II. Nidāna Vagga
XXI. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Nidana Book
21. The Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthī at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
'We do, sir.'
[niza] 'Now that brother is highly gifted, brethren, of a lofty nature. Not easy matter is it to win that which he formerly had not won, even that for the sake of whichclansmen rightly leave the home for the homeless, even that uttermost goal of the divine living which he has attained, wherein he abides, having come to know it thoroughly for himself and to realize it.'
The Wellfarer so saying, the Master spake this yet further:
Swans, herons, peacocks, elephants, and eke the dappled deer,
Varied as may their bodies be, all dothe lion fear.
So among men a puny lada, if o nlyhe be wise,
Is truly great, not so the fool though large he be in size.
 See Pss. of the Brethren, p. 230. The Comy. here also gives the legends of the karma that made him so unslghtly (as a rāja he mocked old people), and that gave him the lovely voice which finds no mention in this work.