Spoken by Supreme Master
Taipei, Formosa, November 4, 1987
(Originally in Chinese)
Audiotape # CE3A
World is full of troubles
Only I’m full of YOU!
If You are placed within the world
All the troubles would be removed.
But as the world is full of troubles
I find no place for YOU!*
Don’t you have such sincerity?
Yes, I know, you want to put Master in this world. But people
lovely karma and have no place for Master. Therefore, this
world still always has problems. There are so many material
in this world we can enjoy; however, we human beings still
have many troubles. It still seems we cannot survive and
are going to burst. Why? This is because there is a thing within
us that is very difficult to be satisfied. That thing is
longing. We naturally have that kind of entreating quality.
*Supreme Master Ching
Hai, upon the earnest request of Her disciples, explained some
of the meaning of Her poems in the Silent Tears poetry
collection during this lecture.
to Get a Response to Our Prayers
Most people’s prayers receive no response.
Why is that? Today I’m going to teach you how to pray
to get a better response. No matter what we pray for, we must
first ask ourselves, is this thing really necessary for us?
Is it important? Is it really beneficial to us? Will it harm
other people? If we know that what we’re praying for is
not important, not benevolent, and not necessary, our subconscious
won’t accept it.
Our Almighty power does not
fall from the Western Paradise or Heaven, nor is it bestowed
on us by Jesus, or reserved
for us by Shakyamuni Buddha; it resides inside our brains.
If you can look through here (Master points to Her wisdom
you’ll see it’s located in the center. This is the
place where our Almighty power resides. The success of our prayer
depends on whether it passes through this place. When our prayer
passes through this place, our Almighty power knows if the thing
we pray for is necessary or good for us, or if it’s harmful
to other people. There’s no way we can deceive this power.
So we don’t need to waste time praying for
things that are unnecessary, unimportant, not benevolent or
not loving. If you want your prayers to come true, consider
first whether the thing you’re praying for is necessary.
Then pray wholeheartedly without distraction, and your prayer
will definitely come true. But can you pray to become a billionaire
overnight, win at gambling, or win the lotto? Of course not.
Beings Have the Almighty Power
What should the Quan Yin Method
practitioner pray for? We should pray to become a Master
quickly and become one
with the Master sooner. Why? First, it’s because once
you’re one with the Master, all your suffering will disappear.
You’ll no longer have troubles, as they’ll all be
taken away. Secondly, you’ll have incredible power and
infinite merits. You can help anyone immediately without them
praying to you or knowing who you are. At that time, you help
without the involvement of the ego. Therefore, it’s said
in the Diamond Sutra, “Deliver sentient beings but no
sentient beings are being delivered.” That’s what
is meant. Sentient beings have no idea that they’re being
delivered by you, or helped by you.
why I always say that I don’t just give initiation to
a small group of people every time, because many people receive
initiation without seeing me or knowing my name. Many receive
initiation by reading my books, or hearing my name once. A lot
of people receive initiation by praying sincerely to Quan Yin
Bodhisattva (the Goddess of Mercy), for example. The reason
is that I’m not this physical being and I’m connected
with the Almighty power. So whenever people pray to this Almighty
power, I’m there. This universal, Almighty power is exactly
the same as your own.
That’s why Lao Tzu said, “All of creation
is One.” When we practice to a higher level, we’ll
realize this. We’ll realize that all creatures have the
same kind of power within. We’ll see it in trees, in animals,
in Quan Yin practitioners and in non-Quan Yin practitioners.
But Quan Yin practitioners realize and can make use of this
power, because they have uncovered it. Other sentient beings,
or those who don’t practice the Quan Yin Method, don’t
realize this power. It isn’t like they don’t have
this power; they do, but they can’t use it. They have
the treasure, but it’s locked up and they don’t
have the key.
When we reach this level
in our spiritual practice, we respect all sentient beings,
because we see Master everywhere
and in anything. At this level, we can bow to our fellow practitioners
and our own disciples. That’s why at the last supper,
Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. All His disciples were
startled and said, “Master, why are You doing this?”
Jesus’ level was very high and He understood that all
beings are equal. He said, “I, Your Lord and Teacher,
have washed your feet. So you should also wash one another’s
feet.” (John 13:14-15) What did He mean? He meant that
we should practice with an equal heart. But His disciples hadn’t
reached this level so Jesus had to explain it through this example.
If His disciples had already attained the level of equality,
Jesus wouldn’t have had to make such an example and explain
it, and the disciples wouldn’t have been so surprised!
Only when we’re connected with this Almighty
power do we have hope of going higher. Quan Yin practitioners
who don’t slander the Master and who do practice diligently
are less likely to go lower. You should, however, realize your
own Almighty power so that you don’t just rely on Master’s
level all the time. If you practice for yourself, your level
will be higher, you’ll improve more, and you’ll
be able to help others. Whoever you think of or feel sympathy
with will receive your help immediately.
If we realize the Supreme power, our innermost, omnipotent
power, we can do anything, and anything is possible. You just
heard my poem: “You can move
heaven and earth. / You can change demons into the Angels of
Love. / Why, / O Greatest of all Magicians, / Didn’t You
change this monkey mind?!”
You can do it yourself. We
practice to help ourselves, to help the Master, and to help
the world. Actually, we can’t
help the Master much, but at least we can lessen His or Her
worry and suffering. If we practice, our karma will be erased
more quickly, our lives will be more peaceful and we’ll
do things more smoothly. Of course, then the Master will also
be very pleased.
for One-Life Liberation to Encounter
the Supreme Master
You meet the master who is
in accordance with your prayers. If in this life or in your
previous life, you prayed
to attain the highest level and highest wisdom, then in your
next life or even in this life, you’ll meet a Master of
the highest level. There’s no doubt about that! If, however,
in your past life or in this life, you prayed to Quan Yin Bodhisattva
to help lessen your suffering in this world, to have things
go more smoothly, or to have harmony in your family, you’ll
only meet this kind of master. For example, you’ll meet
an ordinary monastic person who’s very benevolent, and
you can tell him about all your difficulties and worries. He
can explain things to you in a logical way, or answer many of
your questions. Then, you go home and handle your problems according
to his advice, and you find that you’re happy and your
life becomes better. It’s just like that. Or, you’ll
run into someone who’s very rich, who’s ready to
satisfy all your needs. He’ll give you money without you
asking. Or, you’ll run into a person who comes unbidden
to help heal your illness, bring you to see a doctor, repair
your roof when it’s leaking, etc. It’s because you’ve
prayed sincerely in your last life for these things.
Those who want to be liberated, who want to become
a Buddha in one lifetime, or to be totally liberated from the
cycle of life and death, will meet a Master of the highest level
and a method of the highest practice. Only those who pray for
eternal liberation, to attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi,
to be one with God and with Truth, will come across the Quan
Yin Method. Also, not everyone can teach the Quan Yin Method.
If there’s no real power transmitted during initiation,
the one who receives the initiation will have no experiences.
Therefore, you can tell if a Master is true or not at the time
of initiation. A true Master can enlighten you with the same
kind of experiences described in the holy scriptures.
right, I’ll let you go home and work hard.
Make good use of this Almighty, pure, and all-positive power.
It would be a great pity if you don’t use it. There’s
nothing else in this world that’s more precious. There’s
no other gift that Master can give you that’s nobler and
more precious than this. I tell you many stories all the time,
but ultimately my advice to you is to practice the Quan Yin
Method – the method of contemplating the inner Sound
Current and inner Light.