The sushi personally made by sister Lin has always been a fast selling product in the Vegetarian House, and is always short of demand. When she wraps the sushi, as well as silently reciting the Holy Names, Master's Buddhist Chanting or lecture tapes are played.
Once when sister Lin was going to participate in a seven-day retreat, she asked her mother to look after her children, and also to help wrap the sushi. As her mother was not initiated, unavoidably she mentioned some small matters at home while she was working. Sister Lin said to her mother: "One has to concentrate on thinking about Master during one's work and recite Her name. Otherwise, today's sushi will not sell well."
Lin's mother did not want to believe this and still continued to chatter. Besides, she said, in a unbelieving tone: "I don't really believe you."
Usually, the sushi wrapped by sister Lin is white, bright and makes people's mouth water. However, the sushi wrapped by Lin's mother at that time was dark and dull. As expected, on the evening of the same day, there was a phone call from the Vegetarian House: "The sushi is not selling well, don't wrap too many."
Only then was Lin's mother wholeheartedly convinced: "Really miraculous! When I go back to Taipei, I will start eating vegetarian; and I also want to get initiation from Master."
After coming back from the seven-day retreat, sister Lin worked as usual. When she was wrapping the sushi, she recited the Holy Names. As a result, the sushi once again became one of the best selling products at the Vegetarian House. From this, she understood what Master has often said: A person's thinking power has a very great influence. It was certainly like that!
Master has also said: "One thought in our mind could affect the whole universe." Therefore, we have to try our best to avoid generating negative thoughts at all times. We have to be alert; have good, kind and positive thoughts; so that a good atmosphere can spread throughout the world.
There is a monk in a temple in China. After being initiated by Supreme Master Ching Hai, he continued to take care of the Bell Tower (a traditional, free-standing, two-storey building usually found in temples) in the temple, while practicing the Quan Yin Method everyday. Apart from working in the Bell Tower, he also rested and meditated there.
One day, he encountered a dangerous situation when meditating, so he promptly prayed to Master for help. The very instant that he thought about Master, he saw Her descending gracefully through a high window in the Bell Tower with a Quan Yin messenger.
As soon as Master appeared, the danger subsided; everything dissolved in the warm, peaceful ocean of love.
When Master left, She ascended gracefully out of the same window, and then disappeared in the vastness beyond. However, the Quan Yin messenger was left behind. Having insufficient power to make the ascent, the Quan Yin messenger had to use the staircase to climb up!
However, it was not a case of Master forgetting the disciple and flying away alone, but rather that She often uses different ways to educate sentient beings in different situations. The knot in the monk's heart was untied.
The power of a Master and that of disciples is different. For example, when conducting the initiation the power is from Master - the Quan Yin messenger is only an instrument. Whatever fantastic deeds that disciples do depends entirely on Master's compassionate and almighty power.
I can still remember the day when mother, an initiate, had a slight ailment, and we took her to hospital. The doctor on duty was a cardiac specialist. After a thorough check, he said the problem was due to a higher count of leukocytes and a slight enlargement of the heart, hospitalization was not necessary, and observation would suffice.
After a little rest, my mother went through another check-up and the leukocyte count had decreased. We felt assured there would be no problem; and the doctor stressed again that there was no serious problem. He said that my mother could be discharged after the IV drip was finished, and that we should come again the next morning for an out-patient consultation.
The worry experienced by my family members eased, and I silently thanked Master for Her care. However, as I began to feel relieved, Master showed me a vision while I was taking a rest and meditating. The vision message was: "Mother is going to pass away!"
Waking up from the dream, I hurried back to mother's bedside, only to find that she was in good condition, and looking spirited. She even ate some breakfast, and definitely did not look like a person who was about to die. However, the vision was so distinct that I didn't know what to do! I could only quickly find a chair, sit down, and meditate by her bedside; and leave everything to Master.
Mother Passed Away Easily
At midnight, my second sister-in-law and I helped mother to the toilet. Upon coming out, mother said that she felt very tired, and wanted to take a rest. Just as she sat down, we saw her exhale heavily three times. Just like that, right in front of us, with our hands still supporting her, she passed away! The doctors and nurses rushed in to resuscitate her. They queried and looked at each other in exasperation because they couldn't find the reason why.
Finally, they had no option but to tell us that they had done their best. We were so shocked, amazed, and touched - Master has taken care of everything so perfectly and incredibly.
When we went again the next day to get the death certificate, the nurses were still talking about the incident. Though the doctors had all the records on the desk, they didn't know how to complete the forms as they were overwhelmed with doubts.
Relatives And Friends Moved
By The Auspicious Appearance
Even though we have over ten initiates in the family, most of them are scattered in many places; and we hardly knew any fellow initiates who lived nearby. However, the next day more than ten fellow initiates, whom we had never met, came continuously from many places to meditate at our home. Our relatives and friends were very touched by their cordial visits.
They brought Master's love to our home, and made the atmosphere obviously change into a calm and peaceful one. Continuously blessed by the sounds of Master's Buddhist Chanting tape and the meditation of fellow initiates, mother's face began to look soft, and the color changed from slightly pink to rosy. Eventually, there were two distinct crimson spots on her cheeks, which looked like make-up. Her eyes were lightly closed like she was sleeping. Had we not seen it with our own eyes, it would have been hard to believe that she could have such an auspicious appearance!
Even the funeral customs were simplified under Master's loving influence. Everything went so smoothly, as if it was the way it should be. I felt so ashamed then! Though I had been initiated for many years, it never occurred to me that, with a selfless and sharing heart, Master's love could be spread throughout the world. Convey it to each sprouting seed, and each heart will be elevated into ecstasy! I promised myself that from now on, I would selflessly and actively participate in any of the Center's work, and be a competent instrument for Master to use.
Master's Love Lengthened Mother's Life
On the day my mother passed away, my eldest sister-in-law, who was not initiated, told my niece that once she had gone to a temple to have her fortune told, and the temple caretaker told her that mother could only live to sixty-five, but her life span was extended up to now due to her virtuous deeds. This reminded me of the occasion when I first took my parents to Hsihu.
Upon seeing them, Master told me that father had great blessed rewards, but that mother must take care. Master threw an orange to each of them -- father got the orange, but mother missed hers. Mother was exactly sixty-five the year she was initiated. Until her death, Master had given her six extra years to practice. Master's love is always so boundless, and is given so naturally and silently. Only when the flowers blossom and the fruit are ripe, their brilliance is detected by this group of ignorant children.
Innumerable Bone Relics
On the day of the cremation there was another amazing story which stunned everyone there. The cremation held before ours was of a person from another spiritual group. With great effort, they looked for relics in the cooled ashes, and finally under everyone's expectation one was found. They delightfully took it to be appraised by an experienced person at the crematory. Unfortunately, the result was negative, which disappointed them very much.
After my mother was cremated, and before the ashes cooled, my eldest sister exclaimed loudly that there were relics! Everyone rushed forward to look, and we found many green jade and transparent pieces among the bones. Some of them were still growing like coral. We couldn't resist picking them up.
My eldest brother didn't believe it. He thought that it was already great if there were a few pieces, but believed it impossible to have innumerable pieces of both big and small relics.
We took them to the crematory staff for appraisal and the result was positive. Hearing the news, the former group came over quickly to see what the relics looked like, and asked who was cremated. We said, "Any disciple of our Master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, would have this!"
Totally amazed, they exclaimed, "Wow! This happens even to the disciples!"
Plenty Of Experiences In The Family!
When we meditated together on the day mother departed, my brother-in-law saw Master take mother with Her. On the third day, when my second sister meditated at home, she also saw Master take mother's arm, and walk slowly upwards. (My mother's legs were slightly handicapped.) They went through a gate into a vast and bright square with palaces, and then Master disappeared. Mother became very young. She was wearing a traditional Chinese blouse and trousers with floral patterns, with two long pigtails, and was agilely running around.
Later, she saw mother holding a bag, walking back and forth outside another door, as if waiting for someone. After a while, a person, riding on a unique gliding vehicle, came and said, "I am late because I had to handle something. It is almost time. Let's go quickly!" Then they entered another door, and mother changed into a dress made of a light transparent material or something like that.
When mother's body was being taken to the crematory, my third sister meditated on the way and saw fireworks being launched into the sky above, as if it was an evening celebration. How wonderful it was!
On the night that mother passed away, our old great aunt dreamt about taking her to play at the seaside even though my mother seldom went there when she was alive.
My third sister-in-law saw mother in her dream standing on a boat by the sea. The vision was so clear. She had the same dream two days later, only this time the boat had sailed far away. Master arranged everything perfectly. When the relics appeared, the incredible fact convinced all our relatives and friends that Master had taken mother to a superior realm.
Through mother's elevation ceremony, we've had indescribable feelings and unforgettable, marvellous experiences. Everyone in our family seems to have grown into a new person, and the sluggish ones now practice diligently. Even those non-believers were awed; some of whom are even awaiting initiation!
In the limitless space of time, Master's wheel of dharma is ever revolving to wake all sleeping souls. I hope that more members in my family, and more people with an affinity will soon share with us Master's almighty love!
I was initiated by Master several weeks after my father-in-law passed away. Before initiation, I often had doubts about life: "Where do human beings come from? Where do they go?" When my father-in-law died, I experienced a family member's death for the first time. This stimulated more desire in my heart to solve the mystery of birth and death.
Several days before my father-in-law's death, my daughter was hospitalized due to a continuous high fever. I stayed in the hospital to take care of her.
On the night when she fully recovered and was checked out of the hospital, I came back home feeling exhausted in body and spirit. After I paid my respects and wished good health to my father-in-law, I went upstairs to rest. I tossed and turned in bed, and could not go to sleep. Half asleep, I seemed to hear someone calling me. I forced my eyes open and saw a seemingly transparent figure. At that time, thinking that I dreaming, I closed my eyes and went to sleep.
The next morning, I learnt that my father-in-law had passed away. He left this world in just one night.
During the period of mourning, I intuitively felt an invisible presence around our home, as if my father-in-law's soul was still there.
After being initiated by Master, I sincerely prayed to Her to take care of my father-in-law. Once, in a dream, I saw a vivid image of Master in white, as ethereal and beautiful as Quan Yin Bodhisattva. Floating in the air, She stretched out Her hands saying: "Follow me!" Just as miraculous as that, my father-in-law's spiritual body flew directly towards Master, while I stood on the balcony waving good-bye to him. I kept this event to myself.
Then, at last year's "Ching Hai Day" celebration, when Master appeared like Quan Yin Bodhisattva, I stared at the scene feeling that it was incomparably intimate and familiar; and suddenly I was enlightened! It turned out that several years ago, Master had already shown me this scene in a dream. The excitement and gratitude that arose in my heart were greater than anything that can be described by language!
There was a village doctor who had been seeking the Truth for many years. One day while at the home of one of his patients in Da Tong, he saw Master's photo and read the sample booklet. He could hardly wait to be initiated. Having been a vegetarian for nine years, he was able to be initiated within a short time. After his initiation, he was as happy and innocent as a child. Master's great love had comforted his wandering soul.
Soon afterwards, he went back to his hometown to practice spiritually in seclusion. As there were no fellow practitioners there, he had to practice alone for quite a while. Feeling the loneliness of having no one to meditate with, he earnestly spread Master's teachings; and with Master's blessing and loving guidance, soon dozens of people requested initiation.
The place for the initiation was the home of a fellow practitioner in another village, where there were plenty of Master's photos, full of love and compassion. In every photo Master was dressed differently. He loved every one, and embraced all of them.
Later, he saw Master's manifestation form appear wearing a white dress, and emitting bright light. He cried wholeheartedly as tears rolled down his cheeks. He heard Master say with a chuckle, "Don't cry, you can now have group meditations."
The blessing power continued for more than half an hour. This wonderful experience always urges him to practice diligently. He deeply understands that Master is omnipresent, and is never separated from us.
The Mystery Of The Goddess From The Moon
During the Mid-Autumn Festival several years ago, sister Liu was picking sweet corn in the field when she suddenly raised her head and saw a Goddess gracefully descending from the full moon. She looked familiar and beautiful. Sister Liu was stunned and thought it was an hallucination, but the goddess spoke to her and said: "Would you take me to your house? I will go there often if you wish."
Sister Liu was delighted and answered, "I welcome you to come anytime you wish."
Then, like a flash, the Goddess returned to the moon.
Not long after, sister Liu went to offer incense in a temple. There she received a sample booklet from a fellow practitioner and deeply believed that Master was the living enlightened Master that she sought. Later, her wish of getting the initiation was fulfilled. However, she was still mystified by the Goddess from the moon, until one day she saw a video of Master dressed up as Chang Er (which means Moon Goddess). She immediately recognized the Goddess whom she saw several years ago was Master.