How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

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Re: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

Post by Coëmgenu » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:24 pm

You can basically also look at it like this, but I think the there is still a translation failure on the part of who originally rendered the passage into English.

Extended above are the mysterious [blueprints], and arrayed below lie the courts of darkness. The primordial [spirit] is contained within the great [blueprints], and the great [blueprints] lie concealed in the formless as the [divine governing principle or divine will] of sentient things. Within the [divine governing principle or divine will] are spirits, and within the spirits are bodies.

No action, yet change and transformation—each endowed with spontaneity. Subtly there arise [essences] and functions, and gradually there develop forms and names. Forms emerge from that which has no substance, and names arise from that which has no name. As forms and names multiply, the roaming [spirits] confuse what was pure.
The son thought of past poverty, outlook humble, now having from father a treasure harvest, also father's house, all his wealth. Great joy - to have what was never before had.

Τῆς πατρῴας, δόξης σου, ἀποσκιρτήσας ἀφρόνως, ἐν κακοῖς ἐσκόρπισα, ὅν μοι παρέδωκας πλοῦτον· ὅθεν σοι τὴν τοῦ Ἀσώτου, φωνὴν κραυγάζω· Ἥμαρτον ἐνώπιόν σου Πάτερ οἰκτίρμον, δέξαι με μετανοοῦντα, καὶ ποίησόν με, ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου.
Your fatherly due I withheld unthinking, in evil I wasted your wealth; a prodigal cries, "I've erred, father, receive the repentant as serf."

妙法蓮華經 Κοντάκιον τοῦ Ἀσώτου

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