PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto III. Psalms of Three Verses
Psalms of three Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Buddha-age at Sāvatthī in a brahmin family, he was named Uttarapāla. He saw the Twin Miracle, and believing, entered the Order, and pursued his studies. One day, amid desultory recollections, sensual desires beset him, but after a violent mental struggle, he arrested the corrupting moods (kilesa's), and in earnest meditation won arahantship.
Thereupon reflecting on his victory, he uttered a 'lion-roar':
 Me seeming wise, forsooth, and spent enough
In pondering on the things that make for good,
Me overthrew fivefold desires of sense,
Bewilderers [of the reason] of the world.
 Though lodged in Māra's reach, by mighty dart
Assailed, yet did my strength suffice to win
From snare set by the King of Death release.
 Now are all sense-desires put far away!
Now are all rebirths shattered once for aye!
Destroyed is birth-and-death's eternity!
Now cometh nevermore rebirth for me!
 = Guardian of the North.
 See p. 36, n. 1.