02 Sep Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 39
(Last week we ended with, “If there is no more affinity occasion left, then you remain in the eternal energy of the universe to enjoy the days of pureness without darkness. This kind of living is totally different.”)
I encountered many friends in the past who practice in accordance with Buddha teaching cultivation, and indeed they have attained benefit. Oneself knows which day they will leave here and go to which world. This is what we have often talked about the many Buddha worlds described in Sutras, there are many people who awakened to higher spiritual worlds. They did not have sickness, and also did not leave home to be a monk or nun. One is a man of common clay who did not talk much, did not blame the Gods or accuse others. His business did very well and he was involved with various businesses and professions. When the time was up, he left. How did he go? No sickness and left while standing.
It was the energy. He transferred the energy and moved to a pure, unconditioned and enlightened spiritual world. He no longer needed a physical body. To him the body was the same as clothing and can be taken off and donated, just like how people donate their unwanted clothing to the Salvation Army.
Nowadays, to be an organ donor is a trendy thing. Everyone must remember this, donating organs is not that simple. After you die, you will still have attachment to the body is youself, when they cut into your flesh to remove the organ, the surgical incision is very painful to endure because your feeling of pain remains.
Even after being dead for 24 hours, the soul has not left the body yet. The most serious cases cling to the coffin for an eternity, like the haunted stories we have often heard. This is not a haunted story; this truly happens. Nowadays, we see this frequently and many scientists’ report about the existence of the spiritual world. There are distressed ghosts, some are malicious souls, and there are other various kinds. How come they are that way? Their mind is uneven and discontented.
I have encountered many in my life and dealt with many cases, there are various kinds of ghosts. The ghost is a soul, a deluded or confused soul. They live in their heart of unfairness or injustice all day long. We try to communicate with the one and explained: “There is a better world out there, we use the enlightened one’s radiance to help you to escape from the bonds and obtain freedom, and let you enter a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world, and let you be reincarnated; would that work for you? “Most times, the ghosts are willing, but there are some ghosts who do not agree to it. Why? Those kinds that dwell on hatred and mutual hostility are very difficult. Malicious souls are hard to help them to find peace.
They behave the same as us in the human world, put up a big fuss on small trivial matters, and struggle. Buddha mentions in the Sutra: Strong in fighting. In our era, everybody fights with everyone; we fight with ourselves. Therefore, speaking with you about Prajna (wisdom); if you can lean on experience about the sphere of Prajna, the fighting nature then becomes non-existent, and competition will also be gone. Competition and fighting do not exist in the Buddha worlds; for instance, the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land does not have that. All beings are purified without defilement in body and mind. They live in luminosity penetrating forth daily, free to manifest either with a body form or without a body form.
In our world on Earth, are there any high spiritual beings from the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land? Yes, there are many here, but we do not recognize them.
How come? Their mission is to be with those beings who have the predestined affinity, before their affinity flares up as before his impact shows effect, he will not disclose his identity.
I have encountered a few of them in this life. I ran into a Bodhisattva who is from the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land; unfortunately, they are all gone now. Are there any left? Yes, more than before. When the condition of our world gets worse, the higher spiritual worlds will send more enlightened ones down to Earth. This is because they know that we are the same as them; we are merely having a dream that is all. Every day we have dreams filled with “greed (attachment), aversion, ignorance, arrogance and suspicion; the day we wake up from the dream, we are then the same as they are.
Stated in the Heart Sutra: Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), next time we will explain the Sutra text, “Guan-Zi-Zai Bodhisattva (Having perfect insight of being master of oneself Bodhisattva)”, whose other name is Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara).
How many Transformation Bodies of Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) are in our world? If our world has a population of 50 billion, then her transformations will be 60 billion or more. Her transformations are all kinds and sorts, and can be mountains, rivers and the Earth, where she can also assume these shapes. Why? If you can become enlightened through viewing scenery to comprehend the truth about the universe, and no longer do unwholesome activities; she then manifests the scenery for you to see.
There is a book called Records of Seeing and Hearing of Being Born in the Pure Land of Amitabha by Lay Practitioner Miaoyin which has a more detailed description of this. An old man who chants Amitabha for over a year made a vow to be born in the Pure Land of Amitabha, and at the end, Amitabha came to meet and receive him, accompanied by Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) and Da-Shi-Zi Bodhisattva (Great Strength – Mahasthamaprapta). This is a true story that happened in the current era, and it is not an ancient story. In this modern era, there are many people who end up in the high spiritual world, only we do not have the affinity occasion to hear about their stories, do not have the natural affinity to come across with them. In this kind of phenomena, I have encountered many. I have had the natural affinity to come across them as friends or hearing about it from others as well. I have been truly been in touch with this as well, there are many.
In that case, they all are ordinary people, how can you recover your pure and radiant essence?
How can you go to a better world?