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Samyutta Nikaya IX.9
The Vajjian PrincelingTranslated from the Pali by Thanissaro
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On one occasion a certain monk, a Vajjian princeling, was
dwelling near Vesali in a forest thicket. And on that
occasion an all-night festival was being held in Vesali. The monk -- lamenting
as he heard the resounding din of wind music, string music, & gongs coming
from Vesali, on that occasion recited this verse:
I live in the wildernessThen the devata
inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, desiring his
benefit, desiring to bring him to his senses, approached him and addressed him
with this verse:
log cast away in the forest.
On a night like this,
who could there be
As you live in the wilderness all aloneThe
monk, chastened by the devata, came to his senses.
like a log cast away in
many are those who envy you,
those headed for heaven.
See also: SN IX.1;
Revised: Wed 16 May 2001