Khuddaka Nikāya

[Home]  [Sutta Indexes]  [Glossology]  [Site Sub-Sections]




Canto II.
Psalms of Two Verses


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

Public Domain



Reborn in this Buddha-age as the son of one who was a tenant-in-chief of the King of Kosala, and in command of bandits,[1] he succeeded to his father's position at the latter's death. Converted on seeing the Buddha accept the Jeta Grove, he put his younger brother in his place, left the world, and soon after won arahantship. He thereupon sought to turn his brother to a better life, and on seeing him attached to it, urged him in these verses:

[145] The days, the nights flit by and pass away.
Life is arrested, and the span
To mortals given is consumed and fails,
Like water in the shallow mountain streams.

[146] But evil actions still the fool commits,
Nor understands how dire the aftermath,
Till comes the bitter hour of action's fruit.

Hearing the Thera's homily, the brother besought the king's leave, and left the world, and not long after found salvation.


Dacoits. Gangs of robbers who specialized in robbing and burning down wealthy estates and towns. These always saught out protection from, served and lived nearby some powerful individual.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[1] Cora-vosāsako, one having highwaymen or dacoits at his bidding, whether to employ, or to suppress, is doubtful.


Copyright Statement