Manjushri said, “There is a Dragon King’s daughter who is just eight years old. She is wise, with sharp faculties. She well knows the faculties, conducts, and karmas of living beings and has attained dharani. She is able to receive and uphold the entire storehouse of extremely profound secrets spoken by the Buddha. She has deeply entered dhyana samadhi and thoroughly penetrated all dharmas. In the space of a kshana she brought forth the Bodhi Mind and attained to irreversibility. Her eloquence is unobstructed and she is compassionately mindful of all living beings as if they were her children. Her merit and virtue are complete. The thoughts of her mind and the words from her mouth are subtle, wonderful, and expansive. She is compassionate, humane, and yielding; harmonious and refined in mind and will, and she is able to arrive at Bodhi.”
Manjushri, Wonderfully Auspicious Bodhisattva, said, “You wanted to know if it was possible to become a Buddha quickly? Well, I’ll tell you one case, one experience I know of. In the Dragon Palace at the bottom of the salty sea, there is the Dragon King’s daughter who is just eight years old. Even though she is young, her wisdom is great. She is wise with sharp faculties, she is extraordinarily intelligent. At the tender age of eight, she well knows the faculties, conducts, and karmas of living beings. She is able to know living beings’ past causes and subsequent effects. Whatever causes they plant, they reap the corresponding result. Whatever Dharma-door they cultivate, they attain the matching karmic fruition. And she has attained dharani.”
Dharani is a Sanskrit word, and it means “to unite all Dharmas and uphold limitless meanings.” It also means to “maintain purity in body, mouth, and mind.” If your body commits physical karma, your mouth creates verbal karma, or your mind makes mental karma, then your three karmas are impure and you can’t be said to have dharani. Dharani means purity in the three karmas.
“She is able to receive and uphold the entire storehouse of extremely profound secrets spoken by the Buddha. She understands all the dharanis and secret treasuries of the Buddha.” “Secret” means that they are spoken for one person, so another person wouldn’t understand them. For example, Mr. Chang doesn’t understand what is spoken for Mr. Lee, and Mr. Lee doesn’t understand what is spoken for Mr. Chang. Perhaps the same words are understood by different people at different levels, some more profound than others. This eight- year-old girl is able to receive, uphold, read and recite them, and understand them fully. “She has deeply entered dhyana samadhi and not only that, she has thoroughly penetrated all dharmas, understands them all. In the space of a kshana in less than a split second, she brought forth the Bodhi Mind and attained to irreversibility, that position. Her eloquence is unobstructed, she really knows how to talk! She can talk dead people back to life! That’s how wonderful her eloquence is. How can she do this? The dead people get interested in hearing what she has to say, and so they come back to life and listen! Wouldn’t you say that was wonderful?
“And she is compassionately mindful of all living beings as if they were her children. She is considerate towards living beings, and is always looking out for them, like a mother watches over her sons and daughters.”
We also say that the Buddha is our compassionate father and we are all his children.
“Her merit and virtue is complete. The thoughts of her mind and the words from her mouth are subtle, wonderful, and expansive. She is compassionate, humane, and yielding, the Dharma she speaks is subtle and vast. The thoughts in her mind are compassionate and gentle.” “Compassionate” means that she bestows happiness on living beings, and rids them of their sufferings. “Humane” means that she is protective and kind towards everyone. This kindness is pure. It is not mixed with any defiled dharmas. “Yielding” means that even though she possesses the merit and virtue required to fill a very high position, she defers to others. She is harmonious and refined in mind and will, and she is able to arrive at Bodhi. She is able to become a Buddha very quickly.”
To be continued
Question: Our birth, aging, sickness, and death in this life are caused by our karmic obstacles from
previous lives. However, most people do not know that these karmic obstacles were caused by the bad things they did in previous lives. They don't see any apparent cause for their sicknesses. Isn't this a very heavy punishment for people to take? Since they don't understand why they are sick, they certainly will not be able to accept it willingly.
Venerable Master: Who told you to come and be a person?