Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Lecture at Georgetown University,
Washington, DC, U.S.A., April 14, 1993
(Originally in English)
Q: How can we tell true Masters from false masters?
M: That I don't know; I haven't met any false ones. I've only met true Masters. False or true, it's up to you. There are many ways to discern a true Master. When a so-called master just clings to one part of the Truth and forsakes the rest, and then teaches the disciples only one part of that from the whole Truth, then we call him a false master. But actually the name is not correct. Maybe he is a kind of "partial master", a part-time job, a part-time master, but not false.
And when a master teaches you the whole Truth that is with yourself and awakens that which already exists within yourself, that is the true Master. Because He/She awakens the true Master within yourself, that is the true Master. And what is your true Nature, what is the true Master within yourself? That is God, that is the Holy Spirit, which dwells within your church, your temple. And when that God manifests, we can hear the teaching through the heavenly Music, we can see Hirm through visions or through abundant illuminations like a thousand suns, sometimes. That is our true Nature when It is awakened.
So, if any master can awaken this heavenly wisdom, vibration and heavenly Light within you, which is your Self Nature, which is your self-mastership, then that is a true Master. It takes One to know One.