MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 28
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 28

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 28

[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]

(Last week we ended with Buddhism mentions the phrase “cannot talk”; it does not mean that something cannot be said, rather there is no way to describe with words. It is no way to describe the function of your pure fundamental essence.)

All of you need to think about this.

If you let go of your life and death, what do you need to do? You need to open your breadth of mind.

People without an open breadth of mind, no matter how one practices, it does not work.

Why? A person with a narrow breadth of mind has two situations: one is certainly to have sickness. Secondly, in the future one will end up in a not so good place.

Why?  Narrow people go to a narrow place. An open people naturally enters the whole wide world; a world with brightness. Therefore, to be narrow is only one problem, one cannot let go of materiality. This materiality includes one’s physical body.

Someone says: “My back is sore and has been aching all day long; there is no medicine   that can cure it.”

You ask them: “What kind of sickness do you have?”

One is unable to get the words out.

Why? One’s mind has never been relaxed.

You ask them: “Do you think?”

They reply: “No.”

Why? His unenlightened conditions are too serious, and already it cannot be controlled by himself.

If you use the basis of Samadhi (the internal state of tranquility) to view it, all the spaces in this person’s head are packed tightly. It is just like an air filter that has not been cleaned; it is stuffed full and needs to be changed to a new one.

Then you might say that the machine is still running, right?

So why is it still running if it needs to replace? I am telling you that this is a forewarning before it breaks. One keeps on running for a while and it will probably get damaged.

We all know that when kitchen ventilators stop working efficiently and are unable to rid the kitchen of the smell of cooking, they still technically run. But I am telling you, it is already packed tightly with greasy oil, and while the motor is still there, it does not function effectively. Our brain is the same way; a person with a narrow breadth of mind is more like the kitchen ventilator completely covered with grease – this is the reason.

However, they will be defensive and say: “It is alright, I am still alive and running.”

It is right that you are still running but you do not function, which is precisely called “living in a daze”.  The more serious ones are like a “walking corpse”, numb to everything. I have encountered a friend here who was about fifty years of old.

When we met for the first time, he asked me: “Look at me, what should I do in this life? I have already done everything.”

This person was not joking; he was very seriously asking this question and he wanted to find an answer. I did not speak right away, and I then said: “I am hungry and need to eat something.”

After we finished eating, we chatted freely the whole afternoon and did not talk about any serious matters until the evening, when he still awaited my answer.

I then asked him: “From a moment ago, until now, what kind of feeling do you have?”

He replied: “Nothing, living life completely lacks any meaning.”

I said: “That is true; since living life completely lacks meaning, have you considered whether you should change the filter inside your spirit (soul)?”

He asked: “What kind of filter?”

I said: “For all your life you have been wallowing in the world of materiality, the money you made can last you more than ten generations, and besides this you have nothing.”

After he heard me say this, he was in a state between laughter and tears because his life already reached the peak as to what he had aimed to attain, so then what should he do for the rest of his life? He idles his time away.

This person also has good merit, and he does not act recklessly and has no interest in anything else but making money. Thus, he has made so much that he is numb to making money and he does not want to make it anymore. The amount of his money making is calculated by seconds, as in how much money per second can be made. Therefore, all of you need to think about his situation; honestly all of us are this way, only today we have not achieved our goal yet. This goal itself is telling you without end. Unfortunately for him, he has already reached its end; he is approximately 49 or 50 years old and he has reached it. This is the blessed reward from his previous lives, however, this person’s breadth of mind does not launch any function.

Why? It is because he does not understand and has not developed himself spiritually, and he is without a spiritual nature.

What is spiritual nature? It is lumped into your spirituality, no demand spirituality, you are delightful and happy spiritually; all of this cannot be bought by money. Spending money to buy, it’s good for nothing; and even if you wanted to buy it you would be unable to.

Money – do we need it? It is to follow one’s natural affinity. You cannot demand it. The more you demand, the more you suffer.

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

 

各位想一想,如果你把生死放下,你要做一件什麼?你的心胸要開闊。

這心胸不開闊的人,無論你怎麼樣實行,都沒有用的。

為什麼?心胸狹窄的人兩個:一個有生,一個有病;一定生病。第二,他將來去的地方,一定不好。

為什麼?狹窄的人到狹窄的地方去。

寬闊的人他自然海闊天空,他是光明的世界。

所以狹窄本身,只有一個問題,他對於物質放不下。物質包括身體。

有人講:「一天到晚腰酸背痛沒有藥可以治。」

你問他:「你有什麼病?」

他也說不上來。為什麼?他的心沒有放鬆過。

你問他:「有沒有想?」

他說:「沒有。」

為什麼?無明太重,自己已經無法控制。

你要拿那個禪定的基礎去看,這個人的腦袋呼吸孔都給塞滿了。就好像空氣瀘淨機,沒有清理一樣,全部塞滿,要換個新的。

那你說它那個機器還是一樣在動,對不對?

為什麼可以動?我可以告訴你,那就是要完蛋的前兆,再動一陣子大概就壞了。

我們都知道抽油煙機,油煙抽不出去,你說對,沒錯;但是它一直在轉。我告訴你,它那個油煙已經是塞滿了,上面全部都是油。它是在轉,但沒有作用。我們的腦袋也是這樣,心胸越狹窄的人,越像抽油煙機沾滿了油,就是這個道理。

他說對,我還活著,還在走。對,你還能動,沒作用,這就叫坐吃等死。再嚴重的人,就行屍走肉,麻木。我在這裡踫到一位朋友,年紀也不算大,我們拿一百歲來講,他可能有一半吧。

我們認識第一次見面時,他問我:「你看我這一生該做什麼?我什麼  都做完了。」

這個人不是開玩笑,他是很認真的。他希望得到一個解答。我當時沒  講話,我就說:「肚子餓了要吃東西。」

吃完了以後,下午談談說說,沒事到了晚上,他還在等我這個答案。  我就跟他講:「你從剛剛到現在,你有什麼感覺?」

他說:「沒有,生活毫無意義。」

我說:「那就對了,即然生活毫無意義,你要想一想你這個心靈裡的  過濾器要不要換?」

他說:「什麼樣的過濾器?」

我說:「你一輩子都在物質世界打滾,你的錢十輩子都用不完,你除  了這個以外,一無所有。」

他聽了以後,哭也不是,笑也不是。因為他人生已經到頂點,就是他要求的一切都到了。

他多餘的生命是做什麼呢?無所事事。

這個人也有好處,不亂來。對任何事情都沒興趣,只有對一件就是賺錢。結果錢是已賺得過多,賺得他麻木,他不要賺了。他賺錢,是用分分秒秒去算,一秒鐘賺多少錢。所以各位要想一想,像他這個情形,老實講,我們每個人都是這樣。只是我們現在還沒有達到我們自己的目標。這個目標本身,告訴你永無止境。他很不幸,他有止境的,他大概四十九五十就達到了。這是他過去世的福報,這個人的心胸不起作用。

為什麼不起作用?他不懂得靈性上的開發。這個人沒有靈性。

什麼叫靈性?你精神上飽滿、精神上沒有要求、精神上愉快、精神上喜悅。這不是錢買來的。錢買來的,沒有用,你買也買不到。

錢,要不要?隨緣。不是求的,你越求它,你是越痛若。

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra