2022.02.13 Sunday

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.

  Then at once a shower poured down, filling both sea and land. Hearing the sky raining, Dhaniya spoke thus:

   13. ‘No small gain indeed (has accrued) to us since we have seen Bhagavat; we take refuge in thee, O (thou who art) endowed with the eye (of wisdom); be thou our master, O great Muni!’ (30)

   14. ‘Both my wife and myself are obedient; (if) we lead a holy life before Sugata, we shall conquer birth and death, and put an end to pain.’ (31)

   15. ‘He who has sons has delight in sons,’–so said the wicked Mâra,–‘he who has cows has delight likewise in cows; for upadhi (substance) is the delight of man, but he who has no upadhi has no delight.’ (32)

   16. ‘He who has sons has care with (his) sons,’–so said Bhagavat,–‘he who has cows has likewise care with (his) cows; for upadhi (is the cause of) people’s cares, but he who has no upadhi* has no care.’ (33)

Dhaniyasutta is ended.

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


*upadhi ‘substratum of existence’. In the Com. there are enumerated 4 kinds:

  • the 5 groups (khandha)
  • sensuous desire (kāma)
  • mental defilements (kilesa)
  • karma


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