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Verses On Seven Sevens 七七偈

七七偈
Verses [On] Seven Sevens

往生前一念,
决定所生处。
断气前一念,
不定是此念。

[The] one thought before rebirth, determines that place [re]born [in. The] one thought before breathing stops, [is] not definitely this [one] thought [before rebirth].

所以续助念,
为引导佛念。
若入中阴期,
可长七星期。

Therefore continue [with] support-chanting, for guiding [to have] Buddha mindfulness. If entering [the] intermediate [state’s] period, [this] can [be for as] long [as] seven weeks.

勿想一死亡,
一定已轮转。   
唯大善恶净,
各速生别处。 

Do not think [that] once deceased, [one is] definitely already reborn. Only [those with] great good, evil [and] purity, [are] each quickly [re]born elsewhere.

中阴即危机,
有危却带机。
可随业随习,
或随佛念转。

[The] intermediate [state] is [a] ‘crisis’, having danger, yet [also] bringing opportunity. [One] can accord [with heavy] karma, accord [with] habit[ual force], or accord [with] Buddha mindfulness [to be] reborn.

离身无病痛,
此心能更清。
听开示助念,
还可生净念。

[Having] departed [from the] body, without [its] sickness [and] pain, this mind [is] able [to be] even more clear. Listening [to] guidance [and] support-chanting, [one] still can give rise [to] pure mindfulness.

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