色欲心起,即为大过

真相网2014.9.21】转载自明慧网

(一)

明朝正德年间,有个读书人,名叫赵永贞,他在少年的时候,曾经遇到一位异人告诉他说:‘你二十三岁的时候,必定会考中功名。’等到他廿三岁那年参加乡试,文章写得极好,主考官早已经决定选中他的文章好几天了;不料到了后场的考试,他却是连连的失误,结果没有考中。赵永贞的心中,感到非常的难过;因此就向文昌帝君祈求托梦,告诉他不中的原因;文昌帝君就说:‘你原本可以考中今年的乡试,但是因为你近来调戏你家的婢女,引诱邻居的女儿,虽然都没有成真;然而你的起心颠倒,意淫缠绵不断,心地日益的转暗;所以你命中原有的功名,因此而被消除了。’

永贞听了帝君的解说,痛哭流涕,发誓并决心改过,大做善事。于是就刻印戒淫的善书,以警醒世人。结果在下次的乡试中,永贞果然考中了解元,做官做到了藩宪。

(二)

有位叫行蕴的僧人,有一次他见到了莲花,忽然动了淫欲的想法。当天晚上,就有一位妇人来敲他的门。行蕴打开门看,见到门外站了一位女子,而且还带了一个丫环,并且自称道:‘我是莲花娘子。’而这位女子容光照人,极为美丽,行蕴见了十分的高兴,就与她情意缠绵的谈起话来。一会儿,蜡烛就熄灭了,隔壁的侍者听到行蕴叫苦的声音,和女子厉声的对他说道:‘你为什么妄起淫心,假若我真的是女子,也不会肯跟你苟合啊!’侍者听到之后,就立刻跑去邀集寺里其他的僧众赶来,大家合力破门而入,只看到了两个夜叉,而行蕴已经身首异处了。(《太平广记》卷第三百五十七)

(三)

虽然把状元的名字隐藏起来,但这同样是一个真实的故事:

清朝末年,有一个举子进京赴考,住进一家客栈,老板娘是新寡的少妇。因大雪封路,无法前行,连住几天。孤男寡女,天天对望,日久生情,就动了念头了。在起了淫念之后,举子到寡妇房前欲举手敲门,忽然想到:“不可以!我是去考状元的,这一进去要是犯了淫,天庭会除名的,回去吧!”他这边回去了,她那边却起了念头,想去找他了。一出门,心里想到:“咦!不可以,我是个寡妇,应该为丈夫守住贞节才对,怎么看到年轻人就忘了本份,不可以,回去吧!”为丈夫守节,守得贞操清白,死后可以升天的;但若是寡妇犯淫,这个罪恶也足以令她下地狱的。所以这个寡妇想到这里,就回房去了。

男的回去以后,禁不住欲火的煎熬,又来到女的门前,敲了门。寡妇就起来开门时,那男的又赶快跑掉,因为他又觉得不可以这样做,怕犯了淫会被革名。古人讲,纵然你有很好的学问,命中注定是状元,倘若犯了淫,或是造了恶,天庭会除去你的状元名份的。所以他趁女的将要开门,赶快回头去了。但是那个女的已经知道了,也跟过来敲他的门,而内心又挣扎地告诉自己,不可以失节,又回去了。就这样来来回回走了两三次。最后一次,这个男的起来开了门。两个人在那边犹犹豫豫,又想要,又想不可以这样做。

就在这要成不成的时候,听到空中有声音说话了:“你们两个王八蛋要干又不干,把我的功过簿画得稀巴烂!”说完就甩下一个东西来。他们两个听到这些话吓得发抖,赶快捡起来看,原来是一本“功过簿”,上面有他们的名字:一个今科状元,犯淫革名,打叉画掉了;一个是守节寡妇,死后升天,现在犯淫,也画掉了。再看看,又写“不犯”,勾上去;再看下面,又写“犯”,又画掉;然后又是“不犯”,勾上去;“犯”,画掉。把这本功过簿又画又勾,弄得一塌糊涂。这两个人一看,赶快各自回房,从此再也不敢犯淫念了。

人心生一念,天地尽皆知。以前误认为只要行为上不犯,只生淫念,起色欲之心,没有实质的行为,便没有罪过或罪过是轻的。现在看来不是这样啊!明朝的吕青死而复生,听一位冥官讲,凡是人一动了邪淫的欲念,就是大过。如果神明若不如实记录申报,将其隐匿或是漏掉,就连对于专管这件事的神明来说都是大过啊!所以人要想得福报,还是趁早摒弃邪淫妄念。因为色欲心一起,即为大过,自招祸患。从此改变命运,损福折寿,恶运相随,其实皆为自取。对于一个修炼人就更严重,色欲之心一起,千古修炼的机缘也许毁于一旦了!

http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2011/3/21/237882.html

http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2011/6/3/125783.html

Traditional Chinese Culture: Three Short Stories Illustrate How A Sin is Committed With Even One Thought of Lust
June 03, 2011

First Story

During the reign of Emperor Zhengde (1505 - 1521 A.D.) in the Ming Dynasty, there was a man named Zhao Yongzhen. When he was young, he met a fortune-teller who told him: “You will surely win first place in the provincial civil service examination and obtain fame and fortune when you are twenty three years old.”

When young Zhao took the provincial civil service examination, he wrote an excellent article. The examiner decided to choose his article. But, against all of his expectations, he failed all the later exams and thus did not pass the provincial civil service examination. He was very upset and in a dream, he asked the Imperial Deity of Wenchang (the authority in charge of education and examinations) why he failed the exam. The Deity replied: "You were supposed to win first place in the provincial civil service examination, but recently you peeped at your maid out of lust and flirted with the girl next door. Although you did not actually touch these women, you were lustful in mind. This is the reason why you have been deprived of the honor!"

After hearing what the Deity said, Yongzhen burst into tears. He pledged to rectify his mistakes and do a lot of good deeds. He wrote a book encouraging people to guard their chastity and to refrain from lustful thoughts and behavior. As a result he won the first place in the next imperial civil service examination. Later in his career, Zhao Yongzhen was made a feudal lord responsible for guarding a region.

Second Story

There once was a monk named Xingyun. One day he saw a lotus flower and suddenly had a lustful thought. That night, a woman came knocking on his door. Xingyun opened the door and saw the woman and a maiden standing outside the door. The woman said: “I am the Lotus Lady.” Xingyun was very pleased to see the beautiful lady and started talking to her affectionately. After a while the candle went out. The waiter next door heard Xingyun crying and a woman harshly tell him: “Why did you have lustful thoughts? Even if I were really a woman, I would not agree to have sex with you!” The waiter immediately ran to get other monks to come over. They broke into the room and saw only two demons while Xingyun had been decapitated. (“Tailing Guangji” Volume Three Hundred and Fifty Seven)

Third Story

During the last years of the Qing Dynasty, a candidate was going to Beijing for the provincial civil service examination. The manager of the hotel where he was staying was a recently widowed woman. Due to heavy snow blocking the road, he was forced to stayed at the hotel for a few days longer. After a few days of staring at each other, they fell in love and started to have lustful thoughts. The candidate went to the widow's room and was about to knock on the door when he suddenly thought: “No, I can't do this. I'm going to take the provincial civil service examination. If I step inside and have an affair with her, I will be deprived of first-place in the exam by heaven. I have to go back!” While he went back to his room, the widow started thinking about him. She stepped out the door and thought: “No! I am a widow and should hold chastity for my husband. How could I forget about this after seeing a young man? No, I have to go back!” (It is held in Chinese mythology that if a widow holds chastity for her husband and remains clean, she will go to heaven after death; but if a widow is guilty of adultery, the sin is enough to make her go to hell.) So, the widow went back to her room.

After the man returned to his room, he could not contain his burning desire, so he went back to the widow's door and knocked. Before she opened the door, he quickly dashed away, realizing that he should not be there. He was afraid of being deprived of fame and fortune because of adultery. There is an ancient saying that, even if you have very good knowledge and are destined to win first place at the provincial civil examination, if you are guilty of adultery or have committed evil deeds, your first place status will be removed by heaven. So he went back to his room before the widow opened the door. However, the widow already knew he was there, so she went to knock on his door. She also struggled, telling herself that she should not be disloyal. So she went back. They went back and forth like this two or three times. The last time, the man opened the door, but they stood there hesitating, wanting to do it, but also feeling afraid.

At that moment they heard a voice in the air: “Hey! You both wanted to do it, and then were afraid to do it, over and over. My notebook is all messed up!” They heard something thrown down. The man and the widow both trembled. They quickly picked up the notebook that appeared at their feet. It turned out to be the “Merits and Demerits Book”. Their names were in the book: a first-place winner in the provincial civil service examination, whose name was crossed out after being guilty of adultery; a widow who was supposed to go to heaven after being loyal, and the name was crossed out after committing adultery. Looking more closely, there was the word “not committed”, and the names were checked back. Then below that, the word “guilty” was written, and the names crossed out. Then below that was the word “not committed”, and names checked back. Then “guilty” with the names crossed out. The notebook was all messed up with crosses and checks. After seeing this, the two went back to their rooms and would not dare to have lustful thoughts again.

*****

Each thought arising in one's heart is known by heaven and earth. I mistakenly thought that it's alright to have lustful thoughts as long as one does not commit the deeds. Without actual deeds there would be no sin, or the sin is light. It seems I was wrong.

When Lu Qing from the Ming Dynasty came back from the dead, he heard an official in hell telling him that it is a serious sin to have lustful thoughts. If the gods do not record the thoughts truthfully, this is also a big sin for the gods who are in charge of these matters.

Therefore, if one wants good fortune, one needs to get rid of evil and lustful thoughts immediately. Because once a thought of lust arises, it's a big sin and will bring nothing good. One's life is changed forever and one will lose good fortune, or one's life may even be shortened. Bad fortune will come, and it can be said to be one's own fault.

It's even more serious for a practitioner, as one's precious opportunity to cultivate might be ruined by one thought of lust!

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