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Supreme Master Ching Hai's Vow to Help the Most Suffering, Part 2 of 2, Oct. 16, 2021

2021-11-08
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My vow was: “All my merit, if I have any, will be contributed to other people, the most suffering ones, such as the sentient beings in hell, those no one would save or listen to them. Those crying in pain, in sorrow. I want to share my merit with them.”

You all know, and you are very supportive and meditate diligently.

I remember when I just came, I had no abode, money, and didn’t know anyone. However, strangely, you Taiwanese (Formosan) people all treated me nicely. Everyone I met treated me nicely. Everyone I met was nice.

However, when I first came, I was already wearing the monk robe. So they regarded me as a renunciate coming from abroad. I never demanded anything. Yet, they always made offerings to me. I don’t really need much for myself. Being a renunciate, I ate simple food and wore just a few sets of clothes. I was at ease anywhere I went. I was more relaxed and happier than I am now.

However, at this time, I should also be having a different kind of happiness, because I can help more sentient beings, thus feeling happier. However, the more I help, the more I feel their pain. The more I wanted to help them, the more I looked into it. Then I discovered that sentient beings are in greater pain. Previously, I only watched it on TV and didn’t have such a deep realization. I could feel their pain, but not as deep as I can feel now. Now it’s as if I’m suffering myself. Previously, I just knew that they were in pain. That’s why I wanted to leave home to become a renunciate. But now there is no place to escape. Everywhere is the same. The pain of sentient beings is as if I’m being slashed by a knife. The pain won’t leave me alone, nor do I want it to leave me. Just that I hope sentient beings will suffer less.

Sometimes, watching TV, our TV, or news reports, I feel that the world has also become better. More people have understood, accepted the vegan diet, and looked for the Truth more. We have a brother who is specialized in communicating with people outside. He often reports to me what programs he is working on, or that he has launched a small advertisement, and that millions of people have watched our TV or our SMTV (Supreme Master TV) website. Millions of people watch us on the Internet all the time. As I count it now, three billion people have watched it. Roughly… I don’t know, three billion. I don’t know how to say it in Chinese. Perhaps three billion? Three billion. That means almost half of the world’s population. I learned it from inside. I know it from inside. I also can’t… I can’t prove it. Heaven told me in order to comfort me. They told me this and that. I said, “OK. Thank You.” I believed it when I saw it.

However, I had made a vow before. My vow was: “All my merit, if I have any, will be contributed to other people, the most suffering ones, such as the sentient beings in hell, those no one would save or listen to them. Those crying in pain, in sorrow. I want to share my merit with them.” At that time, I didn’t know who I could save. That’s what I thought. I said, “If I had any blessing, I’d share with them to minimize their pain or to liberate them.”

Because this is what I vowed. I said, “Please give all my merits to the most suffering sentient beings. When they are saved or when there are results, I don’t want to know, I don’t need to know.” So, I told Them that now I believe because I saw it. But Heaven will tell me anyway.

Of course it doesn’t matter if I had to fall and come back again. I vowed to not reveal it to myself whom I have saved. I said I didn’t need to know. Therefore, when I talk to you about these things now, such as how many people have watched our TV, I also can’t verify that. I can’t show any proof. OK, it doesn’t matter. I also don’t want to prove anything.

If it is indeed true that almost half the world’s population have watched our TV, their souls will definitely be saved. If they have more repentance and look inside more, they would receive more salvation.

This pandemic probably has helped to wake them up somehow. Wake up or awaken? Awaken them. They have more time at home, so perhaps they can better reflect on themselves and wake them up to seek for the Truth. Perhaps, I hope so. I heard that more people have become vegans during the lockdown from the pandemic. I am also delighted but this is only hearsay. It’s different from knowing. Understand? (Yes.)

OK, never mind. Let us continue to pray. Yes, it is useful. There is hope, and it is useful. It’s just too slow for me. Sentient beings are suffering every day, every hour and every second. They are in agony every moment. So, for me, any progress is too slow, far too slow.

I continue to endure. I do whatever I can do, broadcasting on TV, emanating my energy to help them. Also, thank you very much for your support. Having spiritual practitioners like you, I feel comforted.

I remember in the early years, I didn’t have anyone around me then. I totally didn’t know that I was an enlightened Master. I just wandered about. While pursuing spiritual practice, I just lived as usual, running around the world. I recall, at that time, you Taiwanese (Formosan) were the first ones to recognize who I was. Because it was in 1992, I just came out not for long. The song that you sang during Moon Festival, “Remembering Master’s Grace at the Moon Festival,” showed that you’ve known me very well and respected me a lot. You even praised me as the Mother of the Great Earth. I’m really touched upon hearing that.

However, I was simply listening to it. Until now, I feel touched. At that time, the song just sounded nice to me. I am deeply touched, because in those early years, you’re already so supportive. You’re the first in the world to have recognized me, supported me and accepted me. You looked so innocent to me then. At that time, the long-term residents and fellow practitioners outside were all very innocent. Your hearts were so pure, and you greatly respected me and totally believed in me.

I was extremely touched after watching that video, especially when hearing that song. How could they be so good? How could there be such good people? Because I am not Chinese and was not speaking Chinese fluently at that time, yet you still supported me, accepted me and loved me. You truly accepted me, loved me, and respected me. You accepted me completely, as if I were one of your family members or compatriots, without any discrimination.

Besides, in Taiwan (Formosa), now and then, there’re lots of masters, famous spiritual masters. Why did you come to learn from me? You even had great faith in such a foreign stranger. My Chinese was not that good. I needed interpretation when I spoke, especially when I first came here. My interpreters then were Ms. Liao and Wang. I wonder how they managed to understand what I said. I also didn’t know whether their translation was correct or not. Yet you still liked me and trusted me deeply. You just had faith in me.

I think that you Taiwanese (Formosans) are very special. Such a special kind of people. You’re the first to find me, the first to really support me, and the first to have great faith in me and respect me. I don’t know which country could be better than you.

So, I’m taking the chance to thank you all. Thank you, the people of Taiwan (Formosa). I wish your country be forever peaceful, prosperous and happy.

May God bless you. May the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas protect you and Taiwan (Formosa), protect our world from being too depraved and distressed. I hope there’s still some time to let me continue to work and to let the world repent. You just wish me luck and wish me well. I mean, Wish me well on my mission and to succeed.

OK, thank you all. During the retreat, I wish you more enlightenment, happiness and diligence. May you earn immeasurable merits. Amitabha Buddha bless. God bless. Thank you, thank you. I love you very much. I miss you very much. See you when we can.

(The next song is “Remembering Master’s Grace at the Moon Festival.”) Wonderful! (A very touching song. Welcome them with applause.) (Those who know the song, please sing along with us.)

“On this beautiful and peaceful night of the Moon Festival, the moon is full and families come together. Lanterns and colored banners are everywhere to celebrate this beautiful night.

Oh! My Master, let us sing in joy. On this warm and beautiful night, joyously we come together. We clap our hands, clap our hands, to celebrate this happy occasion. Together we wish our great Master a happy Moon Festival.

Oh, my Master, thank You. Because You are here, we can rejoice tonight, hand in hand, heart to heart, coming together from all corners of the world and unite our efforts.

Oh, my Master, we love You. You are the great Loving Mother to all beings on Earth. Dear Master, from our hearts we sing, Your immense Grace to us will always be remembered throughout our lives.

Oh, my Master, we forge ahead, hand in hand. May our great Master be healthy and happy! We clap our hands, clap our hands, to celebrate this happy occasion. Together we wish our great Master A happy Moon Festival.

Oh, my Master, thank You. Because You are here, we can rejoice tonight, Hand in hand, heart to heart, coming together from all corners of the world and unit our efforts.

Oh, my Master, thank You. You are the great Loving Mother to all beings on Earth. Dear Master, from our hearts we sing, Your immense Grace to us will always be remembered throughout our lives.

Oh, my Master, we forge ahead, hand in hand. May our great Master be healthy and happy!”

(Wonderful! A round of warm applause!) (May our greatest Queen of the Universe be always healthy and happy! Be it in or out of the universe, Master’s Love and manifestations are everywhere. Let us again give a warm applause to thank Master for hosting this joyful Moon Festival party.)

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