Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Hsihu, Formosa,
April 12, 1992 (originally in Chinese) Videotape No. 241
Meditation is like refueling and recharging a car to keep it running; or it's like having to eat to gain energy to keep working. Since we have to eat as much as we can every day to remain healthy and be able to go on working, we should also recharge our souls with energy so that we can do great things. Why do we want to do great things? It's not because we want fame or regard ourselves as a big deal, but because we see too much injustice in this world. Some people suffer too much. Some people can't enjoy human values or even the basic dignity of being human. People treat each other like savages. That's why we want to help the world. In order to help the world, we have to cultivate ourselves first, practice diligently and be strict on ourselves, then we'll know how to do it. Otherwise, we won't be able to do it even if we wish to.