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Verse 31: The Story of a Certain Bhikkhu:

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (31) of this book, with
reference to a certain Bhikkhu.

A certain Bhikkhu, after obtaining a subject of meditation from the Buddha, went to the forest to
meditate. Although he tried hard he made very little progress in his meditation practice. As a
result, he became very depressed and frustrated. So, with the thought of getting further specific
instructions from the Buddha, he set out for the Jetavana monastery. On his way, he came across a
big blazing fire. He ran up to the top of a mountain and observed the fire from there. As the fire
spread, it suddenly occurred to him that just as the fire burnt up everything, so also Magga Insight
will burn up all fetters of life, big and small.

Meanwhile, from the Gandhakuti hall in the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha was aware of what
the Bhikkhu was thinking. So, he transmitted his radiance and appeared to the Bhikkhu and spoke
to him. "My son," he said, "you are on the right line of thought; keep it up. All beings must burn up all
fetters of life with Magga Insight."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows.

Verse 31. A Bhikkhu who takes delight in mindfulness and sees danger in negligence, advances like
fire, burning up all fetters, great and small.

At the end of the discourse that Bhikkhu attained Arahatship then and there.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


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