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Between Master and Disciples

A Journey to Malaga, Part 7 of 9, Sep. 30, 2006

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When you love other people it means you love me. I like selfless people, because I feel they are like me, identical.

Because the Moon Festival is coming. These are (vegan) moon cakes. But I don’t know if for the Moon Festival we are here or not here, so we eat first. Because these are special. From an Aulacese (Vietnamese) disciple. An Aulacese (Vietnamese) disciple brought it, for me only. But I’m fat, so please eat with me. I am very fat. (No. No. No. No. Cute.) Cute but fat. Fat and cute. So, you eat with me so I don’t get very cute. Yeah, be so fat. (Ah, no, we don’t want.) We eat this one first. Can you give me this, please? Everybody else can stand around and mouth-water. Oh, this one must have two. (Thank You.) Thank you, everyone. Thank you so much. Thank you very much to all. (Thank You, Master.) I know, I know. Anyone who doesn’t have any? A little bit, symbolic. There. You’re welcome. I will cut more. (Very delicious! Very delicious!) Delicious, right? The Chinese love to eat this. Tea, there is no tea? Sorry. (Very good.) Somebody... don’t have? Here you go. Yeah, of course. The cameraman. The cameraman and photo man - photographer. Put it in his mouth. Still want to eat? (Yes.) Sorry, guys. The Aulacese (Vietnamese) lady just gave me a few boxes for myself.

So, normally I don’t accept these things, you know, but since we’re here, and she brought it here already, I don’t want her to bring it back. So I just give them to a small group of people. The Spanish natives and the Aulacese (Vietnamese) natives here, who built the center. Is that OK with you? (Yes!) Because it’s not enough for everybody, so excuse me. You can stand there and look at people eating; it’s kind of also... also interesting. If you don’t like it, you can go away.

Because you serve others, so I serve you. There’s still more. Because you serve others, so I serve you. That’s what I said. (We don’t deserve it. Thank You, Master.) Why don’t you deserve it? You are working for other people. I can even kowtow to you, not to mention just a few pieces of cake. (No! No!) When you love other people it means you love me. I like selfless people, because I feel they are like me, identical.

Anyone who didn’t get one? If not, you can take more. They’re stuck together. (Thank You, Master.) You’re welcome. Two. (No!) Here. (Thank You.) You’re skinny, you can eat a little more. (Thanks a lot.) OK, OK. Here, make up for you. So painful, ow! Don’t like? You like sour? Is baby a boy or a girl? (Girl!) Girls like sour, don’t like sweet. Boys like sweet. In Âu Lạc (Vietnam) we say like that. Before we have ultrasound scan, before the doctor, science discovery, they already know who’s a boy, who’s a girl inside. If an expectant mother likes sweet, then they say, “Ah, it’s a boy!” And if she likes sour, then they say, “Ah, it must be a girl!” And mostly it’s correct. Possible. The ancient people, they are so wise. (Very wise.) Wise.

There you go, I learned Spanish. I told you I had gone to Las Vegas to learn “expresso” Spanish. But I also forget “expresso”. Like people say: “Easy come, easy go.” So, fast come, fast go. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear…Happy birthday to you! Sing in Spanish. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! We all wish you, happy birthday to you! That is for our neighbor. This is also symbolic. Tasty. (Very sweet.) Very sweet. (Thank You.) Hallo! Hallo! Sorry. Sorry. There you are. There you are. No, no, you eat it, you eat it. Somebody else will have... There you go! Come, come! Grandpa! You eat. It’s good also to be romantic like that. You got one already, OK. Not much. Everyone, one piece. (Thank You, Master.) (Good.) Good, eh? (Very good.) Indian, huh? Very good. Here you are. Finished?

Outside people say it with flowers, we say it with mango. One month is enough to speak Spanish? No! How much time? How long for you to speak Spanish? Four years? 34 years? You don’t speak much Spanish. No! For me, one month. A month is not possible. (For the last three months, we all had been working here. He had learned a lot.) Ah, OK. (He speaks much better now. ) Ah, progress. If every day I work and speak with Spanish people, there will be progress. It’s normal. The best way? (La mejor forma.) The best way to learn the language. (She said, “The best way is that You stay with the Spanish people that don’t know English.”) Yes, yes, yes. It’s true. It’s true.

When I was... a long time ago, I was in Miami, and my housekeeper, she’s not initiated. She didn’t speak one word of English, even though she stayed in Miami. Not at all. Absolutely nothing. And then, somehow I could communicate with her every day. I understood her and she understood my Spanish. At that time I never learned Spanish. But now I forgot. It comes when you have to, I think. When you live with some Spanish person who doesn’t speak English at all, you’re just forced to speak Spanish. The best is to stay with a Spanish family, from the children to grandma, all speak Spanish and no English, all day long. Do we have any family like that here? Many! (Yes, yes.) Everyone! (Many.) I know, I know.

Thank you anyway. Thank you very much. Thanks for your good heart. (Thanks Master.) There you go.

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