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Verses 26 and
27: The Story of
White residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (26) and
(27) of this book,
in connection with the Balanakkhatta festival.
At one time, the Balanakkhatta festival was being celebrated in Savatthi. During
the festival, many
foolish young men smearing themselves with ashes and cow-dung roamed about the
and making themselves a nuisance to the public. They would also stop at the
doors of others and
leave only when given some money.
At that time there were a great many lay disciples of the Buddha, living in
Savatthi. On account of
these foolish young hooligans, they sent word to the Buddha, requesting him to
keep to the
monastery and not to enter the city for seven days. They sent alms-food to the
they themselves kept to their own houses. On the eighth day, when the festival
was over, the
Buddha and his disciples were invited into the city for alms-food and other
offerings. On being
told about the vulgar and shameful behaviour of the foolish young men during the
Buddha commented that it was in the nature of the foolish and the ignorant to
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 26. The foolish and the ignorant give themselves over to negligence;
whereas the wise
treasure mindfulness as a precious jewel.
Verse 27.Therefore, one should not be negligent, nor be addicted to sensual
pleasures; for he who
is established in mindfulness, through cultivation of Tranquillity and Insight
experiences supreme happiness (i.e., realizes Nibbana).
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016