15 Feb Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 26
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “Why are you back again today, you are taking a new lease on life again? It is because every time all transforms into the same condition and you cannot get out of this reincarnation. Therefore, this is a big problem, you need to have insight of being master of yourself.)
[ Sutra] To have perfect insight of being master of one’s self Bodhisattva
To have perfect insight is precisely what we have just talked about as “purified of defiling illusion”. After being purified of defiling illusion, then one can have perfect insight; if you are not purified, there is no way of having perfect insight. Therefore, having perfect insight is using your mind to see, and not using your physical eye. When your mind is clear, no confusion in all matters, and then you can see perfectly.
What do you see? You see the past, the present and the future.
In the other words, what are the secular problems? Because you are incapable to have perfect insight, you act impulsively and emotionally. If you cannot have perfect insight, you are unable being the master of yourself.
Think about this, in this kind of course of life, we all know that we must face death one day. If your head fixates with this death idea, you will feel unwell. You think that: “It is inevitable that there one day I will be finished, so now I better hurry up to accomplish some projects that need to be done, or need to be handled, and it is best to complete them quickly.” To me this kind of mind attitude expedites death.
I recall that there was once an eminent monk, who returned to this life and was still in his mother’s tummy.
He said: “I do not want to come here again.”
The mom then said to him: “You have not been born yet.”
He replied: “Yes, because all living beings suffer extremely.”
We have all heard about the Tibetan living Buddha that returned to this life, and many eminent monks of China that have returned to this life; they are all Bodhisattvas. Bodhisattva are enlightened living beings; they have already become enlightened and then come to help everyone to break delusions and achieve enlightenment.
This Bodhisattva who was in his mother’s tummy then already started to complain: “As all living beings suffer extremely, I have come here and may not necessarily be able to liberate everyone, but I have no choice, this is my vow pledge.”
This kind of Bodhisattva, truthfully speaking, was reborn based on their own compassionate vow. He is infinite compassionate and merciful. Compassion and mercy are what average people speak about as being universal love, but this is deeper than universal love.
Do you know why? It is because he is already selfless. He also has no others. He is purified of thoroughly.
If you still have the thinking of “I”, still have thoughts of “I” sacrifice to consecrate, then these attachment and afflictions will approach. If you are without anything, then you become normal. Therefore, the Sutra text of Heart Sutra in the end as it states:
Because nothing can lay hold of, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita (perfection of transcendent wisdom) hence to have no hindrance in one’s mind. There is no hindrance in mind, hence one is not panic and fear, keeps cognitive distortion, dream and imagination far beyond.