[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables
(11) Parable [Of The] Brahmin [Who] Killed [His] Son
[In the] past, [a] Brahmin personally called [himself to have] much knowledge, [to be] with all [of] astrology’s all kinds [of] skills, without [that] not understood thoroughly. Holding himself like this, [and] desiring [to] reveal his virtues, thereupon arriving [at] another country, [he] held close [his] son and cried.
[There] was [a] person [who] asked [the] Brahmin, saying, ‘You, [for] what thus, [are] crying?’
[The] Brahmin said, ‘[As my] this present small son [in] seven days will die, [I am with] grief [for his] premature death distressed, with this crying only.’
[The] people [at that] time spoke, saying, ‘[Of] human lifespans, [as they are] difficult [to] know, [and with] calculations easily wrong, if [in] seven days’ time, [he is] perhaps able [to] not die, why cry beforehand?’
[The] Brahmin said, ‘[The] sun [and] moon can [go] dark [and] constellations can fall, [but] of those [that] I predict, [they are] in the end without mistakes.’
For fame [and] benefits thus, arriving [at the] seventh day’s date, [he] personally killed his son, with [this] proving [what] he said.
Many [of the] world’s people [at that] time, however, after seven days, hearing [of] his son’s death, all praised [him], saying, ‘[He] truly is [a] wise one, [with] that said not wrong.’ [With] minds giving rise [to] faith [and] convinced, all came [to] express reverence.
Similar to [the] Buddha’s four groups of disciples, [whom] for benefits [and] gain thus, personally claim [to have] attained [the] path, [they] are [with the] foolish person’s method [of] ‘killing’ good men, [and] pretending [to] appear [with] compassion’s virtue, thus causing [their] future receiving [of] suffering without end, like [the] Brahmin, [whom] for proving his words, killed [his] son [and] confused [the] world.
[Note: For selfish advantages such as fame and other worldly benefits, there are those so cunning, that they ride upon others’ (semi-)superstitious beliefs, to self-create prophecies and self-fulfil them. They do so by secretly breaking precepts (e.g. by killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying etc.), so as to gain unfounded trust.
They might also trick others by claiming they are enlightened. Those fooled are otherwise good men (善男子) and good women (善女人), now with their (spiritual) wisdom lives (慧命) ‘killed’, shortened with ‘premature deaths’, to become evil men (恶男子) and evil women (恶女人).]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
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