Please Wake Up! A Prayer in the Bodhisattva Spirit of Compassion

O, world, wake up and behold

Rivers and mountains are in tumult

Burnt forests, eroded hills, desiccated streams

Whither do the poor souls go in the end?

O, great Earth, lessened be your agony

For these tears to wane with the persistent night.

O, seas and lakes, cease not your melodies

Allowing hope for a morrow among humanity…

O, sentient beings, have respite in the realm beyond

Though you departed without any utterance.

Let the throbbing of my heart abate

While I await Earthlings’ timely repentance.

O, deep forests, preserve your true selves

Protect the human race in their moments of erring.

Please accept my heartfelt thousand teardrops

To nurture your majestic trees, leaves and roots.

O, heart, relent your sobbing

For my soul to rest in long nights.

Tears dried up and I’m wordless

Weeping in sympathy for the tormented!

O, night, please kindle your source of light

Shine the way for those human souls in darkness

Be serene for my mind to still

And enter emptiness with the miraculous celestial melody.

O, day, stir not sudden unrests

For peace to repose in our very hearts

For humankind’s struggles to subside

For the true Self to gloriously shine!

O, heart of mine, lament no longer

Like an insect writhing in the chilling winter.

Calmly wait for a perfect tomorrow

And the day the world turns into Paradise.

O, I cry, I plead, I pray, I beg!

O, infinite Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, angels

Deliver souls straying from the True Path

Wandering in the endless cycle of suffering migration.

O, brother, wake up at once!

Proudly walk on great seas and rivers

Look straight at the flaming sun

And vow sacrifice to save all beings.

O, sister, wake up this instant!

Arise from places of devastation

Together let’s renew our planet

For all to sing joyous songs of oneness

For all to sing joyous songs of oneness.

– From Crisis To Peace:


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