PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto I. Psalms of Single Verses
Psalms of Single Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Buddha-age at Raajagaha as the son of a wealthy brahmin, and because there were four Theras named Vaccha, he was called Vacchagotta. Come to years of discretion, and expert in brahmin learning, he, as a seeker after emancipation, found no pith in those studies, and became a wandering recluse. As such he met and questioned the Master. Satisfied with the answers, he entered the Order, and in due course acquired sixfold abhi~n~naa. Reflecting with joy upon his career, he uttered this psalm:
 The Threefold Lore is mine, and I excel
In Jhaana-ecstasy, adept in calm
Of balanced mind. Salvation have I won,
And all the Buddha-ordinance is done.
 The others were called, one, Pilinda-Vaccha (IX.) and two, Vana-Vaccha (XIV. and CXIII.).
 The two conversations occur in Majjh., i., 72nd and 73rd Suttas. Vacchagotta's ordination is also mentioned, and how the Buddha tells him to proceed to the study of Calm and Insight, whereby sixfold abhi~n~naa might be acquired. Cf. Compendium, part ix.