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Verses and Stories
Verse 175 The Wise
Travel Beyond The Worldly
175. The Wise Travel Beyond The Worldly
Swans upon the sun’s path fly,
the powerful through space,
conquering Mara and his host
away from the world the wise are led.
Explanation: The swans fly away in the sky - as the path of the
sun. Those possessing psychic power travel through the sky. Those diligent,
wise saint conquer death with his armies and leave the world and reach Nibbana.
Dhammapada Verse 175
Hamsa diccapathe yanti
Verse 175: Swans travel in the sky; those with supernormal powers
travel through space; the wise having conquered Mara together with his army, go
out of this world (i.e., realize Nibbana).
Story of Thirty Bhikkhus
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse
(175) of this book, with reference to thirty bhikkhus.
Once, thirty bhikkhus came to pay homage to the Buddha. When they
came in, the Venerable Ananda, who was then attending on the Buddha, left the
room and waited outside. After some time, Thera Ananda went in, but he did not
find any of the bhikkhus. So, he asked the Buddha where all those bhikkhus had
gone. The Buddha then replied, “Ananda, all those bhikkhus, after
hearing my discourse, had attained arahatship, and with their supernormal
powers, they let travelling through space.”
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 175: Swans travel in
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