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Verse 64: The Story of Thera Udayi
While residing at the
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (64) of this book, with
reference to Thera Udayi, a pretentious Bhikkhu.
Thera Udayi would often go and sit on the platform from which learned theras
discourses. On one occasion, some visiting Bhikkhus, taking him for a very
learned thera, put to him
some questions on the five aggregates (khandhas). Thera Udayi could not answer,
because he did
not know anything of the dhamma. The visiting Bhikkhus were greatly astonished
to find, that one
staying in the same monastery with the Buddha knew so very little about the
khandhas and the
= sense-organs + sense-objects).
To them, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 64. A fool, even though he is associated with a wise man all his life,
understand the Dhamma, just as a spoon cannot come to know the taste of soup.
At the end of the discourse, all the visiting Bhikkhus attained Arahatship.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016