Translations

Why Should There Not Be Arrogance? 为何不该贡高我慢?

喻如一人,小有才,亦小有修持,心中便觉得我很高明,很有修持。

[As an] analogy, a person, with [a] little talent, also has [a] little cultivation, [but with the] mind within then, feels [that], ‘I am very brilliant, [and] have much cultivation.’

因此贡高我慢之心,招起宿世曾受怨害之怨家对头,为其现身,入其心窍。

Due [to] this mind of arrogance [and] conceit, [it] beckons [the] rise [and approach of] past lives’ enemies [i.e. karmic creditors], [who] once received resentful harm, for this [person] manifesting forms, [and/or] entering their minds [to disturb and distract them].

弄得才不成才,修不成修。

[This] makes [their] talent not accomplished [as true] talent, [and] cultivation not accomplished [as true] cultivation.

使此人谦恭孝顺,由此修持之力,当能消灭夙业,增长善根。

If these persons [are instead] humble, respectful [and] filial, due [to] this power of cultivation, [they] will [be] able [to] eradicate past [negative] karma, [and] grow good roots.

将来临终,往生西方,得超凡入圣之真利益。

In future, [when] approaching [the] end [of life, with] rebirth [in the] Western [Pure Land, they will] attain true benefits [from] transcendence [of the] ordinary [and] entering [of the] sagely.

较彼以贡高自误,其利害何止天渊悬殊。

Comparing with that [person] with arrogance’s personal mistake, their benefits [and] harms [are] further apart [than the] wide gap [between the] sky [and a deep] abyss.

此事汝固知,故以此为汝前途之鉴。

[As] this matter you [should] definitely know, thus with this [written], for reflection of [your] future.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复周法利居士书三
Third Reply Letter To Layperson Zhōu Fǎlì

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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