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Hart Mantra — True or False ?


So called Hart Mantra (Sutra) / 般若心経 might be the most well known Buddhist’s

scripture among it’s 3,000 books, except to the followers of Pure-land sect.

(Pure-land sect prohibits their followers to read this scripture !)


So, other than the Pure-land sect, all the Buddhist might be accepting the teachings

written in this Sutra —– is it ?    

It said that “When all-seen Bodhisattva / 観自在菩薩, (suppose to be

Lord Buddha himself) practising Supreme Wisdom / Panya-Paramita / 般若波羅蜜多,

found that the 5 aggregates (effectively everything) are Void, therefore resolved all the

(cause of) sufferings, (thence told to) Shariputra that “The existences (Form) are no different

from the non-existence (Void) —–” ] —–” which is the teachings of the Voidness in the

existences and our perception / our own existence (hence No-self).

—– so far so good, nothing wrong in the Buddhism context. —– BUT wait a moment.


Shariputra was not the earliest original disciples. He joined the sangha long after

Lord Buddha started teaching. If this Sutra has any historical significance, it showed that

Lord Buddha found the Voidness long after he started teaching. — It couldn’t be true at all !

Such fundamentals in the teachings, should have had sorted out on the beginning.


The main question what

Lord Buddha had to find an answer was, to explain the people who has been frightened by

the idea of being trapped in the endless cycle of rebirth / reincarnation, even to reborn to a

beast (= new trend of Vedic belief or beginning of Hinduism) by showing them

“There couldn’t be any possibility of rebirth, because the Self / Atoman (which Vedic

teachings said) is not exists”. As he found the answer in the theory of Karma (Moment to

moment inter-dependency of the existences) that the permanent Self couldn’t be existed,

so, he started teaching of those truths.

—– otherwise, what was he teaching before he found this Voidness ?


Further more, historian found a funny origin of this Hart Sutra (+Mantra), that this might be

written (or compiled) in China in 7th century and then translated back to Sanskrit, therefore,

we better not to take its contents as in its face value but to see it as a theoretical metaphor.

—– Of cause, many fantastic story in the Mahayana scripture are nothing to do with original

teachings. —– Use your common sense,

Lord Buddha wouldn’t have said any fantasy as he rejected useless thinking as a delusion.


You know this is why

Lord Buddha taught “Don’t believe what others said or you read, but think yourself”

Blind Buddhists are worse than an ignorant, because he believes that he knew something. 😀

The matter in the Buddhism is, not about to know the words such as Voidness or Selflessness,

but actually being Selfless.   Actually being Selfless mean, when you read those few lines in this

blog, just now (or few seconds ago ?) you didn’t aware that YOU are reading this.

—– so, without having any conscious of the SELF (who supposed to be reading this), how you

could managed to read this?      WHO the person reading this blog minutes ago ? = YOU have to

think it your self, = exactly the same question where

Lord Buddha started 2,500 years ago.  



PS: If you were confused “Mantra” or “Sutra” —– The main body of scripture is the Sutra.

And last line of the words “Jate Jate, Para-Jate —– Bodhi-suwaka” is the Mantra, which

supposed to have magical power hence never translated and chant as they are.

(Though, the meaning is = as those words are common with ordinary Hindi today = as I 

noticed while listening Asian Radio here. = Go Go, Go more, You Go Further, To be Enlightened.

—– Para is same as in  “Para-mount”, Bodhi is same as in  “Bodhi-sattva”.   🙂 )  

* Words with magical power / Mantra / Dharani  is a practice of Tantra.  Nothing to do with

Lord Buddha’s teachings.   =  Last quarter of this Heart Mantra is praising and promoting  the

“Power of  Panya Paramita Mantra” though, such notion is all in the mind or only imaginary

existence.   All the products of imagination are nothing but the Delusion. It’s not the Buddhism.

So, those scriptures are the evidence how the author was ignorant to the original teachings.

Lord Buddha himself left the words, never idolize and worship him =

so, why needs to worship mere scripture written by a person even didn’t know the teachings ! 



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