“Shariputra, those sentient beings who now hear of this Pure Land should aspire to achieve birth in this Land of Ultimate Bliss because there they can join these virtuous beings. However, Shariputra, those that aspire to be born in this land cannot rely merely on the meager roots of goodness acquired through self-powered spiritual practices or the effects of their scarce virtuous merit.
“Shariputra, should good men and good women hear of the teaching of Amideva and assiduously recite the Holy Name for one day, two days, three, four, five, six, or seven days, or more, then at the end of their lives, Amideva will appear before their very eyes with his entourage of Bodhisattvas and saintly disciples from the Land of Ultimate Bliss. For that reason, in their last moment they will be without anxiety, and Amideva will welcome and escort them forthwith to be born in his Land of Ultimate Bliss.
“Shariputra, I clearly see the benefit of this —that Amideva’s Promise is without fail— and therefore explain to you that sentient beings hearing this teaching should aspire to be born in Amideva’s Pure Land to assuredly attain Birth there.”[from the Skt. (Smaller) Sukhavativyuha sutra, Ch. Amituo jing, Jp. Amida-kyo, based on the translation of Kumarajiva]