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The Book of the Sevens

7.1 Uttarā Therī (2nd)

We see industrious men succeeding in life, but can we, too, succeed in our wish, if we try? From a wise woman Uttarā learned the answer.

“Musalāni gahetvāna,
dhaññaṁ koṭṭenti māṇavā;
Puttadārāni posentā,
dhanaṁ vindanti māṇavā.

“Taking pestles
Young men grind grain –
(Having done this)
Supporting wife & kids
Young men gain wealth

Ghaṭetha buddhasāsane,
yaṁ katvā nānutappati;
Khippaṁ pādāni dhovitvā,
ekamantaṁ nisīdatha.

“So make effort with the Buddha’s teaching –
Having done this, you’ll never regret it.
Hurry! rinse your feet
Go find a place to sit1

Cittaṁ upaṭṭhapetvāna,
ekaggaṁ susamāhitaṁ;
Paccavekkhatha saṅkhāre,
parato no ca attato”.

“Gather the mind
Unified and well-stilled
Consider formations
As alien, not self.”

“Tassāhaṁ vacanaṁ sutvā,
paṭācārānusāsaniṁ;
Pāde pakkhālayitvāna,
ekamante upāvisiṁ.

Having heard what she said
Paṭācārā’s instruction
I rinsed my feet
And found a place to sit.

Rattiyā purime yāme,
pubbajātimanussariṁ;
Rattiyā majjhime yāme,
dibbacakkhuṁ visodhayiṁ.

In the first of the night:
Past-life recollection.
In the middle of the night:
Divine eye purified.

Rattiyā pacchime yāme,
tamokhandhaṁ padālayiṁ;
Tevijjā atha vuṭṭhāsiṁ,
katā te anusāsanī.

In the last of the night:
The mass of darkness destroyed.
I arose with the Triple Knowledge –
Done is your instruction.

Sakkaṁva devā tidasā,
saṅgāme aparājitaṁ;
Purakkhatvā vihassāmi,
tevijjāmhi anāsavā”.

Like Sakka, whom the 30 gods (honor)
(The one) triumphant in battle
(You) will always be honored by me
Having the Triple Knowledge, I am taintless.


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