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- Udana IV.9
- Upasena Vangataputta Sutta
- About Upasena Vangataputta
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I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Rajagaha
at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary. Now at that time, when Ven.
Upasena Vangantaputta was alone in seclusion, this line of thinking arose in his
awareness: "What a gain, what a true gain it is for me that my teacher is the Blessed
One, worthy and a fully self-awakened; that I have gone forth from home to the homeless
life in a well-taught Dhamma and discipline; that my companions in the holy life are
virtuous and endowed with admirable qualities; that I have achieved culmination in terms
of the precepts; that my mind is unified and well-concentrated; that I am an arahant, with
effluents ended; that I have great power and great might. Fortunate has been my life;
fortunate will be my death."
Then the Blessed One, comprehending with his awareness the line of thinking that had
arisen in Ven. Upasena Vangantaputta's awareness, on that occasion exclaimed:
He feels no regret at what life has been,
he feels no sorrow at death,
if -- a wise one -- he has seen that state.
He feels no sorrow
in the midst of sorrow.
For one who has destroyed
craving for becoming --
the monk of peaceful mind --
birth & the wandering on
are totally ended.
There is no further becoming.