07 May Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 36
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “What we have explained, you must practice in your daily routine. You cannot detach from it, and you cannot take it as a kind of worship or conviction – that will not work.”)
[Sutra] So, release oneself fromall obstructions caused by suffering and misfortune.
Release oneself, what does that mean?It means exceedingcontrol and to resolve.
Everyone understands this sentence, but not everyone knows how to apply it correctly. In fact, release oneself precisely is changing the concept. You can only change yours, not others. It is the same way as “keeping moral precepts”; you can use the precepts on yourself but not on others. If you have an abnormal fear of uncleanliness like being a neat freak, you cannot demand others to be the same way as you. If you have any unpleasant and unlikeable conditions, you cannot demand this on others. If you see people eating meat and you feel unpleasant, this would not do; you see others who are vegetarian, and you feel unhappy, this also would not do. You cannot manage others; you can only manage yourself. The best is being selfless, then you have truly deliver yourself, and this deliverance is called release oneself.
Exceeding all obstructions caused by suffering and misfortune, what does all mean? It meansthe reincarnation of death and rebirth. Everything regarding to phenomena of universe has resolved entirely; in that case, this kind of merits and virtues and benefits are tremendous.
Misfortune means disasters. Nowadays we have many disasters such as natural disasters, human disasters and wars. If you have the stillness of mind control, then your energy is still. Liking the recent earthquake which happened in Taiwan where many houses collapsed on the street yet one house stayed standing because that house owner’s energy was still and unmoved.
Does this kind of thing happen? Yes, it happens.
You look at that person’s external appearance is ordinary and nothing special, but you do not know his mind condition. Especially in ancient eras, on the battlefield it was all hand-to-hand combat.
Why was one being alright and out of danger under a storm of shots and shells?
Why the one was hiding behind and got killed by a shot?
All of you need to think, this is surely not incidental.
It is not incidentally, why? All is caused by yourself.
I have a friend who belonged to an organized crime syndicate. You should know that most of the people involved in organized crime syndicates have a condition that they kill for pleasure. My friend was under a storm of shots and shells, intense killing, suddenly he became enlightened.
At that time, he was right in the middle of cutting with his Japanese katana sword, cutting one down and another one down. Cutting to the last, he abandoned the action, threw the Samurai (katana) swords aside. The moment he no longer wanted to engage in this anymore, he was in a heavy encirclement of many people, everyone there with flesh and blood flying, but he walked out from the battlefield peacefully and freely. This was his own personal experience.
He said: “When you let go of all, all disasters are unable to get close to you.
How come? In that kind of condition, all turned to transparent, nobody could see you.”
This also is not a miracle. I can tell you it was the person’s mind thought. Therefore, a bullet can read a person, and if one is damned, then it shoots one down. It can also go around corners, so you can feel assured. Every one of you need to think about this, it is not joke, many this kind of things do happen this way.
Why do I make these examples? These examples are very important. All of them concern us and I wish that everyone can understand universe wave motion’s illusion from these examples.
If you have purified mind of defiling illusion, your energy is also purified, then you can release oneself from all obstructions caused by suffering and misfortune. When you are in a confused state of mind, frankly speaking, even when you walk you will slip, when you drink you get stuck. The mind must not be confused.
Today I have talked all these are to let all of you to understand wisdom condition. You have wisdom, which is equal to having a kind of hub to control life. I am wishing for you all to go home and use a little bit of time, using the method of chanting Amitabha to compose your mind. When you need to resolve a very important matter, I advise you to relax, the more relaxed the better, and then chant Amitabha. Chanting Amitabha, chanting to the purified state of defiling purified of defiling illusion state, you will know immediately how to make that decision.