1.4.5 Like Milk and Water Dwelling in Harmony*

“I hope you are getting along well Anuruddhā, feeling comfortable and not exhausting yourself in getting alms food!”

“We are getting along well, Bhante. We are feeling comfortable Bhante. We are not exhausting ourselves in getting alms food.”

“And are you, Anuruddhā, in agreement, in harmony, without dispute like milk and water joined together and eying each other with sympathy in the eyes?”

“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.”

“But how are you, Anuruddhā in agreement, in harmony, without dispute like milk and water joined together eying each other with sympathy in the eyes?”

“Here Bhante, it is thus for us:

It is a true possession for me; it is a great gain for me to be living the holy life together with companions like these. Thus, Bhante we always convey metta in our body towards these Venerable Ones, whether open or privately. We convey metta in speech, open and privately towards these and also perform metta in mind towards these, open and in private. It is thus to us Bhante, I put aside whatever I’d like to do on account of what the Venerable Ones would like to do. And thus Bhante, having set aside what I’d like to do I perform what the Venerable Ones like to do. We are different in body, Bhante, but we are one in mind.”

Then the Venerable Nandiyo …pe… and the Venerable Kimilo spoke thus:

“Here Bhante, it is thus for us: It is a true possession for me; it is a great gain for me to be living the holy life together with companions like these. Thus, Lord we always convey metta in our body towards these Venerable Ones, whether open or privately. We convey metta in speech, open and privately towards these and also perform metta in mind towards these, open and in private. It is thus to us Bhante, I put aside whatever I’d like to do on account of what the Venerable Ones would like to do. And thus Bhante, having set aside what I’d like to do I perform what the Venerable Ones like to do. We are different in body, Bhante, but we are one in mind.

In this way are we, Bhante, in agreement, in harmony, without dispute like milk and water joined together and eying each other with love in the eyes.”

“Very well, Anuruddhā! But are you also further without any negligence, full of zeal and of resolute will?”

“Truly we are, Bhante, without any negligence, full of zeal and of resolute will!”

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*Cūḷagosiṅgasuttaṃ: cūḷa + gosiṅga: minor, smaller + Gosiṅga ( so called because the next Sutta is called the Mahāgosiṅgasuttaṃ—the greater )

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