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Theragāthā 7.2
The Verses of Arahant Lakuṇṭaka Bhaddiya (466-472)

466. That monk’s name is Bhaddiya. He lives in a beautiful forest monastery called Ambātaka. Having uprooted craving, he meditates there happily.

467. To enjoy themselves, some people need drums, lutes, and cymbals. But I don’t need any of those. I am sitting at the foot of this tree delighting in the path of the Buddha.

468. If the Supreme Buddha were to give me a boon and if I were to obtain that boon, I would take it on behalf of the whole world. That is, mindfulness in regard to the body that should be practiced at all times.

469. Some people make fun of me when looking at my physical appearance. But others get carried away by my sweet voice. Both groups are captured by desire and passion and they both don’t know who I really am.

470. They don’t see my internal life nor do they see my external life. Those foolish people are obstructed all around. They are just carried away only by my voice.

471. If one doesn’t understand the internal life and sees only the external fruit, he will just be carried away by the external fruit, the voice.

472. But, if one understands both the internal and external lives, and sees the world fully opened, he will not be carried away by the voice.

These verses were said by Arahant Lakuṇṭaka Bhaddiya.

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Theragāthā 7.2: The Verses of Arahant Lakuṇṭaka Bhaddiya (466-472)

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