Ja 139 The Story about Falling Both Ways
In the present the monks are talking about Devadatta’s twofold failure, as a monk and as a layman. The Buddha tells of a fisherman who lost his eyes while his wife got a beating by trying to hide their good luck (full story).
1. Akkhī bhinnā, paṭo naṭṭho, sakhigehe ca bhaṇḍanaṁ,
Ubhato paduṭṭhā kammantā, udakamhi thalamhi cā ti.
Eyes are blinded, and clothes are lost, accusations in a friend’s house, both of their doings are wicked, in the water and on dry land.
In this connection, accusations in a friend’s house, in her house the wife made accusations, and after making accusations, being trapped and beaten, she received a fine.
Both of their doings are wicked, in both places their doings are wicked and damaging.
In which two? In the water and on dry land, with eyes blinded and clothes destroyed their doings are wicked in the water, by making accusations in a friend’s house their doings are wicked on dry land.
last updated: July 2022