Khuddaka Nikaya

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Chapter III — The Threes



Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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His limbs knotted
like a kala plant,
his body lean
and lined with veins,
knowing moderation
in food and drink:
    the man of undaunted heart.

Touched by gnats
and horseflies
    in the wilds,
    the great wood,
like an elephant
at the head of a battle:
    he, mindful,
    should stay there

One alone is like Brahma,
two, like devas,
three, like a village,
more than that:
    a hullabaloo.

[See also: Ud III.3.]


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