Unimpeded, incomparable great spiritual penetrations
Pervasively quake all kshetras of the ten directions,
Without causing living beings to be startled or alarmed.
Great Strength could comprehend regarding all of this.
Unimpeded means they are unhindered and penetrate without obstruction.
Incomparable means there is nothing like these spiritual penetrations. And they are
great spiritual penetrations, which differ from small ones. Lesser spiritual penetrations are acquired by some cultivators of "side doors" and deviant paths. They have limitations. For example, such a person may observe that a point on his body has twitched a certain number of times, and deduce that a certain visitor will arrive that day. From observing a particular number of twitches at another spot, he realizes that a certain thing will happen. He uses effort on his stinking skin bag. Sometimes it can be very efficacious, but only people without eyes have to do it that way. People who "have eyes," that is, who have opened their five eyes and who have the six spiritual penetrations, don't need to think about what place is twitching, or figure out which sort of movement or state indicates the type of visitor who will come. It's not like that. Provided they want to know, they see things very clearly. That's what is meant by great spiritual penetrations with which nothing can compare.
They pervasively quake all kshetras of the ten directions. The spiritual penetrations of the Buddhas can make the kshetra lands throughout the ten directions all tremble and quake. They quake and pervasively quake; throughout the ten directions they quake and pervasively quake; and all kshetras in the ten directions quake and pervasively quake.
All experience this trembling and quaking, but without causing living beings to be startled or alarmed. Even though a single kshetra-land is quaking and pervasively quaking; even though all world-systems in the ten directions are quaking and pervasively quaking; and even though all kshetra-lands throughout the ten directions are quaking and pervasively quaking, nonetheless living beings do not become afraid. There are quakes, but not serious or dangerous ones. They are caused by the Buddha's awesome spiritual might, and so no one becomes alarmed or terrified.
Great Strength could comprehend regarding all of this. The Asura King Great Strength was very clear about this state.
The Buddha appears in the world to save living beings.
He completely reveals the path to All Wisdom,
Enabling all beings to cast off suffering and reach bliss.
Pervasive Illumination vastly opened this meaning.
The Buddha appears in the world to save living beings. The Buddha is Shakyamuni Buddha, who represents all Buddhas of the ten directions and three periods of time. When any Buddha appears in the world, his aim is to teach and transform living beings so they can leave suffering and attain bliss, end birth and death, bring forth the resolve for Bodhi, and accomplish Buddhahood. For those reasons,
he completely reveals the path to All Wisdom, so they can certify to All Wisdom. Or he may use expedient Dharma-doors to help them certify to All Wisdom. He comes to explain this, to teach and save all living beings--which is why the text says: "He completely reveals the path to All Wisdom." The Buddha tells beings about this,
enabling all beings to cast off suffering and reach bliss. All living beings whatsoever are helped to discard suffering and attain happiness, to obtain what they want.
Pervasive Illumination vastly opened this meaning. The Asura King Pervasive Illumination extensively propagated and understood this kind of state, this kind of door to liberation.
All seas of multitudes of blessings in the world
Can be brought forth and universally purified through the Buddha's strength.
The Buddha can reveal the place of liberation.
Adornment with Solid Practice entered this door.
(To a disciple) Explain these lines. Don't just angry. If you can lecture, then it's okay. Explain them. First speak in Chinese, and then explain in English. We'll see whether you cried yourself into Enlightenment and into having the four types of unimpeded eloquence. Okay. Quickly! (The disciple says she has forgotten the place in the text.) Where did we lecture to? I've forgotten as well. Oh, it's here:
All seas of multitudes of blessings in the world /Can be
brought forth and universally purified through the Buddha's
strength. That's the place. The Buddha can reveal
the place of liberation. You see, the place of liberation is there! Ah,
Adornment with Solid Practice entered this door, came in the door. Isn't that right? For me to have forgotten and then remembered does not count as strange. (Two disciples explain the passage, and then the Venerable Master comments.) "This world" here refers to all living beings, and is the world of living beings, the world of sentient beings. "All" means including each and every one. All sentient and insentient beings are included when it says "in the world." As to "seas of multitudes of blessings," multitudes of blessings are accumulated bit by bit. In order to have a sea of multitudes of blessings, you must cultivate good karma, create all kinds of merit and virtue. After you amass all sorts of merit and virtue, you can have all kinds of rewards of blessings, and then you will have blessings like the sea.
In China there is a matching couplet for wishing someone a happy birthday which goes:
May you have blessings like the Eastern Sea's ever-flowing waters. The waters of the Eastern Sea flow and flow nonstop, symbolizing blessings which last forever.
May your lifespan be like the Southern Mountain's never-aging pines. Today, the sixteenth day of the third lunar month, I don't know what you told them so they gone Sye Bing-Ying and Syu Yi-Jwun to give me a birthday card. It had a lot of black characters written on white paper, saying I don't know what. In it were the lines, "May you have blessings like the Eastern Sea's ever-flowing waters; may your lifespan be like the Southern Mountain's never-aging pines." This expresses the hope that one's life will be like the pines on Southern Mountain so that one will never get old.
If you have blessings, you can have wisdom. The Buddha is replete with both blessings and wisdom. The sea of multitudes of blessings is accumulated bit by bit. The great sea does not reject tiny streams. It became a vast ocean by not excluding any waters, whether great or small, from flowing into it. It doesn't say, "You're just a drop of water, I don't want you. I'm such a big sea, your tiny drop doesn't help me a bit. I don't want it." Instead, it accepts any amount of water, no matter how minimal, which is how it became a great sea. And if you are willing to cultivate any amount of blessings, however small, they can accumulate to form a sea.
They (the seas of multitudes of blessings in the world)
can be brought forth and universally purified through the Buddha's strength. The power of the Buddha's awesome spiritual might can bring forth all kinds of blessings. This line is connected with the line before it. The Buddha's strength can produce all sorts of blessings, and they are all pure blessings. He enables living beings to obtain those kinds of pure blessings. "Universally purified" means he everywhere enables living beings to acquire such pure rewards of blessings. That is, he tells everyone to leave home. Can you do it? If you could all leave home, you would be universally purified. You would obtain pure blessings.
See how Gwo Man, old as she is, has nonetheless left the home-life. And as a left-home person she is as sincere as ever. See how she is. The Buddhas always aid her, and help her sleep more! She eats her fill and then falls asleep. That's because she doesn't have any false thoughts. If she were false-thinking all the time, she wouldn't be able to sleep. She said when she was on her way here from Hong Kong, she didn't sleep for two days. She kept wondering, "When will we get to America? How will it be sitting in the plane? When will I see my Teacher?" She had those false thoughts from morning to night, and they kept her awake. After two sleepless nights, once she arrived yesterday, as soon as she lay down on the bed, she fell sound asleep. Her false thinking had stopped, and so she slept.
All this can be brought forth and universally purified through the Buddha's strength. Furthermore, the Buddha can reveal, open and disclose, the principle so all living beings can understand it and reach the place of liberation. Adornment with Solid Practice entered this door. See! Why did I have both of you Bhikshunis lecture this adornment with solid practice tonight? You should understand the meaning of adornment with solid practice. The two of you should ask yourselves whether or not you have solid practice, and whether it adorns you. If so, you should have more. You should go forward even more vigorously. But you shouldn't use your temper to be vigorous. Be vigorous using patience instead. Your vigor needs patience. You must bear what you can't bear, and yield what you can't yield. See? That's how Adornment with Solid Practice entered this door. If you enter this door, you are an "insider." But if you don't enter this door, you remain an "outsider."