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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Viveka Sutta

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. The bhikkhu, at that time, in his seclusion during the day time thought worldly thoughts of demerit.

3. A deity living in that stretch of forest out of compassion, wishing to arouse remorse, approached him.

4. Having approached said these stanzas:

"You entered the forest desiring seclusion, but your mind goes out.
People should tame their interests, dispel greed and become pleasant
Dispel discontent mindfully and be mindful of the essential.
The under current of demerit is difficult to dispel.
Do not recall that sensual dust
Like the crow in search of dirt,
Quietly fly away clinging to dirt
Even so the bhikkhu mindfully making endeavor
Quietly removes his attachment to lust."

5. The bhikkhu made remorseful by that deity became concerned about his welfare.

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