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2. DHANIYASUTTA. (continued)

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

   9. ‘I have cows, I have calves,’– so said the herdsman Dhaniya;–‘I have cows in calf and heifers, and I have also a bull as lord over the cows: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (26)

   10. ‘I have no cows, I have no calves,’–so said Bhagavat,–‘I have no cows in calf and no heifers, and I have no bull as a lord over the cows: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky! (27)

   11. ‘The stakes are driven in, and cannot be shaken,’–so said the herdsman Dhaniya,–‘the ropes are made of muñga grass, new and well-made, the cows will not be able to break them: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (28)

   12. ‘Having, like a bull, rent the bonds; having, like an elephant, broken through the galukkhi creeper, I shall not again enter into a womb: therefore, if thou like, rain, O sky!’ (29)

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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