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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


At one time the Blessed One was at Andhakavinda in the country of Magadha.

The Blessed One was sitting in open space, it was a dark night and drops of rain were also falling.

When the night was waning, illuminating Andhakavinda completely Brahma Sahampathy approached the Blessed One, worshipped and stood on a side.

Standing, Brahma Sahampathy said these stanzas in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Make use of remote jungle dwellings, behave to dispel bonds,
If passions cannot be overcome there,
Mindfully protect yourself living with the community of bhikkhus
While going from house to house for morsel food,
Appropriately and mindfully protect the mental faculties.
Make use of remote jungle dwellings
Those set free from fear are released, without fear.
There is fear from creeping things
And lightening, thunder and rain come together
In the thickly dark night, the bhikkhu sits,
A single hair does not stand on end.
It is in your dispensation, that I attained right view.
I will not stir from that. A single one leading the holy life,
Diminishes the domains of death by thousands
More than five hundred in the training
And ten hundred thousands of beings
Have entered the stream of the Teaching
They will not go to animal wombs
And the remaining people, I think are on the side of merit.
I cannot calculate the numbers who are afraid to tell lies."

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