Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Auckland, New Zealand,
April 27, 2000 (Originally in English) Videotape No. 686
Q: What happens if I break the Precepts after my initiation?
M: That's just like asking me what happens if I have an "extra" affair after I've married my wife. How shall I answer you? Make up your mind. No one is here to force you. It's only you, yourself, and God; you make a covenant with God. You say, "I make You my priority. I'll do anything to know You. I don't need all these stupid things in order to survive; I can live without them. I can live without killing my neighbors. I can live without telling lies. I can live without drugs and alcohol. I'm strong; I don't need these substitute intoxicants. I can have Divine intoxication. I can live without having to have sex with every man or girl who walks by."
Make up your mind. Present yourself as the being you want to present. If you're one who likes to present yourself to everyone else as "I'm one who tells lies; I'm one who's always drunk, takes drugs and all that; I'm one who covets my neighbor's wife; I'm one who likes to kill and murder people," if that's how you want to present yourself, then go ahead. It's your choice. But if you want to present yourself as an enlightened being, as a wise person, as a happy being, as a helpful, compassionate, loving, truthful person, then there's also that choice. You see, there are two choices, but it's your choice. They're not my Precepts; they're a way of life. It's a choice you make, to present yourself to the world, to God and to your own Self when you look in the mirror at the kind of person you want to see. No Precepts; we don't need Precepts. You know what you want to be.