PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto I. Psalms of Single Verses
Psalms of Single Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Euddha-age at Sāvatthī in a brahmin family, he was called Abhaya. After he had heard the Master teach and had entered the Order, he went one day for alms into the village and saw a woman attractively dressed. This disturbed his mental composure, so that he returned to the Vihara thinking: 'Looking on a visible object has corrupted me. I have done amiss.' Thus repudiating that consciousness, he so developed insight as to win arahantship.
Thereupon he reviewed his moral slip and his recovery in this verse:
 Sight of fair shape bewildering self-control,
If one but heed the image sweet and dear,
The heart inflamed in feeling doth o'erflow
And clinging stayeth. Thus in him do grow
The deadly taints that bring new living near.
 Sati - mindfulness, heedfulness, control of thought.