善恶定生死 ——红眼石狮的故事 /Good and Evil Determines Life and Death The story of the red-eyed stone lions
Good and Evil Determines Life and Death
The story of the red-eyed stone lions
A long time ago, the morals of the people in a village had become very bad, and gods were going to destroy the town. A Bodhisattva wanted to save the benevolent people in the village, giving them another chance to survive. So, she went down to the world and turned into a beggar. She arrived at the village to beg from house to house, but no one was willing to give her a bite of food.
She walked to the entrance of the village and found that an old lady was offering incense to the Buddha, so she stepped forward to beg. The old lady said embarrassingly: "I have this bowl of rice. Let me give you a half bowl. Leave this half bowl for the Buddha's offering." The Bodhisattva pointed to a pair of stone lions at the village entrance and said to her: "When you see the eyes of these lions turn red, there will be a great flood. You should run up the mountain, remember this."
The old lady immediately told the villagers but no one believed her, laughed at her and ridiculed her, saying, how could the eyes of the stone lion turn red?
One day, a few layabouts in the village wanted to make fun of the old lady, so they dyed the eyes of the stone lions red with red dye. When the old lady saw the stone lion's eyes were red, she anxiously shouted to the villagers: "Run! It's going to flood."
The villagers bent double with laughter having successfully fooled the old lady. The old lady kept shouting, but no one took it seriously, and no one listened to her. Seeing that everyone her, the old lady had to run up the mountain alone, and the flood submerged the whole village soon.
A kind thought gave the old lady the chance to hear the Bodhisattva's warning. When the villagers listened to the old lady's advice, they had evil thoughts, fooled her, and ridiculed her, and even painted the lions’ eyes red. In the end, good ideas save the good, while evil thoughts kill evil doers.
Translated by Joseph Wu
Edited by Helen