You are the Lamp to lighten the way

YOU ARE AS THE YELLOW LEAF.
THE MESSENGERS OF DEATH ARE AT HAND.
YOU ARE TO TRAVEL FAR AWAY.
WHAT WILL YOU TAKE WITH YOU?

YOU ARE THE LAMP TO LIGHTEN THE WAY.
THEN HURRY, HURRY.

WHEN YOUR LIGHT SHINES WITHOUT IMPURITY OR DESIRE
YOU WILL COME INTO THE BOUNDLESS COUNTRY.

YOUR LIFE IS FALLING AWAY. DEATH IS AT HAND.
WHERE WILL YOU REST ON THE WAY?
WHAT HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOU?

YOU ARE THE LAMP TO LIGHTEN THE WAY.
THEN HURRY, HURRY.

WHEN YOUR LIGHT SHINES PURELY YOU WILL NOT BE BORN
AND YOU WILL NOT DIE.

AS A SILVERSMITH SIFTS DUST FROM SILVER,
REMOVE YOUR OWN IMPURITIES LITTLE BY LITTLE.
OR AS IRON IS CORRODED BY RUST
YOUR OWN IGNORANCE WILL CONSUME YOU.

NEGLECTED, THE SACRED VERSES RUST.
FOR BEAUTY RUSTS WITHOUT USE
AND UNREPAIRED THE HOUSE FALLS INTO RUIN,
AND THE WATCH, WITHOUT VIGILANCE, FAILS.

IN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT THERE IS IMPURITY AND IMPURITY:
WHEN A WOMAN LACKS DIGNITY, WHEN A MAN LACKS GENEROSITY.

BUT THE GREATEST IMPURITY IS IGNORANCE. FREE YOURSELF FROM IT.
BE PURE.

AND IF YOU CANNOT MASTER YOURSELF,
THE HARM YOU DO TURNS AGAINST YOU
GRIEVOUSLY.

YOU MAY GIVE IN THE SPIRIT OF LIGHT OR AS YOU PLEASE,
BUT IF YOU CARE HOW ANOTHER MAN GIVESOR HOW HE WITHHOLDS,
YOU TROUBLE YOUR QUIETNESS ENDLESSLY.

THESE ENVYING ROOTS! DESTROY THEM
AND ENJOY A LASTING QUIETNESS.

HOW HARD TO FACE YOUR OWN.
YOU WINNOW HIS IN THE WIND LIKE CHAFF,
BUT YOURS YOU HIDE,
LIKE A CHEAT COVERING UP AN UNLUCKY THROW.

DWELLING ON YOUR BROTHER'S FAULTS MULTIPLIES YOUR OWN.
YOU ARE FAR FROM THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY.

THE WAY IS NOT IN THE SKY. THE WAY IS IN THE HEART.

SEE HOW YOU LOVE WHATEVER KEEPS YOU FROM YOUR JOURNEY
BUT THE TATHAGATAS,
"THEY WHO HAVE GONE BEYOND,"
HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD. THEY ARE FREE.

ALL THINGS ARISE AND PASS AWAY. BUT THE AWAKENED AWAKE FOREVER.

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