Evil speech is the sharpest sword / 惡口是最銳利的劍

May 17, 2012 § 4 Comments

One day, Buddha was preaching at Jetavana Monastery. Brahmā came down to Earth from Heaven to seek guidance from Buddha.

 “What is the sharpest sword, the most vicious poison, the fiercest fire, and the darkest night?” asked Brahmā.

 Buddha replied, “Evil speech is the sharpest sword, desire is the most vicious poison, afflictions is the fiercest fire, and ignorance is the darkest night”.

Very true and wise words… This teaching allows me to reflect my past, and resonates strongly with my perception of life, which was slowly shaped through the journey of my life…

When one’s speech is harsh and mean, especially when it comes from your beloved ones or people you care so much and have respect for, it hurts more than a stabbing knife. Unlike scratches or bruises, such mental wounds cannot be easily healed or reversed. It seems inevitable to come across people behaving this way, or is it just too easy to express foully in the heat of the moment? At least we can always be the first ones to be cautious when we speak, and not to cause distress towards others. If you have never encountered such a person in your life, you are probably one of the luckiest people in the world.

Desire comes from greed, which seems to be the root of all evil. When we do or could not get what we wanted, we become angry, or we become sad. It is a hole that can never be filled; because we are always looking for things that are better or prettier. We seldom know it, but what follows is the suffering and anguishes of “why can’t I…” or “if only…” etc, when we are not satisfied with what we currently have. Do we even realize how amazingly we could endure such unhappiness since we never stop asking these questions? I must say I highly admire people who are easily contented with their current status. They always seem a lot happier about because they have made the choice not to worry about too much other things.

Upon writing this, I feel greed also sets the basis for afflictions we have today. We are constantly worried about things in our lives, regardless if we have what we wanted or not… We can be happy and content, yet this may be short-lived as we seem to have more capability to dwell on the things that makes us angry or sad rather than staying focused and appreciating on what we already have or achieved. I guess underneath the worrying we brought to ourselves is the fear of not being good enough, or rich enough or pretty enough… What is the point of endless worrying when no one can fully cherish what they have until it is gone? We kept on putting these burdens on ourselves unconsciously that slowly grows into agony and making ourselves rather miserable.

Without acknowledging all of the above, it is as if we were blinded by our own egos that can never be satisfied with oneself. The metaphor of expressing ignorance as the longest dark night is just so right and so powerful. I really couldn’t think of any other ways to put it. However, when there is the night, there also comes the day. I am absolutely grateful to have come across the teachings of Buddha in the early stages of my life, and I do anticipate the day when I become enlightened also.

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有一天,佛陀在祇園精舍說法,大梵天主從天而降,來到佛陀座前,向佛陀請法。

梵天問:「甚麼是最銳利的劍?甚麼是最劇烈的毒藥?甚麼是最凶猛的火?甚麼是最黑暗的夜?」

佛陀答:「惡口是最銳利的劍,貪欲是最劇烈的毒藥,煩惱是最凶猛的火,無明是最黑暗的長夜。」
  

這真是充滿智慧的真理。佛陀的這則教誨讓我反省了從前的我;從以前這麼一路走來,這法語也同時與我目前的人生觀起共鳴…

當別人說話很刻薄又很無情的時候,尤其是來自你身邊最親近或是最在乎、最敬仰的人,那種痛往往比一般的刀劍傷得更身。而這種心理的傷痛往往很難平復,不像平時刮傷瘀青等皮肉之苦。我們這一生中似乎難免會遇到這種人,還是說在衝動時更容易說出傷人的話呢?但至少我們可以從自己開始言行謹慎,除了可以減少是非也能夠避免去傷害他人。如果你這一生中從來沒有遇到別人用言語傷害你,那麼你就是這世界上少數的幸運兒了。

貪婪,似乎是萬惡之源,導致欲望。當我們少了什麼或是沒辦法得到什麼時,我們失意、生氣、難過等等。我們不斷地想要得到更多、更好、更美,因此欲望這空洞是永遠也填不滿的。我們很少明白在這空洞帶給我們有多少的苦悶及不滿: “為什麼我不能…?"或者“假如可以…?"也許很少人發現我們忍受這種不滿足的苦有多強,但是我們卻曾未停止問這些問題呀!我必須承認我非常敬佩那些知足常樂的人。正也是因為他們做出了不去奢望太多的緣故,他們比一般人來的要快樂許多。

寫到這我的感觸很深,我同時也覺得貪欲是導致一切苦惱的開始。不管我們現在有了什麼或是缺了什麼,我們總是不能停止煩惱。當然,我們也能夠體會快樂,但是時間都不長久。比起感恩或專注於人生許多的美好,我們似乎更執著於那些讓我們不快樂的事情。我想在這煩惱的掙扎中似乎透露著一種害怕,害怕我比別人差、不夠有錢、不夠漂亮等等。但在還沒擔心完之前若不懂得珍惜現在,那麼就只有失去當下的後悔。我們時常無意識地增加自己心靈上的負擔,煩悶到一定程度的時候只會讓我們更折磨自己。

無法意識到這些問題的我們,就如同被自己的自我所盲目一樣。沒有什麼比無知更可怕,而用最漫長的夜晚來形容無明實在是太貼切了太強大了。我實在是找不出更好的比喻。但既然有黑夜,那麼一定也有白天。我真的非常感恩我在很小的時候就接觸佛法,而我也非常期待當我開悟得道的那天。

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