I. Sagatha Vagga
The Vajjian Princeling
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons
[9.1][pts] On one occasion a certain monk, a Vajjian princeling, was dwelling near Vesali in a forest thicket. And on that occasion an all-night festival was being held in Vesali. The monk — lamenting as he heard the resounding din of wind music, string music, and gongs coming from Vesali, on that occasion recited this verse:
I live in the wilderness
like a log cast away in the forest.
On a night like this,
who could there be
Then the devatā inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, desiring his benefit, desiring to bring him to his senses, approached him and addressed him with this verse:
As you live in the wilderness all alone
like a log cast away in the forest,
many are those who envy you,
as hell-beings do,
those headed for heaven.
The monk, chastened by the devatā, came to his senses.