Verses [On The] Buddha’s Order
[The] Buddha, [in the] Śūraṅgama [Sūtra] ordered, Bodhisattvas [and] Arhats [to, in this] Dharma-Ending [Age] manifest bodies, [to] deliver all [from] rebirth.
[To] become all kinds [of] forms, with them together working, praising [the] Buddha’s Vehicle, yet concealing [their] identities.
Never personally claiming [to be] noble [beings, to] divulge [the] Buddha’s secret cause, only except [at] life’s end, secretly having [that] left [for] entrusting.
[If] abiding [in the world] then not divulging, [if] divulging then not abiding. [If] claiming yet abiding, [these are] not true noble beings.
If [the] Buddha [did] not clearly instruct [this, the] demonic [will] further confuse [with] claims, with [the] ordinary abusing [the] noble, [the] Dharma [will] even more quickly end.
[With] oneself [and] others blindly speaking, creating great false speech, [to] confuse sentient beings, [there will be] direct fall [into] hell.
The Buddha’s Admonition Against Making False Spiritual Claims