96/Panorama Of Events/France
initiates in France were exposed to a series of challenges as soon as they decided
to prepare for a four-day European retreat this year. Obstacle followed obstacle
during the preparations, even in the selection of the venue, until they crossed
the final hurdle in opting for a newly developed camping ground to the north
of Paris. Surprisingly, they found that God and the saints had already arranged
for guardian angels to be there waiting for them. Without the owner's hospitality
and heartwarming support, fellow initiates could not have enjoyed a simple and
peaceful retreat. For several days before the retreat, God sent heavy rain and
gusty winds to clean the land. And when the retreat commenced, the weather turned
bright and sunny, surprising even the owner who revealed that he had never witnessed
such a heavy rainstorm.
On the last evening
of the four-day retreat, the owner set up a campfire and joined the fellow initiates
in song and dance, rejoicing in God's boundless love until three in the morning.
The initiates then packed their luggage and sped to the airport on previously
arranged buses to board flights back to their homes.
Yours Always, Ching
During the initiation
ceremony held before the four-day European retreat, a fellow initiate from Slovania
witnessed Master's transformation body giving initiation and saw Her in extreme
pain and suffering as She took on the karma of sentient beings. Much to his
surprise, however, a couple of minutes later, he saw Her body radiating a brilliant
halo of light and celebrating with joy and bliss.
During the retreat,
initiates received a faxed message written by Master Herself. In the letter,
She congratulated the initiates for being able to get together for the retreat
and apologized for Her inability to share the joy of meditation with them in
person. Her heart is always with them and She and the initiates are one in spirit,
When the initiates came
upon the last few words where Master signed, "Yours always, Ching Hai," their
hearts melted in the immeasurable love of Her profound promise of eternity.