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Those Who Have Heard the Vow Cease to Be People of Delusion


Question Write the hymn of Master Shinran in which he said that anyone saved by Amida Buddha, he will be made to live brightly and happily from this life onwards.


Answer

Once we hear the world-transcending Vow of mercy no longer are we foolish beings [trapped in the cycle] of birth-and-death. Though the defiled body leaking blind passions is unchanged, the mind is at play in the Pure Land. Petals of Shinran: Cherry Volume, Chapter 2】

explanation

“Amida’s Vow is true! It is not a lie!” From the time when we have been saved and embraced into absolute happiness and know thus, we are no longer people of delusion. The blind passions of desire and anger are no different from before, but we are made to live in all brightness and cheer, as if we have gone to the Pure Land and are at play there.

After we are saved by Amida’s Vow, we are not people of delusion any more. The blind passions of desire and anger, jealousy and envy are no different from before, but the mind feels as if it is playing in the Pure Land. Petals of Shinran: Cherry Volume, Chapter 2】 the world-transcending Vow of mercy: Amida’s Vow of great compassion, which is beyond anything known in this worldour understanding and is unmatchedunduplicated in this universe. To have had one’s doubtsing mind towards this Vow cleared up obliterated by the Light is expressed here as “to hear the world-transcending Vow of mercy.” no longer are we foolish beings [trapped in the cycle] of birth-and-death: We Those who have heard the Vow have now ceased to be people of delusion. The “[cycle of] birth-and-death” refers to the realm of delusion in which we have been born and died countless times over. the defiled body leaking blind passions: The physical body, stained with worldly passions such as desire and anger.

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