【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】 第二支供养 The Second Branch of Worship, Offering P2
日常师父法语 23A 20’43”手抄稿第三册 P228L8
23A 20’43”Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse, P228L8
English Lamrim Vol 1, P96
【The Meditation Session】
Preparation (5) - The second branch is offering.
【"Ointments" are ointments of fragrant incense for the body. 】
"Ointments" are used for spreading on the body, for spreading on the body. It is in fact like the lotion that western people use. During the earlier days in India, they placed great emphasis on this.
【"Excellent umbrellas" are the best umbrellas. "Lamps" includes luminous precious jewels as well as fragrant and luminous lamps such as butter lamps. "Burning incenses" are single-fragrance and mixed-fragrance incenses. "The best garments" are the best of every kind of apparel. "Superior perfumes" is said to be scented water given in offering bowls, it includes water as that which is infused with a smell that spreads its odor into a universe of three billion world systems. "Fragrant powders" are equal in height and width to Mount Meru. They are also either alternating rows of colored sand for drawing a mandala or fragrant incense powders suitable to be scattered or burned which have already been wrapped into parcels. 】
All these things would pile up as much as Mount Meru. This is to say, it does not necessarily have to be as much as Mount Meru. Since it is surpassable offering, in our mundane world, it would mean whatever that is the most, nothing greater [than this][DC1] . Since Mount Meru is the king of all mountains, so it represents the greatest in height and width of all.
【"Arrangements" refers to all the above; they should be predominantly good, ornamental, and varied. 】
This is it. The words are fairly easy to understand. So you can read it through yourself. This is offering. In any case, it means to offer the best things, whatever we have that is the best, in the realms of human and deity.