Wrong is not wrong; right is not right;
The slightest deviation veers a thousand miles off course.
If right, the dragon maiden becomes Buddha at once;
If wrong, the monk Suraksatra falls alive into hell.
This stanza mentions two stories from Buddhist scripture. The first illustrates that if your view is correct, then you are instantly enlightened. In the Lotus Sutra there is a story of an eight year old naga maiden who became a Buddha. A naga is a dragon, not a human being. According to the Hinayana tradition, it is impossible for anyone to become a Buddha who is not male, an adult, and human. You must cultivate practice for three asamkhya kalpas (one asamkhya kalpa is billions of years). When your karma ripens, you will be born as a human male, and as an adult you may attain enlightenment through practice. It seems that the naga maiden had three strikes against her.
Once, she was attending Sakyamuni Buddha, and she offered him her pearl necklace. The maiden turned to Sariputra, an arhat and disciple of the Buddha, and asked, “What do you think, Sariputra, is this an easy thing to do?”
Sariputra answered, “Yes, it is easy.”
Then the dragon maiden said, “Becoming a Buddha is as easy as this.” In that instant, she became a Buddha in a distant realm of the universe.
If you cut off the past and future, and discover that the present does not exist either, at that moment there is no mind. This itself is becoming a Buddha. But if, in the next instant, mind, past, future and present return, then you are again an ordinary sentient being.
— The Sword of Wisdom by Master Sheng-Yen (page 186-187)