[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables
(54) Parable [Of The] Snake’s Head [And] Tail Together Disputing [Who To Be] At [The] Front
For example, [there] is [a] snake, [with the] tail speaking [to the] head, saying, ‘I should [be] at [the] front.’
[The] head spoke [to the] tail, saying, ‘[As] I [am] constantly at [the] front, why [do you] suddenly [want] thus?’
[With the] head resolutely at [the] front, that tail wound around [a] tree [and the snake was] not able [to] get going. Placing [the] tail at [the] front, then failing [into a] fire pit, [he] burnt completely and died.
Teachers [and] disciples [are] likewise thus, [with the disciples] saying, ‘[As our] teachers [are] elderly [and] each [is] constantly at [the] front, I [and] all [the] young should be [the] guiding leaders.’
Thus [are the] young, [who are] not proficient [with the] precepts [and] rules, [with] many having those violated, because [of this] leading one another [to have] entering of [the] hells.
[Note: As the foolish have inverted (颠倒) thinking, they are easily deluded with arrogance, assuming they are already very capable in their Dharma learning and practice, when they are still very incapable. Thus making many ethical mistakes, leading themselves and others to much suffering.]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
 The Parable Of The Teacher’s Suffering Feet Handed Over To His Two Disciples
 The Parable Of Wishing To, For The King Shave His Beard
All Hundred Parables:
Those Of The Great Vehicle Must Not Look Down On The Small Vehicle’s Teachings (And Vice Versa)