The brahmana was pained when he saw the dead bird lying on the ground.
How frightful it would be if wishes fulfilled themselves, if each hasty
or angry wish took effect at once! How much there would be to regret or repent afterwards!
It is lucky for us that wishes depend onoutward circumstances for accomplishment, since
that saves us from much sin and sorrow.
Kausika sorrowed that the evil thought that passed in his mind in a
moment of anger had killed an innocent bird. Some time later, he went as usual to beg
He stood before the door of a house to receive his dole. The housewife
was cleansing utensils at that time. Kausika waited in the hope that she would attend to
him after her work was over.
In the meantime the master of the house returned, tired and hungry, and
the wife had to attend to his wants, wash and dry his feet and serve him with food.
In this preoccupation she seemed to have forgotten the mendicant
waiting outside. After her husband had been cared for and fed, she came out with alms to