屠夫Cundasukarika的惡果

選譯自南傳巴利英譯«法句經»雙品第十五品

譯於八關齋戒日

看見自己污穢的行為,那作惡之徒感到憂悲,在今生和來世都被困擾。

  現世此處悲,死後他處悲,

作諸惡業者,兩處俱憂悲,

見自惡業已,他悲他苦惱。

        當時,佛陀居住在Savathi的Jetavana寺院堙C 有一次,佛陀在一場開示的法會中,提到了屠夫Cundasukarika

       屠夫Cundasukarika以從事殺豬為業,從來不信什麼因果業報,更別說供養任何一位比丘一湯匙的白飯或一束鮮花。也沒作過任何一件有功德的世間善行。

        有一天,他突然行為失常了,就像發了瘋般的狂叫,表現出非常痛苦的樣子,原來他的惡業現前了,痛苦不斷的折磨著屠夫Cundasukarika,使他向豬一般的嚎叫,還用雙手及膝蓋在地上到處爬行,他的家人看到這種淒慘的樣子,便打算將他的手腳綁起來,但是他卻力大無窮,沒有人能夠招架的住。

        他的行為影響到附近的鄰居,至少附近的七戶人家都沒有辦法睡好,他的家人感到非常的恐懼,還是硬生生的把他綁起來,而且一綁就是七天七夜,屠夫Cundasukarika也受足了七天七夜的折磨,最後他在極度的痛苦中死去,並於惡到中重生。

        諸比丘們便對佛陀說道:「世尊啊!那屠夫Cundasukarika的家關門歇業了七天,但這七天中我們都可以聽到豬隻被屠殺時的慘叫,他一定是在殺豬,他真是個殘暴無慈心的人啊。」

        佛陀卻回答:「比丘們啊,你們都錯了,這七天中他非但沒有殺豬,反而是承受著極大的痛苦,那是因為他的惡業現前了,所以死前被痛苦不斷的折磨著,你們聽到殺豬的嚎叫聲,那是他因痛苦所發出來的聲音,他已足足受了七天的折磨,現在他已在地獄堶咱秅F。」

        比丘們聽後感嘆地說:「世尊啊,他已在人世間受盡痛苦,現在死後還要去受那地獄無盡的折磨,實在可憐啊!」  

英文原文網址:

http://www.saigon.com/~anson/ebud/dhp/a.htm#CUNDASUKARIKA

Verses 15

I (10) The Story of Cundasukarika

While residing at the Veluvana monastery in Rajagaha, the Buddha uttered Verse (15) of this book, with reference to Cunda, the pork-butcher.

Once, in a village not far away from the Veluvana monastery, there lived a very cruel and hard-hearted pork-butcher, by the name of Cunda. Cunda was a pork-butcher for over fifty-five years; all this time he had not done a single meritorious deed. Before he died, he was in such great pain and agony that he was grunting and squealing and kept on moving about on his hands and knees like a pig for seven whole days. In fact, even before he died, he was suffering as if he were in Niraya.* On the seventh day, the pork-butcher died and was reborn in Avici Niraya. Thus, the evil-doer must always suffer for the evil deeds done by him; he suffers in this world as well as in the next.

In this connection, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 15: Here he grieves, hereafter he grieves; the evil-doer grieves in both existences. He grieves and he suffers anguish when he sees the depravity of his own deeds.

* Niraya or Naraka: a place of continuous torment sometimes compared with hell; but it is different from hell because suffering in Niraya is not everlasting like suffering in hell. Avici Niraya is the most fearful of all Nirayas.

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