[4] The Parable Of The Wife Who Cheated And Pretended To Be Dead From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之妇诈称死喻

[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(4) Parable [Of The] Wife [Who] Cheated [And] Pretended [To Be] Dead


[In the] past, [there] was [a] foolish person, whose wife [looked] upright, [to whom he had] affection extreme [and] love heavy. [His] wife [was] without upright truthfulness, later in [the] middle, together [with] another [in] contact, [with an] evil lustful mind filled [with] desires chasing [this] illicit partner, abandoning [and] leaving her husband, thereupon secretly speaking [to] an old woman, saying, ‘After I [have] gone, you can carry a dead woman’s body, place [it] within [the] house, [and] speak [to] my husband, saying I [have] already died.’


[The] old woman, when later seeing her husband [is] not there, with a dead body placed [it] within his home.


When her husband returned, [the] old woman spoke [these] words, ‘[Your] wife [is] already dead.’


[The] husband immediately went [to] see, believing [it] is his wife, sorrowfully wept [in] distress. [With a] big store [of] firewood [and] oil cremating [to] obtain her bones, with [a] bag filling them, [in] day [and] night, [in his] bosom clasping [it].


[The] wife, when later [with her] mind disliking [her] illicit partner, then returned home, [and] spoke [to] her husband, saying, ‘I am your wife.’


[The] husband replied her, saying, ‘[As] my wife [has] long died, who are you, [to] falsely say [you are] my wife?’ And even [after] twice [and] thrice [explaining, he was] still thus, not believing [her].


Like those [from] external paths hearing others’ evil doctrines, [with their] minds giving rise [to] confusions [and] attachments, saying [they] are true, [for a] long [time, they] cannot [be] corrected, although hearing [the] right teachings, not believing, receiving [and] upholding [them].

[Note: If we blindly believe in what cannot be trusted, and do not trust what should be believed in, we will be like those from external paths; not true disciples of the Buddha. With proper learning, contemplating and cultivating (闻思修), we should thus be discerning, by mindfully investigating what is taught and cautiously questioning what is dubious, so as to separate the true from the false.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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