In the text about the day the Buddha attained enlighteenment, we read that
he threw the golden vessel (which had contained Sujata's meal) into the
Neranjara river where it went upstream. He exclaimed: today I will attain
enlightenment. Here it seems like an extraordinary thing happening on a very
Another sense of upstream: He was after his enlightenment for a moment
disinclined to teach Dhamma and said: it is against the stream of common
And this is the truth.
op 30-11-2005 06:41 schreef John Kelly op palistudent@...
> Dear Pali friends,
> Can someone please help me with a sutta reference?
> There is a story in the canon somewhere, I believe,
> where the Buddha talks about floating his bowl on a
> river and it travelling upstream, and this was an
> analogy with those who follow the Dhamma having to
> swim against the stream of society. I may have
> botched that synopsis, but if someone could point me
> to the source, I would be most grateful.
> With metta,
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