MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 102
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 102

(Last week we ended with, “Cultivation this way is not easy. The so-called commission of an offense, precisely after you have broken the precept, you will most likely end up in the hell world.”)

Other people emphasize “stealing” decreases one’s secret virtue. To steal out in the open and to take by enforcement is to rob with force. To plunder secretly, taking advantage of a crisis for personal gain, or taking unlawfully and wiping clean your actions by laying blame on others is stealing secretly. Regardless if you steal openly or secretly, the committing of an offence by stealing secretly is more serious. That means you report to the Avici (ceaseless pain) Hell.

The Avici Hell is extremely disastrous; one day there is equivalent to one existence of a world period here of 1,344,000,000 years of our time. How long does one receive karmic retribution? For 100 billion existence world-periods you cannot be out from the Hell.

In today’s modern society, “stealing” happens daily and everywhere, same within your own family. When you are unclear about some matters and cannot tell the difference, you steal from yourself; after stealing from your own, then you steal from someone else. After stealing from someone else, then you steal from all beings. After stealing from all beings, then you steal from the nation. This is precisely how it goes.

Therefore, in the modern era, it is hard for a person to explain the “disciplinary precepts” to survive. If you are the one that explains the “disciplinary precepts” no one wants to listen. After explaining, everyone feels shameful and humiliated. Because everyone has this shortfall; who has not stolen in one’s life? If you are without one stealing thought in your life, then you bring to perfection in cultivation of any method to enlightenment.

Over the past infinite existence world-periods, we have stolen many times. Even our ideas alone exist with stealing, thoughts of “that thing is good” or “I want to have it in the future”, the concept of “making this thing mine” activates again. From “greed” extends to “stealing”; this stealing of many lives so where is the retribution?

Today is very odd, when we talk about “disciplinary precepts” the lights dim. Explaining the “disciplinary precepts” the spiritual beings show their expression, so the light dims once. Why do the lights dim once? Our world is getting darker. Our world is pitiful. Because our world responds to the future karmic retribution in the hell world. Here when we explain the “disciplinary precept”, there are only a few persons listening. In fact, the spiritual beings are all listening, so they indicate this by dimming the lights which means they are listening too.

When talking about “stealing”, the human world and the world of Heaven both pay attention to this, especially the Heaven world. When you think about Heaven, we refer to the Catholic’s world as the Mahabrahman Heaven and in Buddhism as the Sakro-Devanam Indra, the ruler of the Thirty-Three Heavens—Sakra; they all uphold the “Three Refuges” and “Five Precepts”.  Uphold to what level? They uphold 100% fully, they would not violate the precept of no killing, no stealing, no excessive sexual misconduct, no false speech, and no intoxication of alcohol.  The “Three Refuges” is to return and rely on the Buddha, the Buddha teaching and the Sangha (monks—the Buddhist monastic order); to return and to rely on “enlightenment, and to have the right understandings and right views, and purity”. It is taking “Three Refuges and Five Precepts” to be their own life.

Today we have problems upholding the disciplinary precepts, it is because we do not feel the precept is the ability and standard in our original conscience as our inherent self-nature luminosity (wisdom). Therefore, we are unable to uphold this.

You ask a small kid when he sees other kids having candies, not having any thoughts arise about it, is it possible?

A baby who was born after a few months, when you talk to one: Do you want to eat vegetables? There is no response.

Do you want to eat meat? How about candy?

The baby becomes happy and one’s eyes start blinking.

How come? All are humans reincarnated again. In one’s past life one already had this idea, after encountering the right condition, once one is teased by you, then the potentiality and response unite accordingly.

Therefore, to uphold the precepts of no stealing is truly hard to achieve. Even a needle or thread you cannot take without permission. I must be frank about this, in the society of today, regardless either the monk (or nun) or a lay practitioner at home, there is none who has achieved this; this is the true word. It is not that I want to criticize; while explaining the “disciplinary precepts”, there are not different standards between one who has left home to become a monk/nun and the layman/ lay women, and everyone is naked. If you truly have body and mind purified without defilement, then you have achieved full marks; going from here to a lower grade then no one is qualified.

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( ) 持戒波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 這個難。所謂「結罪」,就是你犯了以後,罪大部分都在地獄。)

人家講盜,是損陰德。光明正大的去盜叫強盜,強行拿過來,光明正大的去搶,那是強盜。暗地裡搜括的,順手牽羊的,吃黑抹乾的,就是陰的。陽的盜跟陰的盜是一樣,不過結罪,陰的盜更嚴重 – 就是講到阿鼻地獄報到了。

阿鼻地獄報到,不得了,一天是這裡一劫 – 我們這裡十三億四千四百萬年。受多少報?百千億劫沒有辦法出離地獄。

現代社會,盜,處處都是,每天都有,自己家裡也是一樣。自己跟自己也叫盜,自己有些事情搞不清楚,分不清楚,自己也盜。盜完了,盜別人。盜別人盜完了,盜眾生。眾生盜完了,盜國家。就是這樣。

所以現代講「戒律」很難生存。如果你講「戒律」,沒有人要聽。講了大家都不好看,撕破臉。因為每一個人都有毛病,誰一生沒有盜過。如果你一生沒有一個盜念,你修行什麼法門都會成就的。

我們無量劫來,盜多了。意念上就有盜,意念上那個不錯,將來也應該有一個,也很好,據為己有的觀念又來了。從「貪」引申到「盜」,盜多生劫將來要報的話,多生劫在那裡?

今天非常奇妙,我們講「戒律」,妙了,燈會暗。講「戒律」鬼神都有表示,燈要暗一下。為什麼暗一下?就是我們世間越來越黑暗。我們這世界可憐!因為我們這世界感應到的,將來就是地獄果報。我們在這裡講「戒律」,只有幾個人聽,其實鬼神都在聽,他就表示一下,他們也在聽。

講講這個,尤其盜,人天很注重,尤其天界。你想天,講天上,天主教世界大梵天,佛教講的釋提桓因三十三天- 帝釋天;他們都是守「三皈、五戒」。守什麼?守滿分,他不犯殺、不犯盜、不犯淫、沒有妄語、沒有飲酒。「三皈」是皈依佛、皈依法、皈依僧;皈依覺、皈依正、皈依淨。就是一定把「三皈、五戒」當成他的生命。

我們今天之所以沒有辦法守戒,是因為我們不覺得「戒」是我們原來良心當中 – 我們原來自性光明當中的能力、規範,所以我們不能守。

你叫小孩子看見人家吃糖,心裡面不動念,可能嗎?

小朋友出生下來,有的幾個月你跟他講:你要不要吃素?沒反應。

你要不要吃肉?

要不要吃糖?

很高興,眼睛就活過來。

為什麼?都是人投胎。過去生就有這個念頭,遇到緣,你一逗他,機感相應。

所以盜戒,難,實在難。一針一線都不能拿。我是說老實話,今天社會,出家、在家都沒有人做到,是真話。不是我要批評,講「戒律」,「戒律」面前就沒有什麼出家人、在家人,所有的人都是赤裸裸的。你真的身心清淨,一塵不染了,你是做到了滿分了,等而下之就沒有。

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