Terrible Spiritual Trap Hidden in the Pranja-para-mita sutra – PART 1

新年の伊勢白山道さんの写真

When I used to give advice to people in private, I came across a lot of cases that elderly men who took to making a handwritten copy of Pranja-para-mita sutra(般若心経)as a hobby after retirement went depressed or had an eye disease. They had no problem with their family and surroundings.

  • give advice 相談にのる
  • come across A Aに出くわす
  • elderly 初老の
  • take to A Aを始める
  • retirement 引退
  • depressed 鬱の
  • disease 病気
  • surrounding 環境

At first I thought that those troubles were caused by some spiritual problem, but looking more closely I found it wrong. Well, there is no one but has a problem. The negative aspect of the problem is often expanded extraordinarily and as a result it has effects on the person spiritually.

  • cause 引き起こす
  • closely 詳細に
  • aspect 側面
  • expand 拡大する
  • extraordinarily 異常に
  • have effects on A Aに影響を与える

Looking closely, I perceived something spiritual coming from the handwritten copy of and the act of chanting Pranja-para-mita sutra. And what I found out by spiritual reading was the author of Pranja-para-mita sutra, who died mortified putting a curse on society. It was shocking to me. It was unexpected that one of the most valued and prevalent sutras in Buddhism has a spiritual trap in it.

  • perceive 知覚する
  • find out A Aを見つけ出す
  • author 著者
  • mortified 無念に
  • put a curse on A Aに呪いをかける
  • society 社会
  • value 大事にする
  • prevalent 普及している
  • trap 仕掛け

Though there are a lot of theories as to who wrote Pranja-para-mita sutra, I’m sure the author is Kumarajiva(鳩摩羅什). He was born in a place close to Sinkiang Uigur Autonomous Region(新疆ウイグル自治区) in present China about 800 years after Shakyamuni died. His father was an Indian and his mother was an Aryan. His face was characteristic by nature. In my spiritual vision, I feel that his nose is unusually big and has small eyes and his facial skin is very rugged as if he got bad pimples on his face.

  • theory 説
  • Aryan アーリア人
  • characteristic 特徴的な
  • by nature 生まれつき
  • unusually 異常に
  • rugged ゴツゴツした
  • pimple ニキビ

He was bullied and discriminated because of his appearance. He had felt the vanity of this world because he had had a hard time since he was a child. He gave up worldly happinesses like marriage early on and became a priest as a child, told to do so by his mother in part.

  • bully いじめる
  • discriminate 差別する
  • appearance 容姿
  • vanity 虚しさ
  • worldly 世俗の
  • marriage 結婚
  • early on 早くに
  • in part 部分的には

He had a profound knowledge of a lot of languages and was good at applying it because he was born mixed blood and was raised in the region where various cultures interacted. After becoming a priest, he was engaged in studying sutras at an early stage. He translated many of those sutras written in Sanskrit into Chinese characters which compiled teachings of Shakyamuni.

  • profound 深い
  • knowledge 知識
  • apply 応用する
  • mixed blood 混血
  • raise 育てる
  • various 様々な
  • interact 相互作用する
  • be engaged in A Aに従事する
  • translate 翻訳する
  • compile まとまる
  • teaching 教え

It is unreasonable that the Indian words were easily put into Chinese which were similar in pronunciation and meaning. At this time, the sutras were changed into different ones. Though many Japanese people are convinced that sutras were written by Shakyamuni, it is far from the truth. The truth is the sutras have nothing to do with Shakyamuni. To describe in an extreme manner, the Japanese Buddhism believe in the religion Kumarajiva made up under the name of Shakyamuni.

… To be continued.

  • unreasonble 無理な
  • similar 似ている
  • pronunciation 発音
  • meaning 意味
  • change A into B  AをBに変える
  • convinced 思い込んでいる
  • be far from A Aからは程遠い
  • have nothing to do with A Aと何の関係もない
  • describe 言う
  • extreme 極端な
  • religion 宗教
  • make up A Aをでっち上げる

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