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  What is Spiritual Practice?
Attitude Toward Spiritual Practice
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 4, 1993
(Originally in English)
Q: Do You love Your students equally, regardless of their levels of attainment, or do You take care of Your students even if they do not practice well?
 
M: That means you want to come (for initiation) and you're already prepared not to practice well. You want to get assurance from me, right? You should not come with this attitude. You should come with a very determined mind to do your best, not always expecting something, but to offer, because this business is for your own sake.
 
Of course, I love my disciples equally, if that's what you want to know. But that's my business. Your business is to do your best in order to get the best out of yourself, not for my love. Even if I love you, and you are lousy and your level is low, what's the good of that for you? What you get is important for you whether I love you or not.
 
 

Levels of Spiritual Practice
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hsihu Center, Formosa, July 13, 1995
(Originally in English)
Q: I'm wondering why sometimes it seems like I hear the sound appropriate for certain levels and I see things appropriate for certain levels, but it's kind of intense light; I see light, and it's bright, but it's not really like what Master said.
 
M: Whatever light it is, just look. I wonder why you, at that moment, are not in deep samadhi enough, and you still are wondering, "What level am I at," and all that. Don't wonder about anything; just concentrate on that and it will do you lasting benefit. Levels won't help you; change in your heart will. What for do we need to know the levels? Actually, there is no such thing as levels. It's just for the mind to understand that, "Okay, I'm getting something."
 
We have such a business mind that the Master has to cut a deal with us, and say "Okay" like in business, "You go up here and you will have this; you go up there and you have that." But if we really are practitioners, we care for no levels. We just know that we are very sincere and we work for our improvement so that we become a noble being, a real being. We need to be a noble and real being, very good, loving, compassionate, and wise. That's what we need to be. And the more we work at our homework, the better and quicker we become that being. That's all there is; levels and positions are only for outside people. We have no need to worry about that.
 
Maybe you haven't reached the home you wish to. There is no need to rush; you have light and that is better than darkness. Many people don't have that, so it's already comforting to your soul. These things are helping to encourage us to continue with our practice. It's not a course of pride and competition, and no eagerness to be a president or something like that. [Laughter] You will know what level you are at pretty soon, if you really concentrate and devote yourself to the life of practice. And then soon, very, very soon, you won't care about it, and that's the best level.
 
 You still continue to practice; your heart is still very sincere; you still develop in all ways, but you don't care for anything, not even Sainthood. That's the best level. It doesn't mean that you drop everything altogether, but you don't mind in which corner or in what low level God will place you in order to serve the universe, understand?
 
 

Progress in Spiritual Practice
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hawaii, September 4, 1994
(Originally in English)
Q: Dear Master, do You think that there will ever be a day when we can all just go back Home and not have to deal with these earthly issues and matters anymore?

M: Definitely, we'll go Home.
Definitely, we'll go Home.
 

M: Definitely, we'll go Home.
 
Q: I mean all of us!

M: All of us! No one will be left behind. There's no second coming for you, [Laughter] unless you want it so badly because a beautiful woman is left behind or something like that. Because this time is a very bad period for our world, the Master Power decided that we have suffered enough. So, if we just make a little effort and have just a little sincerity, the Master will embrace us and disregard everything. [Master sighs]
All of us! No one will be left behind. There's no second coming for you, [Laughter] unless you want it so badly because a beautiful woman is left behind or something like that. Because this time is a very bad period for our world, the Master Power decided that we have suffered enough. So, if we just make a little effort and have just a little sincerity, the Master will embrace us and disregard everything. [Master sighs]
 
 To be honest, you can't meditate in this world. You really can't. So, whatever time we can meditate or whatever the outcome, truly comes from the grace of the Master. I mean the Master Power; I don't mean this person.
 
During the night, the Master will take us to different levels where it's safer and better. In the day, we are too busy. Our mind is running against the spiritual Power, so we have to do it quickly this time. If you keep the Precepts, meditate, and go to group meditation, you'll see yourself improve so fast that you cannot imagine. When you look back at yourself, it's like someone else behind there, really! And they'll tell you that - the people who have experienced it. I don't say this because I know it from books, but it's from my own experience and the living examples of your brothers and sisters.
 
It's nice to see your family members (fellow initiates) once a week, no? It's good, but not many people can keep up although it is very beneficial for them. And if you cannot go to group meditation, if you don't want to, or for any reason, please meditate at home. There's no "must" for anything; it's just that it's beneficial for you. Whatever I tell you is only what is good for you. There are no forbidden items! If you keep it, it's good for you; and if you don't keep it, well, you'll experience some setbacks or some obstructions and then you'll know why.
 
 

M: All of us! No one will be left behind. There's no second coming for you, [Laughter] unless you want it so badly because a beautiful woman is left behind or something like that. Because this time is a very bad period for our world, the Master Power decided that we have suffered enough. So, if we just make a little effort and have just a little sincerity, the Master will embrace us and disregard everything. [Master sighs]
 
 To be honest, you can't meditate in this world. You really can't. So, whatever time we can meditate or whatever the outcome, truly comes from the grace of the Master. I mean the Master Power; I don't mean this person.
 
During the night, the Master will take us to different levels where it's safer and better. In the day, we are too busy. Our mind is running against the spiritual Power, so we have to do it quickly this time. If you keep the Precepts, meditate, and go to group meditation, you'll see yourself improve so fast that you cannot imagine. When you look back at yourself, it's like someone else behind there, really! And they'll tell you that - the people who have experienced it. I don't say this because I know it from books, but it's from my own experience and the living examples of your brothers and sisters.
 
It's nice to see your family members (fellow initiates) once a week, no? It's good, but not many people can keep up although it is very beneficial for them. And if you cannot go to group meditation, if you don't want to, or for any reason, please meditate at home. There's no "must" for anything; it's just that it's beneficial for you. Whatever I tell you is only what is good for you. There are no forbidden items! If you keep it, it's good for you; and if you don't keep it, well, you'll experience some setbacks or some obstructions and then you'll know why.
 
 

Time for Spiritual Practice
Spoken by the Supreme Master Ching Hai
Lecture at Harvard University, U.S.A., February 24, 1991
(Originally in English)
Q: To take time for yourself to be self-fulfilling, is this truly selfish?

M: It's not selfish. For example, if you take time to eat because after a whole day's work for society you're tired and hungry, and need to regain some energy, it's not selfish. If for this body alone, so ephemeral and short-lived, we have to work so hard and invent so many things and cook so many meals to feed it, how much more must we take time to feed our spiritual body? It's not selfish; it's the right thing to do. It's because we are not used to it, we are used to doing things the hard way, the wrong way, and now we get the correct way and we think it's selfish. It's not true.
It's not selfish. For example, if you take time to eat because after a whole day's work for society you're tired and hungry, and need to regain some energy, it's not selfish. If for this body alone, so ephemeral and short-lived, we have to work so hard and invent so many things and cook so many meals to feed it, how much more must we take time to feed our spiritual body? It's not selfish; it's the right thing to do. It's because we are not used to it, we are used to doing things the hard way, the wrong way, and now we get the correct way and we think it's selfish. It's not true.
 

M: It's not selfish. For example, if you take time to eat because after a whole day's work for society you're tired and hungry, and need to regain some energy, it's not selfish. If for this body alone, so ephemeral and short-lived, we have to work so hard and invent so many things and cook so many meals to feed it, how much more must we take time to feed our spiritual body? It's not selfish; it's the right thing to do. It's because we are not used to it, we are used to doing things the hard way, the wrong way, and now we get the correct way and we think it's selfish. It's not true.
 
If everyone in the world never eats, but you feel hungry and eat, they will think you're selfish. [Laughter] But we should eat, inside and outside. It is because we don't eat this kind of spiritual food that we are hungry, we suffer, and we are ignorant. We don't know what to do next, we struggle so much, and we're always lost in this life. It's not selfish; it's absolutely unselfish.
 
 

Keys to Spiritual Progress
Answered by Quan Yin messenger
(Originally in Chinese)
Q: I have been initiated for quite a few years. Why is it that the level of Light and Sound I experience now is still about the same as when I first received initiation? What is the key to quick progress in our practice?
 
M: As the background and stage of spiritual practice over past lives differ for each of us, it seems that there is great progress for some people who have only just started on their path of spiritual practice. Sometimes we think that we have not made any progress, but in fact, as long as we are not falling behind, we are making progress.
 
We cannot use our inner experiences of Light and Sound alone to determine whether we have made any progress or not. We have made progress once we've started spiritual practice if we find our lives run more smoothly, we are freer from obsessions with worldly, mundane matters, more relaxed physically and spiritually, our wisdom and love for others is enhanced, and we have a deeper sense of security and contentment about life and our fortune.
 
Lastly, we should check that we meditate for two and a half hours daily as instructed at initiation, and that we keep the Precepts clearly with our bodies, speech and minds. Also, it could be that by not meditating in the correct way, we do not make progress.
 
How much progress we make depends on whether we have a pure heart. Having a heart that is pure and kind, being able to accept the Master's instructions completely, and having steadfast faith in the Master are the most important keys to making great progress.
 
 
The Benefits of Group Meditation

Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Seven - Day retreat at Hsihu, Miaoli, Formosa
July 29-August 6, 1989 (Originally in Chinese
)
Once in a while, we should get together to meditate and recharge ourselves, and then we will be full of light and love. When we go home, we can benefit the society, the country, and our relatives and friends.
 
 
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hsihu, Miaoli, Formosa February 18, 1990
(Originally in Chinese
)
During group meditation, the power is enormous. Even if our spiritual level is very low, it will be raised to a much higher level after we have joined in group meditation for some time. On the other hand, even if our level is high, not going to group meditation will push us down to a very low level. This is because, in this world, we are reliant on and related to others; no one can accomplish anything alone. It is the same with spiritual practice. It will be wrong for us to think that we can be successful in spiritual cultivation by practicing alone; it only shows our ignorance and low level.
 
 
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Laguna Beach, CA, U.S.A. November 6, 1993
(Originally in English
Every Quan Yin practitioner shares the responsibility of cleaning up the planet to some degree or another. Therefore, when we are sitting and meditating together in a group, it's not that we do it for ourselves, for the liberation of five generations of our families, for America, or for our families alone. It's for the whole planet. And the more people who do that, the better.
 
 
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Japan, March 12, 1992
(Originally in Chinese
)
When ten persons meditate together, they receive ten portions of merit, which, added to their own portion, will make eleven portions. Therefore, when we go to group meditation, the merit we derive far exceeds that of practicing alone at home for days, months, or perhaps years. It depends on the number of people attending group meditation. Therefore, the larger the number of attendees and the longer we attend group meditation, the greater will be our spiritual change.

   


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