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Theragāthā 9.1
The Verses of Arahant Bhūta (518-526)

518. Ordinary people are enveloped in ignorance. As a result they live attached to suffering followed by ageing and death. The wise monk knows about this. So that monk can understand that suffering completely. He can meditate very mindfully. He is delighted and finds nothing happier than this meditation bliss.

519. This craving drags beings only towards suffering. Having been tied up with defilements, craving brings only pain. That monk could strike down that craving. He could meditate very mindfully. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

520. The best of paths, the Noble Eight Fold Path, which cleanses all defilements, is a wonderful path. That monk saw that blissful path with wisdom. He meditates very mindfully. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

521. There is no sorrow or stain in the unconditioned, peaceful Nibbāna. He attained that Nibbāna which cleanses all defilements and cuts all fetters and attachments. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

522. The sky is thundering. The whole sky is covered with rain. That monk meditates in a mountain cave. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

523. Wild flowers are very beautiful. When the wind blows, the falling petals spread all around the banks of the river. That monk meditates sitting on the bank of that river. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

524. At night it rains in the thick forest. At that time, elephants trumpet and cry. That monk meditates in a mountain cave. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

525. That monk has abandoned all unwholesome thoughts. He lives without distress and the thorns of defilements. He meditates in a cleft among mountains. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

526. Having destroyed stains of ignorance, thorns of sorrow, distress, dart of craving, and thorns of defilements, he eradicated all taints. With a peaceful mind, that monk meditates. He doesn’t have anything happier than this.

These verses were said by Arahant Bhūta.

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Theragāthā 9.1: The Verses of Arahant Bhūta (518-526)

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