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Seeking a son before Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva

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post on 2016-6-8 15:54:21 | show all floors |reading mode
Seeking a son before Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva

The Venerable Master Yun's lay name was Hsiao. His ancestors, who came from Lan Ling  (Fragrant hills ), were descendents of Liang Dynasty Emperor Wu, and had for generations dwelt at Hsiang-hsiang in Human province. His father's name was Yu T'ang and his mother was the Yen of the family. In the first year of the Tao Kuang reign period of the Ch'ing Dynasty (A.D. 1821), His father entered in to public service as a K'e Chu ( a grade in the Governmental Examination system) and became a public official in Fukien Province. When he was past forty years of age, he was still without a son. This grieved him and his wife, so with sincere words and sorrowful hearts, they offered incense and sought a son before the Avalokiteshvara Shrine in an ancient temple outside the city.

The verse says:
Amassing merit, establishment virtue, a wholesome seed was planted.
Sincere in heart, they sought a son and bowed to compassionate one.
Ten thousand anxious thoughts were stilled and only one remained.
Single mindedly unconfused, they effected a response.

观音前求子

云公老和尚。俗姓萧。乃梁武帝之后。世居湖南。湘乡。父玉堂。母颜氏。清道光初年。父以科举出身。宦于闽。年逾不惑尚无子。父母忧之。遂以虔诚恳切之心。进香祈子于城外之观音古庙中。 

宣化偈曰:
积功树德植善因。虔心求子礼慈尊。
万虑澄清惟当念。一心不乱感而应。


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