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Canto I. Psalms of Single Verses


Canto I.
Psalms of Single Verses


Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.


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He was reborn in this Buddha-age in the village of Nālaka as the son of a brahmin, and was a friend of Sāriputta before the latter left the world. Hearing the General of the Norm preach, he too left the world, being established on the plane of insight.[1] Anon he won arahantship. Thereupon, in course of teaching the bhikkhus, he confessed aññā in this verse:

[85] Expert to grasp the image conjured up,[2]
Versed in the secret of the life detached,
Practised in contemplation, clear in mind: -
Well may he win to rapture unalloyed.


[1] Dassanabhūmiyan patiṭṭhito, a divergence from the usual phrases.

[2] In the self-hypnosis of jhāna. See Compendium, p. 54.


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