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Theragāthā 16.7
The Verses of Arahant Bhaddiya (842-865)

842. I used to ride on an elephant’s back. I used to wear very soft clothes. I used to eat delicious white rice and meat curry.

843. But now I am very fortunate. Today, I lead the life of a recluse energetically delighted with my alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

844. He is satisfied with the life of wearing rag robes and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

845. He is satisfied with the life of begging for food and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

846. He is satisfied with the life of wearing the triple robe and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

847. He is satisfied with the life of going on the begging round to every house without exception and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

848. He is satisfied with the life of eating only one meal a day and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

849. He is satisfied with the life of eating only from the alms bowl and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

850. He is satisfied with the life of never accepting anything more after he accepted food to his bowl and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

851. He is satisfied with the life of living in the forest and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

852. He is satisfied with the life of living at the foot of a tree and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

853. He is satisfied with the life of living in the open air and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

854. He is satisfied with the life of living in a cemetery and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

855. He is satisfied with the life of using any seat that is there for him and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

856. He is satisfied with the life of meditating in the night without sleeping and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

857. He is satisfied with the life of few wishes and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

858. He is satisfied with the life of being contented with whatever is available and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

859. He is satisfied with the life of living in seclusion and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

860. He is satisfied with the life of not being attached to anything and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

861. He is satisfied with the life of continuing his effort and is delighted with his alms round. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, meditates without clinging.

862. Previously, I used a beautifully fashioned, valuable golden bowl. I gave it up. I replaced it with a clay bowl. This is my second crowning.

863. Previously, I lived in the top floor of a palace. There was a tall wall circling my city. There was an army with swords in their hands to guard me. But still, I lived full of fear.

864. Today, this Bhaddiya lives without any fear or agitation. Bhaddiya, son of Kāligodha, having gone into the forest, meditates.

865. He became an enlightened one standing firm in great virtue, developing mindfulness, wisdom and gradually destroying all fetters.

These verses were said by Arahant Bhaddiya.

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Theragāthā 16.7: The Verses of Arahant Bhaddiya (842-865)

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