II. Nidāna Vagga
XXI. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Nidana Book
21. The Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Senior by Name
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The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying at Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove at the Squirrels' Feeding-ground.
He entered the village alone for alms,
he returned alone,
alone he sat in private [meditation]
and alone he practised his terrace-walk.
'Come thou, brother,
tell my word to Brother Senior:
"The Master, friend Senior, calls for thee."'
'So be it, lord,' responded the brother, and called the venerable Senior.
'Is it true what they say, Senior, that you are living uite alone and commending such a life?'
'That is so, lord.
Listen well and give your mind thoroughly.'
'Even so, lord.'
It is when that which is past is put away; when that which is future is given up, and when, with regard to present self-states that we have got, will and passion have been thoroughly mastered.
It is thus, Senior, that the solitary life is perfected in detail.'
The Wellfarer so saying, the Master spake this yet further:
Who overcometh all, who understandeth all,
Whoso is very wise, in all things undefiled,
Who all abandoning, in death of craving free,
That is the man of whom I'd say, 'He lives alone.'
 Craving is sometimes called one's 'second' (alter ego or mate). Cf. Pss. of the Brethren, verse 54, 1091; Majjhima i, 171.