MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21

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

Prajna (wisdom); if you do not put it into practice, you will never know how it functions.

To implement what? It is you need to have a purified mind.

If your mind is not purified of defiling illusion, you simply cannot experience that kind of internal state of tranquility, exempt from all external sensations. That kind of internal state of tranquility is not what is ordinarily spoken like calming down the mind. It is thought of moving or not moving completely does not initiate; the moment when there is no thought of moving or not moving, that which gives rise to a state of Samadhi (the highest inner state of the mind unmoved and undisturbed). This is a very deep kind of tranquility condition.

For instance, right now all of you here can use Prajna (wisdom) to perform observation on everyone, everyone is called the Five Skandhas (the five components of our existence) – “all material phenomena, feeling towards all material phenomena, the thoughts start from feeling, the mental formation from thinking continuously, and consciousness”.

Do these Five Skandhas exist? No, they do not exist.

Things that are non-existent are hard to explain. Five Skandhas – “all material phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation, and consciousness” are the phenomena of mind fluctuations.

From the last week to today, regarding to your mind, if you can slightly activate the function of omniscient penetrative ability to see all phenomena clearly, then you will have a somewhat different perception. You can experience for yourself how all phenomena will seem like illusory dreams and visions in bubbles. When you know, it is illusory dreams and visions in bubbles, then you know how to control it. This so-called control means you are not affected by it. Although you are not affected by it, you conduct matters within the scope of your duty very conscientiously and perfectly – this is the function of Prajna, also is Prajna Paramita.

Paramita is a Sanskrit term, and Sanskrit is known as the Brahma sound. What is the Brahma sound? It is the language of Brahma Heaven. Some of the spoken language of ancient India is also called Sanskrit.

Where is Brahma Heaven from?

Where are humans from?

When the Earth formed, beings of Brahma Heaven descended to our Earth and visited out of curiosity. After they landed, they initiated thoughts of greed, and later could no longer fly again, so they stayed. This sounds like a fantasy story and seems like an impossible thing. However, returning to the subject, if you can have the skill of internal state of tranquility, precisely the moment you practice cultivation the profound Prajna Paramita, then you will be able to see the true facts about the universe.

The original condition of human beings at the beginning on Earth was from the Heaven of Brahma, from the Heaven of Abhasvara (Light and Sound). We often speak of the combination of light and sound; therefore, when you look at the Divine power of all religions, or Buddha Bodhisattva, they all use light as a form of representation. The colors of these lights are all different, which represents different purified conditions in the mind – this is very important.

Why does it relate to Paramita? Paramita can be translated as crossing over to another shore. This shore is the suffering sea; we cross to the other shore with happiness and without afflictions – that is the description of it. Therefore, Prajna Paramita is “using wisdom to cross over to the other shore, using wisdom to detach afflictions”. After you have wisdom, then no afflictions will be produced. After you have already seen the true facts of the universe clearly, what possible afflictions would you have?

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因為「般若」這個東西如果你不去實行,你永道沒有辦法知道它的作用在那裡。

實行什麼呢?就是你的心要清淨。

如果你的心不清淨的話,根本沒有辦法去體驗那種「定」的狀態。那種「定」,不是我們普通一般講的:你的心靜下來;它是動和靜了然不生 – 都不發生任們作用的時候,所產生的一種「禪定」。這個是很深的一種心裡清淨的狀態。譬如:我們現在在座的各位,大家都在這裡,如果你是用「般若」的狀態來觀看大家的時候,在座的人都是什麼?都叫「五蘊色、受、想、行、識」。

那「五薀」存不存在?不存在。

不存在的東西那很難說明。「五蘊:色、受、想、行、識」,它是心的波動的現象。

如果你上個禮拜到今日,你稍稍能夠對你的「心」起觀照的作用,那就會有些不同的感受。你就能體驗世間的一切現象,好像就是夢幻、泡影。當你曉得夢幻泡影的時候,你就能知道如何控制。所謂控制就是不為所動。雖然是不為所動,你又能地把份內的事做的非常認真,非常圓滿。這就是「般若」的表現,也就是「般若波羅密多」。

波羅密多」是「梵」語。這梵語,我們常常稱為梵音。

梵音,就是天上梵天所講的語言叫梵音。古代印度人有些人講的話也叫做梵語。

這個梵天怎麼來的?

我們人類又怎麼來的?

當地球剛剛形成的時候,梵天的人就飛到我們的地球來。他們來到地球以後,他們就貪了;後來無法再飛行,就留在這個地球。這聽起來好像是天方夜譚,不可能的事。但是話說回來,你要是能有「定功」的話,就是你能「行深般若波羅密多時」,你就能見到宇宙的真相。

人最初發源在地球上的狀態,就是從梵天的光音天來的。我們常講:光和音的組合,從看一切宗教它們的神,或者是佛菩薩;它們都是以「光」為代表。這個「光」它有不同的顏色,代表著不同心裡清淨的狀態,這非常重要的。

那這個「波羅密」,翻成白話就是:登度彼岸。這邊是苦海,我們到另外一個對岸,那對岸是快樂的、是沒有煩惱的,它拿這個來形容,就是「般若波羅密多」,以智慧登度彼岸,用智慧來脫離煩惱。你有智慧以後,你的煩惱就不生。你看清宇宙的真相,你還有什麼煩惱?

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