Translations

Wáng Yītíng’s Painting Of Twenty-Four Filial Piety Pictures’ Inscription Verses 王一亭画二十四孝图题词

王一亭画二十四孝图题词
Wáng Yītíng’s Painting [Of] Twenty-Four Filial Piety Pictures’ Inscription Verses

孝之为道,
其大无外。
天经地义,
民行悉在。

Of filial piety as [the] path, its greatness [is] without [that] beyond. [With] heaven’s principle [and] earth’s righteousness, [for] people’s conduct, [with] all in [it].

世间诸法,
以孝为本。
根本既立,
余俱适允。

All worldly Dharma [teachings, are] with filial piety as foundation. [With the] roots since established, [the] others [are then] together appropriate.

孝如树根,
须力培植。
干枝花果,
自能茂实。

[With] filial piety like trees’ roots, [there] must [be] striving hard [to] cultivate [them. The] stems, branches, flowers [and] fruits, [will then] naturally [be] able [to be] lush [and] abundant.

能如是者,
方为尊亲。
尽未来际,
乐我天真。

Those able [to do] thus, are then [with] honouring [of their] parents. Exhausting [the] future’s limit, [with] bliss [of] oneself’s true nature.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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