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Therīgāthā 5.9
The Verses of Arahant Nun Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā (107-111)

107. I used to lead a very strange life. I pulled out my hair with my hand. I didn’t brush my teeth. I wore only one piece of cloth. Back then I thought that wrong deeds were correct deeds and correct deeds were wrong deeds.

108. One day I saw the stainless Buddha surrounded by a community of monks climbing down from the Mount Gijjhakūṭa in the evening. I went to the presence of the Supreme Buddha.

109. Kneeling down and placing my hands together, I worshiped the Great Buddha. The Buddha said to me: “Come here Bhaddā.” That was my higher ordination.

110. Previously I used to wander over the provinces of Aṅga, Magadha, Vajjī, Kāsi, and Kosala. Even now I wander over there but as one who is debt free. It has been fifty years since I started eating food as a liberated nun.

111. This wise male, lay disciple collected much merit. You offered the robe to the nun Bhaddhā who was freed from all defilements.

These verses were said by Arahant Nun Bhaddā Kuṇdalakesā.

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Therīgāthā 5.9: The Verses of Arahant Nun Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā (107-111)

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