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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
【Also, a citation from the commentary on the Difficult Points of the "Black Enemy of Yama", composed by the great adept Ratnakarasanti, states: 】
【Someone who hears even a single verse And does not conceive its speaker to be his or her guru Will be reborn one hundred times as a dog And then will take rebirth in a bad caste. 】
Not to mention the person whom you have earnestly sought to be your teacher. This is the case even if you have listened to only a single verse from him. This was confirmed in various parts of the Cloud of Jewels sutra. Therefore, in many instances, various references to the sutras were used to illustrate this. Even if you have only listened to a single verse, yet you do not respect and cannot regard him as the Buddha, you will fall into the miserable realms. You "will be reborn one hundred times as a dog." To be reborn one hundred times as a dog is a very long time. After that, you will "take rebirth in a bad caste." You will still be in a lower class. The preciousness of the teaching is unsurpassable. But why do we not understand this now? Our afflictions are too overwhelming. Amongst these extremely severe and blazing afflictions, we cannot come to comprehend the preciousness of the teaching. But as long as you are willing to cultivate according to the teachings, then you will gradually, gradually be able to feel it. That is why the first step to cultivation is certainly to repent. You must gradually purify yourself. As you become more and more purified, that's when this feeling will arise. When you have this feeling, you will advance rapidly.