Venerable Isidatta I

Isidatta 1 (SN 41.2)

1. At one time many elder monks were living in the Ambataka grove in Macchikasanda.

2. Then the householder Citta approached the elder monks, worshipped and sat on side.

3. Sitting on a side the householder Citta said to the elder monks: “Venerable sirs, accept tomorrow's meal from me.”

The elder monks accepted the offer in silence.

4. Then the householder Citta knowing that the elder monks have accepted the offer got up from his seat, worshipped, and circumambulated the elder monks and went away.

5. Then the elder monks at the end of that night when it was morning, dressing robes and taking bowls and robes approached the house of Citta the householder and sat on the prepared seats.

6. Then the householder Citta approached the elder monks worshipped and sat on a side.

7. Sitting on a side the householder Citta said to the elder monks: “Venerable sirs, it is said `diverse elements'. To what has the Blessed One said diverse elements?”

When this was asked the elder monks became silent.

8. For the second time the householder Citta said to the elder monks: “Venerable sirs, it is said, `diverse elements'. To what has the Blessed One said diverse elements?”

When this was asked for the second time the elder monks became silent.

9. Even for the third time the householder Citta said to the elder monks: “Venerable sirs, it is said, `diverse elements'. To what has the Blessed One said diverse elements?”

When this was asked for the third time the elder monks became silent.

10. At that time, out of those elder monks the monk with the least number of years as an elder was venerable Isidatta.

11. Then venerable Isidatta said to the elder monks, “Venerable sirs, permit me to answer the householder Citta's question.”

They said, “Isidatta, answer the householder Citta's question.”

12. “Householder, do you ask, `Venerable sirs, it is said “diverse elements”. To what has the Blessed One said diverse elements?'.”

“That is right venerable sir.”

“Householder, the Blessed One has said diverse elements for the element of the eye, the element of forms, the element of eye-consciousness, the element of the ear, the element of sounds, the element of ear-consciousness, the element of the nose, the element of scents, the element of nose-consciousness, the element of the tongue, the element of tastes, the element of tongue-consciousness, the element of the body, the element of touches, the element of body-consciousness, the element of the mind, the element of ideas, and the element of mind-consciousness.”

13. Then the householder Citta delighted in the words of venerable Isidatta accepted them, and satisfied and pleased the elder monks with nourishing eatables and drinks with his own hands.

14. Then the elder monks partook the meal and putting away their bowls went away.

15. Then those elder monks said to venerable Isidatta: “Friend, Isidatta, it's good that you explained that question. In this same manner you should explain any other questions that come up.”

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