Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hsihu Center, Formosa, October 30, 1995
(Originally in English)
Q: I have a practical problem due to previous yoga work that I did; I have problems which most of Your initiates do not. That is with regard to entities. Spiritual beings are attached to me, and that causes me a great deal of trouble. These creatures are not human; they are animal-related creatures, and I have some of the appetites that these creatures have. What I am hoping to find out is whether there is a way that I can rid myself, be cleaned of these creatures, and progress in this spiritual practice?
M: How is your meditation?
Q: I am able to hear the Sound, and that's primarily what I work with and concentrate on. I do the Light meditation faithfully, and I don't expect too much that way; but the Sound is strong.
M: That is the problem with the killing karma. That's why we try not to kill, or the souls will attach to us. Even people who have abortions, they don't know that the children's souls are attached to them all the time. Try to be more patient and loving. Pray more to the Inner Master. When God gives us the free will to kill or not to kill, and we do kill, sometimes the entities come. We may have made enemies with many people, many beings, and now that we meditate because we want to run away from all these debts, they come and obstruct us for a while. If we are determined to practice, then they will leave, or they will benefit from our blessed atmosphere and then become liberated themselves.
So the only thing is patience and love. Pray for these people - these entities, or these animals, or whatever brothers. There was a book written about people who have abortions. The children stick to them, and they grow with them. They grow just as normal children because they don't have anywhere else to go. They are supposed to be a child of yours, so their soul sticks around. Because they are a different kind of entity than we are, their vibrations are more negative than positive, and so they will influence our life in a very negative way. Sometimes they will make us sick, make some things go wrong, or we will get a headache or stomachache, and won't know why because we can't see these entities, these children, hanging around us after the abortion.
Many people think it's "pro-choice," but it's "pro-life". It's a life; it is not a choice. Then it is also a life of misery you make for yourself if you have an abortion. You will have a lot of trouble, headaches, and sorrows and you won't know where they are from and why. It is because of all these children hanging around, all the Yin entities, not Yang entities. We belong to the Yang; the children who are aborted belong to the Yin, the negative side of life, the death side of life. Then they hang around us and make our lives very negative, very dark; they belong to the shadows of life, not the real things. They influence us and make our lives not real bright, not always on the positive, but half-negative, half-positive. It is similar with killing animals and other people, murdering and all that.
That's why you ask me about choice. We make all these entities; can we make friends with these entities or make trouble with them? No, we don't make trouble; there is no choice anymore now. There was a choice before: the free will to be good or to be evil, to use the positive inside us or to use the negative inside us, to kill or to spare lives, to kill or to do charity. We do sometimes make the wrong choice; therefore, we suffer the consequences in this life, the life after or continuously until we pay the debt, clear and clean. Should we make more of such choices or more of such karma, and then, of course, we will continue to suffer again, maybe worse than this. That's why we have the Precepts, so that we don't do it again.
So, whatever you did in the past, you suffer for, but in a limited way and then after this you are finished. But if you continue without the Precepts, without a vegetarian diet, you will not know when to stop and you will have no fence, no regulations, and no limit for the negative use of your power. The Precepts and the vegetarian diet are the ways to help you to always continue going in the positive direction.
Whatever you did negative in the past, of course, you will suffer the consequences now; and the Master helps you to a certain extent only, otherwise you cannot develop. If the parents give the children who are bad and good the same candies, the same treatment all the time, then the bad will continue to do bad, and the good will also imitate the bad ones and do bad things. They will say, "Well, he has more fun and he still gets the same love, the same treatment, so why don't we have fun with him, and also our parents won't say anything." The same love, the same treatment, the same reward for bad and good, and then it's no good for the children; they cannot learn to distinguish between bad and good.
Therefore, there is hell; there is a distinct punishment for each individual. Not because God is not merciful, but we humans deserve it. There is a film called "Lost Horizon." Have you seen it? If you haven't, you should. There was a funny sentence that was very correct. He said: "Well, this is a very beautiful place here; if everyone could come here it, it would be nice." And the other person said: "If everyone comes here, it won't be beautiful anymore." [Laughter] It's true, too. You know that very well.
Suppose I am very compassionate, very loving, very generous, very magnanimous, and treat everyone equally. I let the children roam around here, all the non-initiates come here with a bottle of alcohol in their hand and walk on your head, from that corner to this and walk here and there, anywhere, then can you meditate here? Can you enjoy this peaceful atmosphere, which is made for you? No! And if you bring all your dogs and cats here as well, then we're finished, for example. It can't be.
If we cannot be loving to our own people or to our own dog and cat in a certain place and certain time, how could God do that to us? So don't complain that there are so many levels, or bad and good, or there is heaven and hell. It's necessary. Can all the people in this world really live together peacefully in one place? The answer is "no". So don't ask for world peace. Pray for it only. Pray and hope for world peace. Then the dogs and cats will also want world peace, and all the cows and buffaloes will want world peace, because their worlds are not peaceful. We kill them. They will also stand up and say, "We want world peace for us." How can there be?
As long as human beings are following their negative tendencies, there will always be retribution, lessons to learn for people to open their eyes and their hearts to go back to the right side, or to the middle side, to know what is the best way to handle things, what is noble for them, what is really a human being's nature. The way many people act is like animals; therefore, we have all these entities, possessed spirits, and things like that. Possession by spirits is karma, retribution for what we did in past lives. If we truly want to avoid it, then we must avoid it starting from now. The past we cannot change; we can minimize it by initiation, by the Precepts, and by trying to follow a good life.
Sooner or later, they will be finished when we pay off the karma. If we don't get initiation, we will get even more entities than that. The lesser entities are already taken care of; just the heavy ones, the burdens, the hardheaded ones stay around, but they will go, for example like that. And if we don't get initiation, we are worse off than what we are now or what we will be in the future.
So actually, it is not that after initiation everything is done and then you live in heaven all the time. You may do so if your karma is not so bad, but some have to suffer a little hell for a while. Even now, sometimes initiates are not all good. They don't do what they are supposed to do. They don't meditate; they just come here and hang around looking for a woman or man. It is the same; sometimes they create a very unpleasant atmosphere for us. So some of them, I have to throw out. I am sorry if it disturbs your compassionate heart but I have to protect other people, the more worthy. Those people, after they know their mistakes and repent, will become better and they will join you again.