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Theragāthā 7.5
The Verses of Arahant Sarabhaṅga (487-493)

487. Previously, I used to break off reed grass with my hands and make my hut. Since I lived in that hut, I was called “Sarabhaṅga,” reed breaker.

488. But now I am not allowed to break off reed grass with my hands. Our great teacher, the famous Gotama Buddha has laid down training rules for us.

489. I am Sarabhaṅga. But previously I did not see the entire disease of saṁsāra like this. Having followed the words of the Buddha, the great teacher higher than the devas, I have realized the entire disease of saṁsāra.

490. Whatever path traveled by Vipassi Buddha, Sikhī Buddha, Vessabhu Buddha, Kakusandha Buddha, Konāgamana Buddha, and Kassapa Buddha, our Gotama Buddha also traveled on that very same path.

491. These seven Supreme Buddhas have attained Nibbāna. These Buddhas are freed from craving and clinging. These Buddhas are born from the Dhamma. With unshakeable minds, these Buddhas taught this Dhamma.

492. Out of compassion for beings these Supreme Buddhas taught the Dhamma, the Four Noble Truths: suffering, the cause of suffering, the path leading to the cessation of suffering and the cessation, the destruction of suffering.

493. If the endless suffering of journeying on in saṁsāra comes to an end in one’s life, when life is finished the body breaks up, there is no rebirth for that person. I too am such a person. I am liberated from defilements, saṁsāra; everything.

These verses were said by Arahant Sarabhaṅga.

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Theragāthā 7.5: The Verses of Arahant Sarabhaṅga (487-493)

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