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Theragāthā 6.7
The Verses of Arahant Kātiyāna (411-416)

411. Hey Katiyana! Wake up now! Sit for meditation. Don’t sleep like that! Be a good meditator, a wakeful meditator. May Māra, the relative of lazy people not trick and defeat you.

412. Birth and old age overwhelm you like waves of the great ocean. Make a safe island for yourself. There is no other external refuge for you.

413. Even your great teacher went beyond attachments and defeated the fear of birth and old age by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path. You should meditate day and night diligently. Practice the Dhamma very hard.

414. First, escape from the bondage of sensual pleasures. Wearing a double robe, shaving your hair with a razor, go on your alms round. Eat whatever you receive. Sleeping is called a sport. Don’t delight in it. Dear Kātiyāna, meditate and follow the path.

415. Dear Kātiyāna, practice Jhānas. Win the battle over defilements. Be skilled in the path to Nibbāna. Obtain the unsurpassed purity. Attain final extinguishing at passing away, like a flame put out with water.

416. The ray of the lamp shines dimly. The flame leans back and forth gently in the wind and is fading away slowly. In the same way, don’t cling to anything. Defeat Māra. Yes, now that monk got rid of desire for all feelings. He awaits the time to become cool and to attain final extinguishing at passing away.

These verses were said by Arahant Kātiyāna.

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Theragāthā 6.7: The Verses of Arahant Kātiyāna (411-416)

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