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.’
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.’
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.
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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