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1. 8 Saṇgāmaji Sutta
The Monk Saṇgāmaji

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This is how I heard. At one time, the Blessed One was staying in the city of Sāvatthī, in Prince Jeta’s park at Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. One day, the monk Saṅgāmaji came to the city of Sāvatthī to see the Blessed One. His former wife heard, “Master Saṅgāmaji has arrived in the city of Sāvatthī.” She took her child and went to Prince Jeta’s park.

At that time, the monk Saṅgāmaji was sitting at the root of a tree to rest during the middle of the day. Then the former wife went to him and told him, “Monk, now I have a little son. Look after me and my child.” When she had said this, the monk Saṅgāmaji remained silent.

For the second time, the monk Saṅgāmaji was sitting at the root of a tree to rest during the middle of the day. Then the former wife went to him and told him, “Monk, now I have a little son. Look after me and my child.” When she had said this, the monk Saṅgāmaji, remained silent.

For the third time, the monk Saṅgāmaji was sitting at the root of a tree to rest during the middle of the day. Then the former wife went to him and told him, “Monk, now I have a little son. Look after me and my child.” When she had said this, the monk Saṅgāmaji remained silent.

Then his former wife put the child down in front of the monk Saṅgāmaji, and left, saying, “Monk, this is your son, now you must look after him.”

At that time, the monk Saṅgāmaji neither looked at the child nor spoke to him. Then his former wife went for a short distance and looked back. She saw that the monk Saṅgāmaji was neither looking at the child nor speaking to him. She thought, “This monk does not even love his son!” She returned, took the child, and left.

The Blessed One—with his divine eye, purified and surpassing the human eye—saw that discourteous behaviour of the former wife of the monk Saṅgāmaji.

Then, on realizing the unshaken nature of the mind of a liberated monk, the Blessed One spoke the following inspired verse:

“He had no pleasure in her coming, no grief when she had left. The monk Saṅgāmaji, freed from the ties of desire, hate, delusion, conceit, and views. Him, I call a brāhmin.”

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Udāna 1. 8 Saṇgāmaji Sutta: The Monk Saṇgāmaji

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