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Mv I 52
PTS: Mv I 66 | CS: vin.mv.01.52
The Case of the Murderers of Arahants[1]
Ven. Khematto Bhikkhu
Alternate translations/layout: 'line by line' Pāḷi - English

(Mv.I.66.1) [130] Now on that occasion several monks were traveling on the road from Sāketa to Sāvatthī. On the road, bandits, coming out, robbed some of the monks and killed some of them. The king’s men of Sāvatthī, coming out, captured some of the bandits and chased some of them away. >Those that they chased away went forth among the monks. Those that were captured were led off to be executed.

(Mv.I.66.2) Those bandits that had gone forth saw the bandits being led away to be executed and, on seeing them, said,

“It’s a good thing we ran away. If we had been captured today, we would be executed in just the same way.”

The monks said to them, “But friends, what did you do?”

So they — the ones who had gone forth — reported the matter to the monks. The monks reported the matter to the Blessed One.

“Monks, those monks were arahants.

“A murderer of an arahant, if unaccepted, is not to be given Acceptance. If accepted, he is to be expelled.”

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