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[16] The Parable Of Irrigating Sugar Cane From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之灌甘蔗喻

昔有二人共种甘蔗,而作誓言:「种好者赏,其不好者当重罚之。」

In the past, there were two persons together planting sugar cane, then making this vow, saying, ‘That person who plants well will be rewarded, and for that who does not plant well, there will be heavy punishment for him.’

时二人中,一者念言:「甘蔗极甜,若压取汁还灌甘蔗树,甘美必甚,得胜于彼。」

Then, within the two persons, was one thinking and saying, ‘As sugar cane is extremely sweet, if pressing to obtain its juice, returning to irrigate the sugar cane tree with it, the sweetness will definitely be extreme, thus attaining victory over the other person.’

即压甘蔗取汁用溉,冀望滋味返败种子,所有甘蔗一切都失。

He immediately pressed sugar cane to obtain juice, and used it to irrigate, hoping for its taste, instead ruining the seeds, all the sugar cane were all lost.

世人亦尔,欲求善福,恃己豪贵专形侠势,迫胁下民陵夺财物,用作福本期善果,不知将来反获其患殃,如压甘蔗彼此都失。

The world’s people are likewise thus, desiring to seek good blessings, relying upon their own power and wealth, focusing on appearing to be with resolute power, coercing lower people, encroaching on and robbing their wealth and property. With making of blessings originally hoping for good fruits, not knowing they will in the future, instead obtain suffering from misfortunes, they are like that person pressing sugar cane, with one another all lost.

[Note: Greed for more wealth and power, and delusion from arrogance will deplete and destroy what is originally adequate and sensible.]

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