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XVI:6 From craving springs sorrow

A brahmin lived in Savatthi, and he was a follower of another religion. But the Buddha knew that the brahmin would attain the first stage of Sainthood in the near future. So the Enlightened One went to the place where the brahmin was ploughing his field and talked to him. The brahmin became friendly and was thankful to the Buddha for taking an interest in him and his work in the field. So, he said, 'When I have harvested my rice from the field, I will first offer you some before I take it. I will not eat my rice until I have given you some.' However, the Buddha knew beforehand that the brahmin would not have the opportunity to harvest the rice from his field that year, but he kept silent.

One day before the brahmin could harvest his rice, there was a heavy downpour of rain and his entire crop of rice was destroyed. The brahmin was very sad because he would no longer be able to offer any rice to his friend, the Buddha.

The Buddha visited the brahmin to console him and the Brahmin related the great disaster that had befallen him. The Buddha advised him, 'Brahmin, sorrow and fear will never arise, if there is no craving.'*

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