Q. Christianity teaches us we are all sinners; are we still sinners when enlightened? If so, does it ever end, our being sinners?
M. Yes, we are sinners, because we believe we are. Because we have no way to raise ourselves above the sinful level, above the mud. If you are in the mud, of course you look muddy, no? If you rise up, what the mud has to do with you, whether it's there or not, understand? So rise up; be enlightened.
Q. Master, I am a sinner. Can I be enlightened?
M. Oh, who is not the sinner, please raise your hands. (Laughter and applause.) The sinner, please raise your hands. Me, also included. Don't worry, don't worry. No one is a sinner. We're just ignorant. We have not been taught the way of the saint. We have been only taught to survive in this world, how to eat, how to clothe, how to look after this physical vehicle. That's all we have been taught up to now. All the education also leads to that end, so you can havea good job, right? We have not been taught the wise way, the holy way. So now it's the time. No problem. We did things we don't know. How can we be sinners? If the child is not taught and he makes mistakes, how can he be blamed? Blame God. Uh! Hes didn't send you a teacher soon enough, Hiers fault. (Laughter and applause.)
Q. Can love be truly unconditional? If God loves those who don't sin and loves and forgives those who do, why are we spending our life trying to avoid sin?
M. Because it hurts us, not because it hurts God. Whenever we do something that we know is sinful or not correct, we hurt ourselves. Our conscience will scold us, make us trouble. (Master and all laugh.) Therefore we try to avoid it . God loves all alike. Therefore the sun shines on all. The rain doesn't detest those poor or sick or sinful . It's just we ourselves are responsible for the feeling of separation between us and God if we do something unrighteous. Therefore we should avoid it. Also it is a duty of ourselves when we live within this world. We have interrelationship between each other; we have to keep an orderly society, okay?
Q. Please talk about sin.
M. Sin? You all know about it. You know better than I do. [Laughter] I'll talk about virtues. You should be loving to each other; should help the poor and needy, because God lives in them; you should be tolerant toward each other's shortcomings; love and respect your parents, love your wife and respect your husband; take care and educate the children; be a good citizen to the nation. That's what we should talk about. If you do all these, then there's no need to talk about sins. If we are positive, then we couldn't be negative.