The Perfection of Patience - Analysis of the Elements VI
We read further on:
“The son of a prominent family (the King who had gone forth as a monk)
‘Our teacher left the homelife and went forth alone,
he went on his way alone.
I feel shame and awe with regard to the Teacher.
I heard that after our Teacher had gone forth he did not go on a vehicle
and he did not use any footwear, not even one layer,
nor did he use a paper sunshade.’
That son of a prominent family thought,
‘I am travelling far and therefore I should not go alone.
I shall follow a group of merchants.’
When the son of a prominent family who was delicate by nature
walked on very hot ground,
the soles of both of his feet were with pus and wounds,
and therefore, he experienced painful feeling.
When the merchants had set up a camp, and sat down to rest,
the son of a prominent family went away to sit at the root of a tree.
There was nobody there to take care of his legs or massage his back.
That son of a prominent family attained the fourth jhana with Mindfulness of Breathing
and he could thus suppress the hardship of his journey, his tiredness and agitation.
He spent his time with the joy of jhana.
The next day at dawn he took care of his bodily needs
and followed again the group of merchants.
When it was time for breakfast,
the merchants took the bowl of the son of a prominent family
and placed in it hard food and soft food as an offering.
This food consisted of raw husked rice that was not delicious,
curry that was like a heap of gravel,
soup with very salty ingredients.
The son of a prominent family reflected on his resting place,
and the hard and soft food were like divine nectar to him
while he swallowed everything with a great deal of water.
He travelled one-hundred and ninetytwo leagues in all,
and although he passed close to the gates of the Jeta Grove,
he did not enquire where the Teacher was staying.
Why did he not enquire?
The answer is that he revered the Teacher,
and also because of the royal official letter sent by the King
which seemed to convey that the Teacher had appeared in Rajagaha,
since it stated, ‘The Tathagata has appeared in this world.’
Therefore he understood that the Buddha was dwelling in the city of Rajagaha.
Although he went near the gate of the Jeta Grove,
he travelled on fortyfive leagues more.
At sundown the son of a prominent family reached Rajagaha
and there he asked where the Teacher was staying.
When a villager learnt that he came from the northern country (Uttara
he informed him as follows, ‘You have passed the city of Savatthí
and travelled on fortyfive leagues to Rajagaha,
but the Teacher is dwelling in Savatthí.’
The son of a prominent family, Pukkusati, thought,
‘Now it is not the right time to return to the city of Savatthí,
and today I shall first take lodging here.
Tomorrow I shall go to the Teacher’s dwelling place.’
He asked the villager
where recluses who arrived at an inappropriate time could find a lodging.
The villager answered that he could dwell in this potter’s workshop.
Then the son of a prominent family asked the potter whether he could dwell there.
He entered and sat down,
in order to make use of the lodging in the workshop of that potter
- Endurance with kusala
- Adhivasana khanti
- The unimpeded weapon of the good I
- The unimpeded weapon of the good II
- Reflection on patience
- Conduct of Buffalo King
- Dhamma Jataka
- Patience is the highest ascetism
- Analysis of the Elements I
- Analysis of the Elements II
- Analysis of the Elements III
- Analysis of the Elements IV
- Analysis of the Elements V
- Analysis of the Elements VI
- Analysis of the Elements VII
- Analysis of the Elements VIII
- Analysis of the Elements IX
- Analysis of the Elements X
- Analysis of the Elements XI
- When perfections is completed
- A wise man & a dull witted man
- He cannot endure
- The danger of impatience
- Right & wrong kind of patience
- The Ovada-patimokkha I
- The Ovada-patimokkha II
- The Ovada-patimokkha III
- It takes an endlessly long time
- Kassapamandiya Jataka I
- Kassapamandiya Jataka II
- Kassapamandiya Jataka III