[51] The Parable Of The Five Persons Buying A Servant And Together Ordering Him To Work From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之五人买婢共使作喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(51) Parable [Of The] Five Persons Buying [A] Servant [And] Together Ordering [Him To] Work


For example, five persons together bought a servant. Among then, a person spoke [to] this servant, saying, ‘For me wash [my] clothes.’


Next, [there] was a person, [who] again said, ‘Wash [my] clothes.’


[The] servant said [to] that next [person, ‘I will] first for that [person] wash.’


The latter angrily said, ‘[As] I, together [with the] previous person, together bought you, why [are you] only [for him washing] thus?’


Then whipping [him] ten times, thus [with the] five persons each beating [him] ten times.


[The] five aggregates [are] likewise thus, [with] afflictions [as] causes [and] conditions composing this body. Yet, these five aggregates [are] constantly with birth, ageing, sickness, death, immeasurable suffering [and] afflictions beating [and] whipping sentient beings.

[Note 1: The five aggregates (五蕴) are (i) form (色), (ii) feelings (受), (iii) perception (想), (iv) mental formation (行) and (v) consciousness (识).]

[Note 2: When the five aggregates gather and are attached to, this creates the illusion of self (我), with this as the root of afflictions. Afflictions that arise, when attached to, then further fortify the illusion of self.

Despite this ‘self’ being with the five aggregates, the latter ‘sabotage’ the first with much suffering, that occur in this life (between birth and death), and recur from life to life (in many rebirths and ‘redeaths’).]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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