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 Buddha-age in the Border country as the son of a wealthy brahmin, he went to hear the Exalted One teach the Norm in the deer park at the town of Sankassa. Leaving the world he joined the Order, and became a reciter of the Three Pitakas, becoming in due course possessor of sixfold abhiññā. Thereupon he thought: 'I have won all that a disciple may win. What if I were now to do a service to the brethren?' So he lectured to them and solved their difficulties. And one day he addressed them and other intelligent persons concerning himself in this verse:
Thus the Thera magnified before the Brethren his attainment of analytic knowledge that was so excellent.
 Mentioned by Fa-Hien as a thriving Buddhist centre. The name exists to this day, the village being 45 miles north-east of Kanuj (Legge's Travels of Fa-Hien, 1886).
 Attha = ñeyya, Cy.