|From thirty-eight years ago from now,
|ima made wa sanjū hachi-nen izen kara
|いまゝでハ 三十八ねん いせんから
|the regret in your heart: how pitiful it is.
|mune no zannen makoto ki no doku
“Thirty-eight years ago” refers to 1838.
Alternate English translations
I am very sorry for the regret which has accumulated in your heart from thirty-eight years ago until now.
For the last thirty-eight years, there has been disappointment in My heart. I feel true pity for you.
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Translator(s): Roy Forbes
9:24 I am truly sorry for the dark journey you have traveled and how I made you suffer through adversity and hardship, causing you to have feelings of regret.
Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2010)
From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 38:43
The phrase “thirty-eight years ago” refers to the Teaching’s founding, which occurred thirty-eight years before this verse was written, according to the traditional Japanese system of calculation. The verse is saying, “It is truly lamentable to think of the regret you have felt since thirty-eight years ago.”
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