ADMONISHMENT BY FOREFATHERS
There are gods three feet above you,
And come to realize your
unwholesome thoughts from the day before.
Life is like an ever-changing game of chess,
Why be so ignorant and suffer from these disputes?
We cannot foresee tomorrow’s matters from today,
The impartial Lord Yama
is not one to practice favoritism.
Such a clear blue sky can never be deceived,
Your thoughts would be detected before they even arise;
You are advised to keep a clear conscience,
For who has ever escaped judgment in all of history?
Hesitate not even a moment to quickly turn around,
Time speeds by like lightning
and like a white galloping steed;
Turn your eyes to what hides behind the blue clouds,
How much longer can your reckless behaviors persist?
A boat heads west, and the other east,
Be it upwind or downwind,
circumstances will naturally differ;
Here’s a message to those onboard the upwind boat,
Tomorrow there is no guarantee
that it’ll be an easterly wind.