Dhammapada Verse 67
Na tam kammam katam sadhu
yam katva anutappati
yassa assumukho rodam
Verse 67: That deed is not well done, if one has to repent for having done
it, and if, with a tearful face, one has to weep as a result of that deed.
The Story of a Farmer
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (67) of
this book, with reference to a farmer who handled poison.
One day, some thieves having stolen some valuables and cash from the house of
a rich man came to a field. There, they divided the stolen property among
themselves and dispersed; but a packet containing one thousand in cash, having
dropped from one of the thieves, was left behind unnoticed.
Early in the morning on that day, the Buddha, on surveying the world with his
supernormal power, perceived that a farmer, cultivating near that field, would
attain Sotapatti Fruition on that very day. So, the Buddha went there,
accompinied by the Venerable Ananda. The farmer on seeing the Buddha paid
obeisance to him and continued to plough the field. The Buddha seeing the packet
of money said to the Venerable Ananda, "Ananda, look at that very
poisonous snake," and Ananda replied, "Venerable Sir, yes, it is,
indeed, a very poisonous snake!" Then, both the Buddha and the Venerable
Ananda continued their way.
The farmer, hearing them, went to find out if there really was a snake and
found the packet of money. He took the picket and hid it in a place. The owners
of the property coming after the thieves came to the field, and tracing the
footprints of the farmer, found the packet of money. They beat the farmer and
took him to the king, who ordered his men to kill the farmer. On being taken to
the cemetery, where he was to be killed, the farmer kept on repeating,
"Ananda, look at that very poisonous snake. Venerable Sir, I see the snake;
it is, indeed, a very poisonous snake!" When the king's men heard the above
dialogue between the Buddha and the Venerable Ananda being repeated all the way,
they were puzzled and took him to the king. The king surmised that the farmer
was calling upon the Buddha as a witness; he was therefore taken to the presence
of the Buddha. After hearing from the Buddha everything that had happened in the
morning, the king remarked, "If he had not been able to call upon the
Buddha as a witness of his innocence, this man would have been killed." To
him, the Buddha replied, "A wise man should not do anything that he
would repent after doing it."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 67: That deed is not well done, if one has to
repent for having done it, and if, with a tearful face, one has to
weep as a result of that deed.
At the end of the discourse, the farmer attained Sotapatti Fruition.