. It’s not that if you are initiated
by even the highest Master if you are initiated
by even the highest Master you will be immediately all-enlightened. you will be immediately all-enlightened. Even if you are all-enlightened
at the time of initiation, Even if you are all-enlightened
at the time of initiation, Even if you are all-enlightened
at the time of initiation, you will lose somehow
some degree of it you will lose somehow
some degree of it as the time goes by, because life takes over again. because life takes over again. After you get out
of the meditation room, After you get out
of the meditation room, your ego controls again. Any moment you forget God, Any moment you forget God, any moment
you forget your real Self, any moment
you forget your real Self, the ego comes in
and poses himself as you the ego comes in
and poses himself as you and makes trouble for you
and tells you all kinds of things and makes trouble for you
and tells you all kinds of things and makes trouble for you
and tells you all kinds of things because you have a lot of habit
which you love to keep. because you have a lot of habit
which you love to keep. Even just to put down
a piece of meat Even just to put down
a piece of meat is very troublesome
for many people. is very troublesome
for many people. Because many people –
any age, not just now – Because many people –
any age, not just now – understood the master’s teaching,
but they don’t practice understood the master’s teaching,
but they don’t practice understood the master’s teaching,
but they don’t practice because they cannot leave
that meat alone. because they cannot leave
that meat alone. They cannot leave alcohol, they cannot leave cigarette, they cannot leave cigarette, for example like that. And above all,
they cannot leave their ego. And above all,
they cannot leave their ego. They think they know everything
there is to know already, They think they know everything
there is to know already, They think they know everything
there is to know already, for example, and that they are a very, very good,
devout disciple of God. they are a very, very good,
devout disciple of God. They go to the temple,
they go to church; They go to the temple,
they go to church; they think that’s enough. So many reasons why people So many reasons why people who come to the lecture
agree with the master, who come to the lecture
agree with the master, but will not follow. Most of the time,
it’s their eating habit. Most of the time,
it’s their eating habit. To satisfy the palate,
we do many things. To satisfy the palate,
we do many things. We even kill. Mostly just for food,
for security of material comfort. Mostly just for food,
for security of material comfort. Mostly just for food,
for security of material comfort. And food is very important
to many people. And food is very important
to many people. They do anything for it.
That is the problem. They do anything for it.
That is the problem. Ego is the worst enemy
of humankind. Ego is the worst enemy
of humankind. Luckily, the animals,
mostly, they don’t have it. Luckily, the animals,
mostly, they don’t have it. Most animals don’t have it. Most animals don’t have it. Even the vicious animals,
they don’t have ego. Even the vicious animals,
they don’t have ego. They just have
that kind of animal instinct. They just have
that kind of animal instinct. They do what they do,
that’s it, They do what they do,
that’s it, but they don’t have ego. If you see two male animals
fighting with each other, If you see two male animals
fighting with each other, If you see two male animals
fighting with each other, mostly it’s just in season
because of the heat, that’s it; mostly it’s just in season
because of the heat, that’s it; mostly it’s just in season
because of the heat, that’s it; but they’re not really trying
to prove anything. but they’re not really trying
to prove anything. But in a group, of course,
sometimes they have to fight But in a group, of course,
sometimes they have to fight But in a group, of course,
sometimes they have to fight to know who’s the strongest and then they would be elected as the president
of the animal group, as the president
of the animal group, and that’s it. And they take care of each other, And they take care of each other, they don’t make their pack members
go out and earn money they don’t make their pack members
go out and earn money and pay tax for them, or build good house for them
or anything like that. or build good house for them
or anything like that. or build good house for them
or anything like that. They do take care
of their pack members. They do take care
of their pack members. They have one leader
and everybody listens to that leader. They have one leader
and everybody listens to that leader. They have one leader
and everybody listens to that leader. So, for example,
a pack of wolves, So, for example,
a pack of wolves, you see there’s one alpha. And if the omega
would try and go near And if the omega
would try and go near while he has not finished his meal
or is not allowed or something, while he has not finished his meal
or is not allowed or something, while he has not finished his meal
or is not allowed or something, then he growls at him,
but that’s about it. then he growls at him,
but that’s about it. And the omega knows, just duck away
and not making much trouble. just duck away
and not making much trouble. Because in a pack,
like even a dog or wolf, Because in a pack,
like even a dog or wolf, the leader eats first. It is the rule like that. And then afterward, all members eat,
also according to rank. And then afterward, all members eat,
also according to rank. And then afterward, all members eat,
also according to rank. The thing is,
they also organize themselves. The thing is,
they also organize themselves. Like dogs, for example,
why their leader has to eat first? Like dogs, for example,
why their leader has to eat first? Like dogs, for example,
why their leader has to eat first? So that he has the strength and is ready to take care
of the whole group and is ready to take care
of the whole group whenever necessary. If any of the members die, of course, they will be sad,
they will be very sorrowful; of course, they will be sad,
they will be very sorrowful; of course, they will be sad,
they will be very sorrowful; but if a leader dies
then nobody leads the pack, but if a leader dies
then nobody leads the pack, protects the pack
and leads the pack. protects the pack
and leads the pack. The pack leader must be strong,
intelligent and dedicated. The pack leader must be strong,
intelligent and dedicated. Therefore, when they choose a leader, Therefore, when they choose a leader, they, of course,
take care of the leader. they, of course,
take care of the leader. Privilege.
It makes sense, no? Privilege.
It makes sense, no? For example, if they are eating
and then suddenly some danger comes, if they are eating
and then suddenly some danger comes, if they are eating
and then suddenly some danger comes, the leader is already
full and strong, the leader is already
full and strong, so he can lead the pack
quickly out of there. so he can lead the pack
quickly out of there. And he’s strong because he has eaten
and been fed well. And he’s strong because he has eaten
and been fed well. And he’s strong because he has eaten
and been fed well. But, even if the members of the group
have not been filled yet, But, even if the members of the group
have not been filled yet, But, even if the members of the group
have not been filled yet, they still can follow the leader first
and maybe eat somewhere else later. they still can follow the leader first
and maybe eat somewhere else later. they still can follow the leader first
and maybe eat somewhere else later. But, if the leader is weak,
starved, hungry But, if the leader is weak,
starved, hungry and then, therefore, his mind
also not alert enough, and then, therefore, his mind
also not alert enough, then he cannot lead the pack
out of danger then he cannot lead the pack
out of danger and take care of them. Therefore, in the animal kingdom,
everything is logical. Therefore, in the animal kingdom,
everything is logical. Therefore, in the animal kingdom,
everything is logical. It’s not ego at all,
it’s not about ego. It’s not ego at all,
it’s not about ego. It’s the logic
and the survival necessity. It’s the logic
and the survival necessity. This research just shows you that
animals are really intelligent, This research just shows you that
animals are really intelligent, This research just shows you that
animals are really intelligent, very well-organized
and very cooperative with each other. very well-organized
and very cooperative with each other. very well-organized
and very cooperative with each other. If we humans can do that at all times,
then we will have no trouble at all. If we humans can do that at all times,
then we will have no trouble at all. If we humans can do that at all times,
then we will have no trouble at all. But, in our human society,
it’s not always that good, is it? But, in our human society,
it’s not always that good, is it? But, in our human society,
it’s not always that good, is it? Even if you elect a president, Even if you elect a president, you don’t always give him
all the respect you don’t always give him
all the respect and all the cooperation necessary. and all the cooperation necessary. That is a sad thing. Even if the president
is of the opposite party, Even if the president
is of the opposite party, we should give him respect
and be cooperative. we should give him respect
and be cooperative. we should give him respect
and be cooperative. And also feedback and all that. And also feedback and all that. Help him, not always agreeing
to everything Help him, not always agreeing
to everything but at least give him respect and power to work
and authorization. and power to work
and authorization. Due respect at least. It has nothing to do
with politics even. It has nothing to do
with politics even. You should treat another human
with respect. You should treat another human
with respect. You should treat another human
with respect. So, being a group leader of humans
is not as good So, being a group leader of humans
is not as good as being a leader
of a wolf pack or a dog pack, as being a leader
of a wolf pack or a dog pack, or even a bird flock because they respect their leaders
and they work together. because they respect their leaders
and they work together. because they respect their leaders
and they work together. When the bird flock flies together,
they coordinate. When the bird flock flies together,
they coordinate. They fly in a formation
as to benefit the whole group. They fly in a formation
as to benefit the whole group. They fly in a formation
as to benefit the whole group. They are really scientific-minded They are really scientific-minded and very, very coordinated
with each other and very, very coordinated
with each other for the whole group’s survival. In a human group, this is difficult. In a human group, this is difficult. Everybody wants to be a leader,
but nobody wants to be led. Everybody wants to be a leader,
but nobody wants to be led. Everybody wants to be a leader,
but nobody wants to be led. Even if you don’t know how to lead,
you also want to be leader. Even if you don’t know how to lead,
you also want to be leader. Even if you don’t know how to lead,
you also want to be leader. Leader is top,
just want to be at the top, that’s it. Leader is top,
just want to be at the top, that’s it. But birds, they really cooperate
so that they can survive together. But birds, they really cooperate
so that they can survive together. But birds, they really cooperate
so that they can survive together. The pack always go together
and always in order. The pack always go together
and always in order. The pack always go together
and always in order. And this is something that we humans
must also learn a little bit that we humans
must also learn a little bit from the animals. Let’s go back
to the Zen Buddhist monk. Let’s go back
to the Zen Buddhist monk. Maybe he’s not a monk,
he’s just a person. Maybe he’s not a monk,
he’s just a person. He studied Zen Buddhism,
and he probably meditates a lot. He studied Zen Buddhism,
and he probably meditates a lot. He studied Zen Buddhism,
and he probably meditates a lot. So he went there to see his friend, who is now also probably practicing
the Taoist way of life. who is now also probably practicing
the Taoist way of life. who is now also probably practicing
the Taoist way of life. Either way, it’s okay; Taoist or Buddhist,
as long as you practice well, Taoist or Buddhist,
as long as you practice well, Taoist or Buddhist,
as long as you practice well, then you can free your spirit from the shackle
of this physical prison. from the shackle
of this physical prison. And then you can
go anywhere you want. And then you can
go anywhere you want. You could go to Heaven, of course. You could go to Heaven, of course. That we would prefer. I would prefer. Rather than spending time and going to a garden
and plucking the flower and going to a garden
and plucking the flower and coming back
to show that you’ve been there! and coming back
to show that you’ve been there! It’s also fun, perhaps. But would you exchange that
for going to Heaven? But would you exchange that
for going to Heaven? No. Never. These kinds are astral magical power. These kinds are astral magical power. You practice well,
you can do that. You practice well,
you can do that. You can walk on water. You can disappear into the wall
and come out the other end again. You can disappear into the wall
and come out the other end again. You can disappear into the wall
and come out the other end again. You can do all kind of things. You can do all kind of things. But it’s not necessary
to have those But it’s not necessary
to have those in order to be liberated
in one lifetime in order to be liberated
in one lifetime or to go to a higher level. To go to the higher level, in fact,
we have to forsake all this. To go to the higher level, in fact,
we have to forsake all this. To go to the higher level, in fact,
we have to forsake all this. Otherwise, we enjoy it too much. Otherwise, we enjoy it too much. We like it, so much freedom
in the physical realm. We like it, so much freedom
in the physical realm. We like it, so much freedom
in the physical realm. It feels fun. Imagine, sit here and just suddenly disappear
into the ground! and just suddenly disappear
into the ground! And gone out to somewhere else,
a few minutes later, And gone out to somewhere else,
a few minutes later, And gone out to somewhere else,
a few minutes later, scaring everybody and then suddenly come back again,
just appear from nowhere. and then suddenly come back again,
just appear from nowhere. and then suddenly come back again,
just appear from nowhere. Or flying in the air, or changing yourself
into a cat or dog or changing yourself
into a cat or dog or whatever shape. So, a Zen Buddhist who has practiced, obviously,
many long years, who has practiced, obviously,
many long years, in order to disappear
and go to the garden far away. in order to disappear
and go to the garden far away. in order to disappear
and go to the garden far away. So now, one has mastered
the art of going there, So now, one has mastered
the art of going there, so he went so fast that the second person,
he lagged a little bit behind. the second person,
he lagged a little bit behind. He said, “I already walked
around the garden 3 times.” He said, “I already walked
around the garden 3 times.” He said, “I already walked
around the garden 3 times.” That is another piece
of ego cheesecake. That is another piece
of ego cheesecake. In the beginning, he already
demonstrates some ego. In the beginning, he already
demonstrates some ego. In the beginning, he already
demonstrates some ego. He come to see his friend, and to discuss
Buddhism and Taoism. and to discuss
Buddhism and Taoism. Instead, he said, “I have mastered
the art of astral projection.” “I have mastered
the art of astral projection.” That’s what we call it now
in the modern time. That’s what we call it now
in the modern time. Astral projection means
you can go in your astral body, Astral projection means
you can go in your astral body, Astral projection means
you can go in your astral body, and go somewhere else
and come back. and go somewhere else
and come back. Immediately, he boasted like that
to his friend, Immediately, he boasted like that
to his friend, thinking that
the other one cannot do it. thinking that
the other one cannot do it. He couldn’t imagine
his friend also can! He couldn’t imagine
his friend also can! So they both agreed to go. Fine. So they both agreed to go. Fine. And then, over there,
he demonstrated his ego again. And then, over there,
he demonstrated his ego again. And then, over there,
he demonstrated his ego again. He didn’t even wait for his friend,
he went so fast. He didn’t even wait for his friend,
he went so fast. He didn’t even wait for his friend,
he went so fast. Not only he sat there already,
he has to tell him that Not only he sat there already,
he has to tell him that he has walked
around the garden 3 times. he has walked
around the garden 3 times. he has walked
around the garden 3 times. What for, saying that? One time would be enough,
don’t you think? One time would be enough,
don’t you think? Now, this guy, he went 3 times. Now, this guy, he went 3 times. For what reason? (Show off.)
To show off. For what reason? (Show off.)
To show off. So first of all,
he went to show off in the temple, So first of all,
he went to show off in the temple, to see his friend, not genuinely come to see a friend
because you miss him, not genuinely come to see a friend
because you miss him, but he come to show off
his achievement of astral projection. but he come to show off
his achievement of astral projection. but he come to show off
his achievement of astral projection. And then now,
since his friend also knows And then now,
since his friend also knows the art of traveling in spirit,
he feels a little bit put off. the art of traveling in spirit,
he feels a little bit put off. the art of traveling in spirit,
he feels a little bit put off. So he has to use all his mind
to run fast So he has to use all his mind
to run fast and in the garden,
run 3 times again and in the garden,
run 3 times again so that at least
he’s something better. so that at least
he’s something better. The first one, Bo-Duan was just sitting
in his temple, Bo-Duan was just sitting
in his temple, teaching his disciples
and minding his own business. teaching his disciples
and minding his own business. teaching his disciples
and minding his own business. He didn’t even call his friend
by phone He didn’t even call his friend
by phone or email him, tell him, “Please come here
and let’s go to a garden together.” “Please come here
and let’s go to a garden together.” “Please come here
and let’s go to a garden together.” He probably did not say anything yet He probably did not say anything yet until his friend asked him,
“I can, can you?” until his friend asked him,
“I can, can you?” Then he said, “Okay, I can.” Then he said, “Okay, I can.” And what for
you see the flowers? And what for
you see the flowers? Now I don’t even want to
pluck any flowers. Now I don’t even want to
pluck any flowers. I don’t even want to
pluck vegetable. I don’t even want to
pluck vegetable. I don’t want to
pluck anything at all. I don’t want to
pluck anything at all. Because, number one,
you don’t need to do that. Because, number one,
you don’t need to do that. You let them live. Number two,
you’re not interested. Number two,
you’re not interested. Even if you say, “Master, there are
new flower gardens, “Master, there are
new flower gardens, with more flower varieties
that we have never seen before,” with more flower varieties
that we have never seen before,” with more flower varieties
that we have never seen before,” and tell me to go out,
I also don’t bother to go. and tell me to go out,
I also don’t bother to go. The first one,
wants to come and show off, The first one,
wants to come and show off, “I can travel in spirit.” Since the friend also can,
he feels a little bit disappointed. Since the friend also can,
he feels a little bit disappointed. Since the friend also can,
he feels a little bit disappointed. So, he has to run
around the garden 3 times So, he has to run
around the garden 3 times to show that, “Okay, I’m better.
I arrived first anyway.” to show that, “Okay, I’m better.
I arrived first anyway.” to show that, “Okay, I’m better.
I arrived first anyway.” Probably the other Zen monk,
“Oh, never mind,” you know? Probably the other Zen monk,
“Oh, never mind,” you know? Probably the other Zen monk,
“Oh, never mind,” you know? He is going to a garden,
why hurry? He is going to a garden,
why hurry? The Zen monk can
pluck the flower truly The Zen monk can
pluck the flower truly and take it home and the other guy cannot. So who has the last laugh? The Buddhist Taoist monk. Look at the two of them,
competing in magical power, Look at the two of them,
competing in magical power, Look at the two of them,
competing in magical power, such a children’s play like that. such a children’s play like that. After he said to him that, “I have walked
around the garden 3 times,” “I have walked
around the garden 3 times,” Bo-Duan said to his friend, “Okay, why don’t we
pluck some flowers to bring home?” “Okay, why don’t we
pluck some flowers to bring home?” “Okay, why don’t we
pluck some flowers to bring home?” Because he knows. The first guy wants to
show his speed. The first guy wants to
show his speed. Huei Ting, the one
who went first to the garden. Huei Ting, the one
who went first to the garden. So the Buddhist Taoist
Bo-Duan knows So the Buddhist Taoist
Bo-Duan knows the other guy cannot pluck the flower
and bring home. the other guy cannot pluck the flower
and bring home. the other guy cannot pluck the flower
and bring home. So he said,
“Why don’t we pluck the flowers?” So he said,
“Why don’t we pluck the flowers?” So he said,
“Why don’t we pluck the flowers?” Both want to show
who is the best. Both want to show
who is the best. And of course, the Buddhist Taoist
had the last laugh then, the Buddhist Taoist
had the last laugh then, but what for? They are very funny. He knows it immediately. Therefore, after they arrived back
at Bo-Duan’s quarters, Therefore, after they arrived back
at Bo-Duan’s quarters, Therefore, after they arrived back
at Bo-Duan’s quarters, the Buddhist Taoist’s quarters,
immediately asked the Buddhist, the Buddhist Taoist’s quarters,
immediately asked the Buddhist, the Buddhist Taoist’s quarters,
immediately asked the Buddhist, “Where is your flower?” You can smell the…
(Ego.) You can smell the…
(Ego.) “E”. The “E”
that did not “Go” yet. “E”. The “E”
that did not “Go” yet. The “E” that still goes around
and sticks to the person. The “E” that still goes around
and sticks to the person. The “E” that still goes around
and sticks to the person. So of course he knew already that
the Zen Buddhist cannot find it. So of course he knew already that
the Zen Buddhist cannot find it. So of course he knew already that
the Zen Buddhist cannot find it. So of course he knew already that
the Zen Buddhist cannot find it. Because he knew already that
he’s only traveled in the mind Because he knew already that
he’s only traveled in the mind but not in the physical dimension
as well, but not in the physical dimension
as well, not the physical cells as well. not the physical cells as well. So he said,
“Where’s your flower?” So he said,
“Where’s your flower?” “Where is my flower?
I don’t have!” “Where is my flower?
I don’t have!” So of course, now he can laugh. So of course, now he can laugh. And he took out from his sleeve, And he took out from his sleeve, a beautiful chrysanthemum
from that garden a beautiful chrysanthemum
from that garden and presented it to his friend. Nicely and politely even. “I know you love flowers, so take this home for a souvenir.” so take this home for a souvenir.” You see? They both are similar. When his friend told him that
he has been here long ago When his friend told him that
he has been here long ago When his friend told him that
he has been here long ago and walked around the garden
three times already, and walked around the garden
three times already, Bo-Duan – or the Buddhist Taoist –
also doesn’t say anything. Bo-Duan – or the Buddhist Taoist –
also doesn’t say anything. Bo-Duan – or the Buddhist Taoist –
also doesn’t say anything. Doesn’t even say,
“Oh, you are better than me. Doesn’t even say,
“Oh, you are better than me. I haven’t mastered anything.” I haven’t mastered anything.” And the same with when Bo-Duan showed the flower,
he also didn’t say anything, when Bo-Duan showed the flower,
he also didn’t say anything, when Bo-Duan showed the flower,
he also didn’t say anything, “Oh, you are really good
and I have to learn that.” “Oh, you are really good
and I have to learn that.” No, both of them keep quiet,
just try to do another trick to get even. No, both of them keep quiet,
just try to do another trick to get even. No, both of them keep quiet,
just try to do another trick to get even. No, both of them keep quiet,
just try to do another trick to get even. “Take this home as a memory
of our good time today.” “Take this home as a memory
of our good time today.” “Take this home as a memory
of our good time today.” How can a man who has ego so much
still feel that it was a good time How can a man who has ego so much
still feel that it was a good time How can a man who has ego so much
still feel that it was a good time when he cannot take back a flower? when he cannot take back a flower? And now he has to take home
the evidence of his loser position. And now he has to take home
the evidence of his loser position. And now he has to take home
the evidence of his loser position. Imagine. Practice spiritually
and still like that. Sarcasm. Practice spiritually
and still like that. Sarcasm. Competitiveness. But nevertheless,
this story is a very interesting story, But nevertheless,
this story is a very interesting story, But nevertheless,
this story is a very interesting story, to let you know that
there are such things, to let you know that
there are such things, that you can even overcome gravity, that you can even overcome gravity, overcome the physical laws
in this world overcome the physical laws
in this world to be something else, to be free. to be something else, to be free. At least go to some garden
and pluck a flower, At least go to some garden
and pluck a flower, At least go to some garden
and pluck a flower, that’s already very good, right? that’s already very good, right? How many people can do that? How many people can do that? Not to talk about that we go up to a higher realm
in a spiritual dimension, we go up to a higher realm
in a spiritual dimension, that’s even harder of course. that’s even harder of course. So later, of course, he explains, Bo-Duan,
in all splendor. he explains, Bo-Duan,
in all splendor. Of course, his student would ask Of course, his student would ask and of course he’d be
too happy to answer. and of course he’d be
too happy to answer. He was just too happy to answer,
but casually, He was just too happy to answer,
but casually, like, “Oh, Huei Ting,
he couldn’t do it like, “Oh, Huei Ting,
he couldn’t do it because he only cultivated his mind.” because he only cultivated his mind.” And the student, of course, has the opportunity
to praise his Master, has the opportunity
to praise his Master, and of course, he enjoyed that
very much, Bo-Duan. and of course, he enjoyed that
very much, Bo-Duan. Because even in those times, Because even in those times, maybe even more so in those times, maybe even more so in those times, if anyone who mastered the art
of this astral projection, if anyone who mastered the art
of this astral projection, going through long distance in no time going through long distance in no time and come back
without any transportation needed, and come back
without any transportation needed, and come back
without any transportation needed, that is somebody to be revered,
even like God, that is somebody to be revered,
even like God, or at least “the immortal”,
they call them, or at least “the immortal”,
they call them, or at least “the immortal”,
they call them, the great Master. So, even then, already something
very, very phenomenal, So, even then, already something
very, very phenomenal, So, even then, already something
very, very phenomenal, but the Master beat him,
won over the battle, but the Master beat him,
won over the battle, so then of course
the student will feel much more awe. so then of course
the student will feel much more awe. so then of course
the student will feel much more awe. So, Bo-Duan has mastered
the arts to travel with the spirit So, Bo-Duan has mastered
the arts to travel with the spirit So, Bo-Duan has mastered
the arts to travel with the spirit as well as the corporeal form,
to go together. as well as the corporeal form,
to go together. So it’s a little different. Some people can also
travel very fast with the body. Some people can also
travel very fast with the body. Some people can also
travel very fast with the body. They just step on a blade of grass
or on air, or any little thing They just step on a blade of grass
or on air, or any little thing They just step on a blade of grass
or on air, or any little thing so just to travel very fast,
like flying almost. so just to travel very fast,
like flying almost. Maybe that’s why he’s
a little bit slower Maybe that’s why he’s
a little bit slower because he take his corporeal form, therefore he’s slower than the other guy. therefore he’s slower than the other guy. But when he died
he could not take his body with him. But when he died
he could not take his body with him. But when he died
he could not take his body with him. Because when he’s about to
shed his body Because when he’s about to
shed his body and enter the immortal abode, he called his students
and said that, he called his students
and said that, “After I die, you should
cremate my body.” “After I die, you should
cremate my body.” So after all,
he couldn’t take his body with him. So after all,
he couldn’t take his body with him. If he could take his body
to the garden, If he could take his body
to the garden, why not just take it anywhere else? why not just take it anywhere else? Has to cremate the body. But after they cremated his body
they found many relics. But after they cremated his body
they found many relics. But after they cremated his body
they found many relics. In Buddhism,
it’s very important that In Buddhism,
it’s very important that when you die,
you leave some relics behind. when you die,
you leave some relics behind. Legend, you know? Like Buddha when he died,
he left a lot of relics. Like Buddha when he died,
he left a lot of relics. Like Buddha when he died,
he left a lot of relics. Relics is something
left over from your body Relics is something
left over from your body which look like jewels or like pearl
or shining or some golden color. which look like jewels or like pearl
or shining or some golden color. which look like jewels or like pearl
or shining or some golden color. So, we see here that even the Master
cannot take his body with him. even the Master
cannot take his body with him. Maybe one of the highest disciples
understood the problem Maybe one of the highest disciples
understood the problem Maybe one of the highest disciples
understood the problem so he took his body away and let him rest in peace
somewhere else. and let him rest in peace
somewhere else. Because when the Master was alive, Because when the Master was alive, he taught peace and harmony
between religions he taught peace and harmony
between religions he taught peace and harmony
between religions and even between men. So, why should he,
at the stage of Nirvana, So, why should he,
at the stage of Nirvana, have to witness such a fight
in front of his coffin? have to witness such a fight
in front of his coffin? Imagine how illogical
and how defaming for the Master. Imagine how illogical
and how defaming for the Master. Imagine how illogical
and how defaming for the Master. So, you can tell that even you follow a master, but if you’re
not enlightened enough, but if you’re
not enlightened enough, then you also do blunderous things. then you also do blunderous things. So, don’t be like those. And if you have magical powers,
don’t bother competing. And if you have magical powers,
don’t bother competing. And if you have magical powers,
don’t bother competing. I said to you,
“Stay away from it,” I said to you,
“Stay away from it,” so that we can transcend
and go to a higher realm. so that we can transcend
and go to a higher realm. The Master who could take his body
to the flower garden, The Master who could take his body
to the flower garden, The Master who could take his body
to the flower garden, could not take it to… where?
(Heaven.) could not take it to… where?
(Heaven.) That’s it. So, in order to practice true longevity,
we have to enter eternal life. So, in order to practice true longevity,
we have to enter eternal life. So, in order to practice true longevity,
we have to enter eternal life. Not this kind of live a little longer. Not this kind of live a little longer. Because he practiced here,
he went to cultivate meditation Because he practiced here,
he went to cultivate meditation Because he practiced here,
he went to cultivate meditation and the art of longevity. He was interested in it. So he studied with the Buddhist
and the Taoist, both. So he studied with the Buddhist
and the Taoist, both. So he studied with the Buddhist
and the Taoist, both. But he died,
like everybody else, But he died,
like everybody else, at the age of 99.
(That’s pretty good.) at the age of 99.
(That’s pretty good.) In Japan,
they have a lot of women In Japan,
they have a lot of women who practice nothing
and live over a hundred years. who practice nothing
and live over a hundred years. Now, many men and women,
they live over one hundred. Now, many men and women,
they live over one hundred. Now, many men and women,
they live over one hundred. Where are you from? Mexico (From Mexico!)
I am very touched. (Yes, me too.) Be blessed, be blessed, Master.
(Thank you. Welcome.) Be blessed, be blessed, Master.
(Thank you. Welcome.) We love You.
(I love you too.) We love You.
(I love you too.) I love you too.
Mexico. Bangkok. I love you too.
Mexico. Bangkok. Gentle Canadian.
Very gentle. Gentle Canadian.
Very gentle. Everywhere is the same.
Same, same, same. Everywhere is the same.
Same, same, same. Australia. Australia. Far away. My goodness! Happy? (Yes. Happy!) Vietnamese? Welcome, welcome.
Thanks for coming. Vietnamese? Welcome, welcome.
Thanks for coming. Vietnamese? Welcome, welcome.
Thanks for coming. Who is here?
(Greetings, Master.) Who is here?
(Greetings, Master.) Halo, halo. Chinese? Halo, halo. Chinese? Halo, halo. How are you? Tell you some story, okay? (Yeah). This is from Tao Te Ching,
the Taoist Bible. This is from Tao Te Ching,
the Taoist Bible. This is one of the essays
in the Tao Te Ching. This is one of the essays
in the Tao Te Ching. It’s Taoism,
the real Taoism. It’s Taoism,
the real Taoism. The Tao
when Master Lao Tzu was still alive, The Tao
when Master Lao Tzu was still alive, The Tao
when Master Lao Tzu was still alive, he wrote all this himself. Wow! Supposed to be directly
from the Master. Wow! Supposed to be directly
from the Master. Because one of his devotees, Because one of his devotees, he’s an official of the court,
and he admired him so much he’s an official of the court,
and he admired him so much he’s an official of the court,
and he admired him so much so he invited him
to his small palace. so he invited him
to his small palace. And invited him there and he begged him
to leave him something and he begged him
to leave him something so that he knows
how to practice later. so that he knows
how to practice later. Because we need
two kinds of knowledge: Because we need
two kinds of knowledge: one is inner knowledge and one is outside knowledge
about the Tao. and one is outside knowledge
about the Tao. Not because of worldly knowledge, Not because of worldly knowledge, but even practicing spiritual knowledge,
we need a little bit of theory. but even practicing spiritual knowledge,
we need a little bit of theory. but even practicing spiritual knowledge,
we need a little bit of theory. Therefore the Master
had to speak sometimes, Therefore the Master
had to speak sometimes, and we have some little regulation
like the five precepts, and we have some little regulation
like the five precepts, and we have some little regulation
like the five precepts, like no killing,
no stealing, no lying, like no killing,
no stealing, no lying, no messing up
with the sexual relation no messing up
with the sexual relation and no intoxicants,
for example like that. and no intoxicants,
for example like that. And the Master gives discourses
to satisfy the mind, And the Master gives discourses
to satisfy the mind, And the Master gives discourses
to satisfy the mind, because if the mind doesn’t agree
with the way we practice, because if the mind doesn’t agree
with the way we practice, then he will make trouble. He will say, “Why, why you have to
follow the Tao? He will say, “Why, why you have to
follow the Tao? He will say, “Why, why you have to
follow the Tao? Why you must follow Lao Tzu? Why you must follow Lao Tzu? Why you must
meditate 2½ hours, why? Why you must
meditate 2½ hours, why? Go out, coffee shop nicer,
cakes, coffee. Go out, coffee shop nicer,
cakes, coffee. Go out do some other thing
that’s more fun.” Go out do some other thing
that’s more fun.” Whatever that is pleasing
to the physical demand. Whatever that is pleasing
to the physical demand. But if the mind understood, But if the mind understood, even though the mind
is only a physical instrument, even though the mind
is only a physical instrument, but if he doesn’t understand
what you are doing but if he doesn’t understand
what you are doing and why you are doing this and why you are doing this and he doesn’t agree with it,
then he will make a lot of trouble. and he doesn’t agree with it,
then he will make a lot of trouble. and he doesn’t agree with it,
then he will make a lot of trouble. He still does make trouble, even Master say so many things,
explaining thousands of times already, even Master say so many things,
explaining thousands of times already, even Master say so many things,
explaining thousands of times already, he still makes trouble for us a lot. he still makes trouble for us a lot. “Why must go to here? Why?
Is staying in Mexico better?” “Why must go to here? Why?
Is staying in Mexico better?” “Why must go to here? Why?
Is staying in Mexico better?” We are from Divine,
everybody knows that, We are from Divine,
everybody knows that, and we must go Home
sooner or later anyway, and we must go Home
sooner or later anyway, so might as well know
where we’re going in advance, so might as well know
where we’re going in advance, so might as well know
where we’re going in advance, so we don’t get lost in the jungle
of spiritual zig zag. so we don’t get lost in the jungle
of spiritual zig zag. Spiritual has different levels:
lower level and higher level. Spiritual has different levels:
lower level and higher level. Spiritual has different levels:
lower level and higher level. Spiritual has different levels:
lower level and higher level. In the lower level,
we have a lot of zig zag, In the lower level,
we have a lot of zig zag, astral world, for example. If we don’t know where we’re going,
we get lost. If we don’t know where we’re going,
we get lost. Not lost by not finding the way to go, Not lost by not finding the way to go, but lost in the temptations, lost in the beauty
of the astral world. lost in the beauty
of the astral world. Because the astral world, even though it’s the lowest level
of the invisible kingdom, even though it’s the lowest level
of the invisible kingdom, even though it’s the lowest level
of the invisible kingdom, it is still very beautiful. Attractive, charming,
bewitching even; Attractive, charming,
bewitching even; even more so
because there is magical powers there even more so
because there is magical powers there if you attain it. They have beautiful women. They have beautiful women. The astral women
are beautiful, beautiful. The astral women
are beautiful, beautiful. So for example like that. And the houses there are nice,
and everything is comfortable, And the houses there are nice,
and everything is comfortable, And the houses there are nice,
and everything is comfortable, and you can go anywhere instantly also,
it feels so free and powerful. and you can go anywhere instantly also,
it feels so free and powerful. and you can go anywhere instantly also,
it feels so free and powerful. If we do not know anything more
than the astral world, If we do not know anything more
than the astral world, If we do not know anything more
than the astral world, we think: “That’s it! That is the end of all journeys. That is the end of all journeys. That is the highest dimension
of spiritual attainment.” That is the highest dimension
of spiritual attainment.” That is the highest dimension
of spiritual attainment.” And then we get stuck there. And then we get stuck there. We don’t think of anywhere else, We don’t think of anywhere else, we don’t want to know anything else. we don’t want to know anything else. We’re too busy enjoying. Every day, so much things to do, Every day, so much things to do, so much things
to understand, to attain, so much things
to understand, to attain, to learn, to enjoy. We don’t even have time
to think about anything else. We don’t even have time
to think about anything else. We don’t even have time
to think about anything else. Therefore, spiritual practitioners
need to understand Therefore, spiritual practitioners
need to understand Therefore, spiritual practitioners
need to understand for the mind’s sake. The soul understood everything, The soul understood everything, it’s just the mind that binds
everything into this physical body. it’s just the mind that binds
everything into this physical body. it’s just the mind that binds
everything into this physical body. Even in this physical world,
you know that yourself. Even in this physical world,
you know that yourself. Even in this physical world,
you know that yourself. Look how terrible
our world is already, Look how terrible
our world is already, it’s all like half hell
in some parts of the world. it’s all like half hell
in some parts of the world. Some parts of the world
is true hell. Some parts of the world
is true hell. And even our life is comfortable,
but how comfortable it is? And even our life is comfortable,
but how comfortable it is? And even our life is comfortable,
but how comfortable it is? Not really that comfortable, is it? Not really that comfortable, is it? The man is plagued
with desire planted inside him. The man is plagued
with desire planted inside him. He’s helpless. It’s not like he wants
anything like that. It’s not like he wants
anything like that. The hormone is raging
inside all the men The hormone is raging
inside all the men and women as well. Men are more,
it troubles them. Men are more,
it troubles them. And they cannot even calm their mind And they cannot even calm their mind to sit for a few minutes,
for example like that. to sit for a few minutes,
for example like that. Even if he’s married then still there is other temptations
around him. then still there is other temptations
around him. It’s always the grass is greener
on the other side of the meadow. It’s always the grass is greener
on the other side of the meadow. It’s always the grass is greener
on the other side of the meadow. It’s always the grass is greener
on the other side of the meadow. Now, it’s not like he wants it
to be this way; Now, it’s not like he wants it
to be this way; it’s just programmed
into his system. it’s just programmed
into his system. Just to make trouble
for the poor guy. Just to make trouble
for the poor guy. And for woman,
we have other struggle. And for woman,
we have other struggle. Even if we are happily married
and have everything we want, Even if we are happily married
and have everything we want, Even if we are happily married
and have everything we want, how much is everything? And we have to pay for it. We have to work day and night, We have to work day and night, sometimes even during the time
of sickness, bad weather, sometimes even during the time
of sickness, bad weather, or dangerous situation, still have to work,
just to provide two, three meals, still have to work,
just to provide two, three meals, and some clothes on the back
for the family members. and some clothes on the back
for the family members. and some clothes on the back
for the family members. Even if you have a lot of money,
like you’re a successful businessman, Even if you have a lot of money,
like you’re a successful businessman, Even if you have a lot of money,
like you’re a successful businessman, and you have lots of money,
and still you have other problems. and you have lots of money,
and still you have other problems. and you have lots of money,
and still you have other problems. Employees problem, the company
you have to take care, the company
you have to take care, all the information
you have to read all the information
you have to read to advance your company, all the reports of the company, all the reports of the company, all the ups and downs
of the financial situation. all the ups and downs
of the financial situation. There’s no end
to a responsible man. There’s no end
to a responsible man. With big success, big power,
comes big responsibility. With big success, big power,
comes big responsibility. With big success, big power,
comes big responsibility. Sometimes he cannot sleep, Sometimes he cannot sleep, sometimes he neglects
his wife, his children. sometimes he neglects
his wife, his children. And therefore sometimes his marriage
is at stake or even broken. And therefore sometimes his marriage
is at stake or even broken. And therefore sometimes his marriage
is at stake or even broken. And with it,
his heart, also broken. And with it,
his heart, also broken. And then maybe
his empire, also broken, And then maybe
his empire, also broken, because he has no more energy,
no more motivation because he has no more energy,
no more motivation because he has no more energy,
no more motivation to continue with his work. So this world
is really half hell already. So this world
is really half hell already. And it’s hell in many places. And it’s hell in many places. People have no job
even if they want to work. People have no job
even if they want to work. People have no home even though they just want
a very simple thatch hut, even though they just want
a very simple thatch hut, just to cover the sun
and to protect from the rain. just to cover the sun
and to protect from the rain. Even you want to work,
you don’t have work in many places. Even you want to work,
you don’t have work in many places. Even you want to work,
you don’t have work in many places. And then even if you have work,
the disaster coming, And then even if you have work,
the disaster coming, And then even if you have work,
the disaster coming, natural disaster or manmade, natural disaster or manmade, or all kinds of things that is plaguing
the man and woman or all kinds of things that is plaguing
the man and woman day and night, and affecting the children. Sometimes they die without food, Sometimes they die without food, die without clothes. You can see all that
on TV everywhere You can see all that
on TV everywhere and on newspapers everywhere. You know these are
not positive news You know these are
not positive news and nobody likes them. But at least, thanks to the reporters
and the journalists But at least, thanks to the reporters
and the journalists But at least, thanks to the reporters
and the journalists who went all the way to such areas
to report to us these situations. who went all the way to such areas
to report to us these situations. who went all the way to such areas
to report to us these situations. Otherwise we would not even know. Otherwise we would not even know. And sometimes
we know such situations, And sometimes
we know such situations, we cannot even help because there is
no transportation means, because there is
no transportation means, there is no way
we can go there, there is no way
we can go there, or there is visa problem, conflicts, war and everything. My God. We can go on and on forever
about what a world we live in We can go on and on forever
about what a world we live in We can go on and on forever
about what a world we live in and I am really amazed
how we can live in this world even, and I am really amazed
how we can live in this world even, and I am really amazed
how we can live in this world even, with all that heaping on us
day in day out, with all that heaping on us
day in day out, and we still can survive. And we still have
children and business And we still have
children and business some of us. And now, even
with all this trouble and sorrow And now, even
with all this trouble and sorrow and, really, disadvantages
to be a human on this planet, and, really, disadvantages
to be a human on this planet, and, really, disadvantages
to be a human on this planet, for the rich and the poor alike, still we are so distracted
with very little pleasure. still we are so distracted
with very little pleasure. If you can call that
pleasure in this world. If you can call that
pleasure in this world. Not to talk about the astral planet.
Do you understand me? Not to talk about the astral planet.
Do you understand me? The astral planet is a paradise
if you compare to this world of ours. The astral planet is a paradise
if you compare to this world of ours. The astral planet is a paradise
if you compare to this world of ours. What do I mean by pleasure?
Look at the man. What do I mean by pleasure?
Look at the man. He just has a little pleasure
with a woman, He just has a little pleasure
with a woman, and what happens?
Maybe he has a kid, and that’s it. and what happens?
Maybe he has a kid, and that’s it. and what happens?
Maybe he has a kid, and that’s it. Twenty, twenty five years… … duty bound, a good father. If you don’t want to be
a good father, If you don’t want to be
a good father, you have to live
with your conscience, you have to live
with your conscience, heavy conscience
all your life long, heavy conscience
all your life long, or you have to live with the disdain
of your family members, or you have to live with the disdain
of your family members, or you have to live with the disdain
of your family members, and the girl’s family members,
or society’s. and the girl’s family members,
or society’s. It’s enough to live
with your bad conscience already, It’s enough to live
with your bad conscience already, It’s enough to live
with your bad conscience already, it’s terrible for you already. If he is not lucky, his boy also goes out
and makes another baby. his boy also goes out
and makes another baby. And he has to pour all his money out And he has to pour all his money out or marry the guy first, okay?
Okay, fine. And then establish some work
for him, And then establish some work
for him, or if his son is good
and finds a good job, or if his son is good
and finds a good job, OK, fine, maybe he is free,
partially fine. OK, fine, maybe he is free,
partially fine. But if the son is not working, But if the son is not working, then grandpa has to pay
for the whole family. then grandpa has to pay
for the whole family. Now two more extra. And maybe they make more, 3, 4 afterwards.
You see what I mean? If his boy is good, fine, but maybe sometimes
they are not good, but maybe sometimes
they are not good, they have to go to jail and all that,
and it broke the father’s heart as well. they have to go to jail and all that,
and it broke the father’s heart as well. they have to go to jail and all that,
and it broke the father’s heart as well. It’s not just about financial support
and the work It’s not just about financial support
and the work It’s not just about financial support
and the work that he’s doing
for his son or daughter even. that he’s doing
for his son or daughter even. Do you understand me? OK. If you have daughter,
it’s even more worry. If you have daughter,
it’s even more worry. Don’t let him
degrade your family name, Don’t let him
degrade your family name, okay, daughter? Understand? Now, there is no end
to what we have to do in this world Now, there is no end
to what we have to do in this world Now, there is no end
to what we have to do in this world and still don’t have
much happiness in return. and still don’t have
much happiness in return. Sometimes you ask the man,
says, “Yes, I’m very happy.” Sometimes you ask the man,
says, “Yes, I’m very happy.” Sometimes you ask the man,
says, “Yes, I’m very happy.” Ask the woman, “No.” Same couple. So we have to ask a second opinion,
from the second half. So we have to ask a second opinion,
from the second half. So we have to ask a second opinion,
from the second half. Otherwise you don’t know. Otherwise you don’t know. Women are more sophisticated. Women are more sophisticated. We‘re also happy,
we’re also easy-going, We‘re also happy,
we’re also easy-going, but we are more demanding. Not demanding in a bad way Not demanding in a bad way but for us to be happy,
it’s not just to have food, but for us to be happy,
it’s not just to have food, not just to have grown-up
and established children, not just to have grown-up
and established children, not just to have beautiful clothes
to wear now and again, not just to have beautiful clothes
to wear now and again, not just to have beautiful clothes
to wear now and again, and not just to have
a lot of money in the bank. and not just to have
a lot of money in the bank. We need affection. We need love
from the men of our life, We need love
from the men of our life, from the children,
from friends. from the children,
from friends. We need friends,
we need affection a lot. We need friends,
we need affection a lot. Men easy! I remember seeing the film
called “Six Days, Seven Nights” I remember seeing the film
called “Six Days, Seven Nights” I remember seeing the film
called “Six Days, Seven Nights” with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche She was reporting
about what makes women happy She was reporting
about what makes women happy It’s a women’s magazine,
I guess. It’s a women’s magazine,
I guess. So she was telling him what and what
to make a woman happy, for example. what and what
to make a woman happy, for example. And he says,
“Well, for us, it’s easy. And he says,
“Well, for us, it’s easy. Man is easy.
You just show up and we are happy.” Man is easy.
You just show up and we are happy.” Man is easy.
You just show up and we are happy.” The man is easier to please. The man is easier to please. He has his home,
he has a wife there, faithful to him. He has his home,
he has a wife there, faithful to him. He has his home,
he has a wife there, faithful to him. He has obedient children
and a good job. He has obedient children
and a good job. That’s all he wants. Not necessary
being famous or anything, Not necessary
being famous or anything, no, no. He’s easy to be satisfied. Too easy perhaps! So sometimes the woman
does not understand him, So sometimes the woman
does not understand him, because he looks so happy-go-lucky because he looks so happy-go-lucky and while we are boiling inside
with things and while we are boiling inside
with things and while we are boiling inside
with things that we don’t feel that
is up to our standard, that we don’t feel that
is up to our standard, but he is always happy. “Honey, I’m home.
Is there something to eat?” That’s it. “Honey, I’m home.
Is there something to eat?” That’s it. “Honey, I’m home.
Is there something to eat?” That’s it. He comes home from work, He comes home from work, he has something to eat and he has the television
and a remote control. and he has the television
and a remote control. Is that correct?
(You got it now!) Is that correct?
(You got it now!) Got it, yes. And maybe a case
of non-alcoholic beer does help, And maybe a case
of non-alcoholic beer does help, And maybe a case
of non-alcoholic beer does help, does make his life
more bright and colorful. does make his life
more bright and colorful. Before Master Ching Hai, he has a case of beer
with alcohol in it. he has a case of beer
with alcohol in it. And now, he forsakes the alcohol
to be a more noble person, And now, he forsakes the alcohol
to be a more noble person, And now, he forsakes the alcohol
to be a more noble person, but it helps if he has a case
of non-alcoholic beer. but it helps if he has a case
of non-alcoholic beer. but it helps if he has a case
of non-alcoholic beer. That will do, too! As long as it looks like beer,
and he will be very happy. As long as it looks like beer,
and he will be very happy. As long as it looks like beer,
and he will be very happy. There will be no one else
more happy than this guy. There will be no one else
more happy than this guy. So, he is very easy. So I don’t understand also why a woman is unhappy
with the man that she’s married to. why a woman is unhappy
with the man that she’s married to. why a woman is unhappy
with the man that she’s married to. He’s so cute, easy. Just the remote control and some beer,
that’s all he wants. Just the remote control and some beer,
that’s all he wants. Just the remote control and some beer,
that’s all he wants. And then you can do
what you want. And then you can do
what you want. You are free from him even. You are free from him even. He doesn’t even expect you
to sit next to him He doesn’t even expect you
to sit next to him and exchange
the remote control with him. and exchange
the remote control with him. It’s better
he controls all by himself. It’s better
he controls all by himself. So, you see, the woman,
we need something more. So, you see, the woman,
we need something more. We need something
more than just TV. We need something
more than just TV. And we hate TV. Supreme Master TV okay,
but anything else… Supreme Master TV okay,
but anything else… Because when you are watching TV,
all your attention is on the screen. Because when you are watching TV,
all your attention is on the screen. Because when you are watching TV,
all your attention is on the screen. Because when you are watching TV,
all your attention is on the screen. No matter what program. Good program, okay, bad program, okay, so-so program, okay too. And repeated program, okay too. And repeated program, okay too. Keep watching it,
it doesn’t matter. Keep watching it,
it doesn’t matter. It seems like the television
has glue on it, It seems like the television
has glue on it, so if a man sits in front of it his eyes just glue
onto it automatically. his eyes just glue
onto it automatically. And women,
we like to hold hands, And women,
we like to hold hands, go out walk
in the garden together, go out walk
in the garden together, sharing some jokes, a story, renewing the relationship, talking sweet nothingness
and all that stuff. talking sweet nothingness
and all that stuff. So, many women hate TV. Because when the man sits
in front of TV, Because when the man sits
in front of TV, he is lost to the whole world. Not to talk about his wife
or children. Not to talk about his wife
or children. I’m just joking,
not all the men are like that, right? I’m just joking,
not all the men are like that, right? I’m just joking,
not all the men are like that, right? They don’t always hook
in front of the TV. They don’t always hook
in front of the TV. So in the spiritual practice, we need also theory
in order to tell our mind that we need also theory
in order to tell our mind that this is what we should do this is what we should do and this is logical
and this is good. and this is logical
and this is good. Otherwise, the mind
doesn’t want to do it, Otherwise, the mind
doesn’t want to do it, he likes to go out enjoying, or watching television, coffee,
and go out chatting with friends or watching television, coffee,
and go out chatting with friends or watching television, coffee,
and go out chatting with friends or football, whatever. Some men like to go out
every day for drinking Some men like to go out
every day for drinking and so left his wife alone
and very frustrated and lonely. and so left his wife alone
and very frustrated and lonely. and so left his wife alone
and very frustrated and lonely. And in that case,
also the family will not be good, And in that case,
also the family will not be good, broke up later on. The man is happy, of course,
he always says, The man is happy, of course,
he always says, “Yes, I’m happy.
I have a very happy marriage.” “Yes, I’m happy.
I have a very happy marriage.” “Yes, I’m happy.
I have a very happy marriage.” Woman, no.
She needs more attention. Woman, no.
She needs more attention. She needs to tell him
about how children are doing in school She needs to tell him
about how children are doing in school She needs to tell him
about how children are doing in school and how they are doing at home
and what needs to be fixed at home, and how they are doing at home
and what needs to be fixed at home, and how they are doing at home
and what needs to be fixed at home, what more is missing at home, but the man doesn’t care too much. but the man doesn’t care too much. Some, some men don’t care. So you see,
even in this world, So you see,
even in this world, we have so much trouble
and not all that pleasant we have so much trouble
and not all that pleasant and this world is not all that beautiful. and this world is not all that beautiful. It is beautiful
for what we know It is beautiful
for what we know but not as beautiful compared to even the lowest level
of the spiritual world. compared to even the lowest level
of the spiritual world. compared to even the lowest level
of the spiritual world. And we still are
so attracted to here, And we still are
so attracted to here, to all the things going on
in this world. to all the things going on
in this world. So attracted
to all kinds of toys here So attracted
to all kinds of toys here that we sometimes hardly have time
for meditation, that we sometimes hardly have time
for meditation, hardly have time for contemplation. hardly have time for contemplation. What to talk about up there? What to talk about up there? Here, if we want to go
to coffee shop, for example, Here, if we want to go
to coffee shop, for example, and you live a little bit farther
from city, and you live a little bit farther
from city, you have to drive your car, go out even in the cold,
the snow, the freezing weather go out even in the cold,
the snow, the freezing weather go out even in the cold,
the snow, the freezing weather to go get a cup of coffee somewhere to go get a cup of coffee somewhere just to sit with people,
be socializing and talk with friends. just to sit with people,
be socializing and talk with friends. just to sit with people,
be socializing and talk with friends. In the astral world, to go somewhere,
no need car, no need; to go somewhere,
no need car, no need; you just can think
and you go there. you just can think
and you go there. Or you have some other
quicker instrument; Or you have some other
quicker instrument; you don’t need car,
you don’t need to take so long. you don’t need car,
you don’t need to take so long. It depends
on what level you are, of course. It depends
on what level you are, of course. So how much more attraction. So how much more attraction. And you live long.
You seem to live forever up there. And you live long.
You seem to live forever up there. And you live long.
You seem to live forever up there. You don’t age,
you don’t look old, You don’t age,
you don’t look old, you don’t feel sick. You don’t ever know sickness,
for example like that, rarely. You don’t ever know sickness,
for example like that, rarely. You don’t ever know sickness,
for example like that, rarely. Even if you’re sick,
they use a simple method Even if you’re sick,
they use a simple method and you’re healed very quickly. So how would you have any heart
to search for anything higher than that? So how would you have any heart
to search for anything higher than that? So how would you have any heart
to search for anything higher than that? Even though in the astral world
you would know that Even though in the astral world
you would know that Even though in the astral world
you would know that after a couple of hundred years
or a thousand years, after a couple of hundred years
or a thousand years, you will die. But then you still don’t want to
search for eternal life. But then you still don’t want to
search for eternal life. Even here, we know maximum we live
about 100 something years, maximum we live
about 100 something years, we still don’t want to
seek eternal life, we still don’t want to
seek eternal life, not to talk about astral world. Therefore, the theory of practice Therefore, the theory of practice is very important
to reason with the mind is very important
to reason with the mind because a Master
who comes into this world because a Master
who comes into this world cannot use magical power,
cannot use anything to attract people. cannot use magical power,
cannot use anything to attract people. cannot use magical power,
cannot use anything to attract people. Except when he is already a disciple,
then the Master helps inside. Except when he is already a disciple,
then the Master helps inside. Except when he is already a disciple,
then the Master helps inside. They’re together. Once they already agree
to go together back Home, Once they already agree
to go together back Home, then the Master
can do many things for him. then the Master
can do many things for him. As far as the law of karma
is concerned, As far as the law of karma
is concerned, the Master can give and take,
make and break also. the Master can give and take,
make and break also. the Master can give and take,
make and break also. It’s more flexible with the disciples. It’s more flexible with the disciples. But otherwise it’s difficult. So the Master comes here, it’s not easy,
have to reason with the mind also. it’s not easy,
have to reason with the mind also. The soul understands;
the mind makes trouble. The soul understands;
the mind makes trouble. Even after initiation, the mind still continues to
make trouble. the mind still continues to
make trouble. You’re just at home
sometimes you sit only five minutes You’re just at home
sometimes you sit only five minutes You’re just at home
sometimes you sit only five minutes and then you think of many other things. and then you think of many other things. Think of yesterday and today things Think of yesterday and today things and even tomorrow
and the day after tomorrow and even tomorrow
and the day after tomorrow and want to do this
and want to do that. and want to do this
and want to do that. Very difficult to settle down. Very difficult to settle down. But here, you feel more settled down?
(Yes.) Yes. But here, you feel more settled down?
(Yes.) Yes. After you sit for a while the mind gets tired
and leaves you alone. the mind gets tired
and leaves you alone. Truly. And you feel good,
you feel comfortable, no? (Yes.) Truly. And you feel good,
you feel comfortable, no? (Yes.) Truly. And you feel good,
you feel comfortable, no? (Yes.) You have to truly concentrate
on your practice. You have to truly concentrate
on your practice. You have to truly concentrate
on your practice. Because you came from far away,
I appreciate that, Because you came from far away,
I appreciate that, Because you came from far away,
I appreciate that, but I hope
you do appreciate your effort. but I hope
you do appreciate your effort. I appreciate your effort,
that you came from far away I appreciate your effort,
that you came from far away I appreciate your effort,
that you came from far away and you put down everything
and your job and you put down everything
and your job and sometimes have to
arrange difficult situation and sometimes have to
arrange difficult situation to come here.
I appreciate that. to come here.
I appreciate that. But you must appreciate yourself. But you must appreciate yourself. You must know that
this time here is precious for you. You must know that
this time here is precious for you. You must know that
this time here is precious for you. Just meditate, Five Names,
sit, eat and go back sit. Just meditate, Five Names,
sit, eat and go back sit. When you come here
or when you sit in meditation, When you come here
or when you sit in meditation, you must know the time is precious,
the time is just for you. you must know the time is precious,
the time is just for you. you must know the time is precious,
the time is just for you. Twenty-four hours,
you have only two or three hours, Twenty-four hours,
you have only two or three hours, Twenty-four hours,
you have only two or three hours, even if you have it.
Sometimes you don’t have. even if you have it.
Sometimes you don’t have. And during that two or three hours And during that two or three hours you think all kinds
of nonsense already. you think all kinds
of nonsense already. Some of you have only maybe five minutes, ten minutes,
truly concentration. five minutes, ten minutes,
truly concentration. So when you come here,
it’s easier. So when you come here,
it’s easier. Try, really try to sit
and meditate and concentrate. Try, really try to sit
and meditate and concentrate. Whenever you forget to concentrate
you pull it back again. Whenever you forget to concentrate
you pull it back again. Whenever you forget to concentrate
you pull it back again. Whenever your mind thinks
something bad, negative, Whenever your mind thinks
something bad, negative, Whenever your mind thinks
something bad, negative, or not conducive to meditation, you pull it back again. That’s how we get the habit going,
the good habit. That’s how we get the habit going,
the good habit. That’s how we get the habit going,
the good habit. Because we had bad habits
all this life already. Because we had bad habits
all this life already. Not just this life,
many lifetimes already, Not just this life,
many lifetimes already, collecting all the bad habits, collecting all the bad habits, and in the DNA also
when we were born. and in the DNA also
when we were born. That’s why the Christians, they say we have sin
from the ancestors. they say we have sin
from the ancestors. The DNA, the genes,
we’re born with it, The DNA, the genes,
we’re born with it, and then when we grow up
we collect more from the society, and then when we grow up
we collect more from the society, and then when we grow up
we collect more from the society, from the environment. Mostly bad things. So when we come here,
try to train again. So when we come here,
try to train again. For three or four days, one week,
try to train the mind to sit still. For three or four days, one week,
try to train the mind to sit still. For three or four days, one week,
try to train the mind to sit still. Not the body,
the mind. But at least if your body sits still,
maybe your mind slowly gets tired. But at least if your body sits still,
maybe your mind slowly gets tired. But at least if your body sits still,
maybe your mind slowly gets tired. But at least if your body sits still,
maybe your mind slowly gets tired. He tries to move you
and then he’s tired. He tries to move you
and then he’s tired. And then later on,
he gets used to it. And then later on,
he gets used to it. And after a while, you settle down. And after a while, you settle down. That’s why we have to
sit a little longer That’s why we have to
sit a little longer in order to settle down. Even the same with sleeping, Even the same with sleeping, when you’re in bed,
you don’t always immediately feel good. when you’re in bed,
you don’t always immediately feel good. when you’re in bed,
you don’t always immediately feel good. After a while, comfortable, hm? After a while, comfortable, hm? Same with meditation. Now, I can only offer you some theory either from the past Master,
present Master either from the past Master,
present Master or from my own experience. But you are the one
who has to assimilate it, digest it, But you are the one
who has to assimilate it, digest it, But you are the one
who has to assimilate it, digest it, and make use of it. Just like you eat food,
assimilate it, digest it, Just like you eat food,
assimilate it, digest it, and then it becomes energy
for you to move around. and then it becomes energy
for you to move around. Similarly, the spiritual food
offered to you, Similarly, the spiritual food
offered to you, you must digest it
and use it yourself. you must digest it
and use it yourself. Now we go back
to the serious Tao Te Ching. Now we go back
to the serious Tao Te Ching. This is one of the nice stanzas
about humility. This is one of the nice stanzas
about humility. “Who knows his manhood’s strength, “Who knows his manhood’s strength, Yet still his female feebleness
maintains; Yet still his female feebleness
maintains; As to one channel
flow the many drains, As to one channel
flow the many drains, All come to him,
all beneath the sky. All come to him,
all beneath the sky. Thus he
the constant excellence retains; Thus he
the constant excellence retains; The simple child again,
free from all stains. The simple child again,
free from all stains. Who knows how white attracts, Who knows how white attracts, Yet always keeps himself
within black’s shade, Yet always keeps himself
within black’s shade, The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky; The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky; The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky; He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, Endless return
to man’s first state has made. Endless return
to man’s first state has made. Who knows how glory shines,
Yet loves disgrace, Who knows how glory shines,
Yet loves disgrace, Who knows how glory shines,
Yet loves disgrace, nor ever for it is pale; Behold his presence
in a spacious vale, Behold his presence
in a spacious vale, To which men come
from all beneath the sky. To which men come
from all beneath the sky. The unchanging excellence
completes its tale; The unchanging excellence
completes its tale; The simple infant man
in him we hail.” The simple infant man
in him we hail.” This is about simplicity
and humility. This is about simplicity
and humility. In the beginning,
it says something like, In the beginning,
it says something like, “Who knows his manhood’s strength, “Who knows his manhood’s strength, Yet still his female feebleness
maintains; Yet still his female feebleness
maintains; As to one channel
flow the many drains, As to one channel
flow the many drains, All come to him,
all beneath the sky. All come to him,
all beneath the sky. Thus he
the constant excellence retains; Thus he
the constant excellence retains; The simple child again,
free from all stains.” The simple child again,
free from all stains.” Now let’s check it out. A person who is very strong,
for example, A person who is very strong,
for example, a man who knows that
he has muscle and strength, a man who knows that
he has muscle and strength, but still he is gentle,
like a feminine counterpart. but still he is gentle,
like a feminine counterpart. He doesn’t use his muscle
to threaten others. He doesn’t use his muscle
to threaten others. This is just physically speaking. This is just physically speaking. He doesn’t display his powers
just to impress anyone. He doesn’t display his powers
just to impress anyone. He doesn’t display his powers
just to impress anyone. On the contrary,
he is gentle and sweet, On the contrary,
he is gentle and sweet, as if he has
some feminine quality in him. as if he has
some feminine quality in him. Actually, we all have some quality
of female and male within us. Actually, we all have some quality
of female and male within us. Actually, we all have some quality
of female and male within us. In some, more male quality dominates, In some, more male quality dominates, then we call that a man. In some, more feminine
quality dominates, In some, more feminine
quality dominates, we call her a woman. We were talking about a guy We were talking about a guy who has muscle and strength
and the tendency of the primate, who has muscle and strength
and the tendency of the primate, who has muscle and strength
and the tendency of the primate, and he still uses not his strength,
but his tenderness. and he still uses not his strength,
but his tenderness. Then this man is like a great channel
to which all the drains flow into. Then this man is like a great channel
to which all the drains flow into. Then this man is like a great channel
to which all the drains flow into. So it’s like this man will gather
all the other beings under the sky. So it’s like this man will gather
all the other beings under the sky. So it’s like this man will gather
all the other beings under the sky. That means
all beings will come to him. That means
all beings will come to him. That is the status of the Master. That is the status of the Master. Not necessary that
he became a master per se, Not necessary that
he became a master per se, like famous master or officially,
not necessary. like famous master or officially,
not necessary. He just attracts people. All beings,
maybe even animals come to him, All beings,
maybe even animals come to him, because they feel
the love from that person, because they feel
the love from that person, the tenderness,
the true quality of human. the tenderness,
the true quality of human. Be it a man or woman. Here they say man,
but it’s not necessary it’s a man. Here they say man,
but it’s not necessary it’s a man. Here they say man,
but it’s not necessary it’s a man. Some women also very muscular
and very strong. Some women also very muscular
and very strong. It’s not necessarily physical
but it’s just a symbol. It’s not necessarily physical
but it’s just a symbol. For example. This man, he knows everything
that there is to know he knows everything
that there is to know because he already attained the Tao. He has already understood
the function of the universe, He has already understood
the function of the universe, He has already understood
the function of the universe, the knowledge of the cosmos. But he is still retaining
his humble self, But he is still retaining
his humble self, and so he doesn’t look
like a wise guy or anything. and so he doesn’t look
like a wise guy or anything. He probably looks like one of us,
but because of the quality inside, He probably looks like one of us,
but because of the quality inside, He probably looks like one of us,
but because of the quality inside, it just naturally attracts people
to come to him or to her. it just naturally attracts people
to come to him or to her. So, Lao Tzu said that
this kind of person So, Lao Tzu said that
this kind of person will constantly retain the excellence
of his nature all the time. will constantly retain the excellence
of his nature all the time. will constantly retain the excellence
of his nature all the time. He became the child again, free from all flaws,
from all stains. free from all flaws,
from all stains. This is a man, a woman,
who has attained the Tao, This is a man, a woman,
who has attained the Tao, who has been enlightened. who has been enlightened. So with this essay, Lao Tzu wanted to tell his disciples
how to act, Lao Tzu wanted to tell his disciples
how to act, how to behave, how to distinguish a person
who has attained the Tao. how to distinguish a person
who has attained the Tao. He will look like this; very strong,
very powerful, very wise, very strong,
very powerful, very wise, yet very simple, very humble,
very ordinary. yet very simple, very humble,
very ordinary. So he advised his disciples, first to carry out their life
on the planet, first to carry out their life
on the planet, as long as they live here. Not just physical strength
but even spiritual strength; Not just physical strength
but even spiritual strength; you know it
but you don’t boast about it you know it
but you don’t boast about it because the man
after he attains enlightenment, because the man
after he attains enlightenment, for him, it’s simple like breathing, for him, it’s simple like breathing, it will not feel like, “Oh,
it’s great I attain the Tao, it will not feel like, “Oh,
it’s great I attain the Tao, I am now the Buddha.” No, he doesn’t feel that way,
she won’t feel that way. No, he doesn’t feel that way,
she won’t feel that way. No, he doesn’t feel that way,
she won’t feel that way. It’s very simple and natural
to them anyway. It’s very simple and natural
to them anyway. But people will know it
and they all will flock to him. But people will know it
and they all will flock to him. But people will know it
and they all will flock to him. “All beneath the sky,”
that means all beings “All beneath the sky,”
that means all beings because he’s already one
with all of them. because he’s already one
with all of them. So they feel no distance
from this kind of being. So they feel no distance
from this kind of being. Not just humans
but animals also. Not just humans
but animals also. That’s why he said,
“All beneath the sky.” That’s why he said,
“All beneath the sky.” He doesn’t say humans will flock
to him or her, He doesn’t say humans will flock
to him or her, he said, “All beneath the sky”
will come to this person, he said, “All beneath the sky”
will come to this person, he said, “All beneath the sky”
will come to this person, because he has become
a child again, because he has become
a child again, simple, free and pure. The next quality:
“Who knows how white attracts, The next quality:
“Who knows how white attracts, The next quality:
“Who knows how white attracts, But yet always keeps himself
within the shade of black, But yet always keeps himself
within the shade of black, The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky, The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky, The pattern of humility displayed
in view of all beneath the sky, He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, Endless return
to man’s first state has made.” Endless return
to man’s first state has made.” Endless return
to man’s first state has made.” It’s similar again, the humility of the man
who attains the Tao. the humility of the man
who attains the Tao. Even though he knows what kind of action
would attract attention what kind of action
would attract attention and praise and glory, but he stays in the background
as much as possible, of course. but he stays in the background
as much as possible, of course. but he stays in the background
as much as possible, of course. but he stays in the background
as much as possible, of course. The white and the black,
this the Tao people always use, The white and the black,
this the Tao people always use, The white and the black,
this the Tao people always use, white and black,
soft and hard, white and black,
soft and hard, just to symbolize
the two opposite energies just to symbolize
the two opposite energies in this world,
in the cosmos. in this world,
in the cosmos. White is very bright, and everybody can see it right away,
even in the dark. and everybody can see it right away,
even in the dark. and everybody can see it right away,
even in the dark. And black is very shady
and people notice not too much. And black is very shady
and people notice not too much. And black is very shady
and people notice not too much. So people wear black
to symbolize humility. So people wear black
to symbolize humility. It’s not necessarily that
the wearer has humility, It’s not necessarily that
the wearer has humility, but it seems like tradition. He’s not talking
about the clothes here, He’s not talking
about the clothes here, although it does help sometimes. In this world, people just look
at outside appearance In this world, people just look
at outside appearance In this world, people just look
at outside appearance and judge the person inside. Nevertheless, the person
who attains the Tao Nevertheless, the person
who attains the Tao is very simple, that’s what they mean,
very simple. that’s what they mean,
very simple. Even though he knows what to do
to make himself advance in the society, Even though he knows what to do
to make himself advance in the society, Even though he knows what to do
to make himself advance in the society, Even though he knows what to do
to make himself advance in the society, he doesn’t do it. And if he does it, it’s truly, genuinely
just for the sake of others. it’s truly, genuinely
just for the sake of others. In his heart –
this is not just about the action, In his heart –
this is not just about the action, it’s about the inner quality
of the man – it’s about the inner quality
of the man – that in his heart, he seeks no glory,
that’s what it is, that in his heart, he seeks no glory,
that’s what it is, that in his heart, he seeks no glory,
that’s what it is, no temporary glory
of this illusionary world. no temporary glory
of this illusionary world. Because let’s face it, even if you are king
of the whole world, even if you are king
of the whole world, how long does it last?
And what for? how long does it last?
And what for? The life of simplicity
is really the bliss from Heaven The life of simplicity
is really the bliss from Heaven The life of simplicity
is really the bliss from Heaven on this planet. I can guarantee you that.
I tasted it, I loved it I can guarantee you that.
I tasted it, I loved it and I still love it. It’s just we cannot always keep it. It’s just we cannot always keep it. The man who attains the Tao The man who attains the Tao always displays his humility
instead of the ambition for glory. always displays his humility
instead of the ambition for glory. always displays his humility
instead of the ambition for glory. You can feel that,
no matter what he does. You can feel that,
no matter what he does. So Lao Tzu doesn’t mean
the outward appearance So Lao Tzu doesn’t mean
the outward appearance or the outward action only, but he means
the true inside of that man. but he means
the true inside of that man. And it would be best if his situation even allows him
to be always humble if his situation even allows him
to be always humble if his situation even allows him
to be always humble and simple, for example. But if you are the king or if you are high officials
of the government, or if you are high officials
of the government, when you go out in the function, you just have to dress good,
like everybody else. you just have to dress good,
like everybody else. you just have to dress good,
like everybody else. But that doesn’t mean that
you’re not humble; But that doesn’t mean that
you’re not humble; it depends on the situation. So suppose a person
who is very enlightened, So suppose a person
who is very enlightened, but he’s already in the good
governmental position, but he’s already in the good
governmental position, but he’s already in the good
governmental position, he can’t just say,
“I wear sandals, flip flops he can’t just say,
“I wear sandals, flip flops because I have to be humble,
I have to display my humility because I have to be humble,
I have to display my humility because I have to be humble,
I have to display my humility and I don’t wear tie
because what for? and I don’t wear tie
because what for? I don’t wear suit, I just wear a loin cloth or something
because I’m humble.” I just wear a loin cloth or something
because I’m humble.” I just wear a loin cloth or something
because I’m humble.” It’s not necessarily like that. What the Master meant here is
the true humility inside, What the Master meant here is
the true humility inside, What the Master meant here is
the true humility inside, which is hard to attain
and hard to see even, which is hard to attain
and hard to see even, because most of us judge
outward appearance because most of us judge
outward appearance and that’s the problem with us. That’s why we miss
many opportunities, That’s why we miss
many opportunities, that’s why we don’t know what is good
and what is not good. that’s why we don’t know what is good
and what is not good. that’s why we don’t know what is good
and what is not good. That’s why we cannot recognize
the saint from the profane, That’s why we cannot recognize
the saint from the profane, That’s why we cannot recognize
the saint from the profane, and that is a pity for us. But some of us know,
and it’s lucky for these people. But some of us know,
and it’s lucky for these people. This is what we have to know,
the knowledge of discrimination This is what we have to know,
the knowledge of discrimination This is what we have to know,
the knowledge of discrimination This is what we have to know,
the knowledge of discrimination between the highly developed being
and the less developed being, between the highly developed being
and the less developed being, between the highly developed being
and the less developed being, that’s very good for us. If we want to follow the Tao, If we want to follow the Tao, if we want to be in the company
of the saints and of the wise, if we want to be in the company
of the saints and of the wise, if we want to be in the company
of the saints and of the wise, then we must discern this. And we treat others
with love and respect, normal, And we treat others
with love and respect, normal, but we treat the saints differently. but we treat the saints differently. We have to adhere to them;
we must be with them We have to adhere to them;
we must be with them in order to nourish
our spiritual practice. in order to nourish
our spiritual practice. The supportive energy
of the same mentality The supportive energy
of the same mentality is very, very good for us
in any endeavor, is very, very good for us
in any endeavor, not just spiritual practice. “He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, “He in the unchanging
excellence arrayed, Endless return
to man’s first state has made.” Endless return
to man’s first state has made.” Just similar to the stanzas above, that man returns
to his original purity, that man returns
to his original purity, like a child again. “Return to man’s first state has made.” “Return to man’s first state has made.” The primordial state
of manhood, of human, The primordial state
of manhood, of human, of being
is the Original Self, of being
is the Original Self, so he will return to that. Whoever always adheres
to the primordial excellence, Whoever always adheres
to the primordial excellence, Whoever always adheres
to the primordial excellence, the cosmos excellence, will retain the innocence
of childhood all the time. will retain the innocence
of childhood all the time. Now we come to the third stanza. Now we come to the third stanza. “Who knows how glory shines,
Yet loves disgrace, “Who knows how glory shines,
Yet loves disgrace, nor ever for it is pale; Behold his presence
in a spacious vale, Behold his presence
in a spacious vale, To which men come
from all beneath the sky. To which men come
from all beneath the sky. The unchanging excellence
completes its tale; The unchanging excellence
completes its tale; The simple infant man
in him we hail.” The simple infant man
in him we hail.” The man, the woman,
the being who knows that The man, the woman,
the being who knows that in this world, power, glory,
does attract attention of people in this world, power, glory,
does attract attention of people in this world, power, glory,
does attract attention of people and does glorify him, but he prefers the humble,
the ordinary life but he prefers the humble,
the ordinary life and not seeking to glorify himself
personally or officially. and not seeking to glorify himself
personally or officially. and not seeking to glorify himself
personally or officially. The one who knows
the power of glory in this world, The one who knows
the power of glory in this world, The one who knows
the power of glory in this world, yet do not seek to find it, this is the man who has returned
to the simple infant state of his mind. this is the man who has returned
to the simple infant state of his mind. this is the man who has returned
to the simple infant state of his mind. “To which men come
from all beneath the sky” “To which men come
from all beneath the sky” This kind of man
will attract all beings to his feet, This kind of man
will attract all beings to his feet, This kind of man
will attract all beings to his feet, even though he doesn’t want it. The less glory he seeks,
the more glory he will gain. The less glory he seeks,
the more glory he will gain. The less glory he seeks,
the more glory he will gain. Not in the sense of worldly gain, Not in the sense of worldly gain, but in some different kind of glory,
the glory of love, but in some different kind of glory,
the glory of love, the glory of unconditional services, the glory of unconditional services, he will attain all that. All will flock to him because he has returned
to his infant state of mind; because he has returned
to his infant state of mind; all pure, all innocent. So similarly, we, the practitioner,
should try to adhere to this principle. So similarly, we, the practitioner,
should try to adhere to this principle. So similarly, we, the practitioner,
should try to adhere to this principle. So similarly, we, the practitioner,
should try to adhere to this principle. In the beginning, we understand that
as a principle only, we understand that
as a principle only, as a theory; but later on,
as our practice progresses as a theory; but later on,
as our practice progresses and our spiritual level rises up and our spiritual level rises up and our mind is more purified, our understanding of the Tao expands. our understanding of the Tao expands. Then we will just become that. Then we will just become that. We will naturally become
an infant again. We will naturally become
an infant again. So, there’s no need for us
to even do anything to attain it. So, there’s no need for us
to even do anything to attain it. So, there’s no need for us
to even do anything to attain it. In the beginning,
we try to adhere to it, In the beginning,
we try to adhere to it, we understand it
and we try to practice it we understand it
and we try to practice it and later on,
it becomes our true nature. and later on,
it becomes our true nature. As we practice spiritually
along the way, As we practice spiritually
along the way, our understanding will be
more and more expansive, our understanding will be
more and more expansive, and then this will become natural. and then this will become natural. We will become just humble,
naturally humble, We will become just humble,
naturally humble, no ambition for glory, for fame,
for gain in this world anymore. no ambition for glory, for fame,
for gain in this world anymore. no ambition for glory, for fame,
for gain in this world anymore. That will be a normal state of us That will be a normal state of us and that is
when we attain the complete Tao. and that is
when we attain the complete Tao. I like “Tao Te Ching”
because it’s very simple. I like “Tao Te Ching”
because it’s very simple. It’s one of the most
sophisticated bibles of the world; It’s one of the most
sophisticated bibles of the world; It’s one of the most
sophisticated bibles of the world; the most famous, the most translated, the most loved, yet it’s very simple. Like in plain language
and everyone can understand it. Like in plain language
and everyone can understand it. Like in plain language
and everyone can understand it. At least the translation into English
is simple. At least the translation into English
is simple. Even though the translators
have tried very hard Even though the translators
have tried very hard to make it more poetic
and more sophisticated, to make it more poetic
and more sophisticated, even then, it’s still
as plain as my nose. even then, it’s still
as plain as my nose. That you can see. Alright, you retain this state of mind
and meditate. Alright, you retain this state of mind
and meditate. Alright, you retain this state of mind
and meditate.

Otis Rodgers

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