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TheragāthāThag 1
Arahant Monks with Single Verses (1-120)

Thag 1.1 The Verse of Arahant Subhūti

1. I stay in a roofed hut; it is very comfortable. The wind does not disturb me. Dear rain cloud, rain as much as you want. My mind has become perfectly still and is liberated from all defilements. I live with great energy. Dear rain cloud, rain as much as you want.

This verse was said by Arahant Subhūti.

Thag 1.2 The Verse of Arahant Mahākoṭṭhita

2. This monk’s senses are very calm. He has restrained himself from all evil. He speaks with full awareness. He is not proud. Just as the wind shakes off a leaf of a tree, this monk has shaken off all unwholesome things.

This verse was said by Arahant Mahākoṭṭhita.

Thag 1.3 The Verse of Arahant Kaṅkhārevata

3. There is a person who can remove the doubt of the people who go to him. He is the Buddha. See the excellent wisdom of the Buddhas! It is like a fire blazing at midnight. That wisdom gives beings bright knowledge and the eye of the Dhamma.

This verse was said by Arahant Kaṅkhārevata.

Thag 1.4 The Verse of Arahant Puṇṇa

4. One should only associate with wise, superior people who show the way to goodness. Their understanding is extremely subtle. They practice the Dhamma heedfully. These wise, superior people have realized the deepest meaning of life – the Four Noble Truths that are profound, subtle and hard to understand.

This verse was said by Arahant Puṇṇa.

Thag 1.5 The Verse of Arahant Dabba

5. Superior tamer of people, the great Supreme Buddha tamed someone who was difficult to tame. Now this person lives with extraordinary happiness. He is freed from doubt. He won the battle over defilements. This monk, Dabba, who has no fear at all, will attain final extinguishing at passing away, having established his mind in Nibbāna.

This verse was said by Arahant Dabba.

Thag 1.6 The Verse of Arahant Sītavaniya

6. This monk lives in the Sīta forest. He lives alone and spends his time very happily. He has become perfectly still. He won the battle over defilements. Being freed from hair standing on end, this wise monk protects his mindfulness regarding the body.

This verse was said by Arahant Sītavaniya.

Thag 1.7 The Verse of Arahant Bhalliya

7. Just as a great flood pushes away a log bridge, this monk pushed away the armies of Māra. He won the battle over defilements. He doesn’t have any fear at all. He is tamed in the Dhamma. Having established his mind in Nibbāna, this monk will attain final extinguishing at passing away.

This verse was said by Arahant Bhalliya.

Thag 1.8 The Verse of Arahant Vīra

8. Superior tamer of people, the great Supreme Buddha tamed someone who was difficult to tame. Now this person lives with extra ordinary happiness. He is freed from doubt. He won the battle over defilements. Having established his mind in Nibbāna this monk “Vīra” who has no hair standing on end at all will attain final extinguishing at passing away.

This verse was said by Arahant Vīra.

Thag 1.9 The Verse of Arahant Pilindavaccha

9. My arrival into the Buddha’s path has truly benefited me. Coming to him never hurt me. This opinion of mine is not wrong. The excellent Nibbāna, which is well expounded in the Dhamma, is the Nibbāna I have attained.

This verse was said by Arahant Pilindavaccha.

Thag 1.10 The Verse of Arahant Puṇṇamāsa

10. This monk understood the Dhamma to the maximum level. He is calm and has a tamed mind. He abandoned all desires for himself and for other people. He doesn’t have any attachments to anything at all. Now he understands very well how the world arises and passes away.

This verse was said by Arahant Puṇṇamāsa.

Thag 1.11 The Verse of Arahant Cūlavaccha

11. This monk is overjoyed with the Dhamma taught by the Buddha. He was able to attain excellent Nibbāna where all formations such as merit and demerit are appeased.

This verse was said by Arahant Cūlavaccha.

Thag 1.12 The Verse of Arahant Mahāvaccha

12. He is very strong in wisdom. He is virtuous and mindful. He always likes to be in jhāna with a still mind. He eats knowing the purpose of eating. This desireless monk is awaiting time to attain final extinguishing at passing away.

This verse was said by Arahant Mahāvaccha.

Thag 1.13 The Verse of Arahant Vanavaccha

13. In the forest where I live, pure streams of cool water are blue like the sky. The surrounding area is also very beautiful. The mountains are lit up by fireflies at night. I delight in these mountains.

This verse was said by Arahant Vanavaccha.

Thag 1.14 The Verse of Arahant Vanavaccha’s Pupil

14. My preceptor said to me, “Sīvaka, let’s leave this village and head to the forest.” (I’m having the same idea.) Even though my body lives in the village, my mind is in the forest. Even though I sleep in the village, my mind goes to the forest. There is no attachment for someone who understands the true reality of this life.

This verse was said by Arahant Vanavaccha’s pupil.

Thag 1.15 The Verse of Arahant Kuṇḍadhāna

15. One should cut off five.1 One should abandon five.2 One should especially develop the five.3 The monk who has gone beyond the five 4 is called a “flood-crosser.”

This verse was said by Arahant Kuṇḍadhāna.

Thag 1.16 The Verse of Arahant Bellaṭṭhisīsa

16. There was a great bull with beautiful horns. Even when the bull was tied to the ploughshare, it went at ease. In this same way, the days and nights pass by very easily for me. I experience this kind of ease because I have attained spiritual happiness.

This verse was said by Arahant Bellaṭṭhisīsa.

Thag 1.17 The Verse of Arahant Dāsaka

17. The foolish and sleepy one eats too much food because of his greediness. Then he sleeps rolling to all sides. His life is like that of a pig that is full from eating filth. This fool will come to the womb again and again.

This verse was said by Arahant Dāsaka.

Thag 1.18 The Verse of Arahant Siṅgālapitu

18. The monk who lives in the Bhesakala forest is an heir of the Buddha’s Dhamma. Having meditated on the skeletal body, he could cover up the whole earth with that object. I think he will get rid of sensual lust very quickly.

This verse was said by Arahnt Siṅgālapitu.

Thag 1.19 The Verse of Arahant Kuṇdala

19. Irrigators can lead water to wherever they need. Arrow makers can bend the arrows as they wish. Carpenters can bend wood as they wish. In this same way, superior people can tame themselves as they wish.

This verse was said by Arahant Kuṇdala.

Thag 1.20 The Verse of Arahant Ajita

20. I’m not scared of death nor do I have a desire to live. Mindfully and with clear awareness, I will abandon my body.

This verse was said by Arahant Ajita.

Thag 1.21 The Verse of Arahant Nigrodha

21. I’m not scared of suffering in this round of rebirth. Our great teacher is well skilled in showing the way to Nibbāna. By following the Noble Eightfold Path, monks reach Nibbāna where there is no fear of suffering in saṁsāra.

This verse was said by Arahant Nigrodha.

Thag 1.22 The Verse of Arahant Cittaka

22. The peacocks that live in the Kārañci forest have beautiful blue necks. As a chorus they sing beautiful songs. Maybe peacocks like the cool breeze, and that is why their voices are so sweet. Their sweet voice can awaken those who are sleeping and make those who are meditating happy.

This verse was said by Arahant Cittaka.

Thag 1.23 The Verse of Arahant Gosāla

23. I accepted the great Buddha’s advice with much respect. That day I ate milk rice with honey. Then I sat under the shade of a bunch of bamboo trees and started meditating. I contemplated how suffering arises and ceases based on the five aggregates of clinging. Living in seclusion is key for me, therefore I will go back to the Sānu forest again.

This verse was said by Arahant Gosāla.

Thag 1.24 The Verse of Arahant Sugandha

24. It’s been only a year since I have become a monk. See the excellence of this Dhamma! I too achieved the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Sugandha.

Thag 1.25 The Verse of Arahant Nandiya

25. This monk has attained the great fruit of Arhantship and lives with a mind that is lit with wisdom. Hey Māra! Are you going to fall into suffering for bothering this kind of monk?

This verse was said by Arahant Nandiya.

Thag 1.26 The Verse of Arahant Ubhaya

26. I heard the Dhamma well taught by the Supreme Buddha, the one born into the clan of the sun. I too could realize the very subtle Four Noble Truths, just as an archer pierces the tip of a hair with his arrow.

This verse was said by Arahant Ubhaya.

Thag 1.27 The Verse of Arahant Lomasakaṅgiya

27. I don’t need any grasses such as dabba, kusa, potakila, usira, munja, and bulrushes. I will throw them out. My only intent is seclusion.

This verse was said by Arahant Lomasakaṅgiya.

Thag 1.28 The Verse of Arahant Jambugāmikaputta

28. You don’t waste time looking for cloths to make robes, do you? You don’t want to decorate your body, do you? The fragrance of your virtue spreads all around, doesn’t it? Such a fragrance doesn’t spread from other people.

This verse was said by Arahant Jambugāmikaputta.

Thag 1.29 The Verse of Arahant Hārita

29. Hārita, free your mind from laziness. Straighten your mind, just as an arrow maker straightens out his arrow. Then, split ignorance.

This verse was said by Arahant Hārita.

Thag 1.30 The Verse of Arahant Uttiya

30. As soon as I got sick, I came to my senses: “Now I am sick. Time has come for me to practice the Dhamma diligently without being lazy.”

This verse was said by Arahant Uttiya.

Thag 1.31 The Verse of Arahant Gabbharatīriya

31. This monk lives in the middle of the thick forest. When mosquitos and flies attack him, he endures mindfully, just like a king elephant in battle.

This verse was said by Arahant Gabbharatīriya.

Thag 1.32 The Verse of Arahant Suppiya

32. I shall escape from this aging life and shall head to unaging Nibbāna. I shall escape from this stressful life and shall head to peaceful Nibbāna. I shall head to that unsurpassed Nibbāna, the greatest freedom.

This verse was said by Arahant Suppiya.

Thag 1.33 The Verse of Arahant Sopāka

33. Just as a mother is caring towards her only child, one should care for all beings.

This verse was said by Arahant Sopāka.

Thag 1.34 The Verse of Arahant Posiya

34. A well learned monk always thinks it’s very important to stay away from women. One day I came from the forest and went home, but I got up from the bed and left without taking leave from anyone. My name is Posiya.

This verse was said by Arahant Posiya.

Thag 1.35 The Verse of Arahant Sāmaññakāni

35. He practices the Noble Eightfold Path. That is the only straight way leading to Nibbāna. When one practices path factors, wishing for happiness, one will gain happiness. His good reputation spreads and his fame grows.

This verse was said by Arahant Sāmaññakāni.

Thag 1.36 The Verse of Arahant Kumāputta

36. Listening to the Dhamma is excellent. Living according to the Dhamma is even more excellent. Living without craving is always excellent. Investigating the meaning of the Dhamma is also very excellent. Accepting the Dhamma respectfully is excellent. Practicing these things is called “living the true monk life without defilements.”

This verses was said by Arahant Kumāputta.

Thag 1.37 The Verse of Arahant Kumāputta’s Friend

37. Unrestrained people waste their time walking all around through cities and countries. They will never achieve one-pointedness of mind. What is the purpose of roaming all over? Stop doing things to get revenge. Don’t give in to craving; meditate instead.

This verse was said by Arahant Kumāputta’s Friend.

Thag 1.38 The Verse of Arahant Gavampati

38. He could stop the Sarabhu River from flowing using his supernormal powers. This monk, Gavampati, is freed from defilements and craving. This great sage overcame all ties and has crossed over existence. Even gods come to worship this great sage.

This verse was said by Arahant Gavampati.

Thag 1.39 The Verse of Arahant Tissa

39. Just as someone looks for help immediately after being hit by a sword, and just as someone immediately tries to put out a fire on his head, with strong mindfulness a monk should immediately try to eradicate sensual desire.

This verse was said by Arahant Tissa.

Thag 1.40 The Verse of Arahant Vaḍḍhamāna

40. Just as someone looks for help immediately after being hit by a sword, and just as someone immediately tries to put out a fire on his head, with strong mindfulness a monk should immediately try to eradicate desire for existence.

This verse was said by Arahant Vaḍḍhamāna.

Thag 1.41 The Verse of Arahant Sirivaḍḍha

41. Flashes of lightning fall upon the flat land between the Vebhāra and Pāṇḍava mountains. A monk meditates in a cave between these mountains. He can’t be compared to a statue. This monk is a son of the Buddha who has an unagitated mind.

This verse was said by Arahant Sirivaḍḍha.

Thag 1.42 The Verse of Arahant Khadiravaniya

42. Dear novices Cāla, Upacāla, Sisupacāla, are you well established in mindfulness? Look! Just now, your uncle Sāriputta Bhante came here. That Bhante is much, much smarter than an extremely skilled archer.

This verse was said by Arahant Khadiravaniya.

Thag 1.43 The Verse of Arahant Sumaṅgala

43. It is good that I am freed! It is good that I am freed! it is good that I am freed from three crooked things. I am freed from the sickles. I am freed from the ploughs. I am freed from the curved spades. Even though they are here, I don’t need any of them. Yes, I do not need any of them. Dear Sumaṅgala, now meditate. Yes, dear Sumaṅgala, now meditate. Dear Sumaṅgala, practice the Dhamma diligently without being lazy.

This verse was said by Arhant Sumaṅgala.

Thag 1.44 The Verse of Arahant Sānu

44. Mother! People cry when someone dies or when they don’t see their loved ones who are alive. But, mother, why do you cry for me when I am alive and seen?

This verse was said by Arahant Sānu.

Thag 1.45 The Verse of Arahant Ramaṇīyavihāri

45. Just as the great bull trips and is right about to fall, but catches itself and prevents falling, so too I became an insightful disciple of the fully enlightened Buddha.

This verse was said by Arahant Ramaṇīyavihāri.

Thag 1.46 The Verse of Arahant Samiddhi

46. Having given up my house, I became a monk truly out of faith. Mindfulness and wisdom are well developed in me. My mind has also become perfectly still. [Hey Māra,] do all kinds of nasty things to me, but I will not be disturbed.

This verse was said by Arahant Samiddhi.

Thag 1.47 The Verse of Arahant Ujjaya

47. Great hero, the Supreme Buddha, I pay homage to you. You live freed from all suffering. Following your great example, I too became liberated from the taints.

This verse was said by Arahant Ujjaya.

Thag 1.48 The Verse of Arahant Sañjaya

48. Since I became a monk, having given up my house, I don’t recall having any ignoble, angry thoughts.

This verse was said by Arahant Sañjaya.

Thag 1.49 The Verse of Arahant Rāmaṇeyyaka

49. In the midst of the loud noise of these birds and squirrels, there is no agitation in my mind. It is because my mind delights only in Nibbāna.

This verse was said by Arahant Rāmaṇeyyaka.

Thag 1.50 The Verse of Arahant Vimala

50. The earth is sprinkled, the cold wind blows, lightning flashes in the distant sky. Distracting thoughts in my mind are also fading away. My mind is becoming perfectly still.

This verse was said by Arahant Vimala.

Thag 1.51 The Verse of Arahant Godhika

51. The rain falls like a sweet song. My small roofed hut is very comfortable. The window is closed. My mind is becoming perfectly still. Therefore rain cloud, rain as much as you please.

This verse was said by Arahant Godhika.

Thag 1.52 The Verse of Arahant Subāhu

52. The rain falls like a sweet song. My small roofed hut is very comfortable. The window is closed. My mind is becoming perfectly still on mindfulness of the body. Therefore rain cloud, rain as much as you please.

This verse was said by Arahant Subāhu.

Thag 1.53 The Verse of Arahant Valliya

53. The rain falls like a sweet song. My small roofed hut is very comfortable. The window is closed. Staying in this hut, I practise Dhamma diligently without being lazy. Therefore rain cloud, rain as much as you please.

This verse was said by Arahant Valliya.

Thag 1.54 The Verse of Arahant Uttiya

54. The rain falls like a sweet song. My small roofed hut is very comfortable. The window is closed. I stay in this hut, freed from craving. Therefore rain cloud, rain as much as you please.

This verse was said by Arahant Uttiya.

Thag 1.55 The Verse of Arahant Añjanavaniya

55. From the day I came to the Añjana Forest, I used this reclining chair as my hut. I achieved the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Añjanavaniya.

Thag 1.56 The Verse of Arahant Kuṭivihāri

56. Who is in that small hut? There is a desireless monk with a perfectly still mind in this hut. Therefore friend, know this: the making of this little hut for you was not in vain.

This verse was said by Arahant Kuṭivihāri.

Thag 1.57 The Verse of Arahant Dutiya Kuṭivihāri

57. This hut is very old. Do you desire a new hut? Give up that desire for a new hut. Dear monk, a new hut means just another suffering.

This verse was said by Arahant Dutiya Kuṭivihāri.

Thag 1.58 The Verse of Arahant Ramaṇiya Kuṭivihāri

58. My hut is very beautiful and delightful. This was made for me out of faith. But I don’t need girls. Go, women. Go to people who need you.

This verse was said by Arahant Ramaṇiya Kuṭivihāri.

Thag 1.59 The Verse of Arahant Kosalavihāri

59. I became a monk out of faith. A small hut was also made for me in the forest. I live in that hut practicing the Dhamma diligently, energetically, wisely and mindfully.

This verse was said by Arahant Kosalavihāri.

Thag 1.60 The Verse of Arahant Sīvali

60. I came to live in this hut having a high intention in my mind. I have accomplished my intention. I achieved realization of the Noble Truths and liberation from suffering. I uprooted conceit completely from my mind.

This verse was said by Arahant Sīvali.

Thag 1.61 The Verse of Arahant Vappa

61. Only the one with eye of Dhamma sees the reality of life. He recognizes the superior person and the inferior person. But the one who doesn’t see the reality of life doesn’t recognize the superior person or the inferior person.

This verse was said by Arahant Vappa.

Thag 1.62 The Verse of Arahant Vajjiputta

62. We live alone in the forest like thrown away logs. But many people like our lives very much. They look at us wishfully, like hell beings looking at those who go to heaven.

This verse was said by Arahant Vajjiputta.

Thag 1.63 The Verse of Arahant Pakkha

63. I saw an eagle that was holding a piece of meat. It slipped from his mouth and dropped from the sky to the ground. Other eagles swarmed and fought over the piece of meat. I did all that was required to attain Nibbāna. I only desired Nibbāna, therefore I achieved supreme happiness through happiness.

This verse was said by Arahant Pakkha.

Thag 1.64 The Verse of Arahant Vimalakoṇḍañña

64. He was born to Ambapāli 5 and the very famous King Bimbisāra. Holding up the flag of wisdom he stomped on the flag of conceit along with the huge flag of Māra.

This verse was said by Arahant Vimalakoṇḍañña.

Thag 1.65 The Verse of Arahant Ukkhepakatavaccha

65. The monk Ukkhepakatavaccha retained this Dhamma in his mind for many years. Established on this very Dhamma, he preaches it to the lay disciples with a delightful heart.

This verse was said by Arahant Ukkepakatavaccha.

Thag 1.66 The Verse of Arahant Meghiya

66. The great hero, the Supreme Buddha who realized everything about the world, advised me. I took that great advice into my heart. Having established mindfulness in me I then lived with the Supreme Buddha. I too achieved the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Meghiya.

Thag 1.67 The Verse of Arahant Ekadhammasavanīya

67. I burned out all the defilements in my mind. I uprooted all existence. Journeying on from rebirth to rebirth has completely ended. There is no more rebirth for me.

This verse was said by Arahant Ekadhammasavanīya.

Thag 1.68 The Verse of Arahant Ekudāniya

68. Whoever developed the mind, practiced the Dhamma diligently and trained in the Noble Path of sages has an unagitated mind. He has a peaceful life. That sage who always lives with clear mindfulness doesn’t have anything that creates suffering.

This verse was said by Arahant Ekudāniya.

Thag 1.69 The Verse of Arahant Channa

69. This Dhamma preached with the excellent wisdom of the Supreme Buddha has an amazing taste and an extraordinary value. Having heard that Dhamma, I entered the path to Nibbāna. My only intention was to attain Nibbāna. Our great teacher, the Supreme Buddha, shows this path with an incredible ability.

This verse was said by Arahant Channa.

Thag 1.70 The Verse of Arahant Puṇṇa

70. Virtue is a great thing in this Dhamma path. But the greatest thing is developed wisdom. Through one’s virtue and wisdom, one can achieve victory among humans and gods.

This verse was said by Arahant Puṇṇa.

Thag 1.71 The Verse of Arahant Vacchapāla

71. One should always associate with noble people who are wise, humble, full of good qualities, and have realized the Noble Truths with a very subtle and skilled understanding. It’s not difficult for someone to attain Nibbāna if one associates with such noble people.

This verse was said by Arahant Vacchapāla.

Thag 1.72 The Verse of Arahant Ātuma

72. Just as a young bamboo tree with its branches and foliage is hard to cut away from the clump, so too I find it very hard to get permission from my wife to become a monk. I am the one who brought my wife to my house. But I became a monk. Please, mother, approve this.

This verse was said by Arahant Ātuma.

Thag 1.73 The Verse of Arahant Māṇava

73. Having seen an old man, a miserable sick person, and a dead person come to the end of his life, I gave up delightful sensual pleasures and, having given up the home life, I became a monk.

This verse was said by Arahant Māṇava.

Thag 1.74 The Verse of Arahant Suyāma

74. He has no sense desire, no anger, no drowsiness and sleepiness, no restlessness and remorse, no doubt at all.

This verse was said by Arahant Suyāma.

Thag 1.75 The Verse of Arahant Susārada

75. How wonderful is the sight of great noble people whose minds are well established in the Dhamma! As a result of that association, one’s doubt is removed and wisdom is developed. That association can even make a fool become wise. Therefore association with superior people is always great.

This verse was said by Arahant Susārada.

Thag 1.76 The Verse of Arahant Piyañjaha

76. In the presence of noble people full of good virtues and wisdom he is ready to kneel down. In the presence of the people who lack good virtues and wisdom, he is ready to stand up. Among incelibate (sexually active) people, he is celibate. Among the people who seek delight in sensual pleasures, he lives detached from sensual pleasures.

This verse was said by Arahant Piyañjaha.

Thag 1.77 The Verse of Arahant Hatthārohaputta

77. Previously, my mind wandered where it wished, where it liked, as it pleased. But now, having warned the mind with developed wisdom I have control over it as a hook-holder controls a vicious elephant.

This verse was said by Arahant Hatthārohaputta.

Thag 1.78 The Verse of Arahant Meṇḍasira

78. I have run through the journeying-on of numerous rebirths, since I didn’t have the knowledge to stop this cycle of suffering. Even though I was born with suffering, now I have put an end to all suffering.

This verse was said by Arahant Meṇḍasira.

Thag 1.79 The Verse of Arahant Rakkhita

79. I have eliminated all desire, all hatred has been rooted out, and all delusion is gone. I have become cool and extinguished.

This verse was said by Arahant Rakkhita.

Thag 1.80 The Verse of Arahant Ugga

80. Whatever kamma was done by me, whether small or great, all that is completely destroyed. There is no more rebirth for me.

This verse was said by Arahant Ugga.

Thag 1.81 The Verse of Arahant Samatigutta

81. Whatever evil was done by me previously in other births, that I have to experience only in this life. I won’t have any other lives.

This verse was said by Arahant Samatigutta.

Thag 1.82 The Verse of Arahant Kassapa

82. Dear son, while journeying, go to places that are safe, have no fear, and offer good alms. Do not fall into trouble by going to strange places.

This verse was said by Arahant Kassapa.

Thag 1.83 The Verse of Arahant Sīha

83. Dear Sīha, remain diligent practicing the Dhamma, not relaxing day or night. Develop wholesome qualities. Eradicate defilements as soon as possible.

This verse was said by Arahant Sīha.

Thag 1.84 The Verse of Arahant Nīta

84. Sleeping all night, delighting in company by day, when indeed will the fool put an end to the suffering of saṁsāra?

This verse was said by Arahant Nīta.

Thag 1.85 The Verse of Arahant Sunāga

85. He is well skilled at developing a meditation object for the one-pointedness of mind. He knows the sweetness of solitude very well. He meditates well. He is prudent and mindful. He gains spiritual happiness.

This verse was said by Arahant Sunāga.

Thag 1.86 The Verse of Arahant Nāgita

86. Apart from the Buddha’s path, a person from a different religion doesn’t have a path like this leading to Nibbāna. Pointing out this fact, Our Blessed One instructs the monks as though he is showing something on his palm.

This verse was said by Arahant Nāgita.

Thag 1.87 The Verse of Arahant Paviṭṭha

87. The true nature of this suffering of the five aggregates of clinging has been understood by me. All existences have been split. Journeying on from rebirth to rebirth has completely ended. Now there is no more rebirth for me.

This verse was said by Arahant Paviṭṭha.

Thag 1.88 The Verse of Arahant Ajjuna

88. Once my life was swept away in the flood of saṁsāra, just as a person is swept away by a great flood. As a result of comprehending the Four Noble Truths, I was finally able to get away from the flood and step on dry land.

This verse was said by Arahant Ajjuna.

Thag 1.89 The Verse of Arahant Devasabha

89. These sensual pleasures are like a pile of mud. Yes, really like a pile of mud. I crossed over all sensual pleasures. Feelings are like a cliff. I avoided all those feelings. I escaped from the great flood of saṁsāra and the ties of defilements. All conceits are destroyed.

This verse was said by Arahant Devasabha.

Thag 1.90 The Verse of Arahant Sāmidatta

90. I understood the suffering of the five aggregates of clinging completely. Now just the aggregates with the uprooted roots remain. Journeying on from rebirth to rebirth is completely ended. There is no more rebirth for me.

This verse was said by Arahant Sāmidatta.

Thag 1.91 The Verse of Arahant Paripuṇṇaka

91. Today I enjoy the taste of Supreme Nibbāna. Such a taste cannot be found in any food in this human world. Even the heavenly food called Shudha doesn’t have such taste. Gotama Buddha taught this excellent Dhamma with an unlimited realization.

This verse was said by Arahant Paripuṇṇaka.

Thag 1.92 The Verse of Arahant Vijaya

92. All the taints in his life were destroyed. Now he doesn’t have any desire, even for food. His mind now is only focused on the meditation objects of emptiness, signlessness, and non-establishment. That monk’s Dhamma path is impossible to find, just as the paths of birds are impossible to find in the air.

This verse was said by Arahant Vijaya.

Thag 1.93 The Verse of Arahant Eraka

93. Dear Eraka, sensual pleasures are very painful. Dear Eraka, sensual pleasures are not happy. Dear Eraka, he who desires sensual pleasures desires pain. Dear Eraka, he who doesn’t desire sensual pleasures, doesn’t desire pain.

This verse was said by Arahant Eraka.

Thag 1.94 The Verse of Arahant Mettaji

94. Homage to the Blessed One, the Supreme Buddha, Great Son of the Sakaya clan. The Supreme Buddha, possessor of the foremost qualities, taught us a foremost Dhamma.

This verse was said by Arahant Mettaji.

Thag 1.95 The Verse of Arahant Cakkhupāla.

95. Since my eyes were destroyed, I became blind. I have entered this wilderness road. If I am too weak to move forward, I will sleep right here in this spot. But I will never go with an evil companion.

This verse was said by Arahant Cakkhupāla.

Thag 1.96 The Verse of Arahant Khaṇḍasumana

96. I offered just one flower. As a result I enjoyed heavenly happiness for eight hundred million years. Through the remainder of that merit, the fire of defilements has been extinguished by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Khaṇḍasumana.

Thag 1.97 The Verse of Arahant Tissa

97. I was able to give up the beautifully carved, very valuable golden bowl. Then I took a clay bowl. This is my second crowning.

This verse was said by Arahant Tissa.

Thag 1.98 The Verse of Arahant Abhaya

98. After seeing a form with the eye, if one’s mindfulness is muddled he will think about its beautiful signs. He feels it with an attached mind and his mind stays clinging to that form. Then taints which lead to the origination and continuation of existence increase in him.

This verse was said by Arahant Abhaya.

Thag 1.99 The Verse of Arahant Uttiya

99. After hearing a sound with the ear, if one’s mindfulness is muddled he will think about its beautiful signs. He feels it with an attached mind and his mind stays clinging to that sound. Then taints which lead to the origination and continuation of existence increase in him.

This verse was said by Arahant Uttiya.

Thag 1.100 The Verse of Arahant Devasabha

100. He practices the Dhamma with four kinds of striving. His mind is focused on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness. He is decorated with the flowers of liberation. He will attain final extinguishing at passing away without taints.

This verse was said by Arahant Devasabha.

Thag 1.101 The Verse of Arahant Belaṭṭhakāni

101. Even though one gave up the household life and became a monk, if one doesn’t follow the Dhamma path and fills one’s stomach by eating too much with a mouth like a plough, that lazy one’s life is like that of a bloated pig. This fool surely comes to be born in a womb again and again.

This verse was said by Arahant Belaṭṭhakāni.

Thag 1.102 The Verse of Arahant Setuccha.

102. Deceived by conceit, defiled by formations, and invaded by gains and losses, that person can never attain one-pointedness of mind.

This verse was said by Arahant Setuccha.

Thag 1.103 The Verse of Arahant Bandhura

103. I don’t need sensual pleasures. I am pleased and delighted by the flavour of the Dhamma. Having drunk the best drink, the sweetest drink, the drink of sweet Dhamma, I will never taste the poison of sensual pleasures again.

This verse was said by Arahant Bandhura.

Thag 1.104 The Verse of Arahant Khitaka

104. Truly my body is very light. My mind feels a great joy and happiness. My body floats in the sky as if it were cotton blown by the wind.

This verse was said by Arahant Khitaka.

Thag 1.105 The Verse of Arahant Malitavambha

105. When I practice the Dhamma, there are times when I become lazy. But I will never get attached to sensual pleasures. If my mind desires such things, I will take my mind away from that object very quickly. I don’t want to live doing unbeneficial things. Considering wisely, I enter the Dhamma path again and again.

This verse was said by Arahant Malitavambha.

Thag 1.106 The Verse of Arahant Suhemanta

106. The meanings of this Dhamma are varied with various terms and features. The one who understands only one of them has a little wisdom. But the one who understands all terms and features is a very wise person.

This verse was said by Arahant Suhemanta.

Thag 1.107 The Verse of Arahant Dhammasava

107. After considering wisely the danger of sensual pleasures, and the benefit of giving them up, I renounced the household life and became a monk. Now I have attained the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Dhammasava.

Thag 1.108 The Verse of Arahant Dhammasava’s Father

108. At the age of one hundred and twenty I became a monk in the Buddha’s path. I too attained the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Dhammasava’s father.

Thag 1.109 The Verse of Arahant Saṅgharakkhita

109. This monk belongs to the Dhamma path of the most compassionate Supreme Buddha, doesn’t he? He lives in solitude. But it seems like he is not taking this Dhamma practice seriously. Yes, he is still in an ordinary condition, like a young doe in the forest.

This verse was said by Arahant Saṅgharakkhita.

Thag 1.110 The Verse of Arahant Usabha

110. The trees on the mountain tops have shot up after the fresh rain has poured over them. When Usabha sees well grown trees, he is joyful. He likes the solitude which is created by the forest.

This verse was said by Arahant Usabha.

Thag 1.111 The Verse of Arahant Jenta

111. Truly the life of a monk is hard. Household life is also hard. The Dhamma is profound. Wealth is hard to obtain. Our lives, maintained by whatever is given, are very hard. Therefore, it is fitting to think always of impermanence.

This verse was said by Arahant Jenta.

Thag 1.112 The Verse of Arahant Vacchagotta

112. I too attained the Triple Knowledge. I experienced the amazing bliss of Jhāna. I was skilled at calming the mind. I achieved the enlightenment. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Vacchagotta.

Thag 1.113 The Verse of Arahant Vanavaccha

113. In that forest the clear water is very beautiful. There is also a huge flat rock surrounded by monkeys and deer. That rocky mountain covered with oozing moss delights me.

This verse was said by Arahant Vanavaccha.

Thag 1.114 The Verse of Arahant Adhimutta

114. If one is greedy for bodily happiness and always spends time nourishing the body unnecessarily, how could he achieve the perfection of the monkhood when this life is fading away?

This verse was said by Arahant Adhimutta.

Thag 1.115 The Verse of Arahant Mahānāma

115. Mahānāma, you live in this mountain with lots of rocky boulders and many sāla trees. But still you couldn’t tame your mind. Are you going to fail even on this famous Nesāda Mountain with shady trees?

This verse was said by Arahant Mahānāma.

Thag 1.116 The Verse of Arahant Pārāsariya

116. I gave up the desire for the six organs of contact, guarded the sense doors, and restrained my life well. Having thrown up all the defilements that generate suffering, I attained enlightenment.

This verse was said by Arahant Pārāsariya.

Thag 1.117 The Verse of Arahant Yasa

117. In those days I always applied makeup and perfumes on my body. I wore valuable clothes and decorated myself with various jewellery. But now I have attained the Triple Knowledge. The Buddha’s path has been fully followed by me.

This verse was said by Arahant Yasa.

Thag 1.118 The Verse of Arahant Kimbila

118. This youth will fall down just as an unbalanced object falls down. Yes, this form appears to belong to someone else. I don’t have any desire for this form. I investigate wisely the true nature of my life like looking at something that belongs to someone else.

This verse was said by Arahant Kimbila.

Thag 1.119 The Verse of Arahant Vajjiputta

119. When you go to the foot of a tree in the forest, put only Nibbāna in your heart. Dear Gotama, meditate. Don’t be heedless. What is the use of that crazy hullabaloo of birds for you?

This verse was said by Arahant Vajjiputta.

Thag 1.120 The Verse of Arahant Isidatta

120. I understood the suffering of the five aggregates of clinging completely. Therefore, now only aggregates with the roots cut off remain. I have obtained the destruction of all suffering, Nibbāna. I achieved enlightenment.

This verse was said by Arahant Isidatta.

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