[60] The Parable Of Seeing The Water’s Bottom’s Gold’s Reflection From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之见水底金影喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[60] Parable [Of] Seeing [The] Water’s Bottom’s Gold’s Reflection


[In the] past, [there] was [an] ignorant person [who] went [to a] big pond’s place. Seeing [the] water’s bottom’s reflection having true gold’s image, crying out [that there] is gold, [he] then entered [the] water within, scratched [at the] mud [to] look for [it].


[With] weariness extreme, [he could] not get [it. He] came back, out [of the water, and] again sat. [In a] moment, [with the] water clear, again appearing [with the] gold’s colour, again further entering inside, scratching [at the] mud, further looking for [it], likewise not getting [it].


It [was] thus, [that his] father sought [his] son, getting [to] come, seeing [the] son, then asking [the] son, saying, ‘What [is it] that you did, [to be] fatigued thus?’


[The] son [to his] father said, ‘[The] water’s bottom has true gold. When I jumped into [the] water, desiring [to] scratch [at the] mud [to] obtain [it, with] weariness extreme, [could] not get [it].’


[The] father, seeing [the] water’s bottom’s reflection of gold, then knew [that] this gold [is] on [the] tree above, therefore knowing it [is a] reflection appearing [at the] water’s bottom.


His father said, ‘[There] must [be a] flying bird holding gold [in his] mouth, attached to [the] tree above.’


Then following [his] father’s words, [he] climbed [the] tree, sought [and] got [it].


Ordinary beings [who are] ignorant persons, without wisdom, [are] likewise thus, within non-self’s aggregates, without restraint growing [with] self’s thought. Like that [person] seeing gold’s reflection, [with] utmost suffering then looking for [it], futile without that gotten.

[Note 1: The five aggregates (五阴/蕴) are (i) form (色), (ii) feelings (受), (iii) perception (想), (iv) mental formation (行) and (v) consciousness (识).]

[Note 2: There is no unchanging and substantial ‘self’ (我) within the five aggregates, even if the illusion of ‘self’ does exist. Upon closer investigation of the aggregates, with each seen to be constantly changing and without substance, this so-called ‘self’ will be realised to be illusory.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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