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Verse 90: The Story of the Question Asked by Jivaka

While residing at the mango-grove monastery of Jivaka, the Buddha uttered Verse (90) of this
book, with reference to the question raised by Jivaka to the Buddha.

Devadatta, on one occasion, tried to kill the Buddha by pushing a big rock from the peak of
Gijjhakuta mountain (Vulture's Peak). The rock struck a ledge on the side of the mountain
and a splinter struck the big toe of the Buddha. The Buddha was taken to the mango-grove
monastery of Jivaka. There, Jivaka, the renowned physician, attended on the Buddha; he put
some medicine on the toe of the Buddha and bandaged it. Jivaka then left to see another
patient in town, but promised to return and remove the bandage in the evening. When Jivaka
returned that night, the city-gates were already closed and he could not come to see the
Buddha that night. He was very upset, because if the bandage was not removed in time, the
whole body would become very hot and the Buddha would be very ill.

Just about this time, the Buddha asked Thera Ananda to remove the bandage from his big toe
and found that the wound was completely healed. Jivaka came to the monastery early next
morning and asked the Buddha, whether he felt great pain and distress the previous night. The
Buddha replied, "Jivaka! Ever since I attained Buddhahood, there has been no pain and distress
for me."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 90 For him (an Arahat) whose journey is ended, who is free from sorrow and from all,
who has destroyed all fetters, there is no more distress.

At the end of the discourse many attained Sotapatti Fruition.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


Saved: 24 October 2012  http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/KN/Dhammapada.Verse_90.story.htm

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