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從前有位老修行,欲升到非非想處天去,故修非非想處定。

他在海邊修定,將要入非非想處定時,魚在海邊戲水,弄得水聲潺潺,使他無法入定。

當他睜開眼睛,魚立刻游到別處。他便繼續打坐,快要入定時,魚又游來了,如此多次,使老修行不勝煩擾,遂生出瞋恨心,自思:「我最好能變成一隻飛狸,把水中的魚吃掉!」

他生出這種瞋恨心,嚇得魚再也不敢來。老修行終於證入非非想處定,而生非非想處天去,享受八萬大劫的天福。

等他天福想盡時,墮落畜生道,身為飛狸,天天吃魚。直到釋迦牟尼佛成佛後,為他說法,才脫離狸身,轉身為人,隨佛修道,後證阿羅漢果。

所以修道人不可以隨意生瞋恨心,打妄想必會受果報。

Once there was an old cultivator who hoped to ascend to the Heaven of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought and so he cultivated the Samadhi of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought.

He cultivated that samadhi beside the sea. When he was on the verge of entering the Samadhi of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought, a fish was playing nearby and the sound of the water he splattered up kept the old cultivator from entering samadhi.

But when he opened his eyes, the fish instantly swam away. He continued meditating and was again just about to enter samadhi when the fish swam back. This happened several times until finally the old cultivator got upset. Hatred arose in his mind and he thought: If I could turn into a kingfisher, I could eat that fish!”

His anger scared the fish away for good.  Eventually the old cultivator was able to enter the Samadhi of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought. In time, he was reborn in the Heaven of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought where he enjoyed eighty thousand great eons of heavenly blessings.
But when his heavenly blessings finally ended, he was reborn in the animal realm as a kingfisher that ate fish all day.It wasn’t until after Shakyamuni Buddha became a Buddha and spoke Dharma for him that he was finally released from the kingfisher retribution. At that point he gained a human body, followed the Buddha in cultivating the Way, and attained the fruition of Arhatship.

From this we can see that cultivators cannot casually give rise to hatred in their minds. We certainly will have to undergo retribution for our false thoughts.

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