We must always keep in mind the suffering of others. Have empathy and share their pain, when others are in difficulty, you feel the pain. When others suffer, you always have them on your mind; “they are suffering, I must help them”. You give others strength. You must learn from the Master; when others suffer, I will always tell them, “you must persevere. You must believe in Guan Yin Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva will certainly save you”. After I have given them strength, they will have the confidence to live a better life. Right? Furthermore, you must have the joy in helping people.
Many people go to help others but end up frightening people. They say things like, “look, it’s your karmic punishment. You have not cultivated well. Look, this is your karmic result! That’s why you have such a serious illness. You must be more diligent in your cultivation. Otherwise, you could die anytime. Even Bodhisattvas are unable to alter anyone’s karma”. After listening to all this, how could they have the will power to live on? How could they be saved?
People who truly have wisdom are cheerful and happy when helping others. Some like to smile, they help people happily. Actually, this is also a form of giving, to bring joy to others. They would say, “don’t you worry, it will be fine. Many people suffered from the same illness like you. They got well through reciting sutras. Take me for instance, in the past I had such and such an illness. I got well through reciting sutras. It’s true. So, I hope it will work for you too. Cheer up. Be cheerful. Cancer cells fear happy people”. Right?
Let me ask you, would evil things such as cancer cells be afraid of Bodhisattvas. Yes, they are afraid of two types of Bodhisattvas. The first one is Vajra Bodhisattva, they are afraid of the Bodhisattva. So, you must have Vajra Bodhisattva at heart. The other one when Maitreya Bodhisattva comes, they would also be afraid. When Maitreya Bodhisattva starts laughing, they would run helter-skelter. So, a person with dharma joy can also save people. Many people can change their way of thinking when they are more cheerful. They will no longer feel terrible, sad or miserable. To give our valuable time; to give our money; or even to give our lives to enlighten others to save others, is the true essence of the Four Boundless States. This is their true meaning.
You need to learn from Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s mercy and compassion and persist with your cultivation. How would you not become a Buddha? How can people not become Buddhas? So those who wish to become Buddhas must cultivate with diligence. Those who are diligent are able to become Buddhas. Alright, I will continue you must all understand what wisdom is. Wisdom refers to Buddha’s wisdom, not to human wisdom. People with human wisdom are concerned about gains and losses, “Well, as for this matter, if I take this road, I can save a little. By doing that, I can save a little”. It is not like that; Buddha’s wisdom is greatly merciful and greatly compassionate.
Great wisdom. It has nothing to do with human wisdom. So, we must understand what wisdom is. Wisdom is also referred to as the ‘Prajna wisdom that perceives the totality’. Prajna wisdom is the wisdom of Bodhisattvas, wisdom that perceives the totality, it refers to total form knowledge. Actually, if a person really acquires the wisdom of Bodhisattvas, they will have a total form knowledge of anything. They can give full play to their wisdom, virtue and ability; your wisdom. Therefore, there are some children at school whom others like to play with, because these children can think up solutions to any problem. They are clever at solving problems because they analyse human wisdom. What is meant by total form knowledge? It is Bodhisattvas’ wisdom. They can tell whether your wisdom is high level or low level, whether it is selfish or selfless wisdom. This is due to the protection and blessings of Bodhisattvas. So, we must work to achieve the ‘Prajna Wisdom of Differentiation’. That is you possess the Bodhisattva’s Prajna wisdom. It differentiates itself from other forms of wisdom. It is different from human form, you are able to know and understand each person’s habits and their personalities. That means you have total form knowledge. Eventually this becomes ‘Prajna wisdom of all knowledge’.
A truly wise person is able to apply wisdom to any matter. Some people are wise in a particular area but lack wisdom in a different area. So, the ‘Prajna wisdom that perceives the totality’ is a total form of knowledge. Hence, understanding wisdom in cultivation is essential. This is called ‘corresponding to one Dharma’. Take a look, this one path is certainly corresponding. All those who learn Buddhism. All those that possess wisdom. All those that learn Buddhism possess wisdom. Hence, those with a high level of cultivation and practise Buddhism well, will definitely posses the Prajna wisdom. Thus, they can penetrate and understand all Dharmas. All Buddhists are the same, it doesn’t matter which school or lineage of Buddhism. Look at their elders; look at their teachers; and look at the senior monks or nuns, they all possess wisdom. Since ancient times, there have been many eminent Buddhist monastics or lay practitioners. Look at the words they speak. The wisdom they share with humanity, that is supreme Prajna wisdom.
So, assess whether you possess wisdom and you will know how well you are cultivating. When faced with a problem, if you are agonized or troubled. If you can’t straighten things out then sorry, you are still a beginner. If you are able to deal with matters as they arise, you might feel a little upset. But you get over it quickly, you have already crossed the threshold.