Translations

Encourage Going Veg(etari)an And Mindfulness Of Buddha For Swift Healing 劝为速愈而吃素念佛

医业最易劝化人。

[The] medical occupation [is] most easy [for] encouraging [and] transforming people.

[Note 1: These teachings apply not only to those who are doctors and nutritionists, but to everyone else who are capable of advising well too.]

凡有病者,无有不愿速好。

[Of] all those [who] have sicknesses, [there] are none [who do] not wish [to] quickly recover.

[Note 2: Since all who are sick are willing to recover swiftly, they are more likely to heed good advice that is offered sincerely and convincingly.]

为彼说其吃素念佛,消除宿业,增长善根,彼自肯信。

[If] for them speaking [that if] they eat [as] veg[etari]ans [and are] mindful [of] Buddha, [they will] eradicate [their] past [negative] karma, increase [and] grow good roots, they [will] naturally [be] willing [to have] Faith [in this].

[Note 3: Present sicknesses are caused by ripening negative karma, (including by ongoing deluded and greedy consumption). Past negative karma is eradicated, while positive karma is created, with deliberate refraining from creating more negative karma, through choices of kinder foods and drinks. To increase Faith, corresponding teachings from respected masters (such as these) and information from better informed doctors can be shared too, along with true case studies of healing with relevant medical advice.]

信而能念,则病当速愈。

[With] Faith then able [to be] mindful [of eating and Buddha], then will [their] sicknesses quickly heal.

[Note 4: While (partial and) temporal healing in this life is possible in many cases, truly complete and lasting healing for all is experienced via reaching of Pure Land.]

且勿以学西医,总教人吃肉,谓滋养料富。

Moreover, [do] not with [those who] learn ‘Western medicine’, always teach people [to] eat meat, saying [its] nourishing contents [are] ‘rich’.

[Note 5: Although already increasingly common general knowledge, many doctors who learn Eastern and Western medicine are still catching up with modern medical updates on how the balanced vegan diet is best for humans, while overly ‘rich’ (i.e. toxic) animal-based foods and drinks are detrimental to both humans and animals.]

此种人来生皆要做人之食料矣。

This kind [of] people [in] future lives [will] all have [to] become [the] foodstuff of people.

[Note 6: Humans who eat many animals and encourage many other humans to do so are karmically likely to be reborn as animals, to be eaten by other humans in their next lives.]

反说道理,害人自害。

[In] reverse speaking [of] moral principles, [this] harms people [and] self-harms.

[Note 7: There is harming of others and themselves in terms of their present physical and spiritual health, which can spill over to adversely affect their future lives’ health too.]

汝肯以此存心,医道当必大行。

You, [if] willing [to] with this [be attentive and] deliberate, [your] medical path will definitely [become a] great practice.

[Note 8: Great doctors, with their compassion and wisdom, are able to heal not only physically, but spiritually at the same time, by connecting physical well-being with spiritual well-being.]

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
《复净善居士书一》
(First Reply Letter [To] Layperson Jìngshàn)

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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