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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. I heard thus. At one time a certain bhikkhu lived in a stretch of forest in the country of Kosala.

2. Earlier that bhikkhu spent a lot of his time, reciting the Teaching, later he lived at ease becoming silent and diminishing.

3. Then a deity living in that stretch of forest not hearing his words approached that bhikkhu.

4. Hàving approached said these stanzas to that bhikkhu:

"Bhikkhu, why do you not give the Teaching to the bhikkhus living with you?
Hearing the Teaching you recite, we delight here and now."
"Earlier I had an interest to recite, now that interest has faded
I realized the fading of all seen, heard and experienced.
And with that knowledge I became appeased."

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