[71] The Parable Of Because Of Two Wives Thus Losing His Two Eyes From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之为二妇故丧其两目喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[71] Parable [Of] Because Of Two Wives Thus Losing His Two Eyes


[In the] past, [there] was a person [who] married [to] obtain two wives. If approaching [the] first, [it would] make that [other] one angry.


Not able [to] consider [and] decide [upon one, he] then, at [the] two wives’ in between, straightened [his] body, lying supine.


Encountering [a] day [with] great rain, [the] house, [with] copious raining leaked, [with] water [and] mud together falling down within his eyes. With [his] prior agreement, [he did] not dare [to] arise [for] avoiding [them], thereupon causing [his] two eyes [to] together lose their sight.


[The] world’s ordinary beings [are] likewise thus, getting close [to] evil friends, practising practices [that are] not [of the] Dharma, creating fettering karmas, falling [into the] three evil paths, long dwelling [in the cycle of] birth [and] death, [and] losing wisdom’s eye, like that foolish husband, because of his two wives thus, [with his] two eyes completely lost.

[Note: There should not be, for juggling between many trivial worldly benefits to maintain them out of greed, forsaking the wise course of action (e.g. learning and practising the Right Dharma [正法] from good-knowing friends [善知识]). Otherwise, not only will the worldly benefits be lost soon, there will be no spiritual benefits from liberation attained too.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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