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Canto II. Psalms of Two Verses


Canto II.
Psalms of Two Verses


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

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His meeting with the Buddha, his emotion and his leaving the world are told in Canto I., the verse beginning, 'As bidden by some power.'[1] Here the Thera tells how he dwelt [126] fraternally with his comrades, the venerable Anuruddha and the venerable Bhaddiya, Sākiyan rajas:

[155] Where lies the Eastern Bamboo Grove we dwell,
Sons of the Sākiyans, comrades [all and true].
No little wealth have we renounced for this,
Contented with whatever fills our bowl.

[156] Quickened and ardent is our energy,
Earnest and resolute [our heart's intent],
Ever we boldly press toward [our goal].
Love of the Norm our [sure and sole] delight,
All worldly loves by us forsworn outright.


[1] His story having been given in Ps. CXVIII., the Chronicle begins at once with the circumstances resulting in the gatha.


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