Ja 213 The Story about (the King of) Bharu

In the present the heterodox sects are losing out because of the popularity of the Buddha and the Saṅgha, and decide to bribe the king so they can build a monastery alongside the Jetavana. The Buddha tells the king a story of how two groups of ascetics were turned against each other and tried bribing king of Bharu for his favour, before realising their mistake and leaving for more remote dwellings.

1. Isīnam-antaraṁ katvā, Bharurājā ti me sutaṁ,
Ucchinno saha raṭṭhehi sarājā vibhavaṅgato.

Having made the seers differ, the king of Bharu, so I have heard, both the king and his kingdom were cut off and went to destruction.

2. Tasmā hi chandāgamanaṁ nappasaṁsanti paṇḍitā,
Aduṭṭhacitto bhāseyya giraṁ saccupasaṁhitan-ti.

Therefore such impulsive behaviour the wise ones do not praise, the one of uncorrupt mind speaks an utterance connected with truth.

In this connection, having made the seers differ means having cleft them apart through impulsive behaviour.

The king of Bharu means the king of the kingdom of Bharu.

So I have heard means this is what was heard formerly by me.

Therefore such impulsive behaviour, having arrived at such impulsive behaviour, the king of Bharu together with his kingdom was cut off, therefore such impulsive behaviour the wise do not praise.

The one of uncorrupt mind means having become one with a mind uncorrupted by defilements.

Speaks an utterance connected with truth, he would speak an utterance depending on reality, depending on meaning, depending on reason. For those who in that place took a bribe to the king of Bharu, this was not suitable. Those who spoke an utterance connected with truth distaining bribery, set up a new place in the Coconut Isle that today is well known as the thousand isles.