Ja 109 The Story about the Rice-Cake

In the present a poor man makes an offering of a coarse cake to the Buddha as his only meal of the day, and others offer him riches to share in his merit. The Buddha tells how a poor man had offered a coarse cake to a Tree Devatā, and had been richly rewarded by the king (full story).

1. Yathanno puriso hoti, tathannā tassa Devatā,
Āharetaṁ kuṇḍapūvaṁ, mā me bhāgaṁ vināsayā ti.

Just as the man’s food, so is the Devatā’s food, you must bring me rice-cake, do not destroy my share.

In this connection, just as the man’s food means just as the material food.

So is the Devatā’s food means the Devatā’s material food is the same as the man’s food.

You must bring me rice-cake means bring this baked cake with rice, do not destroy my share.