Of [those] yet [to] before attain wholeheartedness, [they] absolutely must not sprout [the] thought of seeing [the] Buddha.
[If] able [to] attain wholeheartedness, then [will the] mind with [the] path [be] merged, [and the] mind with [the] Buddha merged.
If desiring [to] see, [then] can [there be] immediate seeing [of Buddha, with] not seeing also completely without that obstructing.
If hurriedly desiring [to] see Buddha, [the] mind’s thoughts [will] flutter about. [With the] thought of desiring [to] see Buddha, firmly consolidated [as] ‘aspiration’, then accomplishing [this as] cultivation [of] practice’s great sickness.
[After] a long time, then [with] many giving rise [to karmic creditor] enemies, [who] ride [on] these impetuous [and] deluded feelings [and] thoughts, [to] manifest [to] become ‘Buddha’s bodies’, [to] attempt [to have] revenge [for] past grudges.
[With] one’s mind without right view, [it] entirely is [of] demonic nature, once [with the fake ‘Buddha(s)’] seen, then giving rise [to] joy.
From now [on, with the] demonic entering [the] heart, [becoming] possessed [and] going crazy.
Even if [there] is [a] living Buddha [coming, he will] also [be] without [a] way [to] handle [them].
[If] only [needing to be] able [to be] wholehearted, why [is there] need [to] in advance [think of] seeing Buddha or not.
[When] wholehearted later, [it will] personally [be] known [if it is] right [or] not.
Not seeing, [one is] definitely able [to have one’s] skills progress, [with] immediately seeing, [with] even more ceasing [of distracting] thoughts, [to have more] focused cultivation.
[This will] absolutely [be] without [the] mistake of misunderstanding, only having benefits of superior diligence.
[The] world’s people [who do] not understand [these] principles, having [some] slight upholding [of] cultivation, [are] then [with] expectations, thinking [of] exceeding [their] positions.
For example, like polishing [a] mirror, [with the] dirt if completely [cleared], definitely [will] bright light manifest, [that] illuminates [the] heavens [and] illuminates [the] earth.
If not devoting efforts to polishing, yet only hoping [it will] emit light, [but] entirely [with] defilements, if there [is] light arising, [it] then belongs [to] demonic light, not [being the] mirror’s light.
[Yìn]guāng fears [that] you [might] not [be] good at [being] wholehearted, perhaps leading [to] personally lose [the] good benefits [of mindfulness of Buddha, also with] regressing [of other] people’s mind [of] Faith, therefore supplementing [with this] letter as a result.
[The Pure Land Tradition’s 6th Patriarch Great Master] Yǒngmíng said, [with] ‘All attaining sight [of] Amitābha Buddha [later], why worry [about] not awakening?’
Now [accordingly setting this] rule, [with] words saying, ‘Only hoping [the] mind [to] not [be] scattered, not regarding seeing [or] not seeing [Buddha].’
Knowing this, [you] should [be] able [to] devote [your] efforts to [the] path of [having the] mind with [the] Buddha merging.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
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