KŪṬADANTA SUTTA, translated by T. W. Rhys Davids WHOEVER put this Sutta together must have been deeply imbued with the spirit of. Kutadanta’s Question. Brahman Kutadanta is prepaing to perform an abundant sacrifice. A lot of bulls, cows, goats and rams are brought to the. Now at that time the brahmin Kūṭadanta was living in Khāṇumata. It was a crown property given by King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha, teeming with living .
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And the populace, pleased one with another and happy, dancing their children in their arms, dwelt with open doors. Above all there was then the most complete and unquestioned freedom of thought and expression in religious matters that the world had yet witnessed.
Whosoever there be in the king’s realm who devote themselves to government service, to them let his majesty the king give wages and food. The Buddha answers this question in the affirmative. The Brahman of our Sutta wants to know the three modes in which the ritual is to be performed. There will come to the sacrifice those who steal … commit sexual misconduct … lie … use divisive speech … use harsh speech … talk nonsense … are covetous … have ill will … have wrong view and those who have right view.
Kutadanta Sutta, Kūtadanta-sutta: 1 definition
And there were three modes of the giving of that sacrifice. He was astute and clever, being the first or second to hold the sacrificial ladle. He was rich, affluent, and wealthy, with lots of gold and silver, lots of property and assets, lots of money and grain, and a full treasury and storehouses. No living thing is injured; all the labour is voluntary and the sacrifice is offered, not only on behalf of the king, but of all the good. Ashoka put policies like this in place during the third century BCE.
Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:. There is even more beautiful offering: Those who speak against the king in this way have no legitimacy. He is learned, accomplished and wise, and is the first or second to hold the sacrificial ladle.
Many thousands of Devas have taken refuge with him. Those who wished to work did so, while those who did not wish to did not. And the country became quiet and at peace. When he went forth he abandoned a large family circle.
Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5) – Paliesque
These are the four factors that the brahmin high priest possessed. After this, Kutadanta asks the Buddha to say whether there is an offering that is better, giving a finer fruit than offering of the King Maha Vijita.
There is not a word in the whole story, here told in abstract  to suggest that it is sutya all sober history. Then the aristocrat vassals, ministers and counselors, well-to-do brahmins, and well-off householders of both town and country came to the king bringing abundant wealth and said: Vidho is most rare.
The whole legend is obviously invented ad hoc. How could kutadnta have done so if the Indians of that time had been, as is so often asserted of them by European writers, more deeply addicted to all manner of ritual than any other nation under heaven, more superstitious, more averse to change in religious ceremonial? Because beatings and throttlings are seen there.
By my count this is four items, unless the sixteen reasons include the ten conditions and we kutacanta the advisers and counsellors, Brahmans and householders, into two, and being well born by two for both sides of the familyin which case we get sixteen, but that seems very far-fetched. And the staves and messengers and workmen there employed were driven neither by rods nor fear, nor carried on their work weeping with tears upon their faces.
And the things given, and the manner of their gift, was in all respects like unto the great sacrifice of King Wide-realm himself. And the king desires to propitiate, not any god, but living men.
Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5)
You are ethical, mature in ethical conduct. And at that time I was the Brahman who, as chaplain, had that sacrifice performed. That they did win is a suggestive fact.
Next, before the sacrifice, the brahmin high priest taught the three modes to the king. Kutadanta Sutta means something in BuddhismPali. Rather, he came by his fame due to his supreme knowledge and conduct. King Wutta is kugadanta, a great sacrifice. Each of these things is a sacrifice in the pure sense of converting matter to energy in the service of a higher intention.
People come to consult him from foreign kingdoms and foreign lands. Any ascetic or brahmin who comes to stay in our village district kutaxanta our guest, and should be honored and respected as such. Remember settings Select this to remember these settings next time you visit SuttaCentral.
Even before the Christian era masters of the dark sayings, the mysteries, of such mundane lore were marked with sophists and casuists.
Rather, he finds an ethical and perhaps a spiritual meaning within Brahmanism kuutadanta has been forgotten by the Brahmans themselves. And a hundred bulls, and a hundred steers, and a hundred heifers, and a hundred goats, and a hundred rams had been brought to the post for kutadajta sacrifice. As to those who have wrong view, the outcome of that is theirs alone. The date of this work is, the middle of the twelfth century A. Therefore, I decided to look up the Pali original of this text.
And eight personal qualifications of the king himself. He is welcoming, congenial, polite, smiling, open, the first to speak.