I allow you, monks, to suffuse with
a heart of love these four great snake families for the warding of self,
for the guarding of self, for the protection of self:
6,31,13: At that time a great number of Niganthas (running) through Vesali, from road to road and from cross-way to cross-way, with outstretched arms cried: "Today Siha, the general, has killed a great ox and has made a meal for the Samana Gotama; the Samana Gotama knowingly eats this meat of an animal killed for this very purpose, and has thus become virtually the author of that deed (of killing the animal)!"For the footless my love,
My love for the bipeds,
For the four-footed my love,
My love for those with many feet.
Let not the footless do me harm,
Nor those that have two feet,
Let not the four-footed ones me harm
Nor those with many feet.
All creatures, all breathers,
All beings and everything -
May they all see good fortune,
May none come to evil.
Then a certain man went to the place where Siha, the general, was. Having approached him he said to Siha, the general, into his ear: "Please, Lord, have you noticed that a great number of Niganthas (running) through Vesali, . . . ?"
"Do not mind it, my good Sir. Long since those venerable brethren are trying to discredit the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sanggha; and those venerable brethren do not become tired of telling false, idle, vain lies of the Blessed One. Not for our life would we ever intentionally kill a living being."