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Commentary Raahulovaadasutta, no 7

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  • nina van gorkom
    Commentary Rahulovaadasutta, no 7. bhagavaa tassa ohiinabhaava.m jaanantopi neva attanaa khaadaniiya.m bhojaniiya.m gahetvaa agamaasi, na aanandattherassa
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      Commentary Rahulovaadasutta, no 7.

      bhagavaa tassa ohiinabhaava.m jaanantopi neva attanaa khaadaniiya.m
      bhojaniiya.m gahetvaa agamaasi, na aanandattherassa hatthe pesesi, na
      pasenadimahaaraajaanaathapi.n.dikaadiina.m sa~n~na.m adaasi.

      The Blessed One, even though he knew that Rahula was left behind, did not go
      himself after he had received hard and soft food, nor did he send it through
      (by the hand of) the Elder Aananda, nor did he inform King Pasenadi,
      Anaathapi.n.dika or others.

      sa~n~naamattaka~nhi labhitvaa te kaajabhatta.m abhihareyyu.m. yathaa ca
      bhagavaa, eva.m saariputtattheropi na ki~nci akaasi. raahulatthero
      niraahaaro
      chinnabhatto ahosi.

      Had they only been informed only received a notification,
      sa~n~naamattaka~nhi) they would have brought food with a carrying pole
      (kaaja). Just as the Blessed One, the Elder Sariputta did not take any
      action either. Rahula went without food, he had to go hungry.

      tassa panaayasmato -- ``bhagavaa ma.m vihaare ohiina.m
      jaanantopi attanaa laddhapi.n.dapaata.m naapi saya.m gahetvaa aagato, na
      a~n~nassa hatthe pahi.ni , na manussaana.m sa~n~na.m adaasi, upajjhaayopi me
      ohiinabhaava.m jaananto tatheva na ki~nci akaasii''ti cittampi na uppanna.m,
      kuto tappaccayaa omaana.m vaa atimaana.m vaa janessati.

      However, the following thoughts did not occur to the venerable Rahula:
      ³Although the Blessed One knows that I am left behind in the monastery, he
      has not, after he has personally received alsmfood, taken it and come
      himself, nor did he send me food (by the hand of) through someone else, nor
      indeed did my preceptor do anything at all, although he knows that I am left
      behind.² Why should there be conditions for the arising of self-disrespect
      (omaana.m) or pride (atimaana.m)?

      *****
      Nina.
      P.S. As always, I like to be corrected.
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