Progress in Spiritual Cultivation
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.
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] 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.
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 Cultivation 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 Cultivation. 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 Cultivation 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.
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