[87] The Parable Of The Robbers Dividing Wealth From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之劫盗分财喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[87] Parable [Of The] Robbers Dividing Wealth


[In the] past, [there] was a group [of] thieves together doing robbery, [with the] much obtained wealth [and] property, then together dividing them equally, with [them] as [their] parts. Only having Deer Park’s kambala, [with its] colour not pure [and] good, with [it] as [an] inferior part, given [to] that most lowly [one].

[Note 1: Kambala (钦婆罗) is clothing woven from fine wool, usually worn by those of external paths.]


That lowly [one who] got it [was] resentful, crying out [that it was a] great loss, arriving [at a] city [to] sell it.


Many [of] those honoured elders, [with] much [more] gave [than] its value. [As] one person, [with] that gotten [many] times [more than] all of [his] companions, then thus joyfully jumping, [he was] ‘immeasurably’ pleased.


Similar to [the] world’s people [who do] not know [if] giving has rewards [or] no rewards, then practising little giving, [when] attaining birth [in the] heavens above, receiving ‘immeasurable’ joy, [they are] then even more regretful, regretting [for] not [having made] vast[er] giving.


Like [the] kambala later getting great[er] value, thus giving rise [to] joy, giving [is] likewise thus, [with] little done [is] much attained. Thereupon [with] personal gladness, [later] regretting not [with] even more done.

[Note 2: Even if what given seems little or insignificant at first, as long as there is proper giving, in the spirit of genuine generosity, the karmic rewards will ‘appreciate’ to be more than that given. (Likewise, unrepented evils done can ‘appreciate’ in karmic retribution over time too.)]

[Note 3: It is with birth in the Western Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss (西方极乐世界) that there is truly immeasurable spiritual bliss and physical happiness, leading to those of Buddhahood (佛果). This is while even great heavenly joy is impermanent and substantial. Upon depletion of the good karmas (善业) for heavenly rebirth, there can be fall to a lower path too.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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