Translations

Why Let Go Despite Having Much? 为何有多也要放下?

汝心里除念佛外,不使有一点别的念头。

[Note: These are teachings for someone very old, who should only be focusing on reaching birth in Pure Land then.] [Of] your mind within, other [than] mindfulness [of] Buddha, [do] not enable [it to] have one bit of other [kinds of] thoughts.

连汝这个身子,也不预计死后作怎么样安顿。

Even [of] this body [of] yours, also not [needing to] plan [about] after death, [on] what [to] do [to] settle [it].

连孙子重孙等,都要当做素不相识之人,不管他们长长短短。

Even [of your] grandchildren, great-grandchildren [and] others, all must [be] regarded as people formerly not acquainted with, not bothering [about] them [at] length [or in] brief.

只管念我的佛,一心盼著佛来接引我往生西方。

Only take care [of] my mindfulness [of] Buddha, wholeheartedly longing for [the] Buddha [to] come, [to] receive [and] guide] me, [to be] reborn [in his] West[ern Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss].

汝能照我所说的做,一切事通通放下,到了临命终时,自然感佛亲垂接引,往生西方。

You, [if] able [to] follow that I [have] said to do, [of] all [worldly] matters entirely letting [them] go, [while sincerely mindful of Buddha], when reaching approach [of] life’s end, [you will] naturally connect [to the] Buddha, [who will] personally approach, [to] receive [and] guide [you, to be] reborn [in his] Western [Pure Land].

若是仍旧贪恋一切好东西,及银钱,地亩,房屋,首饰,衣服,及女儿,孙,曾等,则万万也不会生西方了。

If [you] still remain greedily attached [to] all ‘good’ things, [such as] silver money, farmland, house, jewellery, clothes, and daughters, sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren [and] others, [you] thus [will] absolutely also not [be able to be] born [in the] Western [Pure Land]. [Note: No matter where reborn in, none of the above worldly things can be brought along.]

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
示周余志莲女居士法语
Dharma Words [Of] Instructions [For] Female Layperson Yú Zhìlián

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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