But what people don’t know is, they should try to preserve the world. Otherwise, maybe they don’t have it in a few years, and they won’t even have time to stay there and write bad things, good things about anybody. The most important thing, they have to take care of! Repair the house! If the house is breaking down, the most important thing is to repair the house, not to stand there and argue with neighbors, even if you’re right or wrong.
Are you OK, guys? (Yes.) No. We’re all family. It’s not show time today. Today we make it simple. I’m wearing slippers. It’s easier to walk. I’m sorry, these days I was really sick. I couldn’t come down to see you. Today I feel OK, better. Not bad. You know, they say if you go into people’s house, you obey the house rules. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Therefore… Lately, Taiwan (Formosa) has this fashionable kind of flu. I’m also following the customs. You also share the same. Anyway, are you guys OK? (Yes!) Nobody’s too sick or anything? (No.) No? (No.) Good. Even if you’re sick, you know we have medicine.
Everything’s OK? I don’t know. You still follow me, huh? I have a bad name all over town. Everywhere. We go to Thailand, and all the newspapers write all the “beautiful” things. We go to Taiwan (Formosa), and newspapers write all the “beautiful” things. OK, so where do we go, so that they don’t write “beautiful” things, but they just write the truth? Difficult to find in this world. Anyway, it’s illusion, so bad or good, doesn’t matter. But what people don’t know is, they should try to preserve the world. Otherwise, maybe they don’t have it in a few years, and they won’t even have time to stay there and write bad things, good things about anybody. The most important thing, they have to take care of! Repair the house! If the house is breaking down, the most important thing is to repair the house, not to stand there and argue with neighbors, even if you’re right or wrong.
How many Taiwanese (Formosan) here? How many from China? Oh, a lot. Then I might as well speak Chinese. But is it harder to translate if I speak Chinese? (Master, we have translators ready.) Yes. But is there someone to translate from Chinese? (Yes.) (They’re very good.) To translate to other languages? (Yes.) Translating Chinese is OK. No problem. Translating English is OK. But it’s more difficult to translate to other languages. They are not prepared for it, and they are sitting in different places. Is there any French translator? How many foreigners are still there? What kind of language do you understand? (English.) English. You see, that’s the problem. Oh, English. You understand English. (Yes.) So, they’ve translated into English. (Yes.) Oh, OK. I speak Chinese. Is that OK? (Yes.) (It’s fine.) Oh, well. OK.
What I mean is, regardless of whoever writes good or bad things, they don’t know – the most important thing is to protect this world. Number one, is to have peace, number two, is to go green. Is it translated OK? (Very good.) Wonderful. If not, you raise your hand, then I know something is wrong. Either we change people or change the machine. You’re alright? That’s what I meant. Nowadays, the world is in a difficult condition. Because they… it is like this at this present time. It’s just like what Taoism says: At the highest point, things will start to go down. At the lowest point, things will start to go up. Now, it’s time to start moving upward, but it is an uphill slope. If no one helps to push, no one pulls up from above, no one pushes from below, it is going up, but it is just beginning to ascend. I did not say it has been completed. “Entering the Golden Age.” I said “entering” the Golden Age, didn’t I? (Yes.) “Entering” doesn’t mean it has been completed. “Immediate Enlightenment” doesn’t mean becoming a Buddha immediately. No! You all knew it. I said it. I didn’t cheat anyone, didn’t tell you this, that, that, and then this and that. No. It’s all that and this.
So, we are beginning to enter the Golden Age. If the world does not continue to improve, the entry will continue, but will not be accomplished. Understand? (Yes.) Of course, we are getting better. (Yes.) Just look around and it is clear. But there are still a few astrals around stirring up trouble. It’s just like an extinguishing candle – always burns fast in its last seconds. But we don’t know for how long it will burn. It could still bother people. That’s all.
Are you cold? (No.) Is it OK sitting like this? Wow, you are not cold. But is there anyone feeling cold? This is cold for you. Tong doesn’t have a cushion. OK. You’re alright. You look pale. Are you sick? I don’t need it. Are you cold? (Yes.) Yeah? You two. Each of you hold it in one hand. No more. He thought about it, that means it’s fine. It’s OK, it’s OK. You have to listen. No, no, no. They are for you. What about you two? (We can listen to Chinese.) Ah, yes. I’m getting old. It’s different when you get old. Old, you know? Forget.
I forget I’m old sometimes. Because I’m too naive or something. Sometimes I’m really naive. Many things I do are too naive, I have to tell you the truth. Because I’m too naive! (You are not.) Huh? (You’re too pure!) I don’t know. Yeah, maybe pure, but it’s like that – I don’t think too much. Don’t think too much and sometimes it makes trouble also. But normally there shouldn’t... no need for trouble if people are really good at heart. There’s nothing I do really that should be trouble at all! It’s just people are so complicated.
Our current world, as I have just said, although it has already entered the Golden Age, it has not finished climbing the slope and reached the peak. We are only at one-third of the way, not even half. Of course, we are getting better. You see, the world is more peaceful. There are fewer wars and more peace. People are helping each other. It is delightful watching Supreme Master Television. Even if you cannot watch Supreme Master Television, you may ask them to print out the news articles for you to read. Sometimes, it is helpful. Besides, they also write some... Some of the tips are also helpful. You have to watch it, because we need to be united as one. To know that we are together and what we can accomplish together. Understand? Otherwise, I do this, you do that, and then everyone has different concept, it’s not right. You have to be really prepared for the situation. Understand? (Understand.) You have to really understand what Master is trying to do. Otherwise, you’re just looking on; you listen, but do not understand.
I have sold everything, including my reputation. Now, I have nothing more to sell. This is all that I can do. If you’re good, then it’s good. If you’re not good, then it’s not good. I also have nothing more to sell; I have sold everything. Sometimes, I feel that this world is really... The genuine spiritual practitioners are always harmed, not only us. Otherwise, Jesus Christ would not die in such a way, Shakyamuni Buddha would not have had his foot cut, etc., and Devadatta also would not have hurt Him so much. Understand?
Sometimes, I have thought about dissolving our group; I mean, we don’t need to have a group. Then the few of us, monastic disciples, would run and hide somewhere, just practice spiritually and enjoy (vegan) barbecue every day, without offending anyone. But I am not sure whether I can hide like that or not. Because, like I told you before, even when I was hiding in a cave, the police still came. Really, I was living in a mountain cave, with only a tent. Even the water was frozen into a block of ice. I thought no one would go up there, but people still came. In this time, there is really nowhere to go. Conversely, sometimes less people annoy me when I hide in the city. But we don’t like the city. It’s too noisy. It makes us not look like spiritual practitioners.
Originally, I had lots of good things to tell you, but I dared not come down. I seemed to know in advance, so I happened to be sick these few days and didn’t come down the hill. Otherwise, I would be ambushed somewhere. I have plenty of good things that have not been sorted out. During meditation, I just noted them down casually. I was going to sort it out today, but then they came up to bug me. There was no time to do other things. I had no time to sort them out yet. If I tell you now, perhaps it is not in the right order. Alright, I just talk whatever I can talk. OK? (OK.) Perhaps I should speak in English to avoid translating back and forth. Some points, I also don’t know how to translate into Chinese. Is that OK? (OK.) You just listen through the earphones. (Yes. OK.) You’ve already put earphones on? (Yes.) OK. Good! This is unsorted, so I will just talk about what I have. I did not have time to... When I meditated, I noted quickly something to tell you. But I didn’t have a chance to tell you these days because, number one, I was sick; number two, there were “sharks” hanging around our ashram all these days. Not really... Human sharks! Because they can “eat” people with their pens; they can “kill” people with their pens. So, it’s the same, similar. They don’t kill by guns, but they kill by pen. It’s the same.
I don’t even have glasses. Oh, my God. Huh? Can use this one to see. Thank you. You have everything. Wonderful! OK. Wow, this is more difficult. Only can look at them one by one. Wow. I don’t know which one was first. Which one was the third? I forgot to write it down. Oh, this one is also good, just only can look at it individually. Can’t really see it as a whole. Hey, can anyone come up to help me get that? OK? Yeah, OK. I’ll tell you when I speak English. Wait a moment. Wait a minute. Maybe I get organized a little bit, see which one is number one, which one is number two. I don’t even see much here. Maybe it became very disorganized. Maybe this is number one. Maybe this is number two. I can’t even read my own writing. I don’t know what I mean anymore. I read it, but I don’t know what it is. Beautiful. Nice writing. Maybe. Maybe this one. Oh, my God. These are a lot of secrets. You like secrets.