Sincerely Prepare Faith’s Water
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.
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].
If perhaps without Faith, [this is] not [with the] cause [to] correspond, like water muddled [and] stirred, [the] moon’s reflection cannot manifest.
[The] mistake [is] in [the] water, not [that the] moon [is] not illuminating, [for] if attaining clear stillness, [it] immediately appears [with] brilliant light.
Also like [the] sun [in] spring, [that] universally grows all buds, [if] meeting those [with] roots withered, [they are with] rotting even more.
[Like] dew universally moisturising, grass [and] trees together flourish, [while] only those without roots, [are] not [with] lotuses grown [and] accomplished.
[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.
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