Vishvabhu Buddha is the third of the Seven Buddhas. His Dharma-transmitting verse is:
We take the four elements as our body.
The mind is basically unborn; it exists only due to states.
If the states before us do not exist, the mind will not exist either.
Offenses and blessings are like illusions which arise and perish.
This verse tells us not to take our body seriously. The body is formed by the combination of the four elements: heat belongs to the element of fire, motion belongs to the element of wind, moisture belongs to the element of water and solidity belongs to the element of earth. These four elements of earth, water, fire and wind make up the body. So it says, "We take the four elements as our body." By means of the four elements, we have our body. The mind is basically unborn; it exists only due to states. Our mind is basically unborn and undying, but because we become attached to states, the mind which is born and dies comes into being. So the verse continues, if the states before us do not exist, the mind will not exist either. If the states in front of us cease to be, then the mind will also be gone. It is only because of states that the mind arises. Offenses and blessings are like illusions which arise and perish. Offenses and blessings are both illusory. They are like foam bubbles, lightning flashes and sparks that come from striking flint. Although they have come into being, they will also perish. This is the verse spoken by Vishbvabhu Buddha.
Students of Buddhism should study the verses of the Seven Buddhas well. Don't forget them. Each verse tells us not to be attached to the body and mind. Once we are attached to them, there's an obstruction. Why does it arise? It's because we take what is false to be real; we mistake thieves for our son and our father. So the ancients said, "When one thought of hatred arises, eighty thousand doors of obstruction are opened." See how devastating it is! If you harbor a thought of hatred, eighty thousand doors of obstruction will come to obstruct you. If you don't harbor hatred, the eighty thousand obstructive doors disappear. Everyone should pay close attention to this.
Therefore, everything is made from the mind alone. We have to understand this point. States which arise are tests; they are all part of a process which we must pass through in cultivation. If a state occurs and we fail the test, then we haven't worked enough during ordinary times. So at the critical moment, we are caught in a flurry, not knowing what to do. Cultivators should pay attention to this, and recognize states.