Ja 50 Dummedhajātaka
The Story about the Unintelligent

In the present the monks talk about the effort the Buddha makes to help and save others. The Buddha tells a story of how, when he was once proclaimed king, he had frightened a dissolute people into obedience by threatening to offer them up to the gods in sacrifice if they broke the precepts.

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1. Dummedhānaṁ sahassena yañño me upayācito,
The unintelligent by the thousand begged me for sacrifice,

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Idāni khohaṁ yajissāmi bahu adhammiko jano ti.
Now I will make a sacrifice of many unrighteous people.

Tattha, {1.261} dummedhānaṁ sahassenā ti,
In this connection, the unintelligent by the thousand,

“Idaṁ kammaṁ kātuṁ vaṭṭati, idaṁ na vaṭṭatī” ti,
thinking: “It is suitable to do this deed, it is not suitable,”

ajānanabhāvena dasasu vā pana akusalakammapathesu samādāya,
through ignorance they undertake the ten paths of unwholesome deeds,

vattanabhāvena duṭṭhā medhā etesan-ti dummedhā,
through their conduct, the unintelligent, those of corrupt intelligence,

tesaṁ dummedhānaṁ nippaññānaṁ bālapuggalānaṁ gaṇitvā,
having considered those unintelligent, unwise, foolish people,

gahitena sahassena.
they were grabbed by the thousand.

Yañño me upayācito ti,
Begged me for sacrifice,

mayā Devataṁ upasaṅkamitvā: “Evaṁ yajissāmī” ti, yañño yācito.
having approached my Devatā, thinking: “Thus I will sacrifice,” they begged for a sacrifice.

Idāni khohaṁ yajissāmī ti,
Now I will make a sacrifice,

so ahaṁ iminā āyācanena rajjassa paṭiladdhattā, idāni yajissāmi.
because of this begging personally received by the sovereign, now I will make a sacrifice.

Kiṁkāraṇā?
What is the reason?

Idāni hi bahu adhammiko jano, tasmā idāneva naṁ gahetvā,
Now there are many unrighteous people, therefore having grabbed them now,

balikammaṁ karissāmī ti.
I will make an offering.