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电光石火《俗语佛源》
“电光”是闪电之光,“石火”是击石所迸发的火星。俗用“电光石火”比喻事物稍纵即逝、转头成空。如元·姬翼《恣逍遥》词:“昨日婴孩,今朝老大,百年间电光石火。”禅宗好用“电光石火”比喻机锋敏捷,忽然触发,有所悟入。如宋·朱熹也谈到“禅家所谓石火电光底消息”(《答张钦夫书》)。在佛经上,“电光”常用作比喻世间事物生灭变幻,无常迅速,“犹如梦幻与泡影,亦如朝露与电光。”(《心地观经》卷一)把“电光”和“石火”连用为一个俗语的,较早见于唐代敦煌变文,如《无常经讲经文》说:“人生一世,如石火电光,岂能久住。”(李明权)
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