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Protect Our Home with L.O.V.E. - P8/8 October 11, 2009 Taichung, Formosa    
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B(m): Next,we have Mr. Luo Hon-Xian, an ex-pig farmer turned vegetarian.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you,Mr. Luo. Congratulations!

LHC(m): Dear Master, I'm so happy to see you! I used to be a pig farmer. a conflict arose inside me, so I decided to give up raising pigs and became a vegetarian. Thank you!

LHC(m): I remember, once a pig dealer came to get pigs from me,and I dragged a pig out with the help of the pig dealer. While we were dragging the pig out, other pigs started to panic. They were really frightened,so they started to run around. That scene had a great impact on me, and I can still feel it now. That night for some reason I couldn't fall asleep, and I kept thinking about this matter. The next day, since the weather was getting hotter, I went to chat with my neighbor,Teacher Lin, who has been an organic farmer for many years.

Then we talked about the pigs. Mr. Lin advised me to stop raising pigs. I asked him why, and he explained to me that raising pigs has affected our weather. I learned the impact of the waste from pigs and animal agriculture, just like what the professors have just said. After our conversation, I started to think about it: it takes a whole year to raise a pig to maturity. No matter how foul the weather was, or how late it was, I couldn't take a break; I had to go to the pigsty and feed them. I felt for them like the way I felt for my family. But when one year was up, I would sever my feelings for them because I wanted to sell them for worldly gains. Now,I feel a little sad about it. I'm sorry.

Because of this, I became more resolute to stop raising pigs. And then I became a vegetarian. I have already been a vegetarian for 4 months. Almost four months. Actually,a vegan!When my mother heard that we had become vegetarians, she was happier than anybody else. Before I became a vegan, I weighed over 100 kilograms. Any time I did anything, I would always feel fatigued. And I was very impatient when I dealt with things. Since I became a vegan, I've been losing weight.
Also,I would pause to think before I talk. Now,even if I sleep only five hours a day, I don't feel tired at all. The next day, I still feel energetic. (Supreme Master Ching Hai: Very good.)

My friend asked me, 『Are you taking drugs?』 I said,『Not at all! Why would I take drugs?』 My mother also feels that I'm doing the right thing by becoming a vegetarian. Only keeping a vegan diet can make us very healthy. Finally,I'd like to thank Master Ching Hai for your teaching. The images on Supreme Master TV are all so striking to me. Every image touches my heart. I will always remember Master's words. Finally,I'd like to advise all the animal farmers in the world and in Formosa (Taiwan) to give up raising animals. Actually, pigs are very intelligent. They love one another and they are very united. And they have very clean habits. Also,pigs have higher IQ than dogs. So,in the future, while you scold people, don't say,『You're dumber than a pig.』 You should say, 『Even a dog is smarter than you!』

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It's true. What I mean is that they are very intelligent, so don't kill them, such intelligent animals. Instead,we should treat the pigs as our pets.

Now I still have 12 pigs in the pen. I will keep these 12 pigs until they die. Also,I've changed my job. I'm a truck driver now, and I do organic farming. I turned the remaining land I have into an organic farm. So,I just want to tell everybody,every fellow animal farmer, that you can also choose this kind of lifestyle. The key is whether you want it or not. Thank you. Master, I have a question for you. (Supreme Master Ching Hai: Please.) What should the worldly people do and what should they give up in order to save our only planet? This is my question. Thank you,Master.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Hi. Thank you,Mr. Luo. Your speech has answered your own question. We have to give up meat, that's all there is, just meat. Give up meat and we have everything else. We have the great planet, we have the future for our children,we will have paradise on Earth. It's really worth the change. And bravo for your decision to stop pig farming and become a vegan. And even become organic farmer,my God, you're getting better and so quick,so quick, I'm very impressed. And now you even promote loving animal awareness by real effort and activities. Like,you're taking your pigs to the school and explain it to the children how loving, intelligent the animals are, and encouraging other farmers to turn to vegan organic instead. Thank you so much, thank you so much.

And you know yourself by your example and real experience that you are not only healthier now,you also help saving the planet. You are a hero now. And you are even a vegan, you have the clear conscience. Thank you,my hero. You have the clear conscience of knowing that you no longer contribute to the killing, bad retribution that is taking its toll on our world. Congratulations and thank you for your compassionate choice. And thank you for your noble activities at the present to inform others. So,what should we insist on giving up to save our only planet? Well,Mr. Luo,you know already the answer.

The historic decision that you made in your own life, giving up the cruel practice of animal raising, giving up meat and becoming an organic farmer. The answer you have already,that is, we give up meat and then we plant organic vegetables. Very simple,very simple. It's not much change, not much demand on anybody at all. At least give up meat and the world will become a paradise. And we will continue to have this world and a better world to live in. Thank you,Mr. Luo, thank you really from my heart,thank you for making a good example.

S(f): Thank you,Master. Thank you for this important message.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Good example.

S(f): Finally,we have Mr. Chen Hsueh-Yu, a mathematics teacher of Mighty Brains Cram School.

CHY(m): Dear Supreme Master Ching Hai, how are you? In recent programs on Supreme Master Television,you talked about the history of Venus and Mars. These facts aren't recorded in our human history and weren't observed by the scientists. We are very fascinated by such cosmic mystery, and at the same time, we feel the insignificance of our own existence. On our planet, since Edison invented the electric bulb, human life started to change drastically. In a very short period of a couple hundred years, the material life of humans has advanced and has become very comfortable. We'd like to ask Master whether humans' spiritual life also has to go through several stages? You mentioned that you attained the cosmic secret through deep meditation. We heard that the energy field of spiritual practitioners can change the material world, so if more people start spiritual practice, can we reduce the harm brought by climate change more quickly? Thank you.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you,Mr. Chen, for being with us and for your insightful question. Yes,there are many stages of spiritual improvement and progress. I have mentioned these before in many of my lectures a couple of decades ago,and our Association members have printed them out in a small booklet and some other bigger books called 『The Key of Enlightenment.』 Please ask for it from our centers. The booklet that mentions different levels of spiritual advancement are free to take home. It is also described in the scriptures of many great religions, although maybe not as clear and not as categorized like in that little booklet. But in Buddhism, Christianity,you will find here and there the examples of spiritual levels.

Here is one from Buddhism:

Virtues are borne through loving heart to uplift sentient beings The attainment of a Saint and Buddha status Result in charity, and the love to deliver fellow beings. If you have love for all existing beings and show it when a needed situation arises, if you feel their pain as if yours,then you know that you are at the right saintly level - a walking,breathing, living saint whose existence will bring joy to countless others and is well loved by Heaven in the hereafter and even now. So,you can try easing into a deeper state of realization to realize your own spiritual level and improve your universal knowledge.

You can find a like-minded group of friends or guide to show you the beginning of the road, if you are not yet at the beginning, or more advanced if you are already on the advanced state of spiritual level. And of course, you are correct that the magnetic field from spiritual practitioners can change the material world. But to some extent, it depends on how deep the karmic retribution of the whole population of the planet people. If it's a lot of bad karmic (retribution) heavy weight, then we need a lot more spiritual practitioners to uplift it.

But the best is the people have to awaken themselves and neutralize the negative effect of what they have been doing. And the more practitioners, the more beneficial and uplifting energy we will have to counter darkness in the world. But,we must also put this vibration into action, this knowledge into action as well. We have to turn around, change our concept - just turn around and change our concept, determine to live a nobler, more compassionate life and walk the way of love. We have to determine, to decide that from now on we will not harm any beings at any cost. Instead,we will help everyone to evolve, to enjoy life in the name of God, in the love of the Buddha.

If you want some more information, maybe some of our centers could help you in Formosa (Taiwan). Thank you,Mr. Chen. It's a very long subject, if we discuss about spiritual levels. But if you get my booklet, at least you can have an idea about what level you are in at the moment, and go from there, Mr. Chen. Thank you. Buddha bless you.

S(f): Thank you, Supreme Master Ching Hai, for your very special message for us.

B(m): At this point we would like to recognize the Mayor of Santiago City, the Honorable Amelita Navarro will share some words with Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Welcome,Madame Mayor.

Mayor Navarro (f): Good afternoon again, Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Good afternoon.

Mayor Navarro (f): I would like to repeat once again,it's an honor to be with you and to talk to you personally. It's a dream come true for me. I just have a comment and this is: as a country that is situated in the typhoon belt, the Philippines will bear the brunt of climate change earlier than we have predicted. As a matter of fact, Storm Undoy that submerged Metro Manila is a record of sorts. Then,within just one week, Typhoon Pepeng flooded northern Luzon, prompting the weather bureau to say that that was the first storm that has stayed on land for almost 10 days, devastating all of northern Luzon.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I'm so sorry.

Mayor Navarro (f): These are all due to climate change. That is why we are one with you in minimizing global warming. Again,thank you for planting the seeds of vegetarianism in my city,Santiago. It is a hard job for us to take,but we will take the challenge and the challenge must begin now. On behalf of the City Council of Santiago, I also would like to thank you for your donation during Typhoon Emong, codename Chan-Hom, wherein you donated US$10,000 for the devastated crops and properties. It went a long,long way to help my farmers to start anew. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you, Madame Mayor. Thank you for being such a good mother to your co-citizens. Thank you for such a motherly love and the higher love even, that not only you become an example of choosing the loving diet, but you also sign into law and encourage your citizens and other prefectures to do the same. This is really great news indeed. I have to thank you. If we have more mayors like you,the Philippines will not have to suffer so much. I'm so sorry and, of course,we are always there to help in whatever way we can to alleviate some of the suffering of our co-citizens in the Philippines,because they are loving,peaceful, very hospitable people, very generous people. They deserve all the love and help from the whole world.
 
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Saying that,we also do not forget all the islands and other countries who are submerging or sinking or disappearing or disappeared because of climate change. My heart is troubled every day, thinking of all these innocent people and all the defenseless animals who have to suffer in this great upheaval we call climate change. But we still have time, Madame, we still have time. We could not reverse the effect of climate change in the past. Whatever happened due to typhoons and floods and earthquakes,etc.,that occur in the Philippines and elsewhere,we could not reverse the effect.

But we could stop future disasters by doing what you do, by converting,returning to the compassionate vegetarian diet and encouraging others to do the same. The government has the power to do this. I beg all the governments of the world,please, do this before it's too late, for the sake of your citizens and your own children as well. I have been pleading many times and I have been praying to Heaven to manifest physically on this planet to awaken the leaders, the people,one by one. I've been praying for all this. And I hope the leaders, the governments,and the people are listening.

Important are the governments - must make example, must use the governing power to save the planet. This is the only one chance. I really wish all the governments follow your example, Madame. But,thank you so much for being one torch in the darkness. We need more torches like you. Thank you. God bless the Philippines and we will always support your people in whatever way we can. I will be sending some more people and some more financial support shortly after this for the newly devastated disaster in your beautiful land. I am so sorry, I could never cry enough for all the victims. I am so sorry,Madame. Please convey my love to your people.

Please,tell them I love them very much. And in my little, humble power, I pray for them. Thank you for coming to share the good news, and to share your blessing energy with us and Formosa (Taiwan). God bless you,Madame. God bless you so much.

S(f): Thank you,Master. We thank our guests for their very valuable questions. We hope that the panel discussions and the speakers' insightful analyses will make everyone realize the terrible impact of climate change on the Earth and our daily lives.

B(m): We hope that this conference will awaken the consciousness of the public to the pressing climate change crisis and other environmental issues. Master,before we close our conference, would you like to give a last brief message for us?

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Sure,I'd be glad to I would thank everyone again - the governments, the leaders, the supportive media, precious guests, and the audience - for your presence today and for your shared knowledge. I have learned a lot from you and I have enjoyed your love.

Even the guests from afar who lend their caring spirit through a video greeting and the esteemed dignitaries and scientists. The kind experts who share their time and knowledge with us, though they are busy and far away that they could not come, but they send their words of wisdom and loving concern through recording video. And I thank the caring panelists for your valued contributions in addressing our urgent planetary state. I also appreciate all the distinguished government officials, media members and guests,again and again, in this important meeting.

And of course, I'm very touched by your caring support and goodwill wish to save this home for ourselves and more importantly, for our children. And we all thank the organizers who made this possible for us to convene and reaffirm our love and determination to be heroes for our planet. I am proud and touched by the leadership of Formosa (Taiwan) and the Taichung government to carry the torchlight toward a brighter vegan world. As I have said before, I truly have faith in Formosa (Taiwan) that maybe we could become the first vegan country on the globe. Seeing your steps in the direction of peace and compassion fills me with hope that together we will be able to save this planet.

Whatever we have gained from our time today, please go forward, walk with love to inform others of the need to do the same,that is: Be veg,go green, do good deeds and our planet will be saved. May this special land exist in safety,this special Formosa (Taiwan) island exist forever so that I might have a chance to come back and visit you again and again. Thank you and I love you all. God loves us all.

S(f): Thank you,Master. We love you too.

B(m): Thank you,Master.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Be blessed. S(f): Thank you,Master, for your precious time and all the important messages. Be blessed. Save our world. Save our vegan world. God bless. Buddha bless you. Thank you so much. Thank you again.

B(m): Thank you,Master.

S(f): Thank you,Master.

B(m): Joining us onstage are the VIPs, esteemed guests,and delegates from all over who have come to join us in this climate change conference. Along with delegates from 29 co-organizers who are standing here onstage, hand in hand to show their commitment to fighting the threat of climate change and global warming, let us take action today and every day to save the Earth and care for the environment. Thank you to all the participants of this conference and our global viewers for joining us today.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you, all these heroes. All these heroes, thank you so much.

B(m): Thank you. Together we are showing our resolution to save the planet and our co-inhabitants by being veg and going green. Let's all Be veg! Go green! And save the planet!One more time. Let's all,together, 1,2,let's all: Be veg! Go green! And save the planet! Thank you very much, Supreme Master Ching Hai.

S(f): Thank you,Master.

B(m): Thank you very much, Chung Ching University, all our esteemed guest and delegates. Thank you,Taichung City.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you all of you.

S(f): Thank you everyone for joining our conference today. B(m): Thank you. Bye-bye.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you all of you. God bless. Buddha bless you. Thank you.

B(m): Thank you, Supreme Master, we love you!

S(f): Bye-bye. B(m): God bless you,ma'am.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: God bless Formosa (Taiwan).

I think this topic is very important in light of the current status of global warming. Especially after experiencing the disaster of Typhoon Morakot on August 8,more people are concerned about the extreme weather caused by global warming and climate change. This typhoon resulted in such a serious disaster in Formosa (Taiwan). So reducing the greenhouse effect is a very important issue. In our daily life, keeping a vegan diet as much as possible is an action people can take to fight global warming. Also,I think this diet is very beneficial to our health. Reducing meat consumption or quitting eating meat altogether is beneficial to our digestive system and immune system.

So our government should take the lead to help people understand this issue, and encourage them to participate in seminars to learn more about the truth. Then they will change their lifestyle. Since about a year ago I have tried to be totally vegan. The vegan diet makes me feel lighter. Also,since my immune system is stronger, I haven't been sick much. Also,I feel my mind is clearer,which is very interesting, meaning I can now think more clearly.

In the area of promoting veganism, since last year, or the year before, we have been promoting Meatless Mondays. All my colleagues now eat vegetarian meals when they eat at the office. Meatless Mondays plays a leading role. We have also communicated with schools, with the support from our mayor. So Meatless Mondays is also happening in our schools. We hope in the future we can have a vegetarian menu or a vegetarian cafeteria in order to make eating vegetarian more convenient.

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