It is empty and unreal, and thus they cannot be traced
precisely. You can search but you cannot find their root.
They arise falsely and just as falsely cease to be. You may
be determined to find their source, but it doesn't exist.
They are like a person's shadow. It's only a shadow, and you
won't succeed in finding its source. You may say that its
source is the body, but the appearance of the shadow is not
the body itself. The shadow is merely an illusion.
You should warn cultivators that they must get rid
of these three delusions if they want to cultivate Bodhi. If
they do not put an end to these three delusions, then even
the spiritual penetrations they may attain are merely a
worldly, conditioned function. If they do not extinguish
these habits, they will fall into the path of demons.
Shakyamuni Buddha calls to Ananda,
should warn cultivators that they must get rid of these
three delusions if they want to cultivate Bodhi." The "three
delusions" here are the three karmas of killing, stealing,
and lust. They are called "delusions" here because the karma
arises from delusion. If one were not confused and deluded,
the karma would not be created. If they do not put an end to
these three delusions—that is, if there is even the tiniest
bit of any of these three delusions in your makeup— a hair's
breadth of killing, stealing, or lust that you don't get rid
of—then even the spiritual penetrations they may attain are
merely a worldly, conditioned function.
Perhaps they may get a bit of spiritual power or a small
amount of wisdom, but even that cannot be considered to be
unconditioned spiritual power. It resides in form and
appearance and depends upon an intent in order to function.
It is spiritual power that is attached to appearances.
they do not extinguish these habits, they will fall into the
path of demons. If the habits of killing, stealing, and lust
are not brought to a stop, you will sink into the demonic
paths in the future.
Now you see why I say that such-and-such a cultivator is a
demon king. He does not observe precepts regarding killing,
stealing, or lust. If one is like that, how can one obtain
genuine wisdom? It's impossible.
Although they wish to cast out the false, they
become doubly decep- tive instead. The Thus Come One says
that such beings are pitiful. You have created this
falseness yourself; it is not the fault of Bodhi. An
explanation such as this is proper speech. Any other
explanation is the speech of demon kings.
Although they wish to cast out the false,
they become doubly deceptive instead. They add falseness
to falseness, by speaking incorrectly. But afterwards they
say that they didn't lie, and that's another lie. If you
tell a lie, there's no use in arguing. Admit it and then
it's just one lie. But someone who denies the lie he told
ends up by telling two. In this way he increases his
offenses. The Thus Come One says that such beings are
pitiful. People who never do things properly are really
pathetic. You have created this falseness yourself; it is
not the fault of Bodhi. All this false delusion and karma is
something that you brought into being. There's no fault on
the part of Bodhi. Therefore, you can't say, "If we were all
Buddhas, how come we gave rise to falseness?" You make a
mistake if you talk like that.
An explanation such as this
is proper speech. If you talk in this way, you are in accord
with the Buddhadharma. Any other explanation is the speech
of demon kings. If the explanation is not along these lines,
you can know it's a demon king talking. You should make the
distinction clearly. The dharma spoken by demon kings is
based on falseness. For instance, he knows about a
particular situation but says he doesn't know. That's lying.
Cultivators should know that the straight mind is the Bodhimanda. Be straightforward in all situations. Don't be
To be continued