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The World Is Deceived by Maya, Causing Suffering and Karma, Part 2 of 3, Jan. 14, 2018, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Formosa)

2023-06-23
Lecture Language:Chinese (中文)
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Because today I found a poem which I wrote to a friend from long ago. Former, in the past. I found it and remembered him, and how much he suffered. He followed me and helped me a lot. Then, he passed away too soon. He was not much older than me. He worked too hard because of karma. It was not only because of his karma. Understand? Also other people’s karma. In helping others, you will have karma. So if you are afraid, don’t help. I’ve said this. I was thinking about him, then I cried, and my face didn’t look nice. I stood up, but couldn’t stop crying.

They say that our body is like a machine. Let it rest for a day to recuperate. But our body is really very powerful, very powerful. What do you think? (Yes.) After 20 years, the automobile starts to... (Wear out. Needs to be replaced.) It needs to be replaced. Or it will start to fall asleep on the road. Then we walk. This tender body with such tiny cells can survive for 50, 60, 100, and sometimes over 100 years. Truly, some can reach 200 years. There are historical records of that. So if we starve for a day, it won’t be a problem. But you come from so far away, it’s better to eat as food is available. If you want to fast, do it at home. (Thank You, Master.)

(Master, take care.) It’s like this. Medicine doesn’t help. I have taken many medicines. Many different ones. (It’s alright. It will recover naturally.) It will get well naturally. It comes and goes naturally. (Right, right. Naturally cure. Right.) Originally, we didn’t have enough space. So we rented another place next door. Ah, not next door. The neighbor has a piece of land, so we rented it. They are very kind, and the rent is low, about 4,000 a year. US dollars. Not New Taiwan dollars. NT$4,000 can’t buy you a toothpick. (We thought it was in New Taiwan dollars.) This is Taiwan (Formosa). But we calculate in US dollars. Going through customs is not much different from the US. Take many photos. And then look at the eyes, and get fingerprints, footprints. All these exposed for you. In the past, no one knew about my entry and exit. Now it’s public. It is what it is.

Oh, thank you. This way is better. In case I can’t go back. I will use this car. OK. Turn around. Turn around. He doesn’t know how to turn. He doesn’t know how to turn. Don’t be nervous. We are all family members. You are in charge of the microphone. Why are you here? (I worry that he can’t carry it here.) There are Dharma guards. OK, yes. I need to change people regularly. Otherwise, people would think you are my boyfriend. I have really had enough. Being so old, if still getting a bad reputation, I can’t bear it. I need to be in peace, to work for the world. I don’t want to fight anymore. Understand? I don’t want upheavals. I am walking slowly so you can see me. (OK. Thank You, Master.) (It’s cool.) That car also doesn’t want to move. OK. Try your best to see me! (OK.) It’s good. (Thank You, Master.) I’ll do it myself. (Thank You, Master.) It’s too tiring for you to run. (OK.) (Thank You, Master.) Come, come. Yeah. That’s it. (Thanks. Thank You, Master.) Is this similar to walking? (Thank You, Master.) You’ve seen me twice already. Don’t come next week. (No.) See me once a week. I have gone back and forth twice now. That’s enough for two weeks. Otherwise, I will collect an entrance fee.

Taipei and Miaoli have had a lot of rain. Right? (Yes. Right.) Still raining? (It’s raining. Very cold.) Cold? (Right. Cold.) So you are blessed to be here. Ah! You come because of the bad weather. Yes. You’re right to come here. (Come to see Master.) OK. I know. It’s convenient for elderly people here. (Yes.) There is a place for them to meditate inside. Then rain is not a problem. There is nothing in Miaoli, right? (Yes.) There used to be, but it was torn down. OK. Even constructing large canopies is not allowed. The law is different there. Here it’s OK. I heard that people here in the south are more laid back. Yes? The government is also more laid back. They sit there and have little to do. They just need to sit there. People in the south seem very generous, right? (Right.) Yes? (Yes.) (Right, right.) (Very hospitable.) (Master is even more generous.) There are more factories here. (Oh, right, right.) So they say that the air quality is not as good. (Right.) But our place is still OK. Some of it is blocked off by the trees. (Hills. Right.) They only grow vegetables. Mostly pineapples. (Right.) People are really friendly. (Right.) I feel very comfortable. (Right.) (And the animal-people are also lovely.) The animal-people are lovely? (Right.) Have you seen them all?

My dog-people are not lovely. Don’t come in casually. They will bark at whoever they see. Before they were my... Those small dog-people, and also the big dog-person. But now he is old and behaves well. Just those small ones are too... Big and small are the same. In the past… In one lifetime... In one lifetime, I was a king, as in a few other lifetimes. In that lifetime, they... I didn’t check the other lifetimes, too tiring to check, too much to check. In that lifetime they were all… What is it called? Guards, the loyal ones. So, the personality has not changed. Even when leaves fall, he will bark loudly. Yes, sometimes I heard loud barking. Then all of them started barking together. I thought something was wrong. But no. Don’t know what happened. The squirrel-person ran by, and its tail might have made a sound. So he ran out. They are very protective. I thought that the big dog-person is too protective. But these, oh, even more so. You guys don’t try. They are small, but they will bite. (Oh!) Yes. You’ve been warned. (OK.) Don’t be curious and run to my quarters. Here we only have one or two doctors, and no emergency doctor. Understand? OK.

OK, here we have everything. Not bad. It’s OK. Yeah. Love you guys. (Love You. Love You.) Ah, sorry. Not intentional. I wanted to come out earlier. But, because today I found a poem which I wrote to a friend from long ago. Former, in the past. I found it and remembered him, and how much he suffered. He followed me and helped me a lot. Then, he passed away too soon. He was not much older than me. He worked too hard because of karma. It was not only because of his karma. Understand? Also other people’s karma. In helping others, you will have karma. So if you are afraid, don’t help. I’ve said this. I was thinking about him, then I cried, and my face didn’t look nice. I stood up, but couldn’t stop crying. So I couldn’t come to see you. Now that I am a little better, so I come, though a little late. Normally when I am here, I come out at two o’clock. (Thank You, Master.) It depends on my alarm clock. It’s at two o’clock anytime. I didn’t need an alarm clock. So, no matter what time it is, I don’t care. OK, look carefully! (OK.)

(Master, may I ask a question?) Speak. (I want to ask about the bracelets... About Master’s Name on the bracelets, can we keep it?) You may keep it. Just don’t throw it in the trash can. You hang my pictures everywhere. Let alone… Let alone my Name. It’s just that those are Heavenly things. (Yes.) Stop using them too excessively. Understand? (Understand.) You put it on your clothes, which you then throw among sanitary pads and babies’ diapers. This is really not respectable. (Right.) Then we create too much karma. (Understand.) Your merits are already very little. If you create more karma, you really can’t be saved. (Right.) It affects the whole world. OK? The whole country. That’s not right. Your concepts are all wrong. Wearing Master here is already not OK. But never mind. I give up. Not going to talk about it. You even put it on the butt. I am running behind your butt. How can I help you?

Think about it. If there is a spirit in a picture… You do know there is a spirit, right? That’s why you wear it. If a picture is spiritual as a human, and is hung behind you on the butt, really, how could She work? You even put it under the bed to protect a patient. How can I help? It is not only disrespectful but also causes karma. It’s too… If a person is confined under the bed or behind the butt, will she be able to help? More or less… the kind of thought. Understand? It does affect. OK, everyone knows it. OK. I have never seen any Buddha being put on the butt. I have never seen Buddha’s picture hanging behind. Have you? (No.) They are worn in the front around the neck, at least. (Yes.) No one puts it in the back pocket. Suffocating. Then if you pass gas, doesn’t it stink? Think about it and you will know. (Understand.) How you want others to treat you, is how you should treat the picture. OK? (OK.) Hanging the Name on the bracelets is alright. It’s still fine. (Thank You, Master.) (Thank You.) Just don’t leave it in a filthy place. (Yes. OK.) In our hearts, we also know and understand that it’s not right. (Yes, right.) Then we’ll punish ourselves in our hearts, because we have the Buddha Nature and intelligence. Understand? (Understand.) We have awareness, so we know it ourselves.

Even though the brain doesn’t know, but our inner Self knows everything. (Understand.) If we feel it’s not right, then it’s not right. There is no need for Heaven to punish us, no. No need for anyone to tell us. If we do something that’s not right, our consciousness knows very clearly. (Yes. Right.) Just that we are busy and fail to notice it. Or we don’t want to know. (OK.) It’s OK if you treat me the way you treat yourselves. Your pictures and your names, I will not wash it with my underpants. Right! (OK.) Then treat others the same way. (OK.) People in the world are different. They put their names on their clothes and whatever for branding and sell them for money. We can’t sell the Buddha and Heaven. Understand? (Understand.) This is really not humane. Too unloving, not respectful, and low in personality. Not to mention that you are spiritual practitioners. (Yes.) OK.

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