MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 13
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 13

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 13

(Last week we ended with, “Supernatural powers” mean inconceivable accessibility, which means reduced affliction. Especially among a group of people with afflicted minds, if you have affliction you will stand out from the masses; this is “supernatural power or ability”. People with afflictions are desperately serious thinking that is an extraordinary phenomenon. No, it is not, it is a normal condition.”)

 

In the Mara realm (the Destroyers) there is supernatural power that also cultivates concentration. However, they seek gain in mind and seek gain with obtaining concentration. This is an evil that harms a person’s mind as self-torment.

In the Mara world, whatever one wants one gets but strangely, one cannot have the condition of being purified of defiling illusion; that is a problem. Even when one has everything and is entirely up to oneself, one cannot turn affliction into wisdom; this is a major problem.

Everyone who practices cultivation needs to set the cause of seeking no gain and in the future, attain the effect of having no gain.

What is the effect of seeking no gain? It is supreme enlightenment–becoming Buddha.

If you set a cause of seeking gain, then it what does it become? The effect of seeking gain is precisely, Mara (the enemy of Buddha-truth).

What is Mara? One who is born to cause physical or mental suffering. One not only tortures others, but others will also torture you, so you are also being tortured. Very simply, you have everything except your mind has not been purified of defiling illusion.

Speaking from a wisdom perspective, Maras have no wisdom. True wisdom is when one wants to be purified of defiling illusion. One may give up everything, but one wants to join that eternal, unvarying bright light (symbolizing wisdom and compassion of Buddha Bodhisattvas).  This choice is up to everyone.

There are many people who choose to be a Mara. I met someone with great supernatural ability and great power of mind control. They went to the Mara Realm or the independent Heaven of Mara, they have good karmic reward to be the Mara King; if a little less they become the Mara people exactly this way. The true Mara enjoy heavenly reward with no association with our world.

Why? They do not have an interest in us and will not come to disturb you. You can be at ease, unless you want to become a Buddha today.

During the time when Shakyamuni Buddha who demonstrated to became Buddha, the Mara King–Papiyan talked with him: “You better not teach your enlightenment to others; our Mara world is less fun. Why? You are taking away my people again”.

Since the Mara Realm resides in the heaven of Parinimitra-vasavartin, the highest level of the Desire world (the bottom world of the Three Realms-Triloka) and governs our Saha World, our Milky-Way Galaxy.

Why do we talk about him?  Presently there are many people who engage in cultivation practice without full understanding of the purpose of cultivation and admire supernatural powers instead. Therefore, during that time Shakyamuni Buddha put a restraining order on his disciples not to demonstrate their supernatural abilities. Once you demonstrate your supernatural power, Mara can also demonstrate theirs; then the Buddha teaching would be disordered and a continued tradition would be misled.

Mara cannot explain the Sutras and expound the Buddha’s teaching, why? When one explains the Sutras and the teaching of Mara scriptures, others would recognize that you are Mara.

What do Maras praise? They praise the five desires (wealth, sex, food and drink, fame, sleep) and the six impurities (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and ideas). It is because they enjoy these things. There is no right or wrong about it, it is the attachment.

Remember this, are there any transformation bodies of Bodhisattva of Mahayana like Wen-Shu (Manjusri), Pu-Xian (Samantabhadra) and Guan-Yin (Avalokitesvara) in the Mara world? Yes, they are there also to enlighten Mara’s people and Mara King.

Is there anyone in a transformation body in our society who engages with the habit of “killing, stealing, excessive sexual attachment, and ignorance” in human appearance? Yes, there are many here.

In casinos or other specific professions like prostitution or red-light districts, and so on, are there any Buddha Bodhisattvas? Of course, yes. Only we do not know.

The fundamental essence of all living beings are equal and inherently pure, and the only difference is with attachment which has caused different phenomena.

To enlighten them what method does Buddha Bodhisattva use? They use Prajna (wisdom). If one relies mainly on compassion it is not enough, without wisdom compassion turns into disaster. You need to save their life which is right, but you need to save their wisdom life even more; you need to save both.

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(一)     無住和四智

(上星期講到:你在一個煩惱堆子裡面,本身煩惱少了,看起來就與眾不同,這就是「神通」。有煩惱的人不得了,以為是什麼現象,不是,很普通的,這是正常的。)

像魔界有神通,魔界也是修定;可是他的心是有求,有求生得定叫「魔」。「魔」的意思,記住不是魔鬼;魔,是「折磨」。

魔界想什麼,有什麼;但是很奇怪他無法清淨,就是這個問題。他什麼都有,想怎麼樣就怎麼樣,可是他沒有辦法把煩惱轉成智慧,這是個大問題。

各位修行,你要以「無求」為因,將來成無求之果。

「無求之果」是什麼?是大覺大悟- 「佛」。

如果你以「有求之因」,成什麼?有求之果,就是「天魔」。

什麼叫「天魔」?天生來折磨,不僅折磨別人,別人也折磨你,你自己也折磨。很簡單,就是你什麼都有,唯一心不清淨。

在智慧上來講,魔就沒有智慧。真正有智慧的人,要的是清淨;他可以什麼都不要,但他要進入那個永恆不變的光明。各位要去選擇了。

選擇魔的也有,很多。我以前碰過,有大神通、大定力的,有。到了魔界魔天,福報好的- 「魔王」,差一點的- 魔子、魔民,就是這樣。真正天魔享受天的福報,跟我們世界沒關連。

為什麼?人家沒有興趣,不會來擾亂你,你放心;除非你今天要成佛。釋迦牟尼佛當年成佛不是示現魔王波旬跟他講:「你最好不要教人家覺悟,你教人家覺悟,我們魔界就不好玩了。為什麼?你又把我的人民帶走。」

因為魔界是欲界天的頂天,他統治我們娑婆世界,我們銀河系他統治的,其實叫「摩醯首羅天」。

為什麼講到他?現在很多人修行,完全不了解修行的目的,非常羨慕神通 。所以佛當年就制止他的弟子顯神通。因為一顯神通,魔也可以顯,法就亂了,傳承就亂了。

魔不會講經說法,為什麼?一講經說法講的是魔經。人家就知道你是魔。

魔是讚歎什麼?讚歎五欲六塵,因為他們喜歡這東西,沒有對錯,這是執著。

記住。大乘菩薩:像觀音菩薩、文殊菩薩、普賢菩薩,化身在魔界有沒有?有,也是渡這些魔子、魔民、魔王。

就像化身在我們社會,「殺、盜、淫、妄」的人有沒有?多了。

賭場裡面、特種營業有沒有佛菩薩?有,我們不知道。

眾生本體是平等的、清淨的,只是因為執著不一樣,造成不同現象。

佛菩薩來渡他們用什麼方法?用「般若」。光有慈悲還不行,沒有智慧,慈悲就變成禍害。你救他生命不錯,你更要救慧命,「慧命、生命」一起救。

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