当下无常 林钰堂

随时可逝何需争?因缘无主莫牵挂;
有情同苦恆关注,清明宣导究竟渡。

一般对无常之认识皆未及体会当下随时可能辞世之可能。若能如此深切体会,则无暇、无心于无意义之争执、辩解。对自身之牵挂难以全舍,因为看不清一切有情之遭遇皆无从自主;实际上,此种牵挂是无济于事的。

若能悟达上述之理,而由受自我笼罩之中脱困而出,改为恆常关心于法界所有众生之种种苦楚上,并由此种清明心地发出宣导正觉的言行,才能究竟辅益众生。


                     二○○三年六月八日
                     养和斋   于加州


This Impermanent Moment Yutang Lin

At any instant one might die, why need to fight?
Causal matters are beyond control; don't worry!
Constantly care for universal suffering of beings;
Guidance of clarity would ultimately be helpful!

Comment:

Usually people's awareness of impermanence does not include a keen sense that at any instant one might pass away. If one could maintain such a sharp awareness of impermanence, then one would not have the leisure or interest to engage in meaningless fighting or arguing. It is difficult to renounce completely cares about oneself; that is because one could not see clearly that sentient beings have no control over the evolution of their situations. In reality, such self-centered worries are inconsequential.

Once the above views are comprehended, and one escapes from under the dominance of self-centeredness, then one should reflect constantly on all sufferings of all sentient beings. From the resulting clarity of mind one would naturally and spontaneously issue speeches and activities that are in accordance with awakening and liberation. Only such deeds would ultimately be beneficial to all beings.


Written in Chinese and translated on June 8, 2003
El Cerrito, California


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