All Practices [And] Principles, Depend [On] Words [As Their] Main Upholder
[Of] human life [in this] world, that resource, with [it able to] accomplish virtues [and] attain talents, build contributions [and] establish achievements, as well as [for] those [to have] one talent [and] one skill [for] supporting themselves [and their] families, [are] all due [to the] power of words [as their] main upholder, [to] then attain [these] accomplishments.
[Note 1: Words are the key means for holding and sharing worldly and spiritual virtues and skills for attaining them. Words are the means for conveying timeless thoughts and even past deeds (which serve as good timeless examples), that can no longer be seen in the present.]
Words [are] as [the] world’s utmost treasures, able [to] enable those ordinary [to be] noble, those foolish [to be] wise, those poor [and] lowly [to be] wealthy [and] honoured, [and] those sick [to be] healthy [and] peaceful.
[Note 2: Words are utmost treasures as they can convey teachings (i.e. advice) for becoming noble, wise, wealthy, honoured, healthy and peaceful. These qualities can be skilfully synergised for supporting attainment of the utmost treasure – Buddhahood (佛果).]
[Of] noble [and] virtuous [ones’] paths’ lineages, [for] attaining them in [a] thousand ages, [and of] family wealth, that [is] bequeathed to children [and] grandchildren, none [do] not rely [on the] power of words.
[Note 3: All sages’ spiritual teachings, including those of the Buddha in his sūtras (经), and those of the Patriarchs (祖师) in their treatises (论) are passed down with words. Even worldly matters such as family fortunes are passed down with words in terms of verbal instructions and written wills.]
If [the] world [is] without words, then [will] all practices [and] principles, all not [be] established. And people, with birds [and] beasts, [will be] without differences. Since having such merits [and] power, [we] certainly should treasure [and] cherish [them].
[Note 4: All Buddhist practices and principles are recorded and handed down using words, be they verbal or written, in various media, as publications (e.g. books and magazines), websites, carvings, audio/video recordings and such. Although animals have their languages, they do not have means to record for handing down their ‘teachings’.]
I see today’s people at will dirtying [and] defiling [them, which] is simply with [these] utmost treasures equated [to] dung [and] dirt only. [How are they] able [to] not [in this] present life break [their] blessings [and] shorten [their] lifespans, [to be in] future lives ignorant and without knowledge?
[Note 5: What we do not treasure now, and even desecrate, is what we will surely karmically lose later. Since that lost was the means for learning, increasing blessings, lifespans and knowledge, these qualities will be dissipated too.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Treatise [On] Redemption [From] Disasters’ Misfortunes;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (232nd Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (10th Short Section)
[Ref: #232 / 5.10]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence