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    Published:2014/12/24 Buddhist Stories Read:331

    四川成都文殊院,始建于隋朝大业年间,为中国名刹,禅宗四大修持场所之一,近代中国十大高僧之一的宽霖法师,在文殊院驻锡任方丈多年。宽霖法师曾讲一寺中发生的公案,闻者无不动容。

    文殊院曾有一位监院,持戒精严,管理勤勤恳恳,深得寺内上下的信任,常念“施主一粒米,重如须弥山”,每日必清点各殿内公德箱内四众供养,一丝不苟,务必毫厘不爽。

    一日清点帐目,有80元钱不知去向,监院大惊,仔细核对,帐目准确,当日的进出款项也并无差错,怎么也找不到差在何处。出家人不蓄私财,虽然帐目偏差,终是毫无头绪,翻来覆去禅房里也找不到,想必是百密一疏,寺内买米面油盐出错了钱款,虽然难以释怀,也只好不了了之。相差钱款数目不多,寺中上下也并没有计较,监院依然管理帐目,只是前车之鉴,每日更加仔细,不敢掉以轻心,此后也再无差错。

    此后经年,监院圆寂荼毗,众人皆因其平时对寺内管理兢兢业业,经手财务没有差错,均谓其定能往生西方,花开见佛。

    后又几年,一日,有一农夫牵耕牛路过文殊院山门,牛行在门口忽驻足不动,任凭农夫拉扯鼻环,牛仿佛失去了知觉,毫不理会,牛头对着山门一动不动,瞪大眼睛看着寺院,悠忽间竟流下了眼泪。农夫心中恼怒,这老牛平日倒也听话,今日这是怎么了,一看天色不早,一时怒从心起,口中咒骂,手上的皮鞭也不停抽打,牛即不躲闪,也不哞叫,站在原地,低着头望着寺院,泪珠不断滚落。围观者中有笃信居士,深信因果,见那牛这番光景,心中疑惑,莫非这牛和和寺院有些渊源,何不叫寺内和尚来看个究竟。居士请出寺内僧人,没想到那牛见了僧人,竟往山门里走去,农夫一看着慌,遂使出浑身力气拉住缰绳,那牛犯了蛮劲,径直往里走,不顾鼻环坠得疼痛。当家和尚看到这牛与人的较力,又听众人说了缘由,断定其中必有因缘。

    大和尚让农夫住手,放开牛。刚一松手,牛即往后院禅房内走去。只见这牛好像对寺院建筑非常熟悉,后院曲径通幽,牛竟然没有乱冲乱撞,四蹄不停,循路径来到监院门首停下不动。逢监院不在寺内,房门紧闭,牛开始用角撞门,只见那牛使劲撞开房门,好不容易挤进门去,进入房内停下,用牛角挑开一块铺地的木板,露出地面,牛角又不停地挑动,牛忽然停下来,盯着土里挑出的东西,豆大的眼泪不停往下掉,大和尚走上前一看,正好是80元钱。 牛背上竟赫然显出了原来监院和尚的名字 ,大和尚刹那间明白了,这头牛前世就是那个丢了80元钱的监院!原来钱掉到木板地下了,难怪当时找不到,今日物归原主,却是物是人非,规律运行,法律森严,往日一个不小心,今日要披毛戴角,出尽血汗来还!可见暗室窥心,神目如电,纵然是无意出岔,但恶因铸成,十方世界不饶啊!

    大和尚将牛买下,在寺里养起来,牛死后,将牛角取下保存,悬于门楣警策后人,爱惜财命、物命,谨守戒律,一入释家,受戒持戒,如履薄冰,战战兢兢,不注恶果。

    规律可以不被相信,但是规律是客观存在的,并不以人的意志为转移。佛赐予的戒律,实在是对众生最大的保护!遵从古道遗风实在是学佛人最大的幸福!无论在家出家学佛与否,不能遵从规律遵守纪律,必然要受到规律的惩罚。疏忽大意尚且造成如此恶果,任意胡为的后果更可怕。学佛行善,净化身心造福一方,实在是人生前途最光明的事业。

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