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Anguttara Nikaya
Navaka Nipata
Sihanada Vagga

Sutta 11

Sariputta Sihanada Suttam

The Lion's Roar

Translated from the Pali
by Sister Upalavanna

 


 

[1[pts] I heard thus.

At that time The Blessed One was abiding in the monastery offered by Anathapindika in Jeta's grove in Savatthi.

Venerable Sariputta approached The Blessed One, worshipped, sat on a side and said:

'Venerable sir, I have spent the rains in Savatthi and desire to go to the states on a tour.'

'Sariputta, do as you think is suitable.'

Then venerable Sariputta getting up from his seat worshipped and circumambulated The Blessed One and went away.

Soon after venerable Sariputta had gone, a certain bhikkhu said to The Blessed One:

'Venerable sir, venerable Sariputta having hurt me, without a reconciliation has left on a tour.'

Then The Blessed One addressed a certain bhikkhu:

'Come! Bhikkhu, address Sariputta, in my words -

'Friend, Sariputta, The Blessed One calls you'

That bhikkhu consenting, approached venerable Sariputta and said:

'Friend, Sariputta, the Teacher calls you'

Venerable Sariputta consented to see The Blessed One.

By that time venerable Maha-Moggalana and venerable Ananda were wandering from door to door with a bunch of keys, saying:

'Venerable ones approach! There is going to be a lion's roar of venerable Sariputta, in front of The Blessed One.'

Then venerable Sariputta approached The Blessed One, worshipped and sat on a side.

When seated The Blessed One said:

'Here, Sariputta, you have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling have left on a tour.'

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as the earth accepts the pure and the impure, excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood, does not loathe or shrink on account of it. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to earth, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as water washes the pure and the impure, excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood, does not loathe or shrink on account of it. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to water, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as fire burns the pure and the impure, excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood, does not loathe or shrink on account of it. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to fire, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as air blows away the pure and the impure, excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood, does not loathe or shrink on account of it. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to air, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as a duster wipes away the pure and the impure, excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood, does not loathe or shrink on account of it. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to a duster, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as an outcaste boy or girl in torn clothes with the begging basin in hand would enter a village or hamlet with a humble mind. In the same manner, I abide with a mind comparable to the mind of an outcaste boy or girl made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just like a tamed bull devoted to people, with its horns cut, would wander from street to street and from junction to junction without hurting anyone with its feet or horns. In the same manner, I abide with a mind, comparable to that of a bull with the horns cut, made great and immeasurable, without anger or ill will.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as a woman, man or child fond of adornment, when had bathed the head, was to be wrapped round the neck with the carcase of a snake dog or a human would loathe it and be disgusted of it. In the same manner, I abide disgusted and loathing this putrid body.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Venerable sir, just as a man using a perforated frying pan with the oil leaking In the same manner, I abide with this body which is perforated and leaking.

'Venerable sir, if mindfulness of the body in the body was not established, I would have offended a certain co-associate in the holy life and without reconciling would have left on a tour.

Then that bhikkhu getting up from his seat, and arranging his robe on one shoulder, putting his head at the feet of The Blessed One said:

'Venerable sir, pardon me, I accused venerable Sariputta with untruthful, un-real accusation owing to foolishness and delusion.

May The Blessed One pardon me, for future restraint.

Bhikkhu, as you see your fault and ask for pardon, according to the Teaching, I pardon you.

Bhikkhu, it is growth in the noble ones' discipline to see your fault and ask for pardon, according to the Teaching, for future restraint.

Then The Blessed One addressed venerable Sariputta:

'Sariputta, pardon this foolish man, before his head splits in seven'

'Venerable sir, I will pardon, if he says 'venerable one pardon me.''


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