醒愚 林钰堂

几人命途得作主?却信一死便自由。
如意算盘鲁莽行,依旧业牵各前程!

每见自尽者遗言,谓生前不如意,一死以求解脱或遂愿。例如,殉情者愿死后得在一起。其实,凡夫在轮回中,生死遭遇皆为宿业所引领及牵制,岂是一死便得自主。因此,死后马上各奔前程,而不得遂愿。愿唤醒于此未曾深思者,勿轻举妄为,而致力于寻求可达真正解脱之佛法。

                     一九九八年九月十六日
                     养和斋    于加州


Awake the Ignorant Yutang Lin

How many people can decide the course of their lives?
Yet some believe that once dead they would be free.
Wishful planning leads to rash and ignorant action;
Still pulled by karma, again rush to individual destination!

Comments:

It is often seen in suicide notes that the goal is to attain emancipation or fulfill some wishes. For example, lovers died together so that they would stay together. In fact, for ordinary people in transmigration their birth, death and course of life are all led and restrained by their karma. How could it be that once dead they would attain self-determination? Therefore, once dead, the lovers would immediately go their separate ways, and could not stay together as they wished. May all those who have not thought of all such undesirable consequences refrain from rash actions, and instead devote their efforts toward learning and practicing the Dharma to attain true liberation from suffering.

Written in Chinese: September 16, 1998
Translated: August 17, 1999
El Cerrito, California


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