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[28] The Parable Of For The Wife Changing Her Nose From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之为妇贸鼻喻

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昔有一人,其妇端正唯有鼻丑,其人出外见他妇女面貌端正其鼻甚好,便作念言:「我今宁可截取其鼻着我妇面上,不亦好乎?」

In the past, there was a person, whose wife looked upright, only having her nose being ugly. When that person went out and saw another woman’s face that looked upright, with her nose looking very good, he then had this thought, saying, ‘I now, would rather cut to obtain her nose to attach it on my wife’s face. Is that not also good?’

即截他妇鼻持来归家,急唤其妇:「汝速出来与汝好鼻。」

Immediately cutting the other woman’s nose, holding it to return home, he urgently called his wife, ‘You should quickly come out, as I will give you a good nose.’

其妇出来即割其鼻,寻以他鼻着妇面上,既不相着复失其鼻,唐使其妇受大苦痛。

When his wife came out, he immediately cut her nose, soon with the other nose attaching it on his wife’s face, with both not able to attach to each other, also losing her nose, in vain causing his wife to receive great suffering and pain.

世间愚人亦复如是,闻他宿旧沙门婆罗门有大名德,而为世人之所恭敬得大利养,便作是念言:「我今与彼便为不异。」

The world’s foolish people are likewise thus, hearing other senior Śramaṇas and Brahmins to have great renown and virtue, then by the world’s people as those revered and getting great gains, they then have this thought, saying, ‘I now with those persons are then not different.’

虚自假称,妄言有德,既失其利,复伤其行。如截他鼻徒自伤损,世间愚人亦复如是。

Faking personal false claims, and falsely saying they have virtue, both losing their benefits, also harming their practices. Like cutting another’s nose in vain harmed, the world’s foolish people are likewise thus.

[Note: Those foolish, greedy for respect and benefits while being superficial, might think it is easy to look or even be virtuous, just by mimicking the virtuous outwardly. They might also claim to be spiritually accomplished. Not only are they not truly accomplished, they will also not truly advance towards actual accomplishment, while losing their existing virtue, if any, with their pretentiousness and falsehood.]

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