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(4) THE WIFE PRETENDS TO BE DEAD

Once upon a time there was a stupid man who loved very much his beautiful wife. However, she had no true love for him. In the meantime, she associated herself surreptitiously with another man. Burning with lecherous passions, she wanted to leave her husband to be with her lover. She secretly told an old woman, "After my departure, I would like you to place a woman's corpse in my house. You then tell my husband that I'm dead."

The old woman did what she was told. She told the husband shortly after his return that his wife passed away. He went to see the corpse and believed it was that of his own wife. He grieved and wept bitterly. He gathered a great deal of wood and oil together for the cremation. Then he put the ashes into a bag and had it with him day and night.

Shortly after, the wife got tired of her lover. She came back and told her husband, "I'm your wife."
The husband answered, "My wife died a long time ago. Who are you to lie to me that you are my wife?"

The husband refused to believe her, in spite of her repeated explanations.

So are the heretics who, having learned the heretical doctrine, confusedly stick to it with all their soul and take the doctrine to be the right one without altering their mind forever. Thus they will be unable to believe, accept or keep any other creed even it is an orthodox one.

4妇诈称死喻

昔有愚人,其妇端正,情甚爱重。妇无贞信,后于中间,共他交往。邪淫心盛,欲逐傍夫,舍离己婿。于是密语一老母言:「我去之后,汝可赍一死妇女尸安着屋中,语我夫言,云我已死。」老母于后伺其夫主不在之时,以一死尸置其家中。及其夫还,老母语言:「汝妇已死。」夫即往视,信是己妇,哀哭懊恼,大积薪油,烧取其骨,以囊盛之,昼夜怀挟。妇于后时心厌傍夫,便还归家,语其夫言:「我是汝妻。」夫答之言:「我妇久死,汝是阿谁?妄言我妇。」乃至二三,犹故不信。

如彼外道,闻他邪说,心生惑着,谓为真实,永不可改,虽闻正教,不信受持。

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