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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

1. I heard thus. The Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anàthapiõóika, in Jeta's grove, in Sàvatthi.

2. When the night was waning, Damali, the son of the gods with a resplendent light illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove approached the Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said:

"The Brahmin should make endeavor untiringly,
To dispel sensuality and should not think or wish for it."

The Blessed One said:

"Damali, there is no work for the Brahmin, he has done his duties.
Until he gets a footing, man exerts with all his limbs.
Gaining a footing, he stands on hard ground.
Having crossed he does not exert
Damali this is the comparison for the Brahmin.
The concentrating, clever one has destroyed desires,
Have come to the end of birth and death
Does not exert, he has crossed over."

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