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虛雲老和尚畫傳集
A Pictorial Biography of the Venerable Master Hsu Yun

化老和尚著述 by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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病危文吉又來

十五日病危。深夜見西牆下。有人燃火。疑為匪類。細視之乃文吉又來。喜極。呼文先生。彼執火照曰。大師父你怎麼還在這堙C公告以經過。文吉坐公身邊安慰。以杯水令飲。身心清淨。

 

宣化偈曰:
吉人天相語不虛。病危待斃見文吉。
慧炬照破千生障。法水洗除萬劫迷。

As his illness grows serious, Wen Chi returns

By the fifteenth, the Master was gravely ill, but then he spied a man kindling a fire by the western wall of the ruins. He assumed it to be an outlaw, but upon closer scrutiny, he realized that Wen Chi the Beggar had come again. The Master, very happy to see him, called out, "Mr. Wen Chi! Mr. Wen Chi!"

Wen Chi held up a burning stick and said, "Master, what are you doing back up in here?" The Master related all he had gone through. Wen Chi sat at the Master's side, making him comfortable and had him drink a cup of water. The Master then felt pure in body and clear of mind.

The verse says:
The propitious man with heavenly traits did not speak empty words.
Gravely ill and waiting for death, the Master saw Layman Wen.
The torch of wisdom illumines and smashes the obstructions of thousands of lives,
As the Dharma water cleanses and rids one of a myriad aeons' confusion.

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