To live a happy life, we have to create a happy atmosphere for ourselves.
We must always be open and accepting, then we will find our life is terrific, is completely in harmony and beautiful, and is a blessing everyday, twenty-four hours.
Good! Like attracts like. Because you're better, everything better will come to you. That's why people say to you, "Think positively!" It's not because you say, "I think positive and I expect positive, that the positive things come. It's not. When you are able to think positively, that means you are elevated to the positive level. You are higher already, so the negative cannot touch you, cannot catch up with you.
That's why you're happy. And once you're in the positive level, you just attract the positive, of course. If you are in America, you can't be in France; that's very simple. Try to climb to that level. Try all your best. Meditate more; read the holy teachings. Read positive books; read anything that reminds you of your higher nature, of the contact with God. Then you'll be better, more and more every day, and everything will turn out better for you. You'll know without my doing anything, without you doing anything. Of course, you pray sometimes to the Master power for help and if you need it, of course it's always there. But, if you raise yourself to a higher level, you'll have it permanently and you can only come up all the time.
The Quan Yin Method is a way to bring you up there but it's you who do it, you who want it. You make the effort.
To cheerful people, anything is funny and any food is delicious.
We live one day, we live beautifully; we die with a beautiful impression. Live in the world with love and admiration for the beauty of Creation.
Place you heart on your wisdom eye. It will be very happy, it will understand many things.
What is the spirit of Zen? It is to enjoy today, to do today. No matter happiness or suffering, it is all today. Understand? Don't bother about the past. The past cannot be retrieved, alas! The future is not here yet. But very few people will devote their attention wholeheartedly to the present moment. That's why everyone suffers so much.
If you recall, when we were happy, cheerful, no matter for what reasons, no matter if we were with friends, husband, wife or children, we could chat happily all through the night. Even though we only slept for one or two hours, we still felt that we were full of energy. When we were miserable, carrying a guilty conscience, or when karma came, we felt very, very tired, no matter how much we slept. That was why I told you this morning to relax, relax, and relax!
Love your family, truly love them, and they will love you, too. Then, due to this love, we will feel very lively and happy. It will be easy for us to accept people from outside, and to love others. Try it when you return home. This is the path to being happy.
Wherever we are, endeavor to merge ourselves into the multitude. Not that we have to abandon our personal taste, but that we should forsake our ego, the grudging mind, the aversion to cooperate, and our arrogant perceptions; then we will be happy.
If we are always magnanimous to others and forgive them, even when others have treated us badly we still treat them well and love them, then this is the heart of a child. If we preserve this heart of a child, no matter how old we have grown, we are still God's children. We will not go to hell, or encounter any unfavorable situations. Our life will be very smooth. At least our heart will be forever happy. We will have an open mind. Any problems or obstacles would not make us feel greatly frustrated or upset. We would be very carefree, without burdening attachments on our mind. This is the heart of a child. It is not true that we cannot be children again after we have grown up.
Always try to live our life with the most fulfilling program. Never idle your lifetime. Just do everything you want. Try to learn new things. Be outgoing. Be social. Be friendly; be loving to all the people and learn everything from each other. There is no need to sit there and feel miserable about your life, about your misfortune. There is no such misfortune in this life.
When we observe someone very cheerful in spirit, we know that he has greater wisdom, less arrogance and is very magnanimous. This shows that he is closer to the level of the saints, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
If we meditate more and more, finally we know that we don't need anything. Everyday is a miracle for us, and we're happier and more loving everyday. That is the best gift from God.
If you are enlightened, you are happy. The more happy, the more you believe in enlightenment, and the more you will appreciate God's nature.
Some spiritual practitioners are very contented, lively and at ease, because nothing is stuck in their minds. They are more ingenuous, and do not feel any restrictions or pressure. Therefore, they don't need much sleep, and still remain very relaxed and energetic. It truly is so.
If we have God, then everywhere we go, God is there, and then we will feel happy anywhere. Nirvana or Heaven is not only a place in the universe, but it is also a state of being. If we reach this state of consciousness, we will always be satisfied and we will always have much too much, we will never want.
It's not we living our lives the way we want that brings happiness; this most often brings disasters. If we live our lives the correct way, then we are free. And then of course we will be happy... not what we want. In everything there is some judgement and some kind of definite way. For example, we say, "I have a car, I can drive anywhere I want." That will bring problems. But if we drive on the proper road and with the proper attention, then of course we will be at our destination very fast. If we run all over the place, we will bring trouble to ourselves; even though we call that freedom. Freedom without discipline will bring disaster. And the way many of us lead our lives brings misery, as you can see all around you. Therefore, there is a definite way to lead our lives in order to have true and lasting happiness. That is the life of a gentlemen, that is the life of a sage, who does things according to the universal harmony, and not according to the dictation of the restless mind.
Be happy with whatever you have. Otherwise, God takes everything away.
Q. How can we always be happy and immortal?
M. How can we be happy and immortal? Yeah! Yes, there is a way. There is a way to everything that we want. We must know where to find it. If you want to live forever and be happy, I will offer you that method. It's very easy. You should devote a little bit of time every day to acquire it, and in a very short time you will know, in a very short time. For some people its just a few days, and for some people on the first day. They know that they are immortal. But for this I cannot use language to explain it to you. You must experience it yourself, and then you alone will know. And afterwards somebody will ask you, "What is it like?", and then you'll become dumb, just like me! [Master laughs] We cannot say much, we only how, realize, and experience it ourselves.
Q. Master, I would like to know how we can achieve the inner feeling of happiness, and how we can transmit it to the people nearby.
M. Yes, I'll show you. You come for the initiation tomorrow. I'll guarantee the result immediately. After the initiation you'll sense this happiness. People around you will sense it. They'll smell something. They'll come asking you "What have you done? You have changed. I like you so much. Won't you show me the secret?" Do you like me, by the way? Yes? Are you comfortable with me? Yeah, that is because I have the secret. [Master and all laugh] I can give it to you. We can share together. It's a good question.