天降甘露 林钰堂

天降甘露符时节,洒净加被衣不湿;
远超思议曾蒙恩,晴空旷野各两滴。

前日行毗沙门天王火供,全天大晴,但在火供结束将行烟供之前,忽然降下稀疏微雨约五分钟。此乃明显的天王降甘露加被之瑞应。多年来经常蒙恩得此类甘露加被之瑞应。通常是在法务(火供、超幽、献瓶、放生、讲法)开始前或结束后,或前后皆有,微雨降落,分别表示事先洒净及事后加被。其中最难思议的一次,发生在马来西亚的波克先那超幽时。当时是由当地佛友罗玉忠居士领一行人至坟场,来到其祖父坟前。晴空万里,该坟又位在旷野,毫无树木遮荫。在我修三身颇瓦法超幽时,在场佛友皆各感受到两、三滴甘露,洒在额上或手上。同行之老佛友如吴果强居士等,皆体会此是甘露加被之感应。微雨尚可以天候变化解释;似此各洒两滴则为感应之确证。

                     一九九九年二月廿八日
                     养和斋    于加州


Nectar Falling from Heaven Yutang Lin

Nectar falling from heaven in accordance with occasions;
Cleansing and blessing with sprinkle that wets not clothing.
Beyond conceivable was the grace once granted in Malaysia,
Sunny day in open space each person received only two drops.

Comment:

Day before yesterday a fire puja to Vaisravana Heavenly King was performed. It was sunny all day; however, at the end of the fire puja right before the subsequent smoke puja suddenly it sprinkled for about five minutes. It was obviously an auspicious inspiration of the Heavenly King sprinkling nectars on us. For decades now, we have often experienced this kind of blessings through sprinkling nectars. Usually it comes right before or after a Dharma activity, such as fire puja, deliverance of deceased, Dragon vase offering, releasing of lives, and Dharma talks. Sprinkle comes before a Dharma activity to cleanse the place, people and objects involved. It comes afterwards to grant blessings to the participants. Among such inspirational events, the most inconceivable one occurred during deliverance of deceased in Pokok Sena, Malaysia. We were led by a local Buddhist, Loh Yit Chong, to his grandfather's tomb in a cemetery. It was sunny without a trace of cloud. The tomb is in open space without any tree nearby. During my Powa service to deliver the deceased to Buddha's Pureland each person there sensed two or three drops of nectar fallen on forehead or arm. In the group there were some experienced Buddhists such as Goh Kuo Keong who realized that it was an inspiration of nectar blessing. Sprinkle can still be explained in terms of mere weather change; events such as this when each one received only two or three drops could be none other than miraculous inspiration.

Written in Chinese: February 28, 1999
Translated: September 17, 1999
El Cerrito, California


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