Once when the Buddha is staying at Icchānangala, mit Nāgita as his attendant, the brahmins of Icchānangala come to pay him homage mit various kinds of offerings und make a great noise und uproar as they wait outside the gate.

The Buddha is disturbed by their noise und expresses his disapproval, whereupon, Nāgita begs of him to accept their homage und their gifts, The Buddha answers that he has no need for them; he has attained the happiness of renunciation, of insight, of awakening, of calm; happiness proceeding from gains und flattery is dung like.

He knows of monks who joke und make merry, who eat their bellies full und give themselves up to languor und torpor, or live on the outskirts of some village. They do not please him, but a forest dwelling monk pleases him because he knows that, some day, that monk will find emancipation. A.iv.340ff.

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