Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Auckland, New Zealand,
April 27, 2000 (Originally in English) Videotape No. 686
Q: Why is it that although we're all equal in God's creation, some of us suffer so much misery while certain others, though they live a life of evil misdeeds, prosper materially ?
M: That's because of the different paths that we've chosen. When we gain material wealth or comfort, it doesn't mean that we're blessed or we're anything good because as soon as we die, we leave everything behind. If we gain spiritual knowledge and wealth, that's everlasting .
So don't envy those who only acquire material possessions, but have nothing for their soul; because soon they'll be empty. But you, even though you don't have many material acquisitions, are rich in your heart. You have great love, great compassion, great knowledge and wisdom. Like the Buddha or Jesus, they were walking in bare feet. They didn't have any money; they didn't have cars. They didn't have anything, and yet people fell at their feet to worship them. People still listen to everything they said and worship them, two or three thousand years later. So who's richer, the millionaires out there or Jesus and Buddha? You already know the answer. There's no need to compare ourselves with others. We have to know what we're worth inside. That's what's important.