[As an] analogy, like two armies facing off [each other, there] must [be] firm guarding of one’s city walls, [to] not enable thieving soldiers [to even] slightly be [able to] invade.
Awaiting [for] their thieves, as soon as [they] break out, immediately heading to [the] enemies to fight [them].
[There] must [be] dispatching soldiers of right awakening, [on their] four sides [to] surround.
So that [they are, to] ascend [to the] sky without [a] road, [and to] enter [the] ground without [a] door.
They [will] naturally [become] fearful [and] obtain extinction, immediately one after another surrendering.
That most important one point, [is] only at [the] chief commander [being] not confused [and] not lazy, constantly [at all] times [being] clear-headed.
If once confused [and] lazy, not only [is he] not able [to] eliminate [the] thieves, [he is] instead by [the] thieves eliminated.
Therefore, of people mindful [of] Buddha, [if] not knowing [to] gather [the] mind, [they are with] more and more reciting, [with] more and more deluded thoughts arising.
If able [to] gather [the] mind, then will deluded thoughts gradually lighten, with [this] until [being] without [them].
Thus [did Great Master Miàopǔ Xìngkōng (妙普性空大师)] say, ‘Learning [the] path [is] similar to guarding [a] forbidden city, [in] day guarding [against the] six thieves [of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches and thoughts, and at] night [with] clear-headedness. [The] general [is the] chief commander, [who is] able [to] issue orders, without moving [any] weapons, [is able to] decide great peace.’
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter [To] Two Laypersons Xú Yànrú [And] Yìrú)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
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