Khuddaka Nikāya

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Canto I.
Psalms of Single Verses


Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.


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He was reborn in this Buddha-age at Sāriputta's native place,[1] in a brahmin's family, and was called Susārada [75] (Dullard), because he was slow in growing.[2] He was converted by the teaching of that Thera and in due time, as a bhikkhu, became an arahant, and confessed his aññā in this verse:

[75] O goodly is the sight of cultured minds![3]
Doubt is cut off, and wisdom grows apace.
E'en of a fool they make an able man;
Hence goodly is the intercourse with saints.


[1] Nālaka-village in Magadha.

[2] Susārada means 'very autumnal' - i.e., as it were, 'having undeveloped seed or growth,' and corresponding therefore to early springtime in our climate. Cf. JPTS, 1909, p. 150; and the contrary, visārada, below, CCII, verse 338.

[3] It is a detail of interest that on the word suvihitāna, rendered bv 'cultured' (lit., well-disposed, ordered, or practised), the Commentary remarks anusvāralopo kato; the terminal ɱ has been cut off, gāthā-sukhatthaɱ, for prosodical reasons. With line 3, cf. Sisters, verse 213.


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