Sometimes people criticize me for saying that my disciples always praise me, saying that I'm a Buddha, I'm a what and what. For a long, long time I never said I'm what and what. But people always heard from my disciples. Then they came and attacked me for what I did not say. "What? You are a Buddha? How can You be? How dare You be?" So many questions like that arose many times.
So I'm fed up. I'm tired of being humble. I say, "I'm a Buddha. So what? What's the matter with it?" so openly. But after you've become a Buddha, you become very Normal, very lovable, very cute. Nothing great, nothing very special happens, just that you discover your own treasure and your own power, and you use it. What is the big deal about discovering your bank account that you have forgotten about? There's no virtue, no great thing about spending your own money. Everyone knows that.
Similarly, there's no great thing about discovering your own power and your own wisdom, and using them for the benefit of yourself and for anyone who needs it. Apart from this discovery of your own wisdom and power, you are ordinary. You just add more power, that's all. Whatever other people do, you do. They walk, you walk. If they sleep, you sleep; they eat, you eat; they work, you work. It's alright. You're like before. You are now just extra-charged by extra power.
It is similar to the case of a medical student. After he has graduated from medical school, he becomes a M.D. Now, he didn't change anything, did he? The look, the outlook are the same, the friends are the same, his activities are the same, and his behavior won't change. What has changed is that he has extra knowledge, extra talent, extra abilities to help others, including himself and his family, with his medical expertise. People make Buddha become a very mythological figure, a very great being, a very mystical figure, that no one can understand, no one knows, no one can touch, no one can see; make Christ become the world owner, and no one else can attain His level. This is wrong. This is incorrect information.
Just because you have discovered your lost treasure, it doesn't mean you will change anything in your habits and behavior. You will not become a wooden statue or a stone Buddha. You will have similar feelings, you have the same power of reasoning, you still have the same capability to work in your job, if not better. You can serve the society with more power, more vigor, more clear-sightedness and more concentration. Apart from your physical ability to contribute your talents to society and the world at large, you have the invisible wisdom which can be manifested and used as the power to supply blessing, encouragement and joy to the people around you.
In the Buddhist disciplines also, when somebody, the five senses are not in order, one of the five senses is not in order, the Buddha... he is not accepted in the order of the Buddha. There were many other kinds of pre-conditions to be initiated in Buddhism, when the Buddha was alive. But I've vowed to save the worst. So nobody comes to Me without hope. Among our disciples there are the worse people you could imagine. Even the Buddhas in the ten directions could not rescue them.
Q. Do You truly know that You have been blessed and sent by the true God to sincerely help and rescue the lost ones that are not of this earth and universe?
M. Yes! Completely. I would not tell you, otherwise I fear to go to hell if I tell a lie. I fear God's punishment. I fear His judgment. I fear the Buddha's judgment.
Q. Dear Master, if I sincerely pray to You, will I be liberated eternally?
M. I think so, (Master chuckles) but only one person. Whereas if you get enlightenment yourself, you can take other people with you too. Like one person enlightened, many generations of your relatives and friends, even your dogs and cats, will be liberated. If you pray to a God person, you get only one ticket if you're really sincere. You don't even know if you're sincere or not. Sometimes it's hard to tell.
Q. As a religious leader, what is Your most outstanding quality?
M. I have only one outstanding merit: Maybe I have good relations with people. Perhaps people like me simply because I look good. If that's the case, then you will find a prettier star to be your leader, I hope. (Master laughs) This is a joke, of course. I hope you get used to my sense of humour.
Q. But they (the people of Somalia) have not heard of Your teaching?
M. They have! As I speak here, they can hear me. They hear with their souls. Our souls can be everywhere. Our souls do not need microphones or televisions.
Q. So what would you like to say about yourself in relationship to what you can offer people?
M. I myself couldn't offer much except for my body, speech and mind whenever God wills to use it to offer it to people, to His children who love to be near Him, or to be next to Him. I can only be ready to be used. I cannot offer anything much (Laughter). I am only like you. What can a body offer?