[61] The Parable Of Brāhma’s Disciple’s Created Things’ Cause From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之梵天弟子造物因喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[61] Parable [Of] Brāhma’s Disciple’s Created Things’ Cause


Brahmin disciples all say, ‘[The] Great Brāhma Heaven’s King is [the] world’s father, able [to] “create” [the] ten thousand things.’

[Note 1: The Great (Mahā) Brahmā Heaven’s King (大梵天王) (or as Baka [Crane] Brahmā) resides in Great Brahmā Heaven (大梵天), the third lowest form heaven (色界天), mistakenly thought he created the world, with its things (and beings). Brahminism’s teachings (婆罗门教) centre around this deluded belief.]


That ‘creator’ [of the] ten thousand things had [a] disciple, saying, ‘I [am] also able [to] create [the] ten thousand things.’ [This] truly is [with] ignorance, calling oneself [to] have wisdom.


Speaking [to] Brāhma, saying, ‘I desire [to] create [the] ten thousand things.’


[The] Brāhma Heaven’s King spoke, saying, ‘[Do] not have this thought, [as] you [are] not able [to] create [them].’


Not listening [to and] obeying [the] Heaven’s [King’s] words, [he] then desired [to] create things.


Brāhma, seeing his disciple, his that created thing, then spoke [to] him, saying, ‘You made [the] head too big, made [the] neck extremely small, made [the] hands too big, made [the] arms extremely small, made [the] legs extremely small, made [the] heels extremely big, [with that] made like [a] piśāca ghost.’

[Note 2: Piśāca ghosts (毗舍闍鬼) are flesh-eating and shape-shifting demons.]


With this meaning, [it] should [be] known, [that] each [and every] one [is by] personal karmas those created, not [who] Brāhma [is] able [to] create. All Buddhas speak [the] Dharma [that is] not attached [to the] two [extreme] sides, likewise not attached [to] nihilism, likewise not attached [to] eternalism, like [with the] Eightfold Noble Path, speaking [the] Dharma.

[Note 3: Our combination of evil karmas (恶业) and good karmas (善业) is our creator, not anything or anyone else.]

[Note 4: Basically, nihilism (断见) is the extreme (and wrong) view that after this life ends, there will be absolute nothingness, in terms of karmas (业) or rebirths (轮回). Eternalism (常见) is the other extreme (and also wrong) view that after this life ends, there will be permanent ‘somethingness’, in terms of an eternal heaven or eternal hell. There can be variations in beliefs of what is lasting or not.]

[Note 5: The Eightfold Noble Path (八正道) includes (1) Right Understanding (正见), (2) Right Thought (正思维), (3) Right Speech (正语), (4) Right Action (正业), (5) Right Livelihood (正命), (6) Right Diligence (正精进), (7) Right Mindfulness (正念) and (8) Right Concentration (正定).]


All external paths, seeing ‘nihilistic [and] seeing ‘eternalistic’ matters already, then give rise [to] attachment. Cheating [and] deceiving [the] world [by] making [the] ‘Dharma’s forms, [with] that said [which] is truly not [the] Dharma.

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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