A Pair of Swift Messengers – IV –

FOR THE SAKE OF A FEW, BUT THE PROFIT OF THE MANY

Then said the Great Deva Brahma Sahampati:

‘Let my Lord the Exalted One Buddha teach the Dhamma-Vinaya; let the Happy One Buddha teach the Dhamma-Vinaya.  For there are some creatures whose sight is but little clouded with dust.  They are perishing through not hearing the Dhamma-Vinaya.  They will become knowers of the Dhamma-Vinaya.” 

So spake the Great Deva Brahma Sahampati, and so saying added this further:

“In Magadha was hitherto a Norm,  a Norm not pure, by minds impure thought out. 

Exalted One Buddha, open the Door to what is ‘Deathless’ called.  Let men hear this Dhamma-Vinaya  by the Pure discerned.

As standing on a rocky mountain-peak, One may look down upon the folk below, so Wise One Buddha, climbing up the Dhamma-Vinaya built-steps, do thou, with eye that seeth all around, look down upon the folk in sorrow plunged.  Exalted One Buddha, thou who art freed from sorrow, O look down on folk by birth, age and decay overwhelmed.

Rise up, brave heart, victorious in battle, Debt-freed, Band-Leader, roam through all the world!

Let the Exalted One Budha show us the Dhamma-Vinaya.  Hearing, there shall be some to understand.”

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(Some Sayings of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).

 

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