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The 1st Middle East Vegetarian (MEVEG) Congress, Part 37 of a Multi-part Series, Dec. 7, 2010

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We would like to convey through a video a glimpse of Her unconditional Compassion and Love that Supreme Master shares with all those who come in contact with Her. So, let’s watch the video.

Supreme Master Ching Hai is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, artist, and humanitarian, whose Loving Assistance extends across cultures. Born in Central Âu Lạc (Vietnam), Supreme Master Ching Hai studied in Europe and worked there for the Red Cross. She soon realized that suffering exists in all corners of the globe, and Her yearning to find a remedy became the foremost goal in Her life.

She then embarked on a journey in search of spiritual enlightenment. Eventually, in the Himalayas in India, She received from a true Master the divine transmission of the inner (Heavenly) Light and Sound, which She later called the Quan Yin Method. After a period of diligent practice, She attained the Great Enlightenment.

Soon after Her return from the Himalayas, at the earnest request of those around Her, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared the Quan Yin Method with others, encouraging them to look within to find their own Divine greatness. Before long, invitations arrived from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa for Supreme Master Ching Hai to give lectures.

Supreme Master Ching Hai’s compassionate heart has also been reflected in Her meticulous Care for the less fortunate in different circumstances. The funding generated from Her artistic creations has enabled the support of Her mission of comforting God’s children in times of need.

More recently, Supreme Master Ching Hai has authored books that have become #1 international bestsellers, namely The Birds in My Life, The Dogs in My Life, and The Noble Wilds. These volumes, now translated into several languages, reveal many insights into the deep emotions and thoughts of our treasured animal co-inhabitants, highlighting their gracious spirit and unconditional love.

Wishing to acknowledge others for their actions and influence toward developments of goodness in the world, Supreme Master Ching Hai founded the Shining World Leadership Award in March 2006. Since then, She has also established other awards, such as the Shining World Compassion Award, Shining World Hero and Heroine Awards, Shining World Honesty Award, Shining World Protection Award, Shining World Intelligence Award, and Shining World Inventor Award. This honor is presented to individuals, nations, and organizations – such as the 2nd President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Janez Drnovšek, renowned British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and US-based nonprofit Save the Children – whose exemplary works have significantly contributed to the harmony, beauty, and sustainability of our Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has given much to our world, both spiritually and materially. Although She does not seek acknowledgment, in recognition of Her selfless contribution, government representatives and private organizations worldwide have presented Supreme Master Ching Hai with prestigious awards on numerous occasions. Among these were the Gusi Peace Prize (2006), First-place Silver for the 27th Annual Telly Awards (2006), Los Angeles Music Week Certificate of Commendation (2002), the World Spiritual Leadership Award (1994), and the World Citizen Humanitarian Award (1994). In addition, February 22 and October 25 have been proclaimed by government officials in the United States as The Supreme Master Ching Hai Day. Her dedicated aid to the world continues till this day, with millions of grateful hearts among leaders and their co-citizens alike.

Supreme Master Ching Hai is among notable pioneers in our society today, who wisely and courageously express concern about climate change. In fact, for more than 20 years, She has strongly advocated preserving the environment. She initiated the Alternative Living and SOS global warming campaigns to promote a benevolent lifestyle without animal products. “Be Veg, Go Green, Save the Planet” is now a well-known motto that originated from Supreme Master Ching Hai.

In our era, Supreme Master Ching Hai is truly a selflessly dedicated individual, tirelessly helping world citizens create a bright future for our beloved planet.

Host: We are very fortunate that Supreme Master Ching Hai has accepted our invitation. As you know, She has an extremely busy schedule, but She still found time to be with us on the first MEVEG Congress here from this wonderful city of Dubai. And She will be online with us through videoconference. And Her speech is going to be on “Being a Vegan: The Environmentally Sustainable Food Choice.” I’m sure it will be a very engaging and inspiring presentation.

Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan): I’m very honored and pleased, actually, to be in your presence in Dubai. It’s a beautiful city; beautiful country. I have been there. I have been in your country. Yes. I love all the Middle East actually. The warmth and joy of the Arab people is so inviting, as I have found it everywhere – in your hospitality, your giving of charity, and your great religious faith. Well, I want to congratulate you, Middle East Veg Group, for your effort, for your exciting, historic first Congress.

And a big congratulations especially to all of you veg heroes of the world and the Middle East. “Allah sure will have Mercy upon you for giving mercy to other beings.” This was the Hadith, the Wisdom of the compassionate Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him.

Through this excellent event and your talented and caring contributions, you have confirmed the many benefits of plant-based living both for ourselves and our animal co-inhabitants. And now we can go perhaps even one step further in considering the vegan lifestyle as necessary to actually save humanity and the planet. Some of you may be aware already, but just so that we all have the same understanding, I would like to emphasize again: that our situation is already very grave.

Human survival is at stake due to climate change and environmental damages. To grasp this urgency, we can pick any region of the globe, like for instance, the Middle East, to see how the climate change has affected our people, our world, our animal-people, and our environment.

Now, if you allow me, we shall go through some of the important events concerning your beautiful regions.

# 1: “Climate Change and Environmental Issue in the United Arab Emirates.” The Arab region is one of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. I am very sorry to know this, and I’m sorry to have to tell you. It’s not a very pleasant thing to inform your friends, that their house is in danger, that their life is in danger. It could break your heart. Now, scientists have already reported on sea level rise in Egypt, desertification and climate refugees in Syria, dust storms in Iraq, floods in Yemen, etc., etc.

Pardon me, pardon me. I’m just too emotional when lives are concerned. You are all my friends, even though we haven’t met each other. I have so much Love for this world and for the people of this world, because I’ve met many of you, and you are so nice, so nice, so nice. And you don’t deserve to suffer at all. None of us deserve any of this suffering, either from disease or from climate change. Now, since we are in the United Arab Emirates, we will focus on the major environmental issues your country is facing.

# 2: “Water Shortage.” Climate change has brought hotter temperatures and produced an erratic rainfall to the Middle East, including in the United Arab Emirates. Making the situation worse now is the fact that current consumption rates of water are unsustainable.

Even with several desalination plants in place, suppose there was an emergency and more water could not be produced, then your country, the United Arab Emirates, only has about four days of fresh water supply for her people, or even less than that. Abu Dhabi’s groundwater supplies have been reduced by almost one-fifth, just since 2003. I think you know that.

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