訶責神通 Vehemently Criticise Astral Power

 



English Translation by Lotuschef.
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當釋迦如來在世的時候,在整個恆河流域遊方說法,其說法成功的取得巨大影響。

During Sakyamuni’s lifetime, he traveled along the whole Ganges river expounding Dharma, and successfully received great influence.

佛陀有二件事是反當代習慣而行事:

Buddha has 2 matters that are anathema to habitual practices of that era:  一、破四姓階級,主張四姓平等。僧侶、貴族、商人、奴隸的平等。

1. Broke the 4 surname classification, and sanction Equality. Sangha; Aristocrats; Merchants; Slaves; to be Equal.

二、接受了女子進入僧團,但比丘尼規定比男僧人的戒律更嚴格多倍。

2. Accepting females into the Sangha Assembly, but Bhikkhuni’s has many folds more strict disciplines that Bhikkhu’s.

佛陀由於信眾大增,佛法又殊勝,又反當代習慣而行事,當然激起了對立(其他教派)的嫉妒與敵視,諸多的譭謗及暗算,很多陰謀也因此而設計了出來。

As Buddha’s followers increased greatly, Buddha Dharma being exceptional and supreme, coupled with overthrowing the habitual practices of that era, naturally drew much jealousy and animosity from opposing sectors, slanders and plots, lots of conspiracies also result from these.

  佛陀有時保持沉默以對,有時也駁斥了其他教派的理論,這是依靠「般若」佛法的價值,用智慧的價值來戰勝對方。

At times, Buddha will maintain a silent stance and at other he will refute their ideology, all these reliance on [Prajna] Buddha Dharma’s worthiness, employing Wisdom’s worth to triumph over the opponents.

  舍利弗、目揵連等大弟子,也同佛陀一樣,用「般若」去與對立教派辯論。

Sariputra, Moggallana, and all senior disciples, did likewise as Buddha, employing [Prajna] to debate with opposing religious sectors.

佛陀不太主張用「神通力」來炫耀佛法,曾經因此而訶責了「長眉尊者」。

Buddha do not widely encourage the use of [Astral Power] to propagate Buddha Dharma, and had vehemently criticised [Pindola] for this matter.

(長眉尊者被佛陀訶責,眾所周知)

(The Pindola story is known to all.)

  但,佛陀與諸大弟子,只有在「特殊」的情況之下,才會使用「神通力」,尤其在舍衛城,對付外道六師時,他們曾使用「神通力」。

However, Buddha and all his senior disciples will only use [Astral Power] in [Extraordinary] circumstances, especially at Savatthi when dealing with the 6 groups of Titthiya, they had used [Astral Power].

神通是有意義的時候才用。

Astral Power should be use when there is Meaningful Purpose.

沒有意義的時候不用。

When there is not meaningful purpose, don’t use.

畢竟「神通力」不是佛法的「究竟」,只是佛法的方便。

[Astral Power] is not the eventual [Ultimate] of Buddha Dharma, its only Buddha Dharma’s convenience only.

如同「提婆達多」學神通,卻入了魔道,反而入地獄受苦。

Just like Devadatta who learned [Astral abilities] but entered Evil Path, and instead entered Hell to suffer.

據我所知,釋迦如來的「神通力」非同小可,舉之如下:

As per what I know, Sakya Tathagata’s [Astral Power] is not small, for example:

一、始成正覺———與四十一位法身大士(無形),講圓滿修多羅的華嚴大法(頓教),這即是大神通力,神祕而不可思議。

1. Finally attained True Realisation — with 41 Dharmakaya Maha-purisa (no form), expound Buddhatrata’s Flower Adornment Great Dharma (Enlightening Dharma), this just is Great Astral Power, unfathomably mysterious.

二、《本行經》中記載,佛渡恆河,有一船夫不載,求渡船資,世尊見一群雁,從恆河南飛恆河北。說偈:

2. Buddha caritakavya sutra recorded these, a boat-man refused to ferry Buddha across the Ganges, asking for boat-fare, World Supreme One sighted a flock of wild geese flying from South to North of Ganges river.
He said this verse:  我今應以神通,騰空翱翔猶彼雁。

I should use Astral power to spread wings and fly like the Wild Geese in the sky.

佛就如此飛過恆河。

Thus Buddha flew across the Ganges River.

而這船夫,從此對「出家人」,不收船資。

From then on, this boat-man do not ask for fare from [Ordained Personnels].

  三、《因果經》記載,佛降伏毒龍,佛是為了度「優樓頻螺迦葉」。

世尊入火光三昧,毒龍出煙,世尊出煙;毒龍出火,世尊出火。

迦葉師徒,見世尊,處火不燒,用降毒龍,便皈依了。

3. Documented in Sutra of Karma, Buddha subdued Poisonous dragon, to succour [Uruvela-kassapa].

World Supreme One entered into Fire Light Samadhi.
Poisonous dragon emits smoke, World Supreme One emits smoke; poisonous dragon emits fire, World Supreme One emits fire.
Kassapa and disciples, upon seeing that the World Supreme One not burn by the fire’s touch, but use to subdue poisonous dragon, they took refuge then.

 

四、《普曜經》記載,世尊至尼連禪河,佛以神通,斷水令住,使水分開,而行其中。於是度五百人。

4. Lalitavistara documented, World Supreme One arrived at Nairanjanadi (a river), employing Astral ability, broke the water and order it to stay, thus the river’s water parted, and can walk on the river bed. These resulted in succouring 500 people.

五、《寶藏經》記載,佛度難陀,難陀不捨夫人之美,佛以神通帶入天中,見天女之美,又帶入地獄,謂天福享盡,則入地獄,難陀見之,才出家。

5. Precious collection sutra (classified under the Agama) documented, when Buddha succours Sundara-nanda, Sundara-nanda is reluctant to part with the beauty of his wife.
Buddha employing astral ability brought him to Heaven. Let him see the beauties of the Heaven realm, then enters Hell, explaining when Heavenly merits used up, will enter Hell.
Upon seeing these, Sundara-nanda then became ordained.

六、《月光童子經》記載,「申日長者」用毒飯害佛陀,佛放威光,令其心服,並化六師,及九十六種外道,放大光明,火坑成水池,出大蓮花,毒飯變無毒。度多人皈依。

6. Moonlight Kumara sutra documented, Senior Shen-ri used poisonous rice attempting to harm Buddha, Buddha emited dominating light, to convince him, also transformed the 6 masters and 96 categories of Titthiya, emit great brightness, fire pits became water ponds, big lotus appeared, poisonous rice became not poisonous. Succoured many to take refuge.

七、《賢愚因緣經》記載,六師與佛比試神通。

佛只伸臂,以手按座,有五大神王摧滅六師之座,金剛密跡,以金剛杵出火,擊六師頭,六師徒眾,求哀懺悔。

[Wise & ignorant relationship sutra ] documented, the 6 groups of Titthiya compete with Buddha in Astral Power. Buddha only extend his arm, using his hand to press down on his seat, the seats of the 6 group were disintegrated by 5 big Divine Kings, Secret trace of Vajras, using Dorje to emit fire, hitting the 6 groups’ heads, resulting in all teachers and disciples begging for forgiveness in repentance.

八、《寶藏經》記載,佛在拘彌國,有輔相婆羅門,持劍殺佛,佛現神通隱去,飛住虛空,輔相婆羅門,棄劍皈依。

8. [Precious collection sutra] documented, when Buddha is in Kosambi, Brahmana has help to wield sword to kill Buddha, Buddha exhibits Astral Power becoming invisible and flying into the Universal Void, those that helped the Brahmana threw away their swords and took refuge.

………。  釋迦如來,在諸經典中,為度眾、降伏外道等,示現有意義的神通,不可勝數。

所以神通只為度眾用,降伏外道用,若非如此,不可隨便用也。

Sakya Tathagata, as documented in many sutras, exhibit countless times with use of meaningful astral powers to succour all beings, to subdue Titthiya & etc.

Therefore astral power is use for the sake of all beings, to subdue Titthiya, if not for these, cannot any how use.

至於,無意義的神通,不可使用,免得使世人迷惑神通,誤入邪徑。

As to Meaningless astral power, cannot use, to prevent causing worldly people to be confused and deluded by astral power, mistakenly enter evil pathways.

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恒河(梵文:गङ्गा,印地语:गंगा,乌尔都语:گنگا‎(Ganga)IPA: [ˈɡəŋɡaː]( 聆听);泰米尔语:கங்கை,孟加拉语:গঙ্গা Gônga,玄奘译为殑伽河)是南亚的一条主要河流,流经印度北部及孟加拉。恒河源头帕吉勒提河(the Bhagirathi R.)和阿勒格嫩达河(Alaknanda)发源自印度北阿坎德邦根戈德里等冰川,它横越北印度平原(即恒河平原),流经北方邦,会合其最大支流亚穆纳河,再流经比哈尔邦西孟加拉邦,最后它分为多条支流注入孟加拉湾,其中一条是加尔各答附近的胡格利河,而主要的一条是进入孟加拉国帕德玛河,进入孟加拉国后,会合布拉马普特拉河。在孟加拉国境内的下游贾木纳河,注入孟加拉湾,其入海河段称为梅格纳河。支流布拉马普特拉河及其以上部分不算在内,恒河长为2,510公里,流域面积91万平方公里,达国土面积的三分之一,恒河也为世界河水流量前20大的河流之一[4]。恒河流域为世界上最多人口居住的河流流域,共有4亿以上人口居住于恒河流域,人口密度达每平方英里1000人以上[5]

The Ganges (/ˈɡænz/ gan-jeez), also Ganga (Hindi: गंगा; Bengali: গঙ্গা ; Sanskrit: गङ्गा) (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈɡəŋɡaː] gung-ga), is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the third largest river by discharge.

The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus.[4] It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs.[5] It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism.[6] It has also been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals (such as Pataliputra,[7] Kannauj,[7] Kara, Kashi, Allahabad, Murshidabad, Munger, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata) located on its banks.

The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007.[8] Pollution threatens not only humans, but also more than 140 fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.[8] The Ganga Action Plan, an environmental initiative to clean up the river, has been a major failure thus far,[9][10][11] due to corruption, lack of technical expertise,[12] poor environmental planning,[13] and lack of support from religious

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Whew! Took me about 2 hours to get this article translated!

 

I hope you all can enjoy it and learn from it.

 

Don’t chase Astral Powers!

 

In the article: 自然 Naturally ; and in GM’s speeches, Astral power or ability is something that occurs or appears naturally.

Those that are 6th level and above Boddhisattva, naturally has Astral power.

 

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Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom

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