[72] The Parable Of Holding In Rice And Breaching The Mouth 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

[72] Parable [Of] Holding In Rice [And] Breaching [The] Mouth


[In the] past, [there] was a person [who] arrived [at his] wife’s family house. Seeing their hulled rice, then going [to] that place, stealing rice [by] holding it [in his mouth].


[The] wife, seeing [her] husband, desired [to] speak [to] him. [With his] mouth within full [of] rice, [to] all [he did] not respond. Ashamed [that] his wife [knows] thus, not willing [to] give it up, with this not speaking.


[The] wife, [finding it] strange [that he did] not speak, with [her] hand touching [and] looking, thinking his mouth [was] swollen, spoke [to her] father, saying, ‘My husband [who] just came suddenly got [his] mouth swollen, [with] all not able [to] speak.’


Her father immediately called [a] doctor [to] cure him. Then, [the] doctor said, ‘This sickness [is] most serious. Only with [a] knife breaching it, can [he] get recovery.’ Immediately with [a] knife breaching open his mouth, [the] rice from within [fell] out, [with] this matter clearly exposed.


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus, doing all evil practices, [with] violating of [the] pure precepts, covering [to] hide their faults, not willing [to] reveal [them], falling to [be] hell[-beings], animals [and] hungry ghosts.


Like that foolish person with [a] small shameful [matter], thus not willing [to] spit [out the] rice, with [a] knife breaching [his] mouth, thus revealing his faults.

[Note 1: There should be swift confession of faults, even those small, to the relevant persons, followed by remedial actions. The swifter these are done, the less the evil karmas (恶业) leading to suffering in the present and future lives there will be.]

[Note 2: When there is a precept broken, there should immediately be the 3R‘s – sincere Repentance (忏悔) for the precept broken, Resolution to not break it again, and ‘Revival’ of the precept, by not letting it remain ‘dead’, and by not ‘killing’ the other precepts. Instead, there should be better observation of all precepts after. (True Repentance should already include Resolution and Revival as above, but they are at times forgotten.)]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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