A hard and rough course of life
May bring a person knowledge and experiences.
On the other hand, an easy and smooth course of life
May only give a person hopes and ideals.
Life without knowledge and experiences
Is like a book with only blank pages.
In the end, all the time and energy of one’s life
Are just entirely wasted in hopes and ideals.
One had better toil all through one’s life for the sake of gaining knowledge and life experiences
Rather than enjoy living in ease and comfort just to be in want of everything else.
Practicing Buddhism is like rowing a canoe upstream;
One must vigorously paddle forward incessantly.
Otherwise, the canoe will be washed backward in a flash,
And one will be farther away from the Buddhist way.
However, the key to making vigorous efforts is to strive steadily and interminably
Just like the everlasting thin flow of streams.
It should be cautioned not to rush forward at one stroke like an overwhelming flash flood.