[96] The Parable Of Cheating And Pretending To Be With Eyes Blinded From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之诈称眼盲喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[96] Parable [Of] Cheating [And] Pretending [To Be With] Eyes Blinded


[In the] past, [there] was an artisan master, for [the] King working. [When he] could not bear its suffering, [he] lied [by] saying [his] eyes [were] blinded, then getting liberation [from his] suffering.


[There] were other working masters [who] heard this, then desiring [to] personally destroy their eyes, using [this to] avoid [their] forced labour.


[There] was [a] person [who] said, ‘Why [are] you with self-destruction, in vain receiving this suffering?’


Thus, [these] foolish persons [were] by [the] world’s people [as] those laughed at. Of ordinary beings’ people, [they are] likewise thus, for [a] little fame and with gain, then intentionally [having] false speech, destroying [the] pure precepts. [When their] bodies die [at] life’s end, falling [into the] three evil paths, [they are] like those foolish persons, for little benefits thus personally destroying their eyes.

[Note 1: The three evil paths (三恶道) are the (i) hell-beings’ path (地狱道), (ii) hungry ghosts’ path (饿鬼道) and (iii) animals’ path (畜生道).]

[Note 2: There should never be compromising of moral integrity for little or even much worldly benefits. To do so is to be spiritually short-sighted, leading to suffering later in this life or in future lives.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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