INDEX

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Holy Letter Of His Holiness Thượng Sanh. 1

Foreword. 2

Confidence Of Shorthand Board. 4

01. Appeal To Caodai Soldiers On Dispatch Troop Ceremony. 6

02. Advice To Religious Politics Organ And Caodai Military Before His Holiness Hộ Pháp For Meditation  9

03. 16th January, His Holiness Hộ Pháp Entered Enlightenment Palace  11

04. Bần Đạo/I Meditate For 3 Months As Jesus Christ Stayed At Desert For 40 Days And Sakyamuni Buddha Stayed At Bodhi Garden. 13

05. Caodai Military’s Merit-Divine Mission. 16

06. Divine Throne Establishment Method. 19

07. Miraculous Automatic Pen. 21

08. Anniversary Of Prosperous Nation. 25

09. Beginning Ceremony Of Training School Of Charity Body. 29

10. Profound Love To Teach Human Beings. 30

11. Supreme Being’s Secret Dharma. 36

12. About Secret Dharma. 40

13. Bless And Do Sanctification For Long Hoa Market 44

14. What Law Have We Live In. 45

15. Human’s Predestination. 47

16. Our Reason For Living On This Earth. 50

17. Our Reason For Living On This Earth [Next] 52

18. Mid-Autumn Ceremony Is The Day We Meet In Great Divine Family Of Religion  54

19. Female Cardinal House Inaugurating Ceremony And Move The Tablet Of Female Cardinal Lâm Hương Thanh To Worship At Female Cardinal House. 55

20. What Is The Feast Of “Diêu Trì”?. 57

21. By The Holy Mother Anniversary, Pray For Families With Crowded Children  60

22. Study Falsity And Truth Of Previous Religions. 62

23. People Council Opening Ceremony Of Power Of All Living Creatures  66

24. People Assembly Opening Ceremony Of Charity Body. 76

25. How Is The Real Bliss In Our Incarnation?. 81

26. United States Ceremony – International Organization To Preserve World Peace  84

27. Our Predestination And Karma. 86

28. Relate Great Service Of Interim Pope. 88

29. Passing Anniversary Of Interim Pope. 90

30. Anniversary Of His Lotus Throne Transfer To New Tower 92

31. Human Right Ceremony Of United States. 95

32. Power Of Humanity And Morality. 97

33. The Jesus Christ Anniversary. 100

34. Preach The Word Of Tao. 102

35. New Year Eva Ceremony Of End Of Tân Mão To Begin Nhâm Thìn Year 107

 


LỜI PHI LỘ CỦA NGƯỜI DỊCH

Thiển nghĩ đến lời Thánh Ngôn Đức Chí Tôn truyền dạy: “Vậy Thầy khuyên các con đứa nào có trí lực bao nhiêu khá đem ra mà thi thố, chớ đừng sụt sè theo thói nữ nhi, vậy cũng uổng cái điểm linh quang của Thầy ban cho các con lắm. Các con hiểu à”. [Thánh Ngôn Hiệp Tuyển Q.I]. Với lòng trắc ẩn, ưu tư về mối Đạo vàng, người dịch chí nguyện truyền tải lời vàng, tiếng ngọc của Đức Hộ Pháp hầu đóng góp vào cơ xiển dương phổ hoá triết lý của Đại Đạo. Với tài hèn, sức mọn trước biển Đạo Pháp vô biên, người dịch không sao tránh khỏi sự sơ thất trong việc chuyển dịch. Ước mong sao tài liệu này sẽ được những bậc cao minh xem xét, tu chỉnh, hoàn thiện để dâng lên Hội Thánh Đại Đạo.

 

 PREFACES OF TRANSLATOR

I think about the teachings of Supreme Being: “So I advise you that whoever has mental power much or less, he should use, do not be shy like female characters. That is very useless regarding to the sacred light blessed by ME” [Collection of Divine Messages, Volume I]. By compassion to precious Religion, I wish to translate preachments of His Holiness Hộ Pháp, containing sublime philosophies in order to contribute propagation to Great Way. Due to limited ability in infinite Tao, I may not avoid error in translation. I wish to be corrected by intellectuals, so that the book will be respectfully submitted to Sacerdotal Council of Great Way.

 Respectfully

 Khai Tâm Quách Minh Chương



Holy Letter of His Holiness Thượng Sanh.

 

HIỆP THIÊN ĐÀI

OFFICE

THƯỢNG SANH

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No.: 121/TS

GREAT WAY -THIRD PERIOD - UNIVERSAL SALVATION

( 45TH YEAR )

TÂY NINH HOLY SEE

THƯỢNG SANH

CHIEF OF DIVINE ALLIANCE PALACE

 

Respectfully addressed to: Hiến Pháp [Juridical Renovator]

Chief of Justice Department

Ref.: Sage letter No.: 15/ĐS dated 12th June 1970

Dear Gentle Brother,

In according with your suggestion, I agree to let Department of Religious History publish to propagate His Holiness Hộ Pháp’s Preachments from 1946 to 1955 at Tây Ninh Holy See.

Selected lessons for publishing must be censored by Bible Censoring Department.

 

Regards,

Holy See, 14th May Year of Dog

(17th Jun. 1970)

THƯỢNG SANH

(Signed)

 


FOREWORD

These preachments in this book are the precious speeches of His Holiness Hộ Pháp, a Head of Great Way - Third Period - Universal Salvation, a great man of generation, so the edition and collection Board was founded with Đức Thượng Sanh’s agreement to promote the edition and collection toward those Preachments. Now, this work has been obtained a satisfactory result, consequently the Board carries out to print for all followers to comprehend these precious speeches.

In the History Religion Board of Great Way-Third Period-Universal Salvation, the Easter-Wester, ancient and modern books in library are available for researchers and believers. The books of “Preachments” of His Holiness Hộ Pháp will be stored in this Library for readers coming to study.

His Holiness Hộ Pháp is one of predecessors founding the Great Way-Third Period-Universal Salvation, who firstly implemented Three Ways: “Virtue way, Service way, Speech way”.

About the Virtue way, He is the first person who followed sacred call to found a Religious source for all humankind to enjoy the great favor of the God - Supreme Being.

About Service way, He both did the virtue way and did service of founding religion. From nothing, he created the material things, held the winds to create a Great Work of Religion on this earth. If he was not a Venerable Man, how could he be successful?


About Speech way, He handed over the precious speeches in Preachments that we are reading. The readers and all followers should pay attention that there are other sublime teachings.

For the sake of Juridical Renovator [Hiến Pháp] of Divine Alliance Palace [Hiệp Thiên Đài] holding the position Chief of Religion History Board, I respectfully introduce this precious book to the readers that these book are worthy to be handed down forever.

Yours sincerely.

Juridical Renovator Trương Hữu Đức.

 

 

 


CONFIDENCE OF SHORTHAND BOARD

For each chaos, it is the time books become bait for the fire. Looking back the history: events of “Part of Books”, appropriations of book happened as a corollary toward history events. This status has been lasting for era; those are the methods of malefactors in targets for carrying out the Ignoramus Policy and Strict Acculturation.

Those sad experiences are reasons pushing us to try to carry out collecting these documentaries.

We think that: “If documentaries of prayer-book were just stored in a concentration place, it could not prevent cruel people destroying books”. Consequently, we have decided to make many copies for many entrusted people who were faithful to the Religion to be able to die in order to preserve Immortal’s speeches that He represented the God to preach the Tao.

If the situation changes unfortunately, the separations of books will happen again. We think that among these separations of books, some will be fully kept by the enthusiastic people.

This work is not a work of a person or an association but a work of nameless persons devoting all abilities in order to serve the preserve ideal for the dogmas tradition of Caodaism. While this book is giving to you, there are some passionate persons exhaustedly slump down in acting this ideal.

 

 


Our action was not a superficial idea in a short time, but an aspiration during the chaos. We always prayed the Supreme Being and Mother Buddha/Holy Mother to be blessed that we could a fortune chance to act that aspiration.

Nowadays, the vista of the sky has been bright, the aspiration has been completed. We would like to fully submit to the Sacerdotal Council all documentaries written and collected by us in years with following up the purpose of preserving the precious speeches of His Holiness Hộ Pháp.

From this time, the copyright fully depends on the Sacerdotal Council. We would like to hope that the Sacerdotal Council authorize to be censored and published so that everyone can know the cherish teachings of His Holiness Hộ Pháp that He loved to teach us when He was here, on this earth.

Holy See, 15th June Bính Ngọ/Horse Year (1966)

Shorthand Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


01. APPEAL TO CAODAI SOLDIERS ON DISPATCH TROOP CEREMONY

At Great Terrace of Universal Concord, 8th January Tân Mão year [15th February 1951]

 

Dear Mandarins, Canonized Dignitaries, male and female Disciples and Caodai Soldiers,

Every time, Bần Đạo/I stand at pulpit to call Vietnamese’s spirit to think about National future, Bần Đạo/I have to remind the eighty-year-slavery to deliver form slavery for our independency. When calling, it makes Bần Đạo agitated in many things that Bần Đạo/I cannot describe it.

The person who catches Bần Đạo’s case, which represents the spirit for whole humankind and carries a divine mission entrusted by Supreme Being, is forced to esteem and respect other people’s spirit. That is the natural reason forced by Natural law fixed. In front of my sight, there is nothing separated towards both aspect of spirit and conformation.

From the ancient time to this time, world’s activity still contains a law, which is the progress law of spirit and conformation. That law induces and pushes humankind to fight forever in order to protect their life, in order to fix the common preservation law for their fellow-creature. The progress law forces human to fight but there is one issue that in that law, there is nothing overcoming the humanity law. If there is no humanity, the justice will not exist on this earth at all.

The humankind has to live together under humanity framework only. If the humanity is destroyed, the humankind’s life will be destroyed because the society framework does not exist. If we want to be aware of it, Bần Đạo/I say that: Although they want to know, or they do not want to admit it or they deny it, it will be impossible. All Vietnamese and federation nations have admitted that: Caodai military sacrificed to preserve that humanity. Bần Đạo/I make a question that is there any action, which is more magnanimous than the life sacrifice to people’s life? Is there any purpose, which is more elevated than the humanity preservation to protect the life future of whole humankind on this earth? The Caodai military has got that purpose because it has sacrificed to display the flag of Life Protection, Universal Concord Humanity [Bảo Sanh Nhơn Nghĩa Đại Đồng] done. In front of My presence, there is a contrary spirit ideal because thought does not appear from one world play. You have seen that Bần Đạo/I am not always intolerant towards thinking aspect. People can enlarge action and among those actions, the failed or successful action is same. The time specifies its failure and success and esteem only. Bần Đạo/I do not criticize parties, nation or adversary. About thinking, in front of my presence, there is no discrimination and Bần Đạo/I determine not to discriminate them except that Bần Đạo/I discriminate one issue of inhumane action only. Due to their inhumane action, Bần Đạo/I must go out to display the flag of Caodai Military to protect causeless lives because Bần Đạo/I have a mission to protect feeble people, not to protect my life.

In chaotic period, Vietnamese races are killed inhumanely. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I display the righteous flag to induce My beloved children to sacrifice in order to protect people’s life. Although people want to deny that action, it is impossible for them to deny it.

Bần Đạo/I say that if someone catches my case, he will also execute a method to protect the life of fellow-creature firstly. After that, he will seek a solution, which is suitable for thoughts, party and Religion purposes for Vietnamese at war stage. To solve that method, we must find a person who is due to party but for serving Nation loyally. Just by that way, we can solve it. The person selected by Bần Đạo is His Holiness Bảo Đại Head State [Bảo Đại king] because he has the right controls this whole country but it is lost, therefore He must claim back for Vietnamese.

For regime, He declared on Tết new year. He said: there is no action, which has the enough right to found the country regime. There is no party and Religion, which can control it. Otherwise, all Vietnamese decide it only.

Actually, Bần Đạo/I entrust Head State Bảo Đại over country future.

Bần Đạo/I promise not to forget that speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02. ADVICE TO RELIGIOUS POLITICS ORGAN AND CAODAI MILITARY BEFORE HIS HOLINESS HỘ PHÁP FOR MEDITATION

At General Headquarters, 15th January Tân Mão

[20th February 1951]

(Opening speech of ĐỨC HỘ PHÁP as chairman)

 Before opening assembly, Bần Đạo/I would like to let you know why there is this assembly today. For three months of my meditation with this present situation, we should be very reserved. Bần Đạo/I know that we can know what will happen in advance. At this time, the reality is that the Religious Politics has been progressive.

The present Vietnam change has not reached a proper result. Therefore, it changes that we cannot predict. In 3 months of my meditation in Enlightenment Palace [Trí Huệ Cung], my spirit and soul connects with Supreme Being only. Besides that, Bần Đạo/I do not know anything more. That issue is important. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I assign Religious Politics organs have its sovereignty to protect to avoid being lost.

Bần Đạo/I would like explaining that during my absence, Bần Đạo/I petition one matter that you should renounce the mutual censure. On this earth, nobody can reach perfection. We may see Great Merciful Father as Supreme Being, who has not been satisfied by anybody. He dominates Universal power steadfastly but the sunshine and rain do not make people satisfied. Thus, we should not criticize other people, but the mutual help is good. Do not stay there for censure only. The censure is so bad. To criticize is easy but to help together is difficult. A child can do a censure too. On this earth, nobody is perfectly good except our Father as Great Merciful Father.

All actions in this stage are very difficult. We must try to do best to obtain what we can. This Religion is propagated within seven hundred thousand years, not is for this only stage that we have to be progressive. Bần Đạo/I have explained the progressive law, which had been fixed by Heaven. If there is no progress, humankind will become discouraged to lose heart without progress. By that progressive law, we can specify our destiny. We sometimes face obstacle, we have to wait its good level point patiently. We reach progress when it is time. It sometimes occurs “more haste less speed” because the haste progress does not bring interest but damage. We can see that Nguyễn Ái Quốc as Hồ Chí Minh with an impatient character and haste progress without careful observation got a failure. By discussing under reasons that to execute revolution, Communist, however revolution has not been done yet. Even it is impossible for one load, how can it avoid the failure when enduring two loads? That is the reality that haste causes damages much.

Bần Đạo/I am absent for 3 months to enter Meditation House. Bần Đạo/I have decided to grant authority fully to the regent organs of Caodaism. Bần Đạo/I petition that you do not criticize together, otherwise should help together only by renouncing censure to seek method to help together. If one organ cannot act well, two ones act together. If two ones are still impossible, three or four organs unite to help together. Do not criticize because censure is bad. The censure is to disclose to let people see our pubis only. Bần Đạo/I wish that issue most. If all of you accept my petition, raise your hands to prove to my confidence. 

03. 16TH JANUARY, HIS HOLINESS HỘ PHÁP ENTERED ENLIGHTENMENT PALACE

At Holy See, 15th January Tân Mão year [1951]

 From 16th January Tân Mão year [1951] as tomorrow, Bần Đạo/I will enter Enlightenment Palace [Trí Huệ Cung].

Bần Đạo/I have heard the anomalous hearsay. Bần Đạo/I stand at this pulpit to explain its meaning clearly why Bần Đạo/I enter Enlightenment Palace.

Bần Đạo/I petition that all children of Supreme Being should know that: The Caodaism founded by Supreme Being is due to the supreme truth. The Supreme Being comes to exterminate superstition. He just carries a true Religion only.

It has two possessive powers on this earth that its existence and disappearance are under the two-power-system. Our physical life contains a limited time. After birth, it grows up to become old to die that nobody can overcome that natural law, which contains a standard law to limit our life as its conformation on this earth. Our soul is dominated by its control power that its master is the Great Merciful Father as the God.

The humankind has been superstitious for a long time. The humankind’s spirit has been duped much. Therefore, it cannot be continuous. There are two powers only without any other laws. We just use those two powers only. The other ones are the falsity.

Bần Đạo/I enter Enlightenment Palace for meditation. This issue does not tell us if Supreme Being will grant favor to us. Bần Đạo/I do not know in advance too. He grants or does not grant due to His special favor. That is the issue that Bần Đạo/I explain the superstition for whole humankind on this earth.

Bần Đạo/I enter the Enlightenment Palace because humankind offended against Heaven Law, because humankind was very cruel to create abundant karma on the earth. Bần Đạo/I assert that if there was that sin, the Supreme Being would never come to teach union for His children in order build the delivery salvation organ for His children. As there is no method to save His children’s sins, He has to come by Himself.

An evidence proves us that we see States push together into the extermination path because of their karma, because they just know their life, do not care other people’s life. Especially, our fellow creatures have killed with uncountable amount. They kill to eat, they eat to live. How old can they live? If their life maintains well, it just reaches eighty years old only. They must die. Under way, how can humankind avoid sin and karma?

The represent Religions try to seek the salvation method. They cannot find this method, they continue to find others. All states also create the United States in order to seek method of peaceful maintenance, to seek a method to avoid the mutual murder.

Alas! They reply on their talent by using intellect to find the death. The Divine power granted to them is used as a weapon by them to exterminate them. That is the atom. They use their intelligence to seek death, not to find life. They disregard their life. They do not care moral ethics and sin and karma. Their death gets just desserts.

They seek method to avoid their sins but it impossible to overcome Heaven Law because they cannot control the Heaven Law, which hold their life. Their death or life is decided by Heaven Law. They are unable to find a method to solve this issue.

Let us see 3 months that Bần Đạo/I will be kowtowing at Supreme Being’s legs, crying and petitioning to Him. We see if humankind is saved. All male, female children of Supreme Being try to help Bần Đạo/me. Bần Đạo/I wish one issue that Bần Đạo/I will be in solitary sight to connect with Supreme Being during 3 months, you try to pray to help Bần Đạo/me.

Bần Đạo/I also wish you to remember one issue that “petition your compatriot and whole humankind on this earth to be saved”. That is the luck!”

Bần Đạo/I just put a radiocasting tool there only. The failure or success is due to children’s spirit of Supreme Being.

 

04. BẦN ĐẠO/I MEDITATE FOR 3 MONTHS AS JESUS CHRIST STAYED AT DESERT FOR 40 DAYS AND SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA STAYED AT BODHI GARDEN

At Holy See, 17th April Tân Mão year [1951]

Dear Canonized Dignitaries,

Before Bần Đạo/I interpret the spirit morality for all children of Supreme Being, Bần Đạo/I would like to thank all male and female followers. Bần Đạo/I can receive the special divine favour of the Supreme Being due to love of all followers.

From the day Bần Đạo/I entered to meditate at the Trí Huệ Cung [Enlightenment Palace/Wisdom Palace], the Supreme Being’s children maybe wondered that: What does His Holiness Hộ Pháp enter the meditation house for? What does He do? What is the meaning of entering the Wisdom Palace/Enlightenment Palace for three months?

Consequently, Bần Đạo/I interpret thoroughly what Bần Đạo/I have done for three months. That action is old, not new. The action to Religious aspect is similar to 40 days of Jesus Christ going to the desert to pray to the Supreme Being for blessing all human beings so that Jesus Christ’s deliverance mechanism for the world could be spreaded on over societies with favour, it is also similar to the Sakyamuni Buddha going to the snowbell garden to meditate in order to petition to the God regarding the release for all living beings.

About the earthly aspect, it is similar to the David king thinking about humankind’s sin and going to the desert to pray for a method to deliver the Israel’s misery.

It is similar to Hạ Võ king wearing the thorn shoes, a straw hat to withstand tiredness in order to pray for his national people out of their sins.

Bần Đạo/I want to say that the invisible actions and karma of all human beings and Vietnamese have caused Me to have to withstand for three months in the dim place in order to pray to the Supreme Being to bless with special favour for them by founding the His deliverance mechanism appeared really for all human beings, and My special beloved compatriot named Vietnamese race.

We try querying that a person represents a spirit of a race named Vietnam. The moral spirit of Vietnam has got a mission in using that moral spirit to deliver the human beings, to correct the people’s cruel action in order to become a Divine drop of water of the Supreme Being. His moral divine water will clean wash the holy path to avoid the dirt. That is His extremely holy water. He use the holy water to sprinkle it to all His children, it means all living beings on this earth. What did that person have to do?

Alas! For high ambition of this period, everyone wants to carry out. The success or failure is depended on their right. The petitioner is different, the giver is different.

Harmfully, the humankind’s karma from the time of creation of this earth, Bần Đạo/I do not know when they can protect their life on the evolvement and release path. I have caused many sins without many charities. Why isn’t there a blood catastrophe?

If we see back the history within tens of year of beginning 20th century to 1951, the humankind did not have a peaceful and happy time. They just lived under the mutual kill and destruction. If there was that divine power: Nobody could release the sins of humankind, Bần Đạo/I surely assert that.

We do not love humankind more than the father who born his children. The person bearing their body and souls is Great Merciful Father. He holds the humankind’s life however, He cannot release the humankind’s sins, and He just endures to fold His hands and to shed tears because of the humankind’s karma. The Supreme Being cannot Himself have any way to modify. If there were a way to modify, I would not enter the Enlightenment Palace to petition because the Supreme Being had carried out in advance already.

Luckily! Replying on religious heart of all His Holy Body and all male and female children, special young children had made the Supreme Being touched, therefore He permitted Me to meet the Divine Power 4 times within 3 months.

Bần Đạo/I want to say that: the humankind’s fate and the fate of Vietnam are in Supreme Being’s hands. I dare to surely assert that:

The law of causality of the humankind has been able to create a joy yet.

The desirability of people can reach good result or cannot, it may be done when their mass of Divine Virtue can be greater than their carnal heart. At their time, they can reach their happy time and the Supreme Being’s release organ can be appeared.

 

05. CAODAI MILITARY’S MERIT-DIVINE MISSION

At General Headquarters, 18th April Tân Mão year [1951]

Bần Đạo/I feel honorable to enjoy your righteousness and piety due to Religion, due to race. You have sacrificed to build such a noble reputation. If we are a normal citizen, we can say proudly: the Vietnam future as the present reputation condition of Vietnam is due to foundation of the hands of whole Caodai Military. That thing is not wrong at all. The first conformation construction has done by Caodai Military.

It is possible to say: the previous and future Caodai Military’s merit relates closely and clearly that it is unnecessary to praise or deny. The Officer Commanders of Caodai Military also achieved a great obligation service that whole Caodai Military knew their noble obligation as the divine mission to advance the flag of Life Protection-Humanity-Universal Concord with its real righteousness so that local people and foreigners have to praise when hearing its name.

Indeed, on this earth there are two Laws: no authority power and national power.

Bần Đạo/I explain the society existence on this earth. They must fight willy-nilly because the aspect of fight law of society requires a force flag to specify their power or moral spirit power. However, Bần Đạo/I do not need to explain the moral spirit power because all of you have known it.

About two things mentioned above, the nations on this earth never have bliss to enjoy both of them. If they reach this, they lack that one. They just reach one of two things only. However, Vietnam has luckily received a personal favor with both powers from Supreme Being. The first thing is about conformation and the second one is about moral spirit. The conformation is Caodai Military and the one representing the moral spirit is Sacerdotal Council as Supreme Being’s Holy Body [Thánh Thể] in Caodai gate.

We have to try to maintain them how to let them be parallel to fix the Vietnam’s future destiny. If we are careless to lose it, it will cause danger. Bần Đạo/I always pay attention very much because long since they have been contrary. To harmonize them is not easy. My essential harmony is to support the moral spirit to be stronger. Bần Đạo/I differentiate ability and force; the force refers the oppressing military, which cannot fix the future destiny steadfastly. If it had enough power to fix it, the present humankind would not murder together.

Bần Đạo/I say that: One day, Vietnam will win people by moral spirit. Actually, the moral spirit cultivation is the most important thing. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I have endured three months at Enlightenment Palace. Although we see nothing, it influence strongly. The Military will see it later.

However, yesterday Bần Đạo/I thought about one thing I was a Caodai Head to visit nobody. When the Top-Ranking General of France came here, everybody visited and Religious Heads also did. Especially, the Caodai Head visited nobody. This issue made people queried with a question: is this person very haughty, complacement, self-respecting? What did that person enter the solitary place to require? My essential purpose was to wait the personal favor of Supreme Being who let me see. If it was possible, Bần Đạo/I would still stay there more. All of you should know that Bần Đạo/I condescended to visit Counsellor, Mission yesterday. They wondered why that old man condescended in that way. However, it was very noble. Later, you pay attention to meditate to understand a quaint thing.

Our ability future is the fight. Bần Đạo/I wish and entrust Caodai Military’s hands. Consequently, the conformation and spirit connect together, love together to know to maintain the Supreme Being’s justice for execution. By that way, there is not any power or mystery, which can change the ability of Caodai.

Indeed, the failure or success is due to Caodai Military’s hands.

 

 

 

06. DIVINE THRONE ESTABLISHMENT METHOD

At Holy See, 19th April Tân Mão year [1951]

 Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach the method of divine throne establishment. On the day of my entering to Enlightenment Palace, there were many letters of our friends petitioning to enter the Enlightenment Palace with Bần Đạo/me at the same time.

At that time, Bần Đạo/I did not know how to select souls to take them to that holy gate. I was worrying not to know method of entering Enlightenment Palace [Trí Huệ Cung], therefore there was no decision. For foremost selection aspect, I did not know how to answer. It was so lucky that Supreme Being had not seen solving method. He let to meet Religious Divine Governors. When Bần Đạo could understand clearly, Bần Đạo/I was satisfied to see that: “the Supreme Being’s True Religion is a right path with a fixe material dharma and true doctrine that it deludes nobody”. Bần Đạo/I also assert that: “people’s charm methods over doctrines will be gradually exterminated by Supreme Being’s True Doctrine all”

To establish our Divine throne, the Divine law forces us to have three services called human morality. Bần Đạo/I taught Dignitaries of Divine Alliance Palace [Hiệp Thiên Đài] already. Đức Trần Khai Pháp [Juridical Reformer Trần Duy Nghĩa] has also explained it already. It is unnecessary to discuss more. Now, Bần Đạo/I only explain why we need three services [Tam Lập].

If someone does not have three services, he will not be able to live with other ones. We are facing on the earthly organ but we have material dharma without any evidence. By that way, nobody believes Secret Dharma, which helps us obtain Dharma and reach the peak of Tao. If we cannot execute material dharma, the Secret Dharma is difficult for us. Who can we obtain the Secret Dharma? When we cannot obtain Secret Dharma, it means we delude human beings only. To have a shadow, we must have its figure. When seeing its shadow, we know its figure surely. The figure and shadow must relate together closely.

Indeed, three services are: Virtue Service, Merit Service, Speech Service. When being born on this earth without three services, the human’s value contains nothing. Those three services fix us. It forces us to have them to live in society.

If human does not have virtue, how can he behave in family and society?

If human does not have merit, he cannot live with other ones. People work hard while we idle to enjoy. How can we live with others when have not justice for others and life?

Other people are frank, good, virtuous while we tell a lie, dupe without benevolence. Consequently, although how talent a human is, but he does not have three things, he will not be able to live with others. Therefore, our position on this earth has not been fulfilled yet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

07. MIRACULOUS AUTOMATIC PEN

At Holy See, night of 30th April Tân Mão year [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach the Miraculous automatic pen. The Supreme Being’s Holy Body, His male, female children have also known the Miraculous automatic pen. It is an issue that we cannot use our wisdom to specify its truth and falsity.

 Why is it? Its Divine Miraculousness includes the marvellous secret of visible creation body and marvelous secret of invisible Universe. We try thinking of true bonzes who obtained dharma. They only seek to understand invisible issues to found Religion. That issue is too hard. For long since, we count how many bonzes there are and we count how many bonzes obtained Dharma and obtained peak of Tao. Seeking the infinite marvelous secret of Universe is an extremely issue that we are able to use our wisdom to specify it. To specify it, we only study it by using our intellect to specify the true conformation of all visible things. It means that we just learn the method of observing visible thing to understand it only. We can see many obstacles and difficulties much less understand issues in automatic pen containing both the Marvellous Sight and Visible Sight. It is too difficult. If discussing, Bần Đạo/I have to write uncountable books to explain it. At the pulpit with 15 minutes or a half hour for preaching about automatic pen, it is not different from us that we hold a water cup to pour down an ocean.

 Actually, Bần Đạo/I explain its general to Supreme Being’s Holy Body and all His male, female children to understand a little bit thoroughly so that you avoid the automatic pen making your belief exterminated.

 Bần Đạo/I have set up the Holy Order recently to specify the automatic pen law. Bần Đạo/I perhaps have many tolerances. Those tolerances makes the Pope complain. Therefore, His Holiness Lý complaint Bần Đạo/me that the Hộ Pháp authority in my hands did not specify its law, to let automatic pen troubled. It forced Bần Đạo to set up the Holy Order. Due to unwilling cause, Bần Đạo had to set up Holy Order because Bần Đạo/I had let automatic pen free. At this pulpit, Bần Đạo/I tell truthfully that Bần Đạo/I understand Supreme Being’s holy will that He uses falsity to build truth that nobody can do that except the God’s hands only. The Great Merciful Father [Đại Từ Phụ] came at the beginning time with four sentences:

 “Don’t think of ambiguity for Deification,

 On ocean, who has ever met Me,

 Reply on earth to awake world,

 Same to replying on pen of Hồ”

He uses the falsity of world to create His truth. The God can do that only. For His falsity, Bần Đạo/I tested. Bần Đạo/I have a secular intimate friend who is talent in poem and literature. As being fellow friends understanding the mutual ability, that human thought that the automatic pen in Caodai gate appeared due to the mind of Bần Đạo and Cao Thượng Phẩm. That human thought that Cao Thượng Phẩm’s literature was good and Mine is good. That man thought that those Divine Teachings appeared from the mind of Bần Đạo and Cao Thượng Phẩm.

Bần Đạo/I know that suspicion. What did Bần Đạo do to salve this friend? “To test falsity and truth to know who the God is, you hold a pen and write what you want because you are a writer. Bần Đạo/I will offer a petition to Supreme Being. Bần Đạo/I compose a four-line-poem to petition to Supreme Being to display the truth and falsity with His power, in order to salve you”. That friend composed a four-line-poem. After that, Bần Đạo/I showed my poem which had been done, kept in envelop. When tearing to read, my poem responded to my friend’s asking poem accordingly. Bần Đạo/I pointed at head and said “have you understood that our secular mind and intellect are the tool for Supreme Spirit?”

“The Supreme Spirit uses your falsity to create the truth”. That friend was enlightened and he followed Caodaism. That is the reality.

Oh! We cannot describe the miraculous automatic pen. There are two masters in Universe: the invisible master of Universe and the invisible master in Divine world of Eternal Life as Creator as Supreme Being as our Great Merciful Father. The second master is the Supreme Spirit in Universe. The Supreme Spirit as Supreme Being in all things create mankind to use His authority in order to seek the visible authority of all living creatures in order hold His invisible authority of all living creatures. Therefore, our Confucian Ancestors admit to God and Human. The God is Supreme Being and the Human is humankind. In order to penetrate the Universe thoroughly, to be proficient in all things, the Supreme Being uses the automatic pen and says: “Your part and My part unites to penetrate Universe and all things thoroughly and proficiently”. Two sovereignties belong two masters. One visible master and one invisible master unite together to be a master of Universal organ without strangeness. The strangeness or no is due to our flag raised to combine those two powers. Among them, the raised automatic pen is to use two lives of two masters to master unique life in order to obey Divine power so that Supreme Being uses it only. It is the Divine pen of Supreme Being.

Smartly! We must be smart because the insentient sight has the Dead Celestial sight and Undeadly Celestial sight. When we are promoted to the Undeadly Celestial sight, our nature does not maintain vulgar quality. The Divine Spirits in Dead Celestial sight are same to us; there are also honorable man and small-minded man with their personality like ours. How they are, we are in same way. There are many ranks that we cannot know thoroughly. There are spirits who are dear to us; there are spirits who hate us excessively that we have no way to mediate them. We have seen the Tao that there are Buddha and Ghost; there are Heaven and Dickens. We face on two gates of failure and victory.

The Spirit from level of Dead Celestial sight and down are uncountable. They are never worthy to be our master but they always want to teach us, to ask us to be their student. Among them, the noticeable numbers are in Great Ocean of Spirits [Đại Hải Chúng] with foremost dangerous Kim Quang Sứ [Demon King]. If leading a religious life, we unluckily obeys him, we will become his servant as follower. Bần Đạo/I saw evidence at the beginning time of Religion. The Supreme Being’s Holy Body had loved together without separation and revenge but he came to hold the automatic pen to write:

“Nine thrones of Deity, Immortal respect me”

The Bishop B…in Kim Biên [Cambodia] said: “Perhaps, this spirit is very great”. He stepped out and kowtowed. The automatic pen gave:

“Even noble Sakyamuni, no difficult for harmony”

Mr. C…stepped out then and kowtowed. The automatic pen gave more:

“Use truth to exchange falsity to beautify throne,

 Manage! Victory or failure is due to heart”

Till he signed Kim Quang Sứ, they knew he was the Demon King of Heresy. Those two persons have followed him. You see the obvious evidence that they specified truth and falsity. If we cannot solve falsity and truth, we will have to follow Heresy. The Supreme Being uses falsity to create truth only.

Next time, Bần Đạo/I continue to preach the Meditation Secret Dharma.

 

08. ANNIVERSARY OF PROSPEROUS NATION

At Great Terrance of Universal Concord, 2nd May

Tân Mão year [1951]

 

 Dear Canonized Dignitaries, Sacerdotal Council, male and female disciples, leaders of Religious Politics organs, my speech is not to let all Vietnamese hear clearly that the satisfaction end of Vietnam present destiny is due to the humanity flag of Caodai Military.

 Bần Đạo/I have to explain this anniversary meaning clearly and consider this Anniversary of Prosperous Nation as an important day in Caodaism gate, which is the Divine gate to Eternal Life on this earth left by Supreme Being. It is not due to a society, to a race but it is an organ to create bliss for humankind all on this earth.

My life is predestined to be entrusted by Supreme Being as Great Merciful Father, with an obligation how to bring bliss to His children as humankind all. The more I meditate, the more I study not to see superstition in admitting the noble action and thought of life. Bần Đạo/I say that: If it was not advocated by Creator of All living Creatures, there would not have any earthly mind, which could advocate it. Bần Đạo/I thought by myself that if He selected an unvirtuous man to assign an obligation to create bliss for His children, He would be mistaken. Otherwise, He had to select a completely infinite virtuous man as Him in order to execute His expectation for future. Where should He entrust to be more steadfast? He has selected Bần Đạo. Bần Đạo/I felt surprised and understood myself that He was not mistaken.

He has assigned an obligation to create bliss to somebody who loves humankind most. His selection granted a lesson to my mind that the selection was not wrong. Bần Đạo/I must also select someone as He selected Bần Đạo. Bần Đạo/I select someone who can build bliss for humankind with a first experiment for Vietnamese race as my intimate friend as my blood, as my compatriot. That first experiment for this race must be done firstly for next experiment for all races on this earth as all societies.

Bần Đạo/I am a very simple and frank man. I do not know cunning, doctrine over my race’s imagination. Bần Đạo/I have to seek a simple reason. Bần Đạo/I understand that: nobody gives bliss, nobody can spoliate and nobody builds bliss as we expect. The bliss is ready as our physical body that it must be suitable for our sentiment and body. Although someone has enough, redundant bliss and give it to us, it cannot be suitable for us. If it is not suitable for us, we will not be pleased at all.

Consequently, the bliss building organ is a body relating to us importantly that each born human must have a freedom and he is not spoliated by somebody without dependence on someone so that he has enough authority to build his bliss. If we do not freedom, independence, self-control, we will not be able to build our bliss. For this reason, to build that bliss, Bần Đạo/I have to exterminate obstacles preventing our execution because every one is in attachment, he can not build his bliss.

Bần Đạo/I am very frank. Bần Đạo/I give a small example to specify the future of society all. Despite our children, we must select someone to recommend them. We consider someone in our family, who loves them, protects their future so that they reply on his ability to build their nobility steadfastly. As being parents, everybody also takes that spirit. Bần Đạo/I do same, select someone to recommend my compatriot; it means to recommend Vietnamese to someone who loves them to build bliss for them. We may say that: Finding a person for entrustment is not easy. He may be talented without virtue or he is virtuous without talent. For talented man, we admit he is very talented but we still query with a question mark for his talented essence and we are impossible to select him. For virtuous man without talent, we may say that: he does many right things that we can have enough right to own them; he lives with us, shares our miseries, seeds many sentiments in our mind. It is possible for us to select him compared with previous one.

Now, by clear way of speaking for Vietnam Imperial Authority and Communist, Bần Đạo/I would rather hand over the building bliss to King than hand over Communist. Bần Đạo/I also admit that: they make an error to me but they can build bliss. They are better than other ones who are not trustworthy. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I can not hand over it and Bần Đạo/I recommend to the King. If the King makes error to Bần Đạo, Bần Đạo/I can advise. They must accept its condition. About other causeless people building bliss by ambiguous theories, if they do not have initiative to let Vietnamese race be dependent in second time at this century, there will not have any person who can deliver from independence.

Bần Đạo/I determine not to make an error in selection person to unite the Country arrogated by people, who can preserve the ready Country in hands, who can hold authority to preserve its existence. That man is the person succeeding the legacy of Nguyễn dynasty. It means to succeed the Vietnam Country to dominate the possessive authority to build bliss determinedly. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I initiate 2nd May as the Prosperous Country anniversary importantly. For societies on this earth, nobody gives bliss to Vietnamese. They have that sovereignty and they have to build it by themselves. Whom the Divine power gives that bliss to, they have right to enjoy it. Nobody has the right to prevent or exterminate our bliss.

If Vietnamese has enough method to protect bliss, it will perhaps become a medium to protect future bliss for other races.

 

09. BEGINNING CEREMONY OF TRAINING SCHOOL OF CHARITY BODY

At Training School of Charity Body, 2nd May Tân Mão year [1951]

At 4pm, His Holiness Hộ Pháp attended the beginning ceremony. In the school, there is Mạnh Tử Tiên Sư altar [disciple of Confucius]. His Holiness Hộ Pháp asked all students in school “why do you worship the Confucius who propagated dogma firstly, but worshipped Đức Mạnh Tử [ 孟子, Mèng Zǐ ]?”

They replied all but their reason was wrong. His Holiness Hộ Pháp said: Confucius was born and founded Confucianism at the peaceful stage of monarchy. The Mèng Zi [Đức Mạnh Tử] taught people at ebullient movement stage with hostilities raising everywhere. Therefore, He established dynasty by using the Monarchy of Civil Right as the Constitutional Monarchy to win people’s heart to be suitable for that condition. So, we worship Him.

His Holiness Hộ Pháp asked them by the second question: Three Religions unite Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism as Buddha, Saint and Immortal. Why didn’t take Buddhism or Confucianism to change world?

The Confucianism was used to build Sacerdotal Council at this stage when Supreme Being came to set up a Religion. (All Dignitaries had replies but they did not contain clear meaning). His Holiness Hộ Pháp said: The Saint Way [refer to the Confucianism] is to change world essentially that this doctrine just teaches human to know authority only, not to know people and us, not to know the God. Consequently, it still contains shortcoming, teaches human to cultivate character, not to show the delivery path for humankind. Due to that shortcoming, Supreme Being came to support more so that human ability obeys God ability to obtain miraculousness, so that the cultivation with a religious life brings a delivery, Therefore, one Sacerdotal Council with three Palaces: Octagonal Palace, Divine Alliance Palace, Palace of Nine Divine Planes to make prosper over three Religions in one called Three Unity Religions, Five Unification Branches. The Deity Way and Human are added to become Five Branches of Great Way.

 

10. PROFOUND LOVE TO TEACH HUMAN BEINGS

At Holy See, 5th May Tân Mão year [1951]

At this time, Bần Đạo/I enjoyed the sentiment of Supreme Being’s children. Besides my infinite love, Bần Đạo/I do now know to use something in my incarnation to respond to you worthily.

Consequently, Bần Đạo/I dare to determine that: if it was not due to the infinite love of all children of Supreme Being, the great work of Caodaism would not perhaps appear in this conformation so that all Vietnamese and foreign countries esteem.

Bần Đạo/I confess that besides my effort will, there is an incomparable Divine power, which always reminds Bần Đạo/me to display my love all to teach human beings because actually, Supreme Being has assigned that mission to Bần Đạo/me.

For Vietnamese, they are my compatriot, my blood, my race. For other races, they are same. Thus, my sentiment is for whole humankind with a speciality, which exists eternally without fading.

Indeed, Bần Đạo/I like saying thanks to everybody.

Heroic soldiers, children!

The present Religious legacy with a steadfast stand according to true doctrine is due to a part of your merit. Master/I have admitted and seen that sacrifice will.

However, children! Although Master/I have endured miseries already, Master/I do not avoid being ashamed over one thing that Master/I have not mixed my blood drop with your blood drops yet.

Master/I have understood you as sacrificed soldiers to die daringly to protect lives and properties of whole humankind. You dared to do, dared to sacrifice. That favor and value are that whoever still maintains his life and property replied your favor.

Bần Đạo/I have ever promised about preaching Secret Dharma. This is very difficult to preach. Bần Đạo/I will reveal its whole essence to preach that Bần Đạo/I cannot preach all enough at this pulpit. If there is no obstacle about the trick, Bần Đạo/I will interpret for all children of Supreme Being to thoroughly understand, to know the Supreme Being’s secret dharma put in this His true doctrine.

Actually, Bần Đạo/I have a desire in seeking a method to help to His Male and Female children have a firm belief that that belief may become a Holy light of wisdom to guide His Holy Body on the Eternal Divine Path named the delivering path.

What is the Secret Dharma? It is the Religious conformation to the material aspect, it means the Sacerdotal Council’s conformation named the Holy Body of the Supreme Being on this earth. That is the power controlling the universe, named the incomparable power in the Supreme Being’s hands. He came to His children to hand over a power with full methods, capacities to save themselves.

Our Taoism and Confucianism explain the spiritual conformation in order to show the material conformation. It has no image but how reasonable! The Taoism and Confucianism consider us as earthly guests, consider this earth named 68th earth is “Earthly house”. We are the guest, this earth is the house. How profound! There is nothing to be compared and to make this issue clearer.

We try thinking that the whole boundless mysterious organ of the Supreme Being created in the universe and the material substances. We can see in front of us, we know that everything is created from the relative natural law. If there is the relative law, essentially there must have the contrary landscape. Due to the law to create the conformation, if there is the image, the landscape exists, if there is the relative law, there must have the contrary landscape. It means, if there is the image, the shade must exist. If there is no shade, there is no image.

We try thinking about the relative law. Primarily, we observe and see that life in the sleep and sleepless time. Sleeping is to live with all souls, staying up is to live with all living beings. We may observe two contrary cases of living to compare with the universal law, we will see nothing difficult. That means there is life and death. There is nothing strange. How we are when living, we will be us so after our death. We are the guests of this earthly house when living, we will return to our homeland after our death, it means we enter the Eternal Holy World.

Now, we try thinking how two aspects have an intimate relation to us. Simply, we compare scientifically that when staying up, we hope something and do something in our normal activities, when sleeping, we will dream and say something as a contrary landscape of our life, it means our sleepless time of life. Staying up and sleeping belong to law of life and death. There is the life, surely there is the death. How our activities of life are, after death, they will intactly appear in that way. Therefore, there is nothing strange.

Now, interpreting about Holy aspect, it means our soul. I say that each individual as a child of the Supreme Being always has his position long since. The law never changes. We see the secret dharma of the Sakyamuni Buddha, He have obtained the secret dharma and put the method of delivering on the earth. We wonder why the Supreme Being did not put “Three Noble Truths”: Old, Ill, Dead to lead the True Doctrine but Supreme Being let the Sakyamuni Buddha enlighten Three Noble Truths. When the Sakyamuni Buddha enlightened Three Noble Truths, the Supreme Being added one “Born” Truth more. It became Four Noble Truths: Born, Old, Ill, Dead. The Sakyamuni replied on the Supreme Being’s secret dharma put ahead so that He could obtain the delivering organ. To avoid Four Noble Truths, do not create any cause. There is the cause, surely there is the effect. If we want to avoid “Birth, Oldness, Illness, Death”, we must liquidate all Effects. That is the evident truth. The Secret Dharma was given to the Sakyamuni, surely the Supreme Being may give to each His child to deliver oneself.

If His Holiness Lao-Tzu (老子) had not been a Minister of the Châu dynasty, if He had not went to the bibliography library of Châu dynasty to open the Eight Diagrams handed over by Phục Hy (宓羲), He would not have obtained the dharma surely. He studied the Eight Diagrams in the library of Châu dynasty; it means the Secret Dharma of the Supreme Being given to Lao-Tzu. When understood Eight Diagrams thoroughly, then He became a repute Head until now.

Now, we interpret the case of the Jesus Christ, the present reputation Head believed by thousands races of Europe about His moral aspect. If there had not been 40 days of meditation at the desert, the Supreme Being would not have come to Him. If he had not been seduced by demons, His Secret Dharma would not have revealed.

Now, interpreting Confucius, He was born at the chaos stage of China divided into Nations (from the century III to VI before the Christian Era). If he had not got any misery on His way of humanity and social misery with invader’s fight, if He had got misery to position and fame, If He had got misery to His spirit because of filial piety, He would not have surely seen all races, it means all His compatriots. I think that His Confucianism never exists.

If the Supreme Being did not put His Holy Body 60 year ago before founding a Religion, If He did not order Immortals to descend down the earth to create the image of Divine Beings of Nine Heavens, and He did not widen the Bạch Ngọc Kinh (Jade White Palace) door on this earth, the True Doctrine of the Supreme Being would not surely appear here.

How mysterious for the Supreme Being’s true doctrine! It has taken His boundless power to create the Material Dharma. For HIS Secret Dharma, He depends on the essential souls. He creates positions of Deity, Saint, Immortal, Buddha on this earth.

Consequently, Bần Đạo/I want to say that our Caodaism door may be considered:

A place we see off our friends, and a place we welcome our friends. There will have more and more children of Supreme Being see that Secret Dharma. Because it is has just been opened, its image is not still clear. Someday, it become perfect, the Supreme Being’s children will see how its Holy object is. Believe in the Holy Body of the Supreme Being vehemently, so that the Supreme Being changes the earth and human beings and blesses human beings with happiness. What does our ability want to do when staying awake? What does it do when we sleep? What does law let us do when we die and we are alive? Those two laws dominate the same. The Supreme Being has two abilities as we have them now. His incomparability, infinitude, supreme particularity are His miraculous vast infinite Yang ability, which creates the Universe and eight ranks of soul and decides the destiny of All Living Creatures. About His Yin ability, He obviously has a law as us. Those are seven passions and six desires, He then separates nature. He transforms His Yin ability into Holy Mother [Phật Mẫu] worshipped by us nowadays.

For His Yang ability and Holy Mother’s Yin ability, Holy Mother Herself transforms into His Yin ability. We say that: Supreme Being and Holy Mother, Holy Mother and Supreme Being are two powers creating Universe [Refer the Yin Yang principle] that Supreme Being holds the spirit power and Holy Mother holds the form power.

When Golden Base [Kim Bàn] of Holy Mother is created and eight ranks of souls appear, Holy Mother Herself makes form of All Living Creatures. Therefore, Supreme Being’s power is incomparable and He wants eight ranks of soul as all living creatures to enjoy an available legacy: His almightiness, perfection, omniscience toward spirit and conformation. He wants the power of His children as all living creatures to have His infinite, unlimited power to dominate Thirty Six Heavens, Three Thousand Worlds and Four Continents. Those are the things that He grants to His children so that His children can become almighty, infinite, omniscient, unlimited, supreme as Him. Therefore, He let them be created. When being newly born at Golden Base [Kim Bàn], they were very simple not to have enough power to dominate Universe as Him. He wants us to create work, wants us to have enough spirit intellect to control that great work.

11. SUPREME BEING’S SECRET DHARMA

At Holy See, 15th May Tân Mão year [1951]

 

Bần Đạo/I have ever promised about preaching Secret Dharma. This is very difficult to preach. Bần Đạo/I will reveal its whole essence to preach that Bần Đạo/I cannot preach all enough at this pulpit. If there is no obstacle about the trick, Bần Đạo/I will interpret for all children of the Supreme Being to thoroughly understand, to know the Supreme Being’s secret dharma put in this His true doctrine.

Actually, Bần Đạo/I have a desire of seeking a method to help to His Male and Female children have a firm belief that that belief may become a Holy light of wisdom to guide His Holy Body on the Eternal Divine Path named the delivering path.

What is the Secret Dharma? It is the Religious conformation to the material aspect, it means the Sacerdotal Council’s conformation named the Holy Body of the Supreme Being on this earth. That is the power controlling the universe, named the incomparable power in the Supreme Being’s hands. He came to His children to hand over a power with full methods, capacities to save themselves.

Our Taoism and Confucianism explain the spiritual conformation in order to show the material conformation. It has no image, but how reasonable! The Taoism and Confucianism consider us as earthly guests, consider this earth named 68th earth is “Earthly house”. We are the guest, this earth is the house. How profound! There is nothing to be compared and to make this issue clearer.

We try thinking that the whole boundless mysterious organ of the Supreme Being created in the universe and the material substances. We can see in front of us, we know that everything is created from the relative natural law. If there is the relative law, essentially there must have the contrary landscape. Due to the law to create the conformation, if there is the image, the landscape exists, if there is the relative law, there must have the contrary landscape. It means, if there is the image, the shade must exist. If there is no shade, there is no image.

We try thinking about the relative law. Primarily, we observe and see that life in the sleep and sleepless time. Sleeping is to live with all souls, staying up is to live with all living beings. We may observe two contrary cases of living to compare with the universal law, we will see nothing difficult. That means there is life and death. There is nothing strange. How we are when living, we will be us so after our death. We are the guests of this earthly house when living, we will return to our homeland after our death, it means we enter the Eternal Holy World.

Now, we try thinking how two aspects have an intimate relation to us. Simply, we compare scientifically that when staying up, we hope something and do something in our normal activities, when sleeping, we will dream and say something as a contrary landscape of our life, it means our sleepless time of life. Staying up and sleeping belong to law of life and death. There is the life, surely there is the death. How our activities of life are, after death, they will intactly appear in that way. Therefore, there is nothing strange.

Now, interpreting about Holy aspect, it means our soul. I say that each individual as a child of the Supreme Being always has his position long since. The law never changes. We see the secret dharma of the Sakyamuni Buddha, He has obtained the secret dharma and put the method of delivering on the earth. We wonder why the Supreme Being did not put “Three Noble Truths”: Old, Ill, Dead to lead the True Doctrine, but Supreme Being let the Sakyamuni Buddha enlighten Three Noddle Truths. When the Sakyamuni Buddha enlightened Three Noble Truths, the Supreme Being added one “Born” Truth more. It became Four Noble Truths: Born, Old, Ill, Dead. The Sakyamuni replied on the Supreme Being’s secret dharma put ahead so that He could obtain the delivering organ. To avoid Four Noble Truths, do not create any cause. There is the cause, surely there is the effect. If we want to avoid “Born, Old, Ill, Dead”, we must liquidate all Effects. That is the evident truth. The Secret Dharma was given to the Sakyamuni, surely the Supreme Being may give to each His child to deliver oneself.

If His Holiness Lao-Tzu (老子) had not been a Minister of the Châu dynasty, if He had not gone to the bibliography, library of the Châu dynasty to open the Eight Diagrams handed over by Phục Hy (宓羲), He would not have obtained the dharma surely. He studied the Eight Diagrams in the library of Châu dynasty,it means the Secret Dharma of the Supreme Being given to Lao-Tzu. When understood Eight Diagrams thoroughly, then He became a repute Head until now.

Now, we interpret the case of the Jesus Christ, the present reputation Head believed by thousand races of Europe about His moral aspect. If there had not been 40 days of meditation in the desert, the Supreme Being would not have come to Him. If he had not been seduced by demons, His Secret Dharma would not have revealed.

Now, interpreting Confucius, He was born at the chaos stage of China divided into Nations (from the century III to VI before the Christian Era). If he had not got any misery on His way of humanity and social misery with invader’s fight, if He had got misery to position and fame, If He had got misery to His spirit because of filial piety, He would not have surely seen all races, it means all His compatriots. I think that His Confucianism never exists.

If the Supreme Being did not put His Holy Body 60 years ago, before founding a Religion, If He did not order Immortals to descend down the earth to create the image of Divine Beings of Nine Heavens, and He did not widen the Bạch Ngọc Kinh (Jade White Palace) door on this earth, the True Doctrine of the Supreme Being would not surely appear here.

How mysterious for the Supreme Being’s true doctrine! It has taken His boundless power to create the Material Dharma. For HIS Secret Dharma, He depends on the essential souls. He creates the positions of Deity, Saint, Immortal, Buddha on this earth.

Consequently, Bần Đạo/I want to say that our Caodaism door may be considered:

A place we see off our friends, and a place we welcome our friends. There will have more and more children of the Supreme Being seen that Secret Dharma. Because it is has just been opened, its image is still not clear. Someday, it becomes perfect, the Supreme Being’s children will see how its Holy object is. Believe in the Holy Body of the Supreme Being vehemently, so that the Supreme Being changes the earth and human beings and blesses human beings with happiness.

 

12. ABOUT SECRET DHARMA

At Holy See, 16th  June Tân Mão year [1951]

Bần Đạo/I have promised to preach the Secret Dharma in each ceremony. Why must Bần Đạo/I preach the Secret Dharma? Due to the traditional way, the Secret Dharma ought to have been kept secret. However, for the Caodaism, the true doctrine of the Supreme Being, it may not be done as before. The Supreme Being has said clearly:

He came to essentially break down the superstition. Harmfully! Long since there has been superstition happening in the Religions, it ought to surely happen from the Secret Dharma.

The Caodaism’s material dharma is considered as a school for us to make merits. That school is for us to make virtues, make merits, speak good words. For the Secret Dharma of the Supreme Being, it is the mysterious mechanism for His children to save themselves.

To the Material Dharma, we have got honour. To let us make merit, the Supreme Being Himself has permitted us to borrow His name to become a Holy Body of the Supreme Being on this earth. Alas! The power for the method of making merit is the Holy image. It means we buy our positions.

Making merit, He has founded His body named Holy See. That is His material See on this earth. We ought to make merits for the human beings, it means we make merits to His children. The Supreme Being lets us make merits, not to let us be a slave for anybody. We may see He serves His children. We make merits to make His honour by making merits.

To speaking good words, He has done by Himself, He has held a pen in a séance to write to teach us speech by action, virtue by moral. For words, there is nothing better than all dharma done by Him so that we meditate ourself. He has lent us by Himself.

The Secret Dharma is most significant. If we had petitioned His boundless power to obtain the delivering mechanism, Bần Đạo/I am sure that His Holy Body (Dignitaries ordered to descend down to carry our mission) or His beloved Male and Female children would not have sat in this gate of Caodaism. With a life in facing Four Noble Truths, we only desire one thing that we can obtain the mysterious secret dharma. Before obtaining the secret dharma, we ought to have a strong belief which is powerful enough in the spirit of the Sacerdotal Council.

To have a strong belief, we have self-confidence. After getting the self-confidence, we will have a confidence in the God. It means we may obtain the Religious belief.

To thoroughly understand the self-confidence, we ought to understand ourselves, then ought to understand the position in this universe comparing with all souls. We ought to know which rank that position belongs to. We ought to know where we came from. We understand all so that we can understand the path we go to, the secret dharma will guide us to go on that path.

All spirits of human beings are puzzled because people have not understood who they are. I only smile about one thing that people’s spirit intelligence has reached great point. Bần Đạo/I assert that their current knowledge has been developing much with an evidence that the New York library contains 2,500,000 books. We try thinking that with a life, we have got 36,000,000 days, in order to read all the books in the library, we must spend seven hundred years with one day for one book.

Alas! There is no discussion for people’s knowledge. They know well, accept for one thing that they have not known them yet. The people have not known yet why they had appeared. Nowadays, they have not known who they are in spite of top civilization, great intelligence. Actually, because they do not know them, it appears the materialism while the idealistic theory hopes to depend on the physics in order to study people and especially study the cause of the people. They depend on the physics to assert that people are the beast. They say this beast lives as all living beings. They study the physics then they say the people’s cause is from two sperms of a man and a woman, combined by fucking named male and female sperm. Two sperms are combined when a man and a woman fuck together. Two sperms combine together to become a human. It is a worn from the sperm cause. The male sperm is the essence, the female is the body. Two those objects combine together to become a clot of red blood which gradually appears the head, hands… and turns into a human body. Before became a beast, it had to be combined together by two sperms to become a body. To the Tao, the Tao also asserts the human is the beast. When turning into a human body, we wonder which power asked them to turn, which power permitted them to turn. People depend on the physics to explain nonsense. They want to seek the fact by using the truth to break the spirit but their truth is an illusion truth.

Bần Đạo/I admit myself that we are beasts. Bần Đạo/I know on this earth, before forming, it was a tree, it could move with root, blood and it gradually grew a head, two hands, two legs and became a gorilla and gradually walked as a monkey. A strangest thing happening when forming a body, we do not know how its mysterious life is. After forming a human body, we wonder where its life is from. Who gives that? Who gives the mysterious life? Our Tao never denies our body is the beast. In the conception of Buddhism doctrine, our bodies are the beasts for all souls to mount on in order to go from this globe to another globe. That beast is our body and the person who mounts on is the Buddha. It means our soul.

Really, this body can be delivered. The beast is still the beast born from the earth and it will surely return to the ground. For the person mounting on the beast, that is a Buddha without power to confine or bind it. That Buddha is really the Supreme Being’s child. The beast determined by the physics is the beast mounted by a person who is the Buddha, the child of the Supreme Being.

Actually, the deliverance mechanism is about the deliverance of the Buddha, not about the beat’s deliverance.

Next time, I will preach the life of the human related to all living beings on this earth.

 

 

 

13. BLESS AND DO SANCTIFICATION FOR LONG HOA MARKET

At Long Hoa market, 5th June Tân Mão year [1951]

 

The renovation mechanism of the world is by the time to unify the Religions to provoke all Supreme Being’s children to return into one knot in order to live under the benevolence and righteousness flag of the Caodaism. There are more and more human beings gathering together in number. Therefore, the activities have become tough.

Bần Đạo/I found this market urgently to create easier activities for human beings. At this time, although this is a rudimentary market, it will be expanded more and will be more solemn that the children of the Supreme Being will never image it. Bần Đạo/I assert that it must exist surely because the renovation mechanism of world and divine mystery of the Supreme Being had been predetermined.

 

14. WHAT LAW HAVE WE LIVE IN

At Holy See, 30th June Tân Mão year [2ndAug. 1951]

 

At last time, Bần Đạo/I preached and promised to continuously what law we have lived under on this earth in this ceremony. In previous ceremony, Bần Đạo/I preached the issue of our life on this earth and our life in the Divine World to Eternal Life, which is normally called death by secular people.

Bần Đạo/I recollect the time of learning Tao from Divine Spirits that we have ever discussed two words of life and death. Divine Spirits say that: Using those two words are real and they are not the truth. Our self and form are life a hand. It does not make sense if our upward hand is our life and our downward hand is our death. One hand turns and changes not to prove death or life. The death and life do not contain meaning. The life on this earth and life in Divine World to Eternal Life are also called life only. Actually, the death and life are the wheel.

Today, Bần Đạo/I preach whichever law that we are born on this earth or our life in Divine World to Eternal Life. Our Great Merciful Father [Đại Từ Phụ] also has nature as us. We should compare with a father on this earth too. We should study what He wants us to do or what He assigns us to do, but we must follow His liking. By clear way, what did all Fathers want their children to do? It means that what does whole humankind want us to do? That is the law.

The Supreme Being is an eternal self-existent Spirit with an infinite unlimited power. What law does He create all things and all living creatures by? That almighty omniscient Spirit can do everything but why He created all visible living beings? What is that law? We have seen that law and studied small law already. We can guess His law in order to understand that we have two lives.

What does our ability want to when staying awake? What does it do when we sleep? What does law let us do when we die and we are alive? Those two laws dominate the same. The Supreme Being has two abilities as we have them now. His incomparability, infinitude, supreme particularity are His miraculous vast infinite Yang ability, which creates the Universe and eight ranks of soul and decides the destiny of All Living Creatures. About His Yin ability, He obviously has a law as us. Those are seven passions and six desires, He then separates nature. He transforms His Yin ability into Holy Mother [Phật Mẫu] worshipped by us nowadays.

For His Yang ability and Holy Mother’s Yin ability, Holy Mother Herself transforms into His Yin ability. We say that: Supreme Being and Holy Mother, Holy Mother and Supreme Being are two powers creating Universe [Refer the Yin Yang principle] that Supreme Being holds the spirit power and Holy Mother holds the form power.

When Golden Base [Kim Bàn] of Holy Mother is created and eight ranks of souls appear, Holy Mother Herself makes form of All Living Creatures. Therefore, Supreme Being’s power is incomparable and He wants eight ranks of soul as all living creatures to enjoy an available legacy: His almightiness, perfection, omniscience toward spirit and conformation. He wants the power of His children as all living creatures to have His infinite, unlimited power to dominate Thirty Six Heavens, Three Thousand Worlds and Four Continents. Those are the things He grants them to His children so that His children can become almighty, infinite, omniscient, unlimited, and supreme as Him. Therefore, He let them be created. When being newly born at Golden Base [Kim Bàn], they were very simple not to have enough power to dominate Universe as Him. He wants us to create work, wants us to have enough spirit intellect to control that great work.

 

15. HUMAN’S PREDESTINATION

At Holy See, night of 14th July Tân Mão year [1951]

   In previous ceremony, Bần Đạo/I promised to preach the human’s predestination as our predestination in next ceremony. For in spite of individual, society or whole humankind, we can see a play of pain that the Sakyamuni Buddha found that truth as Four Noble Truths [Tứ Diệu Đề] as four pains of human.

 We should look at many unjust issues in world in front of our sight with a play: Gifted human browbeats the stupid. Strong human browbeats weak one. Luxurious human browbeats humble one. Cruel human browbeat frank one. Brutal human browbeats moral one. That injustice helps human acknowledge its reason.

 We have seen that Dharma predestinate our incarnation. Consequently, we come to this earth to pay karma or share miseries with our fellow friends on this earth. We should study the truth of two reasons to specify our destiny.

 It is most unfortunate that among persons who do not know Four Noble Truths, most of them do not know why they are miserable. Therefore, the more miserable they are, the more revengeful they get for this life because their incarnation contains more miseries than bliss and they feel angry at society. They query: why this person is born on a golden mass that he is rich, luxurious, leisurely while other one is born at a poor condition without being full with meals. This person is born at golden throne while other one is born at a corner of henhouse.

 With different condition, why don’t they avoid indignation, hatred toward their life? In their life, they feel revengeful but they do not know whom they can impute. Thus, they are revengeful toward all their fellow friends as whole humankind.

 We have seen their play that they sought their bliss and present humankind is seeking bliss. Alas! Bần Đạo/I see that they want to make friend with whole people for sake of people to exterminate that injustice. They do and will do until humankind on this earth can enjoy properties of this globe equally and they think that when classes in society disappear but people are equal, that is the time that they will have built bliss for humankind.

 They get an error because we cannot compare the stupid with intellectual who takes his lucid intelligence to specify his destiny. If human can decide his destiny, he will be able to self-control their life. Others only reply on other people for their life. According to that spirit, intelligence, classes in society obviously exist that we can never help people to have same nature. Consequently, their decision to build bliss for humankind is in reverie that it is impossible for execution. Dear Canonized Dignitaries, Sacerdotal Council, male, female believers! The appeared Religions have a special mission, which is similar to us. Individual has a special mission to use Divine Balance weight our passion to make it equal to the life. We know that: Our fellow friends as whole humankind are expecting bliss while we know that they never seek bliss. We only seek method to solace their spirit. If we have that method, we will be able to live with Supreme Being’s Holy Body closely. We may see our stupid unfavorable weak friend who is oppressed by a wiser and stronger person. We go to him and speak to him that: my younger brother is unwise, ignorant while you are intelligent, lucid. You should not browbeat him. You browbeat me and I can compete against you.

 There a frank feeble friend who is oppressed by a powerful person. Other one goes there and speaks to him that: my younger brother is feeble not to be able to do against you. If you want to prove your strength to him, compete against me that I am enough strong to compete against you by using just balance to adjust injustice of society. It means that they have fulfilled their obligation toward world.

 The Religions fight the right to divide the justice. We see that a new Religion contains a clear mission that they are a friend of painful people; they solace them with miserable people. They sometimes share meals and clothes. However, until they obtain their power in their hands that just balance holder do not dominate that position. The next holder becomes a lord of people. Thus, the Religions lose authority, nowadays.

 The Caodaism built is to bring Divine justice of Supreme Being to this earth. Bần Đạo/I wish that: that just balance will exist forever so that we specify our destiny and the change authority depends on Supreme Being’s decision.

 

16. OUR REASON FOR LIVING ON THIS EARTH

At Holy See, night of 29th July Tân Mão [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach our reason for living on this earth that each individual always a query to want to study. We see that our existence is not due to our wish. There are many reasons, which induce us to study our predestination that we cannot control it. Alas! Our query of world containing our incarnation with many reasons makes us deeply recent but we do not know the reason why humankind must endure it. There are many deeply recent people without solution such an extent that it pushes them to their final self-killing solution only. For our predestination, we wonder why we must live. What do we live on this earth for? When we know those reasons, we can have solace solutions. If we do not those reasons our predestination, our self, its living value, there will not have any solace solution.

There are two living reasons. We come to this earth to pay the living debt because this payment makes us lost bliss in Paradise of Divine World to Eternal Life. This is the first reason. If it is referred that reason, we exist on this earth because of karma. The second reason is that we come to this earth to share miseries with our fellow friends on this earth. We come to seek our friends. The Supreme Being has said: nobody knows a certain flower is not a matter but a soul descending. Nobody knows that among all living creatures, among matters, there are our beloved infinite friends because we are in living debt and we must pay it. Indeed, we must pay it. Our payment is the coming to serve all living creatures. For next reason, if we come here to find our friends, we must take pity on them but we do not know who our friends are. We come here with an ambiguity, so we do not know where our friends have gone. They may be a child, an invalid, a woman, a man who can live in a poor life or in an honorable luxurious condition. We cannot know how it is. Regarding to unknown reason, it forces our life to serve all living creatures. In Europe civilization, it is said that: “Chacun pour soi”, which means that individual takes care himself except the God takes care all people.

Friends, male female followers and students got bliss to stay at the Supreme Being’s infinite arms and all of you say: “I come to His arms with a wish that I do how to become an element of His Holy Body [Thánh Thể]. The element value of Holy Body is to be the God on this earth to represent His God role. We see that His “Mercy for miserable people” is unlimited and infinite. For long since, we see “mercy for miserable people” forces us: our reason for living is not to live in our bliss but live in bliss of His children.

If you see that you are stronger than your younger friend or brother, it means Supreme Being fixes our strength to shoulder tiresomeness for our friend or younger brother. If we find that we are more intelligent than our younger brother, that intelligence is granted to us by Supreme Being to uphold his foolishness. If we find that we are living in honor, we say that this honor gifted to us by Supreme Being is not for us but we have a mission to share luxuriousness and honor with all our friends and younger brothers. Our reason for living is the living reason of all. Our living reason is to wipe tears of miserable people. Our living reason is to hold His Vase of Holy Water steadfastly to sprinkle equally. When the elements of His Holy Body execute that method and return to Divine world to Eternal Life, I assert surely that: all meet Supreme Being and that is our happy day. All Deity, Saint, Immortal, Buddha feel pleased to see the bliss of Supreme Being that His dutiful children represented Him on the earth worthily under the role that He assigned. That is our reason for living.

I wish that all His children should pay attention to execute it every time, every day. “Mercy for miserable people” is the desire of our invisible Father who grants all infinite unlimited passion and great mercy put on this earth. When our hands share equally, our two reasons for living are completely fulfilled. If we do not share equally with waste, it is useless for an incarnation without outlet.

 

17. OUR REASON FOR LIVING ON THIS EARTH [next]

At Holy See, night of 15th August Tân Mão [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I continue to preach our reason for living on this earth. Bần Đạo/I explain that: the reason why we are born on this earth, why our life is to live with the life of all living creatures. Bần Đạo/I preached the method with a clear instruction: Our physical body, which is our animal coming to this earth to seek friends or to pay our karma, has a same life with all things. Bần Đạo/I have explained this twice. Today, Bần Đạo/I preach two reasons of living. Indeed, we live with all things and we have enough ability, wisdom and intellect to specify our destiny and protect our life. We must admit that: our life is not different from the life of our fellow creatures. Bần Đạo/I say that: our fellow creatures are not only humankind but also all things because we look at this earth obviously that we are living with them and they are helping us to life. We see two reasons in secular life framework. From ancient time to this time, Bần Đạo/I think that humankind has been finding those two living reasons so that we decide to live in peace or chaos. On this earth, the living concession creates peace and living fight creates chaos obviously. What is the living concession? We have understood that: we have received a mutual living law with all things. Therefore, we ourselves must respect that life. We must manage to specify our life under exemplary not to break the life of all living creatures; it means not to offend the life of others. When mentioning the method of living concession, long since philosophers, Religious believers have been seeking the spirit moral. Despite Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism or other Religions, they only seek an exemplary to set up a living method for humankind so that they esteem life together on this earth, to set up rule so that they respect with concession and the peace and they can reach peace, solace, satisfaction and bliss. In contrary, our life is difficult because we are living with Four Noble Truths of Buddhism as birth, oldness, illness, death. On this earth, we never see that people can enjoy real bliss and life preservation is very difficult. If there is not any morality to be a method of lucid mind to specify our direction, it is not easy to live. We may see plays of world that despite individual, society, humankind kills together because of mutual living fight. If we know living concession under hardship, we have to have a noble heart with compassion on people so that we have a method to endure misery with a concession heart for other people’s life. To have that heart, at least we have to be virtuous and to take spirit as a basis. If we ignore the spirit as a basis, we will direct to materialism, to follow up the theory of mutual living fight only. If they fight for life, the mutual extermination will forever happen and the humankind on this earth never enjoys the peaceful bliss.

 Actually, the living concession helps existence and the mutual living fight pushes to the self-extermination.

 

18. MID-AUTUMN CEREMONY IS THE DAY WE MEET IN GREAT DIVINE FAMILY OF RELIGION

At Holy See, Arc frame of Divine Alliance Palace, 15th August Tân Mão [1951]

Before Bần Đạo/I explain, Bần Đạo/I lower my head to welcome all male, female children of Supreme Being. We are honorable to gather yearly together to enjoy the Holy Mother’s infinite compassion. The full moon day is our Mid-autumn day. If this ceremony is considered with its meaning in Caodaism, it is the day that we meet together honorably in great divine family of Religion. It comes yearly and Bần Đạo/I confess that the day Bần Đạo/I enjoy bliss and feel pleased is today. Bần Đạo/I stay here so that Supreme Being’s children gather in Divine Gate to Eternal Life all, in infinite compassion of Supreme Being and Holy Mother. Bần Đạo/I feel pleased for all His children.

To be continued, Bần Đạo/I advise Caodai soldiers as Religious soldiers that the destiny of fatherland and Vietnamese race will end and it is ending satisfactorily to execute the independence and union of Vietnam due to desire of whole Vietnamese race. We have a proverb: shoulder to load. The Caodai Military has been undertaking the National solution long since to solve the religion of Vietnam and France, in order to specify Vietnam’s destiny in its future. As they have executed well, they have to continue execution well. That destiny has been fulfilled, however there is one wish that whole Vietnamese race must make effort so that people help us. We know well that it is due to our law and we reply on nobody. French often says that: “Aise toi, le ciel t’aidera”, we must make effort firstly, Supreme Being then helps us.

It is the time for Vietnamese race to specify its future destiny at establishment stage. Therefore, Caodai Military must be an example, must sacrifice more by displaying the intense patriotism; now they must keep doing as before; they must sacrifice blood so that Vietnamese all specify their destiny. It is for Military. For children and male, female pupils, you have replied on the dangerous and hard shoulder of Sacerdotal Council, who breeds, teaches you with a wish that you become good persons. Today is your festival and you should look at what your brothers have done, what your bothers have obtained. You should follow their example to imitate. Bần Đạo/I assert that world always wishes that you may become good to take love to Nation and to specify its destiny.

Children! Your race is looking at you. Bần Đạo/I embrace you all in my arms and kiss you with an infinite love without language expression. Bần Đạo/I like bow all of you.

19. FEMALE CARDINAL HOUSE INAUGURATING CEREMONY AND MOVE THE TABLET OF FEMALE CARDINAL LÂM HƯƠNG THANH TO WORSHIP AT FEMALE CARDINAL HOUSE

15th August Tân Mão year [1951]

Younger brothers! Qua/I have said that whole your merit by your tiresomeness shifts to my back. That is your nobility.

Dear Sacerdotal Council, organs, male and female followers! We recollect the time over twenty years ago that Supreme Being came to us with a miraculous pen to establish a true Religion. He came with His poor and old. He himself declared that: He is a poor old man. He said: “Solitary to express poorness”. He comes to grant a reputation to us that He establishes the Sacerdotal Council for His children. He can ride on White crane on white clouds while His Holy Body cannot expose to the sun because the condition is very difficult. He comes with a poor body to establish Holy Body for His children. Alas! His Holy Body is poor too. However, our poorness contains a noble invaluable ability unimaginable. All of you perhaps know the embryo time that when the Holy See was newly born, His children had to endure many miseries. They were abnormally hungry and full to establish the Holy See. Nowadays, its form all nations look at it with compliment. That is due to the tiresomeness of children and others. The great present legacy is due to patience and miseries of children and younger brothers.

How lucky! His pious children always express their loyalty to sacrifice their physical body and sacrifice of animal. Tonight, whole Sacerdotal Council recollects the Female Cardinal House spending 250,000 vnd. Is there any worker who dares to build it? I am sure that he does not dare because children’s tears of tiresomeness for this house are threefold. This house’s form is due to that people gave materials mixed with children’s sweats. Consider! Children and younger brothers pay attention that that old Man never accepts being in debt to any body. If He cannot pay you for merits completely on this earth, He will pay you all in Divine gate of Eternal Life. You have seen that His filial piety children know method to specify their destiny in the Holy Body. Who are Caodai Soldiers, now? They were workers building the Religious legacy. They now sacrifice their blood to protect great legacy for His children; they face on powerful obstacles, nourish their younger brothers, share clothes.

 This completely great legacy is due to the establishment service of His filial piety children but I have done nothing except urge that this body cannot carry a brick. Bần Đạo/I only wish an issue that whole His male female children everyday think about your brother’s tiresome service, about whole patriot’s tiresomeness, which have contributed to that great legacy; reply on this legacy to be a medium, maintain morality to be an amulet for heart, love and keep uprightness together until seven hundred thousand years as Supreme Being has predestinated. Although Bần Đạo/I stay here or return to Divine Palace leisurely, Bần Đạo/I always remember the great legacy of His children with a filial piety heart to Him and Holy Mother.

 

20. WHAT IS THE FEAST OF “DIÊU TRÌ”?

At Nine-Dragon pulpit, at noon of 15th August Tân Mão year [1951]

 Today is the day that all of us as Supreme Being’s male female children gather in Supreme Being’s great Divine family that He has built for us. By this occasion, Bần Đạo/I explain clearly what the ceremony of Hội Yến Diêu Trì [Feast is organized to gather Immortals with Caodai Dignitaries. According to His Holiness Hộ Pháp’s preachment, this feast is a Secret Dharma to save all living beings, put on this earth] is. All of you have been awaken that our religious life is to obtain the delivery organ or to seek method to return to our old Divine throne. About the ranks of soul in Universe, Supreme Being grants power to Holy Mother to create eight ranks of soul such as matter, plant, animal, human, Deity, Saint, Immortal, Buddha. The eight ranks of soul are created from Golden Basin [Kim Bàn] based on Supreme Being’s law. Consequently, they must gradually evolve forever. That progress law forces us to seek cultivation method in each incarnation. What is it for? It is to build our Divine throne. The souls reaching to human rank are divided into two special ranks. Materials evolve to human called evolutionary being [hóa nhân] and souls from Golden Basin are called original being [nguyên nhân]. If those two ranks do not reply moral to step on their Holy Path gradually to obtain final throne as Buddha throne, but they cause sins, they will be fallen to Demon position.

 Indeed, human can be original being or evolutionary being or demon being. How harmful! The Supreme Being let 10,000,000 original souls/beings be on this earth to make friend with souls in all Living Creatures. Among them, 600,000 souls obtained Buddha throne and 200,000 souls obtained Immortal throne. 9,200,000 souls are still banished on earth. From the time of closed Way, they have many esoteric practices but they cannot reach achievement. It is very pitiful because the Supreme Being himself descends the earth to establish His Religion due to 9,200,000 original souls. We may see the holy favor. Especially, Supreme Being had known thoroughly that: those original souls do not have any self-delivery method because they are very sinful and passionate to world with their heavy karma. Consequently, they cultivate and meditate but they do not obtain achievement because the Way has been closed and the delivery organ does not exist on this earth. The Supreme Being himself knows that original souls [men of original soul] have no way to delivery them by themselves.

   Nowadays, He comes to establish His true Religion and we can see how His infinite love is. We infer that we do not obey whoever more than our Mother. Nobody teaches us more imposing than our Mother. The condition of power in Divine world is similar to our secularity without a difference. After He established Religion, however He calls them, they do not come to Him. He teaches, but they know nothing. He has descended earth many times to establish Religions but 9,200,000 men of original soul are still blind and deaf not to enter His infinite arms of love to enjoy His infinite bliss that He has created. For that reason, the Supreme Being has entrusted Holy Mother as Bần Đạo/I explain that He entrusts the Universal creator power to the Holy Mother, so that She speaks to our physical body so that we can the Supreme Being’s speech of the divine spirit that we have not been able to hear it. The Supreme Being entrusts that delivery organ to Holy Mother how to save 9,200,000 men of original soul to be able to return to old throne. To obtain the secret Dharma of delivery organ, what did we see what Holy Mother had done? The supreme Being assigned Holy Mother to take all souls who obtain the Dharma as delivery organ, who cultivate themselves to reach a Divine position to meet Holy Mother/ Mother Buddha [Phật Mẫu]. They call it the Feast of Creation Heaven [Hội Yến Diêu Trì Cung]. However, actually it is the time that we are pleased to meet our Mother.

 Due to Dharma, it is called “Hội Yến Diêu Trì Cung” [Feast of Creation Heaven]. It means that we obtain the delivery organ in Divine to Eternal Life. If we do not have cultivation in religious life, we never know that path. The Supreme Being Himself asks Holy Mother as our Matter to hold the delivery power to come to establish the Feast of Creation Heaven on this earth. If all Her children, foremost 9,200,000 men of original soul step on the Religious path and obey the true dharma, they can receive the Supreme Being’s favor to enjoy the Secret Dharma of Feast of Creation Heaven on this earth. The delivery organ is ready in their hands. It means that the final time as their dead time is interesting that they obtain the divine throne easily. The thrones in Supreme Being’s deliver organ are given away. By that way, the Supreme Being’s salvation organ for all Living Creatures re-established on this earth. From this time, the Divine Gate to Eternal Life is open to gather all His children so that they return to Him in unique one. That is the Secret Dharma of Creation Heaven Feast.

 

21. BY THE HOLY MOTHER ANNIVERSARY, PRAY FOR FAMILIES WITH CROWDED CHILDREN

At Holy See, 16th August Tân Mão [1951]

By the Holy Mother anniversary, Qua/I hold a special ceremony to pray for your family. The Supreme Being has assigned you an ethical obligation to train humankind on this earth. If you do not marry, humankind will not exist on this earth. The Supreme Being assigns you a significant obligation to replace Him to build world. In prayers and religious law, the Supreme Being has explained clearly. Qua/I tell you a little, but you can understand much. You have ever heard that the Confucianism assigned you the most significant obligation, asked you to maintain your family with your blood toward Spirit who born you. If you did not have children to succeed cult legacy of family, you will become unfilial. The “Unfilial sin includes three things, but having no children to succeed is greatest” is predestined natural law because taking care for human ethic is very important. Qua/I tell you to understand thoroughly that today Supreme Being comes to assign you a most important obligation put in your blood. He entrusts the Holy Body to you. Your children are not yours, but He Himself grants them to you. You try thinking that the great work of Religion is your property of the family, your human ethics. If you did not have children to succeed legacy of the Supreme Being, which is our work with tears, sweats, who would succeed the Supreme Being’s Holy Body? Actually, Qua/I tell you that your born children are guests that Supreme Being has assigned, recommended you. If you are virtuous, you will be worthy parents of them. If you are unvirtuous, Qua/I am afraid that you cannot fulfill your obligation and how can you specify that great work? Qua/I tell you truthfully that whole legacy established for Caodaism is yours.

 Bần Đạo/I always repeat yearly that except two locations that Bần Đạo/I do not dare trespass:

 1. The Temple of Supreme Being.

 2. The Temple of Holy Mother represent the infinite image of two Spirits. If you your children are very poor, Qua/I will dare to sell brick by brick of Caodai religion to nourish your children.

 Indeed, Qua/I on behalf of Religious Sacerdotal Council and Supreme Being, Qua/I like telling you that: The infinite legacy of Supreme Being and whole Sacerdotal Council is also due to your hands. Qua/I lower my head in front of your humane miseries. Qua/I only lower my head to recommend you. The success or failure of Caodai religion is at your hands. You must live worthily. The Supreme Being’s Holy Body replies on you only.

 

22. STUDY FALSITY AND TRUTH OF PREVIOUS RELIGIONS

At Holy See, 30th August Tân Mão [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I invite whole Supreme Being’s Holy Body and His male, female children to join mind together to consider the truth and falsity of previous Religions that all of them seek Religious path with a definite mind.

 From ancient time to nowadays, regarding to normal, people say that Religious spirits is on path of truthful study. Where is the truth? How is the falsity? What means do they base on to differentiate truth for their study?

 For the relative law of all visible things, is it difficult to differentiate its relative law? If we do not see truth, we are unable to mention falsity. If we do not see truth, we are unable to talk its reality. That relative law is always unchanged.

We try considering to know that for the Confucianism of Confucius long since, people still criticize truth and falsity. The mind and public opinion always act like that way. People reason that He was born in Lỗ state and He was a Religious Head of Confucianism as Head of humane Way, but why His Way could not save Lỗ state so that it can exist until now? Therefore, His Way is helpless.

His Way was opened at the time of All Nations of Eastern Chu dynasty [Đông Chu/Châu Liệt Quốc. At this time, China was two periods Western Chu dynasty as prosperous period and Easter Chu dynasty which was a period that all nations fought for suzerain] that people were miserable in chaos. If saying that His human ethics of Confucianism had enough ability to bring peace to people at that time, why were All Nations of Eastern Chu dynasty chaotic? His humane ethics of Way/Confucianism appeared because of that chaos. People criticized His Three Fundamental Relations strictly. If we holding the power and criticizing theory by that we, we do not specify falsity and truth easily.

When Đức Khương Tử Nha [姜仔呀] obeyed order to establish the Deifying Board, Thân Công Báo [younger brother of Khương Tử Nha] criticized him. Thân Công Báo sentenced that Đức Khương Tử Nha betrayed Trụ king to follow Châu king, also compared Him with Bá Di Thúc Tề [伯夷]. They criticized strictly and reckoned that He lost His humane ethics. It is not easy for us to think to specify it.

 The Hebrew still waits the Savior coming at this time and they do not admit Jesus Christ is the Savior. What is the reason? It is because of that it did not match with prediction. The Hebrew is waiting the Savior only.

The Sakyamuni Buddha was climbing to mountain, four His disciples sat at mountain and waited Him. He was practicing for 6 years by modifying Himself but He could not obtain Dharma. He climbed down and four His disciples left Him and went away because they asserted that He was wrong, not truthful.

 About Brahmanism, they reckoned that His delivery doctrine was a natural theory containing nothing. After that He Himself created thrones from human throne, to Immortal throne and Buddha throne that everybody could do so. His delivery law is natural without any strangeness.

Those reasons induce mind of persons who are seeking truth, to think more, induce them not specify the matter easily. We wonder what the truth is and what the falsity is. According to human’s reason, it may be “the truth is the realest thing”. I am living heading to soul but the soul is miserable. If something does how to make soul solaced with bliss to reply on it with my spirit, that is the truth.

Bần Đạo/I have discussed with friends of Divine Alliance Palace [Hiệp Thiên Đài] that there is not any method to specify truth and falsity.

When Mr. Trương Vĩnh Ký was alive, he learnt Cham language [a language of nation belonging ancient Vietnam]. He learnt many languages and it is not excessive when people call Him an Expert. When He learnt Cham language, due to His opinion, if leaning it, He had to follow the Cham for talk and conversation to reach a standard voice. He went to Cham village with a Paster, My wet nurse and five other persons to experiment His study. When He arrived at the village, He asked people in village: were Chams virtuous? What was the worship style? People in village answered that they worshipped nothing. He wanted to know the Way and to know worship of Cham in order to specify their spirit evolution. He continued to ask to know if there were virtuous persons and if there was worship. One person said: nobody worshipped and there was no virtue here. That man showed that there was an old Woman who was very virtuous and good and she was widowed long since. She just kept such that life and worshipped photograph.

Mr. Trương Vĩnh Ký with five ones went to Cham old woman’s housing. When arriving, they saw her kowtowing. She turned back to doors. There was the remains of Cham head. It did not contain hands, legs and body except a head and a piece of wood cover.

Five persons stood behind her and saw that she worshiped morally. It was possible to say that there is no religion that she esteemed like that. Five persons waited her then talked to her respectfully.

- Whom do you live with? She answered:

- I have two married children. I stay here alone.

Mr. Trương Vĩnh Ký felt curious to ask more:

- Whose is this remain that you worship?

- That is my husband. Why is there only one head with body made by wood?

- This wood is my husband’s tree. He planted it and cherished it much. Therefore, when he died, I hired worker to engrave his photograph to worship him. However, worker could engrave a head only he could not do for body and legs, hands. Thus, I just worship him under that way.

- Don’t you worship other ones?

- Except my husband, I do not know to worship others. For long since, I love him only and I know him only.

Mr. Trương Vĩnh Ký turned back to ask: I bet three of you that what can you do to assist her to follow Catholicism? If somebody showed a photograph, which was different from her husband, she would never know because she only knew her husband as her God. If someone showed a strange photograph, she would not accept it because there was no Way except her Way of worshipping her husband. Is there anybody who denies her truth? Her truth is that she only knows her husband and worships him as a living Deity, as the God on this earth. On this earth, nobody is true and nobody is false. It is impossible to discriminate falsity and truth except that our mind can be aware of it, can infer it. It is impossible to discriminate by language.

 Indeed, people seek truth but they do not where it is. For Caodaism we have been following, recommending our spirit to the Creator, although people call it falsity, we think about its truth only. Except the Creator, nobody can bear us. We always think that He is true. Besides that, we just ignore what people say. 

 

23. PEOPLE COUNCIL OPENING CEREMONY OF POWER OF ALL LIVING CREATURES

Female Cardinal House, 30th August Tân Mão [1951]

Bần Đạo/I wish that all male, female believers get quiet to listen to the preachment of opening people council of power of All Living Creatures.

1. The previous assembly was the Bính Tuất assembly [assembly of Bính Tuất year due to lunar calendar]. After my return of five-year absence, Bần Đạo/I immediately turned back the power of All Living Creatures to Supreme Being’s children. Thus, Bần Đạo/I issue an order to restore power of All Living Creatures.

During continuous years, Supreme Being’s children have known, seen and heard the Caodaism progress. Bần Đạo/I do not need to propagandize or boast it. In front of all children of Supreme Being, they can see the effort of Sacerdotal Council and glorious path of Religious Politics.

Now, Bần Đạo/I like discussing the general of Religious politics at this time and past five years. All you know that our Vietnam at the chaotic stage rises to walk abreast all nations. Bần Đạo/I declare that the Supreme Being’s predestination induces it to end under that way.

The chaotic troubled miserable nation is same to a woman bearing her baby that she must endure pain to bear a baby. The Vietnam’s condition also endures a status in same framework to fix its future destiny.

In chaotic and troubled stage, the Religion’s destiny has to endure many obstacles and difficulties compared with previous time. Bần Đạo/I think that we should compare this time with the time of autocratic authority that the Religion could receive compliances compared with this time. While the fatherland is changing comprehensively to independence, the Caodaism actually undertakes a great mission that nobody imagines it at the chaotic world, inclined Nation, inconsistent popularity.

At the beginning time, Bần Đạo/I came back old fatherland, Bần Đạo/I saw a fatherland’s condition with an unimaginable play without national sovereignty; war and hostile occurred to destroy; our nation fell to extermination of national regime that two races of Vietnam and France were going to face a war; people were miserable; two ideals separated people to fight for unowned sovereignty of nation.

Bần Đạo/I find that to solve the problem, we must use virtue and determined spirit to fix the national destiny let along Caodaism, which is the Pure Water [Tịnh Thủy] to extinguish secular desire, to leave fame, power and reputation, to avoid trivial passions. Bần Đạo/I tell you truthfully that Bần Đạo/I feel frightful about things and all children of Supreme Being do too. 

To solve in harmony all, the issue is not relation of individual to other individual but that is the relation of this national people to other national people. Harmonizing one race to other race is not a simple and easy issue. Vietnam and France must be in harmony to live in bliss. Bần Đạo/I realize that if that ability was not due to the help of Divine hands, nobody could execute it.

Bần Đạo/I say correctly that only Religion can execute that path. With enough evidences, we can be proud for a good future that one day it hands over a glorious history, which is not shameful to present Religion propagating.

However, it is not strange for way of world. People do not criticize persons who do not get any achievement because they do nothing. It is self-evident. When we do something, we obviously reach achievement or failure, right or wrong. It is a normal issue that as we do, we are criticized and we should wish them to criticize us.

Now, Bần Đạo/I mention the Caodaism toward our Vietnam’s destiny and future. The Caodaism has fulfilled its mission that it pursued the moral spirit origin. Bần Đạo/I say: “It is the National soul of Vietnam because Vietnam owns it. Vietnam cannot control it because it is the spirit and faith of whole humankind. It means that it depends on International sovereignty”.

Actually, the Supreme Being’s Holy Body as Sacerdotal Council represents His image. This is similar to that when it sees injustice in society objectively, it must undertake by display truth and justice to raise them on the earth. The Religion helps the obligation in establishing position for world. That action is an efficient and good action. Otherwise, the Religion undertakes its mission with a private reason.

That is about the general Politics of Religion.

2. For internal affairs of Religion.

Over five years with miseries, difficulties and poorness, whole children of Supreme Being have been shouldering the hard obligation to establish work that Supreme Being grants to all His children generally.

For religious organs, three Principal Archbishops of Thái Thượng Ngọc [Three Purities represent Three Religions with Three Colors: Yellow for Buddhism, Blue for Taoism, Red for Saint Way] hold sovereignty of Religious Politics steadfastly with 9 institutes. At the chaotic period, if the Religion wants to execute the Life Protection – Humanity – Universal Concord, the Caodai Military should appear. That addition is an honor, not a disgrace. If people criticize and have suspicion and they can say that one day: Religion must not have Military. Otherwise, they accuse us to United Nations Organization, we like to reply that: we sacrifice our lives to protect and guide human beings to the Concord world and path of Moral humanity. It is not easy to execute that mission but we try to sacrifice to people while people cannot execute it because there is no organ who dares to sacrifice their life. Bần Đạo/I have not been honorable to see that thing. They just reply on force, power to set up their fame and position only, not to dare to sacrifice to undertake a Divine mission as Caodai Military has promised. 

At present time, Bần Đạo/I analyze the internal condition of Caodaism that one side is the Sacerdotal Council with old men. Other side is the Military with youths under hurried sprits.

One side is the image of Supreme Being’s Holy Body stepping on standard exemplary gradually and other side runs to catch the progress trend changes, therefore they try to go ahead fast. This side steps but worry to trample ants while other side worries death because of weapons if they are not hurried.

Two sides are dissimilar. It makes Bần Đạo/me very annoyed!

The youths push to step fast and determinedly. The old ones step slowly as a tortoise. Actually, Bần Đạo/I find method to harmonize two sides hard.

Bần Đạo/I confess that: by that way, the Caodaism progresses and reaches such this result. It was very fast and good.

One side wants to go ahead fast. Although we pull them, they do not stop.

If other side is reminded, they will not step but sit dolefully.

If two sides accompany despite stepping slowing, they will gradually become fast. The Religion replies on the harmony theory to have such this image and appearance.

3. For external affairs, from the time of Military establishment to this time, the Religious Politics organs toward Secular organs are complicated and frigid because Secular organs are still at condition of transformed conformation. Bần Đạo/I think that if we assign someone to undertake mission, it is still useless. We wait to consider how it transforms, much less that we serve Religious path to harmonize psychology essentially. It is unnecessary for us to seek policy to interfere to amend their sovereignty to cause unsatisfactoriness.

Bần Đạo/I tell truthfully that at this time, if amending it, it is still useless. At its change of transformation, we must let it become good, provided that we let it change its conformation but it does not exit framework. We maintain how to let it not exit the four-thousand –year ancient civilization. It is not necessary to intervene.

Bần Đạo/I preach Religious finance at this chaos.

In the poor and miserable time, the properties of Supreme Being’s children are sent to build a public cult house. We think that we can reach this achievement because of our save. Otherwise, feed was not enough. Our Military has to work for other ones and to save to nourish along orphans, to undertake schools to train pupils, to endure frugal meal and privation. 

If we let Sacerdotal Council shoulder, the Sacerdotal Council’s properties would remain such this way. It could disappear. The power of All Living Creatures has full right to examine to know that issue.

All children of Supreme Being may see it obviously when coming back Holy See. It has changed much because all of us sacrifice, make effort to have this appearance as a great Divine work by tears and sweats.

The Sacerdotal Council did not misspend property in rich period. Sacerdotal Council earned and gleaned money for Religion. Bần Đạo/I do not boast. At this time, Châu Thành Holy Land is enlarged and Supreme Being’s children have soil to establish work and to have way to care family prosperously.

Now, we mention the establishment for society organs to help Government.

At this chaos, all Vietnamese are living in misery. Supreme Being’s children acknowledge that there is no location, which is happier than Holy See. If Bần Đạo/I speak correctly, please pay attention. Actually, this is the location to nourish people and to take care poor people.

We see that a family come to Holy See and live well because it replies on Sacerdotal Council. There are people coming to Holy See without a bowl, however they work hard to gradually live well.

We make a question if Government helps them work. As the Government undertakes difficulties, they just help a little money for them only. They have no free time to take care for people’s life.

For Religious victory, the spirit aspect is most.

Bần Đạo/I discuss the dogma propagation of Caodaism:

a. All Supreme Being’s children should understand that: the noble doctrine of Caodaism is to take the embryo of universal creation of Supreme Being to create all things on this earth. In creation principle of Caodaism, the Caodaism worships two conceptions only. The top is the God as Supreme Being. We worship All Things; among them the top of All Things is humankind. It means that we worship Human.

The Caodaism criticizes nobody even Religions criticize and reason by many methods. The Caodaism only maintains its basic principle.

The Confucianism tells: “Thousand languages do not win truth”. We realize that the truth is unique. The language does not exterminate the truth.

The Caodaism maintains its basis. Therefore, it does not criticize but gradually goes ahead a true path. The Caodaism is for intellectuals coming by their study. It does not seduce people. People will see its sublime doctrine and truth when they study by their whole mind. The French tells that the faith is the truth realization. Due to that faith, we decide our moral spirit. It is not due to seducement and cram to become a superstition.

The Caodaism is propagated due to language to show the reality, superiority. Therefore, other Religions often criticize the Caodaism. The Caodai faith requires confirmation from nobody but it only needs its intellect and spirit. About Caodaism propagation, it is carried out gradually that Dignitaries in Holy Body of Supreme Being holding the authority of Caodaism are Supreme Being’s speakers, who gradually advance without hurry.

b. For propagation in foreign countries, the Archbishop Thượng Vinh Thanh opened many organs in France because of condition in its eternal progress.

In this Assembly, there are two French recommended. The power of All Living Creatures assigns them and People Council fixes dignity.

Now, Bần Đạo/I mention regulation content of Religious Politics in this chaos. We separate the Way and Secularity, not to let them be mixed as Supreme Being’s power is divided into right and left. The left belongs Secularity and right belongs Way, the middle belongs Dharma. The Secularity is the Secularity and the Way is the Way with a clear separation.

From this time, all children of Supreme Being will regulate those two paths even they are still mixed at this time but it does not cause damage. 

Now, Bần Đạo/I mention training toward Canonized Dignitaries. This issue does not belong to the authority of Sacerdotal Council, Supreme Being. The Supreme Being’s authority assigns mission to all His children.

The Supreme Being comes to found the Caodaism and lets power of All Living Creatures be stronger than His power.

The Supreme power is the Father’s power to harmonize His children, not to dominate. The domination belongs power of All Living Creatures.

The Dignitaries training is the right of power of All Living Creatures. If Dignitaries in Holy Body are not enough, Bần Đạo/I can lay the blame at helplessness of power of All Living Creatures.

Bần Đạo/I have said that the Dignitaries training is due to All Living Creatures power’s decision. It does not belong to school. The school is established to train talents only. Only path of Religious truth trains their nature. He wants us to make throne, we must make Virtue, make Service, make good Speech

- Make Virtue: must remember ethics.

- Make Service: must serve Human Beings.

- Make good Speech: must make effort to study spirit philosophy, to study everything thoroughly to explain the true doctrine.

School is the location for human to learn to make good Speech.

Making Virtue depends on path of doctrine.

Making Service is decided by power of All Living Creatures.

A person who uses three above things will reach an achievement. Otherwise, he will be lost on oblivion. It also depends on the power of All Living Creatures, which has a method to use him so that he can make Religious Service.

In near future, Bần Đạo/I will manage a guideline of foreign mission. Bần Đạo/I will take a risk to select Dignitaries fast to go abroad for religious propagation.

Bần Đạo/I let you know firstly that in this time of nomination, there are Dignitaries selected to go abroad to propagate Religion. Do not think about a random.

Bần Đạo/I continue to mention the present Religions.

For other Religions, Bần Đạo/I have told you already.

All Supreme Being children have heard. Bần Đạo/I have sought alliance with them many times. Therefore, the Military blamed Bần Đạo/me why I lowered excessively, what humoured them for.

Nobody knows that condescending will create a question mark in later history that why Bần Đạo/I had to humour Religions and people will study its reason. Bần Đạo/I think that the more we make lower ourselves, the more noble Caodaism. Do not think it is a dishonor. In contrary, all children of Supreme Being will see a good result on day.

About Religious branches, they build some ones here today and build some ones at other place tomorrow. What do that build personally for? The great work that Supreme Being has granted, is very noble and infinitely luxurious but they do not beautify it.

What do they establish watchtowers for? It is too useless.

Bần Đạo/I recommend the Religious future trend with esteem, disdain, failure, achievement, honor, and dishonor to the moral spirit completely to continue to assign it power of All Living Creatures, so that they use it.

Thus, Bần Đạo/I like to resign the chairman authority to Principal Archbishop of Taoism Branch [Thượng Chánh Phối Sư]. Bần Đạo/I would like to leave you.

 

 

24. PEOPLE ASSEMBLY OPENING CEREMONY OF CHARITY BODY

Nine Institutes of Charity Body, 30th August Tân Mão [1951]

 Bần Đạo/I would like declare opening ceremony of Charity Body Sacerdotal Council.

 Before opening the assembly, Bần Đạo/I basically explain the main point of Caodaism during 5 year. It means that the previous People Assembly has been lasting until now. The desire of whole Supreme Being’s Holy Body, despite Administration department or Charity body is same. What do we wait most when people are living at a chaos? Bần Đạo/I think that whole Supreme Being children have two wishes. The first one is to wish how to protect life and property of people to avoid extermination. The second wish is to do how to help people reduce misery. Those two organs are ready in Caodai gate. The Administration organ maintains the standard exemplary for Supreme Being’s true doctrine. Bần Đạo/I let all male, female children of Supreme Being know that: The Religion must maintain the existence of our ready 4,000-year civilization under the spirit moral framework of our Ancestors. That is the mission of Administration department. For life protection, the Military has executed humanity to guide people to the Concord condition.

 Although, Bần Đạo/I do not mention the delivery organ, you also know it. That is the mission of Charity Body.

 

 The Supreme Being come with a most necessary that He comes because His children were very miserable. He comes with His decision, which is to save whole humankind from misery. The Supreme Being handed over that delivery organ to Divine Alliance Palace at the embryo time but Bần Đạo/I did not know how to execute it. At that time, Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body had not been established yet. The delivery organ was at my hands but Bần Đạo/I did not know how to do. However, He soon established Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body. Bần Đạo/I then understood that that was a delivery organ.

 Actually, the Sacerdotal Council of Palace of Nine Divine Planes [Hội Thánh Cửu Trùng] is the Pope’s Sacerdotal Council and the Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body is Hộ Pháp’s Sacerdotal Council. That Sacerdotal Council protects Religious civilization. This Sacerdotal Council cares to save human from misery. There is nothing better. Nowadays, one organ as Military appears because of secular condition to protect life and humanity upon universal concord. Is there anything better than this Caodai gate? Bần Đạo assert that there is not any Religion, which has this thing.

 Actually, the mission of Charity Body Sacerdotal Council is a mission to represent Supreme Being’s image to save His children from misery. Please remember this. You try thinking that the obligation is simple but it is very hard burden. If we understand its deep meaning, we are afraid that we never fulfill that heavy obligation. It happens normally that the Religion lasting two thousand years, as Catholicism still get shortcoming in Charity action without perfection much less us. Bần Đạo/I do not blame but there is one issue that among Holy Body of Supreme Being, they shoulder misery of Supreme Being’s children very feebly without enough effort and method. Bần Đạo/I wish that Supreme Being will grant personal favor because of heavy mission to hold Supreme Being’s organ of saving human from misery strongly and determinedly. However, we should know more that: To solace a miserable person is not easy. For displaying the misery saving organ to execute so that people can enjoy Supreme Being’s blessing, we find that it is more difficult. We must try to do but failure or success is due to the help of Divine power.

 For essential persons holding the authority of Charity Body, Bần Đạo/I see that at this time they are Eminent Elders of Buddha Gate [Kỳ Lão Phạm Môn], however they shoulder other special authority that they still stay at Charity Body because Charity Body lacks assuming governors. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I let them hold authority there. That is not their obligation. The Supreme Being was going to establish the Buddha Gate to open the gate of genuine cultivation [tu chơn] to execute Secret Dharma, not to execute Material Dharma. The action in Charity is not their mission. At this time, the members of Buddha Gate still hold the authority of Charity Body because Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body lacks governors. Their sovereignty and mission are at mediation houses of genuine cultivation. They have been enduring tiresomeness for over twenty years. They have been sacrificing from their youth age to their old age with wearisomeness, physical exertion. Bần Đạo/I think that the more we let them do, the more miserable they must endure. For over twenty years of time Charity Body established, the predecessor has died gradually. The youths who was over twenty years old at that time, have white hairs.

 You have known that you lack Canonized Dignitaries [Chức Sắc Thiên Phong]. Consequently, you fix their position by submitting and praying to Supreme Being to have filial souls of Supreme Being and Holy Mother so that they become members of His Holy Body to make His Holy Body stronger. Bần Đạo/I say that the secular miserable load is very heavy. When hearing the heaviness, they do not have effort, enough authority to shoulder it. To complete that special mission, we must try much. They must look at and do as their predecessor sacrificed. They sacrificed their property and incarnation but they did not care family, fame, their body. There were many people who died uncountable numbers because of that physical exertion that you can see that obviously.

 About method of executing good, Bần Đạo/I say: The True Dharma in Charity Body includes these most significant things. If a position of Hành Thiện [Good Doer] wants to promote to Giáo Thiện [Good Teacher], he will must make service by creating 12 family referred to true dharma.

 Giáo Nhi [Instructor of children chorus] promoted to Good Teacher [Giáo Thiện]. It is due to blessing of the merciful passionate favor of Supreme Being. However, the Instructor of children chorus cannot be promoted to Student Priest [Lễ Sanh], not to Good Teacher because he/she lacks service law for 12 families. If he/she lacks one of twelve persons, he/she will stop at the Good Doer position, will not be able to be promoted into Goo Teacher position. Building work for 12 families is not to guide relatives, is to guide strangers with its witness. If you assist your relatives, that service will be cancelled. Do you follow this? Because if the position of Good Doer executes good for his relatives, brothers, family; it is not considered the good service.

 Actually, the misery saving organ of Sacerdotal Council must select righteous moral humans, who sacrifice to contribute to that misery saving organ, must select humans who are gentle, moral, passionate, merciful, selfless, altruistic to be worthy for his dignity.

 You should remember that the Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body has no right to promote or nominate Honorary Dignitaries as Administration department. It forces them to step up highest position as Phật Tử [Buddha throne, Caodai vocabulary, a position belongs Charity Body]. For previous honorary Dignitaries, Bần Đạo/I will manage to take them all to Eminent Elder Committee [Ban Kỳ Lão].

 In next time, Bần Đạo/I will take back Canonized Dignitaries at Buddha Gate to open the path of genuine cultivation for men and women.

 The established Enlightenment Palace [Trí Huệ Cung] at Buddha Gate [Phạm Môn] is the cultivation house of womankind. At this time, Bần Đạo/I clarify why I build the house for womankind firstly. Bần Đạo/I should have built the house for man firstly at Sơn Đình [private noun]. However, if Bần Đạo/I built it for man firstly, they would ignore not to build house for womankind. Bần Đạo/I build house for womankind firstly so that they compare enviously. Although Bần Đạo/I depart this life, they also try to build completely.

 Must make effort! Sacerdotal Council of Charity Body must make effort and Good Teachers and Eminent Elders do too. Bần Đạo/I let you know firstly that Bần Đạo/I will take back Dignitaries of Buddha Gate all and I will assign newly nominated followers to the Charity Body authority.

 Now, Bần Đạo/I would like to resign authority to Đạo Nhơn [one of twelve Dignitaries of Charity Body] Cương and two Perfecters [Chí Thiện] as chairman of assembly. Archbishop Hương Nhiều is a chairman for womankind.

 

25. HOW IS THE REAL BLISS IN OUR INCARNATION?

At Holy See, 14th September Tân Mão year

[14th October 1951]

 Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach how the real bliss of our incarnation is, where we reach it.

 We have known well that: Living on this earth, we never reach a real bliss because if we reach it easily, the doctrine of Four Noble Truths [Tứ Diệu Đề] will become meaningless. 

 On miserable situation, seeking bliss is not easy. Is there that bliss? Bần Đạo/I make a question mark. Yes, there is. Actually, if we know it, find it; it is possible.

 We see that although whole humankind on this earth has different nature, spirit, psychology. Everything is also different except same smile and cry. Why are the human’s cry and smile same? Does that smile represent a bliss? Does that cry represent humankind’s misery?

 Bần Đạo/I tell you that the smile is a false smile as chili or ginger. There are false cries, which contains tears, however they are just false cries. How is the smile representing the bliss even that bliss is same winds, as dew drops on grass? How is the cry, which prove pain and real miseries? We may see our incarnation, which contains a few smiles and many cries. We wonder if our incarnation is interesting. The answer is: From the time of being born, we have ever enjoyed shadow of bliss only that we never enjoy real bliss.

 Actually, we can seek our real bliss by seeking it in our fellow friend’s smiles. However, how can they have smile while they are living under miserable situation? We must do how to let them enjoy bliss despite diminutive bliss. We must do how to let them have happy smile and we must wish them to be able to enjoy bliss forever even that bliss is same to winds or dew. Enjoying is better than nothing. 

 When we look at our miserable fellows who can enjoy something from our action helping them to have bliss, is that our bliss? 

 How harmful! Nobody has an infinite heart of love to sacrifice them to make bliss for other ones. They only look at their misery and seek method to obtain their false bliss. That dare to talk their completely miserable incarnation with a false smile. They have not known to take the secular misery to make a happy smile for their fellow. If we see that doctrine thoroughly, we should pay attention by our mind, spirit to sacrifice to make bliss for Supreme Being’s children. It means that we make bliss for whole humankind. The bliss of individual combined with other bliss as total are our large bliss. We never lose it.

 How harmful! Humankind fights for life only instead of bringing bliss with a happy smile to their fellow’s spirit, they induce their fellow tear only. If we may see the stream of tears of human beings container miseries, we admit surely that our incarnation does not contain bliss. They fight for life to cause mutual miseries but they do not sacrifice themselves to display the infinite passion, love, mercy to create bliss for other people. Otherwise, they fight for bliss even they do not know if they can enjoy that bliss, they continuously fight to enjoy that false bliss. By that way, they never enjoy a true bliss.

 Bần Đạo/I say that today male, female children of Supreme Being have bliss. Bần Đạo/I assert surely that. Bần Đạo/I like asking: when do Supreme Being’s children replace His image fully, dare to sacrifice them to display infinite love to make bliss for humankind? Bần Đạo/I put a question mark. All Supreme Being’ children should meditate it. Bần Đạo/I confess that persons who make bliss for family, descendants in union. It is called bliss. Is that bliss steadfast? It cannot be steadfast but it is same to winds. Uncountable families are rich on this earth but have they been able to enjoy their true bliss yet? Bần Đạo/I say: they have enjoyed it temporarily in minutes only.

 Now, where do we seek it? We can enjoy it at the final time only, which is our moribund time. If we have a wisdom and maintain our life within 5 minutes to see the life of our fellows without miseries, our death will contain the true bliss, because we can go to Supreme Being to say that: Dear Master, I have fulfilled by obligation toward Master/you. Master/you wanted me to replace your image to make bliss for your children. I have been able to complete it. We turn back and speak to our fellows that: My fellows, I would like to say goodbye you and wait you. My heart always touches to you. At this time, I still wait in Divine World to Eternal Life where we can enjoy the true bliss together. I wish that you go there to create an eternal bliss. I like waiting you there.

 

26. UNITED STATES CEREMONY – INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION TO PRESERVE WORLD PEACE

At Holy See, night of 24th September Tân Mão year [1951]

 Today is the ceremony of United States. Bần Đạo/I should explain what this ceremony is, how it is. Bần Đạo say that: Its meaning toward Supreme Being’s Religion as Caodaism is also very important.

 The United States Organization is an International Organization to preserve peace, freedom, and bliss for humankind. That organization is the continuousness of previous United States. Why was United Stated Organization proposed? At the beginning time, there were five powerful States such as France, China, England, America, and Russia. Now, it includes 50 states and our Vietnam can reply on it to preserve human right.

 The most honorable thing of France is that their human right is to preserve humankind’s freedom proposed by France. Nowadays, the United States Organization has been admitted and propagated on over the world for execution as France has been executing it.

 Actually, we know well that: the United States Organization essentially preserve the peace and freedom for humankind. It means that they want to transform all states into a great family of humankind. Indeed, we find many obstacles that this organization is facing on. However, Bần Đạo/I assert that: That is a body of predestinated Divine Will that Supreme Being Himself taught in 1925. He said that: The humankind will unify together toward society, race and faith. Actually, the true Dharma of Supreme Being as Celestial Will wanted whole humankind to unify in one in great International family. Consequently, Power states appeared on this earth at this time to seek method to make humankind united in a great family of humankind. Bần Đạo/I wish on recent day, all races on this earth will have one Government only. Only one method helps people have peace and bliss that humankind has been wishing freedom and bliss. 

Nowadays, people can the justice of United States organization happening on one unique path, which can make bliss for humankind. It requires a mutual union without fight of authority, class, interest. They will reach one condition of peace, love, justice as the Caodaism has been stepping long since. Nobody knows that the United States is an International Organization to help Caodai true doctrine be executed. It means to help Caodaism fulfill mission of unifying Supreme Being’s children into His infinite love arms.

 

27. OUR PREDESTINATION AND KARMA

At Holy See, 30th September Tân Mão year [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach our predestination and karma. We must understand what the predestination and karma mean. We must know at how condition our incarnation is.

 According to Buddhism’s truth, it explains karma: our cause and effect induce us to be born on this earth. We have physical body as being a human due to our cause and effect. Our destiny of this incarnation is due to our previous life. Our next life will be impacted by the present cause and effect because we have created cause. As we have created cause, it bears effect. It means that we have to reincarnate to pay that effect. It is called karma. 

 For our predestination, we fulfilled obligation in our previous incarnation, completed human ethics as our human Way, created infinite love in our fellow’s mind. It means that we did favor for them. At this time, we are present here so that they pay their karma. This is called the predestination or our perfection cause, which reach a Divine position called the detachment. We reincarnate to obtain that throne at this earth. That is what we have created our cause. 

 In our incarnations, our enlightened incarnation is the happiest one and most important that the enlightenment helps us meet our Great Merciful Father. It means that we can stay in Supreme Being’s arms. That is the most important incarnation. Bần Đạo/I tell clearly that our beloved friends are in Supreme Being’s infinite love arms, in His great Divine family. He comes this earth to mark His footprint at this High Palace to create a signal for all His children, who have cause to meet Him. It is a place for our meeting. It means that nowadays, staying in this Holy See as a body, which represents Supreme Being’s infinite love, is not a random. We meet together in His love at this Holy See is not due to a luck but we have obtained a predestined incarnation to gather together to combine our bliss to be an incomparable Divine mass in Supreme Being’s infinite love arms to hold that love power to bless to whole humankind. It means that we have a cause of mission to come with an order of Supreme Being to build bliss for people as we are lucky to see Him on this earth. 

 As Thanh Tâm Tài Nữ died because of love, she had to reincarnate. Before her reincarnation in England, she came to say goodbye to us. At that time, we questioned: Why do you go to England but other states?. Thanh Tâm Tài Nữ said: My cause is there. I go there to wait Supreme Being crossing there. Thanh Tâm Tài Nữ gave: 

“Must have enough cause to meet God,

Do not think it is a joke only, please.

Even hear name for many times,

No cause, difficult to meet Ancient Buddha”.

 Bần Đạo/I tell you truthfully: all you despite male or female are meeting together here. Our happy time is this period because of “Numberless incarnations, it is difficult to meet”. It is not easy to meet Way. We have been able to meet. If we understand its value thoroughly, for our incarnation with riches on this earth, even how noble fame and reputation, luxurious bliss are, its incarnation is too distant from our predestined life as the God and abyss.

 

 28. RELATE GREAT SERVICE OF INTERIM POPE

At Holy See, night of 12th October Tân Mão year [1951]

 Tomorrow is the Anniversary of Interim Pope Thượng Trung Nhựt. Bần Đạo/I would like to request all children of Supreme Being to attend fully to show our gratitude to Him, who is a Great Immortal descending the earth with a mission which is to establish a true religion on this earth. For His biography, Bần Đạo/I will record it tomorrow. We only study His action in His incarnation, which handed over a precious example. My purpose of speaking out is that Bần Đạo/I want all Supreme Being’s children to understand our obligation in order to specify our Religion’s destiny toward Supreme Being and our brothers. Our incarnation on this earth contains two causes: our cause of soul and secular cause. The cause of soul is a cause created from our soul ability. The secular cause is our path on this earth with main and important things: fame, interest. We should consider which fame is steadfast, which one can be exterminated, which one is ambiguous.

 For the Interim Pope’s incarnation, if saying that one Vietnamese obtained a noble and high position, which could bring riches, fame and position perfectly, that was him. Bần Đạo/I am His close friend. Bần Đạo/I knew that: As being a rich upper Deputy, however Bần Đạo/I say that He never enjoyed bliss. He Himself expressed to me that: He did not want to live because of many reasons. He wanted to find a death because of society injustice for foremost His compatriot society. He left His fame and position and at that time, everyone criticizes His naivety and foolery. He gave up. We try thinking that what He gave up for. What did He seek when He gave up the shadow of riches, fame and position? Did you give up the riches, fame and position to exchange an eternal riches, fame and position?

 Today, we attend this ceremony with a personal feeling. Why is it? It is because that our eldest brother endured sufferings to preserve the true religion and everybody feels sorry for Him with a passion.

 We try considering ancient and present history and we see that many people live under honorably. Nobody is richer than Thạch Sùng [石崇; 249-300], Vương Khải. There is nobody, which has power and riches with emperor throne under China union as Kiệt, Trụ, Sở, Bá, Vương, Tần. We consider if those fames and positions exist now. One object still existing is Vạn Lý Trường Thành [万里/biggest bastion in China] that Tần Thủy Hoàng [秦始皇] built. People admit it as an 8th extraordinary work. However, people are going to destroy it so that they use those materials to build buildings and temples. They destroy the name of Tần Thủy Hoàng. The honorable incarnation must come after law that when human body exists, it fame and position still exist. If that body disappears, those also disappear.

 How harmful! The human’s appearance and disappearance in temporary incarnation on this earth lasting one hundred years are very long. We have seen one beggar taking a bowl to beg to live because of Tao. That bowl contains the Universe, contains all spirits of whole humankind. That is the Sakyamuni Buddha.

 One person was served a capital sentence and died on the Cross without clothes on body, except a naked body. That person is the Lord of whole people on over the world. I think that we do not need to weigh two fames. All Supreme Being’s children see that our Interim Pope selected the esteem path. He gave up the disdain to keep esteem.

 We try thinking that we do because of family and father. It remains the love of whole people. We can understand which is bad, which is good, which is the esteem, which is the disdain.

 Bần Đạo/I wish that His younger brothers know your precious standpoint. We maintain that standpoint how to keep steadfast spirit, to keep reputation, to keep your stateliness with its complete value. 

 

29. PASSING ANNIVERSARY OF INTERIM POPE

At Interim Pope tower, 13th October Tân Mão year [1951]

 Dear Canonized Dignitaries of two sexes, Military, male female followers, beloved children of Supreme Being,

 Today is the anniversary of Interim Pope Thượng Trung Nhựt as a passionate anniversary. When Qua/I step up this pulpit, it seems that Qua/I live in the time of over twenty years ago. For the time of over twenty years, Bần Đạo/I imagine that it is the sleep, a dream with nothing except a passionate sentiment.

 The Interim Pope obeyed an order and received a Divine mission to come to establish the true Religion in small feeble Vietnam. Qua/I do not want to use “mean” at that time. That mission is to display the justice love to put on this earth. Indeed, the humankind did not enjoy bliss because the Supreme Being’s love put in individual was destroyed.

 Actually, at the beginning time, there were three persons only with nothing. The Supreme Being came suddenly that nobody could imagine. When He came, Bần Đạo/I and His Holiness Cao Thượng Phẩm were present only. Bần Đạo/I and His Holiness Cao Thượng Phẩm went to the Interim Pope Thượng Trung Nhựt’s house later so that Supreme Being taught him. Bần Đạo/I express my heart that Bần Đạo/I feel surprised because he was a top person in politics field with many influences of situation such as censure, veneration, praise, disparagement. At that time, as people reached grudge, they disparaged much more than praise. Bần Đạo/I myself got strange why Supreme Being asked Thượng Phẩm and Bần Đạo/I to go there. I made an ambiguous question. Unexpectedly, that human was extraordinary. Bần Đạo/I still feel strange now when thinking about that thing. Firstly, Bần Đạo/I have ever seen that nobody excepts him. When coming to Him for talk done between Supreme Being and Him, they understood each other only. Bần Đạo/I and Thượng Phẩm were two observers only that we did not know anything. Although He was a member of Upper House with an enough honorable noble legacy against people, He ignored all within 24 hours. Secondly, He was elegant as other ones and smoked opium but He gave up and started to eat vegetarian. My first person is Cao Thượng Phẩm and He is the second one that Bần Đạo/I have seen. Bần Đạo/I thought myself that how strange the faith was. At this time, Bần Đạo/I understand two Great Immortals. If they were not in that way, the Supreme Being would not entrust a difficult mission to them to establish and shoulder His true religion on this earth. By truth, dear male, female Canonized Dignitaries of Nine-Divine-Plane Palace [Cửu Trùng Đài] and Palace of Alliance Palace [Hiệp Thiên Đài]! the throne that He has established it as the Pope family and He is sitting there is the first throne, which hands over an invaluable thing in Vietnam that it had not ever appeared.

 Bần Đạo/I look at Vatican through the noble Saint Pierre Pope throne and Bần Đạo/I say and wish that: the Thượng Trung Nhựt’s throne hands over this earth under a same think. Dear brothers and sisters of two sexes! at this Divine time, Interim Pope Thượng Trung Nhựt is seated here so that Bần Đạo/I express some words to Him. 

 Brother Thượng Trung Nhựt! your humiliation and poorness have been formed eternally. Your younger brothers have used your humiliation to establish the Divine Legacy put on this earth. Your humiliation is a sword of wisdom to support your next generation, to display justice, love to be the lord of this earth in order to change the extermination into the universal salvation. Please look at the future of Vietnam and Religion. I suggest intimately that the disciples and Supreme Being’s Divine children have been entrusted to persons holding the Religion’s future destiny. You have known well that the Caodaism Militaries took off frock to wear military coat to transform the world, to seed the life protection – humanity – concord universe for humankind all and you have known the Religion’s future well that I have love followers intimately. Each life is my drop of blood. I entrust the destiny to your hands because you have ever been a brother that you can protect the success of future destiny. I entrust the destiny to your hands fully.

 

30. ANNIVERSARY OF HIS LOTUS THRONE TRANSFER TO NEW TOWER

At Interim Pope tower, 13th October Tân Mão year [1951]

 Today is the dead anniversary of Interim Pope Thượng Trung Nhựt. Bần Đạo/I remind his biography because all male, female children of Supreme Being have know clearly how his incarnation was. It will become superfluous if Bần Đạo/I mention it again. However, there is one issue of noble spirit psychology that Bần Đạo/I should express it because Bần Đạo/I are happy when I have fulfilled the obligation of younger brother.

 People think that our eldest brother died but he is alive. Why does he die but he can speak to place the spirit in our mind?

 While we are celebrating, our eldest brother comes back and says the thanks. In those thanks, there is an essential issue that Bần Đạo/I will explain it, so that all children of Supreme Being can understand it. If that essential word was said by our eldest brother, there would not have anybody imagining that thanks. Although we know that the human’s physical body is dead and it is an animal containing nothing, you still esteem it. It is because that you esteem Supreme Being’s Holy Body [Thánh Thể]. His speech is enough to be a precious lesson for all male, female Dignitaries. The Sacerdotal Council is Supreme Being’s Holy Body.

 The corpse becomes valueless but we still want to esteem that noble value. At this time, for our eldest brother’s speech, we try comparing our eldest brother’s corpse with the life of Supreme Being’s Holy Body to know how they are. We are brave to esteem the corpse of Interim Pope such this way, we obviously esteem the alive body of Supreme Being as Sacerdotal Council much more than the corpse. That is the way of truth. We wonder that: if we want to reach that noble value, how must we do? How do we do to be worthy? It is a question placed in our mind forever. It is better than Supreme Being’s speeches in our heart because it is our eldest brother’s good speech and He dared to sacrifice to Supreme Being out of faith to Supreme Being. It induces us to have to learn it.

 If we think about this issue, we will recollect that our eldest brother was living in field of mandarin. He was a member of Upper House, as a highest position in Vietnam society at that time. For the secular value and value that the Supreme Being entrusted, He was grave to specify the esteem and disgrace that He gave up the obvious position bravely to take valueless shadow. At that time, people disparaged, despised Him, but we could see His braveness. He took a failed chess and victorious one in hands and He selected the chess to get win. He dared to consign His spirit and body to Supreme Being’s hands while people disparaged too much at that time. Now, how is that value? Bần Đạo/I let all children of Supreme Being looks at it.

 On this earth, in spite of value, position, despite position of emperor without the Supreme Being’s spirit, it is valueless and it is never eternal. We could see the Tần palace [refer the palaces of Tần dynasty of China, ], Hớn palace [Hớn or Hán dynasty of China, 汉朝 after Tần dynasty] well. We know surely that their future is not tantamount to this tower, which is eternal while Tần and Hớn palaces will be destroyed.

 Bần Đạo/I speak out so that all children of Supreme Being understand how our significant mission is.

 

31. HUMAN RIGHT CEREMONY OF UNITED STATES

At Holy See, 11th November Tân Mão year [1951]

 Today is the United States Ceremony, as the commendation ceremony of Human Right Ceremony. The Human Right of United States comes from the basis of Human Right Association established by France. It is the noble honor of France. It is same to my explanation about ceremony of United States, which brought the honor to people. That is the honor that France has reached it; it helped France become greater to humankind because France initiated itself the Human Right. As normally, everything on this earth starts from a diminutive point to gradually develop bigger. The human destiny also depends on spirit progress law of form, of force of whole humankind on this earth. At the beginning time, why did the Human Right Association of France appear? There was an officer Dreyfus oppressed, who was prisoned and lost his position, but he could not prove himself innocent. His fellows tried to seek methods to save him. They thought that some persons were not enough, therefore they initiated how to do to let whole their France unite with them to bring the humanity to innocent human. They fought to seek the human right. The Members of Human Right Association are called as Dreyfusards. Consequently, there were many drastic competitions. One side is the governor and the other one is the side, which determinedly offered resistance to the injustice of governor in order to be able to save Dreyfus. 

 They fought difficultly, but they could get win. Nowadays, all people, as powerful nations admit that: That association is very significant, legitimate for humankind. Therefore, the United States commend the democratic nations on this earth and they all follow this association and execute so that all people enjoy their possessive human right. Their desire is to wish that the human right becomes achievable to let world, individual, society is independent, be in liberal faith, in liberal thought, in liberal life, in liberal decision to their destiny. The essence in independences is their special mission to their society. 

 Actually, today we are Caodaist but why do we celebrate solemnly, offer petition to Supreme Being in order to pray to Divine Spirits to support and uphold so that the association can be executed on this earth? It is because that it is the framework of human Way; it must exist to help the Caodaism guide humankind on the way to universal concord under love and justice.

 Our reaction always leans on the incomparable ability of Divine human right power’s effect. As there are cruelty, gentleness, injustice, misery of helpless persons oppressed by violence; as they do know about where they can reply to self-protect them, preserve them; as injustice exists on this earth fully; the doctrine of reaction appears with a specific method to protect their human right. Without it, we can guess and know the play, which makes people endured sufferings on this earth much because of the injustices that we have no way to help them. Consequently, the Human Right Association appeared. There must have a rival power to fight against society injustice, which created miseries, chaos, mutual murder to humankind leading to the extermination. 

 In order to create bliss and peace executed, people must protect the individual right, society, and whole humankind. It means that we have to obviously place the justice and love on this earth. Thus, the Supreme Being induced the United States Association to admit the France’s Human Right Association in order to commend to this earth to execute the doctrine of universal concord.

 

32. POWER OF HUMANITY AND MORALITY

At Holy See, 14th November Tân Mão year [1951]

 Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach the power of humanity and morality. We reached bliss because the Great Merciful Father [Đại Từ Phụ] came to gather us and to entrust the Divine mission to us, which is that we do how to help all His children as all Living Beings united together in one. For that reason, He has taught us to understand the natural power of Creator clearly. Our Great Merciful Father has revealed to let us understand the miracle thoroughly, to know how the birth is, how the death is, how appearance and disappearance are. We have understood clearly that: the world exists under the progress law, which forces all things and souls to have to progress forever. Its progress form contains uncountable forms and the Dharma is infinite. However, we should not look at the humankind’s progress body or societies on the earth, we then feel self-pity. We should feel proud that: for the Caodai Religion, the Caodaism’s body is not strange that it does not make people surprised at all because they understand the miracle of death and life thoroughly. If we use morality as basis to protect their life, we are only onlooker and as we see that they do not know their life, they have not known to value their life of living method; we advise and guide them only. The failure and achievement belong to another issue, which can be considered as a secondary matter. How is the value of humanity and morality, but they do not see clearly, understand it thoroughly, know its value particularly to consider it as their living method? On society on this earth, people give up the precious thing, like a disgrace, although they know that: in their incarnation, to maintain their life, it is impossible to be far away from morality and humanity. From the ancient time to this time, despite individual, society, humankind, we try questioning that: if they want to live peacefully, want a happy steadfast life; can they give up the humanity and morality?

 In that case, the individual does not need to care spirit, magnanimous heroic action. For a vile jack sprat, does he maintain the morality and humanity if he wants to protect his life? Although the humanity and morality are true or false, he must lean on morality and humanity to live. We make a comparison by recollecting the ancient time that the Confucius [Đức Khổng Phu Tử] had a student as Nguyên Hiến, who had a cruel younger brother as Đạo Chích [ / / / ]. The master Nguyên Hiến petitioned to the Confucius to teach his younger brother. The Confucius met Đạo Chích and explained Three Moral Bonds and Five Constant Virtues. He said that if a human born on this earth without Three Moral Bonds and Five Constant Virtues, he is not worthy to be a human. Đạo Chích had wide-open eyes to ask: “Why do you know that I do not have Three Moral Bonds and Five Constant Virtues? I have them all enough. I gather all lackeys. I am their master as a King of Mountain. Isn’t there King? They support and serve me. If they are strong, they will do important works. If they are less strong, they are bandits. They respect me as a Deity. By that way, aren’t there King and Subjects? All of they also have enough wife and children.

 For Kindness, Decorum, Uprightness, Wisdom, Faithfulness, we take wealth from the rich to nourish the poor; isn’t it the Kindness? The decorum is that we live and die together by gathering together to establish a bandit gang. Isn’t it the decorum? We know where people keep their wealth; isn’t it the wisdom? We share equally; isn’t it the faithfulness? If we did not maintain those regulations completely, our bandit gang could not exist. The bandit of the world is You: You use your mouth to live. You do not till and weave, but you still live. The bandit is You, not me”.

 We debate deeper. People think that their force is the best. If we say that the force can protect their life, we should make a query that are the legacies of Sở Bá Vương [西 ] and cruel Tần [Tần Thủy Hoàng/ ] still steadfast? If there was the flag of humanity, the Hớn dynasty[ ] could not maintain during 800 years. Without the flag of humanity, the Châu dynasty [ ] could not usurp the throne of Trụ dynasty [ ]. We lean on the humanity on this earth to debate that at this time, all states must use the flag of humanity to maintain their suzerain in front of people. We may see the condition that they also lean on the shadow of humanity. 

 Indeed, the morality and humanity are a remedy for humankind’s life in spite of the individual, society, whole humankind. If they give up the morality and humanity, it means that they self-kill them, self-sentence the capital verdict for them. We try looking at to where the humankind’s cruel path leads them. If they continue to go ahead, the humankind will self-kill them. If they want to maintain their life, Bần Đạo assert that: the humanity must come back. The humankind must lean on humanity and morality to preserve their life. 

 

33. THE JESUS CHRIST ANNIVERSARY

At Holy See, 26th November Tân Mão year [24 Dec. 1951]

 Tonight is the anniversary of Jesus Christ, as the birthday of Savior.

 From the birth of Caodaism, whole Supreme Being’s Holy Body and Bần Đạo/I have explained His life of sacrifice that all you know can know well. Therefore, it is unnecessary to explain again. The repetitive explanation will not be very useful. We try considering His Holy speeches bequeathed to understand His miracle and secret Way. It perhaps brings us an usefulness. Therefore, Bần Đạo/I extract His Holy speech of doctrine bequeathed to His Apostles [Tông Đồ]. The Holy speech is deep and secret, but it is still practical and good. He said that: “Know to sacrifice due to death to obtain the life”. Due to Divine teaching, many Religious seekers often discuss its meaning. When the Jesus Christ was born, He was oppressed by violence. His Tao was propagated, but people could not understand thoroughly. People oppressed, made a scheme to harm Him. Consequently, that speech hurried essentially His apostles to fight and get win determinedly. That has not been right yet.

 When Bần Đạo/I preach this, there are some people saying that He established His Holy Way, established the Divine Temple on this earth. He called Himself as a lamb to sacrifice to the Adonai in order to redeem humankind’s sins. It means that He was a holy lamb that His life and physical body on the Cross is to be a sacrifice to the Supreme Being. His sacrifice of an animal is the Holy Body, which means that all disciples believed Him and followed His true teaching and considered Him as a Holy Spirit. That is the reason why he taught that sentence. He essentially sacrificed to preserve His true doctrine. It is also true, but it has not been completely right. The secret of that speech is that: must know that whichever death is right, whichever life is true. We should also study the life and death. We are born with two lives and two deaths. We may see that our physical body is not the life because the matter must be destroyed, which means that it must die under its real death. It is not only dying because of the physical body, but also dies because of reputation and our speech. We also see that the life is not our physical body. The human born just maintains his life one hundred years only. Where is the real life? Our real life is the life of present spirit, belonging to our soul. That is the real life. Living with our soul is the real life and living with a physical body is unreal life. We still have another life that we must live how to live with all living beings under the concord life. In order to life together, we must unite all living beings in one, know that their life is our life and our life is theirs. That life is the Supreme Being’s life in His hands. That is the life in the Divine World of Eternal Life that He had created it before he reincarnated on this earth. That life must be eternal.

 Now, Bần Đạo/I discuss according to Jesus Christ “must know to sacrifice of death to seek life”. It is difficult to seek this Way, however, the Supreme Being bequeathed the secret Dharma in His Holy Body. He says “whoever dares to have a secular death to live because of Way, will worthy to be My Holy Body on this earth”. Whole Holy Body has understood much that the beginning position of Student Priest [Giáo Hữu] to end must have a secular death, then re-live because of Way. It means that the Jesus Christ referred profoundly that: Whoever knows whoever grants the life to us so that we dare to sacrifice by a death as this physical body, will reach an eternal life, which is the Divine Eternal Life that our Father grants it to us.

 Bần Đạo/I preach that issue to tell whole Supreme Being’s Holy Body [refer the Sacerdotal Council] in spite of male, female disciples or Great Canonized Dignitaries that each member of Holy Body must know our power, which is our real life, must know our weakness, which is the unreal life. We must be brave to sacrifice by a death as our spoiled physical body to reach the eternal life and we obtain the Divine Eternal throne in His Divine gate that He had saved it for us readily, which is the great legacy shared for each His child. The Supreme Being says: “I/Master save the great legacy for each child. I/Master do not have the right to give it to another one, except that someone refuses it. I then have the right to give it to another one only”. That life is the real and eternal life. The Eternal Divine life of Supreme Being is the real life. 

 

34. PREACH THE WORD OF TAO

At night, 14th December Tân Mão year [1951]

Tonight, Bần Đạo/I preach the word of Tao, which is a very old subject. All you listen the preachment over the word of Tao.

We may see that the Religions call them under the word of Tao. We see that they misuse the word of Tao very much, however, we cannot deny it. What is the reason?

Bần Đạo/I now preach the word of Tao. From the creation of the universe and humankind till now, by our flexible wisdom, we see the infinite, non-guesstimate and limitless state of Universe; see secret mystery, which is operating the body of creator, but there is no way to name it. Consequently, they use the word of Tao. It means that we explain the phrase “Cương danh viết Đạo” [Not know its name. Use the Tao to name it]. In its state, we see the move and quiet. The move is “Yang power”, creating the Universe. In its operation, we see that it sometimes keeps quiet to form its nature. It is the “Yin power”.

Bần Đạo/I get an example for an animal, so that you can understand easily. Before it is a silkworm, it was a worm belonging to Yang. It operates to live by eating to grow up, to reel silk to make a nest. For Yin, it is the operation to transform into quiet as the silkworm, so that it specify its nature. 

On this earth, all living creatures always contain two states. The life must follow the law of Creator, must be suitable for form, which means that the life must be suitable for death to transform as the quiet silkworm. If we take it by hands, it will die because that action is contrary to the creator law, which means that it is contrary to Tao.

The infinite, boundless, limitless flexibility is the space and time, operating incessantly. The Tao places “unfailing turn wheel of dharma”, coming from the space and time. It time never makes it turn. Consequently, in prayer of Holy Mother: “Twelve Heavenly Stems encompass all things” and “Obey Earthly Branches to transform the Universe”. They obey the Universe [refer the principle of Yin and Yang as Heaven and Earth], as its general aspect in all living things. How the general aspect is, the small aspect is also same to that way under one law only. It means that it must obey the predetermined law. As the ancestors did not know the state of that wheel of dharma, did not understand its power; they used the word of Tao to name it. 

 Actually, the human who obeys Tao is due to spirit, due to the nature of all visible things on this earth to live, to specify his death and life or specify his form of destiny and qualitative form, which are two forms to unify together to be corresponding to the law as the Tao. If he is agreeable to that law, he will exist. If he is opposite to it, he will be exterminated. 

Now, Bần Đạo/I debate Religions. They take a doctrine of the creator's body in a Dharma wheel to specify their doctrine. The issue is that whole creator's body is the Tao, however, they always use the word of Tao for every thing. They do know the word of Tao that we cannot deny it; they have misused it. However, their word of Tao is a part of thousand parts of Tao only. Their word of Tao is not the real Tao. 

Now, the Supreme Being has placed two words of Great Tao in His Religion. It is that He places the image, which encompasses the infinite entire, as the Great Tao. If He did not tell us, we would not be able to know it, to guess it. He explains to express the entire of all. Therefore, there is the organ of creation that the Supreme Being creates the Universe by that power. We see and know that there is one sovereignty to fix its law. If there was the unique sovereignty, all things in Universe would not be able to exist anymore. 

In its minimum form from the diminutive atom to star in Universe, they are still always fixed in their general aspect that we cannot guess. If there was the incomparable miracle of Spirit holding the power of creator, there would have nobody who could own it. Consequently, we see that that power fixes the authority of its master, so that we can know the power of master. 

For long since, foremost Asiatic civilization, we see that there is no name and we do not dare to name except for one word of “great”, which means the extensiveness only. According to that word of “great”, the Supreme Being establishes His true religion by placing two words of “Great Way/Tao”.

Actually, Bần Đạo/I tell that the Doctrine of each Religion is different, however it contains an image of a Religion. Therefore, they call as the Tao and we cannot deny it but we know the infinite wheel of dharma, the limitless and boundless image and we know that: Whichever Religion obeys law of creator accordingly with its name and meaning with its transformation under a diminutive law, we will admit it. Besides that, something is opposite to the Tao, we have the right to teach them to progress or let them progress by themselves because we cannot deny it and we have no right to criticize or amend it. 

 Bần Đạo/I mention all things from plant to animal and matter that they do not have two mysteries as their “definite form” and their “miracle” in their life and death. We know the Tao, understand the Tao clearly, which means that we are living. If we are opposite to that Tao, even we are living freely, which means that we sentence us by a capital verdict. It means that we sentence us.

 If we say that this human does not have Tao, this human loses Tao or refuses Tao; how can they deny their life? We can deny or not deny by denying their image and their physical body only.

 In all things, is there the refusing right, but why do they use “refuse Tao”? There are people, who do not know what the word of Tao is, but they use “opposite to Tao, refuse Tao”. It is contradictory and unread because they do not know them, how can they debate with other people?

In our spirit material dharma, we live with two those things. We live with our conformation and spirit. That is a favor that the Supreme Being grant it to us. Harmfully! In that favor, the Supreme Being essentially lets us be miserable, let us live in sufferings to transform conformation, so that we step from the secular path to the Buddha throne, which is the throne for each one that the Supreme Being saves for each His child readily. We can reach the Heaven throne too.

If we debate that law of creator to advance our path, we will be agreeable to the Tao, will reach the end of Way. In contrary, that is the path of animal and matter, the path of secularity. If we ignore spirit, it means that we refuse the ready divine position or we sentence us. Whoever refuses the Tao as normal is considered the Tao refusing action; he is the person denying the human mission, which means that he refuses the throne of Deity, Saint, Immortal, Buddha. The conclusion is not reasonless. We receive the bliss because the Spirit holding the creator power comes to us. There is nothing better than it. In life and death in spite of misery, we must feel pleased with our fellows on this earth. The most anguish is that instead of seeing the mutual misery, they are ungrateful to destroy together. They do not respect the life of their fellow to specify their destiny. The person who obtained the “Four” [Doctrine of Four Noble Truths of Sakyamuni Buddha: birth, oldness, illness, death] of Heaven and Earth, understood the mysterious Tao and when he looks at his fellows; his eyes never stops the dream of tears. 

Everyday, Bần Đạo/I sometimes sit on floor of Enlightenment Palace [Trí Huệ Cung] and look at to see younger brothers who earn livings hard; Bần Đạo/I take a pity on them very much. However, the Divine law forces them to earn living to live happily with their misery. If they did not live happily, they would have to die. We must let them live happily. Although they live in misery, they live happily. I sometimes take a pity on younger brothers of the Military that on their path of death and life, the time and date are not fixed. It makes my tears shed. Only people are same to me shedding tears only. However, the Divine law lets them live happily, like living so that they seek their life. If they know the miserable life, they will not live any more. Instead of living in strained way, we must live with it happily. We have to follow that life to avoid he misery happening. The Holy Body of Supreme Being is to solace and support the spirit of younger brothers. All Canonized Dignitaries replace His image to support their life. Bần Đạo/I tell truthfully that we have no right to cause misery for their life because they have been living in many miseries. 

 

35. NEW YEAR EVA CEREMONY OF END OF TÂN MÃO TO BEGIN NHÂM THÌN YEAR

At Holy See, 30th December Tân Mão year [1952]

 Tonight is the new year Eva of end of Tân Mão year for beginning Nhâm Thìn year. Bần Đạo/I recollect Bính Dần year that the Supreme Being came to open the Caodaism with the opening ceremony celebrated on 15th October Bính Dần year to Đinh Mão year. It was same this time of new year Eva. Đức Cao Thượng Phẩm and Bần Đạo/I assisted the séance. The Supreme Being came and told all His male, female children that: “When I/Master raise the automatic pen, you go under the automatic pen so that I/Master bless you!”. After that, He carried Bần Đạo/me and Cao Thượng Phẩm to stand up, went to the middle of Divine Altar. His children went under the pen all. He caused a fond action with one automatic pen only. That action made Bần Đạo/me very touched. When each person went under the automatic pen, it seemed to fondle. How happy for religious persons receiving that favor! I take a pity that His children were not crowed like this time. Bần Đạo/I take a pity that all His present children should have been blessed with a visible specific method to express His infinite love for His children.

 Bần Đạo/I dare to assert that: at this time, the Great Merciful Father has been living with us. Actually, all His children pray to Him so that He blesses His children by heart (All followers pray by heart).

 We are very happy because there is a Father with an infinite love and we are born and enlightened for the Way. That Father is the divine Spirit holding the power of Universe, is the Lord of Universe’s life and death; He came to live with us. That creditable bliss is incomparable. Consequently, when He came to hold the holy pen in order to open His true doctrine, the earthly humans felt surprised and they could not imagine and believe that thing. Alas! for debatement at that time, so many people disparaged, disdained. In a poem, He moaned that:

            “Hoarse chuckle and cry because of loving you,

            Not want one child lost, completely pitiful herd.

Not wait to lean against stick due to the aged,

Humour stupid children to get such this plight”

   Actually, He loves His children too much to get such that plight that we cannot imagine that infinite love, cannot know the boundless compassionate intense love because of “loving stupid children to get such this plight”. That sentence implies the very profound painful meaning. He spoke out that sentence because of His love for stupid children. Do all of us understand how the word of “stupid” is?

   Bần Đạo/I would like to repeat the Jesus Christ’s speech “how happy for stupid persons” because they are uphold by the Divine Father’s power. When they are alive here, they are stupid, but they are not lonely because they still have the infinite powerful father, who sees their wisdom. “how happy for weak persons with noble ones!” When returning to the world of Eternal Life of Supreme Being, He had saved throne for His children readily. The values are different. “How pitiful for persons oppressing the weak persons! How pitiful for oppressors oppressing the lonely persons, children, widower hood, invalids” because they despise, abuse His children. Those actions are to abuse the Creator. Therefore, there is no sin, which is more serious. If His children endure the miserable, vile condition, and stupidity; that is because He wants so and He wants His power to uphold them.

   Actually, if we want to avoid that bad condition, we must love His children as Him. If we reach an infinite love on this earth, reach the limitless intense compassion; our reincarnation will be the happiest reincarnation. All you pray quietly, so that Bần Đạo/I bless you (His Holiness Hộ Pháp blesses).

Bần Đạo/I tell you that our riches on this earth are a coffin, a piece of land with a hole only when we die. What do we want to riches for? We must seek another precious thing, which is our Divine power of Eternal Life.

 

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