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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

1. I heard thus. Once the Blessed One lived in Savatthi, in Jeta's grove in the monastery offered by Anathapindika.

2. When the night was waning a large number of deities of the Satullapa group, approached the Blessed One, illuminating the whole of Jeta's grove, worshiped the Blessed One and stood on a side.

3. One of those deities said this stanza, in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Sensuality is not constantly present in humans
There are some sensual women bound to them,
Men come back here, and go to the domains of death.
Sorrow and unpleasantness rise from interest,
Training the interest is lessening grief,
Lessening grief is lessening unpleasantness
The beautiful things in the world are not sensuality,
Man's greedy thoughts for them, are sensuality.
The beautiful things in the world stand as they are,
The wise dispel the interest for them
Throw out anger and give up measuring,
Overcome all bonds, not soiled by name and matter,
Do not have perceptions to fall into unpleasantness.
If someone gives up speculating and measuring,
If he destroys craving in this world, for name and matter,
When his bonds are cut and he is without troubles and desires
If he is sought among gods or men, would not be found,
In this, the other world, in heaven or in any settlement."

Venerable Mogharaja said,

"Those released thus are not seen.
Among gods or men, in this or the other world
If someone worships, those obliging noble humans
Those that worship become pleasant."

The Blessed One said:

"If they worship the thus released ones,
They know the Teaching, dispel doubts,
Giving up bonds, they too become bhikkhus."

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