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DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 6. Explain Dharma

Tat kasya hetoh? Sacet Subhute tesam bodhisattvanam mahasattvanam dharma-samjna pravarteta, sa eva tesam atma-graho bhavet, sattva-graho jiva-grahah pudgala-graho bhavet. Saced a-dharma-samjna pravarteta, sa eva tesam atma-graho bhavet, sattva-graho jiva-grahah pudgala-graha iti. Tat kasya hetoh? Na khalu punah Subhute bodhisattvena mahasattvena dharma udgrahitavyo na-adharmah. Tasmad iyam Tathagatena sandhya vag bhasita: Kolopamam dharma-paryayam ajanadbhir dharma eva prahatavyah prag eva-adharma iti.
And why? If, Subhuti, these Bodhisattvas should have a perception of either a dharma, or a no-dharma, they would thereby seize on a self, a being, a soul, or a person. And why? Because a Bodhisattva should not seize on either a dharma or a no-dharma. Therefore this saying has been taught by the Tathagata with a hidden meaning: 'Those who know the discourse on dharma as like unto a raft, should forsake dharmas, still more so no-dharmas.'

Punar aparam Bhagavan ayusmantam Subhutim etad avocat: Tat kim manyase Subhute, asti sa kascid dharmo yas Tathagatena-anuttara samyaksambodhir ity abhisambuddhah, kascid va dharmas Tathagatena desitah? Evam ukta ayusman Subhutir Bhagavantam etad avocat: Yatha-aham Bhagavan Bhagavato bhasitasya-artham ajanami, na-asti sa kascid dharmo yas Tathagatena-anuttara samyaksambodhir ity abhisambuddhah, na-asti dharmo yas Tathagatena desitah. Tat kasya hetoh? Yo'sau Tathagatena dharmo'bhisambuddho desito va, agrahyah so'nabhilapyah, na sa dharmo na-adharmah. Tat kasya hetoh? Asamskrtaprabhavita hy arya-pudgalah.
The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, is there any dharma which the Tathagata has fully known as 'the utmost, right and perfect enlightenment, or is there any dharma which the Tathagata has demonstrated? Subhuti replied: No, not as I understand what the Lord has said. And why? This dharma which the Tathagata has fully known or demonstrated it cannot be grasped, it cannot be talked about, it is neither a dharma nor a no-dharma. And why? Because an Absolute exalts the Holy Persons.

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