Udāna 2: Mucalindavaggo
The Chapter (including the Discourse) About Mucalinda

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9: The Discourse about Visākhā

 

Thus I heard:
at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at the Eastern Monastery in Migāra's mother's mansion.

Then at that time Migāra's mother Visākhā was bound up in some matter or other with the Kosalan King Pasenadi, (but) the Kosalan King Pasenadi would not conclude it according to (her) desire.

Then Migāra's mother Visākhā in the middle of the day went to the Gracious One, and after going and worshipping the Gracious One, she sat down on one side.

While sat on one side the Gracious One said this to Migāra's mother Visākhā: “Well now, Visākhā, where have you come from in the middle of the day?”

“Here, reverend Sir, I am bound up in some affair or other with the Kosalan King Pasenadi, (but) the Kosalan King Pasenadi does not conclude it according to (my) desire.”

Then the Gracious One, having understood the significance of it, on that occasion uttered this exalted utterance:

“All that is in another's power is painful,   all that is mastered is pleasing,
What is shared is troubling,   for yokes are difficult to transcend.”