Once Impermanence Arrives, Only Depend [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha
[An] ancient saying says, ‘[As even the] clever [are] not able [to] oppose karma, how [can those with] wealth [and] honour avoid rebirth?’
[When the matter of] birth [and] death comes, without anyone who [can be] depended [on], only Āmítuófó, [is] able [to be the one] for reliance.
[It is a] pity that [the] world’s people who know [this are] extremely few, [and] those [who] know and [have] true Faith [with] true mindfulness [are] even less.
[Note: Those wise will know that they should focus on mindfulness of Buddha wholeheartedly. Otherwise, they are still not intelligent or clever enough. Not a single cent or trace of worldly honour can be carried over to the next life, while even unripen evil karma can be carried over to be reborn (带业往生) in Pure Land (净土), where it will be disabled for good.]
Why Are Those Who Teach Mindfulness Of Buddha With Immeasurable Meritorious Virtues?
Why Are Those Who Know Mindfulness Of Buddha With Many Good Roots?
Tōngzhōu’s Wáng Tiěshān, previously [in the] Qīng [Dynasty], once was Guǎngxī’s screen post [official. As] that land’s bandits [were] extremely many, those planned [to be] eliminated, [and] who [were] killed [were] uncountable.
[The] year before the last, [he] fell sick. [When] closing [his] eyes, [he] immediately saw within [the] dark house, their ghosts, [who were] extremely many, all coming [to] compel [him to have] afflictions, following [which he is] immediately startled awake. Thus [for] three days [and] nights, once closing [the] eyes, [he] immediately saw these images. [With this] person already extremely tired, [he was] gasping for [his] last breath.
His wife [then] encouraged [and] enabled [him to be] mindful [of the] Buddha, following reciting [of his name for a] few tens [of times, he] then fell asleep. Due [to this] one great sleep, [his] mind then gradually [became] healthy, [with] sickness then fully healed, [as he] immediately [became a] lifelong veg[etari]an [and practised] mindfulness [of] Buddha.
If [at] this time, without [any] person with mindfulness [of] Buddha, informing of [this practice, it is] feared [that he] absolutely [will] not able [to be alive] to this day. Thus, know [that to] teach people [to be] mindful [of] Buddha, [its] meritorious virtues [are] immeasurable. Those [who] know [the] benefits [of] mindfulness [of] Buddha, all [are with] many lives [in] many kalpas’ good roots, that enable [this to be possible].
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Second Reply Letter [To] Bāo Yòuwǔ;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (181st Short Section): 4th [Chapter]: Discussion [On] Births’ [And] Deaths’ Great Matter: First, Warnings [On] Human Life’s Impermanence (3rd Short Section)
[Ref: #181 / 4.1.3]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!