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PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN

Canto I. Psalms of Single Verses


 

Canto I.
Psalms of Single Verses

XCIV
Mettaji

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

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Reborn in this Buddha-age in the kingdom of Magadha as the son of a brahmin, he was named Mettaji.[1] Grown up, he saw the evil of worldly desire, and became an ascetic dwelling in the forest. Hearing of the Buddha's advent, and impelled by antecedent causes, he sought the Master and asked him concerning his progress and regress. The answer given convinced him that he should enter the Order, [88] whereupon he won arahantship. And in this verse he extolled the Master:

[94] All glory to the Exalted One,
Our splendid Lord, the Sākiyas' son!
For he the topmost height hath won,
And well the Norm supreme hath shown.

 


[1] Conqueror by affection.

 


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