Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna
Thus I heard. Once the Blessed One was living in Savatthi in Jeta's grove, in the monastery offered by Anathapindika. The Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus from there:
"Bhikkhus, in the past, in the Nandana grove of the thirty two gods, a certain god provided with the five strands of heavenly sensual bliss was enjoying them until the snapping of the fingers and said this stanza:
"They, that have not seen Nandana grove, do not know the enjoyments of the king of gods, and the fame, of the thirty-three gods.
Bhikkhus, a certain deity hearing this, replied with this stanza:
- "You fools do not know the words of the worthy ones,
- 'All determinations are impermanent,
- They are of the nature of rising and falling.
- Arisen they fade, their complete cessation is bliss.' "