2014年4月8日星期二

戒貪 Guard against greed - 4&5


4. 五色令人目盲;五音令人耳聾;五味令人口爽;馳騁田獵,令人心發狂;難得之貨,令人行妨。
(卷三十四 老子)

4. Craving for visual splendor can distort our vision and impede our ability to see the truth about things. Basking in musical amusement can numb our hearing and impede our ability to appreciate the finer meanings in music. Excessive indulgence in fine cuisine can dull our taste buds and impede our ability to appreciate the food. Wallowing in the thrill of game hunting can make us reckless and lose our sanity. Being desirous of rare and precious objects can cause our greediness to grow and drive us to behave wickedly.
(Scroll 34: Lao Zi)

5. 訓有之,內作色荒,外作禽荒。甘酒嗜音,峻宇雕牆。有一于此,未或弗亡。(卷二 尚書)

5. King Yu of antiquity said: If a ruler is obsessed with womanizing and hunting, drinking fine wine, singing and dancing, living in lofty mansions with intricate wall paintings and carvings; any one of these will surely bring forth the ruin of his country.
(Scroll 2: Shang Shu)

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