During recent years, more and more people
have sincerely requested the Supreme Master Ching Hai to publish
Her own autobiography. However, Master commented that She did
not know where to start. So the matter was dropped. But in fact,
Master’s poem collections are the very biography of Her
life over a time-span of half a century. These poems, apart from
providing first-hand information, are full of true feelings without
any trace of pretentious praise or the cover-up often found in
the biographies of great people.
Perhaps when Master wrote down Her first
poem at the age of seven, She was vaguely aware of the role the
simple pen would play in depicting Her experiences and thoughts
at the various stages of Her life. But She probably did not realize
that these writings, sometimes romantic, other times sad, would
one day become the cherished legacy of humankind.
The pen of this Poet is faithful. It is
faithful to Her inner feelings of overwhelming love and pain.
She did not hold back, nor did She express with any second thoughts,
because the world of poetry is purely free. However, to reveal
one’s private experience and feelings for the scrutiny of
the public, one must have courage. Since in this case such courage
originated from love, it is therefore a great blessing to the
world that Master compassionately gave the permission to publish
Her poetry anthologies. These poems allow us to be close to the
vast heart of a Saint, to hear Her sad sighs when She was not
able to find love and to sympathize with Her joy when true love
Watching a great soul finally break through
the bondage of the world and burst into a dazzling spiritual rainbow,
the reader can see their own bright future full of hope and promise
from the colors that appear on the paper.
To those who are searching for divine Love,
Master’s poems represent not only “The Pilgrim's Progress”
(John Bunyan’s text) but also “Faust” (Goethe's
play) in Her depiction of how humankind misses the garden of Eden,
longing for true love to comfort the unjust circumstances and
difficulties in life, but because of being trapped deeply in the
world, could not help but letting true love slip.
Master’s poems have been warmly received
by Aulacese musicians as well as those from other countries. An
abundance of music has been composed to Her lyrics, creating popular
1). These verses express the ordinary
person’s emotions such as love and sadness. What makes Her
poetry most extraordinary is the delicate connection and development
between the lines and the limitless love behind them, which must
come from many lifetimes of spiritual practice. It gives the poems
a unique quality of innocence and spontaneity, as well as a spiritual
power behind, which leaves readers with a sense of respect for
life and all the dark thoughts are dismissed.
Pebbles and Gold is a faithful depiction
of the Poet’s childhood in wartime. This collection includes
Master’s earlier writings to Her father, mother, elder sisters,
maids, neighbors and others. At that time, Her country was deep
in the war. Not able to receive answers from God for Her questions,
the little Poet had to pour all Her young heart out to the paper.
Master has had an extraordinarily sensitive
heart since a young age. She also had an unusual talent for balancing
injustice. Though living in the suffering world, the Poet naturally
took on the role of “spreading the seed of love.”
She worked hard to nurture blessing fields in people’s hearts
so that “the flower of love” would blossom between
humans. Pebbles and Gold also describes Her longing for romance
as a young girl and the sweetness of first love.
The Lost Memories tells the love stories
of the Poet when She was growing up. Through Her brilliant pen,
She wrote about secret admiration, mutual affection, the intoxication
of being deeply in love and the sadness when the love came to
an end. Thus, She sang praises to the power of romantic love,
one of the qualities that humankind is most proud of. However,
while lying back and breathing a sigh of relief after reading
Her poems, one seems to detect the message in between the lines,
that romantic love is just a starting point and serves as a precedence
to universal love. After losses are experienced and calmness regained,
the wisdom of life is revealed.