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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


I heard thus. At that time many bhikkhus were living in forest huts on the side of the Himalayas in the country of Kosala. They were sportive, arrogant, with loose talk, with roaming and uncontrolled minds.

2. On the fifteenth day of the full moon, Jantu, the son of the gods approached those bhikkhus and said this stanza:

"In the past, there were disciple bhikkhus, of Gotama,
They did not long for scraps of food, beds and seats.
Knowing the impermanent nature of the world, they ended unpleasantness.
You, have not developed the self, like the village headman.
You eat and sleep as though swooned in another one's house.
I worship the community of bhikkhus,
If you are impure, there is no refuge and are like those dead and gone.
These words I said are to the negligent.
Here I worship the diligent."

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