Ja 116 The Story about the Disobedient One
In the present one newly ordained monk doesn’t like to carry out his duties and wants to go his own way. The Buddha tells the story of an acrobat in the past who tried to juggle with five javelins and died through not listening to the wise council of his betters (full story).
1. Atikaram-akarācariya, mayham-petaṁ na ruccati,
Catutthe laṅghayitvāna, pañcamāyasi āvuto ti.
Having done much too much, teacher, such as was against my liking, jumping over four javelins, on the fifth one you were impaled.
In this connection, having done much too much, teacher, teacher, today you did too much, you did too much from your own reasoning, this is the meaning.
Such as was against my liking, although your action was against my liking, as your pupil, I first spoke to you about this, this is the explanation.
Jumping over four javelins means after setting up four javelins in the ground, he jumped over them.
On the fifth one you were impaled means not accepting the word of the wise, you are now impaled on the fifth javelin.
last updated: July 2022