Revealing The Secret Of
The Ancient Pyramids In Egypt
by Supreme Master Ching Hai, at Hsihu Center, Formosa
June 4, 1995 (Originally In Chinese)
Architecture Ahead Of The Times *Our
Ancestors Were Extraterrestrial Scientists
Hidden Entrance Is Difficult To Find *The
Pyramid Protects Practitioners Of The True Path
Terror In The Pyramid*Tested
In Quest Of The Truth*Following
The Instructions Of Enlightened Masters Is Most Difficult
I take you to Egypt (applause) to see the pyramids. Have you seen
them before? No? What a pity! Neither have I. (Laughed.) Now, we
will go there together. The pyramids are nothing special! Just like
a temple. Do you know that? Triangular on all four sides, this is
what I heard! Sometimes, we can visit the place with our souls, and
save the air tickets. Has anyone tried going this way? Yes! However,
we can go to even further places. The pyramids are nothing!
we are now going to Egypt to have some fun. Do not go to heaven,
because it is too far. And here it is very hot, why do I take you
to Egypt? It's because it is even hotter there. (Master and all laugh.)
In that case, you won't complain any more here. When you come back
later, you will say, "Wow! Miaoli is really great. Marvelous! There
are still trees, and a little breeze." There are not even trees in
Egypt. Do you know that? It seems there are no trees near the pyramids,
so it is even hotter.
let us try going there. Use your wisdom eye to look over there. In
the desert, everywhere is sand and rocks. They built several pyramids
in the middle of the desert. I don't know why they are called the
'golden symbol,' there is no trace of gold, only rocks. However,
they cannot be bought with real gold. Even in this modern era we
still have to shake our heads (in admiration) when observing the
way they were built!
pyramids, there are many tombs of the kings, queens, and princes.
Naturally, the atmosphere is very scary at night. Nevertheless, some
people love to take adventures in that place at night. Why? Normally
there are hardly any people in the daytime. Of course, there are
some tourists, but they just walk about and then leave. Very few
people venture inside. There is almost no one there at night. Of
course, there are some guards outside. No one can go in night. They
lock the door when the sun goes down. Even tourists are not allowed
to go in. However, some people love to go in at night. You have to
apply for entry if you wish to go in at night. Under special circumstances,
they will let you in.
a man ventured inside. He wanted to find out why people would build
such a grand but empty structure, and leave it unused. Initially,
they thought the pyramids were the tombs of the Pharaohs of ancient
Egypt, but they could not find any coffins or mummies inside. They
are all empty. In the pyramid, there is only a box that looks like
a coffin, made of stone, also empty, without even a cover on top.
Above the so-called main hall, there is an empty chamber, with another
empty room above that. It is empty from there all the way to the
top. They kept the space empty to minimize the pressure. Can you
imagine if it were all stones on top? The pyramid is very gigantic,
surely it could not bear the weight for so long if it were all stone
on top. They were built perfectly and given consideration to every
aspect, so the pyramids are still standing after so many ages have
gone by, while many civilizations or non-civilizations have changed.
technique was extremely superb. Capable of building such structures,
they must have been a highly intelligent race. Nowadays, many scientists
and archaeologists have discovered that our ancestors were extremely
civilized and clever. Perhaps they were scientists from extraterrestrial
the pyramids, there are many other things that were buried in ancient
times, and discovered only recently. They prove that our ancestors
were extremely and exceedingly intelligent. I don't know why they
would have children like us, not intelligent at all, who try to come
to Miaoli on Sundays to buy a little wisdom. Here we give it away
free of charge. It is possible to buy it and take home, but it is
still useless if you do not use it. Think of some ways to use it.
I have given
you the 'Instruction Manual of Wisdom,' some of you! I will give
to whoever wants it, and not to those who don't want. However, it
was very difficult to get the 'Instruction Manual of Wisdom' in ancient
times. Not as simple as just come and write down your name and then
receive it immediately. This is like buying ready-made clothing,
try it on immediately and then take it home.
were not built to be used as tombs. They found out later that this
was not the purpose. I think they built the pyramids for spiritual
practice. Just now I told you it was very difficult to get the 'Instruction
Manual of Wisdom' in ancient times. This is one of the reasons why
they built the pyramids. It was because spiritual practice was very
difficult in olden times for fear of being discovered by others.
you sit when holding a group meditation in the desert? (Master and
all laughed.) Do you understand? Even with the guards around, everyone
can still see you. It is better here, with all these trees! In the
empty desert, you roast to death by sitting there in the daytime,
and freeze to death at night. The temperature in the desert is extremely
hot in the daytime, and extremely cold at night. Two extremes. That
was why they built the pyramids. They are very, very quiet inside.
It was very difficult for people to locate the entrance later. Hundreds
of years have gone by! Many people are still looking for the entrance,
but have failed.
Once, a king
made a very firm decision to find the entrance. He said, "Strange!
It was built like that, but no one can go in. What does it mean?" He
gathered hundreds and thousands of laborers, spent much money and
effort, mobilized a great group of workers, stone excavation experts.
Someone like me, specialized in breaking rocks. (Everyone laughed.)
They pushed and hit for a long time, but found no trace of the entrance.
They were built so perfectly that the entrance was tightly fitted
into the wall, invisible, as if it were only a wall. No one noticed
the entrance was there.
so laboriously and sincerely that perhaps the ghosts or deities inside,
or God, helped them. Suddenly a piece of rock fell down, from the
inside, not because of their striking efforts outside. It fell from
inside by itself! So they started digging from that spot, and found
they were very disappointed because it was empty, nothing. Every
room was empty. In the biggest chamber in the center, there was an
empty box like a coffin. They were bewildered. How could someone
spend so much effort, labour, money and time to build such a grand
structure that contained nothing? Why were they so wasteful?
in from that door, they found another door. It was highly concealed,
I mean very difficult to find. They built doors as if there were
none. But, slowly they noticed and found the door. There were a dozen
doors after that door before they reached the so-called main hall.
There was nothing inside, and no one knew why. They found no treasure,
no coffins, no mummies, no living person, no dead person, nothing. < p
class=yhlss> There was a man, probably an Englishman who also practiced
spiritually. He had been to India and practiced meditation. He also
knew what searching for the self-nature within is, so he thought
he could do it! He went inside alone at night, carrying a flashlight
and a coat.
He was not
allowed to enter at first, but finally got the approval because he
persisted in applying repeatedly! He went in there to find out why
the pyramid was built this way. He eventually found out, and I knew
place was intended for spiritual practice, naturally it was empty.
What furniture would be required if it was built for people to meditate?
Take our main hall for instance, is there any furniture? No, only
the sun umbrellas, and they were not here before, only recently we
have them. The only furniture we have are these trees intended to
give shade or for you to lean on.
are empty. As it turns out, in old times, spiritual practitioners
were afraid of being chased by people. In those times, they have
to practice this method in secret because if their practice was revealed,
their life would be in grave danger. It is still dangerous now, not
to mention in ancient times. It was dangerous two thousand years
ago, and when Shakyamuni Buddha was alive.
always threaten the so-called true spiritual practitioners. It is
perfectly all right if you do not practice the true method, everyone
praises you. If you practice the real path, you are finished. You
have to start to cover and protect yourself -- camouflage. You must
be ordinary. Otherwise, people can sense it, and trouble you.
times, it has been always like this, not only today. That was why
they built the pyramids in such a concealed way. The entrance was
known only to their own people. They were very spacious inside, and
completely empty. Of course there was nothing! They were built for
people to meditate inside, for initiation, etc., without being seen
move the pyramid over here? (Master laughs.) Then we don't need guards
anymore. (Everyone applauds.) What? Do you think I can do it? No
kidding! Even if we build a pyramid here today, the demolition machine
will come to tear it down.
man entered the pyramid that night, he meditated there and discovered
this secret. Actually, he did not need to meditate in there to find
out. Looking at the empty rooms, we can understand. A real place
of spiritual practice is only for people to meditate. There won't
be anything inside, at the most a Buddha statue or the Buddha's photograph.
They used the Buddha's statue before, but now perhaps it is faster
to take photographs, or use a portrait. It was empty because people
needed to sit in there, about the same as our place here.
had a very terrible experience in the pyramid. He said he dared not
go again! He had the courage to venture inside, because he was very
sincere in seeking the Truth. He wanted the answer to why the ancient
people would build this kind of empty yet grand structure. It has
nothing inside, yet was very mysterious, even the entrance was a
In the pyramid,
he meditated with a method he had learned in India. As he sat there,
nothing happened at first. Gradually, he felt that the owners of
the tombs near the pyramid had all came to greet him. They all came
to give him a not very cordial greeting, but it was a terribly frightening
atmosphere. They threatened him, nevertheless, he maintained his
composure. He knew something would happen even before he came.
person had ventured into the pyramid before him. Having returned
home, that person revealed in his diary that he had discovered the
truth. However, his life would be in danger if he revealed it, because
society could not possibly understand him -- this was what he wrote
in his diary.
adventurer was mentally prepared! Although he was prepared, the extremely
terrible and ugly faces he saw, and these lonely souls and wandering
ghosts almost crushed him!
being a practitioner he had some idea about what to do. He strived
to keep himself in samadhi. Suddenly all the ugly ghosts fled, and
stopped threatening, oppressing, or trying to kill him. They all
vanished suddenly, and he didn't know why. Then he saw two brilliant
beings come radiating light. It was because of the two of them that
the ugly ghosts fled.
two beings taught him a great deal while he was in there. They advised
him not to seek the Truth anymore, because it is very difficult.
They said, "You will encounter many trials, and you will surely regret
the man said, "I will not regret it. What else can I ask for except
the Truth? This world is very strange to me now! I am living in this
world, but I can ask for nothing. Nothing in the world can satisfy
me. Nothing excites and attracts me anymore, except the quest for
Truth. I want nothing. I fear nothing. I will die sooner or later.
It is all right if I die for Truth."
two so-called inner masters, the superior masters within, touched
by his determination, finally agreed. They asked him to lie on the
stone -- actually he should lie in the coffin like a dead man, and
then they would take his soul out, just like a dead man, and come
back after a while. Never mind, it is all right to lie on the stone.
He saw his astral body going out while his physical body lay still.
It was dark
in the pyramid, darker than the nights here. There was nothing inside,
sealed on all sides, leaving only a ventilation hole leading to the
top. The ventilation hole in the pyramid clearly shows that it is
not a tomb (dead people don't need it!) It must have been a place
for people to live or stay in temporarily. Otherwise, there would
not be a vent, illogical! It was very dark inside, darker than blackness,
so it was very horrible. The longer he sat, the more frightened he
became. He could see the lonely wandering ghosts coming to annoy
him even though it's very dark. They only fled when the two so-called
superior masters arrived later.
the man to lie down, and started to help him. Suddenly, his soul
exited, and he saw his very ugly body lying there motionless. His
eyes could not see, his ears could not hear, nothing was functional,
except the heart throbbing automatically. It was just as if he was
a dead person. Then he realized what death really is.
the two masters took him to visit a dying old man. They introduced
this old man as a life long Truth aspirant. However, the old man
claimed that he had found nothing, only temptations, desires, fame
and wealth, nothing else, no Truth. He persuaded the young man not
to search any more! "Don't be cheated! There is no Truth in the world.
All are lies. You can never find It!" However, the young man didn't
listen, and still wanted to go on searching.
only meant to test him! Finally, the two enlightened masters said, "Okay,
if you are determined, we will take you to another place to 'show
you the Truth,' meaning initiation!"
with the soul, not the body, he could feel being taken to different
chambers. There was a secret chamber beneath the pyramid. The two
enlightened masters told him not to look back, just follow them,
absolutely refrain from looking back.
was, he followed for a while and then wondered. Why is there no door?
Where is the original secret door? He could not resist any longer
and looked back. Suddenly, everything was severed! The two masters
were gone, and he had returned to his body.
still hear the faint and distant voices of his two masters: "Why
didn't you listen to us? What for did you want to find the secret
door made of stone? The most important thing is to find the secret
door within that liberates you from the transmigration of life and
death. Now it is too late! Good-bye!" Then, they were gone.
think I am too strict, try your luck in the pyramid, if you can refrain
from looking back. Remember! In case you really go there and meet
the two masters, do not look back. We humans are always seeking superficial
things. We are curious. We look at this and that, asking, " What
is this? What is that?"
you not to touch them, but you insist on touching them. Is that not
so? If I ask you to touch it, then you refuse. This is why we progress
very slowly. Even when Master tells us the moral guidelines, and
secret method of spiritual practice, we will think: "Uh-huh! Why
does She have to talk so much?" We know very well that they are good
for us, but we still resist sometimes. Do you understand? When we
eventually run into trouble, and become aware of the bad consequence,
it is already too late!
masters had forsaken him, and didn't teach him anymore. He passed
the first test of the ghosts. On the second test, the old man tried
to persuade him to go back. He observed that the old man was struggling
in great agony. His search for the Truth was so painful, but still
he failed to find It on his dying day. The young man did not lose
his faith. On the third occasion, he was only told not to look for
that door, yet he turned around to look.
many similar stories. We also have some fairy tales from ancient
China. A man went to the Peng Lai Fairy Island and married a goddess.
They lived a happy life together. The goddess told him which doors
could be opened and gave him the keys. Only the seventh or eigth
door was forbidden. Yet, he still opened the door, and dropped back
down to the wordly level. After going home, he could never find Fairy
pursue spiritual practice, but very few attain the Truth. Or, they
have attained half, one third, two thirds, but not the whole. It
is all because they cannot control their mundane ideas and habits.
we have already climbed a great height up the hill, two thirds up
the hill. We tell ourselves: Do not look back, or you will be frightened,
and you will fall! It's true, but we are curious. We think: "What
does it matter if I take a look? I used to look very often. Why can't
I look today?"
it is different from today. The result of taking a glance is panic,
and then you fall down! After falling down, it is very difficult to
start all over again. You can; it's not totally impossible, but much
of our courage, spirit and energy have been exhausted. It is very difficult
for us to climb again later. Is that not so?