29 Sep Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 55
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “It is all due to your mind not being refined enough. If you are under the condition of Samadhi (the highest level of mind unmoved and undisturbed) when you hear the Sutra scripture, you will become enlightened and you will truly understand the truth of the universe.”)
The problem is that your mind has two states:
- Disorder, where your mind is frenetic and unpeaceful;
- Lethargic (drowsy), where your mind is unclear.
These two phenomena lead your mind to start the unenlightened condition.
There is one phenomenon, for a person who has eradicated the unenlightened condition, precisely everyone is drunk whereas they are sober. Even though I am sober I stay in the drunk condition, but do not pass out.
People who drink, when you shake or move them, they would say: “I am not drunk yet.”
In fact, is he drunk? Yes. We can see it clearly.
The sober one pretends to be drunk; why? Truly speaking, he needs to associate himself with everyone, but do not follow the bad example of everyone. His mind is bright; therefore, he associates himself with everyone. He looks to be the same as you, but he does not follow your bad examples. His every word and action daily; If you are with him he is teaching you, but you have not come to realize it.
In the previous period when the venerable monk Guang-Qin was alive he had many disciples and many lay disciples. Who has truly learned from him? Too few.
Why? First, his appearance was the same as us. In our mind, we constantly think that Buddha Bodhisattva should look different, they must look like the painted portrayal on a scroll and book, with light emissions and be able to move the earth.
Does he truly emit light and move the earth? All Buddha statues are for demonstrating teachings; emitting light expresses how their mind is purified of defiling illusion, their earth movement is to vibrate people’s minds with the enlightenment condition, to jolt you awake from the middle of a blurred and indistinct state. Therefore, that is how it is expressed in the portrait, in fact he does emit light.
Does the earth move? Yes. We do not feel it.
How about the light of Amitabha, does it shine? Yes.
In addition to Amitabha, Jesus Christ also has a light and that light is also incredibly vast.
Is anyone from the Heavenly world here? Yes, you do not have this feeling.
Why? You have the unenlightened condition.
Regarding this point, I can do a testimonial. For instance: Our Earth was originally a bright place, the outer sky was not black, and it was shining.
How come it is not this way now? Human attachments are getting deeper and deeper, and when it reaches to a certain extent, the will of the people becomes gloomy.
In outer space, there are many planets that have individual rings of light like the planets of Venus, Mars, and Mercury. Our Earth does not seem to have this.
What does this mean? The environment we stay in has become more and more contaminated.
What is contamination? It is attachment and illusion.
Does it truly contaminate? It does not.
All of you need to remember, this unenlightened condition is unreal, it exists phenomena, just like us now how we always do not become enlightened.
We know ourselves that we need to become enlightened, why are we always unable to become enlightened? It is because in your head there is the thought of being “always unable to become enlightened”.
Therefore, another situation of this unenlightened condition is that all the phenomena of this world are caused from the unenlightened condition.