Buddha Vacana (October 12, 2555)
Kasi cloth has a beautiful colour, it is pleasant to touch and it is of great value. Even Kasi cloth of middling quality or worn out Kasi cloth is the same. People use worn out Kasi cloth to wrap gems in, or they lay it up in a scented chest. In the same way, if a beginner is virtuous and of lovely nature, this I call his beautiful colour. Those who follow him and keep his company, who pay deference to him and come to share his views find it to their welfare and happiness for a long time. This I call his being pleasant to touch. Also those who give him gifts find it to their advantage. This I call his being of great value. And it is the same for a disciple of middling standing and an elder. Now suppose an elder is speaking to an assembly. As he speaks, the audience would say: ‘Silence, this elder is teaching Dhamma and discipline.’ Thus, his words become a treasure to be laid up, just as people lay up Kasi cloth in a scented chest. So, this is how you should train yourselves: ‘We will be like Kasi cloth, not like coarse cloth.’
-- A.I,249 (Anguttara volume I verse 249)
<Note.1: kasi: ploughed; tilled. (aor. of kasati); Kasi and Kasī (f.) [fr. kasāti] tilling, ploughing; agriculture, cultivation.>
<Note.2: The Buddha told ... "Monks, I was delicately nurtured, exceedingly delicately nurtured. For instance, in my father's house, lotus pools were made thus, one of blue lotuses, one of red, another of white, just for my benefit. No sandalwood powder did I use that was not of Kasi; of Kasi cloth was my turban made; of Kasi cloth was my jacket, my tunic, and my cloak. ...">
<Note.3: Kasi is a place with a very small population in the state/region of Uttar Pradesh, [present] India.
Cities, towns and places near Kasi include Varanasi, Banaras, Banares and Kashi.
The closest major cities include Mirzapur, Mau, Allahabad and Gorakhpur.>
Mr Sunthorn SR Rathmanus