KŪṬADANTA SUTTA, translated by T. W. Rhys Davids WHOEVER put this Sutta together must have been deeply imbued with the spirit of. Kutadanta’s Question. Brahman Kutadanta is prepaing to perform an abundant sacrifice. A lot of bulls, cows, goats and rams are brought to the. Now at that time the brahmin Kūṭadanta was living in Khāṇumata. It was a crown property given by King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha, teeming with living .
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These constitute the accessories for the sacrifice. What a kutaddanta way to perform a sacrifice! He is a wanderer of high birth, of a leading Khattiya family.
Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5)
He was powerful, having an army of four divisions that was obedient and carried out instructions. But the regular gifts as ongoing family sacrifice given specially to ethical renunciates; perfected ones and those who have entered the kutadqnta to perfection will attend such a sacrifice.
There is not a word in the whole story, here told in abstract  to suggest that it kuhadanta not all sober history. So let the king provide seed and fodder for those in the realm who work in farming and raising cattle.
Kutadanta Sutta, Kūtadanta-sutta: 1 definition
Even before the Christian era masters of the dark sayings, the mysteries, of such mundane lore were marked with sophists and casuists. And when he had thus spoken, those Brahmans lifted up their voices in tumult, and said: Finally, the chaplain gives sixteen reasons why the sacrifice will be successful, including: For if you do so, your reputation will diminish and his will increase.
As to those who have wrong view, the outcome of that is theirs alone. But perchance his majesty might think: The two kings are brought on to the stage merely to carry on their broad shoulders, the moral of the tale, and the dry humour of the predicament in which they find themselves is there to attract attention to, to add emphasis to, the lesson taught.
He was a student repeater who knew the mystic verses by heart, master of the three Vedas, with the indices, the ritual, the phonology, and the exegesis as a fourthand the legends as a fifth, learned in the idioms and the grammar, versed in Lokayata Nature-lore and in the thirty marks on the body of a great man Just as this tells us that the materialistic understanding of nature is not accurate, so it says that the Brahmanic understanding of spirituality is not accurate.
5. Kutadanta Sutta
Perhaps the Buddha told the King this story on that occasion and the incident was later tactfully transferred from the King of Kosala to an imaginary Brahmin “with royal powers” living in the neighboring kingdom of Magadha. Whosoever there be in the king’s realm who devote themselves to trade, to them let his majesty the king give capital.
And just as a clean cloth from which all stains have been removed receives the dye perfectly, so in the Brahmin Kutadanta, as he sat there, there arose the pure and spotless Dhamma-eye and kutadantw knew: Finally, the chaplain points out that the sacrifice was carried out with ghee, oil, butter, curds, honey, and molasses; no animals were slaughtered; no trees or plants were hurt; and no slaves or servants were required to do anything that they did not want to do.
But those who wanted to do something did it, those who did not wish to did not: Khanumata is described as populous, full of grass, timber, water, and corn.
And all of the people who dutta thus informed responded by saying: With ghee, and oil, and butter, and milk, and honey, and sugar only was that sacrifice accomplished. In the middle period the riddles and quibbles of the Nature-lorists are despised. Though his mother and father wished otherwise, weeping with tearful faces, he shaved off his hair and beard, dressed in ocher robes, and went forth from the lay life to homelessness.
When the country is secured as a sanctuary, free of being harried and oppressed, the happy people, with joy in their hearts, dancing with children at their breast, will dwell as if their houses were wide open. Let them eat green grass and drink fresh water, and may cool breezes waft around them.
By my count this is four items, unless the sixteen reasons include the ten conditions and we divide the advisers and counsellors, Brahmans and householders, into two, and being well born by two for both sides of the familyin which case we get sixteen, but that seems very far-fetched. When he had spoken, the brahmin high priest said to him: Try using the modern version anyway.
Bulls, bullocks, heifers, goats and rams—seven hundred of each—had been led to the post for the sacrifice. He is welcoming, congenial, polite, smiling, open, the first to speak. The words could not be used in the new sense assigned. The Buddha said this: According to Tamilcube, sura is distilled liquor and meraya is fermented liquor. However, even such a beneficial and non-violent sacrifice pales in comparison to the spiritual sacrifice of giving up attachments. Suppose now I were to make a great sacrifice which would be to my benefit and happiness for a long time?
Let them eat green grass and drink cool water, and may a cool breeze blow upon them! The whole long history of the development of Indian thought, as carried on chiefly by Brahmans however much it may have owed in the earliest period to the nobles and othersshows that they, the more enlightened and cultured of the Brahmans, were not only as fully alive to this truth as any Buddhist, but that they took it all along for granted.
No trees were cut down to be used as posts, no Dabbha grasses mown to strew around the sacrificial spot. He is attractive, good-looking, lovely, of surpassing beauty.