When we are in this world, we should hurry and cultivate. Don't wait around. If you don't cultivate when young, and you wait until your hair turns gray to cultivate, it will be too late. The saying goes,Don't wait until you're old to cultivate the Way.The lonely graves are full of young people.
Young people will also die soon. Regardless of whether you are young or old, when the time comes, the ghosts of impermanence will drag you off to see King Yama. They won't show you any courtesy at all. It is said,Age makes no difference in the realm of the living,For people constantly meet in the realm of the dead.
Each of you should pay attention! Time is precious. An inch of time is an inch of life, so don't casually let the time pass in vain. When the three disasters are imminent, will we be able to survive? While we are still young, we must cultivate zealously. Don't wait until tomorrow to cultivate. The best way is to immediately start cultivating today.
Someone is thinking, “I won't cultivate today. I'll put it off till tomorrow.” Tomorrow, you'll put it off to the next day. You keep putting it off until your hair turns white, your eyes become blurry, your ears go deaf, and your teeth fall out. At that point, you want to cultivate, but your body won't obey, and your four limbs are no longer agile. It will be unspeakably bitter then.
You all should know that living in this world, we are like fish in a pond that is evaporating. We don't have much time left! As it is said,
This day is already done.Our lives are that much less.We're like fish in a shrinking pond.What joy is there in this?Great Assembly!We should be diligent and vigorous,As if our own heads were at stake.Only be mindful of impermanence.And be careful not to be lax.
From beginningless eons in the past until now, we have not known to cultivate. We undergo birth and death, and after death, birth again. We should really be pained at heart about this. Why, even now, do we still want to put off cultivating? Each of us should think about it─time doesn't wait. In the twinkling of an eye, this life will be over.