He Xiangu, one of the Eight Immortals, once heard the jingling sound of flute; Sakyamuni Buddha mentioned in the Lotus Sutra about the sounds of bell, drum, thunder and lion’s roar; the Bible also mentioned God's voice like the sound of thunder and flood, and when God appears, the bight light shines like a great fire. Thus we know that the teachings from the East and the West are the same. They both talk about inner experiences of light and sound. We will easily misunderstand if we don’t study it clearly and understand different teachings and religions.
We struggle so much because we don’t understand our Master's true meanings. We don’t see because we have no inner experiences. If we ourselves are enlightened, we will know all religions are talking about the same thing. Before Master told you the story of the Eight Immortals, you had never thought that the Eight Immortals also practiced the Guan Yin Method; that’s because we are not enlightened and we still differentiate between this and that religion; after we get enlightened, we see all religions are the same, teaching people to practice spiritually and writing about some inner experiences for future generations’ reference. We will not understand it if we don’t have the same experiences; without Masters, we cannot attain the same level or spiritual status as the ancient people or understand their talking.