to Hercules through Master’s Grace
brother-initiate Qin, San Jose, California, USA
Ever since I was initiated
by Supreme Master Ching Hai into the spiritual path, my life has
been filled with delighted surprises, as shown by the following
From my high school days,
I have enjoyed playing basketball, but my love for the sport was
interrupted when my legs weakened after twenty years of running
and jumping on concrete courts. Also, over the past two years,
my appetite has grown smaller as I have progressed in my spiritual
cultivation, but physically I have gotten healthier and stronger
and can now even function effectively playing basketball on a
full-sized court with the taller, sturdier white and black players
whom I recently met.
The sixth anniversary of
my initiation fell on the week when I met these new basketball
buddies. And so on that day, remembering that the enlightenment
experiences of many past masters were related to the number six,
I anticipated a surprise gift from Master.
I went to play basketball
with my friends that noon, and during the game, after making a skillful
interception of the ball, I found our two-meter tall center forward
(a player who often stays near the hoop to catch balls and make
shots) already waiting under the backboard, and tried mightily to
pass him the ball from the other end of the court. Given the weak
physique I have possessed since childhood, I had never before thrown
a basketball from one end of the court to the other. I can still
recall the sensational scene of my robust high school physical education
teacher scoring from the back of the court. And while many of my
schoolmates of stronger build often competed in throwing the ball
into the basket, I was never able to outplay them. This time, however,
I thought, “If I can pass the ball across the court to the
center forward, that will stretch my strength to its maximum capacity.”
But then I immediately became skeptical and thought, “I’ve
been skipping lunch lately and eaten very little at my other meals.
How can I have enough strength to do this?” I nonetheless
stretched my body as much as I could to throw the ball and stood
to watch where it would land.
Incredibly, a miracle occurred!
The ball flew over both the hoop and backboard, and across the
nearby lawn until it hit the protective net bordering the athletic
grounds. Everyone on the court was dumbstruck and looked at me
in amazement. Holding up my hands, I too was speechless with wonder!
For the rest of the game, even my sturdy white friends praised
my muscles. But in fact, I am only a little larger than “skinny.”
This marvel continues to
fill me with elation. It is said that both Quan Yin Bodhisattva
and the Monkey King lived without eating any earthly food, but
the Monkey King’s golden club weighed 17,000 catties (10,200
kg), while the pure-water bottle held easily by Quan Yin Bodhisattva
contained an ocean! I believe that anyone who practices the Quan
Yin Method will be able to do similar things one day. Through
Master’s grace, it appears that I have had my first taste
of being a giant!