In this episode of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan, we hear 5 more verses. Shinran, in the earlier verses, having described in somewhat bleak terms the difficulties of the situation in which we find ourselves in this latter Dharma Age, now turns to the way open to us: entrust ourselves to the Vow of Amida Buddha (Unmeasured Light and Life) to liberate all beings through the Nembutsu, become reborn into Amida's Pure Land, and thereby enter into Awakening ourselves with others through the Buddha's great compassion. Shinran, in the remaining verses in this part called "Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma-Ages," will give us his insights about how this wonderful dynamic works. Recall that Shinran wrote these verses toward the end of his life at around 85 years of age and his thoughts are a precious legacy.
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