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Theragatha
Chapter VI — The Sixes

215

Sappadāsa

[Pali] [pts]

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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Twenty five years since my going forth,
and no peace of awareness
-- not a finger-snap's worth --
    attained.
Having gained no oneness of mind,
I was wracked with lust.
Wailing, with my arms upheld,
I ran amok from my dwelling --
"Or... or shall I take the knife?
What's the use of life to me?
If I were to renounce the training,
what sort of death would I have?"
So, taking a razor,
I sat down on a bed.
And there was the razor,
placed ready to cut my own vein,
    when apt attention arose in me,
the drawbacks appeared,
    disenchantment stood
    at an even keel:

With that, my heart was released.
See the Dhamma's true rightness!
The three knowledges
have been attained;
the Awakened One's bidding,
        done.

 


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