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我們最近一直在說地獄的形態,大家說地獄看不到,就來看看人間,人間苦不苦?在佛經中人間也就是六道之一,六道輪迴苦不堪言,只是在人間苦樂參半,有苦有樂,還有時間讓我們善惡選擇,還有諸賢聖人來人間教育。
我們若是有因緣,能遇到諸賢聖人,比如過去古代有孔子、有佛,他們那個時代很多賢人聖人,出現在人間,孔子帶著一群弟子,甚至還有後代的孟子等等,還有莊子、墨子、老子,這都是人間很有哲學思想,在宣揚人性道德觀念。
在那個時代,社會也是很不平和,所以有很多賢人、聖人,出現在人間,他們的智慧,所覺悟的、所體會的,他們能把這個法流傳下去。
釋迦牟尼佛和那些賢人更不同,所有就是說人間道,當時的釋迦牟尼佛,除了講說人間道之外,他還很微細地為我們解釋,如何能跳脫出人間,能永恆,不會受由不得自己的,因緣果報所牽引。
我們會在六道中,就是因為因緣果報,在三界六道中無法脫離,為什麼無法脫離?就是因為我們的心地黑暗,有時一陣光來照耀,讓我們知道這條路,但是很快又暗了,常常都說人間時間很短,你就說孔子,在人間也才七十多歲而已,佛陀來人間也只有八十歲,只是四天王天的一天多而已,還不到二天,若是在忉利天,還不到一天,所以說來,以人間的時間,來比較天的壽命,時間就很短暫了。
人間的壽命如此短暫,即使有賢人聖人來到人間,也是短暫,好像我們的白天黑夜,白天也才幾個小時的時間,其實多數都是長夜茫茫,這也是比喻我們人心的世界。
大乾坤既然是長夜漫長,我們人的小乾坤,這個心地黑暗的時間很多,心地黑暗的時間就是在無明,想想看,我們小時候懵懵懂懂時,到我們能分別世間的事物,一直到世間有很多陷阱,很多境界又引誘我們一下,讓我們無明的心又再起,本來從小就懵懂了,到了成年時,世間的欲念無明又來污染我們,所以想想看,我們的心地永遠都是在黑暗中。
就像外面的境界,這種長夜茫茫一樣,誰能接引呢?什麼時候、什麼地方,才是我們皈依的地方?心靈所皈依處,實在很不容易,雖然我們現在生在這個時代,科學技術很好,但是,就是改變不了,日夜的功能或是黑暗,還是改變不了,反而造就了溫室效應,惹來了很多天災人禍,所以大自然的境界,不是人為可以改變的,所以我們人人這種心地,誰能改變?唯有自己。
我們現在都說地獄,地獄離人間到底多遠呢?其實在人的心,很近,心,自己自我煩惱,自己自我無明,這種煩惱無明自己製造,製造冷酷,到底是別人對你冷落,或是自己對人冷酷呢?這也是自己的心,懊惱,誰使你懊惱的呢?讓你悶熱不堪呢?也是自己,心門若打不開,那道光明,那道清風就無法進來,所以心獄冷熱,寒冰亦熱火,自己的心製造寒冰,自己的心也是製造熱火。
所以在這種人間,入刀山、吞鐵丸,或是煎熬痛楚,要叫誰來救拔我們呢?在自己的心獄中,有很多自我酷刑,不只別人給我們的,是我們自己,這種在心靈的地獄中,除非業盡方休,要到你真的把自己的心結,打開了才有辦法。
心地黑暗長夜茫茫
誰能接引何處為皈依
心獄冷熱寒冰亦熱火
入刀山吞鐵丸
煎熬痛楚誰能救拔
業盡方休

所以我們一直在說地獄,有鐵牆、鐵網、刀山、劍樹等等,這是誰能去救他呢?自己受業而來,就是除非自己所受的業,自己要解,所以自己若不解開心結,就像鐵牆、鐵網、刀山、劍樹,或是熱鐵丸、火爐、火柱等等,地獄這麼多,又看到,也有現在人間的畜生道,牠們也是在地獄中,牠們也不堪受。
就如看到的這篇報導,在蘇丹,這個國家好像人間的地獄,因為它長期戰亂,尤其是內戰,可以說很少有停息的時候,造成人民民不聊生,政府軍和反抗軍常常起衝突,人與人之間可以說,已經失去了人道的精神,非常殘酷。
當地的人民真的是苦不聊生,到底如何活下去?不只是人很難活下去,即使當地的動物畜生,也無法活下去,這是印度派駐那裡的和平部隊,在那裡也派了一些軍醫在那裡,回報給聯合國的結果,所報告的就是說,驢子已經沒力氣了,牠載著東西無法寸步行動,主人如何打牠,牠都不動,寧可被打死,牠都不願意拖車,何況當地那些人民,在利用這些動物,不懂得疼惜動物,人都無法互相相愛了,怎麼可能人來疼愛動物呢?
他要讓牠拖車拖很重,還用很粗糙的器具,掛在牠身上,東西又重,架子在身上那樣子磨著牠,磨得皮肉血流肉爛,還是一樣要牠拖,所以拖不動了,寧可願意被主人打死,都不願意動,這也是自殺的一種方式。
還有他們若是要拿水桶去提水,到了尼羅河邊去提水時,水桶掛在牠身上,這頭驢子不肯向前走,回過頭跳下去河裡,順著河流沖到急流的地方,流到海裡去,這已經在那裡,有很多次這樣的形態,所以他們那邊的和平部隊,已經把這個訊息傳給聯合國,說那個地方人的苦。
連動物、連驢子,都不堪受那個苦難折磨,都想要自殺,所以現已經要派軍醫,看如何去治療,這些動物的心理病態,其實這種心理病態,是從哪裡來的?連驢子都會有心理病態,那就是大環境的逼迫,所以動物的心理,也是一樣有地獄,真的是不堪忍的地獄,真的是苦不堪。
所以不只是人有心獄,連動物一樣,也有心理的病態、地獄,所以我們要知道,地獄到底在哪裡呢?在六道中,這個六道,人道,除了天道,天道也有阿修羅,所以天、人、地獄、餓鬼、畜生等等,都充滿了心獄,所以有了心獄,就有很多夜叉惡鬼,在這個人間,難道沒有夜叉惡鬼嗎?充滿了阿修羅,充滿了夜叉惡鬼。
看看蘇丹那種戰亂,那種互相對立,彼此的人民真的是無辜,受到戰亂的凌遲,受盡了苦難,想想看,這難道不是人間的夜叉惡鬼嗎?難道不是人間的牛頭羅剎嗎?這實在是很苦不堪,還是在人間就看得到,所以我們是不是應該懺悔?
懺悔鐵磨地獄
骨肉灰粉罪報
懺悔黑繩地獄
肢節分離罪報
懺悔灰河沸屎地獄
惱悶罪報

而「懺悔鐵磨地獄」,「骨肉灰粉罪報」,鐵磨的地獄,石磨來磨我們,骨和肉全都變成灰了,變成粉了,怎麼受得了這麼磨?
再來「懺悔黑繩地獄」,「肢節分離罪報」,黑繩就是繩子,繩子有火在綁我們,這種地獄,繩子一綁就是絞斷人的身體,絞斷人的肢節分離。
「懺悔灰河沸屎地獄」,「惱悶罪報」,灰河沸屎就是很髒,非常污染的地方,又好像在滾湯中的味道、熱氣,真的是很不堪忍。
再來:
懺悔鹹水寒冰地獄
皮膚坼裂裸凍罪報

這差不多看了就知道了,浸在鹽水中,又是寒冰,又用冰,你們想,我們的手若拿一塊冰塊,就像是凍傷一樣,這也是一種刑具,我們還要懺悔:
懺悔豺狼鷹犬地獄
更相殘害罪報

那種豺狼鷹犬,牠們無論是空中飛的、地上跑的,一樣互相殘害,不只是對人,地獄中也有這樣的獸類,互相殘害。
懺悔刀兵距爪地獄
更相搏撮斫刺罪報

地獄中一樣有使用刀,使用很多種武器,很殘酷,互相撲殺,靜靜的想,這個人間不是這樣嗎?天下這麼多的災難,都是從人禍開始,所以人真的很惡劣,和地獄互相比較,剛才說的蘇丹,不就是人間的地獄,無論是獸類,無論是人類,失去了人性互相殘殺,這都叫做地獄。
各位,我們學佛,真的要學得如何改善人生,要不然像這種地獄,實在是苦不堪。
學佛,就是要改善人心,人心若不改善,你們想想,看看這麼多的地獄,是誰能來幫助我們呢?這種將心獄完全籠罩在,我們的心中,再好的生活給我們,我們都不覺得歡喜,再好的環境給我們,我們也不會覺得,這就是我們所要的。
所以都是一個心,很多不滿足,都是人自己造成的,所以心地黑暗長夜茫茫,誰能接引我們?我們的心門若不打開,什麼人都沒辦法;哪一個地方是我們的皈依處?我們自己若不前進,我們皈依處要去哪裡找呢?
心獄冷酷,寒冰亦是熱火,入刀山、吞鐵丸,這種煎熬痛楚誰能救拔?實在是無人可救拔,到什麼時候?就是到業盡方休。
一切因緣果報,天堂地獄都是我們自己心造,所以大家要真的多用心,佛陀的教法我們要信受奉行,所以要時時多用心。
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Lecturer: Master Cheng-Yan
Subject: Mental Hell Is Created by the Mind (心獄心造)
We have been talking about the appearance of Hell. People say we cannot see Hell. So, look at the human world. Is there suffering here? In the Sutras, the human world is one of the Six Realms. Cyclic existence is unspeakably painful, but this world is a mix of pain and joy. There is suffering and happiness, and the chance to choose between good and evil. There are also sages who come to teach us. If we have the right causes and conditions, we can encounter many sages and saints. In the past we had Confucius and the Buddha. They lived in a time when many sages and saints appeared in this world. Confucius led a group of disciples. He was followed by Mencius, etc. There were also Zhung-Zi, Mo-Zi, Lao-Zi. They were great philosophers and proponents of morals and ethics. In that time, there was great discord in society; so, many sages and saints appeared in the world. Their wisdom, realizations and experiences became teachings that were passed down. But Sakyamuni Buddha was different from them. The sages spoke about the human world. Besides that Sakyamuni Buddha also explained in detail how we can transcend the human world and not be forever subjected to the pull of karmic forces, which are beyond our control. We exist in the Six Destinies because of karmic retribution. We cannot escape the Three Realms, Six Destines. Why can’t we escape? Because our minds are full of darkness. Sometimes, a burst of light will illuminate our path, but darkness quickly returns. I often say that our time here is very short. Look at Confucius. He only lived to seventy-something. The Buddha also lived to be around 80, just a bit more than one day in the Heaven of the Four Heavenly Kings.
This is not even a day in Trayastrimsa Heaven. Therefore, time in this world compared to that in the Heavens is very short and brief. The human lifespan is so short. Even sages and saints only live for a short time. It is like our day and night. It as if the day only lasted a few hours, while we spend most time in the long endless night. This is like our minds.
As we experience long nights in the macrocosm, so too do we experience long darkness in the microcosm of our minds.When minds are dark they are filled with ignorance.Think about it.When young, we barely understand anything, until we can discern the things of the world.
Then the world becomes full of traps, with many conditions tempting us to allow ignorance to arise once again.We were already unaware when we were young.As we got older, worldly desires and ignorance defiled us.So thinking about it, our minds are forever in darkness, like the long dark nights in the outside world.
Who can guide us?When and where is our refuge?Where can our minds take refuge?It is truly difficult [to find refuge].
Although we are born into a time of advanced science and technology, the brightness of the day or the darkness of the night.These cannot be changed.Instead, we have caused the greenhouse effect and provoked many natural and manmade disasters.So, the natural world is not something humans can artificially change.Then who can change the condition of our minds?Only we can.
Right now we are talking about Hell.How far away is Hell?It is actually in our minds, very close by.We create our own afflictions and ignorance.When we create these afflictions and ignorance, we produce indifference.Are others really indifferent to us?Or are we indifferent toward others?This is all in our minds.Who causes us vexation?Who makes us unbearably frustrated?Again, it is us.If we cannot open our minds that ray of light, that refreshign breeze cannot enter.So, mental hells are cold and hot, with freezing ice and blazing fires.Our minds produce the freezing ice.Our minds also produce blazing fires.So in this state, we enter mountains of knives, swallow iron balls or are painfully fried.Who can we call on the save us?
In our mental hell we have many ways of torturing ourselves.Others do not do this to us, we do it to ourselves.We are in this mental hell until our karma is completely exhausted.We cannot d anything about it until we unravel the mental entanglements in our minds.

The mind is dark, like long dark nights.
Who can guide us?Where can we take refuge?
Mental hells are cold and hot, with freezing ice and blazing fires.
Who can save us from the pains of entering a mountain of knives, swallowing iron balls, and being fried?
Only when karma is exhausted will it e
nd.

So, we keep saying that in Hell there are iron walls and nets, mountains and forests of knives, etc.Who can save us?We came here because of our own karma, so we have to deal with the consequences.If we cannot unravel these mental entanglements, they will be like iron walls and nets, mountains and forests knives, hot iron balls, brining stoves and columns.There are many Hells.
We can also see the animals that live in the human world are in their own hell.They cannot bear it either.It is like a report that I saw.
Sudan is like a Hell on Earth.It has been at war for a long time, mostly in a civil war.There have been very few moments of peace. So, the people cannot support themselves. Government troops and rebel forces are in conflict. People have already lost their spirit of morality.There is a lot of cruelty. The people truly live in a lot of pain. How can they survive? Not only do they find it hard to survive, even the animals and livestock cannot go on living. This was the conclusion of the peacekeepers and medical doctors India sent there.They reported that the donkeys had run out of strength. They could not move the carts another inch. No matter how their masters beat them, they did not move. They would rather be beaten to death than pull the carts.
Moreover, the local people who use these animals do not know how to cherish them. If humans cannot even care for each other, how can they cherish animals? They want them to pull heavy carts. The harnesses they use to yoke them are very crude.Since the burden is heavy, the collar rubs against them painfully. They are wounded and bleeding, but still forced to keep pulling. When they cannot go on, they would rather be beaten to death than move. This is a form of suicide.
Sometimes donkeys are used to carry water buckets. When people get water from the Nile, they hang the buckets on donkeys. The donkeys refuse to move forward. They turn around and jump into the river. They are swept toward the rapids and out into the sea.This has happened many times there. So, the peacekeepers passed on this news to the United Nations and said that there is so much suffering there that even animals, donkeys, cannot bear the pain and torment and wish to die.
So now, army doctors are beings sent to figure out how to treat the animals’ mental disorder. Where do these mental disorders come from? Even donkeys have mental disorders. This comes from the stress of the environment.So Hell exists even in animals’ minds. It truly is an unbearable hell. The suffering is unbearable. So not only do people have a mental hell, animals also have mental disorders, mental hells. So we need to know, where is Hell?
In the Six Destinies Among the Six Destinies are the Human Realm, and Asura Realm. So the Human, Heaven, Hell, Hungry Ghost, and Animal Realms are all filled with mental Hells. With hell in our minds, there will be many Yaksas and evil ghost. Aren’t there Yaksas and evil ghosts in the human world?It is filled with Asuras, Yaksas, and evil ghosts.
Look at the fighting in Sudan,all of their mutual antagonism.The people ar truly innocent.
They are brutalized by war and face so much suffering.Think about it .Isn’t this the work of Yaksas and evil ghosts?Isn’t this the work of ox-headed Raksas?They truly cause unbearable suffering.We can already see this in the human world.
So shouldn’t we repent?

Repent the Hell of lron Millstones ,
where bones and flesh are ground to ash and dust as retribution.
Repent the Hell of Black Ropes ,
where limbs are torn apart as retribution.
Repent the Hell of Ash Rivers and Boiling Feces,
where maddening afflictions arise as retributi
on.

“Repent the Hell of lron Millstones , where bones and flesh are ground to ashes and dust as retribution.”In the Hell of lron Millstones,we are ground down until our bones and flesh become ashes and dust.How can we endure this ?Then we “repent the Hell of Black Ropes, where limbs are torn apart as retribution.” Black ropes are flaming ropes that bind us. In this Hell ,the ropes wrap around us to twist our bodies until our limbs are torn off.
“Repent the Hell of Ash Rivers and Boiling Feces,where maddening afflictions arise as retribution.”Ash rivers and boiling feces make a very dirty,filthy place.The heat and smell from this boiling soup is truly unbearable.
Next,

We repent the Hell of Salt Water and Freezing lce,
where our skin freezes and cracks as retributi
on.

This should be more or less obvious.We are immersed in salt water,and in freezing ice.Think about it.If you hold a piece of ice too long you experience something like frostbite.This is a form of torture.We also need to repent this.

Repent the Hell of jackals ,Falcons ,and Hounds where we mutilate each other as retribution.

Look at jackalsa and wolves, falcons ,and hounds.Whether they fly in the air or run on the ground,they mutilate each other, not just humans.There are such beasts in Hell that harm each other.

We repent the Hell of knives and Claws where we fight to chop and stap each other as retribution.

In Hell , we use knives,along with other weapons to very cruelly attack each other.
Think about this deeply,isn’t this world the same way?So many disasters in the world began with people.So , human are truly cruel.This is comparable to Hell.
Look at Sudan.Isn’t that Hell on Earth?Both animals and humans have lost their nature,
so they kill each other.This is called Hell.
Everyone , when we learn Buddhism,we are truly learning to improve our lives.Otherwise , like in these Hell,we face unbearable suffering.Learning Buddhism is about improving our minds.
If we do not,do you think that anyone can help us out of any of these Hells ?If this mental hell envelops our minds,we will not feel happy,no matter how great our lives are. Even if we live in the best environment,we will not feel that this is what we want.
So ,this is all about the mind.We manufacture a lot of our own discontent.When our minds are in darkness,who can guide us?If we do not open our minds ,no one can.
Where can we take refuge?If we make no progress,how can we find a place of refuge?
Mental hell is agonizing.With freezing ice and blazing fires,mountains of knives ,swallowing iron balls ,the pain of being fried , who can save us ?Truly , no one can.
How long does this last?Until our karmas is completely exhausted.All karmic causes and effects.Heaven and Hell ,all are created by our minds. So ,everyone please always be mindful.
Believe ,accept ,and practice Buddha’s teachings.
Please always be mindful
(Source: Da Ai TV 靜思晨語 法譬如水)
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