Q: Are the Five Precepts mandatory after initiation?
M: It is better for you and everyone else, for your conscience and the
peace on earth, for your wisdom and your nobility. It is better to keep
the Five Precepts. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 27, 1993 in Paris, France
Q: What is the reason behind not eating eggs and we can drink milk?
M: We can drink milk, yes we could, no problem about milk because we
don't have to kill the animal for milk. About the egg, even if it's not
fertilized egg, it still contains a kind of symbol of life and death,
born and reborn, and also the egg has the potential of attracting the
negative energy. Perhaps you would read or know or heard that many of
the magicians, they use the eggs to attract the negative entities from
some of the possessed persons. Therefore we do not like to attract the
negative force into ourselves, because now we try to reach the positive
nature. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on December 23, 1994 in Thailand
A Telephone Interview with Radio Five On "Sunday Focus"
Q: If someone has taken the initiation already and after that they
cannot practice or do what they have promised, is it a big sin and can
they quit being a practitioner?
M: Sure they can, anytime. It's difficult to be a disciple but it's
easy to quit. It's just that they stopped at that level they attained,
and do not progress if they don't sincerely want to achieve a higher
level, and if of course they committed sin, then they also would be
handled like everyone else. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on December 23, 1994 in Thailand
A Telephone Interview with Radio Five On "Sunday Focus"
Q: Could you please explain your precepts against killing. Specifically
M: Wa! You get me into trouble. Ah, Thou shalt not kill is the precept
of all religious scriptures, not only Christians. It's even in Jainism,
Hinduism and other religions also. If they truly take this thou shalt
not kill in a true sense of the precept, abortion, of course, should be
avoided. And the doctor should be very precise in determining what is
the special situation that people should undertake this. Because maybe
sometimes it's dangerous for the mother, yeah, or dangerous for both.
So, the doctor should be fair in determining that situation. Otherwise
I think we should save life in any way we can. Whatever special
circumstance with you, that you have to answer, your self- conscience,
and the doctor has to determine that. Okay? I am not here to condemn
anyone, because I know life is very hard, and very difficult to say
which is right and which is wrong. Because we are also all under the
sway of karma, of the law of cause and retribution, and sometimes it is
very difficult for a person to go above that, to be saintly, and to be
decisive about anything in life. But, bear in mind that if you have
faith in God, and in all our wisdom and if we are enlightened, no
circumstance is difficult, no situation is hard to handle. So, I just
propose enlightenment, and no condemnation for anything. (Applause.) Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 10, 1993 in Colorado, USA
Q: You said You denounce immorality. What is meant by sexual
misconduct? Is that wrong?
M: I do not denounce anything. I just propagate correct way of life.
And you are free to follow it, okay?! I do not denounce anything. If
you feel that is a denouncement, it's not true. Just that you go into
the wrong direction. Now you should go back to the right one, if you
want to arrive at your destination which is the Kingdom of God. Too
much sexual abuse and indulgence tires your body, exhausts your mental
power which should be conserved for the greatest enlightenment, and to
help yourself and to help mankind. It's more noble that way. That's
all, yeah. Sexual misconduct means you have too many girl friends, too
many boy friends, too many husbands and wives. It exhausts your
storehouse of energy, okay?! Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 10, 1993 in Colorado, USA
Q: If after being initiated and I still make a mistake like eating meat
or having an evil thought, does it mean that I'll be disconnected from
God or suffer some bad punishment?
M: Evil thought, you might not be able to control it immediately after
enlightenment, because it's just like the car brake, you see. When the
car runs sixty miles an hour, and if you want to brake it, do it
slowly, yeah. So, it'll probably take some time to be able to purify
completely yourself. But the meat you can avoid it, yeah, except when
you don't know it and you eat it by mistake, then that's fine. But you
have to meditate more on that day to clean that, because that is a very
heavy karma. That's what makes people ill, what makes our body suffer,
and what makes us go to hell afterward to repay for the suffering of
other beings. (Applause.) Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on April 10, 1993 in Colorado, USA
Q: In Your teachings, Master Ching Hai, You talk about the five
precepts. What is that exactly for our listeners who might not be
acquainted with that?
M: Yes, well, they are similar to the Ten Commandments of Catholicism,
of the Christians. Like you don't kill. Refrain from harming other
beings, including animals; hence, the vegetarian diet. And even don't
cut trees and things at random. We don't worship nature but we must
protect nature, even including trees and that; because they also have
living, loving impulse within themselves. And also to protect our
environment. It goes deeper than just the five sentences. But you know,
this scares people. So I just say: We refrain from harming and killing
other beings. We refrain from telling lies, tell the truth only. We
refrain from stealing, but give in charity and love. We refrain from
adultery, but are faithful to one another, helping one another
spiritually and materially. We refrain from drinking intoxicants, drug
and things like that, or alcohol. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on Mar 17, 1995
A Live Telephone Interview By KQSB Radio Station, California, USA
Q: Master, one of the five precepts is refrain from sexual misconduct.
How does this apply to singles?
M: Oh! What we mean is that you should be faithful to each other. But
in the case of some of the other religious orders, they may, due to
their tradition, have many wives. If they already had them before
initiation, then that doesn't mean they have to separate and take only
one. But in the general case we tell people to refrain from having too
many ties, because if you have one wife, I think you suffer enough. Oh,
sorry. (Laughter) I mean... I am sorry. Don't kill me please. What I
mean is the suffering in affairs of the heart are very heavy for the
wife or the husband to bear. And that you don't want to cause to other
people, let alone your beloved friends, or the mother or father of your
So that's why we say refrain from having another affair if you are
already married. But if you already have before initiation, just keep
it like that. And better don't let the other to know each other.
Minimize the suffering. The less suffering the better, because it will
affect you also. You will have a bad conscience and guilty feelings.
How can you meditate in peace? When you meditate you want to think
about God. All you think about is the second or the third wife. Yeah!
How she wanted to beat you last night because you came late, etc., etc.
Or you bought better clothes for the other one etc., etc. Aiya! so many
troubles. It hurts. That's why. That is called sexual misconduct.
But in the case of people who are not yet married, of course in the
modern time, I can not tell people don't, don't, don't do that, you
know. Yeah! Then try to be faithful to each other, yeah? It's good for
the heart, good for your moral and good for the mutual trust between
each other and especially good for your health, you know nowadays. You
read newspapers more than I do. The letters spelled very big. Should I
say more? More and more people die from AIDS each day, so take care of
yourself. Supreme Master Ching Hai answered on Jan 10, 1995 in Singapore