Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai At The 7-Day Retreat In Hsihu Center, Formosa
July 29, 1989 (Originally In Chinese)
Hes teaches us meditation, to do ethical things, correct our bad qualities. That, of course, is helpful to us. We can adore Hirm, and we can praise Hirm. This is also praising ourselves, purifying ourselves. If we make our views become faultless, become perfect, this would make ourselves become perfect.
Why does criticizing and censuring a Master have the heaviest karma? It is because we use the dark thinking to contaminate our thoughts. We do not allow our thoughts to become faultless. We create karma.
It is not the Master who wants to punish us. It is not because we censure him, then he would sue heaven. Nothing like that! It is we who have hurt ourselves, because we think things that are black, dark and low.
If our heart is very pure, our views are faultless, then we are becoming more and more pure, more and more faultless and more and more perfect. The person can be imperfect, but our outlook should be perfect all the time. Otherwise, we hurt ourselves.
Recently, several fellow practitioners that I knew passed away, and I also felt a little bit affected. Though I know this is illusionary, I felt as if I was lacking something.
When death occurred to the child of Marpa, Milarepa's master, he cried so sadly that his disciples flocked around him and asked, "Master, didn't you say that the world is only an illusion? Why are you crying so brokenheartedly just because your son has died?"
Marpa answered them, "Yes, everything is illusionary, but the death of a child is the greatest illusion of them all!" (Master and everyone laugh.)
He couldn't bear it.
When the birth or death relates to us or to our relatives and friends, our feelings are involved. Then we realize clearly that the world is indeed ephemeral. The world is truly unreliable. If it is other people's business, we wouldn't be so deeply affected emotionally. We might even talk lightheartedly, "Well! Never mind! The world is ephemeral; people come and go all the time." (Master laughs.) We may even console them. However, when it concerns our personal feelings, or when it happens to our relatives or friends, we will have different feelings.
Sometimes, because we, ourselves, cannot perceive the impermanence of the world, God gives us some mishaps, using the so-called shock treatment to awaken us. Only then will we be deeply impressed.
This world is really not a permanent place. Wars, calamities or sorrowful situations also function as an effective but bitter medicine to help us understand what we are here for. Whatever you want to do, then do it quickly; otherwise, time is running out!
Only when our relatives, friends or our loved ones pass away, then we are truly shocked and realize that it could happen to us tomorrow. At that time, we feel we should pursue spiritual practice quickly, and understand our inner self as soon as possible.