Ancient Chinese Fable (for Advanced Learners)
Once upon a time, there was a kingdom which had a law that all Brahmans in the country should keep their bodies clean and those who do not would be subject to all kinds of hard works.
There was a Brahman who was always holding an empty pot pretending that he was a clean man. When someone poured water info his pot, he spilled it and said in these words, „I don’t want to wash myself. Let the king do it himself. I have been lying to shun hard labor, because of the king’s law.“
This is also held to be true with the common monks. A monk, who has shaved his head and worn dyed gannets, could break commandments while pretending to be following them outwardly. Thus he wants to receive gain and offerings and avoids labor work, superficially he looks like a monk, but in reality, he cheats, just like the Brahman holding an empty pot and keeping up appearances.
Modern Chinese Translation - 白话:
从 前有位国王，设立了一条教法：凡是婆罗门等教徒居住在我国内，必须将身体洗净，若不洗净，则驱使他做种种苦役。有位婆罗门空提着澡罐，谎说洗净了。别人替 他注了水，他随即就泻弃掉，说：「我不洗净，国王自己洗身去吧!」迫于国王的命令，为了避开苦役，就妄说洗净了，其实并没有洗。