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A PARABLE.

131. Hell is his garden (or monastery), a place of misfortune 1 his abode; he is continually living amongst asses, hogs, jackals, and dogs.

132. And when he has assumed a human shape he is to be blind, deaf, and stupid, the servant of another, and always poor.

133. Diseases, myriads of ko/is of wounds on the body, scab, itch, scurf, leprosy, blotch, a foul smell are, in that condition, his covering and apparel.

134. His sight is dim to distinguish the real. His anger appears mighty in him, and his passion is most violent; he always delights in animal wombs.

135. Were I to go on, .S&riputra, for a whole i^on, enumerating the evils of him who shall scorn my SAtra, I should not come to an end.

136. And since I am fully aware of it, I command thee, .S&riputra, that thou shalt not expound a Stitra like this before foolish people.

137. But those who are sensible, instructed, thoughtful, clever, and learned, who strive after the highest supreme enlightenment, to them ex- pound its real meaning.

138. Those who have seen many ko/is of Buddhas, planted immeasurably many roots of goodness, and undertaken a strong vow, to them expound its real meaning.

139. Those who, full of energy and ever kind- hearted, have a long time been developing the feeling of kindness, have given up body and life, in their presence thou mayst preach this SAtra.

Ap£ya, properly 'going away, disappearance/ the reverse of

updya, 'approaching.'