| Minor Stories Index
Verses 33 and
Story of Thera Meghiya:
While residing on the Calika Mountain, the Buddha uttered Verses (33)
and (34) of this book, with
reference to Thera Meghiya.
At that time, Thera Meghiya was attending upon the Buddha. On one occasion, on
his return from
alms-round, the thera noticed a pleasant and beautiful mango grove, which he
thought was an ideal
spot for meditation. He asked the Buddha's permission to let him go there, but
as the Buddha was
alone at that time, he was told to wait for awhile until the arrival of some
other Bhikkhus. The
thera was in a hurry to go and so he repeated his request again and again, until
finally the Buddha
told him to do as he wished.
Thus, Thera Meghiya set out for the mango grove, sat at the foot of a tree and
meditation. He stayed there the whole day, but his mind kept wandering and he
made no progress.
He returned in the evening and reported to the Buddha how all the time he was
thoughts associated with the senses, ill will and cruelty ( kama vitakka,
byapada vitakka and
So, the Buddha told him that as the mind is easily excitable and fickle, one
should control one's
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 33. The mind is excitable and
unsteady; it is difficult to control and to restrain. The wise
one trains his mind to be upright as a fletcher straightens an arrow.
Verse 34. As a fish quivers when
taken out of its watery home and thrown on to dry ground, so
does the mind quiver when it is taken out of the sensual world to escape from
the realm of Mara
(i.e., kilesa vatta, round of moral defilements).
At the end of the discourse Thera Meghiya attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016