人善天不欺

作者:Zheng Jian;編譯:Dora Li,Ariel Tian,Cindy Zhao

過去有一個人,非常貧窮,無以自立,但志行高潔,很少做違法非禮的事情。他因為家裡實在太貧窮,無法維持生活,只能去給一些商人當僕人。

有一天,這些商人出海尋寶,帶上了這個窮人。他們找到了寶藏,啟航回家,但船在途中卻不知為何停了下來。無論他們如何努力划槳,船都紋絲不動。商人們嚇壞了,擔心是因為他們挖出寶藏得罪了海神,是海神在懲罰他們。他們慌忙跪下向海神祈禱,為自己的罪孽懺悔,並請求海神讓他們回家。只有那個窮人沒有加入他們的祈禱,因為他認為自己這輩子從未做錯任何事,問心無愧。

這些商人猜的沒錯,船停下不動,確實是因為他們褻瀆了神明,遭到了海神的懲罰。船本來會沉到海底,但海神看到船上有一個善良的人不應該被連累。於是海神想了七天,終於想出了一個辦法。他想:「讓我考驗一下這些商人!如果他們通過了考驗,我就讓他們走;否則我就懲罰他們,讓那個善良人走。」

就這樣,船在海上漂了七天,一動不動,所有的商人都非常擔憂。到了第七天,一個商人做了個夢,夢見海神告訴他:「如果你把那個窮人獻給我,我就讓你們回家。」商人醒來後,將夢境告訴了大家。於是,所有的商人都在暗中討論把這個窮人扔進海裡。窮人聽到了他們的談話,告訴他們:「沒關係。讓我成為海神的祭品!不要讓我連累了你們所有人。」

商人們聽到窮人說願意把自己獻給海神,非常高興,於是給了他一隻小木筏,還在木筏上放了一些食物和飲料,然後將窮人送走了。帶著寶物的商人們留在大船上,興高采烈地航行回家。

海神見狀,掀起大浪,大船頓時傾覆,所有的商人都沉入海底。接著,海神吹起了一陣風,將小木筏一路推到了岸邊。就這樣,這個善良的窮人安全地回家了。

這個故事改寫於紀錄佛陀轉生故事的大正藏本緣部《六度集經》卷四之《貧人本生》。

10 評論

It’s never been truer than in this time period: people do not believe in the divine, they do not believe in retribution, they do not believe that there is anyone, or anything, in control of the overall situation. Basically, it’s a complete lack of Faith. But, there are still those who do believe in all of these things and do have solid Faith. Only those who have this kind of Faith can accept the Will of Heaven and they will be rewarded for it. They are not afraid to die, just as this man was not, because death is not the end—or a bad destination—for those of Faith. Those who have none—or little—always think that they can control the outcome of things.

Barbara Gay 1月 23, 2024

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JAMES 12月 23, 2022

I just love your stories. They tend to give a gentle reminder not to forget about the important
things in life, like caring, sharing and kindness to others. I have seen your show and it was the
most amazing performance I have ever seen. Thank you for your wonderful stories.

Sandra Wieneroider 3月 11, 2021

These kinds of stories should be read to the children. Or let the children read it themself. So they can learn about morality and be kind to others. I like the part that the man refused to pray with the businessmen because he did nothing wrong base on the story.

Trang Nguyen 9月 06, 2020

This is a very thought tale. It is a reminder to be kind and to give generously of yourself.

I attended your last performance in Detroit. A DVD of the next performance would be appreciated. When my grandchildren saw the angel fly up they asked, “What’s that?

Monrovia 8月 20, 2020

In my opinion, this story validates that all lives are equally precious, and it’s up to ourselves to make the right decision. I wonder what the story will be if the businessmen said, let me be the sacrifice instead of them and return the treasure which it wasn’t theirs to begin with. Thank you for the story, I really appreciate them.

Alina 8月 19, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful story.
Your stories always open the heart and broaden the mind.
I look forward to your performance to take the stage again.

Lia Onely 8月 17, 2020

I love the story, always into a story w/human fragilities, like Aesop. And I have seen your shows each time it came to SJ, love it.

shirley 8月 17, 2020

I have seen two of your shows. They are without doubt the best shows I have ever seen. Unfortunately Australia is a big country and you don’t go to Brisbane very often. Brisbane is the only city within a days journey of us and I wish you would make a greater effort to bring your show to Brisbane. If this is not possible, I beg of you that you provide us with the opportunity to purchase a DVD of the show. To miss being able to view one of your presentations is to miss one of life’s greatest experiences.

Anthony Pietruszkiewicz 8月 17, 2020

I always love the morals of the stories you tell. I look forward to the time you get back to our neighborhood. I have seen your show four times and when you were in Portland, Oregon, I
sent tickets to my little Brother and he still talks about your show.
Thank you for brightening the lives of others.

Wanda E. Hunter 8月 16, 2020

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