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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

Nandana, the son of the gods, standing on a side said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Wise Gotama, manifest knowledge and vision and tell me:
"To what is called virtues?
To what is called wisdom?
How does one go beyond unpleasantness?
And doing what are the gods revered?"
"If one develops the self, becoming virtuous and wise,
Concentrates mindfully attached to the higher states of the mind,
All his grief vanishes and gets dispelled,
Without desires he bears the last body.

Such a one is said to be virtuous,

Such a one, is said to be wise,
Such a one goes beyond unpleasantness.
Such a one reveres the gods."

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