The Sydney Centre for Studies in Caodaism is permitted to introduce :

Collection of Selected Holy Messages , Volume 2
Thánh Ngôn Hiệp Tuyển, Q.2

Translated by :
Sister Hong Dang Bui and Brother Hum Dac Bui
English translation edited by:
Sister Ngasha Beck-Huy

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  1- What is the Tao?

Tây Ninh (Gò Kén temple) Year of Yang Fire Tiger 1926.

 

Here is your Master, children!

 

What is the world?

How are human beings like guests in this world?

Why are they called guests?

The world is a place full of sufferings where Saints and Immortals who committed crimes are exiled to pay their Karmic debts. If they succeed, they may return to their original home (Nirvana) from whence they came, if not, they have to reincarnate again to the world. That’s why their spirits are called guests.

What is the Tao?

Why is it called the Tao?

The Tao is a way that leads exiled Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas back to their original home. It is also a way for human beings to avoid reincarnation. Without the Tao, they would all be lost, and could not return to their initial positions. The Tao has deep meanings, one needs to know first the basic concepts in order to understand accurately and precisely further miraculous facts. The Tao and life are the same. Without the Tao, life would be meaningless. The Tao and life complement and help each other to be more enriched and meaningful. In following the Tao, one may cultivate self and lead a worry free and contented life, and nothing could be better.

That’s miraculous and wise.

(Ascension)

 

TNHT 1972, p. 119


  2- Ly Thai Bach teaches about Sub dignitary election

Tây Ninh (Gò Kén temple) Year of Yang Fire Tiger 1926.

 

Here is Lý Thái Bạch.

Regarding the election of the sub dignitaries, you erred against divine will, as one person could not hold so many responsibilities. Thượng Trung Nhựt, you are aware of that.

(Thượng Trung Nhựt addressed:….)

I concur with your change. You could not do that just because of lack of manpower. This is your own business. I would not interfere. You just need to follow the principle that one person could not hold two responsibilities. Thái Thơ Thanh could not be treasurer and deputy chief at the same time. (There should be two officers’ signatures to issue money). It’s against the administrative policy. Impartiality is very important in the great Tao. Obey!

I have some more recommendations: You should contribute your services to speed up the establishment of the administrative council, because many people are still floundering in the ocean of sufferings, and haven’t had an opportunity to know the Tao. I have pity for them. What a misfortune for them. In the meanwhile, many others are fortunate enough to meet the Tao, but hesitate and want to go backward (because they have witnessed many troubles in the organization). I am worried for living beings. You should be the examples for people as religious persons. If the examples are good, the Tao would be bright. If not, what would happen to the Tao?

Many of you are occupied with secular life, and could not distinguish between right and wrong. In the congregation, when they confront with objections, they are dissuaded by non religious persons. What a shame for the virtuous person?

Dear brothers, if you listen to my words, please take care of the congregation and spread my words to all others. Many other disciples have also made great efforts. I will ask our Master for their promotion.

Good bye!

(Ascension.)

p. 120


  3- The Supreme Being teaches: If all the world practiced their faiths, the world could change the divine will.

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

All guests, all female disciples, listen.

If all the world practiced their faiths, the world could change the divine will and eliminate all disasters. If each individual practiced their own faith, the divine record would be shattered. What is practice of faith? It is the self –cultivation toward gentleness and kindness according to the divine plan. If all the people of the world are cruel, how could one maintain life? If one commits crimes against God, one would be punished. In this life, if one does not improve self, one would easily commit crimes against God. Divine positions are reserved for gentle and good people, but not for greedy ones. Although there are divine laws, the rewards would be judged by divine justice, not randomly and easily attained by just anyone. If it were easy to reach divine positions, everyone would be able to reach them and then to avoid re-incarnation with a little education.

Scriptures help people to improve themselves and become enlightened; they can be compared to chopsticks that are necessary to serve meals, if there are no chopsticks, one may still use one’s own hands to serve meals. Read again the scriptures, and try to contemplate on the divine justice to find the truth. You are better off to directly follow Me than go around seeking out scriptures.

(Ascension.)

p. 120-121


  4- The Supreme Being teaches: Visible matters may be destroyed, but the Nothingness couldn't be.

The 27th day of the 6th month of the year Bính Dần (8-4-1926)

Here is the Jade Emperor

Greetings to all disciples,

I like you to gather together to listen to My teachings:

Th…, listen:

This is the era of destruction, all visible matters will be destroyed, therefore, The Third Amnesty was founded.

I come to move the Tao, re-establish the Nothingness. To you, which of the following is right? Visible matters or the Nothingness? Visible matters may be destroyed, but the Nothingness couldn’t be.

Th…, I like you to visit to see with your own eyes Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, which were recognized as extremely great. Are they perpetual? I recognize well your virtues, the era of falsehood has passed, and this is the time of sincerity. I don’t want you to waste your wealth for falsehood. You don’t need to build any holy temple, or to worship at the statue of The Buddha. You know that life’s salvation is “My Original Holy Essence.”

I recommend that you should just take care of human beings with all your heart. I will take care of their spirits. You don’t know where the truth is, so you don’t have to be worried about it. Your responsibility is great, so is your holy name. You should always obey My orders. You must establish an organization, co-operate with other disciples, progressively according to your capability, to build a school, a convalescence home for the elders, a children’s center, and a meditation hall.

Don’t worry about temples. In the future, I am afraid that you would not be able to administer all of them. Listen and obey. You have to follow Tr… to serve and save human beings. If you can provide ways for other children to go spreading the Tao, you should get together with them to arrange it.

Try to obey.

(Ascension.)

p. 121-122


  5- The 8th lady Immortal: The duty of virtuous person is to be selfless, to take care of the comfort of humanity.

Here is the eighth female fairy.

Greetings to you, brothers and sisters. Please be seated.

In the New Year, at the new temple, with everything else also being new, I wish all brothers and sisters all new fortune, with all spiritual accoutrements for the practice of the Tao. I want to let you know, every year, during Springtime, whoever takes care of serving angels, Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas, would have double blessings as compared to regular times. As for the works assigned by the Superior Spirits, if you trust them and perform these with all your heart, the Superior Spirits would recognize this to your credit. Conversely, they also recorded your laziness, procrastination or subordination. Brothers and sisters, please understand that every beginning is difficult. If you surmount the difficulty, you are really deserving to be recognized as a hero, a meritorious, determined and virtuous person.

You brothers and sisters who were used to living in comfort, now have to live in ascetic religious life, you have our sympathy. But if you were not poor, you have to learn to be poor, if you were not in misery, you have to learn to be in misery. Thus is the mind of a superior man, as living doesn’t need to be comfortable, eating doesn’t need to make full. You have to be selfless, to rather take care of the comfort of humanity. This is the duty of the virtuous person.

In this occasion, I would like to plan the ceremony worshipping the Supreme Being. On the 8th day, try to attain merit for two days, celebrate great ceremony with candles and incenses. Try to find a lamp that has sufficient light, because right now we are without. You have a lamp with seven lights. This lamp may be called the seven star lamp. I now give you five minutes for discussion. Take your time to think and respond one by one. (The séance was stopped momentarily).

-          Are you ready?

(Answer: The lamp of brother Phối Sư, although old, but may be reclaimed)

- I said it is temporary, so anything that has seven lights may be used.

(Question: Where should the seven star lamp be hung?)

Right here, to replace this lamp, so you may use it for the séances, but not for regular day. During séances, you need enough light to shine your spirit. You may start at midnight. In evoking superior spirits, you have to have appropriate rituals, with all accoutrements of

incense and lights like at this time.

(Question: Do we need to recite the repentance prayer or any other prayer?)

-          The Great Senior Immortal announced that he has asked The Supreme Being to come to the séances on the day of great ceremony. On the next day you should recite regular prayers like during spring. In the prayer for relieving sufferings, instead of reciting “saving me” you should recite “saving all living beings.” When the Supreme Being comes, do not pray for anything, and do not scurry around. Assign a person to attend the bell. That person shall announce his/her name and then attend the bell. (Question: Do we attend the bell after prostration?)

- After you announce your name, the séance will stop, then you attend the bell. When the Supreme Being leaves, all of you should prostrate to bid farewell. Then, evoke the Mother Goddess. The Immortals and Buddhas convey the wishes for the New Year to you all. You all should hang firm to the trunk, to prevent the storm from blowing you away.

Whatever the storm is, try to hang firm to the trunk. Understand? I wish you all a good year.

Good bye.

(Ascension.)

p. 122-124


  6- The Supreme Being teaches: When you are successful, don't be hasty to express joy, when you fail, don't be hasty in your sorrow.

Saigon, September 12th, 1926, the 6th day of the 8th month of the year Bính Dần.

 

Here is your Master,

Greetings to all of you, children,

 

When you are successful, don’t be hasty to express joy. When you fail, don’t be hasty in your sorrow. Sorrow and joy often follow each other or are experienced simultaneously. What you encounter is because it has to be so. Don’t be so indignant as to act against My Holy Will. Try to follow this poem to adapt yourself toward a faithful path:

       From now on try to follow the Tao with your whole heart.

       Accept that the religious path is full of hardship.

       God recognizes your sincerity,

       The world would admire your bright example.

       Your elders have already endeavored to clear obstacles from the path

        So that future generations may benefit.

        From now on, detach yourself from secular vicissitudes,

        Persevering in saving humanity becomes your good meritorious legacy.

p.124


  7- The Supreme Being teaches: Pay respect to Superior Spirits. Practice sincerity and justice.

September 30th, 1926

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples and guests,

 

M…N…If there is no important issue, try not to bother the Superior Spirits, who all have their own responsibility, you understand! Be cautious and pay them respect. I am the Superior Being with immense generosity and I forgive your mistakes. However, the Superior Spirits would strictly apply the divine laws to discipline you, so you obey!

     Do you understand this poem?

     Mr. Hạng Trọng Sơn paid the spring for his horse to drink water.

     He was blessed and met with good fortune.

     Young generations do not have much trust, but a lot of arguments.

     People who deal with others with sincerity will receive respect in return.

Tell Me what you understand!

Guests, please be seated.

(M…N… explained wrongly the poem)

No, it is not so, child. Do you understand these two following verses?

     Mr. Lưu Khoan of the Han Dynasty punished criminals by lashings just for them to feel the insult.

     Mr. Hạng Trọng Sơn was so pure, he even paid the spring for his horse to drink water.

He did not use for the taking what belongs to nature! You understand!

I like you to teach your family rightly, treat people with pure conscience even for petty matters. Try to read and explain My Holy Teachings to people. Justice and sincerity are My favorite virtues.

(Ascension.)

 

p. 124-125


  8- The Supreme Being teaches: if the Tao was established late, there would be damage for humanity.

Giác Hải Pagoda, Saigon, the 15th day of the 8th month of the year Bính Dần (September 21, 1926).

Sakya Muni Buddha or Cao Đài Tiên Ông Đại Bồ Tát Ma Ha Tát embodying Buddhism in the Southern Quarter.

 

Như Nhãn, listen to your Master,

When incarnated as the Buddha, I had four disciples who all denied Me.

When incarnated to found Taoism, I had the disciple Nguơn Thỉ.

When I founded Christianity, I had 12 disciples. But when I was arrested and executed, they all ran away and even sold my body.

And presently, I have gathered quite a few disciples for you. Don’t be discouraged. I used to lament that if the Tao was established one day late, there would be one more day of damage for humanity. But divine arrangement was for evils to disturb the path of right and promote evil. This happened to all previous Immortals and Buddhas. Now, humans have conflict with each other because of high positions. You should rely on your buddha heart to see all of living beings’ suffering and constantly reincarnating. You should think of Me when you bear this shame. Your merciful behavior makes you deserve to be My child.

If I use My supreme power to interfere, there would be no more divine justice. You should proceed to establish the religious laws and try to save human beings.

Beloved daughter Lâm, if I had to blame someone, I would say that you have delayed the expansion of the Tao and created obstacles. Do you understand why?

Because of the twisted words of the women!

You all have to try your best. I am always by your side. No one could harm the Tao.

Như Nhãn, remember My prediction. Read again the Holy Teachings.

 

(Ascension)

 p.126


  9- The Supreme Being teaches: Do not offend the Superior Spirits.

The 9th day of the 9th month of the year Bính Dần ( October 15, 1926 )

 

Here is your Master,

 

Listen children,

 

I have often said that you rather err and offend Me, as I would forgive you out of love. But you should not offend Angels, Saints, Immortals and Buddhas because they are not so quick to forgive.

I also said:  “Anytime, I came to the séance, I was escorted by innumerable Angels, Saints, Immortals, Buddhas.” If you could see with your naked eyes, you would be terrified. But because you did not see and did not know, your mistake may be considered less serious.

Lack of respect is a serious mistake as judged by the Superior Spirits. I would have to leave to avoid your being punished. I do not mind because of My love. I am just afraid for you to offend the Superior Spirits.

(Ascension.)

p.126


  10- The Supreme Being teaches: You have to endure more sufferings in order to reach divine position.

The 7th day of the 10th month of the year Bính Dần (November 11, 1926)

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

 

Greetings to all disciples, all beloved daughters, all guests,

Ng…, listen to Me:

Your legacy has been blessed.

Your merits in saving living beings will be rewarded.     

Look at previous examples of wisdom

To cultivate your virtues in order to return to your position in Nirvana.

You two have the heart to build up the Tao. Keep enduring the hardships in accomplishing your task. Honors and wealth are like drops of dew on the lawn or floating clouds in the wind. Your virtues are the best way to guide you on the road back to Nirvana, and to avoid reincarnation. Because of love for life, I did not flout My Supreme Position, and came to found the Third Amnesty to save humanity from the ocean of sufferings. Whoever recognizes the Tao will be blessed. Whoever doesn’t will be reincarnated in suffering. Hurry to return to the Tao. If you remain seduced by secular attractions, it would be too late to repent. Alas! I have established the divine laws according to the divine justice. I am heartbroken to see living beings led astray by evil, but I cannot bend the universal law. Therefore, the Third Amnesty is like a school to earn credits. If you repent and embark upon the bright path and cultivate your hearts and your virtues, you will reunite with Me at the end. People should try to listen to Me and always self re-evaluate often.

 

p.127


  11- The Supreme Being opens the female college.

Holy Message on the opening day.

November 18 1926 (the 14th day of the 10th month of the year Bính Dần)

Gò Kén pagoda Tây Ninh (Từ Lâm pagoda)

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

 

Greetings to all disciples and all beloved daughters.

Female disciples, listen.

 

The perfumed heart wafts its fragrance from earth to sky.

Self-cultivation enlightens, guiding all souls by and by.

Pray to Buddha Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) for all of your life,

And hold up the Tao in unending light.

 

Daughter Lâm appointed as Giáo Sư, divinely named as Hương Thanh,

Daughter Ca appointed as Phó Giáo Sư, divinely named as Hương Ca,

Daughter Đường already appointed, keep the same position.

Other daughters, wait for the next meeting when there are more disciples and I will appoint all of you at the same time.

I bless you all. Perform the rituals as instructed.

 

(Ascension.)

p.128 - Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  12- The Supreme Being teaches: we must love and help each other.

The 4th day of the 11th month of the year Bính Dần (December 8, 1926)

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

 

To all disciples, all beloved daughters, all guests,

Listen to Me

 

    Your feet are unaccustomed to the long new road.

    Though you have cultivated your virtues well,

    You are like blooming bushes awaiting the spring

    Or the brightly colored lotus bud craving summer,

    The Holy Water washes away all secular desires

    The Holy Teachings lead you to immortality

    You are blessed to be alive at the Third Amnesty

    Hasten your steps toward the meditating woods.

From now on, I am your leader to guide you on the path of virtues, I am always at your side, you have only to wait for My orders. The road is long and full of obstacles, but you will be able to surmount all dangers to meet Me at the end. Some disciples don’t have enough faith, and are ready to give up easily while meeting difficulties. According to the divine arrangement of the Three Religions, the Third Amnesty of the great way was founded in the South to save all living beings from suffering. It is miraculous, at times visible, at times invisible depending on divine mechanism.

The presence of the Tao in a country means that disasters of this country are about to end. You must purify your heart, follow the examples of suffering overcome by love and help each other like children of the same family. This would lead you to Nirvana, avoiding this suffering world.

Try to understand.

(Ascension.)

p. 128-129, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  13- The Supreme Being teaches self cultivation and performance of human duty in order to reach Nirvana.

The 7th day of the 11th month of the year Bính Dần (December 11, 1926)

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

To all disciples, all beloved daughters, all guests,

T…, My gentle disciple, listen to Me:

Conservation of noble teachings is no poverty but an art.

It can be a helpful companion to walk safely on the religious path.

Realization of the Tao in your heart would be an invaluable assistance

Like the flowered apricot bough to lead you out of this secular world.

You have been blessed to meet Me to guide you on the miraculous religious path at this late time of your life. I have ordered Superior Spirits to help you in your duty of guiding living beings imminently, so that you may complete your mission at the end of your life. You should be perseverant and truthful to deserve the noble position when you return to Me. Try to pay attention to this.

The happiest days of living beings have gone; disaster awaits! People of the world are still dispersing suffering and sorrow to others by their cruelty. Disasters from the East and the West, according to divine arrangement, will take turns to destroy the inhumane, leading to turmoil in the world. Because of love, I created the Third Amnesty to save blessed living beings from suffering and punishment. Whoever blessed would recognize and follow the path, whoever unfortunate, would fall into evil hands.

Alas! Millions of people have floundered in the midst of the river of sufferings, and the life boats can save only a few, because virtuous people are rare, and useless people are so numerous. Good traditions are deteriorating, religious rules are wildly violated. Incompetent and non virtuous people use all maneuvers to rise to the top. Holy teachings are divinely arranged to be followed by people who cultivate self and maintain good human traditions. They may reach immortality. Living beings must be cautious toward people who care only for secular life and denounce holy teachings.

Tr…, you should read briefly the last holy teachings to living beings and tell them to repent before evoking Me.

(Ascension.)

p. 129, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  14- The Supreme Being teaches that repentance is invaluable.

The 8th day of the 11th month of the year Bính Dần (December 12, 1926)

 

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER
To all disciples and all beloved daughters.

T…, would you two, husband and wife, follow Me with sincerity and respect until the end?

In this suffering world, it is difficult to avoid mistakes even for highly virtuous persons.

But repentance is always invaluable. Immortals and Buddhas of ancient times have reached noble divine positions thanks to repentance. Exposed to secular life with wealth, honors, fighting, sufferings, people would realize that life is just a dream, a karmic show, not permanent. They then may find paths to self-cultivation. If I use you two to build up the congregation to save living beings, would you have faithfulness, endurance and patience in the service for humanity?

T…child, when the Tao is founded, the responsibility to save living being is reserved for predestined persons.

If there were not obstacles arranged by the divine mechanism, the Tao would be spread all over the world within one year. But the real and the unreal are mixed together. Only your virtues will allow you to surmount the difficulties. I have endured many hardships to guide you. But many of you abuse the situation, offend Me and oppress disciples. If not because of love, I would not found the Tao to save holy souls and people who have floundered in the ocean of sufferings alike, and I would instead erase all of them.

You have time to think, I give you more time to contemplate in order to attain perfect virtues. At that time, you beloved daughter would become My hands in the salvation of human beings. I have some words for the two of you:

            You guide one another’s steps toward freedom

            You have each other for support

            You come together thanks to good fortune,

            And become husband and wife by destiny.

            Day by day, time passes and,

            Facing the long road ahead, you may falter.

Follow the example of Mr. Trương, who refused wealth and honors from the Hớn dynasty,

In order to live a life of wisdom.        

Listen and contemplate.

I bless you all.

(Ascension)

p. 130-131, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  15- The Supreme Being teaches: Services to humanity need to be accomplished to attain noble divine positions.

December 14th 1926

The Jade Emperor or Cao Dai

Greetings to all disciples, beloved daughters and guests,

Th…, listen to Me child

If you wish for tranquility at the end of your days,
You have to teach and guide living beings here below.
Immortality demands strife
Along the secular way.
Remain faithful,
Though poor with no honors bestowed,
The legacy you leave is but your good name.
In spring, cut the flowering apricot bough.


From this day forward, I hold the power in the world; I lead you to Nirvana. Cultivate your virtues, teach living beings who are still in their secular dream. Try to change your profane heart, so your virtues would be refined. Services to humanity are tiring but need to be accomplished to attain noble divine positions. For the sake of living beings, endure hardship, drop all frivolous positions and honors of this world, surmount all difficult obstacles, cultivate your virtues. Some day, you will reach eternal happiness, avoid further suffering incarnations and enjoy immortality. Try to listen and plan your journey accordingly.

You guests should also correct yourself, have good heart and sincerity to attain approval from the Superior Spirits. For the love of life, I have accepted many non virtuous people to give them opportunities to repent. If they continue in their cruelty and if I do not use My compassion to found the Tao, they would be punished by the Superior Spirits. Being submerged in the ocean of suffering, not reaching to grasp for the saving willow branch, not aspiring to escape from reincarnation, but instead committing more crimes, you will be totally responsible for your actions. It would be too late to repent.

(Ascension.)

p.131-132, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  16- The Supreme Being laments: Few persons bother to look for the holy way but many rush toward the evil way.

January 3, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples, beloved daughters and all living beings.

 

All living beings, listen:

The Third Amnesty of the Great Way, according to the divine laws, gathers the three religions, opens widely the Tao to guide humanity to Nirvana to avoid reincarnation. It uses the holy heart to help humanity to accomplish their responsibility in this world of suffering.

Alas! Few persons bother to look for the holy way but many rush toward the evil way. They carry their heavy physical body, are busy with secular attractions, honor and wealth, compete with each other, neglect the religious rules of the precious Tao, thus leading themselves to the abyss. Many use their powerful influence to compete and fight against each other and forget their responsibility and karmic debt.

The more intense the fighting, the closer is the destruction. The blessed people realize the divine path, rowing their boat to isolated places of quietude, washing off their worldly dust, purifying and cultivating their inner self, aim for a nobler position and escape reincarnation. Others following their evil heart, run after personal interests, become floundered in the ocean of sufferings without repentance which would allow them to avoid disastrous punishment. The divine road is tortuous, your secular steps are still hesitant, without self-evaluation to realign your stride, you would fall to the wayside. Try to understand.

(Ascension.)

 

 p.132-133., Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  17- The Supreme Being teaches: If I do not found the Third Amnesty to save the predestined souls, the whole world would be destroyed.

January 8th,1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greetings to all disciples, beloved daughters and guests.

C… listen to Me:

 

        The golds of fall have donned their wintry mantle;

        Self-reflection brings the contentment of Virtue.

        Orioles sing in the pines upon the mountain.

        Hark; one still yearns to come upon the forest crane.

        Stepping gingerly to avoid the path of worldly aims,

        The pure spring rinsing away all earthly defilement,

        A bright, shining soul lights the distant shore for those who follow.

 

I recognize your righteous heart. Continue to withstand sufferings in order to guide living beings in the right path of escaping reincarnation. You are born at a time when non virtuous people depart from religious rules and are engulfed in disasters. They are confused and become submerged in the ocean of sufferings. They do not cultivate their virtues, but on the contrary, commit more crimes. If the Merciful does not found the Third Amnesty to save the predestined souls, the whole world would be destroyed and even incarnated Saints and Immortals may have difficulties in regaining their position. Disaster looms from the East to the West. Divine rules will punish the criminals and the world will be desolate. If your steps are still hesitant, if you do not reevaluate self soon enough, the lifeboat will fade away with the tide.  When the Holy Water has receded, then it would be too late to repent. Try to understand and listen, living beings!

(Ascension.)

p.133., Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  18- The Supreme Being teaches: The Tao was founded to guide people back from the suffering world, but if they do not hurry to heed the Tao, they will be exiled into hell.

January 21st 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

 

Greetings to all disciples, beloved daughters and guests.

 

The way to Immortality and Buddhahood is always waiting for predestined, blessed persons to cultivate self, serve humanity and escape from this world of confusion.

People are still running after desires and floundering in the ocean of sufferings. The judgment palace has tried many criminals, and yet people are still launching into lives of crime. Worldly life is but a short dream. Being born to this world, one becomes an exile sailing upon the ocean of sufferings in order to fulfill one’s human duties and pay off karmic debt. People have endured all forms of misery, gone from laughing to crying on their worldly path, without ever awakening. Chaos has trumped religious rules, good traditions deteriorated, people fought and competed with each other causing division among religions. Thus, it became difficult to distinguish between righteousness and evil. People could not stop their cruelty until their last breath. No wonder why they were exiled into hell.

The Tao was founded to guide people back from the suffering world and onto their destiny, but if they do not hurry to heed the Tao, their ephemeral life will flow away as surely as life’s blood. Try to understand!

(Ascension.)

p.134., Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  19- The Supreme Being teaches: You must endeavor to fulfill your special responsibility in order to attain a noble position.

January 22nd, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

Tr…, My gentle disciple. 3Trương, I have sanctified the religious dress for you, you are allowed to wear it to attend ceremony. N…, wait for your dress to be finished, I will then sanctify it.

Th…, listen to Me:

Showered by My blessings,

The holy way sets every step right.

Nirvana is waiting for you,

Along the Vị river under the moonlight,

On the Tần mountain, clothed by its dew and clouds,

You’re cleansed of desires,

Neither seeking wealth, nor proud.

Living a fully spiritual life,

You are an exemplar of sincerity,

Away from a confused and suffering world

You have set your ship to sea.

Tr…, I am pleased to have beloved disciples like you in this holy land. You should expect the road to be beset with difficulties and obstacles, and without leisure.

Being born as human, you must endeavor to fulfill your special responsibility in order to pay off your karmic debt and to attain a position, which is much nobler than the frivolous titles of this chaotic world.

Though time has flown away and life has been tainted with misery, your worldly desires and ambitions are endless. You flounder in a sea of ephemeral honors and wealth with all kind of temporal attractions.

All the misery of life only leads you people to deserted tombs. If you would only discover the miraculous Tao, live a religious life, cultivate your virtues, and guide living beings, you may find immortality in Nirvana and escape reincarnation.

Try to find the way before it’s too late.

Try to understand, living beings.

(Ascension.)

p. 134-135, - Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  20- The Supreme Being teaches: In following the path of the Tao, you will find a peaceful and contented life.

The 20th day of the 12th month of the year of the Yang Fire Tiger
January 23, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER.

To all disciples and beloved daughters.
 
CH.., listen to Me:

The mountain pines are highly fragrant,
The Tao will reunite human family upon one path.
You must walk along life's long road
To hear the music of the holy mountain.
Then you will realize the way home,
And enjoy a holy life among the mountain pines.
In finding your way to immortality,
You will leave a good example for posterity.
 
I just want to let you know that the Tao will bring your family to a common path where a peaceful and contented life is much better than the earthly one, with its wealth and honors. The best happiness is the great family reunion.
I bless you all.
(Ascension.)

TNHT 1972, p 135 - 136, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  21- The Supreme Being teaches: With perseverance, you cultivate self in the Holy way, you will reach the noble position

The 20th day of the 12th month of the year of the Yang Fire Tiger
January 23, 1927


JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples and all beloved daughters:

The sun is setting in the meditation forest of Mount T
n.
Your suffering in now done.
With perseverance, you cultivate self in the Holy way,
And still try to serve humanity.
With Guidance, wild geese return to the bamboo grove,
Their wings set aloft from this earthly shore.
Even as time goes by, turning your hair gray,
You will be blessed as you guide living beings in the Way.
 Time is as relentless as the waning moon: just so, you age with the moon's waxing and waning. If you are not mindful in following the right way to escape the world of confusion, your karmic debt may never be paid.
You seek a quiet spring on a high mountain to wash away earthly debris. Use the Tao as a ladder to advance to the highest noble position and to avoid sin.
There is truly punishment and reward that you will realize.
I bless you all.
(Ascension.)

TNHT 1972, p. 136


  22- The Supreme Being teaches: Be patient, maintain your virtue, be good moral examples for future generations, earn merit by serving humanity so that at the end of your life, you will be able to return to your spiritual origins.

The 20th day of the 12th month of the year of the Yang Fire Tiger
January 23, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples and all beloved daughters:

N..., listen to Me:

At the Lake Động Đình, if you claim your birthright,
You will realize the Tao at a ripe age.
You have passed the test for becoming a sage,
And used your lifetime to walk the Holy way

To reach immortality.
You are now at the decline of years,

After enduring the vicissitudes and challenges of secular strife.
You have to gain merit by serving humanity

Even while enduring suffering trying to escape this earthly life.

I have sent Immortals and Buddhas to utilize miracles to guide you to the spiritual life and to use the Tao as a ladder leading you back to your original (spiritual) position.
I have revealed the divine process to Th., try to learn and discipline yourself by this example.
It is not uncommon to see many Saints incarnated to this earth of misery, and, immersed in the world of confusion, seduced by worldly entertainments, also forget about the Tao and become lost on their way back to their lofty positions. Then it is difficult for the Bát Nhã lifeboat to save them.
Be patient, maintain your virtue, be good moral examples for future generations, earn merit by serving humanity so that at the end of your life, through the Tri-religion Court, you will be able to return to your spiritual origins with a good heart, completely detached from this world of misery. You must anticipate your family situation and strive in the Tao. You must also be present at the holy temple at the time of amendment of the bylaws.
Later, you will hold the power from the Tao to guide humanity here where I have many beloved disciples.
I bless you all, children.
I ascend.

TNHT 1972, p. 137


  23- The Supreme Being teaches: Try to cultivate yourself following religious rules in order to reach Nirvana.

The 20th day of the 12th month of the year of the Yang Fire Tiger
January 23, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples and all beloved daughters:

H., listen to Me:

Upon the ocean, you are sailing in the good wind,
You are heading the right way, toward the Holy Tao.
You were immersed in filthy secular seductions
But now you can wash away your sufferings in the Perfume River.
The mandarin life was dimmed by the fog of forgetting,
Yet the moonlight illumines the road of remembrance:
Cultivate your virtues to guide humanity
To the road of immortality.
As time passes, the guests of this Earth suffer much. Could any of them manage to carry along all earthly honors to the Afterworld in order to reach nobler positions?
Your time is almost over. Try to cultivate yourself in order to reach Nirvana.
I congratulate you for your sincerity and respect.
Try to guide humanity, and you will reach your noble position in the end.
I bless your family.
I bless you all.
I ascend.


p. 138, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  24- The Supreme Being teaches: I founded the Great Way in the southern part of this country to compensate a country which has been greatly affected by My rage.

Tây Ninh, (Gò kén Pagoda) the 12th day of the 1st month of the year Đinh Mão (February 13, 1927)

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

When I founded the Great Way in the southern part of this country, my intent was to compensate a country which has been greatly affected by My rage. Thus I forgave and rewarded your country in such an honorable way that humans have never seen before; no other country of the 68th planet could have! For that reward, there would be no reason for you to have less privilege than other countries.

Alas! What a tragedy! What a pain! You’ve been so arrogant that you have despised this Great Tao, this most beautiful and precious pearl! I am tired of seeing such a way of practicing the Tao by some of the females. Thus many times I’ve been sad and become angry and did not want to create the female college. But you are all My children, whether male or female. I did not have the heart to abandon you. Because I love you all very much, I had used rebuke and advice to guide you (e.g., the female Cardinal Lâm Hương Thanh) back to your initial position. Also, because it was My promise to the Quan Âm (Kwan Yin, Female Boddhisattva, Goddess of Mercy) so that I reserve the privilege for you to use your service as proof of repentance. Dear child! I am heartbroken to see you suffer. I do not want to see you lost forever just because of mistake.

Do you see how much I love you? I maintained the female college just for you, but they did not come when I called. They did not listen when I taught. Yet I did not have the heart to punish them as severely as they deserved.

I founded the Tao based on the principle “HARMONY.” You are the eldest sister, use your judgment. Call whomever you think is deserving for Me to teach. Tr...! You should help your younger sisters! Obey.

I ascend.

 

 p. 138, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  25- Teachings given by Quan Thanh De Quan, Quan Am, and Ly Thai Bach

The 18th day of the 1st month of the year Đinh Mão (year of the cat)

February 19, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Quan Thánh Đế Quân

Greetings to all disciples, all sisters and living beings.

The eyes of wisdom illuminate the universe,

With holy virtues, I care to maintain

Vietnam in prosperity and peace,

And to open the Tao’s gate unto the world.

 

Quan Âm, Buddhisattva of the South Sea:

Greetings to all disciples, all sisters, and all living beings.

 

The primordial faith in the South saves living beings,

Using the holy virtues to change the world’s situation.

Pray for divine blessings to defuse all disaster,

In meditation, use the Yin wind to find peace within your heart,

And you will reach wisdom.

 

Lý Thái Bạch:

Greetings to all disciples, all sisters, and all living beings.

 

The Tao is open to the South, bringing harmony and prosperity,

The white star of the divine light shines into people’s hearts.

Connect your hearts together for the future generations,

And lead the way to the Cloud Palace.

Living beings, be in deep meditation in order to meet the Great Mercy.


  26- The Supreme Being teaches: You have to put all your heart into spreading the Tao and to love and to help each other.

The 18th day of the 1st month of the year Đinh Mão (year of the cat)

February 19, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greetings to all disciples, all beloved daughters and all guests.

I am happy for you disciples here who have sincerity and respect and the heart of guiding humanity to the right path.

Being one day late in founding the Tao would leave millions of human beings lost in sin. I therefore want each of you to put all your heart into spreading the Tao.

What makes Me most happy is your mutual love and assistance, mutual sharing of happiness and misery, and mutual guiding and supporting each other on the road to the Tao, like brothers and sisters from one family, in order to escape from this earthly shore of chaos and struggles where millions of souls are immersed in the seduction of materiality, power, and honor.

I command that you should not lose your grasp on mutual love because of petty earthly matters; that is not the behavior of virtuous persons.

I ascend.

 

 p. 139-140, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  27- The Supreme Being teaches: Misery and disasters from East to West, according to divine arrangement, will befall cruel countries that have generated animosities in this world.

The 19th day of the first month of the year Đinh Mão

February 20, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greetings to all disciples, all beloved daughters.

Listen, all living beings.

 

The Tao of God has been established three times, saving millions of souls. You should take care to step in the right direction to realize the miraculous mechanism of these revelations.

The Creator has already arranged to guide and bless all living beings during this last era.

Great Spirits, because of justice, have assisted and saved predestined people from sinful downfall. You should be aware of this situation and follow the guiding light to the road of wisdom and find the quiet spring of the holy mountain to wash off the earthly debris of confusion.

Out of love, I meet with the Three Religions, sprinkling holy water out into the universe to save incarnated higher souls before Judgment Day. Misery and disasters from East to West, according to divine arrangement, will befall cruel countries that have generated animosities in this world.

Whoever hurries to step onto the right path to serve humanity and build up divine merit to counteract karma will avoid future sorrow. Living beings, try to understand.

I ascend.

 

p. 140-141, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  28- The Supreme being teaches: You have to work cooperatively with one another to walk the road to Eternity.

The 20th day of the first month of the year Đinh Mão

February 21, 1927

JADE EMPEROR, or CAO DAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greetings to all disciples, all beloved daughters, and all living beings.

I am happy for you for meriting blessings to find the right path. You have to work cooperatively with one another to walk the road to eternity. Although you cannot see it, you may reach your ultimate destiny if you come to realize the principle of the Tao that I have carefully taught you. If you could achieve more enthusiasm for the Tao, you would reach it sooner than you imagine. That blissful dimension is not far away. It is right here on this planet, though it alludes you because you have been occupied with life’s base attractions and forgetting the noble way.

You must know that in this universe, human beings are My precious children and I take time to care for all of you, making sure that you will repent and ultimately enjoy My blessings.

I ask you: Would that be your intention?

Tr…, relate this to all your younger brothers and sisters!

I ascend.

 

p. 141, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  29- Ly Thai Bach teaches about the construction plan for the Holy See.

Tayninh (Gò Kén pagoda), the 27th of the 1st month of the year Đinh Mão (2-28-1927)

Here is Thái Bạch.

 Greetings to all disciples and all sisters.

Bính Thanh, the figure of the Buddha Gautama Sakya Muni in front of the Hiệp Thiên Đài (Heavenly Union Palace) needs to be handled with care. The Supreme Being has sanctified it. Take the same precaution for the Universal Globe during its dissembling or assembling. After taking it apart, you need to evoke me so I can guard it for the time before you lay your hands back upon it.

As for the new temples, remind disciples to pray to the Supreme Being to sanctify them. Besides, a temporary temple has to be built on the empty lot. The temporary Hiệp Thiên Đài has to be built in front. You disciples must clear the forest in front of this lot. Place a stake at the center, then at the Cà Na Pond, place another stake 50m away from the first one. The Holy See is to be built between these two stakes. Remember to measure 27m from the first stake toward the Cà Na Pond where you will build the Bát Quái Đài (Octagonal Palace) in the square of 27m wide. It needs to have an octagonal shape with an 8-sided roof. The elevation of the floor should be nine meters. The height of the Bát Quái Đài is also nine meters. Place a blue light on the top of the Bát Quái Đài. Next to the Bát Quái Đài is the main temple, to be 81m long and 27m wide. I will sketch it for you. On both sides of the Hiệp Thiên Đài are the two towers: The Lôi Âm Cổ Đài (tower for the Thunder Drum) on the right, and the Bạch Ngọc Chung Đài (tower for the White  Pearl Bell) on the left.

This afternoon, Hộ Pháp, and Thượng Phẩm must put a pen at the end of the corbeille à bec and provide a large piece of paper. Then evoke me so that I can draw. Bính Thanh must also be there. Besides them, no one else is allowed to be in the temple. Obey.

And you have to purchase the piece of land at Cà Na Pond for future use as Động Đình Lake.

Obey.

I ascend.

 

p. 142, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  30- Ly Thai Bach teaches: In order to surmount difficulties, you must have perseverance and dedication and try to put the Tao above all.

March 2, 1927.

This is Lý Bạch.

Greetings to all disciples and all sisters.

Disciples, this is a difficult time for spiritual travelers. In order to surmount difficulties, you must have perseverance and dedication and try to put your virtues above all other desires on this Earth. The Tao is about to embark. You just need to embrace the challenges, which are like a final test for you. The spreading of the Tao has been predestined by the divine mechanism, which will always prevail over human efforts. I just try to let you know that you have to pay attention to your work. The road is full of difficulties but you have the divine guiding light, which will assist you in reaching your goal.

The three religions are meeting with the Great Mercy to plan for the establishment of the Tao everywhere on this planet according to divine will in this final era.

I ascend.

 

p. 142-143, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  31- The Supreme Being teaches: Use your merit to surmount obstacles and to reach Eternity.

March 3, 1927.

JADE EMPEROR, or CAODAI, TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greetings to all disciples, all beloved daughters, and all guests.

Although the Tao has dispersed its blessing to all living beings, people are still mired in their earthly dream. People have not been able to escape secular seductions; done too few good deeds and too many evil ones; too little of merit but too much of crime. Nevertheless, these things have just happened according to divine arrangement.

I love you all equally, but many of you have to pay your karma. I am heartbroken when I have to uphold justice according to the divine mechanism. What you need to do is to keep following your path, using your merit to surmount obstacles, to wash off earthly silt, in order to reach Eternity. Very few people can surrender to the saffron robe and live a monk’s life in order to escape from the turmoil and confusion of a world where honors, power, and wealth are perceived as lofty. How sad! What a regret!

There is no wind blowing into your sail. The wild geese keep returning to their old familiar places. The path of the Tao is nearly forgotten and covered with the moss of neglect.  But then, as you begin your spiritual journey, no one can say if this is a blessing or a misfortune!

I ascend.

 

p. 143, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  32- The Supreme Being teaches: You should work harder in order to surmount difficulties.

March 3, 1927.

Your Master, children!

 

I want to inform you clearly.

You have progressed quite well on the road to the Tao. In order to complete your responsibility you have to surmount difficulties to reach your noble goal. Most of you have put your hearts and mind into the effort because you respect Me and because you want to save humanity. But many of you have also used an evil heart, creating turmoil and hatred at the gate of the Tao.

I have the mercy and the love of life to guide you. I would not treat you unequally. I would not use your own evil actions to hurt you. You are children of one same family and are treated equally. However, I would pay more attention to the weak. Many times I intended--but did not have the heart--to punish the ones who abused their positions and titles to create turmoil in the Tao. However, the Saints and Angels have recorded all their actions and will discipline them at the end. There are many hypocrites. You could not trust anyone more than yourselves. Many have come to the Tao just for the opportunity to discover important secret matters. The miraculous mechanism was already arranged in the divine book. The Tao was opened with the goal to guide predestined persons to traverse the difficult road to return to Me. It’s totally up to you to reach your goal.

I could not tell you all about the divine mechanism. Tr., T., H., have almost completed their duties and their karma. That’s why there was such an incident; otherwise, they could not avoid greater disaster. It was that I wanted to save them.

I have implemented the spirit of safety and peace in creating the Tao. In the past, many times humans shed blood for the Tao without success. That’s why I have to expose you to all the sorrows of the road to the Tao, so that you may gain experience and be successful.

M., N., S…, from now on, you don’t have to attend routinely such a session like the last one if there was no issue that involves you, because it would only waste your time. I have sketched out the trail for you to follow. You don’t have to worry. Because even if you try to go too fast, you couldn’t reach the goal sooner; and even if you were to slow down, it would still not delay your journey. All progress flows from Me. All difficulties are just to make you work a little harder. If all disciples are of the same heart as you, the road to the Tao would be very joyful and nothing could break your spirit. You have to think about it.

S: reported about T.M.

Alas! Money, good food, and prized possessions have seduced ordinary men. But take heart! I would not use such a person in promoting the Tao. Even ordinary men would not use ill gotten gains. Look at examples of old stories. If Hàn Tín had not betrayed his friend, he would not have died suddenly, seemingly without reason. In the example of Trương Tử Phòng, if Phạm Tăng did not do things against God’s will, all karma would be resolved instantly.

I have said you should work harder in order to surmount those difficulties.

Try to understand.

I ascend.

 

p. 143-145, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972.


  33- Quan Am teaches female disciples: You have to cooperate with each other in order to guide future generations.

March 5, 1927

Quan Âm, Boddhisattva of the South Sea.

 

Greetings to all disciples, all sisters, and all living beings.

Dignitaries, be seated.

 

Listen, younger sisters.

I have the honor to witness your respect. You have to cooperate with each other in order to guide future generations. Many sisters have not put all their heart into the Tao. You have to try harder to deserve the love of the Supreme Being and to be proud as Vietnamese women. You will not miss out on your rewards, but time is running out, if you delay you may lose track. I am glad you have labored in completing your responsibilities, which I have been expecting from you all.

 

Take heed of exemplary women of the South,

You will join together as in one family home.

Women shall guide one another in the Way,

Mirroring goddesses upon lotus throne.

Please take heed, disciples and sisters.

I ascend.

p. 145, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  34- The Supreme Being teaches: You have to love and help each other while guiding humanity. If because of secular ambition, you become divided, hating and fighting each other, you would make poor examples to future generations.

March 5, 1927

JADE EMPEROR OR CAODAI TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

Greeting to disciples, to beloved female disciples, and guests.

K… Listen to Me.

 

In the field of meditation, the noon bell chimes soon,

Hurry back to Me as is your fortune.

Virtue like moonlight illumines

The fallow field lit by color in autumn.

Life’s flowered apricot wilts in the snow,

Evil dies but Virtue rises to the Tao.

On this path, gentleness is borne,

And you will return to your spiritual home.

 

The sky rises above all aspects of life. The holy way is leading every worldly step. There are many changes at the end of this last era. This 68th planet has suddenly received a sacred light to awaken people, shining the way to save predestined people and protecting them from being destroyed by the cruelty of humanity. Many people have foundered in the ocean of sufferings, painting a sad picture of human life, where humanity could neither balance good and bad deeds nor pay attention to karmic laws. Forests and mountains of their homeland are waiting for them to return, but they are still lost in the abyss, their desperate calls for help unheard. All previous credits of love and service to humanity, all holy teachings of sages and saints are washed away during the one hundred year of life’s games. If there were no miraculous way to remind humanity to self-cultivate, they would still be fighting and killing each other for materiality until the end, in which there would be no more human traces.

The way of God has shone forth. People should try to wake up. Life is not long enough for them to be idle. In the school of life, people should balance the blessings and karma, and cultivate self before it is too late. Human beings, try to understand.

I always want you to get together to open the good path, to love and help each other, to share your joy and your sufferings, while guiding humanity. If because of secular ambition, you become divided, hating and fighting each other, you would make poor examples to future generations, and the great way would therefore be preempted. Paying attention to My words would be a great sincere and respectful gift to Me. I bless you all.

(Ascension.)

Page 146-147,  Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  35- The Supreme Being teaches: If the Tao were not created, people, because of their cruelty, would reincarnate again and again to pay their karma, and no one would be fully blessed.

The 4th day of the second month of the year Đinh Mão (March 7, 1927)

JADE EMPEROR OR CAODAI TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greeting to all disciples, to beloved female disciples, and guests.

Disciples, listen to Me.

Over more than one long year, you have undergone many hardships in trying to promote the Great Way that I have founded because of My love for humanity, who face drowning in the ocean of suffering because of Karma. I hold the secret miraculous mechanism powered by justice to move the universe, and therefore life has to evolve in cycles so that the process of purification would lead to the perfection of humanity and the transformation of the Earth into Heaven. Evils would be destroyed, gentle people would ascend to heaven; the strong but evil people would be vanquished while meek and virtuous people would triumph.  If the Tao were not created, people, because of their cruelty, would reincarnate again and again to pay their karma, and no one would know when this earth would be fully blessed and the profane would evolve to salvation.

The merit school is almost out and you get to deal with some difficult tests. Most of you have some credits of serving humanity, but the outcomes are still uncertain. You did not show good examples of virtue and love as I have arranged. I have said: “The divine machine has to change according to your virtues, and therefore I had to modify the miraculous mechanism using love and peace to lead you in your cultivation. Previously, humanity had many times undergone hardships and self-sacrifice for the Tao, but because of their uncertainty together with many vicissitudes of life, brotherhood among humanity has not been realized.”

Cruel people have used their secular force to disturb the progression of the Tao. Though the chaos and sufferings of the human community were bound to happen, your service to humanity and your virtues should not delay in shining the way for future generations to follow to reach Nirvana. I therefore have modified your steps, creating joy, gentleness, and enthusiasm, instead of sorrow, worries, difficulties and discouragement for you to overcome. Although this would lessen some of your merit and therefore your rewards, peace is bestowed to all humanity. Do you understand that divine mechanism?

Tr…, try to understand. So too, you other disciples.

The most important issue you all have to pay attention to is to take care of the holy house. Each of you has to bring in a little effort, and your name and your good example would be remembered by future generations. Try to understand.

Tr.., people who wish to be initiated should be accepted. Let them know that the New Codes have been established. The Hierarchical Council just needs to implement them.

This would be good for you, your virtues and services.

(Ascension.)

p. 147-148, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  36- The Supreme Being teaches: At the end of this 6th month, I will stop all initiation séances, and from then on you have to use only your sincerity in order to spread the Tao.

June 1, 1927 (year Đinh Mão) (PhướcThọ cenacle)

JADE EMPEROR OR CAODAI TEACHING THE TAO IN THE SOUTHERN QUARTER

 

Greeting to all disciples,

Tr…, since the founding of the Tao, most disciples pay all their sincerity to guide humanity and to promote the Tao. They are the ones I trust to put all their efforts into clearing away the thorns to lead humanity on the divine path to escape from the ocean of sufferings, which is this nonsense planet.

The Tao has been established.  Most disciples have cleansed their dirty feet, undergone many hardships to spread the love and to show good examples to future generations. However, the lifeboat, according to the divine mechanism, has left behind many profane people; they are the unfortunate disciples who did not maintain their virtues, and committed evil actions, bespoiling My precious Tao.

You have put all your intention into the Tao, and many times have undergone hardships, trying to set good examples for future generations to follow to reach Nirvana, the state in which there is only bliss without any worries. Your merit will determine your final destiny. At the end of this 6th month, I will stop all initiation séances, and from then on you have to use only your sincerity and all your accumulated knowledge in order to spread the Tao.

Following are My last words you should heed: Don’t worry about evil people, they have their own destiny, you just need to keep climbing the divine ladder toward unification with Me, which is the most precious aspiration of humanity. I allow you to accept initiation of disciples just like at other places.

I bless you all.

(Ascension.)

 

p. 148, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  37- Ly Thai Bach teaches: You should follow the holy teachings of the Great Mercy. You may submit to me the petition of promotion for whoever has closely followed the rules and regulations of the Sacerdotal Council.

September 12, 1927

Lý Bạch

Thượng Trung Nhựt, the Great Mercy has given you a great responsibility of spreading the Tao, in collaboration with the Sacerdotal Council, to find the way to lead dignitaries and disciples in their activities and practices. You have to be just with all your sincerity to interact with disciples without disappointing them. Everything was arranged by the Great Mercy; you all just need to take time to go forward.

Whoever does not keep up their virtues and cooperate with each other to promote the Tao will be watched by Superior Spirits. Their records will be judged at the end according to divine laws. You should follow the holy teachings of the Great Mercy. You may submit to me the petition of promotion for whoever has closely followed the rules and regulations of the Sacerdotal Council. Whoever has ambition to create another way, leading people into a wrong path, will unfortunately end up at the bottom of the abyss despite all merits of their previous life.

You should prepare well the teaching of the Tao. The local councils as well as each disciple will have their own duty, and shall meet once a month on the full moon evening to discuss local activities, to review rules and regulations so that they would befit the majority of people . Then, the Tao would have the highest and most important value, and you would find satisfaction in moving forward.

At each meeting with the local councils, the three Đầu Sư should be present, as well as the three members of the Hiệp Thiên Đài as witnesses, and the minutes should be well recorded.

Among the disciples, I have to inform you that most female disciples don’t have sufficient CaoDai knowledge. You have to mandate them to be present at the routine worship ceremonies to listen to the sermon so that they could learn together with male disciples. Later, I will choose from among them one capable of giving the sermon to female disciples at a separate worship session.

Tr….: Please allow monthly worshipping ceremonies in Cholon.

You have all the right to decide.

From now on, H… will be a member of the Hiệp Thiên Đài.

Those are the recommendations for all. Give your best effort for the Tao.  Show your sincerity and respect to the Supreme Being.

(Ascension.)

p. 149-150


  38- The Supreme Being teaches: I use peace and tranquility to lead you on the divine road, but if dignitaries are concerned more about titles and positions than cultivation of virtues, their punishment would be doubled.

September 17, 1927

Your Master,

Children,

I have said I used peace and gentleness to lead you on the divine way. You should pay attention, put all your mind and your heart to work, and you will certainly progress regardless of obstacles. The only problem is that you are separated from the holy teachings, and are just too busy with secular affairs. The Giáo Hữu should be concerned about the sermon for every major worshipping ceremony. They should have prepared a text of holy teachings to read to all disciples so that they could receive holy teachings to stimulate their progression on the divine way.

So do Tr… and L… Th…, My beloved daughter.

Tr…said: I have given the topics of the sermon to the Giáo Hữu last night at the ceremony at Cầu Kho temple.

Good! Any Giáo Hữu who is not up to their duty, and does not listen to My instructions, should be reported to Lý Bạch for proper action.

Tr…: addressed about the printing of holy messages.

Good! But holy messages and poems should be carefully selected and then approved by the Sacerdotal Council before publication.

Children! Most disciples would like to be divinely appointed, but don’t understand what it is about. Many Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas, who don’t have important karmic debt, when incarnated, just need to practice regularly their cultivation, and they may return to their original positions without the need of divine appointment.

Divine appointment is designed for Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas who have left the world. They have to perform great services to humanity in order to return to their initial positions. Remember, because of love, I granted you divine appointment, but if dignitaries are concerned more about titles and positions than cultivation of virtues, their punishment would be doubled.

Tr…, L…, Th…, beloved daughters, My three children!

Because of love, this is the last divine appointment for you. Now the rules and regulations have been established, and if you won’t follow them, Lý Bạch and Quan Âm would protest. From now on, whoever deserves the function, would be recommended and selected by disciples. Only Lý Bạch can propose a divine appointment. And I will then approve.

Tr..! Try more to interact with the government. There will be support from angels. Don’t worry!

I bless you all.

(Ascension.)

p. 150-151,  Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  39- The Supreme Being teaches: I have trained each of you so that you will have all authority to realize the divine will to lead humanity and to spread the Tao to all the world. Whether you fail or succeed, I would wait until the end to judge on your accomplished work.

The first day of the 10th month of the year Đinh Mão (1927)

Your Master.

Children, it has not been too long since the recruiting séances were stopped, and there have been many difficulties. I have trained each of you so that you will have all authority to realize the divine will to lead humanity and to spread the Tao to all the world. The celestial machine has determined to found the Tao to save living beings. If today, at this time, the Tao could not be perfectly established, when would it be? How many of you would have enough divine credit to reach unification with Me? I have revealed a little about that issue. Try to find out and understand. Don’t misunderstand that the Tao spontaneously becomes prosperous and leads you automatically to the liberation no matter what your virtues. Whether you fail or succeed, I would wait until the end to judge on your accomplished work. I have foretold to you about the worldly chaos, which has begun to spread.  If your skills are not sharpened with great virtue, peaceful cooperation, complete modesty and harmony among each other, the Tao would become a tangled mockery, which would be difficult to disentangle even with My mercy.

You were predestined to reincarnate from your initial spiritual position to the world of suffering to serve humanity and thereby fulfill your divine duty. I have guided each of your steps to lead you back to the Tao. If you do not cooperate with each other in peace and harmony, I would be heartbroken watching you fall into the abyss.

You have to understand that and try to complete your tasks yourselves. If out of love, I had to do everything for you, and lead you by hand out of difficulties, you would not gain enough of your own merit and then have to reincarnate again many times before being able to return to your spiritual home.

Some of you became evil and fell into the seduction of the three-religions court. Be cautious on your way to complete your task. I would rather drop some of you in order to save the millions of humanity. Understand!

Tr., Your responsibility there is great, you should take care of the disciples.

Tr., do you know whom I trust among disciples?

Answer:…

Have any of you listened to My previous holy messages?

Except HTD., You are the disciple that I have ordered Saints and Immortals to guide, and you were close to Me during the spreading of the Tao. You have understood the way I used to found the Tao. Why were you so wrong in falling into evil seductions?

I don’t use superstition. If you happened to be superstitious, did not follow the right way, and set up many nonsensical scenarios, the Tao would fall to heretics, as you may have seen.

(Ascension.)

p. 152, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  40- The Supreme Being teaches: In antiquity, many martyrs were not as well blessed and recognized as you are now. I just aspire you to love one another following My holy example. Love is the key to the thirty-six heavens, to Nirvana, and the White Jade Palace.

October 27, 1927.

Here is your Master.

 In antiquity, many martyrs were not as well blessed and recognized as you are now. What else are you expecting? You should not be discouraged.

The more one suffers and commiserates, the more one feels impatient. You should not feel regret, because suffering for millions of human beings is a worthy act.

As I have taught, just aspire to be able to love one another following My holy example. Love is the key to the thirty-six heavens, to Nirvana, and the White Jade Palace. Whoever denies love would never be able to escape reincarnation. And moreover, I will take care of all your difficulties, while I just ask for your love of each other and for your effort in serving humanity for its liberation.

(Ascension.)

 p. 153,  Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  41- The Supreme Being teaches: Before I stopped the séances, I had clearly given orders, but you did not deliver My words, and they became confused, it is your responsibility.

Cholon, November 29, 1927

Here is your Master, children!

 

Tr.., I have many times counseled you disciples about using justice and concordance to fulfill your duty to the Tao; I am sad to see that you already have divisions among each other. You were concerned about your honor and secular advancement and forgot the worthy duties that I have entrusted to you. I have led you out of miserable situations, but you still have not put all your hearts together to prevent future difficulties; how would the Tao be established in time to save millions of human beings?

One is trying to build, ten others are trying to halt. You have ignored seniority among you and the divine titles that I have granted to you, and have used your power to oppress many gentle, virtuous disciples.

Alas! It has been but a few short days that you were separated from Me, and the great Tao has already become a worthless meeting! And the very ones who were disrupting the Tao are the torch bearers selected by the Three Religions Court to light the way for humanity. What would you think the future of the Tao would become? All my hard work of guiding you are just like drops of water in the waves of the ocean, and you are still drowning in the ocean of sufferings, far, far away from your original position. What a misery! What a regret!

I have said I set up evil beasts around you, but you did not heed my warning. How could I bend justice?

Many of you have neglected My words. Alas! Recalcitrant children!  How can you avoid divine law? You have created aversion against the Three Religions Court, and therefore, it would be difficult for Me to save you. Although you have put your sincere heart into serving the Tao, it’s still difficult to lift off all burdens. I would trust the Three Religions Court to decide on your destiny. If any of you repents, the balance between the good and evil deeds may affect your chance.

Before I stopped the séances, I had clearly given orders as how to use spiritism. I thought you had announced My words to all dignitaries, so why the confusion? If you did not deliver My words, and they became confused, it is your responsibility.

Regarding female disciples, they seem as if they have never practiced the Tao; only one or two of them did, while hundreds of others were still just looking for entertainment. So, how could the Tao succeed? I said I trusted you to guide them; you must keep an eye on them in order to fix the problems in time to avoid big mistakes.

From now on, any time when you call for a meeting, you have to be present there yourself and follow My orders. There should be three responsible dignitaries of the Hiệp Thiên Đài to be present as witnesses, so that the decision of the meeting would be properly implemented.

N.., he lives too far away and will not be able to attend meetings regularly, while L… is still too much attached to secular business.

Alas! You have to withstand all the difficulties, especially at this moment. Tell C… to seriously heed My words. Arguments are merely profane, not able to shake the will of sincere disciples.

I bless you all.

(Ascension.)

 

 p. 154-155, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  42- The Supreme Being teaches: I have worked hard to guide you in the Tao, and you keep giving Me disappointment every day. I wonder when you would succeed.

Tayninh, the end of the year Đinh Mão (1927)

Here is your Master, children!

I have worked hard to guide you in the Tao, and you keep giving Me disappointment every day. I wonder when you would succeed! I have many times counseled you, and you did not take my counsels into account so that there are many difficulties right now.

Did you know that, if this were not the Third Universal Amnesty, I would approve the Giáo Tông’s recommendations to annihilate all your credits. But out of love, I counsel you again now so that you understand clearly the implementation of the Tao’s policy.

You should understand that the Tao is based on love and sincerity. Love is to love living beings more than yourself, to consider them as important as Heaven and Earth, and consider yourself lightly. Sincerity is to deal with everything in secular and spiritual life with sincerity from the bottom of your heart. Even if you are extremely rich, if you don’t have love and sincerity, you would never succeed in anything.

I recommend you to live according to the Tao, and not to try to render services to humanity just for honor or good reputation in this temporary world. You have to open your heart and your mind to practice the Tao, not thinking about being famous if the Tao succeeds. I shouldn’t need to mention this, but I have to because many of you are still running after honor and position while practicing the Tao. If you have real sincerity for the Tao, there wouldn’t be delay in the development of the Tao right now.

When I founded the Tao, I told you that you would be challenged by evil because you have not detached from secular attractions; otherwise, if you were strong enough to fight against evil, they would stay away, and the Holy See would be prosperous, and you all would be together as brothers and sisters in the same family, realizing heaven on earth. Wouldn’t this be more worthy than being rich? Wouldn’t this be the greatest blessing? Wouldn’t this be the liberation for all humanity? Do you understand? It would be fortunate for the Tao if you do.

Let me ask you a question: what would the title and the position that I grant to you be good for? If you were detached from secular life and cling to the Tao, the Holy See wouldn’t be insufficient in manpower and deteriorating. If you still want to serve the Tao, you should gather at the Holy See, and detach yourselves from secular matters. Take heed!

(Ascension.)

 

 p. 155, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  43- Nhan Am Dao Truong teaches: If you want to cultivate your virtues, you should start right at your heart.

Year Mậu Thìn 1928

Nhàn Âm Đạo Trưởng

 

Dear disciples, if you want to cultivate your virtues, where should you start?

You should start right at your heart, which nobody can see. You cultivate your heart to perfection, then take care of outside appearance, and then you would have a solid physical and spiritual body that nobody can shake. If you keep paying attention to outside appearance and forgetting your heart, you are following the way of Hớn Lưu Bang dealing with his soldiers, which is like a person with only a physical body and no soul, or in other words, you pay attention to only visible matters and forget the miraculous mystic truth. Alas! One has a body with bone and skin but without a soul, which is useless like an inanimate boulder, or a plank of wood. It’s like a lamp full of fuel but without a flame, not being able to light the darkness. Therefore, you have to cultivate the heart first, even if you do not see it, because if you don’t cultivate the heart, and only pay attention to the outer appearance, it would be like reciting a prayer during a ceremony, with all physical lights shining, but without the Divine Eye illuminating your heart. Your ceremony would be empty, only paving the way to the emptiness of evil and falsehood.

Try to understand; otherwise, your work of cultivation would be useless.

(Ascension.)

p. 156, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  44- The Supreme Being teaches: Anything consented to by all disciples pleases the divine will. I forbid you to set up séances or automatic writings.

February 3, 1928

Your Master.

Children! I am pleased to see changes in your practice and cooperation with each other on building the Tao. You should understand that any action in the Tao, if it pleases all dignitaries and disciples, would please Me.

As the Tao progresses every day, your road would be harder and harder to follow. But if you use your virtues instead of your power, your love toward others instead of the love of self, dedication toward the Tao instead of toward secular honors, you would be well on your way to reaching the goal of the Tao. Exactly like in secular life, in religious life if you are involved too much with your honors, powers, and position, you have to pay with difficulties, dangers, and suffering. You have to think about this and improve your virtues, being patient on your way, with perseverance to reach calmness in your conscience (heart). Those of you who are more interested in titles and powers will be at times punished. You should look at this as an example. You have heard My counsels regarding stopping spiritism, but many of you did not follow My orders and became lost on the wrong path. I shed tears in watching many beloved disciples falling into the abyss. Remember those examples and watch your step in the future.

I have shown you all possible options; you have to make up your mind and choose your way to go, with perseverance. It’s a way to respect and love Me. Obey.

T…, T…, C…, from now on, you have to cooperate with each other to carry the load of the Tao. Anything that agrees with the New Codes pleases the divine will; anything consented to by all disciples, and useful for the Tao, should be implemented without waiting for My counsels.

When you trust, guide, and support each other without doubt and reservation, you have offered Me the greatest joy. For the traitor, the divine law will punish them accordingly.

C…, I forbid you to set up séances or automatic writings because they would cause great damage to the Tao. It would destroy the faith of humanity by leading them to impurity.

T…, I have mercy on you and excuse you. If you do it again, the Three Religions Court will excommunicate you. You should know that everyone has their own duty. If you don’t fail, you would be in peace and joy. Try to heed My words.

I bless you all.

(Ascension.)

p. 157, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972

 


  45- Ly Thai Bach teaches: If the title is granted to someone, this person would bear the title only, but there will never be two persons of the same title.

March 19, 1928

Here is Thái Bạch!

Great joy! Great joy!

Divine smile! I shall explain your titles. For example, if the title Thượng Đầu Sư, Ngọc Đầu Sư, Thái Đầu Sư, Hộ Pháp, Thượng Phẩm, Thượng Sanh, and even my tiltle Giáo Tông are granted to someone, this person would bear the title only but never become another Thái Bạch, another Thượng Trung Nhựt, or another Ngọc Lịch Nguyệt, or another Thái Nương Tinh, or another Hộ Pháp, or another Thượng Phẩm, or another Thượng Sanh.

Understand!

Ascension.

 p. 158, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  46- The Supreme Being teaches: Life is like an examination. If the examination is difficult, and yet you pass the examination with honors, your success would be more valuable.

Holy See, the 10th day of the 3rd month of the year Mậu Thìn (1928)

Here is your Master, children!

 

C. H…, I see you bearing so much sadness and sufferings to redeem your soul, that I shed tears of empathy and joy for your redemption. The secular road has many turning points with obstacles as arranged by divine will. It is a place for all Angels, Saints, Immortals and Buddhas to build their merit in order to return to their original positions. Humans are like merchants at a market, where all their strength, their mind, and their soul are worn down so that they have lost track of their soul, and their original positions. Therefore, many Angels, Saints, Immortals, Buddhas have been contented with their lot, and did not dare to look up for any aspiration in order to avoid damnation. But if they dare not incarnate, they would be like students who avoid examinations; how could they regain their noble position? Life is like an examination; if it is easy to pass, the examination would not be valuable and meaningful. If the examination is difficult, and yet you pass the examination with honors, your success would be more valuable. In this world, you are the children I love most, but as an examiner, if I gave you the answers, your success at the examination would not be valuable. Moreover, although I have never been away from you, I know that you are more than capable of passing the examination, and if I were to help you, I would damage the value of your honor. The fact that you have to bear sufferings is from My will. Being in a poor family yet having good virtues are good examples for other people. You should try to be patient, and your good virtues would be the ladder to heaven. The sincerity is for your cultivation, and the virtues are more precious than gold. Being contented with your poverty while you are practicing the Tao, your merits would be better than the ones of people of higher class.

(Ascension.)

 p. 159, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  47- The Supreme Being teaches: Each of you has an important responsibility to spread the Tao which, if you fail to fulfill, would lead to divine punishment according to the balance between your good and bad deeds.

April 2, 1928

Here is your Master, children!

I allow L… to come in. Children, you have to keep your promise to the Hiệp Thiên Đài. I have ordered Immortals to reveal to you some indispensable matters of the Tao, therefore, these current discontents in the Tao were already arranged and could not be prevented. You have to understand that each of you has your own great responsibility to the Tao. Before, when you took orders from the Three Religions Court to incarnate among human beings during this Third Universal Amnesty, you had promised to fulfill your responsibility. I, as the Supreme Being who founded the Tao, also am obliged to guarantee your mission. Therefore, each of you has an important responsibility which, if you fail to fulfill, would lead to divine punishment according to the balance between your good and bad deeds. Satan has taken advantage of the crookedness of some of you, in order to compete with Me, to lure you to his side. He led disciples progressively according to their attitudes, away from the right path. As I had guaranteed your mission, and trained your holy mind, now is the time for the Three Religions Court to judge your actions according to justice.

Alas! Not too long in being away from Me, many of you were seduced by Satan because of your secular greed. I have pity for them, but I am unable to save them. Whoever follows the right path would have the opportunity to listen to My teachings. Whoever follows the wrong path would be led away by evil. If you happen to be able to distinguish between right and wrong, you should guide each other on My behalf and that of all living beings. Do not drop everything because you would have no way to fight against seductions; that would cause delay in the spreading of the Tao. You understand?

C…, T…, S…, You three have great responsibility to light the way at the beginning; I order you to cooperate with each other to build the Tao until the end.

(Ascension.)

p. 160, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  48- The Supreme Being teaches: You should try your best to guide living being and fulfill your responsibility.

April, 15 1928 (year Mậu Thìn)

Here is your Master, children!

(Laughter!) (Sigh!) My goodness! Look at you children! One is behaving this way, the other another way! Sad! Sad! Sad! T…, child! Many times, I have to suffer for taking care of you. My only wish is that you love each other in My holy virtue. I couldn’t randomly and undeservedly give you all the supreme titles of Immortals and Buddhas. I have been bearing difficulties for you, only expecting you to love living beings and to spread the Tao. I have set up all means for you to have the wherewithal to establish the Tao successfully. I gave you the power to guide all souls who are suffering reincarnation. I have so decided and no one could change My decision.

Have you ever seen such an honor before? I gave each of you some power; I thought you should value it and improve your virtue a little, but many of you have disrespected Me, and did not listen to My orders to gather all My children into one family. Many people have complained. Under these circumstances, when would the Tao succeed?

Needless to say, whoever is a virtuous person, when they read the constitution of the Tao that I have created, should be very happy for humanity. I am obliged to promise to the Ngọc Hư Cung (Palace of the Nothingness) that if the Tao persists, I would remain with you and keep an eye on you. You see, My words are extremely important. If you value the Tao, you should put all your mind into following the constitution to organize the administration. The Hiệp Thiên Đài has not recognized you, and in the future, the Tao would not be recognized either. It is deserving of Me to correct this.

Though the Superior Spirits wanted the Tao to manifest strongly, I would not use spiritism to explain again, but rather leave all the responsibility in your hands. You should rely on yourselves to build up your own positions before humanity so that the Tao would appear as valuable as it should. Therefore, I have to harness My heart to leave you alone although I have never been away from you. Do you understand?

Trust is given to teachers,

To mete discipline born of compassion.

Thusly influence humanity,

To build a world that evils must shun.

 

In you, as children, I have instilled virtue;

As adults you should strive to be virtuous!

Cleaving to your true spiritual selves,

Tho’ this Earth be abject and tempestuous.

 

I bless you all.

T…, be patient and wait for My orders. You understand.

(Ascension.)

p. 161, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  49- The Supreme Being teaches: I have treated all disciples as equals regardless of their titles

April 16, 1928

Your Master, Children!

As I have stated, I have treated all disciples as equals regardless of their titles. Whoever had built meritorious service in previous lives, I would trust them with more important responsibilities. Whoever had given less service I would give less responsibility. They all are my children. Except for administrative responsibilities, they are spiritually equal. No one can use their power to take advantage of others. Nobody has the right to abuse or disabuse anyone. Your purpose is the Tao; if you do not prize this goal, how could you avoid turmoil?

I am the Supreme Being. Many times in the past, I had to incarnate into the world to guide living beings. If I had not, there would not be all the religions that human beings are following today.

You must heed My teachings. There have been many Holy teachings from many Superior Spirits who, out of love, have guided you; however, you did not follow.

(Ascension.)

p.162, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972


  50- Teachings given by Thanh Tâm explaining the verses: No people walk the street or plough the field. No one is aware of the Tao; I fear for their destruction!

April 23, 1928

                                                 Thanh Tâm

Greetings to all brothers

…………

The Tao has been widely available; the seeds have been sown for two years, yet sincere followers are rare. This was the reason for the Gautama Sakyamuni Buddha’s lamentation:

             No people walk the street or plough the field.

             No one is aware of the Tao; I fear for their destruction!

Do you understand, brothers?

Why did he say that there were no people walking the street, brother M…N…?  There are lots of people in the street, but there are no good ones—there are only the walking dead, empty, deceitful, cruel people.

What did he mean by “nobody ploughs the field?” brother N. Đ…?

The heart is compared to the field. Nobody cultivates the heart, just as no one ploughs and prepares the field for growing rice. Fields left uncultivated become the province of snakes, rats, insects. People with fallow, uncultivated hearts become like vermin.

The field is ready; so are the seeds and the implements. People just need to take up the plough and do the necessary work to bring in the harvest. If they don’t plough—in other words, cultivate the heart—then they shall not reap. They’ll lose their soul! The last verse reflects this result.

(Ascension.)

p. 162-163, Collection of Selected Holy Messages, Book Two, 1972

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