An interview with Supreme Master Ching Hai by Ms. Helen Stone
KLOE Radio Station at the Quan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant
Houston, TX, U.S.A. November 14, 1993 (Originally in English)
Q: I don't know some of the spiritual realities that were revealed to You in Your studies in the Himalayas. In my constructing these questions, I was thinking about an audience out in radio-land listening on Sunday morning who might not be familiar with Your teachings and who might want to become initiated, who might want to better understand the Quan Yin Method or the Quan Yin route to spirituality.
M: So you mean I should talk about the inner realizations? There are too many to talk about. First, because the universe is vast and it's contained within ourselves; I can only tell you a few. For example like, for an ordinary person to get enlightenment, you normally will see Light and hear Sound - Light of different colors or brilliance, sometimes more than a thousand suns. Some people will see less than that. Some people just see kind of moving black clouds for some time, but very rare. Most people see immediate Light from God.
Light represents wisdom, the super consciousness; the Light without shadows, the Light that you don't see with your eyes but you see with your inner awareness. That is called enlightenment when you see that. Then you hear the Sound, the silent Sound from God, which brings you the message from heaven. It's kind of like music, but without instruments. You can't make out what it is; but it is so beautiful and melodious, it lifts you up above the mundane level of consciousness and brings you back to where you are supposed to be.
From that higher standpoint you direct your whole life into a more righteous direction. Then we clean all the mess and entanglement that we don't see when we are too low here below. We see better when we are higher. So to say higher, it doesn't mean we have a ladder of something, just higher in consciousness, in awareness, in intelligence. We are back to the true source of wisdom, our True Self, which is God-like. We're back to God, who dwells within our holy temples here. So we truly recognize ourselves, who is who, and we stop occupying all the habits and all the knowledge that bind us from the outside.
The more you contemplate on this inner wisdom, the more you remember your Real Self, the wiser you become, the more your life becomes smoother, and everything goes better and better until you completely know a lot of things, or all things, and you become like omnipresent, omnipotent. Everyone who prays to you, in any corner of the universe, you will know. You will help them immediately, according to the situation and according to what is beneficial for that person. That is the highest achievement of a so-called Master.