07 Feb Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 78
(Last week we ended with, “People should not be mistaken about this so-called “infinite mercy and infinite compassion”, because all beings are Buddha in the mind of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas, who have not become Buddha yet are precisely equal to a Buddha.”)
However, if people make appeals, do not follow the teaching to appeal, use greedy thought to make the appeal to Buddha or Bodhisattva, they would not respond. Why? If Buddha or Bodhisattva responds to this kind of appealing, does it not send you to the Three Wretched Realms.
Therefore, all of you need to think this over; the mind exists with pain and suffering, and affliction, if you sincerely appeal to Buddha or Bodhisattva for liberation, and wisdom, they will respond. Appealing for making money or getting rich will have no response.
Making money and getting rich, where will one’s future retribution be? It is in the Three Wretched Realms—hell, hungry ghost and animal. People must be clear with this.
Buddha and Bodhisattva grant whatever is asked for, depending what you appeal? You appeal for wisdom, to become Buddha, to be purified of defiling illusion, equality, enlightenment and compassion; those are fine. However, if you ask for “greed, aversion and ignorance” there is no such thing.
Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) sets a good example for us, even in such an unbearable environment of hell, he can still demonstrate purified of defiling illusion and equality. Our human world precisely is “all karma causes from the greed”. If your mind is without greed, you would not be in the human world. Greedy for affection, greedy for wealth, greedy for right and wrong, good and bad, or beauty and ugliness; all is greed, as soon as one greedy thought arises and you are here. After being here, you roll in your own thinking way and external appearance.
You have been as a man, a woman, old or young, and entirely all. In the future, where do you end up? You go to the ghost world. After the ghost world, you go to the hell world. In the hell world, one day is equal to numerous existences of world-periods of here. One day in Avici Hell is desperately serious, it will be the infinite existence of world-periods here. After one is out from the hell world, one cannot become a human right away. Those who have some blessed reward left can become human, but after three days of entering the human world, one will have a premature ending, or one will die in the womb. We have seen many cases who have just transmigrated from the hell world; either one is born of not having a full set of five roots or incomplete six sense of organs. Otherwise, the parents were dragged down by them and the parents are also dead.
The school of Buddhism talks about the phenomena of the universe not wanting to frighten you. No, it is not their intention. Talking about the truth of the universe, the impact of a person’s mentality precisely produces your physical phenomena and spiritual phenomena. To be tormented mentally or to suffer physically is called “Hell”. To be mentally happy and physically happy becomes transparent is called “Heaven” – ascending to heaven, paradise, realm of heavens, in heaven.
There are many kinds of Heavens; however, we refer to the heaven in the Catholic religion known as the Trayastrimsas Heaven. The Trayastrimsas Heaven is very close to the Heaven described by Catholics. There are 33 divisions, and there is a great sovereign ruler, who is the Lord of the Heavens. The food is excellent over there. The family member, if female, if you did good deeds without attachments in mind you will become a celestial maiden there. If male, if you did good deeds and one’s mind has a kind of virtuous joy, one will become either the son of heaven or the people. A person with great blessed reward and who practices cultivation in the school of Buddhism can be the ruler of Heaven.
But the world of Heaven must go through reincarnation eventually, their life span is approximately 36,500,000 years; it passes by instantly. You can enjoy the blessing reward of heaven, seven days before the ending of your heavenly blessed reward, you will experience five deteriorating phenomena:
- Restlessness in the original station or loss of self-awareness.
- All family members will leave you and your robe will become soiled.
- The seven apertures of the head (eyes, nose, ears and mouth) will run with pus and the body will cease illumination.
- The flowery crown withers.
- Both mentally and physically giving rise to extreme terrior, to die with a painful death as the heart pierced by thousands of arrows.
Why? One has not cultivated the power of imperturbable stillness of mind control. At the ending of heavenly blessing reward, one falls from grace to the Three Wretched Realms – hell, hungry ghost and animal.
The Heaven Realms are constantly in battle with Asuras. Female Asuras develop properly and are very beautiful, even the celestial maiden of heavens are not able to compete. The food of the Asuras world are not good to eat. Male Asuras are very ugly and unattractive, and their food and drink are very unpalatable and rough. The Heaven Realms are not that way, the men are handsome, and the food is excellent. Because of this, one is for the appearance, one is for appetite (for food), they go to war. They battle every day; therefore, it is not that peaceful. Even they have good blessed reward, but not peaceful. It is like our human world that many people who have a lot of money, wealth and social status; but live unpeacefully. How many are there that can truly enjoy their inner peace, very few.
Therefore, regarding the cognitive sphere of Mahasattva (alternative name of Bodhisattva), you can learn through experience gradually, or to experience for yourself somewhat. Regarding this world, they are completely without any attachments, they have eradicated from the affliction of illusion and temptation through the immense variety of duties in helping all living beings, also the unenlightened condition. Even at just their initial stage, their enjoyment is the same as the Buddha. The ancient virtuous ones describe:
The initial stage Bodhisattva is like the moon at the first of the month —a crescent moon; Buddha is the full moon.
This metaphor: a crescent moon increases grade by grade to a full moon, which represents the reduction of one’s force of habit grade by grade.
Can we attain to this kind of sphere? If without the method of chanting (mindfulness) Amitabha, it is impossible to achieve. If we whole-heartedly chant Amitabha, we can achieve that; furthermore, you can attain it in this life term. Some people achieve this in 3 to 5 years, but that will depend on you, can you shatter the existence of open space (all doubt)?
Although we are talking, you need to put it into practice and implement during “eating, drinking, playing and enjoyable”. How to implement? To strive an effort. If you do not have skill, then the “eating, drinking, playing and enjoyable” will take you down.
The “genuine skill” is before the rising of greedy thoughts, the name of Amitabha has maintained uninterrupted, this is the importance!
卷(五 ) 慧海圓融
賺錢、發財將來果報到那裡？三惡道 – 地獄、餓鬼、畜生。這大家要清楚。