03 Sep Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 3
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
If you cannot remove the concept of “Ego – I”, no matter how good your supernatural ability is, it will not work; this is called “outflow”. Like a cup with a hole, no matter how much water you put into it, it is ineffective.
Currently our society is very mixed, there are all kinds where some have so-called supernatural powers or extra-sensory perception; however, most of them have outflows.
- A person exists with the ego of “I”.
- A person exists with greed.
- There is no resolution of a person’ problem with life and death.
In that case, we need to activate our observation directly and be clear about every phenomenon. How to observe this directly? You need to be especially clear.
Regardless what you are learning. It will generate residual effects.
What are residual effects? When you are not clear, you will walk down the wrong path. I have seen many people, where everyone tries very hard during cultivation practice seemingly to become a Buddha tomorrow, rushing forward continuously and incessantly, and thus, one rushes to the wrong place. The main reason for this is that one does not have Prajna (wisdom), and one’s mind un-composed.
Furthermore, Prajna is hugely different from knowledge and intelligence. Intelligence is when someone talks to you about anything, and you seemingly know it all, but you do not know its origin. For instance, the computer – we can access many different programs, and after entering the world of programs, it gets more and more amusing, but there is a kind of residual effect that makes you edgy. After 24 hours in it, you will go crazy because there is a kind of addiction is formed – this means it has become an obstruction.
What kind of obstruction? Your mind has become attracted to it and become lost into these computer programs.
When using Prajna (wisdom). Prajna, it is different. Prajna has no delusion. Prajna is for you to use these computer programs, and not be used by the programs. I use this method to explain this, and I believe everyone can understand this.