Translations

How To Break Free From Entanglements In Mundane Matters? 如何摆脱俗务的纠缠?

所言俗务纠缠,无法摆脱者。正当纠缠时,但能不随所转,则即纠缠便是摆脱。

That said [about] mundane matters entangled [in], unable [to] break away from, just when entangled, but able [to] not [be] accordingly as transformed, thus is entanglement then broken free from.

如镜照像,像来不拒,像去不留。

Like [a] mirror reflecting [an] image, [when the] image comes, not rejecting [it, and when the] image goes, not retaining [it].

若不知此义,纵令屏除俗务,一无事事。仍然皆散妄心,纠缠坚固,不能洒脱。

If not knowing this meaning, even if rid of mundane matters, once without everything, still [regarding] all [with a] scattered [and] deluded mind, [with] entanglement firm, [thus] not able [to be] unaffected, [free and at ease].

学道之人,必须素位而行,尽己之分。

Those [who] learn [the] path, must [be in their] original positions [to] then practise, [to the] utmost [fulfilling] their parts.

如是则终日俗务纠缠,终日逍遥物外。

As such, then [even if] all day [with] mundane matters entangled, [it is with] all day free [and] unfettered [to] things outside.

所谓一心无住,万境俱闲,六尘不恶,还同正觉者,此之谓也。

[Of] that called, ‘[With] wholeheartedness, without abiding [anywhere, the] ten thousand situations [are] together tranquil, [with the] six dusts [of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches and thoughts] not loathed, still [being the] same [as] right awakening’, [it is] of this meant.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
《复徐彦如轶如二居士书》


Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng

(Reply Letter [To] Two Laypersons Xú Yànrú [And] Yìrú)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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