Ja 82 The Story about the Merchant Mittavindaka

In the present one monk, though taught the way of a monastic, refuses to listen, and wants to live according to his own ideas. The Buddha tells how in a previous life the same person had been disobedient to his mother, and had suffered greatly as a result (full story).

1. Atikkamma ramaṇakaṁ, sadāmattañ-ca dūbhakaṁ,
Svāsi pāsāṇam-āsīno, yasmā jīvaṁ na mokkhasī ti.

Having gone past the crystal, silver and jewel palaces, his stone sword has settled on you, since you are not free from life.

In this connection, crystal means at that time what was known as quartz, having gone past a quartz palace, this is the explanation.

Silver means what is known as silver, having gone past a silver palace, this is the explanation. BHSD has this note under sadāmatta s.v.) ...n. of a mythical city (= Divy °mattaka, q.v.): Av i.201.6; 203.1; = Pali id., Jāt. i.363.11 = iii.207.2, in same vs as Av i.203.1; in Pali seems to be misinterpreted as a palace (pāsāda) by the comm. and transl. (the comm. in fact alleges that the word means lit. silver), but the full story as told in both Av and Divy (not found in the Jātakas which are truncated) shows that a city is meant.

Jewels means what is known as gems, having gone past a gem palace, this is the explanation. I have been unable to find these words (ramaṇaka, sadāmatta, dūbhaka) in these meanings in the dictionaries, but in translation I follow the definitions given in the word commentary here.

His stone sword means his sword settled on you. Stone sword has settled means what is called a razor-wheel made out of stone, or made out of silver, or out of jewels, that is what the stone is made of. Being settled, established, covered by that, because of being settled on by that stone. Or the stone has settled, after the razor-wheel had attached itself, it stayed there, this is the meaning.

Since you are not free from life, for as long as the razor-wheel does not destroy your wickedness, you will not be freed from living, it has settled on you.