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Pañcarathasata Sutta

At Rājagaha in the Bamboo Grove.

At one time, King Ajātasattu visited Devadatta daily with five hundred carts of food as offerings. A number of monks approached the Blessed One and told him about this.

The Buddha told them not to be envious of Devadatta’s gain, honour, and fame. As long as he receives such honour, only his decline can be expected. Just as a wild dog becomes even more wild if one sprinkles bile over his nose, so Devadatta can be expected only to decline in wholesome states as long as King Ajātasattu visits him with five hundred carts of offerings.

Gain, honour, and fame are dreadful. Therefore, monks should train themselves not to be influenced by them, and to abandon them. S.ii.241.

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