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7.圣徒                                     

 

  我年轻时,有一次曾到山那边静静的树林里拜访一位圣人。当时,我与他正在谈论着美德的本质,一位盗贼疲惫不堪、脚步趔趄地沿山路走来。走近树林时,他在圣人脚下跪倒,哀求道:"啊,圣人,我要得到您的安慰!我的罪孽已成为我的重负了!"

  圣人回答:"我的罪孽,也成为我的重负了。"

  盗贼:"可我是个贼人,是个强盗。"

  圣人:"我也是个贼人,是个强盗。"

  盗贼:"我还是个杀人犯,很多人的血在我耳边鸣冤呢。"

  圣人:"我也是个杀人犯,我耳边也有很多人的血在鸣冤。"

  盗贼:"我犯下了数不清的罪行。"

  圣人:"我也犯下了数不胜数的罪行。"

  这时盗贼站起,直瞪瞪地看着圣人,眼神有点奇怪;然后疾步离开,走下山岗。

  我转过头来,向圣人问道:"您为什么替自己杜撰了种种罪行?

  您想过吗,此人走后不会再信服您了。"

  圣人答道:"他确实不会再信服我了,但他是得了很多快慰走的。"

   恰在此时,我们听到远处传来盗贼的歌声,这喜悦的歌声回落在整个山谷。

The Saint

In my youth I once visited a saint in his silent grove beyond the hills; and as we were conversing upon the nature of virtue a brigand came limping wearily up the ridge. When he reached the grove he knelt down before the saint and said, "O saint, I would be comforted! My sins are heavy upon me."
And the saint replied, "My sins, too, are heavy upon me."
And the brigand said, "But I am a thief and a plunderer."
And the saint replied, "I too am a thief and a plunderer."
And the brigand said, "But I am a murderer, and the blood of many men cries in my ears."
And the saint replied, "I am a murderer, and in my ears cries the blood of many men."
And the brigand said, "I have committed countless crimes."
And the saint replied, "I too have committed crimes without number."

Then the brigand stood up and gazed at the saint, and there was a strange look in his eyes. And when he left us he went skipping down the hill.
And I turned to the saint and said, "Wherefore did you accuse yourself of uncommitted crimes? See you not this man went away no longer believing in you?"
And the saint answered, "It is true he no longer believes in me. But he went away much comforted."

At that moment we heard the brigand singing in the distance, and the echo of his song filled the valley with gladness.

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