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Saŋyutta Nikāya
I. Sagātha Vagga
10. Yakkha-saŋyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
I. Kindred Sayings with Verses
10. The Yakkha Suttas

Sutta 11

Virā or Cīrā Suttaṃ

Virā (or Cīrā)[1]

Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by Sūriyagoḍa Sumangala Thera
Copyright The Pali Text Society. Public Domain.

 


 

[11.1] THUS HAVE I HEARD: —

The Exalted One was once staying near Rājagaha, in the Bamboo Grove, at the Squirrels' Feeding-ground.

Now on that occasion a certain lay-follower gave food to Virā the Bhikkhunī.

And a yakkha, enthusiastic about Sukkā, went into Rājagaha,
going from chariot-road to chariot-road,
from crossways to crossways,
and in that hour uttered this verse: —

0 surely plenteous merit hath he wrought,
That layman wise who Virā's wants supplied —
Virā, who from all bonds is wholly free!

 


[1] Virā as the feminine form of Vīra (cf. Pss. of the Brethren, VIII) would seem to be the more likely of the two. v and c in Singhalese are almost identical letters. Neither of them is found elsewhere. B. is silent.


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