Another verse says:
Knowing the false, he roamed the rivers and mountains in quest of truth.
Turning his back on the dust and uniting with enlightenment, he saw a clue.
Those who take thieves to be their sons are crazy fools.
Taking suffering to be bliss, immortals guard their corpses.
Pure Companion painfully endured the merciless stick.
This Venerable One transcended the heavens with outflows.
Burning the boats on the River Ji forces a decisive victory.
Spiritual artisans at the Gate of Dharma should also be that way.
Another verse says:
Knowing the false, he roamed the rivers and mountains in quest of truth. Since he recognized what was false, he wanted to find the real thing. He knew that our human body is a temporary combination of the four elements and that sooner or later, we would have to leave it behind. No one is exempt from the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness, and death. He knew that the body was not a real thing, so he wanted to find something real. But the people in this world are very strange. They all mistake the false for the true, and take suffering to be bliss. Caught up in the false, they forget about what is genuine. Even if someone tells them that there is something true beyond what they see, they don't believe it and keep clinging to the false. They don't hunt for the true.
Turning his back on the dust and uniting with enlightenment, he saw a clue.Ordinary beings turn their backs on enlightenment and join with the dust. He wanted to cultivate, however, so he turned away from the dust and joined with enlightenment. He understood a little bit; he had a hint of what it was all about.
Those who take thieves to be their sons are crazy fools.People in the world all take thieves to be their sons. They think their conscious mind is the real thing. They believe in their mind, their intellect, and their consciousness. They are controlled by these three things, but don't even realize it. Such people are insane; they chase after fame and profit and get caught up in wealth and glory. They are all taking thieves to be their sons.
Taking suffering to be bliss, immortals guard their corpses.Not to mention ordinary, worldly people, even cultivators of immortality are attached to their physical bodies. They are nothing but "corpse-guarding ghosts"—there is nothing special about them.
Pure Companion painfully endured the merciless stick.In his quest for truth, he visited Good and Wise Advisors everywhere. When those advisors beat him, he was able to bear it.
This Venerable One transcended the heavens with outflows.Since he was able to bear the beatings and not listen to his mind, intellect, and consciousness, he surpassed the heavens with outflows, which refers to the desire realm, the form realm, and the formless realm. Beings in the Three Realms all have outflows.
Burning the boats on the River Ji forces a decisive victory.This is like when soldiers cross a river and burn the boats behind them. Feeling that there is no path of retreat, they can only advance. Advance represents life; retreat means death. If they retreat, they will fall into the river and drown, since the boats have been burned. Victory is the only choice; defeat is not permitted.
Spiritual artisans at the Gate of Dharma should also be that way.As workers in Buddhism, we should also have this kind of spirit of risking death in order to gain new life. If you cannot risk death, you cannot gain life. And if you cannot renounce the false, you cannot accomplish the true.