因缘 Karmic Relationships

 

父母恩情重如山佛陀细说话从前
如是我闻千真事因缘殊胜在只园
舍卫国里比丘具菩萨三万又八千
世尊领众向南行忽见枯骨曝路边
尔时如来心戚然五体礼拜甚恭谦
阿难合掌问佛言礼拜枯骨为那般
佛告阿难应谛听分别为你说分明
枯骨因缘溯前世或是多生父母亲
父为子女苦营生劳心劳力两双鬓
养儿育女慈母心一生茹苦又含辛

The kindness bestowed by our parents
is as immense as the mountains
as explained in detail by the Buddha
(As the Sutra delineates)
Once, in the Jeta Grove in Sravasti,
the monks gathered
as well as thirty-eight thousand Bodhisattvas
The Buddha led the assembly towards the south
Suddenly they saw a pile of dried-up bones alongside the road
At that time, the Buddha became solemn
With utmost veneration,he fell to his knees and paid his respects
Ananda held his palms together
and asked the Buddha
why he showed such reverence to these bones
The Buddha told Ananda: Listen carefully
I will now explain to you in detail
My relationship with these bones
originated in my previous lives
Perhaps they belonged to
my parents of many different lifetimes
A father labors to make a living for his children
His hair becomes gray with
all the stress and toil
A mother nurtures her children with a kind heart
Her life is thus filled with anxiety and travail

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