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(15) THE PHYSICIAN GIVES MEDICINE TO THE PRINCESS TO MADE HER GROW UP FAST

Once upon a time there was a king who brought a daughter into the world. He sent for the doctor and asked him, "Could you prescribe some drugs for my daughter in order to make her grow up faster?"
The physician replied, "I have a good prescription for her. However, I don't have the medicine on hand. I should look for it. Your Majesty must not see her at the time of my searching for the medicine. I'll present her to your Majesty after she has taken it."

Then the physician went to a remote region in search of the medicine. He found it and came back twelve years later. Having taken the medicine, the daughter was led to the king who was happy to see her. Then he said to himself, "He's a good physician. My daughter has indeed grown after taking his medicine."

The king then ordered his attendants to reward the doctor lavishly with gems. All the courtiers derided the king for his ignorance to such an extent that he did not know to think of the year in which his daughter was born. The king believed that her growing was due to the effect of the medicine.
So are the people in general. They will visit a wise man and say, "We should like to attain the path of Enlightenment. Please instruct us that we may immediately receive the transcendent wisdom."
By means of expediency, the master will guide them to practice meditation and contemplate the Twelve Links connected with the causation of rebirth. After gradually accumulating all kinds of merits, they reach the Arahant's degree. Then they will jump with joy and exclaim, "How fast it is! Our great master, you have made us obtain so quickly the quintessential truth."

15医与王女药令卒长大喻

昔有国王,产生一女,唤医语言:「为我与药,立使长大。」医师答言:「我与良药,能使即大。但今卒无,方须求索。比得药顷,王要莫看。待与药已,然后示王。」于是即便远方取药。经十二年,得药来还,与女令服,将示于王。王见欢喜,即自念言:实是良医,与我女药,即令卒长。便勅左右,赐以珍宝。时诸人等笑王无智,不晓筹量生来年月,见其长大,谓是药方。
世人亦尔,诣善知识,而启之言:「我欲求道,愿见教授,使我立得。」善知识师以方便故,教令坐禅,观十二缘起,渐积众德,获阿罗汉位,踊跃欢喜,而作是言:「快战!大师速能令我证最妙法。」

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