Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Florida Center, U.S.A., February 15, 1999
(Originally in English)
Q: Many so-called experts say there will be disturbances during the next year, social problems, computer problems, etc. are predicted for the next year. What preparations do You see that we should make for our families, Centers, to help our community just to be prepared for everything.
M: Yes, be prepared to die anytime, that's my advice, [Laughter and applause.] because we die in any millennium, I tell you. Anytime, be prepared. It could be in the next few days. It could be the next moment. I am prepared all the time. Disaster may strike at any time in any area anyhow, in any millennium. For example, sometimes you are here and the weather forecast is for a storm or flood coming, then of course, you have to prepare your Noah's ark somewhere. Put it in the attic or hang it from the ceiling to feel secure for your children. Of course, you are responsible for their safety, and do your best to bring them into safety. That's it. Whenever it comes, there is no millennium as bad as now.
They have been predicting that for thousands of years. We are supposed to be dead already according to their predictions [Laughter]. Some of the predictions say our planet is supposed to be kaput already. Finito! But it goes on, you know. And if it doesn't go on, we have other planets. We have the inner planet, which is indestructible. Don't concern yourself much about physical things. All these predictions are concerning the physical only. There's not much to worry about. Even if we do worry, even if I know tomorrow is the end of the world, what can we do? You think we can escape somehow by preparing, or hanging some bottles on the ceiling or something like that? When God wants to take us away, or to bring us back to where we belong, we go. But meanwhile, if we don't know that Hes wants us to go, then we prepare whatever, like everyone else, because what else is there to do?
The reason why we prepare, I'll tell you why. For example, even though you are a practitioner, and you believe in God. You say, "Oh! God will take care of me, and everything." But why let God worry about two bottles of water and packing rice and some bread for you? These things you can do yourself. And why do you do it? - To have peace of mind. Why should you sit there and worry about whether you will be safe or not, whether God will come or not? And why would you let people who depend on you, like your children or wife worry about whether you have food to eat, if supposing a flood comes? So that's why you have to be prepared. You prepare it when the flood comes, prepare some food, put it safe somewhere, or drive them to safety, things like that. This is a normal thing to do.
I don't advise people to put away anything, anyway, or make anything anywhere. And if I do so, it's just because it's at a specific time to ease their mind. I want them to concentrate more on the wisdom than on food while they are at it. If they already know: "Okay, we have a cave of food somewhere," they will meditate better. That's all. It's not because that can help us. Lots of people are concerned about the millennium and the end of the world and all that. It's okay. As long as we do our spiritual practice and send out loving energy, the world will still go on splendidly and get better and better. And if people don't practice well, and there's not enough good energy, then the world has to go, and that's okay. God will make another.
Q: Do You think the reason it hasn't happened is because there are more and more spiritual practitioners?
M: That, also. Yes.
Q: Do You think there are other reasons?
M: There are many reasons for why it hasn't happened.
Q: Like so many changes were supposed to happen right now.
M: Yes, and it's supposed to be true, too. And if it's true, the reason why it did not happen is because the atmosphere changes, people's consciousness changes. They fear God, and they pray more, and they go more inside, they repent, and they go in a more right direction, so the energy changes into being more positive and uplifting. So it changes. Everything changes. Because disaster is attracted by bad energy, by a vicious atmosphere, if everyone starts to think good thoughts and pray to God, then the atmosphere will change. When the atmosphere changes, the disasters, which are bad energy, have nowhere to hook onto, so they have to pass by or disappear somewhere else in the vastness of the firmament, or, in the atmosphere. So if we are happy-go-lucky persons, we attract more luck and happiness. That's normal.
And another reason that it doesn't happen is because that person probably predicted wrongly. [Laughter] He had clairvoyance or some astral psychic powers, and what he saw happening was somewhere else, or was his own illusion. The third reason is that sometimes he sees these things in the past, or in another place, not this planet, and gets it all confused. Since he lives here, he thinks it's here. Since he lives in this present, he thinks it's now, but the time in dreams sometimes doesn't coincide with the time of this reality.
When he thinks it's coming this year, he calculates it wrongly in the different dimension. The time is different. And maybe there is no time at all, so when he comes back, he thinks it is this year. He calculates that everything is this year, but it's not so. So, there are many reasons. There is no need to bother about all these metaphysical and physical phenomena. The more we meditate, the more we spread the good news, the more we feel good. And even if we don't feel good, and we have to go, then we go. We have to go at the end. We don't stay here forever, whether we practice or not.