Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa

Introduction to 1.4.5: Cūḷagosiṅgasuttaṃ
(Like Milk and Water Dwelling in Harmony)

“We are Bhante, dwelling in agreement, harmonious, without dispute like milk and water joined together and looking at each other with sympathy in the eyes.”

Taggha mayaṃ, bhante, samaggā sammodamānā avivadamānā khīrodakībhūtā aññamaññaṃ piyacakkhūhi sampassantā viharāmā”ti.

This conversation, depicting the poignant demeanour of the bhikkhus took place near Gosiṅga, where the three Elders, the Venerable Anuruddhā, the Venerable Nandiyo and the Venerable Kimilo were dwelling in the Sālavana, the Sāla-tree-forest and were visited by the Buddha. After this introducing enquiry about their well-being the Buddha examined further their progress in meditation and their achievements and left the grove satisfied. Anuruddhā was the cousin of the Buddha who, along with four more members had joined the Saṅgha as representatives of the Sākyan families: Ānanda, Devadatta, Kimilo, Bhagu and their barber Upāli.

Such a demeanour is truly found amongst the four pairs of men.

Pāli lesson (with audio) 1.4.5

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