Paṭivijjhi padaṁ santaṁ,
“Mindful, with vision
A bhikkhuni of developed faculties
I broke through to that peaceful state
Not embraced by immoral men.”
[Māra interrupted this bhikkhuni’s reverie1Nothing in the poem identifies the speaker, other than the pejorative “pāpima” (vocative masculine s. or nt. s.) meaning evil one or evil-doer, which certainly could apply to some human men; tradition holds that it was Mara himself. In a similar poem in the Saṁyutta Nikaya, Māra approached to inquire, “What don’t you approve of?” When the bhikkhuni answered that she disapproves of birth, he responded with this challenge. SN5.6.]
“Kiṁ nu jātiṁ na rocesi,
jāto kāmāni bhuñjati;
“Why don’t you approve of birth?
One who’s born gets to enjoy sensual pleasures.
Enjoy the delights of the senses!
Don’t [miss out and] later regret it.” 2It seems that FOMO (fear of missing out) may have been as potent back then as it is today.
“Jātassa maraṇaṁ hoti,
jāto dukkhaṁ nigacchati.
“For the born there is death!
Hand & foot severed
Execution, bondage, calamity
The born descends to suffering.
Atthi sakyakule jāto,
So me dhammamadesesi,
[But] there exists, born to the Sakyans,
The rightly Awakened, incomparable;
He taught me the Dhamma
For overcoming birth:
dukkhassa ca atikkamaṁ;
Ariyaṁ caṭṭhaṅgikaṁ maggaṁ,
Suffering, suffering’s origin,
Suffering’s transcendence, and
The noble eightfold path
That leads to the stilling of suffering.3I.e. The four noble truths
Tassāhaṁ vacanaṁ sutvā,
vihariṁ sāsane ratā;
Tisso vijjā anuppattā,
kataṁ buddhassa sāsanaṁ.
On hearing his words
I lived delighting in his teaching
Attained is the Triple Knowledge
Done is the Buddha’s teaching
Sabbattha vihatā nandī,
Evaṁ jānāhi pāpima,
nihato tvamasi antaka”.
Enjoyment killed at every level
The mass of darkness destroyed;
You see, evil-doer
You’re defeated, death-maker.”
The Book of the Sevens is finished.