Q: What exactly is immediate enlightenment? How can we achieve it?
M: Immediate enlightenment is possible because we already possess the
enlightenment inside of us. It is like a diamond, which is already a
diamond; we only need to clean it a little and we will have it. So we
can have immediate enlightenment because it is already here. It is only
because you have forgotten where it is, and we know where it is and we
will show you where it is and you will find it immediately. Okay! How
come everyone is so quiet? Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 27, 1993 in Paris, France
Q: How long must one meditate to reach enlightenment?
M: Enlightenment comes immediately. As soon as you sit down with the
Master and sincerely want it, it comes immediately. Even sometimes
before initiation; sometimes I have not finished the instruction, and
people already got enlightenment. Some people are in a hurry, you know,
they have no time to wait.
But the meditation takes place daily, because we always want to be in
the enlightened state, and we always want to renew our acknowledgment
of enlightenment. Or also we want to strengthen it, to strengthen, to
expand until infinity. Otherwise, even if you meditate for one hundred
years, you don't get any enlightenment.
Meditation doesn't bring enlightenment, the Master power does, because
during initiation, or during so-called meditation in our method, you do
not meditate, because meditation means effort, but in our way, it's
effortless. You might sit there sometimes even sleepy and then
enlightenment even comes, even then. Or you will be enlightened during
sleep because the Master power will wake you, wake your soul during
your sleep. While your mind is asleep, your body is at rest, your soul
will be awaken into the world of light and wisdom.
Therefore, meditation is not a means to enlightenment. But for lack of
vocabulary in this world, we have to call it meditation. Actually, you
just sit there and receiving the grace of God and acknowledging your
own supreme power. There's no meditation actually that is involved,
because anything that is earned or it is a result of some kinds of
action, it is still the worldly production. It's still within the
material framework. Therefore, our meditation is a non-meditational
meditation, effortless meditation. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 7, 1994
During the group meditation in Seattle, USA
Q: How can we know that we are enlightened? What are the manifestations?
M: It isn't difficult. Enlightenment means with light. If we are
enlightened we must see the inner light, but not with our physical
eyes. when you are enlightened, you will see immediately the inner
bright light, and this is the sign of enlightenment It works instantly
because our nature is the light from heaven. We are not our physical
bodies. They are only clothes that we can remove and put back whenever
we want if we know how to do it. I will show you how to do it during
initiation. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 27, 1993 in Paris, France
Q: Can You give enlightenment to everyone? Are You capable of altering
the profound nature of someone?
M: Everyone has the right to be enlightened, but it is your choice to
wish for it or not. After having found our true enlightened nature, our
greatness and our wisdom, we will change own selves. For myself, I do
not change people. It is they who change because their true nature is
exceptional; it is their nobility and their wisdom. And he who finds
his true nature will rid himself of all negative habits. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 27, 1993 in Paris, France
Q: Master, usually how long does it take to get enlightenment? May I
know what does it depends on?
M: Oh, depends on many things. First, it depends on the proper
meditation method. And it depends on your teacher, whether that person
is capable to lead you to enlightenment. Never mind talking about long
or short. If you get a good teacher, you get immediate enlightenment.
If you don't get a good teacher, I don't know how long, very, very
long, many lifetimes. And also enlightenment depends on your sincerity,
if you want it or not. If you do want it, you get it immediately. If
you don't want it, it doesn't matter how much you pretend, how long you
sit there, until your bottom falls off, (laughter) you don't have
anything. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on Jan 10, 1995 in Singapore
Q: Dear Master, is it true that a relationship and marriage will
distract us from immediate enlightenment?
M: No. No. It's not true! It's not true. It's not true at all! But it
might make us a little bit side-tracked for a while, for a while only.
If you are completely enlightened, or are very strong on your spiritual
path, it doesn't matter what you do, how attractive the world is, you
will always remember what you want. But by the way, enlightened people
will not become metal or wood. It's alright to take care of your family
and your marriage. Most masters were married, and had children, and
raised a family just like you. And I say it's absolutely normal.
Anyhow, it's absolutely normal to fulfill our duty in life, and at the
same time, aspire to heaven. Yeah, because God doesn't put us here just
to be lonely, or to endure hardship, or to be feelingless, or lifeless.
It's all right. Whatever happens naturally, accept it, without
struggle, condemnation, rejection. Just accept it and do things in a
moderate way. We practice the middle path. It's alright if you don't
want to get married, or if you don't want to take responsibility of a
family life. But if you want to get married, if you love somebody, it's
alright. It's part of the universal love. Any love is part of universal
love. Yeah? Just accept it as God's gift to you should you find a good
partner. If God doesn't give to you, even if you look through your
life, you won't find any. So, don't worry about it. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on March 9, 1993 in Singapore
Q: What do You learn when You are "enlightened"?
M: If you do not have any religious faith and you have never seen the
"light", once you follow my teachings, you will have "experience"
immediately. This is called "immediate enlightenment". When you
continue to learn, you will have a greater enlightenment, and you will
understand yourself more and more. One should not stop at having a
little bit of enlightenment. Q: What is the extent of the "enlightenment"?
M: To what extent? It is boundless. But, it is also not boundless. We
already possess everything. Therefore, whatever you need to use, it
will come automatically. If you don't use it, it will be there
sleeping. I just teach you how to find what you already have. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on Nov 23, 1993 in USA
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