2021.12.16 Thursday

2. DHANIYASUTTA.

A dialogue between the rich herdsman Dhaniya and Buddha, the one rejoicing in his worldly security and the other in his religious belief.

   1. ‘I have boiled (my) rice, I have milked (my cows),’–so said the herdsman Dhaniya,–‘I am living together with my fellows near the banks of the Mahî (river), (my) house is covered, the fire is kindled: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (18)

   2. ‘I am free from anger, free from stubbornness,’–so said Bhagavat,–‘I am abiding for one night near the banks of the Mahî (river), my house is uncovered, the fire (of passions) is extinguished: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (19)

   3. ‘Gad-flies are not to be found (with me),’–so said the herdsman Dhaniya,–‘in meadows abounding with grass the cows are roaming, and they can endure rain when it comes: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (20)

   4. ‘(By me) is made a well-constructed raft,’–so said Bhagavat,–‘I have passed over (to Nibbâna), I have reached the further bank, having overcome the torrent (of passions); there is no (further) use for a raft: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (21)

Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 10: The Dhammapada and Sutta Nipata, by Max Müller and Max Fausböll, [1881], at sacred-texts.com

https://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/sbe10/sbe1033.htm

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