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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


King Ajàtasattu of Magadha, son of Vedeha, arranged his fourfold army and pursued king Pasenadi of Kosala as far as Kashmire.

King Pasenadi of Kosala heard, that king Ajàtasattu of Magadha, son of Vedeha, had arranged his fourfold army and is pursuing him as far as Kashmire

Then king Pasenadi of Kosala arranged his fourfold army and met king Ajàtasattu of Magadha at Kashmire

At Kashmire, king Ajàtasattu of Magadha and king Pasenadi of Kosala fought and in the battle king Pasenadi of Kosala defeated king Ajàtasattu of Magadha, and took possession of him alive.

Then it occurred to king Pasenadi of Kosala, `whatever hostility he does to me, king Ajàtasattu of Magadha son of Vedeha is my nephew. What if I take hold of all his array of elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers and dismiss him alive.

Then king Pasenadi of Kosala, took possession of king Ajàtasattu of Magadha son of Vedeha's all the array of elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers and dismissed him alive.

Many bhikkhus putting on robes in the morning, and taking bowls and robes entered Sàvatthi for the alms round. After going the alms round and when the meal was over and returning from the alms round they approached the Blessed One, worshipped, sat on a side and said to the Blessed One:

"Venerable sir, king Ajàtasattu of Magadha, son of Vedeha, arranged his fourfold army and pursued king Pasenadi of Kosala as far as Kashmire. Then King Pasenadi of Kosala heard, that king Ajàtasattu of Magadha, son of Vedeha, had arranged his fourfold army d was pursuing him as far as Kashmire, King Pasenadi of Kosala too arranged his fourfold army and met king Ajàtasattu of Magadha at Kashmire. At Kashmire, king Ajàtasattu of Magadha and king Pasenadi of Kosala fought and in the battle king Pasenadi of Kosala, defeated king Ajàtasattu of Magadha and captured him alive. Then it occurred to king Pasenadi of Kosala, `whatever hostility he, does to me, king Ajàtasattu of Magadha son of Vedeha is my nephew. What if I capture all his array of elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers and dismiss him alive.'

Then king Pasenadi of Kosala, captured king Ajàtasattu of Magadha son of Vedeha's all the array of elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers and dismissed him alive.

Then the Blessed One knowing its meaning said these stanzas that moment.

"Man indeed plunders in a way beneficial to him,
On a day that others plunder, the plundered too plunder.
The fool thinks it's my turn, until evil bears fruit.
When evil bears fruit, the fool feels unpleasant.
The destroyer in turn gets destroyed
Those who won get the victory
He that abuses, gets an abusing,
An angered one, returns the anger,
Thus with the turning of the tide
The plundered becomes the plunderer."

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