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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