II. Nidāna Vagga
21. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Book of Causation Nidāna-Vagga
21. Connected Discourses with Bhikkhus
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Then the Venerable Nanda, the Blessed One's maternal cousin, put on well-pressed and well-ironed robes, painted his eyes, took a glazed bowl, and approached the Blessed One.
Having paid homage to the Blessed One, he sat down to one side, and the Blessed One said to him:
"Nanda, this is not proper for you, a clansman who has gone forth out of faith from the household life into homelessness, that you wear well-pressed and well-ironed robes, paint your eyes, and carry a glazed bowl.
This is proper for you, Nanda, a clansman who has gone forth out of faith from the household life into homelessness, that you be a forest dweller, an almsfood eater, a rag-robes wearer, and that you dwell indifferent to sensual pleasures."
This is what the Blessed One said ... [who] further said this:
"When shall I see Nanda as a forest dweller,
Wearing robes stitched from rags,
Subsisting on the scraps of strangers,
Indifferent towards sensual pleasures?"
Then, some time later, the Venerable Nanda became a forest dweller, an almsfood eater, a rag-robes wearer, and he dwelt indifferent to sensual pleasures.