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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

1. I heard thus. At one time the Blessed One was living in the hamlet Khomadussa in the country of the Sakyas.

2. The Blessed One put on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes entered the hamlet Khomadussa for the alms round.

3. At that time the Brahmin householders of the hamlet Khomadussa had gathered for some purpose and drops rain were also falling.

4. The Blessed One approached that gathering.

5. The Brahmin householders of the hamlet Khomadussa saw the Blessed One approaching in the distance.

6. Seeing they said: "Who is that shaven headed recluse? Does he know, to conduct a meeting?"

7. Then the Blessed One said a stanza to the Brahmin householders of the Khomadussa hamlet.

"Here, there is no calm, so there is no completeness.
When your words are not righteous, you are not calm,
Dispelling greed, hate and delusion, if you talk righteous words
That is how you become calm."

7. Then the Brahmin brahmin householders of the hamlet Khomadussa said to the Blessed One: "Good Gotama, now we 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 lighted for the darkness, for those who have sight to see forms. In this and other ways the Teaching is well explained. Now we take refuge in good Gotama, in the Teaching and the Community of bhikkhus. We are lay disciples who have taken refuge from today until we die."

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