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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Fourteen: Birth and Death

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11. The Master said, “A fruit tree that has lived through the fall no longer has flowers or leaves, but its roots must be fertilized and its branches sprayed so that flowers and leaves will flourish the following spring and it will bear much fruit. In the same way, even though the deceased’s physical body has already dispersed into the four elements of earth, water, fire, and wind, performing a deliverance service on his or her behalf is like fertilizing and spraying the departed spirit’s roots with sincerity and the power of dharma: this will greatly help it along its path to receiving a new body. In our spiritual cultivation too, we must prepare well in advance while we are free from activity, if we are to render good applications without hindrances when involved in activity.”