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(75) THE CAME AND THE JAR ARE BOTH LOST

Once upon a time, there was a man who had a jar used to hold grain. A camel put its head into it to eat the grain, but it could not get its head out. The man became angry and worried. An old man came up to him and said, "Don't be upset. I'll tell you how to get him out. It'll get its head out in no time if you listen to me. You should cut off its head and he'll be out."

The man followed his words. He killed the camel and also broke the jar. Such an idiot was jeered by the people at large.

This is also held to be true with the common stupid men. Those who hope for Enlightened minds through the Three Vehicles, must keep commandments and avoid doing evil deeds. However, they indulge themselves in the Five Desires, which will destroy them. Not only do they end up breaking commandments, but also giving up the Three Vehicles. In addition, they follow their own inclination and yield to their whims at the same time. There is nothing evil they will not do. Thus they abandon both the Three Vehicles and the pure commandments like that stupid man losing both the camel and the jar.

75駝甕俱失喻

昔有一人,先瓮中盛谷。骆驼入头瓮中食谷,后不得出。既不得出,以为忧恼。有一老人来语之言:「汝莫愁也!我教汝出,汝用我语,必得速出。汝当斩头,自得出之。」即用其语,以刀斩头。既复杀驼,而复破瓮,如此之人,世间所笑。

凡夫愚人亦复如是,悕心菩提,志求三乘,宜持禁戒,防护诸恶,然为五欲,毁破净戒。既犯禁已,舍离三乘,纵心极意,无恶不造。乘及净戒,二俱捐舍,如彼愚人,驼瓮俱失。

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