Buddhist Heart Sutra – Meditation Fast for the Mind 2-7

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Buddhist Heart Sutra – Meditation Fast for the Mind 2-7

Swami Satchidanand talking about the heart sutra and explaining the meaning of Avalokitesvara and bodhisattva and how all sages and saints live from the highest heart or prajna paramita which are the soul chakras above the head along the antahkarana taught in Energy Enhancement initiation 4

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Satchidanand: There is a story about the Buddha. And the Buddha became enlightened under a Bo (Bodhi) tree (laughs). It’s a Bodhisattva tree (laughs). No it’s a Bo tree. In the original Pali it is Bo. And after 5 years of torturing himself, austerities, tapas, fasting, doing all the hatha yoga, he came to the conclusion that this was totally useless. And he sat down beneath the Bo tree and magically, a beautiful young girl appeared and gave him something to drink and he sat there and he ate down all the beautiful food for the first time in 5 years. Reminds me of my donkey. I was teaching my donkey how to remain without food. And he was getting along really well he was fantastic at it and all of a sudden it died. So there was this guy and he had been living a long time without food very much like the fact that meditation is a fast for the mind. So there he is under this Bo tree and he’s totally relaxed after his food. And that night he becomes enlightened. And they say that if you can remain without thoughts then one day your ego will die. One day the thoughts in your mind will die. Just like my donkey…(laughs) This donkey gets everywhere by the way. I can tell you the story of Donkey (inaudible) (laughs). No, it’s terrible. (laughs). And the Buddha thought to himself. If I start expanding the truth nobody will understand me. And they will take it the wrong way and it will not do any good at all. Everything I say, will end up like this translation of the heart sutra so whats the point of me staying here? I might as well go to heaven because I can do no good here. But all the Gods and Goddesses saw the Buddha’s dilemma and they decided to come down and persuade him to stay. And they said you know, there is one person in a thousand who is just on the point of enlightenment and if you send something to that person they will immediately become enlightened. And so that’s when the Buddha decided to say Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

..well Avalokitesvara is a very special Buddha. I have seen the very beautiful tantric paintings of Avalokitesvara and it is a Buddha of one thousand arms and every one of them is there to help all the people in the world. It is the Bodhisattva of compassion.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva was doing deep prajna paramita…now in Pali prajna means the heart. That’s why it’s called the heart sutra. And he was doing prajna paramita. Paramita means the highest heart. Oh you say, I thought there was only one heart and it’s here in the center of my chest but the Buddha mysteriously says the highest heart. Now what does he mean? Well I’ll get round to that..

Swami Satchidanand continues… http://bit.ly/1FJly7Z

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