生年不滿百,毋懷千歲憂 An Interesting Poem

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生年不滿百,常懷千歲憂。
晝短苦夜長,何不秉燭遊!
為樂當及時,何能待來茲?
愚者愛惜費,但為後世嗤。
仙人王子喬,難可與等期。

 

猜可能是熊老先生墨寶。

“生年不滿百,常懷千歲憂。”真是道盡凡人的習性。我們總是擔心這、擔心那,恨不得有夠一千年用的錢財,或是十輩子都穿不完的衣服…

接下來那兩句,有人解釋是白天拿來玩還不夠,連晚上也要盡情歡樂。我的理解略有不同:人生苦多樂少,即使是苦的時候,只要一轉心念,也可以成為自在的時候,只要看成一場幻戲,何不秉燭遊呢?藉著一點方便(秉燭),即可觀照自心,常懷法喜。

要尋求恆久的喜樂,現在就要修行,怎麽能等到以後再說呢?人生無常,能不能再活百日,都沒有任何神、醫能跟你打包票的。可憐愚癡的人,總是念念不忘錢財,想著這裏要省點,那邊要節儉,然後把最寶貴的無常時光浪費在毫無意義、一時歡樂、轉瞬即苦的事情上,往往到後來,別說是後世嗤笑了,自己在突然臨終時,稍微好的,自己笑自己,差的就只能懊悔不已。

以前有個仙人叫王子喬,善吹笙,乘白鶴戲雲間,但是一般人很難期待自己能到那個境界,更不要說就算是修成長壽仙人,亦未了生死,仍在輪迴中流轉哪。

總之,常常警惕自己:生年不滿百,毋懷千歲憂!

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後記,2010年有位6歲的王子喬小朋友,寫下詩作一首:

谁也没有看见过风

不用说我和你了

但是纸币在飘的时候

我们知道风在算钱

2600年前的無名氏,提醒別人,王子喬的境界很高,不是一般人能達到的,教大家不要太愛惜錢財。2600年後,又一位王子喬,不再乘鶴吹笙,小小年紀的心裡,卻是看到風都能想到錢了~~

修行趁早,願不退轉。

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I come across this interesting poem in the place where I am staying in Washington DC. It was written during the 2nd-3rd century, by an anonymous writer.

A rough translation:

Life span barely reaches a hundred years,

Yet  we often conceive worries of a thousand years.

Daytime is short while suffering night is long.

Why not hold a candle and take a leisure walk?

We should have fun at no time.

How can we wait until a later time?

Only the ignorant cherish the money

And to be laughed by the future generations.

Rishi Wang Zi-Qiao,

It is hard to expect to be equal to him.

At a first glance, the writer was asking people to have fun at no time, but really he is warning us not to spend the precious time in aimless worries, wealth pursuit etc.  Even the pursuit of becoming a god/rishi is often a mere dream.

My takeaway is that there is bound to be more suffering than joy in the mundane  life, so might as well practice/pursue the path for ultimate happiness. Even this rishi who achieved the status of the long-life god realm, still he was in the midst of samsara and who knows which next realm he would take rebirth in?

Coincidentally, in 2010 there is a 6-years old Chinese boy with exactly the same name wrote the following poem:

No one has seen the wind

Not to mention me and you 

But when the notes are flying

We know it’s the wind which is counting the money

I certainly hope the rishi did not develop this strong habitual tendency of money-cherishing after 2600 years of his days in riding cranes and playing musical instrument in the clouds. 

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