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Encouragements of Love, Part 1 of 15, Oct. 3, 2006

2023-03-13
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Be careful if people come and praise you a lot, it’s a lot of trouble, and they make a big deal, and they take things, (Yes.) take it from you. It’s difficult like that. But never mind, you don’t have to be a Buddha. Just live your life, be happy, and slowly. The problem is, people don’t practice themselves. If they hear somebody is a Buddha, they come and “slurp-slurp.” They should practice and become a Buddha themselves. It’s better.

Hallo. Sit down for a while. Have a look and then go. I’m so tired, guys. From Austria? (Yes.) You two. (Yes.) Your sister is here? (No, she’s at the Loving Hut. She’s there.) She has to be there. (Yes.) You three ran away. Who is this guy? (Me!) I don’t know you. (You know me, Master.) I don’t. Alright, guys. You’ve become very skinny. (Yes, but I eat a lot.) You eat a lot? (Yes, yes.) Because you work a lot, right? (Yes!) You eat only raw food, right? (Yes, I do.) Is it good? (Oh, it’s good. I eat what I produce.) I know. That’s the best. That’s the best. (But the food here is also excellent.) The food here is also good? (Excellent.) Are you OK with it because they don’t have raw food here? (No, they do have.) A little bit. (They have a lot of salad.) Is that enough? (Wonderful.) You eat everything else, right? I hope. (I eat fruits.) Or just salad? (Salad, fruits.) Salad and fruit? (Yes, yes.) That’s it? (I love it.) No other food? (No.) But salad is not very nutritious, is it? It’s just salad, just a side dish. (Yes. But it looks good. It’s enough for me.)

You only eat fruit and salad every day? (Every day, yes.) Just fruit and salad? (And a little bit of good oil.) Of what, love? (Good oil.) Oil, like olive oil? (Olive oil. Linseed oil.) With the salad. (Yes.) Oh, linseed makes you slim, no? (Yes, yes, I’ve heard. But I need, also.) You need to slim? (I don’t have to carry too much around when I’m slim.) You were a little bit more robust, no? (Oh, it was in the end of winter when...) You lost weight? (Maybe four or five kilos [nine or 11 pounds].) You also lost your level a little bit, too. (Did I?) Yeah. Be careful if people come and praise you a lot, it’s a lot of trouble, and they make a big deal, and they take things, (Yes.) take it from you. It’s difficult like that. But never mind, you don’t have to be a Buddha. Just live your life, be happy, and slowly. The problem is, people don’t practice themselves. If they hear somebody is a Buddha, they come and “slurp-slurp.” They should practice and become a Buddha themselves. It’s better.

Just in case you’re going or I’m going, I just want to say goodbye. Are you alright? Can you still see my eyes? Just too windy. OK, guys. You take some (vegan) candies, as much as you need, or for your Center later. Then you can go for the next group. If you don’t have any questions, then please… Like this, you have more individual time with me. (Yes.) Any more questions or anything? (Is the brother OK to go to Thailand now? Is he OK or should he still go home?) I don’t know. Maybe better not. Maybe next time. Another time, maybe. Let him pay for his karma. I don’t want to pay for that karma. It’s not my fault. I mean, nothing is my fault, but people create new karma and I let them take care of it. I tell them what to do.

Come, please. (Master, I just heard You said that the hotel in Austria is still under repair, so can I come to help You?) What can you do over there? Don’t you go to work? (No, I don’t have a job.) Do you live in Austria? (I am staying at home.) Ah, is that so? (Yes.) If you have a job, then how can you come there? (No, I stay in Austria. But for example, if Your hotel needs some help, then I can come there.) (Yes, that’s right.) Don’t come. It’s okay. When I need you, I will call. (Yes.) You all have phone, right? Both of you are Austrians, right? (Yes, I am Austrian, but he doesn’t have Austrian citizenship yet.) (I don’t have the citizenship yet, but I can come there.) So, what is now? If you come there, then what is your citizenship? (I have Âu Lạc [Vietnam] nationality, but I can go to Europe.) (He can go to the whole of EU [European Union] without a visa.) What do you mean EU? (Within the EU, Master.) Yes, I know, I know. (For example, Spain,) Yeah, I know. (The Netherlands.) Now, I don’t need as much. I let the outside people work there. Too much trouble of using the initiates. Let the initiates go to work. (In Austria, there is one brother who is very good regarding house repair. He built his house very well. He knows how. He is very talented.) Very good. He said you are very good in building stuff. You built your whole house. (I restored my whole house.) He said that you are very efficient. (You need me?) No, no. It’s not that. He introduced himself (Oh!) and introduced you. He said if we need to repair the hotel, because it is being repaired right now… But I’m paying outside people to do it. That’s it. If you want to come, it’s fine. (From November on I can afford two days a week.) I worry you are all busy, and it’s a long (drive) from Vienna, it’s not in Vienna. (It’s three and a half hours.)

(He also went to Taiwan [Formosa].) When will you have visa? (No need, right now I can legally stay in Austria, Master.) (Yes, he is legal and can come in and go out anytime.) If he is legal, how come he doesn’t have… (He just doesn’t have citizenship yet, Master.) Ah. (I don’t have citizenship, but I do have residency.) (He doesn’t have citizenship, but he has 10-year visa, Master.) Residency. I understand. Yeah, I understand. (So he can stay in Austria.) OK, OK. That’s good! In Austria or in EU, that’s OK. Still Schengen. If you want to do something, you contact these people. They know where it is. I don’t even know where it is now. I know. I’ve been there. I got in, but I don’t remember where. I guess if I go there, then I will remember. But I don’t have the address in my head. What kind of weather is it now? (It’s very nice.) Sunny? (Swimming weather.) Yeah? (It’s a wonderful place.) Is it? (Most of the work will be finished by next Wednesday.) Yeah, yeah. (And then we’ll mop on the top floor. And then we have to wait three weeks for the floor to dry to put the carpet down. Then, after that… we’re just doing what we’re told actually.) We cannot go in now. The carpet’s not there and it’s wet. So…

Is there anything else? Is there anything else? You gained some weight, sister? (Yes.) What’s wrong? (My health is not so good.) Why? (I think my thyroid is not working.) You didn’t go to see a doctor? (Yes, I would, but I am not really sure if the medicine is good or not.) No, you go to like a naturopath, like homeopathy? (I found one now just…) At least it is not harmful. Or maybe you are just happy and you develop on all sides. Eat very good and take some (vegan) candies home and give some to the sister. (Yes, yes. Sure.) Go ahead! Go ahead!

It’s only three, four days and I feel like I’ve been here three months. So much going on, all day, all night. It feels so long. I wish I could sit with you all day, but… It’s the same. I’m here, you are there, nearby. Hi, pretty. (Thank You for everything.) You’re welcome, love. You’re welcome. You still look lovely, the same. Just a little bit chubby. (I’m trying to get thinner.) No. No need! If you are happy, it’s fine. Maybe you love food, it’s good also. Contradictory to him. He doesn’t eat. (But I love food also.) Food is the only thing we have. I love you, guys. Yeah, yeah. Alright. See you around. How long can you stay in Europe? One more month? (No, we can stay until Thailand and then, if we want, we can come back for another three months.) Of course. (We are thinking of trying to get residency.) OK. (And then we are free.) Alright. (Yes, yes, yes.) You like Europe? (I like Europe. Yes.) OK. Bye. (If You need us for anything…) I like Europe also. Alright, of course. I didn’t know you were the ones. They arranged with each other, that’s all. (Yes. I know. OK.) Take care. (Thank You.) Ciao.

“B” for Brazil and Brussels. Brazil or Brussels. OK. Ciao. Only three persons? Brazil? Come in together. Come sit for a few minutes. That’s all I can afford. You’re from Italy? (No.) Originally? No? (No. It’s an old Spanish surname.) Oh, is that right? (My family’s in Belgium for thirty years.) From Belgium? (Yes.) And you two? (Belgium.) Belgium. (Belgium also.) Belgium. This time, only three. Normally, there are a lot of Belgians, right? (They went home.) They went home? Oh, yeah, yeah. I see what you mean. Over there, everything’s OK? Good job and you’re happy? (Yes.) Everything is all right? (Yes, that’s fine. I was late, had to work.) You were late because you had to work? (Yes.) You work together somewhere? (No.) So, what do you do? (I have a cadeau shop.) (Gift shop.) (Gift shop.) Gift shop. Cadeau! (Yes.) Oh, yes, yes, yes. And you? (I am a cook.) A cook. A group? In a hotel? Vegan restaurant? (No, I work freelance) Understand. (for different schools.) Oh, yes, yes. They call and you come. (Mostly vegan macrobiotic.) Very good! (Wholefood school.) Very good!

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