To meditate you need
a meditation method and a spiritual guidancer or a spiritual master
The Quan Yin Method is a complete
one. It gives you everything that you need. It guides you in every
direction that you want to go, and gives you all kinds of instructions
that you need for your growth, inside and outside.
is via a true Living Master. A Living
Master will guide you the way to the Truth, help to resolve
the problems in the spiritual path and practice, as well as to overcome
the obstacles you meet in the daily mundane life.
answered by Master Ching Hai
regarding meditation exercises:
Q: I heard on some of Your tapes that You recommend not mixing
practices. Perhaps You can clarify for us what You intended by that.
when it has anything to do with breath control; that is all. Otherwise,
there is not much there. For example, there are many kinds of so-called
meditation. People say anything is meditation, so we are confused.
But actually there are different types. There is a kind of mantra
practice; they recite something. People also call that meditation,
so that's confusing. People tell you to pay attention to your breathing-
you breathe in and breathe out, and that they also call meditation.
Some people say you have to pay attention to the solar plexus, the
abdomen, all the time; that they also call meditation. Fine, there
is nothing wrong with that.
But we abuse
the word "meditation" too much and confuse people; because
otherwise, I would say that everyone meditates anyhow. This morning
when some of the television interviewers said, "We are not
used to meditation; we don't know what is meditation, and you tell
us to meditate," I said "Yes, you meditate all the time;
some people meditate on money, some people meditate on girls, some
people meditate on drugs when they don't have enough of them."
That's their meditation. When you pay attention to something to
a very extravagant degree that is when you meditate.
say to you, "Be concentrated, be one-pointed with my teachings".
That's why you get the best results. If you meditate on my teachings
and meditate on money at the same time or meditate on a mantra at
the same time, of course, you are divided and that's very logical.
I am not a dictator. I just tell you what is good for you. Whatever
you want to do, you have to pay all your attention to that point.
Whether you meditate, you fix the car, or you drive a taxi, if you
don't pay attention, you will get into trouble.
simple, but people think I am forbidding you this and that. No,
everything I tell you is just good advice as a duty of a teacher.
Whatever you know, you have to tell them. Of course, you make the
choice. If you don't follow my advice, it's okay. You are responsible
for your actions, the success of your meditational practice. But
I am responsible to tell you what is good for you, so don't misunderstand
that it's a kind of prohibiting or dictating. Everything I tell
you is the age-old essence of a practitioner who wants to get away
from all the traps of this materialism and rise above this mind-matter
controlling power so that he can realize there is something greater
than his own body and his own machine brain, the computer.
That's it. All
of these are kind of secret codes, secret methods, to speed yourself
on the highway of spirituality. There is nothing dictating about
that because if you don't do it, I will never say anything to you.
I will never scold you. I will never ring you and say, "Hey,
you didn't do it." Or I will never check up on it. It's all
your choice. The path of freedom is a path of responsibility, self-responsibility,
so I never impose anything. Just to suggest, just to tell you, "This
is a good way. If you do it, you surely will get that. If you don't,
okay, you'll get half or maybe three quarters."
just now when I was meditating on the Sound, my whole body vibrated
vigorously. I was sitting on this rock; I toppled and fell down,
and then woke up. (M: Do you feel comfortable?) I'm feeling very
comfortable. I had a headache yesterday, but now it has gone.
the vibration is stronger than we are, so we cannot get used to
it. The moment we get used to it, we become stronger than it. Then
we will feel very natural. It is as though a person has been starving
for a long time, not having enough to eat and suffering from malnutrition.
If he is suddenly given a lot of food, he may swallow too fast,
resulting in indigestion. That is why we have to meditate seriously
and regularly. When we have gotten used to meditating for a longer
time, it will become a very ordinary practice, and we won't even
be aware that we are meditating.
Why does a baby
cry when he is born? In the mother's womb, he was immersed in water
like a fish. When he suddenly emerges into our world, his skin gets
in touch with the air for the first time and he has to begin breathing
with his lungs. Therefore, it hurts and is very uncomfortable all
over; that's why he cries. As he cries, he has to use his lungs,
and then he will get used to our world. He now understands that
there is no more water, that it has been replaced by air. He will
get used to it slowly.
practice is similar to the situation of the baby. As we practice
more diligently, we will get used to the higher vibrations. These
vibrations are much higher than ours and that is why we are unaccustomed
to them. A newborn baby also cannot get used to our comfortable
and free-living environment; instead, he is accustomed to the dark
and confined environment in his mother's womb. Therefore, when he
is just born, he feels scared and unsafe, as if he has lost everything.
is not difficult for us to be liberated; the only problem is that
we have to get used to the free and liberated state. When we eventually
get accustomed to it, we will not want to come back to this bodily
prison again. Sometimes in meditation, we enter deep samadhi and
go to very high dimensions; we feel absolutely free and unrestricted.
However, because of our unpaid karma and unfulfilled obligations,
and the fact that we still have lessons to learn in this world,
we have to come back to this physical body. The moment we are drawn
back, we feel extremely frustrated and agonized; the feeling is
so bad that we may cry.
There are difficult
moments on our spiritual path. When karmic hindrances come, we really
have to exert our greatest effort to overcome them. Suppose a baby
refuses to go out because he has lingering feelings for the safety
of his mother's womb. Would it be good for him? Though the environment
is more familiar, safe, comfortable and warm, he cannot grow in
there! He will only make trouble for himself and his mother. Therefore,
he had better go out when it is time to be born.
During the process
of delivery, the baby has to squeeze through the narrow and bony
places in his mother's body, which can be quite painful. It is as
though his head has to squeeze through two stone gates and is going
to split open; it is really difficult. So you see, even such a tiny
baby must make the breakthrough when the time comes. Originally,
he lives like a fish in his mother's womb where there is no air,
no sunshine and no material contact. After he is born, he has to
live in a totally different world where everything is just the opposite!
Anyway, it is good for him to force the exit; it may be uncomfortable
outside, but it is still better than hiding inside indefinitely,
because it is not his permanent abode in there.
practice, we may sometimes encounter obstacles; we may feel very
exhausted and want to quit. There are also times when we are battered
hard by our karmic hindrances. However, we ought to stand up again,
because we are human beings! We ought to be brave, and act like
a hero! We just cannot lower our heads and surrender to the situation
every time or give in to our insignificant obstacles.
read you the story "The Journey to the West". The first
part of the book describes a group of monkeys, some old and some
young, some very clever and so on. However, none of them dared to
go beyond the waterfall just because they dreaded getting wet. What
they didn't know was that there was a paradise behind the waterfall
- a very beautiful cave. Whoever went in could live in that brilliant
and comfortable cave. Being adults, if we fail to constantly think
about making breakthroughs, then we are weaker than babies! Where
can we put our pride then? Therefore, remember that we must not
lose to the babies, as they are also very brave!