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Theragatha III

(Selected suttas)


III.5 -- Matangaputta

It's too cold,
too hot,
too late in the evening --
people who say this,
shirking their work:
    the moment passes them by.
Whoever regards cold & heat
as no more than grass,
doing his manly duties,
    won't fall away
    from ease.
With my chest
I push through wild grasses --
    spear-grass,
    ribbon-grass,
    rushes --
cultivating
        a seclusion heart.

III.8 -- Yasoja

His limbs knotted
like a kala plant,
his body lean
& lined with veins,
knowing moderation
in food & drink:
    the man of undaunted heart.

Touched by gnats
& horseflies
    in the wilds,
    the great wood,
like an elephant
at the head of a battle:
    he, mindful,
    should stay there
    endure.

One alone is like Brahma,
two, like devas,
three, like a village,
more than that:
    a hullabaloo.

[See also: Ud III.3.]


III.12 -- Abhibhuta

Listen, kinsmen, all of you,
as many as are assembled here.
I will teach you the Dhamma:
    Painful is birth,
    again & again.

Rouse yourselves.
    Go forth.
Apply yourselves
to the Awakened One's bidding.
Scatter the army of Death
as an elephant would
a shed made of reeds.

He who,
in this doctrine & discipline,
remains heedful,
abandoning birth,
    the wandering-on,
will put an end
to suffering & stress.


III.14 -- Gotama

While wandering on
I went to hell;
    went again & again
to the world of the hungry shades;
    stayed countless times, long,
in the pain of the animal womb;
    enjoyed
the human state;
went to heaven
    from time to time;
settled in the elements of form,
the elements of formlessness,
neither-perception, perception-less.

Ways of taking birth
are now known:
    devoid of essence,
    unstable,
    conditioned,
    always driven along.
Knowing them
as born from my self,
mindful
I went right to peace.


III.15 -- Harita (2)

Whoever wants to do later
what he should have done first,
falls away from the easeful state
    & later repents.

One should speak
as one would act,
& not
as one wouldn't.
When one speaks without acting,
the wise, they can tell.

How very easeful:
    Unbinding,
as taught by the Rightly
Self-awakened One --
        sorrowless,
        dustless,
        secure,
where stress
& suffering
cease.

Source: ATI - For Free Distribution Only, as a Gift of Dhamma.

Dhamma Essay:
A Discipline of Sobriety by Bhikkhu Bodhi


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