Four Natural Stages ②

Those who die at the age of 10, naturally have four stages in those 10 years. Those of 20 naturally have four stages in 20 years. Those of 30, have four stages in 30 years. Those of 50 or 100, have four stages in 50 or 100 years. With only a short 10 years, the cicada wishes to be the camellia tree. With a long 100 years, the camellia tree wishes to be cicada. Equally, they must not reach for fate.
The Sixth Year of Ansei, the 15th Day of October. “Record of the Halting of Spirit.”

9日自ら四時あり②
十歳にして死する者は十歳中自ら四時あり。二十は自ら二十の四時あり。三十は自ら三十の四時あり。五十、百は自ら五十、百の四時あり。十歳を以て短しとするは蟪蛄をして霊椿たらしめんと欲するなり。百歳を以長しとするは霊椿をして蟪蛄たらしめんと欲するなり。斉しく命に達せずとす。
安政六年十月十五日「留魂録」

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