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[20] The Parable Of A Person Saying A King Is Recklessly Brutal From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之人说王纵暴喻

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昔有一人说王过罪,而作是言:「王什暴虐治政无理。」

In the past, there was a person who spoke of a King’s faults and transgressions, then making this statement, ‘The King is extremely brutal, with his governance unreasonable.’

王闻是语即大瞋恚,竟不究悉谁作此语,信傍佞人捉一贤臣,仰使剥脊取百两肉。

The King, hearing these words, immediately had great anger, going so far as to, without examining all for who said these words, believing a nearby flattering person, seized a virtuous official, and ordered peeling from his spine, to take a hundred liǎngs [i.e. five kilograms] of flesh.

有人证明此无是语,王心便悔,索千两肉用为补脊,夜中呻唤甚大苦恼。

When there was a person who proved this person to be without these words, the King’s mind then regretted, and demanded for a thousand liǎngs [i.e. 50 kilograms] of flesh, to use them for patching his spine. However, within the night, he groaned and cried out with extremely great suffering and afflictions.

王闻其声,问言:「何以苦恼?取汝百两,十倍与汝,意不足耶?何故苦恼?」

The King, hearing his voice, asked, saying, ‘Why are you with suffering and afflictions? Having taken your hundred liǎngs, but with ten times of that given to you, is your mind not contented? For what reason are you with suffering and afflictions?’

傍人答言:「大王!如截子头,虽得千头不免子死,虽十倍得肉,不免苦痛。」

A bystander replied, saying, ‘Great King! Like cutting off a child’s head, although getting a thousand heads, unavoidably, the child will die. Although with ten times more getting flesh, unavoidably, there will be suffering and pain.

愚人亦尔,不畏后世贪渴现乐,苦切众生,调发百姓多得财物,望得灭罪而得福报。

Foolish persons are likewise thus, not fearing future lives, greedily yearning for present life’s joys, with suffering cutting from sentient beings, requisitioning from common people to get much wealth and property, hoping to attain elimination of transgressions and to attain blessed rewards.

譬如彼王割人之脊取人之肉,以余肉补望使不痛,无有是处。

For example, like that King who cut from the spine of the person to take the flesh of the person, with extra flesh patching, hoping it will cause painlessness, this is without possibility.

[Note: The very foolish continue to prove their foolishness, even after their foolishness has been pointed out to them. They might also be easily angry due to readiness to deny their faults. They might also repeatedly make grave mistakes, and deludedly think they can easily undo them, even when there was great harm done, that is difficult to remedy. If they were truly repentant in the first place, they would not repeat such mistakes.

The foolish also tend to be spiritually shortsighted, caring only about momentary worldly joys, to the extent of creating evil karmas (恶业) by causing others to suffer for their benefits. They might also create more new evil karmas to get ill-gotten gains, then with these, deludedly attempt to ‘make amends’ for past evil karmas. Not only are they not putting out the ‘fires’ of future suffering, they are also adding ‘fuel’ to them, creating and feeding more ‘fires’ too.]

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