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Verse 69: The Story or
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (69)
of this book, with
reference to Theri
Once there was a young daughter of a rich man in
Savatthi. Because she was so
looks so tender and sweet, like a blue lotus flower, she was called
Uppalavanna", the blue lotus.
The fame of her beauty spread far and wide and there were many suitors: princes,
rich men and
many others. But she decided that it would be better for her to become a
Bhikkhuni, a female
member of the Buddhist Order. One day, after lighting a lamp, she kept her mind
fixed on the
flame and meditating on the fire kasina (object of concentration) she soon
achieved Magga Insight
and finally attained Arahatship.
Some time later, she moved to the 'Dark Forest' (Andhavana) and lived in
solitude. While Theri
Uppalavanna was out on her alms-round, Nanda, the son of her uncle, came to her
hid himself underneath her couch. Nanda had fallen in love with
before she became a
Bhikkhuni; his intention obviously was to take her by force. When
returned she saw
Nanda and said, "You fool! Do no harm, do not molest." But he would not be
satisfying himself, he left her. As soon as he stepped on the ground, the earth
opened wide and he
was swallowed up.
Hearing about this, the Buddha spoke in verse as
Verse 69. As long as the evil
deed does not bear fruit, the fool thinks it is sweet like honey; but
when his evil deed does bear fruit, the fool suffers for it.
At the end of the discourse, many attained Sotapatti Fruition.
next sent for King Pasenadi of Kosala and told him about the dangers that
living in forests had to face from irresponsible persons obsessed with sex. The
king then promised
to build monasteries for Bhikkhunis only in towns or close to the towns.
The story is continued at verse 401:
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016