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Therīgāthā 6.2
The Verses of Arahant Nun Vāseṭṭhi (133-138)

133. I couldn’t bear the pain of my son’s death. I went crazy and lost my mindfulness. I didn’t even wear clothes. With a messy head of hair, I wandered here and there.

134. I lived on heaps of rubbish in the streets, in cemeteries, and on highways. I wandered like this for three years, suffering from hunger and thirst.

135. One day, I saw the Supreme Buddha entering the city of Mithilā. I saw the Supremely Enlightened Buddha, the tamer of the untamed beings and the one who has no fear at all.

136. With that sight, I regained my mind and came to my senses. I went to the Buddha and worshiped him. Gautama Supreme Buddha showed pity on me and preached the Dhamma to me.

137. Having heard the excellent Dhamma, I became a nun. Following the Supreme Teacher’s instruction, I attained the bliss of Nibbāna.

138. All grief has been cut out and completely eliminated. I have comprehended all those objects that arise from grief.

These verses were said by Arahant Nun Vāseṭṭhi.

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Therīgāthā 6.2: The Verses of Arahant Nun Vāseṭṭhi (133-138)

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