PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Psalms of Single Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
He was reborn in this Buddha-age at Sāvatthī, in the family of a councillor, and named Ajjuna. When grown up he came into contact with the Jains, and entered their Order very young, thinking among them to win salvation. But finding there nothing to satisfy him, he met the Master, believed, entered his Order, and anon won arahant-ship. Then in rapture at his attainment, he burst forth in this verse:
 0 wonder that I found the power to draw
Myself forth from the waters on dry land.
Borne drifting on the awful flood I learnt
To know the Truths, their truth to understand.
 Lit., Ambrosia, Amata, or Nibbāna.
 Lit., no pith or kernel, the usual metaphor for no truth or genuineness.