Excerpts from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s lecture:
Whenever we love someone else, we love ourselves. We really boost our glory! It's not that we help anyone; we help ourselves! Please remember this: Whenever you do something good, it's the will of Heaven; it's good for you. You should do better, be more loving, try to strive inside and use your wisdom. Don't be a sheep in the crowd. Try to remember more the promise that you made to the Father and Heavenly Hierarchy before you came to earth.
Because you'll remember through meditation and through contemplation of the wisdom from the Light and Sound what you are and what you're supposed to do to advance yourself. Because you contact the supreme wisdom again, and then you remember what your mission is or what you're supposed to do. That's why you change! That's why you always change for the better! Because you remember the Heavenly being that you are! That's why you change! You become better and better. You become more angelic, more Heaven-like. That's all your work. Of course, the Master and Heavenly beings always stand by and help us, but if you don't do it yourself, it doesn't matter how many help you. We have to do it ourselves first, and then the Heavenly beings help us. The Master power always helps us.
We're sometimes put into unfavorable conditions to see how we can love our enemies, but we often fail. We often fail to "love thy enemy," or our enemies. We often give in to our flesh, our desires and also the temptation of the surroundings to hate our enemies. It's just the way we're taught, the way we're used to, not the way of Heaven. And the more successful we are, of course the higher our position in the hierarchy of the universe. And we'll be given more opportunities in the Heavenly system to do better work, more interesting work and more universal work so that we can develop the immense talent that we never knew we had even in our wildest imagination. We'll be given leading roles in Heaven like teaching a lot of Heavenly beings and things like that. Or when we go to this earth, we'll become like Masters, Teachers of spirituality or have some special position, leading humankind into the Kingdom of God.
Before we're born, we choose our environment, our parents, our trials, our tests, the friends we're with and the situation we'll be in. But then when it becomes too much we cry. It's all right. You can cry, you can pray and help will be there to help you overcome this weakness, or to go quickly, to comfort your soul a little bit, to go through the test. That's why we pray and why we meditate. It lessens the pain of our test and makes us pass it with flying colors.
And so, there are so many pushing opportunities from Heaven like a disaster will befall you or someone else will be behind you pushing you, or some situation will happen so that you suddenly feel awakened. Or some friend will come along, even a beggar on the street to remind you of the ephemeral nature of this world. So beggars are also angels! Yes, sometimes the suffering ones are there to awaken us! Some people come to do some great mission, and some people come to do a small mission in order to earn the merit of being humans so that they can be in school and earn the merit, so that they can advance in Heaven and have another opportunity, perhaps, to advance again.
It's not that earth people are difficult, but they jump into this situation, they inherit all this DNA, all these egos in their cells. When you die, your cells die, but your babies go on with the DNA, with the cells that you have and all the information is written in the cells, as well as in the brain. So it never dies. The brain dies, but the cells go on. That's why people very much emphasize having babies to continue their lineage. It truly is the continuation of the lineage! All the information passes down. That's why you see many traits in the same family. But of course it's not to stay like that, so that the society will have a lot of varieties. Because even though a person inherited all his information and traits from his father, he goes on and also develops his own. And he learns from a different mixture, and becomes another individual, apart from the information that he already has. So it becomes another individual again. He has the traces of his father, but also his own traces.