The 18th of May is a clear case,
People guffaw from all over the place.
We descend at the world’s hard stage,
When the general public still lacks virtues.
At the Lower Age , they are really obscure,
The Western Bliss ordered us to travel Nam-Ky.
We’ve then borrowed a sedate body,
Preaching six months to see how we go.
For the masses, we feel great woe,
They keep frolicking despite close hazards!
Into four volumes we wrote out stanzas,
Departing the world, we ran away speedily.
An-Nam ’s traditional culture and ceremony,
Today gives way to the modern being.
They’re so busy ridiculing and rivaling,
That they don’t practice to protect their land.
We work hard as if eels are mud stained,
For people’s sake, we defy all elements.
Master and I, for six moons in predicaments,
Resolutely propagate the Tao of miracle.
Crazy have been exalted on the Idyll,
On the Western Bliss, Mad have a seating Lotus.
The kind torch has newly been lit by us,
As if a gate had not yet been opened wide.
But the folks give us a lot of diatribes,
Without having realized our compassion.
A thunderbolt rolls from our lay person,
Suddenly transmitting the miraculous Tao.
Ironically, we have to go extra miles,
Vulture’s Peak Pagoda sent us a summon.
Bowing, we reported to the Buddha Pantheon:
“Commoners are stubborn, villages unruly.”
From head to tail we told the story,
Out of the hundred, we counted alas only ten!
They consistently derided and contend,
But they’re too lazy to think far ahead.
Having heard it, Amitabha felt really sad,
That masses proscratinate for various reasons.
How can they enter the holy dominion?
It is very difficult to exhort the grisly.
Master goes Mad, the disciple turns Crazy,
None has discerned our months-long love!
Ancient images and relics dim in shadow,
But you should have sought a safer haven.
We speak for our fellows to discern,
We teach you without any thought to cheat.
Like a flock of magpies perch on the Silver bridge,
The ancient have at times returned unnoticed.
If you’ve not been so righteous as you’re obliged,
You’ll find it hard to face the ancient.
For a mission, we disregard the elements,
Only for the masses to take early cultivation.
Our Four Volumes contain a full narration,
To advise how to reach one’s moral goal.
Humans have the ancestors of their own,
Why don’t the well-learnt worship them?
Filiality and loyalty are obvious old themes,
Humans ought to worship their parents.
From now on, our travel is incessant,
Relocating to the North for our mission.
Masses should respect the Saintly dominion,
Disrespect for their message is self-harming.
North and South wait for the Dragon ending,
To prepare for our physical transformation.
For your chanting, we add a section,
Amazingly we’ve finished off many pages.
Though we’re far removed from the villages,
For practice, you just base it on integrity.
Even Sakyamuni dropped His regality,
Despite His palaces, He just liked cultivating.
The Saintly dominion uses the faithful being,
But the latter are far and few in between.
The worldly minds are like the wild green,
Teaching them is like having them deforested.
But they have by no means acknowledged it,
Once recovered, few think of their messiah.
This is the word for you to remember,
Only for your sake, we compose stanzas.
Departing, we recommend a short word,
Urging fellow adherents actively to listen.
Don’t let anyone ravish you with talent,
Lest you should suffer from their schemes.
Choose the right pillars and right beams,
Lest you should be cheated by pretenders.
Hidden pearls are challenging to prospectors,
Choose the right place to avoid predicament.
Natural and social disasters may happen,
But the thugs always contend with us.
Based on your simple old learning as such,
Assess how deep our words are, our gents.
We could not stay long at the present,
We go to other places for preachers.
Our adherents as well as sangha members,
Henceforth, cautiously use your language.
Don’t get bogged down in worldly usage,
Try to practice according to our advice.
Keep the Noble Eightfold Path in mind,
First, the Right View is good observation.
Deliberate anything to illumination,
Whatever, we need to thoroughly assess it.
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