叹父德行喻——读百喻经学英文

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九、叹父德行喻

(9)The Father’s Virtues are praised

 

    昔时有人,于众人中,叹己父德,而作是言:“我父慈仁,不害不盗,直作实语,兼行布施。”

    Once upon a time there was a man who praised his father’s virtues before everybody. “My father is compassionate. He neither kills nor steals. He speaks earnestly and gives alms,” said the man.

 

    时有愚人,闻其此语,便作是言:“我父德行,复过汝父。”诸人问言:“有何德行?请道其事。”愚人答曰:“我父小来,断绝淫欲,初无染污。”众人语言:“若断淫欲,云何生汝?”深为时人之所怪笑。

    At the time, it was so happened that a stupid man heard those words and declared, “My father is more virtuous than yours.” The others asked, “In what way he is more virtuous? Please tell us about him.” The man answered, “Undefiled as my father was, he gave up completely his sexual desires when he was young.” The others said, “If your father had done so, how could he have brought you into the world?” This aroused the sardonically laugh from all those around him.

 

    犹如世间无智之流,欲赞人德,不识其实,反致毁訾。如彼愚者,意好叹父,言成过失,此亦如是。

    There are those ignorant people in the world who want to extol the merits of others without knowing how to be realistic and get ridiculed instead. These people are just like that stupid man who wanted to praise his father but turned out to speak fatuously.

 

[白话]

    从前有个人在大家的面前赞誉自己父亲的人品:“我父亲仁慈宽厚,不损害他人,不拿不义之财,行为正派,实话实说,并能够关心和帮助别人。”这时有一个愚蠢的人,听到这些话,就接着讲:“我父亲的品行超过您的父亲。”大家便问:“有什么品行呢?请具体说一说。”愚人回答:“我父亲从小就断绝了性行为,从未与异性接触,做不干净的事。”大家发问:“如果他断绝了性行为,怎么会生下你呢?”惹来了大家的一片讥笑声。

    这就像社会上没有常识的人,想称赞别人的品德,但不了解实际情况,反而会招来人们的诋毁和议论。这和愚蠢的人,本意是赞誉父亲,却由于表达不当,惹人讥笑的道理一样。

 

(阿弥陀佛)


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