This sutra describes how Manjushri Bodhisattva, on behalf of forty-nine Bodhisattvas of initial resolve, requests the Buddha to speak on the Dharma of obtaining longevity. The Buddha tells of how limitless eons in the past, there was an upside-down woman who killed her children and aborted her babies, thus committing one of the five grave offenses which are hard to repent: 1) killing one's father, 2) killing one's mother, 3) killing a fetus, 4) shedding the Buddha's blood, and 5) disrupting the harmony of the Sangha. She was filled with regret and sincerely requested the Buddha to speak the Dharma to eradicate offenses. Therefore the Buddha spoke the Sutra for Obtaining Longevity and Eradicating Offenses, and told the upside-down woman and all living beings: should one have committed the five rebellious offenses, if he can uphold, write, read, and recite this sutra and earnestly repent, then all offenses can be eradicated. In the Sutra, the Buddha also spoke the Dharani for Protecting Youths, showing living beings the way to protect and care for youths.
In the Dharma-Ending Age, living beings regard abortion as something normal; they do not know about the law of cause and effect, and are not afraid of the evil paths. The aborted babies harbor unredressed grievances, and their enmity does not dissolve over time; this is one of the reasons for the chaos in the world. This Sutra especially emphasizes the seriousness of abortion, warning deluded and confused people not to commit this upside-down act.
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