Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Lecture at Harvard University, Boston, MA, U.S.A., October 27, 1989
(Originally in English)
Q: I work in a hospital; sometimes I work with children who are very sick. I was wondering why it is that some small children, who have no choice and who can make no mistakes, have to suffer so much?
M: I understand your heart. I used to wonder like that also. I used to say, "If we are adults, we can make some mistakes and take the retribution for it, but the children are so innocent." But now I know. That is the law of reincarnation, As you sow, so shall you reap. If you do not reap enough in this life, you will reap in the next life. You reap the minute you are born; otherwise, how can we explain God's mercy, which is so differentiated? Some are born with disease, some are born having some trouble, some are born blind, some are born deaf, etc. God is ever merciful; it is just that we must reap what we have sown. Otherwise, we can't explain it. Now, it may be difficult to believe this, but it isn't difficult if we meditate in some kind of transcendental way. We may go to a higher plane of consciousness and see through the past lives of a person, and we can know why it so happened. Then we are satisfied or justified.
I'm happy to know that you work from your heart. Anyhow, every time you work, try not to feel personally involved; otherwise, you will be drained of energy. Just do your best and leave everything to God. It's God Who cures or Who severs. It's not in our hands to help. Actually, Hes only uses our hands to help those whom Hes wants to help and who deserve the help. The others have to go through some kind of lessons, some kind of cleansing process through suffering, in order to be greater in the next lifetime. We are continually in eternity. We are not born only once. Otherwise, it would be too depressing. One hundred years - what a waste of creative energy on God's part. Hes creates, and we live all the time. What we do mistakenly in this life, we will make up for in the next. What we cannot pay for in this life, we will pay for in the next - just like taking out a mortgage.