How Does Sound Purify Us?
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Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai Sydney, Australia, May 10, 1997 (Originally in English)
Q: On the nature of purity, it's easy to understand that being kind, loving, compassionate, and loving beauty is pure; but I don't understand how sound can purify.
M: Just like water can cleanse your body, the Sound can purify the spirit.
Q: Is purity also a vibrational frequency?
M: Yes, it kind of filters the negative influences that sometimes enter your being, your magnetic field, by contact with the world or contaminated situations that you inherited from the situation or environment, or kind of "past life leftovers. It will filter those out just like a filter or like water cleanses the body.
M: How does water cleanse the body? It just does. When you pour water over your body, put on a little soap, and then you rinse with water, the dirt will go. Similarly, invisibly our minds are contaminated by bad thoughts, by negative thinking, and if you continue using the sound at a higher vibration, it will eliminate the lower vibration, just like some electronic work.This is metaphysical, but it does cleanse; that's why you become better and better. It doesn't matter how, as long as you're cleansed, it's fine. Not everything can we explain with the worldly language, but as long as the result is there, you know it is like that. How? We have to know inside, not with language. As long as it's clean and we feel better and better, more and more pure every day, then we know it does work. Just like water - we don't know how it cleanses, but it does cleanse. As long as you pour the water on your body, then later on you'll feel clean, so the result speaks for itself. We feel better and better, purer and purer every day. More simple. The proof is that you don't want to be famous or to have money anymore, or you don't really feel attached to the worldly, material comforts anymore. You do have it and you do know how to take care of yourself, but it doesn't bind you like before. This is the way that sound cleanses us and makes us feel more and more pure and liberated.
Q: Does impurity set up a certain vibrational frequency in the structure of the physical, and then you have these sound waves coming in and they vibrate at a different frequency? Do they alter the frequency of the structure of the body?
M: Yes, you can say it like that, but actually the way it works is not materialistically. We are not the body actually; we're also not the computer brain; we are the spirit. So, if the sound with the higher frequency enters or reenters our being, or reopens to us, then we are just elevated above all the contaminated situations. That's how we become purified more and more every day. Actually, it's not "purified"; it just lifts us up, lets our consciousness become higher, then we don't think of the bad things or have negative thoughts anymore. The negativity cannot reach us anymore. Well, this is metaphysical - as long as it does cleanse, it's all right. Maybe you can use science to prove it, but then you still cannot say "how." It just looks that way, but it might not be that way. Sometimes people try to explain too much and it is not the way it really is. It's more invisible; it's more metaphysical.
Q: So, would continued meditation explain the answer just by the experience?
M: Yes, by the fruit, shall you know the tree. If it yields apples, then no doubt, it's an apple tree. We keep arguing, "How can you say this is an apple tree?" - Because it bears apples.
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