[21] The Parable Of The Woman Desiring Again To Seek A Child From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之妇女欲更求子喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(21) Parable [Of The] Woman Desiring Again [To] Seek [A] Child


When [in a] past period, [there] was [a] women, first having a child, again desired seeking [another] child, asking other women, ‘Who has [the] ability [to] cause me [to] again have [a] child?’


[There] was an old woman, [who] said this [to the] woman, saying, ‘I [am] able [to] cause thus, [such that your] sought child can [be] gotten. [You] will have to make [an] offering [to the] heavenly [gods].’


[She] asked [the] old woman, saying, ‘[For making the] offering, what object [is needed]?’


[The] old woman said, ‘[If with] killing of your child, [to] obtain [the] blood [to] offer [to the] heavenly [gods, you will] definitely get many children.’


Then, this woman then followed those words [and] desired [to] kill her child.


Nearby, [there] was [a] wise person [who] sneered [at and] scolded [her, ‘Those] ignorant without wisdom [are] as much as [until] like this. Yet [to] give birth [to] that child, [not knowing if he] in the end can [be] gotten [or] not, yet killing [the] present child.’


Foolish persons [are] likewise thus, for future lives’ joys, personally throwing [themselves into] fire pits, [with] all kinds [of] harm [to their] bodies for attaining birth [in the] heavens.

[Note: The foolish squander their already present blessings in search of more future blessings, that they might not even get, especially if their means are self-defeating, even causing needless suffering. They then get more ‘self-cursings’ than blessings.

The worst that can be done to themselves are pointless practices of extreme asceticism, while the worst that can be done to other sentient beings are equally pointless practices of sacrificing them, especially for imaginary ‘divine’ beings. Instead of leading to any cool ponds in the heavens, the creating of such evil karmas can lead to the actual fire pits in the hells.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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