[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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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.’


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.


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.


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?’


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.


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.


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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