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An Irregular Heartbeat ("Arrhythmia")

  • From TBN, issue 485- 486
  • Guru's Talk: An Irregular Heartbeat ("Arrhythmia")
  • By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
  • Translated by Cheng Yew Chung
  • Edited by TBN

(TBN # 484, Guru's Talk in the True Buddha Wisdom Sword Discourse)

There is a holy disciple who has taken the bodhisattva vows, read many sutras, who has a very good memory, and who has learned many Tantric dharma practices and has received responses with each practice.

This holy disciple is a very well-known medical doctor with knowledge of both Chinese and Western medicine. When the door of his office opens, many people come to see him and he has healed many patients. His reputation is great. Many patients trust him and so his office is always busy, like a public market.

Although he is very busy, he knows "the fleeting impermanence of life;" therefore, every day when he has free time, he practices the dharma or conducts a Tantric fire offering. If he is too busy to manage this, then he will chant the name of the Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva. He even silently chants the name of Guan Yin Bodhisattva as he treats his patients.

He chants his personal deity's heart mantra and Guan Yin Bodhisattva's name without keeping count. He chants when is awake, when he is asleep, and even when he is treating his patients. He doesn't know how many times he has chanted. Even if he tried to count the number of times, he couldn't.

This holy disciple knows that Guru Sheng-Yen Lu is in retreat at Leaf Lake.

But he doesn't know where Leaf Lake is.

Whenever this holy disciple would catch wind of Guru travelling somewhere, he would also take a trip to the same place for holiday. But this world is a vast ocean of people. He might have to travel to the far edge of the earth, or to the farthest corner of the great ocean, or to the middle of a public gathering place. Looking to his left and to his right, this holy disciple hopes, even by just a glimmer of a chance, that he might possibly see Guru appearing suddenly in front of him. Will he?

He is a doctor, but he still has his own health condition, which he's had since birth. He has arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.

One night, Guru entered this disciple's dream and asked, "Are you searching for me?"

"Yes!" he replied, weeping with sorrow.

"Do not search for me. I am with you always. I also know that you have a health condition!"

"Guru, you know about it?"

"No mistake about it," Guru said in the disciple's dream, "I will help you to adjust it. The winder [like the spring in a wind-up clock] in your heart is loose and I will help you to tighten it a little."

In the dream, Guru took the disciple's heart in his hands, massaged it a few times, then put it back.

Guru smiled and said, "Good! Everything is normal! We will see each other again in the future! Chant the bodhisattva's name countlessly. All the Buddhas in the heavens and on earth praise you!"

The holy disciple was astonished and woke up from his dream.

Every statement that Guru spoke in his dream was very clear, every statement was understood, and the disciple was very much moved. The strangest thing is that the holy disciple's arrhythmia was cured-his heart was now in good condition. The life-long problem had been forever removed.

This holy disciple, although he had been searching for Guru for many years, saw Guru in his dream, in his Samadhi state, and his illness was cured. He has become even more intensive in his chanting of his personal deity's heart mantra and holy name.

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