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Sincerely Prepare Faith’s Water 诚备信水

诚备信水
Sincerely Prepare Faith’s Water

因遇灾难,
并所恳叨,
一发诚心,
感应道交。

Due to encountering [of] disasters [and] difficulties, complete [with] that [of] earnest pleading, once giving rise [to the] sincere mind [with mindfulness of the Buddha or Bodhisattva, there is] connection [and] response [for] mutual interaction.

如清凉月,
丽彼中天,
影现群水,
一无所偏。

Like [the] pure [and] cool moon, magnificent [and high in] that sky within, [with its] reflections appearing [in] many waters, [it is] without one that [is] partial [to].

若或无信,
莫由相感,
如水昏动,
月影不显。

If perhaps without Faith, [this is] not [with the] cause [to] correspond, like water muddled [and] stirred, [the] moon’s reflection cannot manifest.

咎在于水,
非月不照,
若得澄静,
即现光耀。

[The] mistake [is] in [the] water, not [that the] moon [is] not illuminating, [for] if attaining clear stillness, [it] immediately appears [with] brilliant light.

亦如阳春,
普生诸芽,
遇根枯者,
朽腐更加。

Also like [the] sun [in] spring, [that] universally grows all buds, [if] meeting those [with] roots withered, [they are with] rotting even more.

甘霖普澍,
草木同荣,
唯无根者,
不荷生成。

[Like] dew universally moisturising, grass [and] trees together flourish, [while] only those without roots, [are] not [with] lotuses grown [and] accomplished.

入道之要,
信为第一,
欲蒙慈济,
非信莫得。

[As the] essential of entering [the] path, [is with] Faith being [the] foremost, [if] desiring [to] receive [the] kind aid [of the Buddha and Bodhsattva], without Faith [is it] not attained.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
《观世音菩萨本迹感应颂卷首像赞》

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Guānshìyīn Bodhisattva’s Source’s [And] Signs’ Correspondences’ Ode Scroll’s First Image’s Praise)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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