While on tour, the Lord arrived eventually at Parileyya, and there he stayed at the Guarded Forest Grove at the foot of a beautiful sal tree. And as he meditated alone, this thought arose in his mind: “Before, when I was disturbed by those monks at Kosambi, those contentious, quarrelsome, argumentative monks, fighting and making accusations against other monks, I did not live in comfort. But now that I am alone, without another, removed from those contentious monks, I do live in comfort.”
Now, at that time, a certain large bull elephant was disturbed by other elephants, she-elephants, calves and babes. And it occurred to that elephant: “Now I am disturbed by these other elephants. I eat grass already cropped by them, I break off branches but they eat them, I drink the water they have muddied and when I cross over at the ford they push against my body. What if I were to live alone, secluded from the herd.” So, that elephant left the herd and went to Parileyya, to the Guarded Forest Grove and the beautiful sal tree where the Lord was.
Using his trunk, he provided the Lord with water for drinking and washing, and he kept the grass down. Then that elephant thought: “Before, when I was disturbed by those elephants, I did not live in comfort. But now that I am alone, without another, removed from the herd, I do live in comfort.” Then, having considered his own seclusion and the mind of the elephant, the Lord uttered this verse:
“In this matter both mighty beings agree,
The enlightened sage and the elephant,
With tusks resembling the poles of ploughs -
Both love the solitude of the forest.”