For those who fathom your teachings can live blissfully an eon
if they so desire, but freely, they depart
to the realm where death cannot tread.
Only in your dispensation is time divided
for studying the scriptures, pondering their meaning
and practising meditation.
What is more distressful than this, o Great Sage,
that some will not revere your teaching,
full of goodness as it is?
Yet the teaching is lovely in the beginning, lovely in the middle,
lovely in the end and
lovely in consummation in both spirit and in the letter.