Preached to the monks at Desakā in the Sumbhā country. Supposing the fairest
maiden in all the countryside were to dance and sing in public, and a man were
told that if he carried a bowl brimful of oil through the crowd he would win the
maiden, but that if he spilt one single drop he would lose his head, that man
would not turn his attention to anything else or grow slack in his efforts. In
the same way should monks cultivate mindfulness relating to the body (S.v.169f).
This sutta seems also to have been called the
Janapadakalyāni Sutta. E.g., J. i.393f.