19 Oct Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 57
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with: You have attachment to these phenomena then it becomes “you or I, right or wrong, people, matter, places, object, virtuous or evils, mountains and rivers, earth” – all manifested.)
Therefore, this state of no unenlightened condition, also no ending of the unenlightened condition, the word ending expresses “not having”. Even the thought of no unenlightened condition one also cannot have. In the beginning, referring to no unenlightened condition, Guan-Yin Bodhisattva is afraid you have attachment. Also, no ending of the unenlightened condition, means that it does not have no unenlightened conditions of the sort.
All of you think this over; this mode of existing is not possible to express through language and writing.
Just like how we speak of “air”. Is it there? Yes.
How do you know?
If we went back a thousand years ago, to speak of the air that we are breathe in, would you believe it then?
Now that we have scientific knowledge, of course we believe that air exists and what we breath in is air. Like this kind of question, ordinarily in these situations there would have been no way for us to think about this because it belongs to the unimaginable and inconceivable realm of truth. The so called “inconceivable’” means we cannot use language and words or common and average thinking activity to explain it.
Regarding this kind of situation, how are we able to enter it?
It is simple; relax with all things, do not be bothered with it and have no attachment to it, then you enter. Just like receiving a therapeutic massage, if you cannot relax, regardless of how skillful the therapist is it will not work. You need to relax and give rise to pleasure, and when the sore spots are being touched, you feel overjoyed. The soreness becomes a kind of phenomenon.
In this case, how does this phenomenon come into being? Frankly speaking, one does not have the concept of this body, then one would feel joy. If you have the body concept, then when the sore spot is pressed, it aches awfully and is impossible to bear. Or as a person at the point of one’s death, your concept is that I am going to be finished; you will surely die. These thoughts exist every day during our daily life.
How do you remove the unenlightened condition? By not making life difficult for yourself every day but, remembering it is not being undisciplined. The so called “not making life difficult for yourself” is just like setting attachment against yourself. If today you let the delusional thought pass, then there is no delusional thought. For instance: attachment, delusional thought of your body, the “I” or others, right or wrong – let them all pass; do not hold on to it and have no attachment to it. Honestly speaking, after practicing for approximately two to three months, your life will transform; you will no longer feel unwell and eventually these attachments will gradually disappear.
A person in this world has a goal, everyone has. Of course, there are people without goals, who we are not discussing for the time being; instead we will discuss those with goals, who come in many kinds, as I want to do things this way, or I want to do this or that; if this condition of “I” is under the unenlightened condition, then this “I” will generate a function.
What kind of function? It is being unable to free oneself of worldly worries. It seems like there is always something to confine you, to restrict you from doing this or that; every day you become more and more narrow, and at the end of your life you become so narrow that you become only a spot, when this spot disappears that is the moment of your reincarnation.