Placing one finger in the boiling water,
One will feel ripping pains across the body;
Having a needle stuck in the flesh, one will feel as if
a hundred knives are cutting into the body.
Dying fish plead to humans,
While moribund chickens cry under the blades.
Such distinctly clear wailings
have yet to be recognized by the hearers.
── from Lianxiu Bidu (Essential Readings for Pure Land Practitioners)