If you are so-called above the law, because you’re strong and you’re a leader and you have some clever way to control the power and nobody dares do anything to you – still you will suffer the consequence – like, you will be ill very suddenly, or you’ll be gravely sick and nobody even can find out what the cause is, or even if they find out, they cannot cure you, or it will be prolonged, or you will die agonizingly or quickly before your time is up. (Wow.) So, we should respect all the laws of the universe.
You see, the law in the universe is that you are entitled to what you’re worth. So, whatever you are given is yours, and you should not be envious or greedy of other people’s property or whatever is not yours. (Yes, Master.) Because if you take them, it’s not legal. Just like if you steal things in the world, it’s also illegal and the law will catch you and will punish you accordingly. (Yes, that’s right.)
Similarly, in the whole universe, there are also laws. If you take what’s not given, then you’ll be punished. Also, according to the seriousness of it, then you will get the punishment sooner or later. Sometimes it is very soon, it’s just that you don’t realize it. Like, you will get sick or seriously ill – you will suffer bodily, mentally, emotionally and psychologically, etc. But you will not know that it’s the result of your bad deeds, whatever bad deeds it could be. Stealing things is just one of those things – and making war or coercing people to give up their property for you because you are stronger, you’re bullying them, this is a very bad sin, and you might die sooner than your allotted years for your life. (Wow.)
So, everyone should consider this. Nothing is worth your effort to possess it when it’s not yours. Whatever is yours is yours – it will be given to you whether you want it or not. (Yes, that’s right.) Whatever is not yours, even if you want it, you should not take it, because the consequence is very grave for you. That’s why in all the religious orders and doctrines, the first five precepts include: “Thou shalt not steal.” (Yes, Master.)
Stealing has many ways. So, whatever clever way you scheme to take over somebody else’s rightly owned possessions, that is all stealing and it’s against the law of the universe, and sooner or later the consequence will be very, very bad for you. Not just in this lifetime… but it could be in this lifetime, like you could be ill, or you could be punished in different ways.
If you are an ordinary person, then you would be caught and you would be put in jail. (Wow.) But if you are so-called above the law, because you’re strong and you’re a leader and you have some clever way to control the power and nobody dares do anything to you – still you will suffer the consequence – like, you will be ill very suddenly, or you’ll be gravely sick and nobody even can find out what the cause is, or even if they find out, they cannot cure you, or it will be prolonged, or you will die agonizingly or quickly before your time is up. (Wow.) So, we should respect all the laws of the universe.
And it’s very simply put in many of the main religions. Like in the five principles: thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not take intoxicants, thou shalt not tell lies, thou shalt not envy their neighbors’ wives, for example; or steal their neighbor’s wife, or try in many ways to seduce the neighbor’s wife or husband, for example like that. (Yes, that’s right.) This is just simply put – it could be extended or explained in a much wider sense. Just simply, all the religions’ principles, that’s enough for everyone to keep clean and to keep safe. (Yes. Understand.)
Killing or eating animal-people, and thus people have to kill for you, is also stealing. This is a graver sin, because you steal their lives, so everyone should think about it, keep the five simple precepts so that if you are reborn again as a human you will be happy, safe, healthy, and have everything you need. (Yes.)
The story is very clear anyway, right? (Yes, Master. Yes.) Similar to many stories in Buddhism. Buddha told many stories about karma and the consequence of bad deeds and good deeds. Some good deeds also will manifest many lifetimes even. (Yes.) Even just one kid who gave one of the Buddhas just some stone offering with heart – he will be also rewarded many lifetimes, with richness. (Yes, Master.)
OK, my love, I will stop now before the telephone stops by itself again. (I see. Understand.) Any questions, any comments?
(I’m wondering [why] the king didn’t go to find the ghost [devil]. He heard the story [that] the ghost [devil] gave the pot, and the king didn’t [say], “Oh, I should [go] look for the ghost [devil] myself.”)
Oh, you want him to go to find the little devil? But what for? He has no reason. And it’s not spontaneous anyway. So, suppose he goes to the devil, the devil will not give him anything. The old man was poor and the devil knows that. And for that old man, one peanut is very, very valuable to him, because he’s hungry and he has no money. (Right. Understand. Yes, Master.) And he was screaming, yelling because he feels so sorry that he lost his last peanut, his food. But if the king goes there, what would he yell for? He can’t just buy a peanut candy and go there and pretend to lose a peanut in the well. (Yes.)
Even if he did that, the devil would know. (Yes, Master.) Evidently he knows things, because the old man came and didn’t know that the teapot was stolen from him, but the devil knew. (Yes). He told him that it was stolen. It was not his fault. Remember? (Yes, Master. Yes, that’s right). So, pretending is not the same as being genuine. (Yes.) The old man was very simple. He reacted genuinely. He didn’t pretend. (Yes, Master.) And so, the devil knew that and also wanted to help him, and felt sorry for him, that’s all. The king could not do the same. (Yes, Master. Right, yes. Understand, Master.)
Alright then, anything else? (No, Master.) (Thank You for sharing the story. Thank You for the story.) You’re welcome, you’re welcome. (Thank You. Thank You, Master.) I just thought maybe you’ve been working hard, so I thought I’d give you a story. (Thank You, Master. It’s very nice to hear.) Because I don’t have any peanuts or any teapot to give you. You have a lot of peanuts, right? (Yes. We can buy.) You can’t just tell me you have nothing. Don’t lose any peanuts that you bought from the shop. (Yes, Master.) I don’t have any teapot to give you. But I gave you many other things that money cannot buy, and you cannot lose. (Yes, Master. Thank You, Master. The best gift.) That’s better, no? (Yes. Yes, that’s much better.) OK, alright.
Talk to you next time and say hallo to all of your friends, your colleagues, our team, meanwhile. Because I can’t talk to all of them. They’re in different places. By the way, I send my love to all of you. And may God protect you every day of your life, as you contribute to happiness, and peace in this world, as much as we can. Thank God and may God bless you. I love you. (Thank God. Thank You, Master. We love You, Master.)
You know, in a little while it will be Mid-Autumn Festival. So, even though we are not together physically, but I call you, and that also counts as a reunion. (Yes, Master.) And I wish all of you – my team, my Association members and all the world, a beautiful Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Day. (Thank You, Master.) Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Mid-Autumn festival. Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Mid-Autumn festival. And we thank God for everything that we still have in our lives. And we wish that soon the world will become peaceful and beautiful, like the Moon – all round, all perfect in the sky. Thank You, God. Bye. (Bye, Master.)