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02/09/12
09 02 2012 LESSON 519 Dhammapada Verse 64 Udayitthera Vatthu The Ignorant Cannot Benefit From The Wise
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09 02 2012 LESSON 519 Dhammapada Verse 64 Udayitthera Vatthu The
Ignorant Cannot Benefit From The Wise

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 LESSON 519

Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away

Dr Ambedkar wanted SC/STs grow like banian
tree,with a tremendous capacity to regenerate,giving cool shade to needy, but never
wanted SC/STs to become ornamental shrubs (planted in Gamlas left at the mercy
of owner for water and sun light) with out roots in the fore courts of
congress. It never can think of an accidental banian seed sprouting in the
heart lands of Indian polity. Fortunately Ambedkar’s relentless fights, efforts
and dreams has seen thelight of the day in UP. Let’s sing and rejoice glory of
our fore fathers. Jai Bheem! Jai Kanshiram!

-Message by BSP Dr Rahul

Verse 64. The
Ignorant Cannot Benefit From The Wise

Though all through life the fool
might wait upon the wise,
no more Dhamma can he sense
than spoon the taste of soup.

Explanation: The
fool, even if he kept the company of a wise person intimately over a life-time,
will not become aware of the nature of experience, just as a spoon will not
know the taste of soup.

Dhammapada Verse 64
Udayitthera Vatthu

Yavajivampi ce balo
panditam payirupasati
na so dhammam vijanati
dabbi suparasam yatha.

Verse 64: A fool, even though he is associated
with a wise man all his life, does not understand the Dhamma, just as a ladle
does not know the taste of soup.


The Story of Thera Udayi

While residing at tho Jetavana monastery, the
Buddha uttered Verse (64) of this book, with reference to Thera Udayi, a
pretentious bhikkhu.

Thera Udayi would often go and sit on the
platform from which learned theras delivered their discourses. On one occasion,
some visiting bhikkhus, taking him for a very learned thera, put to him some
questions on the five aggregates (khandhas). Thera Udayi could not
answer, because he did not know anything of the dhamma. The visiting bhikkhus
were greatly astonished to find that one staying in the same monastery with the
Buddha knew so very little about the khandhas and the ayatanas (sense-bases
and sense-objects).

To them, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 64: A fool, even though he is
associated with a wise man all his life, does not understand the Dhamma, just
as a ladle does not know the taste of soup.

At the end of the discourse, all the visiting
bhikkhus attained arahatship.

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