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Sound Meditation

Only through the Quan Yin can we get through all kinds of levels of consciousness. That’s why we see many people who meditate on the Light but haven’t yet gotten to the level at which to contact the Sound, and their lives don’t change much.

With many kinds of meditation that are on the intellectual level, like asking the meaning of koans (Zen Buddhist riddles), or that focus on a lamp, people see Light also, but their lives don’t change much. Because some Light levels are below the elevating Sound level. Some people meditate on the Light, and in Samadhi, or in moments of extreme concentration, they will also contact the Sound automatically. And at that time, they are also doing the Quan Yin. So, they have the Sound and Light together. But they don’t know how to get to the Sound without effort because they haven’t been connected with the Sound by a competent friend, a competent guide. So, it’s easier for us because we know how. In the modern day, “know-how” is the key to success. So, know-how also applies in the practice of meditation. Therefore, even if we haven’t been in true Samadhi, and we still get some taste of the benefit of the Sound Current, it helps to revive our body and spirit.

From “The Power of the Sound Meditation”
News 143, Pearls of Wisdom
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
International Four-day Retreat, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
October 22, 1993
(originally in English) Videotape #383

Please remember to do the Quan Yin according to the proper proportions. The Quan Yin is the one to clean. Sometimes people sit there and they don’t do the Quan Yin. In that case, they cannot progress very quickly. Also, try to check your thoughts. If you check your thoughts, there is no bad speech and there are no bad deeds. If one thought arises and you check it immediately, it will not come out of your mouth or result in action. So, thought is important. Don’t follow your passion or your thoughts, in your mind. You remind each other. The precepts begin from your thoughts. Purity begins from your thoughts. So, check your own thinking.

From News 101, Pearls of Wisdom
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
International Seven-day Retreat, Hsihu Center, Formosa
October 29, 1995
(originally in English)

Q: On the nature of purity, well, it's easy to understand that being kind, loving and compassionate, and loving beauty is pure; but I don't understand how sound can purify.

M: Just like water can cleanse your body, the sound can purify the spirit.

Q: Is purity also a vibrational frequency or something?

M: Yes, it kind of filters the negative influences that sometimes enter your being, your magnetic field, by contact with the world or contaminated situations that you inherited from the situation or environment, or kind of "past life leftovers". It will filter those out just like a filter or like water cleanses the body.

Q: How?

M: How does water cleanse the body? It just does. When you pour water over your body, put on a little soap, and then you rinse with water, the dirt will go. Similarly, invisibly our minds are contaminated by bad thoughts, by negative thinking, and if you continue using the sound at a higher vibration, it will eliminate the lower vibration, just like some electronic work.

This is metaphysical, but it does cleanse; that's why you become better and better. It doesn't matter how, as long as you're cleansed, it's fine. Not everything we can explain with the worldly language, but as long as the result is there, you know it is like that. How? We have to know inside, not with language. As long as it's clean, and we feel better and better, more and more pure every day, then we know it does work. Just like the water we don't know how it cleanses, but it does cleanse. As long as you pour the water on your body, then later on you'll feel clean. So, the result speaks for itself. We feel better and better, purer and purer every day. More simple. The proof is that you don't want anymore to be famous or to have money, or you don't really feel attached anymore to the worldly, material comfort. You do have it and you do know how to take care of yourself, but it doesn't bind you like before. This is the way that sound cleanses us and makes us feel more and more pure and liberated.

Q: Does impurity set up a certain vibrational frequency in the structure of the physical, and then you have these sound waves coming in and they vibrate at a different frequency? Do they alter the frequency of the structure of the body?

M: Yes, you can say it like that, but actually the way it works is not materialistic. We are not the body actually; we're also not the computer brain; we are the spirit. So, if the sound with the higher frequency enters or reenters our being, or reopens to us, then we are just elevated above all the contaminated situations. That's how we become purified more and more every day. Actually, it's not "purified"; it just lifts us up, lets our consciousness become higher, then we don't think of the bad things or have negative thoughts anymore. The negativity cannot reach us anymore.

Well, this is metaphysical... (Laughter) As long as it does cleanse, it's all right. Maybe you can use science to prove it, but then you still cannot say "how". It just looks that way, but it might not be that way. Sometimes people try to explain too much and it is not the way it really is. It's more invisible; it's more metaphysical.

Q: So, would continued meditation explain the answer just by the experience?

M: Yes, by the fruit, shall you know the tree. If it yields apples, then no doubt, it's an apple tree. We keep arguing, "How can you say this is an apple tree?" Because it bears apples.

From “How Does Sound Purify Us?”
News 92, Selected Questions & Answers
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
International 4-day Retreat in Sydney, Australia
May 10, 1997
(originally in English)


The Five Precepts

1. Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings

2. Refrain from speaking what is not true

3. Refrain from taking what is not offered

4. Refrain from sexual misconduct

5. Refrain from the use of intoxicants

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