With the words: "Sepanni dropped by a tree ..." - Teacher - he lived then in the Bamboo grove - he began the story of Devadatt.
Once, converging in the assembly hall, the monks unanimously reproached Devadatta. “Revered,” they said, “this Devadatta is ready to do anything in order to destroy the Master, who embodies all ten perfections. Once he sent a detachment of archers to shoot the Blessed One, another time he wanted to throw a large stone at him, and somehow unleashed rabid elephant Dhanapalaku. " Then Teacher came in, sat down in his place and asked: "What are you talking about, brothers?" “Honorable,” the bhikkhu replied, “we are discussing the baseness of Devadatta, who is ready for anything in order to destroy you.” “O monks,” Teacher remarked, “not only is Devadatta now trying to destroy me, he had already molested my death, although he could not fulfill his intention.” And Master told the bhikkhus about what happened in a past life.
"In ancient times, when King Brahmadatta was seated on the Benares' throne, a bodhisatta was born a deer. He lived in the forest, eating the fruits of the trees. At the time of which he was talking, he grazed near the Sepan tree, picking up the fruits that fell from his branches. In the same region there lived a certain hunter hunting from the platform on the trees, noticing deer footprints at the foot of a tree, this hunter arranged a platform in the thick branches of the tree, hid there and, waiting for the deer to come to eat its fruits, pierced it with a spear; the hunter sold the extracted meat and so zarab Tyva to feed itself. Once the hunter saw at the foot of a tree sepanni hoof marks bodhisatta, built in the branches of the dais and went home. The next morning after breakfast, taking a spear hunter went into the woods, climbed onto the platform and hid, hidden in the branches.
And just then, a bodhisatta appeared in the clearing, who came to feast on the fruits of the sepani. However, he did not go directly to the tree, but stopped at a distance. “Some hunters like to hide on the platform among the branches,” he thought, “are there anybody here?” Thinking this way, the bodhisatta stepped aside and began to observe the tree. The hunter, annoying that the deer was not coming closer, picked up the sepanni fruits and, not showing up from his hiding place, threw them at the bodhisatta's feet. When he saw the bodhisatta fruit, he thought: “They fell right under my feet. Is there a hunter hiding up there?” He peered intently into the greenery until he finally noticed a lurking person. However, he did not give the appearance that he had discovered the hunter, and said, turning to the tree: “Listen! Before you stood before me like a liana, dropping the fruits right at my feet; but now you don’t observe the dhamma of trees, you rejected it, so I’ll go to another tree and look for food at its roots. " And saying so, the bodhisatta sang this verse:
The deer has long been aware of the fruits:
I’ll direct my way to another tree,
And then, not long before the trouble!
The hunter who had taken refuge on the platform then threw the spear away and cried out in frustration after the runaway deer: "Go! Today my spear passed you." At these words, the Bodhisatta stopped and turned to the hunter, saying: “Listen, man! Your spear really passed me. But there are five kinds of torment awaiting you in eight great and sixteen small purgatory. Then you can’t escape retribution for your evil deeds” . The deer turned and ran where he needed; the hunter got down from the tree and also went about his business. "
And, repeating again: "Not only now, the monks, seeks to destroy me Devadatta, he had previously sought the same thing, but achieved nothing in his efforts." The teacher finished the teachings in the Dhamma and interpreted the jataka, thus relating the rebirths: "Devadatta was hunting from the platform at that time, but I myself was a deer."
Translation by B. A. Zakharyin.
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