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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
20. Opamma-Saɱuttaɱ

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
20. Kindred Sayings on Parables

Sutta 11

Paṭhama Singālaka Suttaɱ[1] 1

The Jackal 1


Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by F. L. Woodward

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain



[1] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There he addressed the brethren: —

"Have ye heard the jackal, brethren,
howling in the night,
at dawn?"

"Even so, lord."

"That will be an old jackal, brethren,
afllicted by mange.

Wherever he wishes to go,
to stand,
to sit,
to lie,
there he goes,
he stands,
he sits,
he lies,
and the cold wind blows on him.

Twere well, brethren,
if a certain man among us,
pledged to the Son of the Sakyans,
were to experience even such a reborn life as that.[2]

Wherefore, brethren,
thus must ye train yourselves:

'We will live earnestly'
-even thus."


[1] See above, p. 156

[2] 'This was said concerning Devadatta: - "He will not get in his future birth even so much ease of heart as that jackal."' Comy.

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