The Thus Come One's sound rocks the countries of the ten directions.
All his speech and sounds are full and perfect.
Universally enlightening the flocks of beings without exception.
Hearing this, Taming and Subduing rejoices in his heart.
The Thus Come One's sound rocks the countries of the ten directions. The Thus Come One's sound pervasively fills the Dharma Realm, as does his light. The Thus Come One's body also fills the ten directions of the Dharma Realm. All his speech and sounds are full and perfect. The Buddha's words and the sound of his voice are perfect. Universally enlightening the flocks of beings without exception. The Buddha awakens all living beings, not leaving any out. Hearing about this state, the Multi-bodied Spirit Taming and Subduing rejoices in his heart. He is extremely happy.
The Buddha's body is pure and constantly tranquil.
He displays myriads of forms everywhere, yet is devoid of marks.
In this way he pervasively dwells in all worlds.
This is what the Spirit Pure Flowers has entered.
The Buddha's body is pure and constantly tranquil. The Buddha's body does not leave its original place, yet pervades the ten directions. He displays myriads of forms everywhere, yet is devoid of marks. The Buddha's body is still and tranquil. "All dharmas, from the very beginning, are always still and tranquil, and cannot be described in words." The Buddha displays all bodies of wonderful existence, but these bodies are apart from marks; they are part of true emptiness. True emptiness reveals wonderful existence; wonderful existence is simply true emptiness. In this way, within true emptiness and wonderful existence, he pervasively dwells in all worlds throughout the ten directions. This state and this liberation door is what the Spirit Pure Flowers has entered.
The Guiding Master is inconceivable in this way.
According to their thoughts, living beings are able to see him.
Whether sitting, walking, or sometimes standing.
Limitless Aspects of Awesome Comportment awakened to this door.
The Guiding Master is inconceivable in this way. The great Guiding Master who receives and guides living beings can neither be conceived of with the mind nor described in words.
According to their thoughts, living beings are able to see him. Living beings are able to see the Buddha, whether sitting, walking, or sometimes standing. They may see the Buddha sitting there, walking, or just standing. Whether the Buddha is walking, standing, sitting, or reclining, Limitless Aspects of Awesome Comportment awakened to this door. "Limitless aspects of awesome comportment" refers to the three thousand modes of awesome comportment and the eighty thousand subtle practices. This multi-bodied spirit has seen the Buddha's awesome comportment and understood this door to liberation.
The Buddha is difficult to encounter in a hundred thousand eons.
He comes forth to benefit beings with sovereign ease,
Helping the whole world to escape the misery of poverty.
Supreme Light Adornment has entered this state.
The Buddha is difficult to encounter in a hundred thousand eons. All of us have been born after the Buddha's time. This is one of the eight difficulties. We have come into the world when the Buddha has already entered Nirvana. Since we lack profound affinities with the Buddha, we have not been born in the Buddha's time. It is hard to meet a Buddha even in a hundred million eons. It is not easy at all. He comes forth to benefit beings with sovereign ease. The Buddha appears in the world to benefit living beings through the wondrous functioning of his sovereign spiritual powers, helping the whole world to escape the misery of poverty and attain the benefit of the Dharma. The poorest people are those who do not understand the Buddhadharma. The richest are those who understand the Buddhadharma. The Multi-bodied Spirit named Supreme Light Adornment has entered this state and attained this door to liberation.
From every gap between the Thus Come One's teeth,
Flaming clouds of light from fragrant lamps are emitted,
Extinguishing the delusions of all living beings.
The Spirit Immaculate Cloud perceives in this way.
From every gap between the Thus Come One's teeth, / Flaming clouds of light from fragrant lamps are emitted. These lamps give off various kinds of fragrance and light that form into blazing clouds, extinguishing the delusions of all living beings. Once illumined by this light, all living beings' confusion and doubts completely disappear. The Multi-bodied Spirit Immaculate Cloud perceives in this way and understands this door to liberation.
Living beings' defiled delusions are heavy obstacles.
Following demonic paths, they constantly drift and wander.
The Thus Come One reveals the path of liberation.
One Who Protects and Supports can awaken to and enter this.
Living beings' defiled delusions are heavy obstacles. Living beings are deluded by defiled dharmas, so they lose their purity. In that state of impurity, all sorts of heavy obstacles arise, covering their inherent natures until the light of Prajna cannot shine forth.
Following demonic paths, they constantly drift and wander. Take a look. Only a few people attend Dharma assemblies where the Dharma is lectured. There are only twenty people or so here studying the Buddhadharma. Rock concerts, however, are attended by thousands or tens of thousands people who have to buy tickets to get in. If a famous rock star's records are being given away, everyone goes crazy trying to grab one; people even come to blows over it. This is exactly what this line is referring to—being influenced by demons' insanity and constantly drifting and wandering. Dancing is a defiled dharma, as are watching movies or plays. Nevertheless, people want to do these things and are willing to pay for them. Our Dharma lectures are free, yet they don't come. Maybe if we charged an entrance fee, they would want to come.
If there is a striptease show, people will even go without sleep so they can watch it. Really, what is there worth seeing? What benefits are there in watching it? Even those who plan to leave the home life first want to see the striptease show. Isn't that pathetic? That's another example of following the insanity of demons and running about.
People also know that taking dope is harmful, yet they still buy it and take it. That is also to follow the insanity of demons and run about.
I have contemplated the Thus Come One's sovereign power.
His light spreads throughout the Dharma Realm, filling it entirely.
Dwelling in the royal palace, he transforms living beings.
This is the state of the Spirit Universally Manifesting.
I have contemplated the Thus Come One's sovereign spiritual power. / His brilliant light spreads throughout the Dharma Realm, filling it entirely. / Dwelling in the royal palace, he transforms living beings. The Buddha lived in a king's palace, and he taught and transformed all living beings. This is the state of the Multi-bodied Spirit Universally Manifesting. He understood this state.
Living beings, confused by falseness,
undergo the myriad sufferings.
The Buddha is in their midst, constantly rescuing
and protecting them,
Enabling them to obliterate their delusion
and produce happy thoughts.
The Spirit named Unmoving Radiance has made this observation.
Living beings, confused by falseness, having strayed off the proper path and become caught up in a profusion of false thoughts, undergo the myriad sufferings. Their numerous false thoughts are like birds flying every which way, bringing on every kind of suffering—the three sufferings, the eight sufferings, and the limitless sufferings. They undergo all these sufferings. The Buddha is in their midst in the six paths, constantly rescuing and protecting them, / Enabling them to obliterate their delusion and produce happy thoughts. / The Multi-bodied Spirit named Unmoving Radiance has made this observation and understood this door to liberation.
Moreover, the Vajra-wielding Spirit named Wondrous Color Narayana obtained the liberation door of seeing the Thus Come One manifest bodies of boundless forms.
Who can explain the word Narayana? What does it mean? [A disciple explains.] You cannot completely explain the meaning. If people want to know more, they have to investigate on their own. In lecturing the Sutra, you cannot explain everything in full, for if you did, it's not known when we would finish lecturing this Sutra. Not only with long Sutras, even with short Sutras you cannot fully explain all the meanings. Even if a Sutra is short, it takes a long time to completely explain its meanings.
To be continued