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2019年 09月 02日 ( 1 )


2019年 09月 02日

Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Peace and Security of the Nation. (4) 立正安国論四

The Benevolent Kings Sutra says: “The great king, the region where my teachings now hold sway consists of ten billion Mt. Sumeru and ten billion suns and moons. Surrounding each Mount Sumeru, there are four continents. In its southern continent, there are sixteen big countries, medium-sized countries of five hundred, and ten thousand small-sized countries. In these states, seven types of fearful disasters may occur. This is because all the rulers agree that these are real disasters. What kind of disaster do you think it to be? The sun and moon move irregularly and the seasons appear in the wrong order. A red sun or a black sun appears, and two, three, four, or five suns come out the same time, the sun is eclipsed and loses its light. And when one, two, three, four, or five rings appear around the sun, this is the first disaster. The second kind of disaster is when the twenty-eight constellations behave abnormally including Venus, broom star, Saturn, demon star, fire star, water star, wind star, gong star, the southern stars, the Big Dipper, the five garrisons, and the stars representing the ruler, the three ministers, and other government officials. Huge fires consume the nation, and the people are all burned to death, or when there are outbreaks of demon fire, dragon fire, fire of heavens, mountain god fire, human fire, forest fire, or bandit fire, this is the third kind of disaster. Huge floods drown the population. the seasons come out of order and there is rain in winter, snow in summer, thunder and lightning in winter. Ice frost and hail fall in June, and red, black, or green rain falls, mountains of dirt and stones come raining down, or when it rains dust, sand, or gravel, the rivers and streams run backward, mountains are afloat and stones are washed away. With changing in this way, this becomes the fourth kind of disaster. Huge winds blow the people to death, and the lands, the mountains and rivers, and the trees and forests are all at one time wiped out and great winds come out of season, and black wind, red winds, green winds, winds of heavens, earthly winds, fire winds, and water winds blow. When such change happens, this is the fifth kind of disaster. Heavens and the ground and the whole country are stricken by terrible heat so that the air seems to be on fire, and the hundred plants wither and the five kinds of grain fail to ripen, the ground is red and scorched and the inhabitants all perish, when such change happens, this is the sixth kind of disaster. When foreign invaders attack the country from every direction and rebellion erupts from within, these bandits overrun the land, they take advantage of fires, floods, winds, and ogres. Rampaging rebels cause all people to panic in terror as the world enters into times of war, this is the seventh kind of disaster.

The Great Meeting Sutra says: “Though at countless existences in the past the ruler of a state have practiced the giving of alms, observed the religious precepts, and cultivated wisdom, if my teaching is in danger of perishing and stands idly by without protecting it, then all the inestimable roots of goodness that he has planted through the practices just mentioned will be entirely wiped out, and his country will invite the three inauspicious occurrences. The first is high grain prices, the second is warfare, and the third is pestilence. All the benevolent deities will abandon the country, and although the ruler may command, the people will not obey him. The country will constantly be invaded by neighboring nations. Violent fires will rage out of control, fierce winds and rains will abound, the water will swell and overflow, and the inhabitants will be blown by winds or swept away by floods. The maternal or paternal relatives at the side of the ruler will revolt. Before long, the ruler will suffer from a serious illness, and after his life has come to an end, he will take rebirth in the grand hell. The king's consorts, the crown prince, ministers, barons, generals, local administrators, and officials will all receive the same fate". Above is the quotation from the sutra.


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