- To obtain the human body endowed with the freedoms and conditions needed to practice the Dharma, one must have the cause, which is the performance of pure virtue.
- One must also guard pure morality, the virtue which is the cause of the endowments.
- Most human beings do not observe pure morality, and thus the probability of repeating a human birth is extremely rare.
The Difficulty of Obtaining a Human Body from the Viewpoint of Number
- There are numerous states other than the human, which is only one among six (hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, demigods, and gods are the other five).
- Beings of other realms are infinitely more numerous than humans.
- Among humans, those endowed with the freedoms and conditions are extremely rare.
From among all living creatures,
Most are inclined to act harmfully,
And very few perform virtuous activities.
Even among those who do,
Very few maintain the moral discipline
Necessary to make a human rebirth possible.
Because of my previous good karma,
At this one time and in this fortunate circumstance,
I have accumulated enough merit to obtain a human life
With all the freedoms and endowments.
Considering all this,
I must definitely resolve to exert myself in practice.