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The Heart Sutra

10 Feb
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bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō xīn jīng
           

guān zì zài pú sà,  xíng shēn bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō shí,  zhào jiàn wǔ yùn jiē kōng,
观  自 在 菩 萨,  行   深   般  若  波 罗  蜜  多  时,   照   见  五  蕴  皆  空,
dù  yī  qiē  kǔ   è      shě  lì  zǐ      sè   bù  yì kōng, kōng  bù yì  sè,
度 一  切 苦  厄。 舍 利 子,  色  不  异  空,    空    不 异 色,
sè  jí  shì kōng, kōng jí  shì sè.    shòu xiǎng xíng shí, yì  fù   rú shì.
色 即 是  空,    空   即 是 色。  受    想    行   识,  亦 复 如 是。
shě   lì  zǐ,  shì zhū  fǎ kōng xiāng, bù shēng bù miè, bù gòu bù jìng,
舍  利 子, 是  诸  法   空    相,   不   生    不 灭,  不  垢  不  净,
bù zēng bù jiǎn, shì gù kōng zhōng wú sè, wú shòu xiǎng xíng shí, wú yǎn ěr bí shé shēn  yì,
不  增   不 减,  是  故   空     中   无  色, 无   受    想    行   识,  无  眼 耳 鼻 舌   身  意,
wú sè shēng xiāng wèi chù fǎ, wú  yǎn  jiè,  nǎi zhì wú yì shí jiè,
无  色   声    香    味   触 法, 无  眼   界, 乃  至 无 意 识 界,
wú wú míng, yì  wú wú míng jìn, nǎi zhì wú  lǎo  sǐ,  yì wú lǎo sǐ  jìn.
无  无   明,   亦 无  无   明   尽,  乃  至 无  老  死, 亦 无 老 死 尽。
wú  kǔ  jí  miè dào, wú zhì yì wú dé, yǐ wú suǒ dé gù.
无  苦 集  灭  道,  无 智 亦 无 得, 以  无 所 得 故。
pú tí sà duǒ,  yī  bō  rě   bō luó  mì duō gù, xīn wú  guà  ài. wú guà ài gù,
菩 提 萨 埵, 依 般 若  波  罗  蜜  多  故, 心  无   挂 碍. 无  挂 碍 故,
wú yǒu kǒng bù, yuǎn lí diān dǎo mèng xiǎng, jiū jìng niè pān.
无  有    恐   怖,  远  离 颠   倒   梦      想,   究  竟  涅  槃。
sān shì  zhū fó, yī  bō  rě  bō luó mì duō gù, dé  ā  nuò duō luó sān miǎo sān pú tí.
三  世   诸 佛, 依 般 若 波  罗 蜜  多 故, 得 阿  耨  多   罗 三   藐   三  菩 提。
gù  zhī bō  rě   bō  luó mì duō, shì dà shén zhòu, shì dà míng zhòu,
故  知 般  若 波  罗  蜜  多, 是  大  神    咒,   是 大   明    咒,
shì wú shàng zhòu, shì wú děng děng zhòu. néng chú  yī  qiē kǔ, zhēn shí  bù  xū.
是  无    上     咒,   是 无   等    等     咒。   能   除  一  切 苦,  真  实  不  虚。

gù shuō bō rě  bō luó  mì duō zhòu. jí shuō zhòu yuē:
故  说   般 若 波 罗  蜜  多   咒。 即 说   咒    曰:
jiē  dì  jiē  dì,  bō  luó  jiē  dì,  bō  luó sēng jiē  dì,  pú tí  sà  pó hē
揭 谛 揭 谛, 波  罗  揭 谛, 波  罗   僧  揭 谛,  菩提 萨 婆 诃。

 

bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō xīn jīng
           

 

观(guān)自在(zìzài)菩萨(púsà),行(xíng)深(shēn)般若(bōrě)波罗蜜多(bōluómìduō)时(shí),照见(zhàojiàn)五(wǔ)蕴(yùn)皆(jiē)空(kōng),度(dù)一切(yíqiè)苦(kǔ)厄(è)。舍利子(shèlìzi),色(sè)不(bù)异(yì)空(kōng),空(kōng)不(bù)异(yì)色(sè);色(sè)即(jí)是(shì)空(kōng),空(kōng)即(jí)是(shì)色(sè)。受(shòu)、想(xiǎng)、行(xíng)、识(shí),亦(yì)复(fù)如是(rúshì)。舍利子(shèlìzi),是(shì)诸(zhū)法(fǎ)空(kōng)相(xiāng):不(bù)生(shēng)、不(bù)灭(miè);不(bù)垢(gòu)、不(bù)净(jìng);不(bù)增(zēng)、不减(bùjiǎn)。是(shì)故(gù)空中(kōngzhōng)无色(wúsè)。无(wú)受(shòu)、想(xiǎng)、行(xíng)、识(shí);无眼(wúyǎn)、耳(ěr)、鼻(bí)、舌(shé)、身(shēn)、意(yì);无色(wúsè)、香(xiāng)、声(shēng)、味(wèi)、触(chù)、法(fǎ)。无(wú)眼界(yǎnjiè),乃至(nǎizhì)无意识(wúyìshí)界(jiè);无(wú)无(wú)明(míng),亦(yì)无(wú)无(wú)明(míng)尽(jìn);乃(nǎi)至(zhì)无(wú)老(lǎo)死(sǐ),亦(yì)无(wú)老(lǎo)死(sǐ)尽(jìn)。无(wú)苦(kǔ)、集(jí)、灭(miè)、道(dào)。无(wú)智(zhì)亦(yì)无(wú)得(dé),以(yǐ)无(wú)所(suǒ)得(dé)故(gù)。菩(pú)提(tí)萨(sà)埵(duǒ),依(yī)般(bō)若(rě)波(bō)罗(luó)蜜(mì)多(duō)故(gù)。心(xīn)无(wú)挂(guà)碍(ài),无(wú)挂(guà)碍(ài)故(gù)。无(wú)有(yǒu)恐(kǒng)怖(bù),远(yuǎn)离(lí)颠(diān)倒(dǎo)梦(mèng)想(xiǎng)、究(jiū)竟(jìng)涅(niè)磐(pán)。三(sān)世(shì)诸(zhū)佛(fó),依(yī)般(bō)若(rě)波(bō)罗(luó)蜜(mì)多(duō)故(gù)。得(dé)阿(ā)耨(nòu)多(duō)罗(luó)三(sān)藐(miǎo)三(sān)菩(pú)提(tí)。故(gù)知(zhī)般(bō)若(rě)波(bō)罗(luó)蜜(mì)多(duō),是(shì)大(dà)神(shén)咒(zhòu),是(shì)大(dà)明(míng)咒(zhòu),是(shì)无(wú)上(shàng)咒(zhòu),是(shì)无(wú)等(děng)等(děng)咒(zhòu)。能(néng)除(chú)一(yí)切(qiè)苦(kǔ),真(zhēn)实(shí)不(bù)虚(xū)。故(gù)说(shuō)般(bō)若(rě)波(bō)罗(luó)蜜(mì)多(duō)咒(zhòu),即(jí)说(shuō)咒(zhòu)曰(yuē):“揭(jiē)谛(dì)!揭(jiē)谛(dì)!波(bō)罗(luó)揭(jiē)谛(dì)!波(bō)罗(luó)僧(sēng)揭(jiē)谛(dì)!菩(pú)提(tí)娑(suō)婆(pó)诃(hē)!”

 

Heart Sutra

 

When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

 

Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

 

Shariputra, all Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas; no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness; and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.

 

Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana! All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi through reliance on Prajna Paramita. Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is a Great Spiritual Mantra, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, an Unequalled Mantra. It can remove all suffering; it is genuine and not false. That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken. Recite it like this:

Gate Gate  Paragate  Parasamgate  Bodhi Svaha!

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ANGELS

10 Feb
18th century rendition of a guardian angel.

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ANGELS

Parade Magazine is a weekly publication that is delivered in the USA to a very large number of families every week with their Sunday newspaper. On January 5th, 1986, this magazine published an article titled THE BEST AND WORST OF EVERYTHING. The article was a review of the year 1985. Within that article, under the heading Best International News was the following report:

Six Soviet cosmonauts said they witnessed the most awe-inspiring spectacle ever encountered in space – a band of glowing angels with wings as big as jumbo jets. According to “Weekly World News“, cosmonauts Vladimir Solevev, Oleg Atkov and Leonid Kizim said they first saw the celestial beings last July (July, 1985), during their 155th day aboard the orbiting “Salyut 7” space station. “What we saw”, they said, “were seven giant figures in the form of humans, but with wings and mistlike halos, as in the classic depiction of angels. Their faces were round with cherubic smiles.” Twelve days later, the figures returned and were seen by three other Soviet scientists, including woman cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. “They were smiling”, she said, “as though they shared in a glorious secret.”

It is indeed sad that such a wonderful event was not in the headlines of the news in every newspaper around the world. Was it absent from the headlines of the world because we, the people of the world have become so cynical? Perhaps it was because the Angels were seen only by Soviet Cosmonauts and no one at that time wanted to give the Soviets credit for being the ones chosen to see such an important event. Perhaps the news media felt that no one would believe it and that they would be ridiculed for printing the story. If any one or more of those possible reasons are correct, then it is a sad commentary on our times.

There are Angels, of course. They exist as beings on a higher level plane (higher frequency) than the physical plane on which we live. There are a number of levels of Angelic existence, including Angels, Arch-Angels, Cherubim and Seraphim. We now are seeing them represented almost everywhere. Beings of a Spiritual nature have been written about in literature for many years. As an example of a similar phenomenon, beginning for the most part, in the decade of the sixties (but also in subsequent years), we began to see many depictions of the Unicorn. This was brought about partly because of the changeover from one Age (Pisces) to another (Aquarius) and the closeness in time of events that were then a number of years away, but were related to the changeover, as certain cycles began to close and others began to open. As time passed, these events were to accompany that changeover as it took place. There are also other factors that were involved (karmic, et al), and some of those events have now already begun and are, of course, affecting the entire planet. Returning, however, to the subject of the phenomenon we were discussing, it might also be interesting to note that The Unicorn is considered by some to be a symbolic representation of the Universal Christ.

                       

As previously stated, more recently, there has been a great interest in Angels, accompanying an increase in depictions of Angelic Beings, both in pictures and figurines as well as other media, just as it was for Unicorns. These things are happening as another important sign of the times. They are inspired by Higher Positive Forces to help prepare our planet and those of us who live on it for the changes to our world which have been touched upon in other writings at this website. These changes, as you know, have already begun.

It is very likely that you have heard the term Guardian Angel in reference to Spiritual Beings whose work is to watch over and protect human beings. There have also been numerous references to them in the literature of the world. There is a beautiful song about Guardian Angels that was sung by Mario Lanza on an album of Christmas songs that he recorded. That is only one example of many. Perhaps you can think of others. Some people believe that the term Guardian Angels came from the fact that we all have two Spirit Guides, one at each shoulder, to guide us as They see need. This, of course, does not exclude their guiding us in such a way as to protect us from danger also. Because of this, some persons believe that these Beings may have been the origin for the name Guardian Angels (although, in the author’s experience, these particular Spirit Guides are actually unseen Ascended Masters rather than Angels) while others believe that the Guardian Angels are separate and distinct from the two Guides at our shoulders. Knowing which point of view is correct is not nearly as important as the knowledge that we are watched over by Higher Positive Forces. Of course, this does not mean that harm will never come to us. There are things that we (at a higher level) choose to endure in order to learn (at the conscious, physical level) the associated lessons. These Higher Forces will not interfere with those decisions made at that level.

As earlier indicated, there have been a number of relatively recent depictions of Angels in literature and other art forms, including television and motion pictures. One that has become very popular is the motion picture It’s A Wonderful Life. In another film, one of the more beautiful scenes depicting an Angel was near the end of the motion picture Date With An Angel when the Angel swooped down in a burst of brilliant white light to protect Her Charge, a young man who was being put upon by the other characters in the film. The television series Highway To Heaven told a number of beautiful and inspiring stories about an Angel doing work on Earth, and one of the more recent television series Touched By An Angel told a number of such stories also. If Angels can actually appear in human form, perhaps we should all take care; we may be entertaining Angels unawares.

When you were reading, at the beginning of this essay, the article from Parade Magazine quoted herein, did you then wonder or have you since wondered about the glorious secret that the Angels knew that caused them to smile as they did? The impression received by the cosmonaut that the Angels shared a glorious secret was not by accident. Such an important idea would not be left to chance by Beings who showed themselves for a very important purpose. They wanted to be seen so the people of the Earth would know that all is well in the world (or plane) of Spiritual Beings, that God is alive and well, thank you (if there were any here who might have had their doubts about that fact), and finally, in case we didn’t get the message from the motion picture 2010, “Something is going to happen; something wonderful” that we of this planet will not want to miss. The author has written, in other essays at this website, about The Light At the End of the Tunnel. A more than significant part of what constitutes that Light is the presence (and the future benefits of the Work) of the Universal Christ, in a state of Oneness with the young person who is to become recognized as the Master of the Aquarian Age, now living and maturing on this planet while preparing for the Work that lies ahead for this very special Person. Work which will lay the future Spiritual Foundation for the people of this planet. Work that will help the people of this planet change their personal priorities from those of seeking and holding wealth, power and material things, to focus instead on the real importance that God deserves in our lives and to focus also on bringing about, at all levels, a state of international Brotherhood and Sisterhood among humankind, where the well-being of our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings, takes priority over the acquisition of wealth and power. Do you suppose that any one or more of these things just might be part of the “glorious secret” that the Angels shared? You know, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised! In fact, knowledge of the presence of the Universal Christ, once more in human form on our planet, would be enough to make me smile too! How about you?

 

Buddha Wisdom

10 Feb

Translated by Gerhard Herzog

When the holy Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara had truly grasped the transcendent wisdom, he realized that visible form is only illusion. The same applies to its perception, to its names and categories, to discriminative intellect and finally even to our consciousness. They are all illusion. With this realizaton he was beyond all sorrow and bitterness.

Disciple Sariputra! The material is not different from the immaterial. The immaterial and the material are in fact one and the same thing. The same applies to perception, concepts, discriminative thinking and consciousness. They are neither existing nor not existing.

bo ruo bo  luo mi duo xin jing

般 若  波  罗  蜜 多  心  经

唐三藏法师玄奘奉诏译

guan zi zai pu sa  xing shen bo ruo bo luo mi duo shi  zhao jian wu  yun jie

观   自 在  菩 萨,行   深   般 若  波 罗  蜜 多  时,  照   见   五  蕴   皆

kong du yi qie ku e  she li zi  se bu yi kong kong bu yi se  se ji shi kong

空, 度 一 切  苦 厄。舍 利 子!色 不 异 空, 空   不 异 色,色 即 是  空,

kong ji shi se  shou xiang xing shi yi fu ru shi she li zi  shi zhu fa kong

空   即 是  色。受   想    行   识,亦 复 如 是。舍  利 子!是  诸  法 空

xiang bu sheng bu  mie bu gou bu jing bu zeng bu  jian shi gu kong zhong wu

相。  不 生    不  灭,不 垢  不 净, 不 增   不  减。 是  故 空   中    无

bo ruo bo  luo mi duo xin jing

般 若  波  罗  蜜 多  心  经

唐三藏法师玄奘奉诏译

guan zi zai pu sa  xing shen bo ruo bo luo mi duo shi  zhao jian wu  yun jie

观   自 在  菩 萨,行   深   般 若  波 罗  蜜 多  时,  照   见   五  蕴   皆

kong du yi qie ku e  she li zi  se bu yi kong kong bu yi se  se ji shi kong

空, 度 一 切  苦 厄。舍 利 子!色 不 异 空, 空   不 异 色,色 即 是  空,

kong ji shi se  shou xiang xing shi yi fu ru shi she li zi  shi zhu fa kong

空   即 是  色。受   想    行   识,亦 复 如 是。舍  利 子!是  诸  法 空

xiang bu sheng bu  mie bu gou bu jing bu zeng bu  jian shi gu kong zhong wu

相。  不 生    不  灭,不 垢  不 净, 不 增   不  减。 是  故 空   中    无

Something To Think About!

10 Feb
English: BANK-now Logo Deutsch: BANK-now Logo

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Something To Think About!
  
Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:
 
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in
your private account for your use. However, this prize had rules,
just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn’t spend during each day
would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other
 account.
You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your
account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:

The bank can end the game without warning; at any
time it can say, It’s over, the game is over! It can close the
account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted,
right?

Not only for yourself, but for all the people you
love, right?
Even for people you don’t know, because you
couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all,
right?

ACTUALLY, this GAME is REALITY!

Each of us is in possession of such a magical
bank. 
We just can’t seem to see it.

The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds
as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is
NOT credited to us.

What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank
can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Aren’t they worth so much more than the same
amount in dollars?

Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races
by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, and enjoy life!

Here’s wishing you a wonderfully beautiful day!!!

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