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Nagarjuna - Mahayanavimsaka

Nagarjuna - Mahayanavimsaka

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MahayanavimsakaofNagarjunaADORATIONTOTHETHREETREASURES1ImakemyobeisancetotheBuddhawhoiswise,freefromallattachment,andwhosepowersarebeyondconception,andwhohaskindlytaughtthetruthwhichcannotbeexpressedbywords.2Inthetranscendentaltruththereisnoorigination(utpada),andinfact,thereisnodestruction(nirodha).TheBuddhaislikethesky(whichhasneitheroriginationnorcessation),andthebeingsarelikehim,andthereforetheyareofthesamenature.3Thereisnobirtheitheronthisortheotherside(oftheworld).Acompoundthing(samskrta)originatesfromitsconditions.Thereforeitissunyabyitsnature.Thisfactcomesintotherangeofknowledgeofanomniscientone.4Allthingsbynatureareregardedasreflections.Theyarepureandnaturallyquiescent,devoidofanyduality,equal,andremainalwaysandinallcircumstancesinthesameway(tathata).5Infact,worldingsattributeatmantowhatisnotatman,andinthesamewaytheyimaginehappiness,misery,indifference,passionsandliberation.6-7Birthinthesixrealmsofexistenceintheworld,highesthappinessintheheaven,greatpaininthehell,--thesedonotcomewithintheperviewoftruth(i.e.cannotbeacceptedastrue);nordothenotionsthatunmeritoriousactionsleadtotheextrememisery,oldage,disease,anddeath,andmeritoriousactionssurelybringaboutgoodresults.Itisowingtofalsenotionsthatbeingsareconsumedbyfireofpassionsevenasaforestisburntbyforestconflagrationandfallintothehells,etc.Asillusionprevailssodobeingsmaketheirappearance.Theworldisillusoryanditexistsonlyonaccountofitscauseandconditions.8AsapainterisfrightenedbytheterriblefigureofaYaksawhichhehimselfhasdrawn,soisafoolfrightenedintheworld(byhisownfalsenotions).9Evenasafoolgoinghimselftoaquagmireisdrownedtherein,soarebeingsdrownedinthequagmireoffalsenotionsandareunabletocomeoutthereof.10
 
Thefeelingofmiseryisexperiencedbyimaginingathingwhereinfactithasnoexistence.Beingsaretorturedbythepoisonoffalsenotionsregardingtheobjectanditsknowledge.11Seeingthesehelplessbeingswithacompassionateheartoneshouldperformthcpracticesofthehighestknowledge(bodhicarya)forthebenefitofthem.12HavingacquiredrequisitestherebyandgettingunsurpassablebodhioneshouldbecomeaBuddha,thefriendoftheworld,beingfreedfronthebondageoffalsenotions.13Hewhorealizesthetranscendentaltruthknowingthepratityasamutpada(orthemanifestationofentitiesdependingontheircausesandconditions),knowstheworldtobesunyaanddevoidofbeginning,middleorend.14Thesamsaraandnirvanaaremereappearances;thetruthisstainless,changeless,andquiescentfromthebeginningandillumined.15Theobjectofknowledgeindreamisnotseenwhenoneawakes.Similarlytheworlddisappearstohimwhoisawakenedfromthedarknessofignorance.Thecreationofillusionisnothingbutillusion.Wheneverythingiscompoondthereisnothingwhichcanberegardedasarealthing.Suchisthenatureofallthings.16Onehavingorigination(jati)doesnotoriginatehimself.Originationisafalseconceptionofthepeople.Suchconceptionsand(conceived)beings,thesetwoarenotreasonable.17Allthisisnothingbutmind(citta)andexistsjustlikeanillusion.Henceoriginategoodandevilactionsandfromthemgoodandevilbirth.18Whenthewheelofthemindissuppressed,allthingsaresuppressed.Thereforeallthingsaredevoidofatman(independentnature),andconsequentlytheyarepure.19Itisduetothinkingthethingswhichhavenoindependentnatureaseternal,atman,andpleasantthatthisoceanofexistence(bhava)appearstoonewhoisenvelopedbythedarknessofattachmentandignorance.20

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