Book VI. The Wise Man, Paṇḍita Vagga

VI. 11. Abandon the Dark State Text: N ii. 161-163.01

87-89. Abandoning the dark state...

This religious instruction was given by the Teacher while he was in residence at Jetavana with reference to fifty visiting monks. {2.161}

Fifty monks who had passed the rainy season in the kingdom of Kosala came to Jetavana at the close of the rainy season for the purpose of seeing the Teacher; and having paid obeisance to the Teacher, sat down respectfully on one side. The Teacher, after listening to the story of their experiences, instructed them in the Law by pronouncing the following Stanzas,

87. Abandoning the dark state, the wise man should adopt the bright state.
Leaving home, he should go forth to the homeless life. In solitude, where enjoyment is hard to find,
{2.162}

88. There he should seek enjoyment, by forsaking the lusts of the flesh, with nothing he may call his own;
The wise man should rid himself of the impurities of the heart.

89. Those whose minds have been well trained in the Seven Elements of Knowledge,
Those who have freed themselves from Attachment, and rejoice in that freedom,
Those who have rid themselves of the Contaminations, and are full of light, they have passed into Nibbāna, even in this world.