Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Pune, India, November 22, 1997
(Originally in English)
There's only one way to live our lives, and that's the right way. There's no other way. The choices in our lives make us God or anti-God, even though Indian philosophy teaches us that we're all God, and God is within us. But if we make the wrong choice, we will go in the opposite direction. God creates both light and darkness, good and evil, so that we will be able to understand, to know, to exercise our wisdom to choose the right way. Some of us tend sometimes to give in to weakness and forget that the price of strength, the price of honoring our own ideal, is greater than material gain, much, much greater. We have to strive for that. We have to honor ourselves by choosing the right way.
God gives us free will. Of course, Hes never says, "You must do this, and you must do that or I will punish you." Punishment comes from us, from our own conscience. We know what's wrong and what's right, and when we do something wrong and don't feel good, that's our punishment. It's worse than hell when our conscience feels very, very bad about what we've done. And when we feel good about it, that means we're doing God's will. So Hes gives us the free will to choose, and lets us remind ourselves and the world that we have to choose Hiers way. That's the only way to represent ourselves if we think that we're God. If we think that we're one with God, that God even dwells within us, then we have to represent that.