PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Psalms of Six Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Buddha-age at Kapilavatthu as the son of the King Suddhodana's chaplain, he was named Sappadāsa. He received faith on the occasion of the Master's visit to his own people, and entered the Order. Overmastered by corrupt habits of mind and character (the kilesa's), he never got concentration and singleness of mind. This finally distressed him so much that he was about to commit suicide, when, the inward vision suddenly expanding, he attained arahantship. Confessing aññā he said:
 Nay now I'll take a knife or else - For what
Is life to me? And how can such as I,
Who by my life the training have denied,
Do better than set term to it and die?
 So then I came and with a razor sat me down
Upon my couch. And now the blade was drawn
Across my throat to cut the artery. ...
 Distinguished by the Commentary as mahārāja.
 Cetaso samādānaṅ. Comy.
 Comy.: anupanikkhamiṅ, bahi nikkhanto.