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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. In Sàvatthi.

2. The Brahmin Jañà Bharadvaja approached the Blessed One, exchanged friendly greetings and sat on a side.

3. Seated on a side the Brahmin Jaña Bharadvaja said a stanza to the Blessed One:

"The internal and the external are entangled, the people are entangled,
I ask Gotama, who will disentangle this knot?"

(The Blessed One:)

4. "A wise man established in virtues, develops his mind and wisdom,

If clever and zealous to dispel, he disentangles the knot.
With the fading of greed, anger and ignorance,
The worthy one, destroying desires disentangles the knot.
Whenever name and matter is destroyed and there is nothing,
Of anger and perceptions of matter, then the knot is cut."

5. Then the Brahmin Jaña Baradvaja said to the Blessed One: "Good Gotama, now I understand. It's like something overturned is put upright. Something covered is made manifest. It's like one who was lost was shown the path. It's like a lamp was lighted for the darkness, for those who have sight to see forms. In this and other ways the Teaching is well explained. Now I take refuge in good Gotama, in the Teaching and the Community of bhikkhus. May I gain the going forth and the higher ordination in the dispensation of Gotama."

The Brahmin Jaña Bharadvaja obtained the going forth and higher ordination.

Soon after the higher ordination, venerable Jaña Bharadvaja secluded and withdrawn from the crowd abode diligently to dispel and before long, for whatever reason sons of clansmen rightfully leave the household and become a hermit, that noble end of the holy life he realized, attained and abode. He knew, birth is destroyed, the holy life is lived, duties done, there is nothing more to do.

6. Venerable Bharadvaja became one of the worthy ones.

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