I ask thee, O Bhagavat, tell me this,'--so said the venerable
Dhotaka,--'I long for thy word, O great Isi; let one, having listened to
thy utterance, learn his own extinction.'
'Exert thyself then, O Dhotaka,'--so said Bhagavat,--'being wise
and thoughtful in this world, let one, having listened to my utterance,
learn his own extinction.'
Dhotaka: 'I see in the world of gods and men a Brâhma/n/a
wandering about, possessing nothing; therefore I bow down to thee, O
thou all-seeing one, free me, O Sakka, from doubts.'
Buddha: 'I shall not go to free any one in the world who is
doubtful, O Dhotaka; when thou hast learned the best Dhamma, then thou
shalt cross this stream.'
Dhotaka: 'Teach (me), O Brâhma/n/a, having compassion (on me), the
Dhamma of seclusion (i.e. Nibbâna), that I may understand (it and) that
I, without falling into many shapes like the air, may wander calm and
independent in this world.' (?)
'I will explain to thee peace, O Dhotaka,'--so said
Bhagavat;--'if a man in the visible world, without any traditional
instruction, has understood it, and wanders about thoughtful, he may
overcome desire in the world.'
Dhotaka: 'And I take delight in that, the highest peace, O
great Isi, which if a man has understood, and he wanders about
thoughtful, he may overcome desire in the world.'
'Whatsoever thou knowest, O Dhotaka,'--so said Bhagavat,--'(of
what is) above, below, across, and in the middle, knowing this to be a
tie in the world, thou must not thirst for reiterated existence.'
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