International Gathering
with Supreme Master Ching Hai Europe, Jul – Oct 2015 Buddhist Stories: “The Brahmin with a Single Robe” September 18, 2015 OK, don’t overdo! Don’t overdo it. Don’t abuse your freedom. OK, good. New guy? You just recruit him?
(Yes, Master!) Looking for friends? How come it smells like
long time no bath or something? Too many people, I guess. Lay down. Now. Down,
good boy! Good boy. Thank you, thank you. Kitchen also came already? I cannot open, good Love.
Never mind, I have some extra here. You’re a good boy. Very obedient boy! I’m very impressed and pleased.
You’re a good boy. That’s a good boy! English? In the front? (Yes!)
Good, good! And the ones behind, no English? Anybody else who understands English
can come sit in the front. No? They have translation? (Yes.)
Good. OK. You like to sit outside?
Right? (Yes!) How come last time when it was raining
I didn’t see anybody outside? You like it, depends,
depends on weather, right? (Yes!) OK. Next time
you have to take a poncho. Cover all over
and then just sit there in the rain. Sitting in the rain. The kitchen people,
are you here? (Yes.) Today raw or half cooked? Raw! Raw again? Yesterday 50%
and today you upgrade to 100%. They like it? (Yes.) Like raw food? (Yes.) Very excellent! I’m proud of you. So, from today just everybody … But the rice is cooked, right? It’s not raw, is it? Rice cooked? (Yes.) OK. So everybody has a bowl of rice
and a couple of carrots, right? You can use the carrot as,
like chopsticks to push in the rice and … So what did you eat today? What today? (Salad.) Just salad? (Yes.) (Rice.) Rice? (Rice.) Anything else?
(Banana.) (Soy protein.) (Banana, fruit.) OK, OK, one by one.
Just tell me, one person enough, tell me. Report. One person. Steamed rice.
(Steamed rice! Good!) Salad, cucumber.
(Salad, cucumber.) Red bell pepper.
(Red pepper, bell pepper.) Zucchini. (Zucchini.)
Something else. (Tomato.) Tomatoes.
(Tomatoes and soy protein.) Tomato or tomatoes? Soy protein? (Yes.) How do they do that?
(I guess they just …) How did you do the soy protein? Soak in the water, and I marinate
with sesame oil. (Sesame oil!) Soya sauce.
(Soya sauce!) And a little bit of chili.
(Chili!) And does it taste good?
(Yes!) Not cooked? (No!) Very good. I didn’t think
you’d take my advice literally. The protein, I was thinking,
it’s no good not to cook, but if you marinate it a long time. The protein is normally cooked already. And if you boil water and soak it,
then it’s double cooked, right? And then you can marinate like that. Does it taste good,
the soy protein? (Yes!) Yeah, protein is protein.
Tastes good or not, you eat it. So that you have enough nutrition. I hear somebody. Somebody likes somebody here. Please get out. Oh, you go the wrong way.
You went the wrong way. Lower a little bit.
Lower and then out. Lower and right,
right side, right side, right side. Right! Yep! Out. No! Almost. Go. Yeah! There you go! Good bee!
Very smart. Another one. (Another bee.)
(Another one?) You follow the other one, OK?
I’m busy now. What’s going on? Maybe this is the kind of thing
that you like. That smells good?
No. Oh, God! It’s the time for bees,
they run around. Without bees we’re also in trouble. We will have no pollination and then …
Yeah? Pollination? OK, and then
we have no food, no fruit. A lot of fruits and vegetables and food
depend on the bees. Man cannot make all that, no.
They are very hard workers. Really, you ate raw today? (Yes!) I was just thinking
if tofu, you can eat raw. Tofu, already made into blocks.
That means already cooked, really. Just sometimes people like to fry it,
or cook with other vegetables. Otherwise, I eat like that. Not always of course,
but you can. Just put a little salt or soya sauce,
and then it’s fine. OK! Oh, there are two bees now! Hey you guys,
be nice, get out, OK? Makes people nervous, understand? Out, out,
to the right side and out. Lower, right and out. All right. I came to read you a story again. You like stories? (Yes!) Story is quick and simple. According to Buddhism
and the believers and the tradition, when you read sutra and all that, you have to put on incense, flowers, and bow to the sutra first, and thank all the Buddhas
and Bodhisattvas in ten directions, all respectfully,
before you read it. And then you cover the sutra also
with (vegan) silk or beautiful cloth. I just make it more popular,
more easy, simple. I apologize to all the Buddhas. I say, “If I have done something wrong according to the tradition, my heart is full of respect. It’s just that I cannot always do that. So please, all the sin, whatever I have done wrong,
is all on me.” At least, other people,
they hear the names of the Buddhas, according to the sutra,
they will get benefit. Even bees make trouble near my cave. Many, many insects, the worms,
they came, crawling all over and make me busy. This is a story about a Brahmin
with a single robe. Single robe, one pair of clothes.
One robe. “Make haste towards the good.” This is the instruction given
by the Buddha while he was in residence
at Jetavana Park. I think it’s Deer Park, I think, with reference to the Brahmin
Little One-Robe, CulIa Ekasataka. Culla or Cuya? OK. His name is Culla Ekasataka.
We just call him Culla, like Coca Cola, Culla, Culla, Culla. In the dispensation
of the Buddha Vipassi, there lived a Brahmin named
Mahā Ekasataka, or “Big One-Robe.” Sounds like Indian. The Indian children,
when they’re born, they give them like
“One-Wolf” or “Two-Wolves” or “One-Tiger,” “Three-Eagles.” Or “One-,” maybe, “Gecko”? When the mother
gave birth at that time, if they saw a wolf come nearby,
then they named him “One-Wolf.” And then if it’s two tigers,
they named him “One-Tiger.” I knew one Indian;
his name is Thomas One-Wolf. Really, truly, his name is like that,
Thomas One-Wolf. He was very fond of me. He wanted to be
my 13th boyfriend. At that time we were, the people who liked to follow me closely,
they became like “boyfriend.” We had nothing to do with each other. Don’t even think about that. Just hang around. Open the door of the car
or clean the floor, something like that. And I also had some “girlfriends,”
so-called “girlfriends.” I never had anything
to do with them either. I don’t even know
what they’re doing right now. After that, we just said goodbye. And then he said …
he asked me if I am single. I said, “Yes, but I have
12 boyfriends at home.” So he said,
“Oh, I can be the 13th,” good luck number. He was very nice. He looked like an Indian, in America, the natives. But he wore jeans and all that
and he advised me I should wear some jeans as well, which I did not follow. Very nice people, nice people. And when he prayed with his people,
he went into a tent, just like you have the Mongol tent,
round, small, just bigger. And they went into the tent, they make
a fire and do their ceremony inside. They still do it.
Some Indians still do that. They have their own … They say something like, I’m the one
that they predicted that will be coming. After they saw the white buffalo,
they think the special one is coming. And when he saw me, he said
his elder told him that it’s me. But that’s it,
that is just a few sentences. One, one or two … meetings.
That’s it. That is the end of the relationship
of me and my 13th boyfriend. We didn’t … or not even hug. But he was a 13th boyfriend.
He volunteered, and it stuck like that. I don’t know what happened to him.
I never saw him again. A very short relationship. He is very cute, very cute. We met because we were praying for … After the fire, big fire in America,
we were staying together, we were grouped together,
my group and his group, to pray for the fire to subside
and for the victims. I think you saw some of that, no? It was captured on video, no? A little bit, it’s not much,
not much of that relationship. So many “boyfriends”
and live alone in a cave, my God! What a pity! Some of my girlfriends
married my boyfriends. So, it’s all settled.
It’s all taken care of, so I don’t have to
worry about them at all. Normally, they’re all very seriously
pledging to … Pledging, right? I mean, vowing to take care of me.
Both sides, girl and boy, Yin and Yang, and then later
they take care of each other, so … So it seems OK.
I don’t have to take care of them. The same with so many children. People heard that
I have many boyfriends, so when I say I have many children,
they say, “Oh, yeah, of course!” Many children, yeah. If they knew what kind of children
I have right here, right now. Some blonde,
some red hair and … And some … (Gray hair.) And some … gray hair already. So I must have been, like,
300 years old by now if I have such old children,
according to that. And many, many grand,
great grandchildren also. So I must be very, very old. I look young, but I’m old. Now this person is named
Big One-Robe. Big, like grand?
Big One-Robe. I wonder if he was Indian,
Native American Indian? Maybe. They called him Big One-Robe. And it was he who was reborn
in the present dispensation in Savatthi as Culla Ekasataka,
and now named Little One-Robe. He was a Big One-Robe
and now a Little One-Robe. I don’t know
why he keeps shrinking. It’s funny. OK, first he was a Mahā Ekasataka,
means Big Robe, Big One-Robe. Now he was reborn as Culla Ekasataka,
means Little One-Robe. Remember, OK? He shrunk. For Culla Ekasataka possessed
only a single undergarment. I don’t think he should come here,
the police would catch him. Only one undergarment. And his wife possessed
only a single undergarment, and both of them together possessed
only a single upper garment. Oh, oh my God!
This is a different story, I hope. I hope it’s not the one I already told. Yeah, it’s different. OK. So both of them
had just one undergarment, and then they both shared
one upper garment. So the result was that whenever either the Brahmin
or his wife went out of doors, the other had to stay at home. Similar to the story you heard before. One day, an announcement was made that there would be a preaching
at the monastery. “Will you go to hear the Dharma
by day or by night?” they asked each other. “For we do not have enough
upper garments between us to go together.” The Brahmin’s wife replied,
“Husband, I will go in the daytime.” So saying, she put on
the upper garment and went. The Brahmin spent the day at home. At night, he went to the monastery, seated himself in front of the Buddha
and listened to the Dharma. As he listened to the Dharma, the five sorts of joy arose within him,
suffusing his body. He greatly desired
to do honor to the Buddha. But the following thought restrained him. He was thinking. Is the translation OK? Yes? (Yes.) For everybody? Good. He was thinking thus,
“If I give this garment to the Teacher, there will be no upper garment left
for my wife or myself.” Then a thousand selfish thoughts
arose within him. Then a single believing thought
arose within him. Then thoughts of self arose within him
and overmastered the believing thought. Even so, did the mighty thought
of self seize, as it were, and bind and thrust out
the believing thought. So he’s struggling inside himself. “I will give it. No, I will not.
No, I will give it. No, I will not.” This is a similar story here, right?
Sounds familiar, no? “I go see Master. No, I won’t.” “Yes, I will. No, I won’t. No. Yes. No.” “If I go, I have to buy a ticket
and go in a taxi and go on a bus and all that, Oh, it’s too much hassle.
I stay at home, better. No, I must go, I must go.
No, I won’t go. No, I must, I must. And besides my husband doesn’t like it
when I’m not at home. Never mind him, I go.” And then “How about my sons,
they’re too small. Never mind them, I go just a few days;
they won’t die. I must go.” And then “No, no, no,
I stay home, better. No, I have to go!” Yes or no? (Yes.) You have this kind of thought,
I know that. And then when you delay too long,
somebody else booked in front of you, and they went before. And then suddenly the retreat canceled,
and then you say, “Oh, my God! I should have decided before that sister,
and then I would have gone already. Oh, my God!
I will never do this again.” And next time,
same thing happens. OK, so, he was thinking,
“I will give it. No, I won’t. No, I will. I will give it,” and etc.,
said the Brahmin to himself inside. As he thus reflected, the first watch passed
and the second watch arrived. Even then he was not able to bring himself
to give the garment to the Teacher. So old and tattered like that,
still cannot part with it. Yeah, of course, you’d do the same. No? That’s the only one they have
for husband and wife to go out. To go out, not only to listen to the teaching,
but to go out for survival, maybe shopping or buying things,
fetching water. If given away, then they cannot go. But why not?
I don’t understand it. The man just gives his undergarment
to his wife, right? And then, so she has the under and upper
wrapped around her, then she goes out. And then he’ll do the same,
and the wife just stays home, no? I would do like that. There is a solution
to any problem, right? If he had asked me,
I would have told him like that. But he did not. He understood nothing
about Supreme Master Ching Hai, so I also didn’t tell him anything. Then, the last watch came. Finally the Brahmin thought to himself, “While I have been fighting with
thoughts of faith and thoughts of self” … Faith means belief in the Buddha, believing that
if he gives something to the Buddha, then he will have merit,
million fold, in return, right? But thinking of his self-comfort,
of him and his family, his wife, so he also has to consider
about his survival and comfort as well. You can’t blame him, no. All right? He has nothing else, just one upper garment
for both of them to share. So of course, as a human, the mind would make you
think for yourself first, since you don’t have a lot. If you have a lot,
maybe you don’t think like that. But if you don’t have a lot,
then of course you do. So, we cannot criticize this guy
and think, “Why? Why? He should believe in the Buddha
and give that immediately, not even a second thought about it, because the Buddha is the Buddha,
he will give blessing, merit to him, and he will enjoy a better life,
and such and such.” No. So if he came in the night time
and stayed over, all the way until the last watch like that, meaning he has had initiation. The Buddha would not stay awake
all night, just to keep talking. Every time the Buddha kept preaching,
and people stayed long like that, meaning they got initiation
from the Buddha. They took refuge. And being a disciple already, still cannot part with
that dirty one garment. But that is nothing unusual. I have many disciples,
who want to strip me of my clothes even. Want this clothes, that clothes,
not just any clothes, but that particular pair of clothes.
I don’t know why. It is the opposite. So no wonder when, last time,
I read you the story of a poor couple who has only one, even one piece of cloth
for both of them to cover when they go out begging for food. And they offered that to the Buddha. And the Buddha took it and he was feeling very, very,
very sorrowful, loving, compassionate. Because that piece of cloth
is their survival. This one even had an upper,
underclothes, under robe and then upper robe, one,
but the other couple had only one, and they gave it to the Buddha,
knowing that they’re going to die instead, because they have no chance
to go out begging for food anymore. So they accept their death and offered this only piece
of cloth that they had, so that they might have better hope
in the future. And they believe so much in the Buddha;
therefore, they did that. And now this one … and these people
have not seen the Buddha, the poor couple that I told you before,
have not seen the Buddha yet. Just saw one of his disciples
who came to their house, and therefore, they had the chance
to offer this piece of cloth. This one already stayed first watch,
second watch, and now the third and the last watch, and still not able to decide
to give the upper garment or not. Upper garment,
not just the whole garment even. So while he was thinking to himself,
“While I struggle within myself, fighting with my thoughts of the faith
and of the self-interest, two watches have already passed.” Maybe in the night,
there were three watches, just like from one to … maybe from ten to twelve
is the first watch. They say like that because there will be patrols
around the village or the city to take care of people,
you know, police? And then change to the second watch, means the guards
will be running around the city, to keep watch on the people’s safety. So now, the last watch
is coming already. He said,
“Two watches have elapsed. If these powerful thoughts of self” … self-comfort, self-interest, selfish, “increase, they will not
permit me to lift up my head from the Four States of Suffering.” At least he still knows that. “I will therefore give my gift.” Thus, the Brahmin finally overmastered
a thousand thoughts of self and followed the lead
of one thought of faith. You understood the language? OK. In the old time, they’re talking … Meaning he cut off
thinking about himself, and he followed his righteous,
one righteous thought; that is, to give it,
to make offering to the Buddha. Because now he’s so poor already, if he doesn’t make any offering
to anyone in charity, or give to the good practitioner, then in the future,
he has nothing anymore. Now he has nothing,
in the future he has even less. He should know that.
Maybe he knew that. That’s why finally he stood up. And taking his garment,
he laid it at the Teacher’s feet, means the Buddha, and thrice cried out with a loud voice, “I have conquered! I have conquered!” OK. Conquered himself, big deal. But that’s the most difficult battle. We can conquer everybody else,
but to conquer ourselves, this is terrible. It’s more than conquering
ten thousand people. So King Pasenadi of Kosala happened to be listening
to the Dharma at that time, so when he heard that person cried, he asked his subordinate
to come and ask him, “Ask him what he has conquered?” The king’s man
asked the Brahmin the question, and the Brahmin
explained the matter to them. When the King heard the explanation, he said, “It was a hard thing to do
what the Brahmin did. I will do him a kindness.” See, immediately have a good reward for the charity deed
that he did, the offering. Actually, the Buddha did him a favor when he accepted his stinky,
old, patched, upper garment. What can the Buddha do with it?
Probably nothing. He has the kings offering him
robes of silk and velvet, all kinds of things,
so he doesn’t really need it. But many times, like the last story, you saw that
the Buddha does not discriminate, he took the garment of the poor couple,
old and tattered and smelled terrible, and he took it into his hands,
and thinking about it, and even pronounced that
this gift is the best compared to all the people
who had given up to now, even compared to the king and the queen,
even present at that time. Therefore, the king and queen,
after they heard the story, they felt so frightened,
they took off their own royal garments and dispatched their subordinates
to go to that poor couple’s house and give it to them and gave them also money
and gold and all that, and then invited them,
escorted to the Buddha’s area. Immediately the good reward,
didn’t have to even wait for next life. So the king was thinking
he will do him a favor, the man who said he had conquered,
after he heard all the story. So he caused a pair of garments
to be presented to him immediately. Look at that. OK, don’t try to do it here. We don’t have any kings here,
and I don’t give you this. Sorry. Precious substance, royal robe. This is royal gray. Not royal blue, but royal gray. All right, so then the Brahmin
presented these garments also to the Tathāgata,
meaning the Buddha. One of the titles of the Buddha
is Tathāgata, meaning the “Thus Come One.” Then, the king doubled his gift again, presenting the Brahmin,
first with two pairs of garments, then with four, then with eight,
finally, with sixteen. The Brahmin presented all these
garments also to the Buddha. Then the king directed 32 pairs
of garments to be presented to the Brahmin. But to avoid having it said,
to avoid it to be said that “The Brahmin has not kept
a single pair for himself, but has given away
every pair he received,” he said to the Brahmin, “Keep one pair for yourself,
and give the other pair to your wife.” So saying, he caused the Brahmin
to keep two pairs and let him give the remaining
30 pairs to the Tathāgata alone. So he gave everything. Normally he gave all, and then the king keeps doubling,
tripling, giving him 32 pairs now. But he had to say,
“OK, keep one for yourself, one for the wife,
then you can give the rest.” Because he knew this guy
is going to give it all to the Buddha again, then he’d have to double it
and make it 64 pairs, too busy. The Buddha doesn’t need all this.
Never mind, whatever. It’s just the thought that counts. Suddenly, just one garment
he fought with himself to give, and now whatever the king gives
is more precious materials, but he has learned, so he give away,
give away, give away. So the king was worried
he has to keep doubling this gift again, busying the tailor in the court, so probably the tailor cannot
make it anymore. Thirty-two pairs in the quickest time,
this is all he can have. So the king said,
“Keep one pair for yourself, keep one pair for your wife,
and then you can give the rest.” Even had the Brahmin given away
what he possessed a hundred times, the king would have met his gifts
with equal gifts. In a former state of existence,
Mahā Ekasataka kept for himself two pairs of garments
out of 64 he received. Culla Ekasataka kept two out of 32.
Oh, because he is smaller. The big one gives 64,
keeps two pairs out of 64, so now this man is named Smaller Robe,
so probably he gives half of it. It’s funny.
It’s a coincidence, but funny. The king gave orders to his men, “It was indeed a hard thing to do
what the Brahmin did. Fetch my two blankets
into the presence chamber.” They did so. The king presented him
with the two blankets, valued at a thousand pieces of money. But the Brahmin said to himself, “I am not worthy to cover my body
with these blankets. These are suitable
only for the religion of the Buddha.” Accordingly, he made a canopy
from one of the blankets and hung it up in the perfume chamber
over the Buddha’s bed. Likewise, he made a canopy
of the other blanket and hung it up in his own house
over the spot where the monk who resorted to
his house for alms took his meal. So he put it in front of his house, so whenever the monks come,
they stand under the canopy. In the evening,
the king went to visit the Buddha. Recognizing the blanket,
he asked him, “Reverend Sir” … No, the king would not ask
“Reverend Sir,” he would say
“World Honored One,” right? “Who was it that honored you
with the gift of this blanket as a canopy?” So the Buddha said, “Ekasataka.” Thought the king to himself,
“Even as I believe and rejoice in my belief, even so does this Brahmin believe
and rejoice in his belief. Accordingly, I presented to him
four elephants, four horses, four thousand pieces of money,
four women, four female slaves, and four most excellent villages.” Oh, now he is a small ruler, not just a small One Robe,
but a small ruler of four villages, chief of four villages. That’s almost like a district nowadays,
four villages. Thus, therefore did the king cause
the Brahmin to be given the Gift of Fours. Everything is four. Wow! I was thinking the other day, if I have one elephant,
it will be enough. And he will eat all the leaves.
I don’t have to keep cutting it, and then if I want to go
to the supermarket, I just ride on him. Eco-friendly,
eco-friendly vehicle. But I don’t think
he has enough room here. Does he have enough room?
Maybe downstairs. He walks around
in a few square meters. Wow! The monks started a discussion
in the Hall of Truth thus: “Oh, how wonderful was the deed
of Culla Ekasataka! No sooner done than he received
all manner of presents of four. As soon as he did a good deed, straightaway the fruit thereof
was given to him.” The Buddha approached
and asked the monks, “Monks, what are you sitting here now
and talking about?” When they told him, he said, “Monks, had Ekasataka been able to bring himself
to give me his gift in the first watch, he would have received
the Gift of Sixteens.” Because he has delayed
until the second or the third watch, therefore he received only four elephants,
four horses, four wives, etc., etc. If he had been able
to part with his upper garment on the first watch already, then he would have received
four times more. That’s what the Buddha said. “Had he been able to do so
even in the middle watch, then he would have received
the Gift of Eights.” Means eight elephants, eight women,
eight slaves, and eight villages, etc. “Because it was not until late
in the last watch even,” not even the beginning of the last watch,
but the last time of the last watch, almost end of the last watch
“that he gave me his gift, he received only the Gift of Fours. He who does good works should not put away the impulse to good
that arises within him, but should act on it at the instant,
at that instant. A meritorious deed tardily done
brings its reward, but tardy is the reward it brings.
Brings less. Therefore, a man
should perform a good deed the instant the impulse to good
arises within him.” So saying, he showed the connection,
and teaching the Dharma, pronounced the following stanza: “Make haste towards the good”;
means hurry. If you want to do good things,
hurry, do it right away. “And check one’s mind from (for) evil. If one is slow in making merit,
one’s mind delights in evil.” That is a problem. Not only if we are slow in doing
a good deed, then we have less merit, but then, meanwhile, the mind will be
occupied with evil thinking as well. So if you think it’s a good thing,
then do it right away. Occupy yourself with that
before your mind will have nothing to do and then keep veering
to the negative tendency. Because the mind,
when it has nothing to do, it just does nonsense. So it’s better to busy the mind
with good things; that’s what Buddha tried to say. And you think he is right, or not right?
(Yes. Right.) Of course, he is right. He is a Buddha.
What do you think? What for the Buddha is there? So all these stories are very good for us. To remind me, to remind you of always
trying to do good things and positive things. In these few days,
I was thinking to myself how I can make this room
a little bit more waterproof, so you don’t have to run inside
when it rains, like last time. I was just thinking. But because you are here,
I don’t know how to do it and have you at the same time
without making noise. “Bang, bang. Bong, bong.” The nails and the screws,
it will make a lot of noise. I was thinking.
I was thinking like that, that we could buy
this very clear plastic. But I was thinking maybe … I also delay, like this guy. I was thinking maybe let us finish this
until the end of the month, and then maybe you are able to go to … But the end of the month
is not yet the end of the inspections, so I don’t know when you can go there. But I was thinking, the end of the month,
less people are coming. We just stop,
because October will be cold. I don’t know if I can let you sit here, without feeling guilty,
because it might be very cold. But you probably
don’t have to sit here, right? You can sit inside. October maybe
not just cold but rain. It rains. If we don’t really rain-proof this area,
you cannot sit outside at all. The water will be running everywhere. Wet your blanket,
then your cushion, then … But you like to sit outside, right? (Yes.) Why? Because somebody told you
sitting outside is good for you, right? And you always listen to that person.
That is the problem. That’s why I didn’t want to tell you
a long time ago, because I worry
you’ll just leave your home and just sit out
on the street all the time. And the police will come and ask,
and then you will say, “Oh, my Master said that.” Understand? (Yes.) So, what to do? You think we can do it
while you are here? The other day, when it rained,
I was very, very worried. We can do it, but it takes time, takes time to put up some frames, some scaffoldio, scaffoldial? What? I forgot this name.
(Scaffolding.) Scaffolding, yeah, wide wood. And then we can nail this clear plastic,
hard plastic on it, and it would be more permanent. Master, we can do it in the break time,
like in the morning. When they’re sleeping,
then they don’t hear nothing, you mean? No, no, no.
While we’re eating, like one or two hours a day,
something like that. Oh, OK, can do. First, we have to measure all this
and we have to buy the materials. And, not always
you can buy so much at one time, not in one country, not in the surroundings. Maybe have to go far,
in different shops, different areas, and get some. Have to measure,
and have to buy wood, sturdy wood, those
that last in the rain, treated wood. And then have to make a frame roof first
and then, it takes some time. And need some people
who know how. But if later you don’t come back again,
then I won’t need this. This is what also. Later you will go to SMC;
it’s more comfortable there, no? And you will not like to
come back here anyway. What do I do with all this? I was thinking if after you left,
then we can do it here first if we still need it. But right now, it’s still OK. In October it will begin to be cold,
maybe not every day, but often. Mostly, it will be cold.
Even if the roof is like that. If we don’t want cold,
then we have to cover everywhere, it’s like a room then.
Then it’s not outdoors anymore. So I still think,
what’s the best to do. Any ideas? Better canopy for you. Better put the blanket up, and then the king will come
and give me four blankets. So, that’s the end of the story. It’s time to go to eat. You like it here better
or you like SMC better? (Here.) No, I mean later, later. I mean later
when we can officially go back there. You like it there better or not?
(Here.) Here? Why? Here’s better. Over there has more facilities.
(No, here is better.) More toilets.
(Maybe less people.) Less people here?
What? What’s the reason? It’s very nice here.
The surrounding is very nice. Surrounding’s very nice?
Over there not nice? That’s a multi-million euro.
Multi-million euro house. Nothing to do with us.
(More nice around here.) Here is only 800,000 euros, cheap, cheapest house
you can buy around here. But it’s a beautiful view.
(Yes.) Why do you like it here?
(Very personal. Very close.) Very personal, very close. Closed in? Or close to me?
(Close to you.) Over there not close?
I’m living next door only. Maybe they got squeezed in.
(Squeezed in where?) Everywhere. Too crowded. Too crowded because people,
they come like crazy. We could limit that.
Then, you like it better? Like we can stop the flow. This is not me who let so many people
come in like that. Imagine such a small area
and a thousand-something people. And they intend to bring in
a thousand every day. They say that even. (It’s incredible.)
I mean, every week or something. Here you like it better?
(Yes.) Sitting on the rough floor like this?
(Yes.) Crazy people! Over there at least you have
many toilets and many rooms. It was because a lot of people, but if we don’t let
a lot of people come in, would you prefer there, too? (Yes.) Don’t know, haven’t tried that. Oh, no. A lot of people go there
just in off season. Without retreat, they just come. And you can have a choice of room:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; every day of the week a different room, because they came sometimes
maybe only ten people, four people. Well, I don’t know. Here, maybe a little more quiet.
(Yes.) But in the winter,
there is also quiet, no? Have you been there in winter?
(Yes, I have.) Also quiet, no? (Yes.) So, then you go there in winter. Over there is nicer, no?
I mean … I don’t know. This is just a small farmhouse. The people who lived here before,
they were farmers, they lived on the land. If we harvest it
we could even sell them. It costs a lot.
These are centenarian trees. If you buy one of these outside,
sometimes it costs two thousand. They cut it, and they plant it in a pot,
they cut all the … They trim them all, and then you buy them
and plant in your garden. People buy them to plant one or two
in their front yard for decoration. And here I have hundreds of them, downward and here, and upper there.
I just let them grow. But before they lived off the land,
they had … you see lemon trees, orange trees, little kumquats,
and they have kiwi, they have avocado, and cherries,
and apricots and all that, and grapes. Just now, I don’t have enough people
to take care and I keep going and I hardly live here. I bought it before we had SMC,
because I had nowhere else. I was thinking, it’s a big garden,
maybe we can gather here sometimes. But then we have SMC,
better, many rooms. But that was before, a long time ago, when Europe
had just a handful of disciples, it’s enough for them. But now, forget it. Not just Europeans, everybody else comes
and then, of course, it’s small. You like it here better. Crazy! Just because
now you cannot get there, right? When was it too crowded? When?
(I was in SMC in 2013.) 2013? (Yes.) Was I there? I was there?
(Oh yes, of course.) The last retreat. At that time,
only maybe 800 people even. I heard that this time over 1,000,
I don’t know how. Over 1,000-something. And the office says
they will continue to do that. But it’s also good for me there, then I can see everybody,
in a few times and it’s done. Here only maybe,
how many people we have today? 70? 60? Maybe 70.
70, 80 maximum. They cannot stay more than this.
(Yes.) Everything OK? (OK.) Can shower also? (Yes!) Can wash your clothes? (No!) No washing? (No.) No taking out to wash anymore? (No.) We take our washing every week, Wednesday, yesterday.
(Every Wednesday.) Every Wednesday.
(Every Wednesday.) Every Wednesday
they bring the clothes to go outside, to wash in the washing machine. (Yes.) But the people who stay short-term,
they don’t do it, right? I see, no wonder the smell is really …
wow, extraordinary! Let me see,
if I sit down here, will I smell it or not. No, very less, very little. If you’re higher,
the smell comes up because of the heat,
because of the body heat, everything hot goes up,
the cold air stays downstairs. OK then, if you need
to wash any clothes urgently, you can give it to them. Or cannot? Can? This is for long-term people,
like the kitchen staff and video staff. They stay longer,
longer than you. The thing is, in SMC some people
can stay longer, right? Or not? Last time how long you stay?
(Me?) Yeah. I am afraid I stayed for two nights only.
(Only two nights, and you complain?) Because it was too … I meant to stay longer, but I got out.
(Why?) I saw you. You saw me and then you got out. One time enough, right? (Yes.) Yes, now you could go already. You saw me three, four times already. It’s enough for you for four years.
(This is unbelievable.) What do you mean unbelievable?
(Every day.) Every day, over there, no?
(I don’t know. It was too crowded.) Yeah, but a lot of people,
they stay the same, even crowded or not. They love it, they love it.
Ah? (They love it.) OK, then. I did not ask people to come,
they just come a lot. I don’t know, they just come.
I don’t know. The office didn’t manage well
or something, but a lot of people,
they stay very long over there, because over there they can stay longer;
here they cannot. Because they have to rotate. Here, how long you stay?
(Five days.) Five days including come and go or …?
(Yes.) So, three days kind of, right?
(Seven days.) (Five days total.) One day come, one day go, no?
(No, seven days.) (Full five days.) OK, full five days. So they come one day, go one day.
That’s seven days. (Yes.) Right? (Yes.) You cheat. You said five days. Because a lot of people are still waiting,
that’s why. And a small place,
it’s one disadvantage. Over there is less limited
on your sojourn, on your days. But here, they have to. OK then, we’ll see what we can do. Even if I put a roof over here,
still only this many people can stay. We cannot,
we cannot make it any bigger. No, no, even if we say,
extend a little piece over there, it’s still maybe
ten more people can sit, not much. And it’s too near the street,
if we extend it. The street is right there, you see?
Where the green canvas is. I don’t have a lot of room. Why don’t you stay
at your home, meditate? It’s the same, Master always visits you. Why do you have to come?
(To see Master.) You didn’t have to. Just because
you didn’t see at home, right? Anybody see Master at home?
(Sometimes.) Sometimes? (Sometimes.)
Sometimes? (Sometimes, yes.) Sometimes is enough! You know how many people in the world don’t even see any “sometimes”
or any time at all? OK then. But you’re welcome,
of course, you are welcome. I’m glad to see you,
it’s just my house is so small. It’s a farmhouse. I’m glad we can accommodate
so many people. It’s not bad already. But five days are good enough for you?
(Yes!) Fantastic. Fantastic.
Better than two days, right? Good quality.
(Good holiday?) Quality. Good quality.
OK. I’m glad you like it. OK, and you can go and eat again,
your raw food is cooked. The raw food is cooked, right? I was just joking yesterday. You really let them eat raw?
(Half raw.) And they like it? (Yes!) No problem? (No!) I’m just worried you’re not used to it;
at home you cook. But good, five days raw is good for you.
Or not? (I don’t know.) You don’t eat? You did not eat? I eat bread and soup every day, but … Here they don’t have soup? They have.
But at home I don’t eat raw, either. Maybe some days raw here,
good for your body, no? Try it. The raw food has more light
than the cooked food. I mean light, really light.
You can see, if you can. You can see all the things have light,
when they are raw. Even raw meat has light, compared
to the dead, to the cooked meat. But of course we don’t eat that. Well then, go enjoy your salad. Salad is just a side dish, right? You have rice or noodles, right? How many people like to eat raw?
Raise hands. Check, check it out. Half-half, at least half-half. No half-half.
No, most of the people like. OK then, the majority wins. Whoever likes to eat raw food
then eat raw food; whoever doesn’t like to eat raw food
then don’t eat any raw food. Have choice, we don’t force you. Whatever, OK? (Yes.) Is it more convenient this way?
(Yes.) No, I mean the kitchen? (Yes.) So what did you do? You make salad
or you just give them the carrot? Vegetables,
we chop all kinds of vegetables. Oh, you chop still, and mix them.
(No, one kind on one line.) OK, and everybody picks what they like.
(They can choose.) Why don’t you just give them carrots? What for do they have teeth? Chew it slowly,
good for the muscles, no? Do whatever you like. Whatever they enjoy is good. I don’t mean always have to be raw, but raw food is also good for you. If you can eat it, it’s good. If you cannot, then you don’t eat. There is always cooked rice.
(Go home.) You go home? Sure, sure,
soup is better than Master, go home. OK, guys, take care. Can I go and have a look at the kitchen,
see what they cook, how raw they cook? The marinated things
can marinate long, see? And the longer,
the better taste, right? (Yes.) All right. Ciao, ciao.
Good appetite. I’m glad you like my house. We love your house, Master. Yeah? I’m glad you like it. At least a lot of oxygen (Yes.)
and less people. It’s surrounded
by forests and mountains, a lot of trees,
so we have a lot of oxygen. (Yes.) And no screaming,
swimming pool children at least. So we’re OK here. (Yes.) For now, for now.
(Thank you, Master.) I’m glad it’s not raining
and the weather is so fine. I’m glad. Here, no, no. Come.
It’s OK. Here. Hey, don’t worry. Come on.
Good boy. Some more. Come on. Good boy. Do you have it already? (Yes.) A little bit of something, OK? I know. Just some snacks. Normally … Normally, he eats the food
prepared for him (Yes.) which provides sufficient vitamins, but when he comes here,
he eats some snacks. (Yes.) It’s your only snacks, yeah? Good, good snack.
Like that, don’t you? Yeah, crispy. Does it sound crispy to you? Did you hear him eat ?
(Crispy he eats.) Good boy, good. Some spice you like?
It’s good for you. I’ll get some water. Get you some more water.
Water clean? I get you some more water. You’re a good boy.
You eat that, yeah. This is just snack time;
he just ate lunch. Here he likes it, where it’s warm. Family like.
(Family, yeah.) He likes that, he likes that. OK, you’re done?
Oh, you are a good boy. You’re done. You’re done already?
OK, have some water. I’ll go get your (vegan) bone, OK? You still want this? No?
OK, good. Drink. I’ll go get you your veggie bone. Just looking at this, I want to eat it. No, not for you. Nothing for you anymore,
you’re done now. You’re done now. You’re done with your snacks now. Let’s go out and get
some veggie bone for you. You like that? Look at your poor arm,
collecting all this stuff. Where is the garbage can? OK, I’ll go get your veggie bone now.

Jerry Heath

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