World Honored One, such people as this, who cultivate their minds and seek proper concentration, whether in the Bodhimanda or walking about, and even such people who with scattered minds roam and play in the villages, will be accompanied and protected by us and our retinue of followers. Although the demon kings, and the God of Great Comfort will seek to get at them, they will never be able to do so. The smaller ghosts will have to stay ten yojanas' distance from these good people, except for those beings who have decided they want to cultivate dhyana.
The Vajra-Treasury-King Bodhisattvas continue speaking to the Buddha:
"World Honored One, such people as this, who cultivate their minds and seek proper concentration--who want to obtain genuine samadhi power
whether in the Bodhimanda or walking about": cultivators sit in meditation and apply effort, but when they get up and walk about, they are still applying effort. When they sit, they develop the skill of dhyana samadhi. When they get up, they cultivate the samadhi of reciting and holding, either by reciting mantras or being mindful of the Buddha.
And even such people who with scattered minds roam and play in the villages. The Vajra-Treasury-King Bodhisattvas even protect cultivators who are not cultivating samadhi, are not in the Bodhimanda, and are not walking about reciting. Actually, though, even if you're on a holiday to another place, you can still hold the Mantra. But even if you get scattered, the Vajra-Treasury-King Bodhisattvas say,
"you will be accompanied and protected by us and our retinue of followers." If you are one who recites and upholds the Shurangama Mantra, and if you have some skill, if you can make it function, then eighty-four thousand Vajra-Treasury-King Bodhisattvas and their entire retinue of disciples, will protect you wherever you go, just like the soldiers who stand by the door to guard it.
Although the demon kings and the God of Great Comfort will seek to get at them, they will never be able to do so. They will look for a way in, they will look for a hole, so that they can give the cultivators trouble. But they will not be able to bother them. And
the smaller ghosts will have to stay ten yojanas' distance from these good people. Since the demon kings and the God of the Heaven of Great Comfort are unable to disturb them, the little ghosts and spirits will have to behave even more properly. They will have to stay 275 miles away,
except for those beings who have decided they want to cultivate dhyana. The only exception is those ghosts who have brought forth the resolve to listen to the Sutras, hear the Dharma, and to cultivate Ch'an samadhi. Beings like that can participate in the Bodhimanda and the Dharma assemblies and can listen to the Sutras if they want to. If they don't want to do those things, they must stay 275 miles away.