An enlightened Master only gives and never takes. Once you have received things from others, you become subordinate to them. Is it not true that upon meeting him next time, you will be too self-conscious to handle things properly? When he demands you to do something, you cannot really treat him fairly. You know he is wrong, but you are too self-conscious to scold or refuse him. Therefore, our internal Code of Ethics guides us against corruption for these reasons. Do not sell ourselves for anything, and do not owe any favours or money to people. Once you are in debted to them for anything, you owe them a favor. Having eaten any food offered by others, you cannot hold your head high anymore.
It is best to earn your own daily bread and take care of yourself independently. Then, we don't have to lower our head upon meeting anyone, and our words will have weight when reasoning with people. Only then can we become a model of Truth, a model of an incorruptible personality. We should be incorruptible even when we are ordinary people, not only when we are government officials. Otherwise, it is hard to rectify the habit when you have already become a government official! If you are corrupt when you are an ordinary citizen, how can you be honest and clean after you have become an official? Is that not correct? Once you have gotten used to it, you will simply forget blindly!
This is why I told you not to make offerings to any monastic practitioners here. I will confiscate the Initiate Card of anyone who does so. Although I have repeated the same warning for years, people still commit the same mistake. Should you find something that you think is very good, buy it and bring it here, we will pay you for it. You must not stealthily offer anything to one or two persons to bribe their feelings. I am warning you for the last time. If you stealthily offer anything to anyone, both of you will be asked to leave. Offer him more, if you want to bring greater disaster to him.
I have told you so many times that we lack nothing here. Even if we do lack some worldly items, it is nothing. Many people outside are in greater difficulties than we. Here we have enough to eat, comfortable
places to sleep, and everything is very nice. We are not in need of anything. Being spiritual practitioners, our life should be simple in the first place. If we have more, then it is fine. If we have not, it is also okay. Why should you make offerings to particular persons with this and that, buying off their personal feelings? This is really senseless!
Should anyone do these things again, I will simply close the Center. I would rather forbid you to come, than to let you contaminate each other. Do you understand? Here we are not in need of anything!
Before I became a Master, I had even fewer material things than they have now. I had only a few sets of clothes. When I was in the Himalayas, it was very cold; yet I had only two sets of clothes, a stainless steel cup, a spoon, and two pairs of socks. The socks were later worn out and thrown away, so I had only a pair of shoes and two sets of clothes for changing. Sometimes, they could not be dried in time, but I still wore them. And I didn't have need of anything else. It is not important if we lack some material things. Do not spoil our people here! Let them live their own lives freely and naturally. You cannot do like them (leave home), so you come here randomly bribing and contaminating people. Do you think that your few pennies are so great? Do you think that they cannot earn money outside? Do you think that the people here are handicapped, without limbs, and have no ability to earn money? They don't want the money! Therefore, they come here to live a simple life. As you practice more, your spirit will become satisfied, and you will not need those material things. Do not think that material things can nourish you to become fat! Your body may become fat, but your spirit may not be that fertile. Few people can make offerings with a pure intent. When you meet him later, he will demand favors for this and that; he will want a special relationship. He will want you to talk to him and greet him more often, do more things for him, give him information, and expect you not to obstruct him anytime he wants to come in. Don't let these things happen again to make me angry! Understand? (Everyone answers, "Understand").