Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Florida, USA
May 11, 2002 (originally in English) Videotape No.736
Q: Recently I told Master in my meditation that when I check out of here, I would like to go straight to the Fifth Level. (Laughter) I really don't want to come back here.
M: You don't ask for much. (Laughter) Well, it shall be done. (Q: I don't care what it takes.) It shall be done; don't worry. (Q: This time, I've had enough.) Don't worry, you'll change.
Q: So, do you think it's possible?
M: Yes, it's possible. If that's all you want, that's all you'll get. It's no problem. If you keep that idea in your mind all the time, until the time you die, then you're there.
Q: If I work to reach the Fifth Level even before I die, I'll be able to help Master better here.
M: Oh, sure, sure. (Q: If that's possible) It could be possible, too. But I don't know if it's possible with you. It depends on you. (Q: I'll do anything) No one needs you to do anything. You have to control your brain. It's not that you need to do anything. It's not like you die a hundred times and then you become a Buddha, or you offer anything and become a Buddha. It's not that. It's just the determination of the soul inside, whether he wants it in this lifetime or not.
Q: Does he have to prepare for that before he comes? How spiritual he wants to íK?
M: It depends. Everyone wants to prepare for this. But when they come down, it's just that they sway around a little bit. And then, because Maya, the king of illusion, is there, waiting for you, saying, "Ah, hah! Welcome home, baby. Let's see how strong you are. Here's a beautiful girl, here's a presidential position and here's a big company with big money." And then you work yourself to death, you serve the girl, and you're so tired that even if you wanted to go find the Master, you wouldn't know where. You lose your energy, you get sick and then you die. And then you say, "OK, it's my time to go now. Next time, I'll try again."
Q: The director says, "Cut!"
M: Yes, "Cut." But it doesn't really matter. You're determined to find God, anyway. Before we come down here, that's what we're going to do. We want to know ourselves as God by being "not God." You want to find a mirror so you can see your face. Although the mirror is an illusion, you need it. The one inside there is not you, but you need it to see yourself. You look into it, and you recognize yourself. How else would you see yourself? Should I stand here and look at myself, or stand where? The mirror is an illusion. The one who looks inside is you, yet it's not you. So this world is full of God, yet it's not God. God is inside looking at the God outside here.
Q: It's a bad reflection of the real thing, right?
M: Well, it's a good reflection. It's just that we look into the mirror and we get confused because this mirror of Maya is different. It's a magic mirror, a "mirror on the wall." It's not the mirror, but the mirror of the mirror. So we get confused here, and we see all things reflected together in the mirror. And then we say, "Oh, what's that there? What's that over there? And what's that?"
You even forget to look at your own picture, the mirror is so big. It reflects everything in it, and you get lost in that illusion. You chase one thing after another. "Oh my God, this looks good. That looks good." And you get lost in your mirror. You forget. The time it takes you to realize it's a mirror is maybe a fraction of a second. But the time we take to realize Buddhahood is also a fraction of a second in universal time.
*"Mirror, mirror on the wall" is a line from a fairy tale called "Snow White," in which the step-mother believes that the reflection from the mirror on the wall is real.