Translations

How To Not Betray This Life? 如何不负此生?

如何不负此生?
How [To] Not Betray This Life?

念佛不分圣凡。圣指三乘,即声闻,缘觉,菩萨。凡指六道,即天,人,阿修罗,畜生,饿鬼,地狱。

Mindfulness [of] Buddha [is] not differentiated [for] noble [and] ordinary [beings]. Noble [beings] refer [to those of the] Three Vehicles, [who] are then Voice-Hearers, [those by] Conditions Awakened [and] Bodhisattvas. Ordinary [beings] refer [to the] six paths, [who] are then heavenly [beings], human [beings], asuras, animals, hungry ghosts [and] hell[-beings].

但天以乐故,不能念者多。三途以苦故,不能念者更多。修罗以瞋故,亦不能念。

However, heavenly [beings], with joy thus, those not able [to be] mindful [are] many. [The] three paths, with suffering thus, those not able [to be] mindful [are] even more. Asuras, with anger thus, [are] likewise not able [to be] mindful.

惟人最易念。而富贵之人,便被富贵所迷。聪明人,以聪明迷。愚痴人,以愚痴迷。

Only humans [are those] most easy [to be] mindful. Yet, of people [with] wealth [and] honour, [they are] then by that wealth [and] honour confused. Intelligent people, [are] with intelligence confused. Foolish people, [are] with foolishness confused.

芸芸众生,能念佛者,有几人哉?既知此义,当勇猛修持,勿致欲念而不能念,则不负此生此遇矣!

[With] all numerous sentient beings, [of] those able [to be] mindful [of] Buddha, how many [such] persons [are there]? Since knowing this meaning, [there] should [be] courageous [and] powerful cultivation [of] upholding [the Buddha’s name: Āmítuófó (阿弥陀佛)], not leading [to] desiring [to be] mindful yet not able [to be] mindful [later], thus not betraying this life’s this encounter [with mindfulness of Buddha]!

净土宗十三祖印光大师
《复卓智立居士书三》
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng  
(Third Reply Letter [To] Layperson Zhuō Zhìlì)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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