Ja 5 Taṇḍulanālijātaka
The Story about the Measure of Rice

In the present a foolish monk manages to become steward for the Saṅgha, but doesn’t understand how to properly value the distribution. The Buddha shows how he was also a fool in the past by telling the story of a valuer who was easily bribed into giving wrong prices.

⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−− Tuṭṭhubha
1. Kim-agghati taṇḍulanāḷikāyaṁ?
What value does a measure of rice have?

−−⏑−¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−− Tuṭṭhubha
Assāna’ mūlāya vadehi, rāja?
Do you speak of the price of horses, king?

−−⏑−¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑− Tuṭṭhubha
Bārāṇasiṁ santarabāhiraṁ, The metre is one syllable short in this line.
Benares, on the inside and outside,

⏑⏑−⏑¦⏑−⏑¦⏑−⏑− Tuṭṭhubha
Ayam-agghati taṇḍulanāḷikā ti!
He values it at a measure of rice!

[There is no word commentary to this verse, and PTS omits the verse itself.]