Ja 219 The Story about Blaming

In the present one monk can make no progress owing to discontent. The Buddha tells a story about a monkey who lived with a king and understood mankind’s wrongdoing, before being set free and reporting it to his fellows. They blocked their ears rather than listen.

1. Hiraññaṁ me suvaṇṇaṁ me, esā rattiṁ divā kathā,
Dummedhānaṁ manussānaṁ Ariyadhammaṁ apassataṁ.

Unwrought gold is mine, wrought gold is mine, this they say by night and day, unintelligent men do not consider the noble Dhamma.

2. Dve dve gahapatayo gehe, eko tattha amassuko,
Lambatthano veṇikato, atho aṅkitakaṇṇako,
Kīto dhanena bahunā, so taṁ vitudate janan-ti.

There are two householders in the house, one has no beard in that place, pendulant breasts, plaited hair, and perforated ears, being bought with lots of wealth, she attacks the people.

In this connection, unwrought gold is mine, wrought gold is mine, this is merely an abbreviated teaching, with this pair of lines all ten kinds of treasures, The Vinaya, PTS 4.163, defines these: ratanaṁ nāma muttā maṇi veḷuriyo saṅkho silā pavālaṁ rajataṁ jātarūpaṁ lohitaṅko masāragallaṁ; what is called a treasure is pearl, gem, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, quartz, coral, silver, gold, ruby and emerald. primary and secondary crops, Defined as staple grains and vegetables. fields and lands, two footed servants and four footed animals, all of these are shown: “This is mine, this is mine,” he says.

This they say by day and night, this is the talk of these people by night and by day, all the time. But others say: “The five constintuents are impermanent,” or, “Having become, they are not,” not knowing this, they go around lamenting in this way.

Unintelligent means having little wisdom.

Do not consider the noble Dhamma, the noble Dhamma of the noble Buddhas and so on, or, the faultless ninefold supermundane Dhamma, this is the talk of those who do not consider. But another way: “Impermanence or suffering,” this is not normally what they say.

Householders means the persons in charge in the house.

One has no beard in that place means amongst those two masters of the house, one refers to a woman, it is said.

In this connection, plaited hair means having braided hair, having her hair set in various weaves, this is the meaning.

And perforated ears, and only a pierced ear, an ear with a hole, this is said concerning a pendulant ear.

Being bought with lots of wealth, but this one who has no beard, pendulant breasts, plaited hair, and perforated ears, having given a lot of wealth to her mother and father, she is bought, adorned, decorated, and having mounted the vehicle, surrounded by a great retinue, she enters the house.

She attacks the people, the householder from when she first came in that house, the people, divided into the servants and workers and so on, she attacks them with the spear in her mouth, saying: “Begone servantmen and servantwomen, don’t do that!” like one who having become the master, manages the people. Thus to this extent, saying: “In the human world this is totally unsuitable,” she blames the world of humans.