On this post I’m leaving everything on your hand. Think of this as a self-test. I stumbled upon this Heart Sutra and I found a great meaning beneath those words. Throughout years I’ve been able to understand and resonate with the core of this sutra. I’m talking about what’s meant; not what’s written. Words are always absolutely meaningless lies. I mean always. But does anything you know have a value or meaning other than what you think it has. If so, couldn’t reality be just a dichotomy? A kid deludes him/herself a boogieman and suffers because of it. When boogieman comes into the dreams, it’s bad. When he doesn’t, it’s good. What would happiness mean without suffering? What would warmth mean without the coldness? Suffering and bliss are nothing more than different intensities of the same thing. Your liberation shouldn’t be from suffering; but from both suffering and ecstasy. Getting a small injury is better in relative to losing a limb. But an injury is also a misery.
When Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara practised the deep Prajnaparamita, he saw that the five skandhas were empty; thus he overcame all ills and suffering.
"O Sariputra! Form does not differ from the void, and the void does not differ from the form. Form is the void, and the void is form. The same is true for feelings, conceptions, impulses and consciousness.
O Sariputra, the characteristics of the void is not created, not annihilated, not impure, not pure, not increasing, not decreasing.
Therefore, in the void there are no forms and no feelings, conceptions, impulses and no consciousness: there is no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind; there is no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or idea; no eye elements, until we come to no elements of consciousness; no ignorance and also no ending of ignorance, until we come to no old age and death; and no ending of old age and death.
Also, there is no truth of suffering, of the cause of suffering, of the cessation of suffering or of the path. There is no wisdom, and there is no attainment whatsoever. Because there is nothing to be attained, a Bodhisattva relying on Prajnaparamita has no obstruction in his heart. Because there is no obstruction he has no fear, and he passes far beyond all confused imagination and reaches Ultimate Nirvana.
All Buddhas in the past, present and future have attained Supreme Enlightenment by relying on the Prajnaparamita. Therefore we know that the Prajnaparamita is the great magic Mantra, the great Mantra of illumination, it is the supreme Mantra, the unequaled Mantra which can truly wipe out all suffering without fail."
Therefore, he uttered the Prajnaparamita mantra, by saying:
"Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasemgate Bodhi-svaha!"
Sariputra is the one Buddha appointed as the wisest sentient being in the contemporary time (when Buddha is excluded from the ranking). It’s okay even if you don’t get a single thing. I also found a commentary here. I recommend not using it unless you are not familiar with the words. What is necessary is your own personal realization. Other people’s commentaries don’t really matter and sometimes they become your greatest obstruction.
Clear your mind. Be the devil’s advocate and question everything. Breakdown every single idea, concept, definition, belief you find in your path. The truth is the truth. Lies can be anything, but truth remains the same. The truth cannot be hidden. Don’t look away calling it’s too bright. Do not focus on the words. The sutra itself is a vague enigma. If you see through it right, you’ll find your illumination. If you grab the snake from a wrong place: you are utterly f@<ked up. Don’t bake the noodle unless you feel that you are ready. Transcendence means losing all limits. Everything that is defined is limited in the very act of defining. You’ll lose all that is defined; including yourself. If you are not transcendent being, losing yourself is what makes you a one.