1. Now at that time Roga the Malla was a friend of the venerable Ânanda's 1. And a linen cloth belonging to Roga the Malla had been deposited in the keeping of the venerable Ânanda; and the venerable Ânanda had need of a linen cloth.
They told this matter to the Blessed One.
'I allow you, O Bhikkhus, to take a thing on trust (that it would be given to you) when it belongs to a person possessed of these five qualifications--he must be an intimate and familiar friend who has been spoken to (about it) 2 and is alive, (and the Bhikkhu taking the thing) must know "He will remain pleased with me after I have taken it." I allow you, O Bhikkhus, to take a thing on trust (that it would be given to you) 3 when it belongs to a person possessed of these five qualifications.'
228:1 He is also mentioned as such in Mahâvagga VI, 36.
228:2 Buddhaghosa says, Âlapito ti mama santakam ganhâhi yam ikkheyyâsîti evam vutto.
228:3 Vissâsam gahetum, on which phrase compare vissâsâ ganhâti in chapter 31, below, where the context leaves no doubt as to its meaning.