Many people misunderstand Confucius as an ordinary teacher who taught people only good thoughts such as benevolence, righteousness, propriety, intelligence and trust, which is merely human morality in this world. But Supreme Master Ching Hai pointed out that Confucius was a great Bodhisattva, a great enlightened master and he also practiced the Quan Yin Method. Only we fellow practitioners truly understand Confucius’ benevolence, righteousness, propriety, intelligence and trust, and truly worship God, the highest Dao or the Buddha, as we see God’s light and Buddha’s light within every being. Only then can we truly worship.
"Tzu" means the teacher, the enlightened Masters. This "Tzu" is a very respectful one. At that time, the Chinese people already knew how to respect an enlightened Master. So, do not think that the ancient people did not have enlightened Masters who taught them the Quan Yin Method. Every country has! We pressed down the Master of our own country and then worship the Master of another country, this is not right. Sakyamuni Buddha was one of the greatest ancient Masters, so were Confucius and Lao Tzu. We should study all religions and ancient teachings with a fair heart so as to really understand them.
Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and then we have intelligence, and then faith. Faith without wisdom is superstition. Therefore, we have first wisdom and then our faith will be true faith. Because when we find wisdom, we truly understand what the Buddha is and what the Tao is. Only when we really know and understand what we want to believe, can we be faithful and have real faith.
Master said that there are only two denominations in spiritual practicing. One is studying theory and talking about the Buddha, heaven and hell, which can be called a method of gradual enlightenment; the other one is to communicate directly with that power so that we know what the real Buddha is, where the heavens are and where the hells are, which is called immediate enlightenment. We see it first and then we become stabilized and believing, which is safer. One is talking about cookies, the other is eating cookies. We are the ones who eat cookies.