DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 16. Comments on the Mind
Bhagavan aha: Tat kim manyase Subhute, yavantyo Gangayam maha-nadyam valuka, api nu ta valukas Tathagatena bhasitah? Subhutir aha: Evam etad Bhagavann, evam etat Sugata, bhasitas Tathagatena valukah. Bhagavan aha: Tat kim manyase Subhute yavantyo Gangayam maha-nadyam valukas tavantya eva Ganga-nadyo bhaveyuh, tasu ya valukas tavantas ca lokadhatavo bhaveyuh, kascid bahavas te lokadhatavo bhaveyuh? Subhutir aha: Evam etad Bhagavann, evam etat Sugata, bahavas te loka-dhatavo bhaveyuh. Bhagavan aha: Yavantah Subhute tesu loka-dhatusu sattvas tesam aham nanabhavam citta-dharam prajanami. Tat kasya hetoh? Citta-dhara citta-dhareti Subhute a-dharaisa Tathagatena bhasitas. Tenocyate citta-dhareti. Tat kasya hetoh? Atitam Subhute cittam nopalabhyate, anagatam cittam nopalabhyate, pratyutpannam cittam nopalabhyate.
The Lord said: What do you think, Subhuti, has the Tathagata used the phrase, 'as many grains of sand as there are in the great river Ganges'? Subhuti replied: So it is, O Lord, so it is, O Well-Gone! The Tathagata has done so. The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, if there were as many Ganges rivers as there are grains of sand in the great river Ganges, and if there were as many world systems as there are grains of sand in them, would those world systems be many? Subhuti replied: So it is, O Lord, so it is, O Well-Gone, these world systems would be many. The Lord said: As many beings as there are in these world systems, of them I know, in my wisdom, the manifold trends of thought. And why? 'Trends of thought, trends of thought', Subhuti, as no trends have they been taught by the Tathagata. Therefore are they called 'trends of thought'. And why? Past thought is not got at; future thought is not got at; present thought is not got at.
Tat kim manyase Subhute yah kascit kulaputro va kuladuhita vemam trisahasramahasahasram lokadhatum sapta-ratna-paripurnam krtva Tathagatebhyo'rhadbhyah samyaksambuddhebhyo danam dadyat, api nu sa kulaputro va kuladuhita va tato nidanam bahu punya-skandham prasunuyat? Subhutir aha: Bahu Bhagavan, bahu Sugata. Bhagavan aha: Evam etat Subhute evam etat, bahu sa kulaputro va kuladuhita va tato nidanam punyaskandham prasunuyad. Tat kasya hetoh? Punya-skandhah punya-skandha iti Subhute a-skandhah sa Tathagatena bhasitah. Tenocyate punya-skandha iti. Sacet Subhute punya-skandho'bhavisyan, na Tathagato'bhasisyat punya-skandhah punya-skandha iti.
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What do you think, Subhuti, if a son or daughter of good family had filled this world system of 1,000 million worlds with the seven precious things, and then gave it as a gift to the Tathagatas, the Arhats, the fully Enlightened Ones, would they on the strength of that beget a great heap of merit? Subhuti replied: they would, O Lord, they would, O Well-Gone! The Lord said: So it is, Subhuti, so it is. On the strength of that this son or daughter of good family would beget a great heap of merit, immeasurable and incalculable. But if, on the other hand, there were such a thing as a heap of merit, the Tathagata would not have spoken of a 'heap of merit'.
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