DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 3. Practice Virtue
Api tu khalu punah Subhute na bodhisattvena vastu-pratisthitena danam datavyam, na kvacit pratisthitena danam datavyam, na-rupa-pratisthitena danam datavyam, na sabda-gandha-rasa-sprastavya-dharmesu pratisthitena danam datavyam. Evam hi Subhute bodhisattvena mahasattvena danam datavyam yatha na nimitta-samjnayam api pratitisthet. Tat kasya hetoh? Yah Subhute'pratisthito danam dadati, tasya Subhute punya-skandhasya na sukaram pramanam udgrahitum. Tat kim manyase Subhute sukaram purvasyam disy akasasya pramanam udgrahitum? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan. Bhagavan aha: Evam daksina-pascima-uttara-asvadha-urdhvam digvidiksu samantad dasasu diksu sukaram akasasya pramanam udgrahitum? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan. Bhagavan aha: Evam eva Subhute yo bodhisattvo' pratisthito danam dadati, tasya Subhute punya-skandhasya na sukaram pramanam udgrahitum. Evam hi Subhute bodhisattva-yana-samprasthitena danam datavyam yatha na nimitta-samjnayam api pratitisthet.
Moreover, Subhuti, a Bodhisattva who gives a gift should not be supported by a thing, nor should he be supported anywhere. When he gives gifts he should not be supported by sight-objects, nor by sounds, smells, tastes, touchables, or mind-objects. For, Subhuti, the Bodhisattva, the great being should give gifts in such a way that he is not supported by the notion of a sign. And why? Because the heap of merit of that Bodhi-being, who unsupported gives a gift, is not easy to measure. What do you think, Subhuti, is the extent of space in the East easy to measure? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. The Lord asked: In like manner, is it easy to measure the extent of space in the South, West or North, downwards, upwards, in the intermediate directions, in all the ten directions all round? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. The Lord said: Even so the heap of merit of that Bodhibeing who unsupported gives a gift is not easy to measure. That is why, Subhuti, those who have set out in the Bodhisattva-vehicle, should give gifts without being supported by the notion of a sign.
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