Ja 104 The Story about the Merchant Mittavindaka

In the present the monk Losaka is very unfortunate but still becomes an Arahat. The Buddha tells a story of his good and bad deeds in the past, which ended up with him suffering torture (full story).

1. Catubbhi aṭṭhajjhagamā, aṭṭhāhi pi ca soḷasa,
Soḷasāhi ca bāttiṁsa, atricchaṁ cakkam-āsado,
Icchāhatassa posassa cakkaṁ bhamati matthake ti.

From four he arrived at eight, from eight also to sixteen, from sixteen to thirty-two, the wheel attacks great desire, for the person struck by desire the wheel whirls on the head.

In this connection, from four he arrived at eight means finding four Vimānapeti in the sea, not satisfied with them, going with great greed to others, he has acquired eight others, this is the meaning. This is also the method for the other two lines.

The wheel attacks great desire, so through desire here and there, discontent with his gains, wishing to gain one after another this wheel attacks, he gained this iron wheel.

Thus for him, for the person struck by desire, struck and broken by craving your wheel whirls on the head. A stone wheel, an iron wheel means amongst these two an iron wheel, with a cutting blade, because of it falling on his head again and again, and revolving there, so it is said.