May 1, was a beautiful, hot day with the sun's rays warmly welcoming
Master to Kathmandu, Nepal. Hours before the lecture, crowded buses
and people jammed together in front of the city's Birendra International
Convention Center. Many people also passing by on bicycles and cars
slowed to a stop just to behold the billboards bearing Master's beautiful
30 minutes before the Convention Center's doors opened to the many
anxious Truth seekers waiting outside, the dark clouds that had been
looming overhead suddenly opened up and released a torrential downpour.
Jagged flashes of lightning appeared and thunder crashed, as the temperature
dropped a refreshing 10 degrees Celsius and Master's blessing power
large rooms in the Center had been prepared for the thousands of people
expected to attend the Nepal lecture. Large-screen TVs and loudspeakers
were also set up for guests who might be standing outside. The enormous
crowd entering the hall filled the rooms to overflowing. Even at the
end of the lecture, there were still at least a thousand people waiting
outside the hall, longing to see Master.
Master arrived, people rose to their feet applauding heartily, and
the atmosphere teemed with excitement. Master, dressed in a simple
yet elegant, ivory, traditional Nepalese sari-type dress with loose
fitting sleeves, was radiant. Flowers and tall evergreen trees adorned
the stage, while Master's sofa was
covered in a multi-patterned Nepalese fabric. Local children wearing
traditional Nepalese costumes and several adults made a flower offering
to begin the program.
the large audience, Master said that She felt a great deal of love,
as well as the purity of the people of Nepal -- Buddha's land, (Note:
Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southwestern Nepal, approximately 2,500
years ago.), and that it was Her honor to be in this beautiful country.
She expressed surprise at the hot temperatures of Kathmandu, explaining
that She was once in the Himalayas of India and thought that Nepal
would have a similar climate. Instead, She found Nepal to be warm,
like the hearts of its people.
Her lecture, Master reminded the audience that we are already love,
warmth, and wisdom, but some of us have just forgotten. The people,
who remember their own Self, their God Nature, or Buddha Nature, are
called "enlightened beings". Those who don't remember their
own Original Nature are called "not-yet-enlightened Buddhas",
but Master pointed out that both are Buddhas. When we lack the knowledge
that we are God, we feel that our lives are not fulfilled, not happy,
not contented. Master said that all the misery and unhappiness on
the planet are caused not by war, not by poverty, not by the conditions
that we live in, but by lack of wisdom, lack of knowing that we are
more than just a human body.
example, many kings, many leaders, many rich and famous people are
not happy and keep wanting more power, more money, more position,
more everything, and they are still not happy. But the Buddha, even
as a future king, forsook everything and had nothing with Him, and
was happy; because the Buddha remembered who He truly was and the
other people did not remember. The Buddha also said, "I have
already remembered that I am a Buddha, and you will be the future
Buddhas." In the Zen Buddhist tradition, the difference between
enlightenment and ignorance is just one hair's breadth. Master asked,
"How can we traverse this difference, even though it is so subtle?
How can we? Can we?" and replied, "The answer is 'Yes',
because the Light that is within us never dies out. The Light of Buddha
that was imparted to the circle of His disciples, the Light of Krishna
and the Light of Shiva has never died. It has been continuously transmitted
from one being to another, from one country to the next, and is always
shining. If we find this Light, it is transmitted to our unlit candle
so that our candle will be lit right away. The only difference between
enlightenment and non-enlightenment is where we place our attention.
If we pay attention to the body, the physical surroundings, and everything
that is in this material world, then we are material beings; we are
in the material world. If we pay attention to the inward Nature of
our Self and our God Nature, which is always within us, is inborn
and never dies, then we become an enlightened Master. That's the only
difference, and it's very simple to traverse this difference."
we turn our attention inward to our Original Self, we will see the
Light, kingdom of God, heaven, and whatever will make us elevated,
happy and wise. When we turn inward to hear our own Nature, we will
hear the true teachings directly from God, from heaven, and from the
past, future, and present Masters, which are nonverbal, which are
direct, which are uncontaminated, which are everlasting. These teachings
make us remember that we are God, that we are from God. This can happen
immediately. We just have to turn inward."
the actual Divine experience, only actual enlightenment, actual realization
of our own True Self, can make us contented persons, and happier,
wiser beings. After Buddha attained enlightenment, He still remained
a monk. He had no need to be a king or to go back to His original
life. Of course, Lord Buddha could also have become a king but He
still would have been enlightened. After being enlightened, whatever
you do, you are enlightened. Shri Rama was so enlightened that it
didn't matter to him whether he was a king or in exile thousands of
miles from home, he was happy. Afterwards, people demanded that he
become king again, and he said, 'Fine!'
is an enlightened person. There is no attachment of any kind, either
to poverty, to renunciation or to kingdoms. Enlightened beings will
do whatever the situation requires, whatever is beneficial to sentient
beings, because within them are happiness, peace, and love. They have
no need for material or nonmaterial assistance in order to be contented.
To enlightened beings, everything they do is just for the benefit
of others; they do it or don't do it; they take something or don't
take something. Even if they eat food or drink milk, everything is
for the sake of other beings. In order to be contented, to be peaceful,
happy, loving and truly happy inside, we must remember who we truly
are inside, like the Lord Buddha and so many other great Masters.
of the great Masters of India was very poor. Someone, maybe a princess,
gave him a diamond, a gem. It was worth a fortune, but he didn't bother
to take it. She had placed it in the roof, and when she came back,
it was still there. To an enlightened being, being poor is nothing.
He could also become rich if he wanted. He doesn't have to stay in
poverty, yet for him being rich or poor is equal. These Masters have
no more attachment to what they have or don't have, because they already
know everything in this world is not their true Nature. They already
know the kingdom of God. To attain this kind of contentment and peacefulness,
we also should search inside and find our true greatness.
easy to remember our Self -- easier than breathing, eating or talking.
Advertisements don't fulfill our needs, they don't satisfy our desires.
We need the real thing. Enlightenment is the real thing, not talking
about it, introducing it, or advertising about it. An advertisement
might say, 'Coca-Cola is great'. Another might say that apples are
sweet. But we never feel anything from advertisements alone. We don't
see any Light. We don't feel God's blessing when it's only an advertisement."
added that it was not like She was going to "give people"
anything, because we have always had our true Nature. It's just that
we have forgotten where it is. She will show us how to become enlightened,
and then we will have our true Nature again forever.
the conclusion of the lecture, Master walked into the crowd to personally
greet as many as She could. Speaking through a microphone to the people
outside, She said that although they did not have seats in the lecture
hall, they had a seat in Her heart.
the lecture, more than 600 people were initiated. And since the lecture,
many people call each day to request initiation! The "waves"
from the Ocean of Love Lecture Tour continue to roll ashore in Nepal,
as Master's loving presence awakens the hearts and souls of Truth
seekers, even after Her physical departure from their country.