10 Feb Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 74
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “A bodhisattva mind is like the tranquil moon, who constantly roams in the state of no phenomenon all in all; they come to save the “wisdom life” of all living beings. To reimburse the debts of numerous existence of world-periods, expresses they are into the dream of all living beings. Being vast and might like the spring breeze, they also do not have attachment. This is truly what we need to learn from them.”)
[Sutra] Hence, they know that Prajna Paramita (perfection of transcendent wisdom)is a Mantra of Great Inconceivableness, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, An Unequalled Mantra. It can relieve all suffering. It is true and cannot be falsified.
With regards to this Mantra of Great Inconceivableness, Mantra is a word that we need to understand; it represents the reactions of the mind’s fluctuation within the universe. Mantra encompasses both good and evil mind thoughts. An evil thought is Mantra, as in wishing someone to have a speedy death, the sooner the better. Prajna is also Mantra, which is the energy of a purified mind of defiling illusion condition. Therefore, regarding Mantra, we may also explain it as energy. If you have pure energy, other people with you will feel purified of defiling illusion.
When we are with Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), the energy is very pure. Guan-Yin Bodhisattva has no worry, no affliction; when we appeal to her, she responds. Why does she do it this way? If you appeal for whatever, she will give it to you. There is only one requirement; if you appeal for bad things, she will not answer you. If you want to do virtuous deeds, and you want to achieve enlightenment, she will certainly help you achieve the result.
Therefore, Mantra itself is the wave-motion of a language. The wave-motion of a language starts from a mind thought which creates extensive energy. Therefore, the fundamental essence of the Great Compassion Mantra of Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvra) is “no phenomenon all in all”, which is the fundamental essence of no hindrance in one’s mind, and the fundamental essence of no wisdom and nothing can lay hold of. From this fundamental essence generates:
With unconditional mercy to the one without natural affinity, to have unconditioned compassion for the same nature;
This is very important.
What is unconditional mercy to the one without natural affinity? The table, the chair, and you have mercy towards it.
Mercy has a non-attacking nature; it is not gentleness; however, it is a kind of deep concern without barrier, without gain or loss, self, or selfishness. It is a kind of unselfish concern, but without emotion. If you have emotion, then this problem is serious. To have emotion and then existing confusion feelings damages all. Therefore, whether to have the natural affinity or not have the natural affinity; it is to treat all equally without exception. This equality is beyond comprehension and is completely equal, as you are he, and he is I; you, he and I are three of an integral whole.
We need to understand: why is that you are he, and he is me?
From the aspect of phenomena, everyone is different, since you and I are the same; how come my way of thinking and looking at things is different from your way of thinking and looking at things?
But Buddha Bodhisattva can achieve the concept of I am you and him. This is because Buddha Bodhisattva has the concept of equality. Regarding the concept of others and I, he has none completely. He can thoroughly see all phenomena manifest from Buddha-nature, precisely a continuous image generated from the combination of numerous circumstantial conditions, exactly the phenomena of all living beings that is Buddha-nature and no difference. In that case, Buddha Bodhisattva’s Buddha-nature and our Buddha-nature are equal, since all are in equality, then unconditional mercy to the one without the natural affinity.
Let me give an example: If one day you run into someone, and he says: “Please alms-give your eyes to me.” Would you give it to him?
You probably think this person must have a mental problem. But Bodhisattva would truly give it to him. Bodhisattvas are not dumb; to them, all are equal. Even her giving also equals to non-giving, there is no attachment of giving or non-giving. This is because she knows nothing can be lay hold of.
Living beings have attachment to their pair of eyes. Eyes can feel pain and have feelings, it is very valuable as windows to the soul. Bodhisattva do not have this concept; her generosity has no demand for payback and has a real immaterial mind free from illusion.
To have unconditioned compassion for the same nature is speaking further in-depth about this.
What is the same nature? It is the same Buddha-nature, the same life source; therefore, he has unconditioned compassion. Compassion is different from pity; to have compassion is to see all living beings originally is Buddha, but now they are all muddle-headed.
How do Bodhisattvas handle it? She uses a compassionate mind to treat all living beings and wants to wake up all living beings from this state of confusion and cognitive distortion. Therefore, the absolute universal enlightenment Bodhisattvas (samyak-sambodhi) wants to keep the last grade of unenlightened condition (the fundamental worry or the first thought activation of unenlightened and confusion) to enter the dream of all living beings to help them. This is the display of an unconditioned compassionate and merciful mind; it is ultimately to have unconditioned compassion for the same nature.
這個「大神咒」，這個「咒」字我們要瞭解。「咒」就是宇宙當中心靈反應的波動。這個「咒」是善惡心念。惡念就是「咒」，希望某某人快快死，越早越好，這也是「咒」。般若也是「咒」。般若是心清淨狀態的磁場。所以「咒」我們也可以解釋成磁場 – 現代話磁場。你如果磁場清淨的，別人跟你在一起就感覺到清淨。