PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto VI. Psalms of Six Verses
Psalms of Six Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Buddha-age at Suŋsumāragira in a brahmin family, he entered the Order through faith got on hearing the Master teaching in the Bhesakala Wood. One feast-day, while he was seated where the Pāṭimokkha was  to be recited at the end of the recitation of the introduction ...' for [a fault] when declared shall be light to him,' he pondered on the advantage gained by the confession of faults concealed, and thereupon exclaimed with eager interest and gladness: 'Oh, how utterly pure is the rule of the Master!' And so expanding insight he attained arahantship. Reviewing the course thereto with a glad heart, he admonished the brethren:
 By death the world is smitten sore; by age
And by decay 'tis shrouded and beset,
Pierced by the dart of craving evermore,
By itch of pestering desires assailed.
 Like forest fires behold them drawing nigh: -
Death and disease, decay, dread trinity,
Whom to confront no strength sufficeth, yea,
No swiftness aught avails to flee away.
 The Nidāna. See Vinaya Texts, i. 1 f.
 This verso is, in Vinaya Texts, iii. 805, ascribed to the Buddha. 'Guilt,' 'fault' are glosses, the context there and the Commentary here justifying the application of the simile.
 'Reading satthadaṇḍo.
 Lit., 'night' only. The Indian reckoned as much by 'nights' as by 'days.'
 Cf. Sisters, verse 95.