KŪṬADANTA SUTTA, translated by T. W. Rhys Davids WHOEVER put this Sutta together must have been deeply imbued with the spirit of. Kutadanta’s Question. Brahman Kutadanta is prepaing to perform an abundant sacrifice. A lot of bulls, cows, goats and rams are brought to the. Now at that time the brahmin Kūṭadanta was living in Khāṇumata. It was a crown property given by King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha, teeming with living .
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He was a student repeater who knew the mystic verses by heart, master of the three Vedas, with the indices, the ritual, the phonology, and the exegesis as a fourthand the legends as a fifth, learned in the idioms and the grammar, versed in Lokayata Nature-lore and in the thirty marks on the body of a great man They knew quite well that the lesson taught was the principal matter, the main point compared with which all others were quite subservient.
The fun of the extravagance can be matched, easily enough, in European, and especially in American humour. And relying on your plan my revenue is now great.
When he went forth he abandoned abundant gold coin and bullion stored in dungeons and towers. Hooray for the accomplishment of such sacrifice! And so these four factors also became accessories to the sacrifice. Then they were satisfied, and went with him to call upon The Blessed One.
He has the thirty-two marks of a great man.
5. Kutadanta Sutta
And when he had thus spoken, those Brahmans lifted up their voices in tumult, and said: This, Brahmin, is called the sixteen-fold successful sacrifice in three modes. And on this being proclaimed, the king of Kosala kutdaanta his charioteer alighted from their chariot.
So Kitadanta have heard. After the early use of the word in some such sense as Nature-lore, folk-lore, there is a tone of unreality over all the statements we have. Majja also appears to refer to a brewage.
Some scholars claim that the original precept prohibited going to drinking establishments, not drinking per se. With ghee, and oil, and butter, and milk, and honey, and sugar only was that sacrifice accomplished. For if you do so, your reputation will diminish and his will increase.
Buddhist Sutra – Kutadanta Sutta
Though his mother and father wished otherwise, weeping with tearful faces, he shaved off his hair and beard, dressed in ocher robes, and went forth from the wutta life to homelessness. It is the hearty co-operation with the king of four divisions of his people, the nobles, the officials, suttta Brahmans, and the householders.
The king has eight personal qualifications, as has sutt chaplain. Copy link Copy table Cite. Thus there were the four assenting groups, and King Mahavijita was endowed with eight things, and the chaplain with four things in three modes. There are dacoits abroad who pillage the villages and townships, and who make the roads unsafe. And it is most easy, perhaps, to do so by an example which no one will dispute. People come from distant lands and distant countries to question him.
The sacrifice was completed with just ghee, oil, butter, curds, honey, and molasses. The ministers and sutya of town and country set up gifts to the south of the sacrificial pit. And the doorkeeper told him.
The whole paragraph is complimentary. He is aged, grown old, venerable, advanced in years, long past his youth, whereas the ascetic Gotama is youthful and newly gone forth as a wanderer. Then the Buddha describes the stages of meditative maturation, right up to the achievement of Wisdom — the destruction of rebirth. He was a well-spring of support, making merit with ascetics and brahmins, for paupers, vagrants, travelers, and beggars.
Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5) – Paliesque
King Pasenadi of Kosala …. Then, Kutadanta invites the Buddha with his Sangha for a meal next morning. And the things given, and the manner of their gift, was in all respects like unto the great sacrifice of King Wide-realm himself. The piquancy of this contrast is Indian, and especially Buddhist. When he had spoken, the brahmin high priest said to him: For the consent of the four classes has been obtained, the king has the eight, and his Brahman has the four, personal gifts.
And the Brahmins asked him why he did not applaud the ascetic Gotama’s fine words. Should his majesty the king, when the great sacrifice has been offered, feel any such regret as: This feeling is increasingly vouched for in the early centuries of our era.
Finally, the chaplain gives sixteen reasons why the sacrifice will be successful, including:. And just as a joke may be explained, but the point of it spoilt in the process, so in the attempt to write about this irony, much more delicate than any joke, one runs great danger of smothering it under the sutat words. Let the king provide funding for those who work in trade. Because no beatings and throttlings are seen there. This is the cause, brahmin, this is the reason why those regular kutadaanta as ongoing family sacrifice have fewer requirements and undertakings, yet are more fruitful and beneficial, compared with the sacrifice accomplished with three modes and sixteen accessories.
And when King Mahavijita was musing in private, the thought came to him: To those who have wrong views it will turn out accordingly, but those who have right views will have a successful sacrifice and will rejoice in it, and their hearts may be calmed within.
Here again, except in the last paragraph, there is nothing exclusively Buddhistic. This translation appears to contradict a statement I made in an earlier talk concerning the translation of this precept, in which I stated that there is no textual basis for the prohibition of drugs. The sacrifice was carried out with ghee, oil, butter, curds, honey and molasses.
Many Devas and humans are devoted to him. This sutta of the Buddha is organized around the declaration of two principles where the Buddha was far ahead of his time: To those in the kingdom who are engaged in cultivating crops and raising cattle, let Your Majesty distribute grain and fodder; to those in trade, give capital; to those in government service, assign proper living wages.
The Buddha responds by giving a list of seven progressively subtler and more powerful practices, viz. From this day forth, may Master Gotama remember me as a lay follower who has gone for refuge for life.