|Unless the muddy water is purified quickly,
|nigori mizu hayaku sumasan koto ni te wa
|にごり水 はやくすまさん 事にてわ
|there is no way to put in the central pillar.
|shin no hashira no ireyō ga nai
|If only the central pillar is quickly put in,
|hashira sai hayaku iretaru koto naraba
|はしらさい はやくいれたる 事ならば
|everything will be settled firmly forever.
|matsudai shika to osamari ga tsuku
Alternate English translations
Unless the muddy water becomes quickly purified, I cannot find the way of setting in the central pillar.
If only the central pillar is quickly set in, all shall become settled firmly and forever.
Unless the muddy water is quickly purified, there is no way of installing the central pillar.
Only if the pillar is promptly installed, will peace definitely reign for all time.
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Translator(s): Roy Forbes
Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2008)
From Michi no Dai: Foundation of the Path 33:44
Greed, briefly put, is the use of mind that is self-centered. The self-centered use of mind is what causes water to become muddy. Unless the muddy water is purified, the “central pillar,” or the Kanrodai, cannot be put in. It remains impossible to set up the Kanrodai. Nor can the Shinbashira be welcomed into the Residence.
God desires to set up the Kanrodai and welcome the Shinbashira quickly. When both take place, the world will settle in a way that will be sustainable forever. That is to say, the world will settle into the way it ought to be.
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