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Samyutta Nikaya I.9
Arañña Sutta
The Wilderness
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Standing to one side, a devata addressed the Blessed One with a verse:

Living in the wilderness,
staying peaceful, remaining chaste,
eating just one meal a day:
why are their faces
    so bright & serene?

[The Buddha:]

They don't sorrow over the past,
    don't long for the future.
They survive on the present.
That's why their faces
    are bright & serene.

From longing for the future,
from sorrowing over the past,
    fools wither away
like a green reed cut down.


Updated: 1-7-2000

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