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Dhammapada Verse 344Vibbhantabhikkhu Vatthu-
Freed From Craving Runs Back To Craving

Verse 344. Freed From Craving Runs Back To Craving

Who without woodness inclines to the wood.
Free in the wood to woodness returns.
Do now regard that person well
who free returns to fetter.

Explanation: Having left the forest of desire he takes to
the forest of the practice (i.e. the life of a monk); but when he
is free from the forest of desire he rushes back to that very forest.
Come, look at that man who having become free rushes back into that
very bondage.



Dhammapada Verse 344
Vibbhantabhikkhu Vatthu

Yo nibbanatho vanadhimutto
vanamutto vanameva dhavati
tam puggalametha passatha
mutto bandhanameva dhavati.

Verse 344: Having left the forest of desire (i.e., the life of a
householder), he takes to the forest of the practice (i.e., the life of a
bhikkhu); but when he is free from the forest of desire he rushes back to that
very forest. Come, look at that man who having become free rushes back into that
very bondage.


The Story of an Ex-Bhikkhu

While residing at the Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (344) of
this book, with reference to a bhikkhu who was a pupil of the Venerable
Mahakassapa.

As a pupil of the Venerable Mahakassapa, this bhikkhu had achieved the four
mental absorptions (jhanas). But one day, as he went for alms-food to his
uncle’s house, he saw a woman and felt a great desire to have her. Then he left
the Order of the bhikkhus. As a layman, he was a failure as he did not work
hard. So, his uncle drove him out of the house, and subsequently he became mixed
up with some thieves. All of them were caught by the authorities and were taken
to the cemetery to be executed. The Venerable Mahakassapa saw his pupil as he
was being led out and said to him, “My pupil, keep your mind steadfastly on
a subject of meditation.” As instructed, he concentrated and let himself be
established in deep mental absorption. At the cemetery, while the executioners
were making preparations to kill him, the ex-bhikkhu was very much composed and
showed no signs of fear or anxiety. The executioners and the onlookers were
awe-struck and very much impressed by the man’s courage and composure and they
reported about him to the king and also to the Buddha. The king gave orders to
release the man. The Buddha on hearing about the matter sent his radiance and
appeared to the thief as if in person.

Then the Buddha spoke to him in verse as follows:

Verse 344: Having left the forest of desire (i.e., the
life of a householder), he takes to the forest of the practice (i.e.,
the life of a bhikkhu); but when he is free from the forest of desire
he rushes back to that very forest. Come, look at that man who having
become free rushes back into that very bondage.

At the end of the discourse, the thief who was steadfastly keeping his mind
on the arising and perishing of the aggregates discerned the impermanent,
unsatisfactory and non-self nature of all conditioned things and soon attained
Sotapatti Fruition. Later, he went to the Buddha at the Jetavana monastery where
he was again admitted to the Order by the Buddha and he instantly attained
arahatship.

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