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Supreme Master Ching Hai's Courageous Work for the World, Part 12 of 12, Dec. 15, 2020

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Thank you very much for being good actors and for entertaining people and for teaching people with your action movies, with the theme of your film that’s educational and will help many people, and also elevate the status of the poor street women workers, because people don’t have respect for them.

Overall, in India, even when lived in the Ashram, I went hungry many times. I don’t know how many days, often, often, often. Because they ate everything and then they left, running after the master somewhere for satsang, left me the whole pile of dishes to wash big mountain. Because many people, a hundred people at least. Some days less, seventy, sometimes more than one hundred.

And whenever I eat, I just eat one or two chapatis and then they said, “You eat a lot! The last chapati you ate!” And even it wasn’t me who ate the last chapati, I said nothing. I never said anything like that to defend myself. I said, “Oh, what’s the use? It’s eaten already. Chapati is gone anyway.” In my mind I said, “Whatever.” I don’t want to embarrass the guy also. Because he ate it. And he didn’t even, not even make a sound “ahem” like that. No, he let me take the blame. (Oh.) Well, “God bless you, brother!” For example, like that. But somehow, I lived. I was very skinny, but I lived. And the best ingredient you put in your food is, (Hunger.) hunger. Yes, don’t forget that ingredient. Then, you’ll be fine. OK?

I remember I saw one film with Bridget Fonda, and together with the Chinese Jet Li. Long time ago, when I still have less disciples and more time and no dogs. Sometimes your brother or sister bring some film and we watch together. I didn’t know what it was, it’s a good Jet Li (film). The Chinese, they love Jet Li, so they bring it to me. I used to have a Taiwanese (Formosan) entourage around me, not my relatives or family, just disciples. Earlier time, wherever I go, I took them with me. Four, five people. We cook together, eat together and sometimes watch TV.

We didn’t have TV; we didn’t have cable TV or anything. Just they go out and rent these videos. At that time, we have big video tape like that. You remember those old-fashioned ones? And we plug it in, we just slide it in (Yes.) the machine and watch it. I never know how to do that, how to turn this on to connect with that or this. So, they did all that, and then I’m kind of a victim, sit there watch with them. No choice. I like to watch TV also, I mean I like to watch films. It doesn’t matter.

I watched that film one time, I remember because of Jet Li, he’s famous. (Yes.) And he was very young then. And we watched it. I don’t remember much, I just remember Bridget Fonda, she played the role of the prostitute, but she didn’t want to. She had a girl, she has a daughter, she had to take care. But then she came clean already, she doesn’t do drugs or anything. Somehow, they caught her, and they forced her back into the brothel business again. Her ex-boyfriend did that, or something. I can’t remember, maybe it’s ex-boyfriend, maybe not. Doesn’t matter. It’s the brothel boss, forced her back. And then they put injection into her arms, something to make her have to, maybe drugs or maybe something to make you subdue to their will.

And she fought, she fought, she said, “No, no, no, no! I don’t want! No! Please, no, no!” And they still did it. How can she fight against the big group of boys, of men, born just for that? Muscular and mean and kill for money. So, then they put her back on the street again. And then one day she was in front of a Chinese restaurant where Jet Li was working. His uncle’s restaurant. And of course, he’s a hero, you know already. He knows martial arts and all that. And his uncle told him, “Never, never let any of these people, boy or girl…” “Don’t let them in our restaurant. Never, never interfere, never have anything to do with them. Don’t let them come in.”

But then, this girl came in, Fonda, Bridget Fonda in that role. She came in, she said, “Please, can I go to the bathroom, desperate.” And then he let her. She somehow goes in the bathroom. But then she’s kind of sleeping inside or something like that. He asked her to come out, she came and then she saw a half-eaten bowl of rice, the white rice. Just rice, nothing else. Because he ate already, and he just did not have room for that rice yet. So, she took the bowl of rice and she used her finger to eat. “Oh, you don’t eat this? Oh, my God! This is. Oh, God, it’s so good!” And she ate just that white rice, with her fingers, leftover, like she has never eaten for hundred years.

They starved her, so that she has to work. With that drug in the body to push her, to obey. And she kept eating and eating and then these so-called bodyguards, they came in and beat her up, forced her out, dragged her out. And then she was kind of weak, defenseless, and vulnerable, maybe fall on the floor or something, and they still... they are very rough, these people. They thought she tried to escape or didn’t want to work. “Come out to work!” And all that. Cannot eat, take away her food or... But anyway, they treated her very badly.

Did any of you watch this film? No? (No, Master.) Oh, it’s not like very famous, I guess. Maybe just for the Chinese, but there are some Westerners playing in it, including Bridget Fonda. And then, he cannot bear it. So, he interfered. Even despite his uncle’s warning, he interfered. He fought with these people. Beat them up. They were all running away. Black and blue. Running away. And all the girls like it. But they also have to go with them because of their work or whatever. And of course, they came back for more. They kind of revenge, etc., etc. And then, they did not win him and they’re scared and so they took her daughter instead, and they threatened her, said, “If you continue, if you don’t work and continue to have something to do with this restaurant boy, we don’t have to fix him, but we will fix your daughter. We will take your daughter away. Make her disappear or put her in an orphanage or in somewhere, you’ll never see your daughter again.” Oh, then of course, she’s so scared, so scared. At that time, Jet Li in this film, if I remember well, took her away, so she doesn’t have to work there again, but I think he took her somewhere and took care of her, because she was bruised and drugged and all that, and has no food. She has nowhere to go.

So, he was taking care of her and then she told him, don’t bother about her, her daughter is in danger now, because they are going to take her away. So, she told the story like that. He asked where it is, and then he went to rescue the daughter. And then, I think it was a happy ending.

I want to tell you that, when you’re hungry, even just white rice, no taste, nothing, it tastes so good. And it’s true like that. I have experienced that many times in my life. (Yes, Master.) Everything tastes good. OK my love. Why did we go so far? Even Jet Li is included. I hope he doesn’t mind.

I’m sorry Bridget Fonda, but you are advertised. Millions of people will hear your name now and know your film and also Jet Li. I don’t think they mind. They’re good people. (Yes, Master.) It’s for good cause. We don’t commercialize it. Thank you very much for being good actors and for entertaining people and for teaching people with your action movies, with the theme of your film that’s educational and will help many people, and also elevate the status of the poor street women workers, because people don’t have respect for them. People should know that many of them are forced by situation, by poverty or by some blackmailing system, by brutal force in this world to do this kind of job. I always have respect for them like I respect you. In Hong Kong, I bought food for them. I talked to them very kindly, very gently, very lovingly. And I hope they felt good that day at least. I have never looked down upon these street workers. (Yes, Master.)

All right my love, any other question at all? (No, Master.) No? (No, Master.) OK. Good then. So I don’t have to read you the story today – Jewish story, maybe next time. (Yes, Master.) Nice talking to you. (You too, Master. Thank You, Master.)

I know you’re busy. And we are busy so tonight maybe you have to sacrifice a little more sleep to finish our work today. (Yes, Master.) Is anything airing today that you will send to me? (Yes, Master.) OK. Well thank you then. You always send the airing-today today, and sometimes not just one but two. It’s OK. Or two or three, as long as I can do it, it’s fine. (Yes, Master.)

All right my love. I have to go back to my work now because you have sent me things that I have to do it now, immediately. I normally work on the one that’s a time-issue first, like airing today or tomorrow, then I work on them first. But I normally finish everything, everyday, like 99.9%, I finish all my work that you send to me every day. Right? (Yes, Master.)

And if you don’t see it, maybe your brother forgot to send, or maybe I have overlooked because of too many other things to do. But I told my assistant, “Please remind me. Whatever I have not done, so I still can do it.” All right. I still can do it at that time if I know it’s not done. The one that is not airing tonight. The one that airs tomorrow or next day, still have time. I always try to finish my job, and send it immediately, and notify the assistant, brother or sister immediately. I told them, “I'm sorry if I disturb your work, or maybe, your snack, your nap or something.” But you never know what the next moment will bring. If I could still send to you or not. (Yes, Master.) I live one moment to the next. My life is not always so stable, (like) I can stay in one place, or always have like electricity, and have internet. So whatever I finish, I send it right away, and I try to always finish all my work as sent to me, that moment, that day. Unless I have urgent inside work that I have to do for the world, same time. Then just sorry about that. OK?

All right, any more question at all concerning work? (No. No, Master.) OK. You work voluntarily still, right? (Yes, Master.) You're happy right? (Yes, Master.) Any other motive except helping me and the world? (No, Master.) No. Then it’s good. All right, very good.

OK, my love. See you. (Bye, Master. Thank You, Master.) Another time, and love you very much. (Love You, Master.) God bless you. (Thank You, Master.) God bless your work. God bless you and your clans because of your work as well. (Thank You, Master. Take care.) Ciao. Love you. (Ciao. Love You, Master.)

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