15 May Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 37
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “When chanting Amitabha to the state of the mind is purified of defiling illusion, you will know immediately how to make the decision.”)
In the Sutra text: Omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception that the nature of the Five Skandhas are absent of inherent existence. So, release oneself from all obstructions caused by suffering and misfortune. Next, we are going to explain thetrue factsaboutFive Skandhas – the five composition elements of our existence as all material phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation and consciousness.
All materialistic phenomena are very important. It is about all the sight-seeing by eyes that represents all materiality. We abbreviate as “material”. Situations as immense dust which we can see them in our daily living; the simplest circumstance is your body, the metabolism in your body.
Metabolism is what sort of variability? It is also categorized as materiality.
How does it transform? It transforms from the mind.
It is exactly the fluctuation of your thought, so your body will have variation. If your thought exists no fluctuation, it does not change. We need to pay special attention to this point.
Therefore, the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” of many people is surely going to happen. But there are also many without the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. Does the one has no phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” exist in our world? Yes, there is. Surely there is some, only that you do not know.
1. Your mind has not purified, you are unable to perceive this kind of purify condition.
2. You are too anxious and too troubled regarding life, also cannot perceive it.
Here is an example: Does the open space and our great Earth have variation? We and the earth, for several million years the most happening are earthquakes and mountain building, and only then there is a bit change. However, you are unable to detect the open space.
When we speak about sky space fifty thousand years ago or a million years ago – are they the same?
Frankly speaking, it is different every second, but you are unaware of it, this is because your mind is too unobservant. Therefore, as I have just mentioned “birth, aging, sickness and death”, when a person gets up in the morning till the night, one thought rises and one thought falls, this is called “birth, aging, sickness and death”. Secondly, your body’s metabolism is also called “birth, aging, sickness and death”. If not we – the people from birth up until now, it would be impossible to fall ill.
Where does ill from? It is regarding matters you start with anxiety, start to have many different expectations, imagination, and attachments; then starting to fall ill.
There are many kinds of illnesses; there is physical illness and mental illness. Frankly speaking, physical and mental illness both manifest from your thoughts. The average person can sense the surface phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” but it is not easy for one to go this deep: precisely about what we have just mentioned if your mind is motionless then there will be no phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. It is hard for average people to be aware of it.
One is thinking where one’s mind is located?
Secondly, how can the mind be motionless?
In the former Sutra explaining, we talked about the condition of omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception. If you are a person with wisdom who regards the life of the universe with crystal clarity, then you can control this phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. The Heart Sutra talks about Prajna Paramita (perfection of transcendent wisdom), which precisely means after one has wisdom, one can control one’s life and death.
Why do we start talking from all material phenomena? All material phenomena refers to worldly possessions including your body. If you can control this, your thoughts will gradually be purified of defiling illusion.
Feelings (towards all materialistic phenomena) in general refers to your sense as your feelings. Feeling cannot be classified as Mental Dharma; it can only classify as a kind of intuition effect.
How does this come to be? It is because of you give rise to delusional thought and attachment regarding these impurities – as we speak of the world of materiality, and thus results in this.
For example, tonight we have gathered together to have a group meal, and every plate of food you have a different feeling. In that case, you generate an issue that is precisely good and bad, like and dislike. Whether you like or dislike, nothing good can be said about it; it completely belongs to a feeling and this kind of feeling will cause your discrimination and attachment, this is where the problem. If a person is without discrimination, one also does not have attachment. If a person has attachment, then one surely has discrimination.
Why? One wants to discriminate between right or wrong, good or bad, beautiful or ugly.
This society has brought us this concept. This society is a vat of acquired bad habits, an assembly of the concepts of “right and wrong, good and bad, beautiful and ugly, so on and so forth”; it is the fountainhead of delusional thought and attachment.
Speaking further in-depth, where does this kind of feeling come from? It is produced from your mind not understanding the truth about the universe.