[11] The Parable Of The Brahmin Who Killed His Son From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之婆罗门杀子喻

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In the past, a Brahmin personally called himself to have much knowledge, to be with all of astrology’s all kinds of skills, without that not understood thoroughly. Holding himself like this, and desiring to reveal his virtues, thereupon arriving at another country, he held close his son and cried.


There was a person who asked the Brahmin, saying, ‘You, for what thus, are crying?


The Brahmin said, ‘As my this present small son in seven days will die, I am with grief for his premature death distressed, with this crying only.’


The people at that time spoke, saying, ‘Of human lifespans, as they are difficult to know, and with calculations easily wrong, if in seven days’ time, he is perhaps able to not die, why cry beforehand?


The Brahmin said, ‘The sun and moon can go dark and constellations can fall, but of those that I predict, they are in the end without mistakes.’


For fame and benefits thus, arriving at the seventh day’s date, he personally killed his son, with this proving what he said.


Many of the world’s people at that time, however, after seven days, hearing of his son’s death, all praised him, saying, ‘He truly is a wise one, with that said not wrong.’ With minds giving rise to faith and convinced, all came to express reverence.


Similar to the Buddha’s four groups of disciples [i.e. monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen], whom for benefits and gain thus, personally claim to have attained the path, they are with the foolish person’s method of ‘killing’ good men, and pretending to appear with compassion’s virtue, thus causing their future receiving of suffering without end, like the Brahmin, whom for proving his words, killed his son and confused the world.

[Note: For selfish advantages such as fame and other worldly benefits, there are those so cunning, that they ride upon others’ (semi-)superstitious beliefs, to self-create prophecies and self-fulfil them. They do so by secretly breaking precepts (e.g. by killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying etc.), so as to gain unfounded trust.

They might also trick others by claiming they are enlightened. Those fooled might otherwise be good men (善男子) and good women (善女人), now with their (spiritual) wisdom lives (慧命) ‘killed’, shortened with ‘premature deaths’, to become evil men (恶男子) and evil women (恶女人).]

All Hundred Parables:


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