[68] The Parable Of Together Resentfully Harming Each Other From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之共相怨害喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[68] Parable [Of] Together Resentfully Harming Each Other


[In the] past, [there] was a person, together [with] another [person], angry [at] each other, worried, anxious [and] unhappy.


[There] was [a] person [who] asked, saying, ‘You [are] now [for] what reason distressed [and] haggard thus?’


Then replying him, saying, ‘[There] is [a] person [who] slandered me. [With my] power, [I am] not able [to] retaliate. Not knowing [with] what method can [I] get revenge [for] this, [I am] with this anxious only.’


[There] was [a] person [who] said, ‘[There] is only [the] Vetāla Mantra [that] can [be used to] harm that [person. There] is only one danger. Yet [to] have time [to] harm that [person, it] instead harms oneself [first].’

[Note 1: This so-called mantra is supposed to be able to reanimate a corpse with a ghost to kill people, but often kills the one chanting the mantra first. Those who use it thus might not even get to harm others later.]


That person, [having] heard [this] already, then [had] great joy, ‘[I] wish, however, [that you will] teach [it to] me. Although [I] will personally [be] harmed, [I] hope [to] hurt that [person].’


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus, because of anger thus, desiring seeking [of the] Vetāla Mantra, [to] use [it with] hatred on others, in the end yet [to] harm others, first because of anger, instead personally [by] hatred harmed, falling to [be] hell[-beings], animals [and] hungry ghosts, [they are] like those foolish person, equally without differences.

[Note 2: With or without the so-called mantra, with or without harming others, those nursing hatred in the moment are already harming themselves, depriving themselves from peace of mind. If they die while harbouring hatred, and especially if they did harm others gravely too, they will karmically fall into the lower realms in their future lives. If there is hatred and/or retaliation from the one harmed, the above principles also apply to that person.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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