From the last issue: They scorn those who live among people. Fancying themselves to be lofty monks—real cultivators....
Coveting profit and offerings,
They will speak Dharma to the white robed,
And be held in reverence by the world
As Arhats with six penetrations.
These people harbor evil thoughts,
Always thinking of vulgar, worldly matters.
Falsely calling themselves Aranyakas,
They will take delight in pointing out our faults.
This "real cultivator" says, "Why do they lecture the Sutra? It's because they are
coveting profit and offerings. They want people to make offerings to them." Those who claim to be on the True Path slander the ones who lecture the Dharma Flower Sutra, saying that they are greedy for offerings. That's one way to explain it. Another interpretation is that the ones "coveting profit and offerings" are those "old cultivators" who dwell in Aranyas and claim to practice the True Path.
They will speak Dharma to the white robed, acting no different than lay people. For example, when lecturing the Dharma, they won't wear robes or sashes, but will dress very casually and say, "Let's all sit down and have a chat. I am just like all of you. There's no distinction between lay people and left-home people."
They will speak Dharma to lay people and be held in reverence by the world. They will say they are enlightened and that they have a lot of virtue. Wealthy people will make offerings to them, thinking that they are Bodhisattvas with inconceivable states. Such people offer them all the money they need, revering them
as Arhats with six spiritual
I don't care what they think. Even if those people were here, I'd still say the same things. I have no fear. What do I have to be afraid of? I'm not afraid of anyone. If you believe in me, that's fine. If you don't believe in me, that's even better! It's no problem. Anyway, these so-called cultivators are revered as Arhats with six penetrations.
The six penetrations are: the penetration of the heavenly ear, the penetration of the heavenly eye, the penetration of others' thoughts, the penetration of past lives, the penetration of the ending of outflows, and the penetration of spiritual fulfillment.
We shouldn't say bad things about them. Since they have the penetration of the heavenly ear, they will know. Well, it's even better if they know. They should hear this.
These people harbor evil thoughts, / Always thinking of vulgar, worldly matters. These people are always thinking about worldly things and busy scheming and exploiting. They aren't the way I tell you to be:
Freezing to death, don't climb on conditions.
Starving to death, don't manipulate conditions.
Dying of poverty, ask for nothing!
Thinking of worldly matters" just means that they are always busy exploiting conditions and begging for money from rich lay people, going after fame and profit.
Falsely calling themselves Aranyakas. This describes the situation clearly. How can an Aranyaka engage in fighting? He is prohibited from fighting. When disciples take over your monastery, you ought to think, "It's the same no matter who owns it." Why bother building another one?
They will take delight in pointing out our faults. These false Aranyakas are always talking about the faults of those who lecture on the Dharma Flower Sutra.
I'll tell you the honest truth. Since I don't want my disciples to fight over things, as soon as I built Cixing Monastery at Dayu Mountain, I gave it away! I said, "Whoever wants to can go and be the abbot." As it turned out, Fazang went. He didn't have an abbot's position available at the time, so he went there to be abbot. I had originally planned to transfer the monastery to his name after he had served as abbot for three years, but he couldn't wait that long. After half a year, without getting my approval, he changed everything to his name on the sly. I guess he was pretty clever. He wanted to save me the trouble, so he changed the name secretly. He said, "I'd have created a lot of hassle for you if I had notified you." "Falsely calling themselves Aranyakas,
/ They will take delight in pointing out our faults." They
may live in a quiet place, but their minds aren't quiet.
They specialize in pointing out the faults of people who
lecture the Dharma Flower Sutra.
To be continued