& Sweet is Ideal Solitude:
They once asked a Bhikkhu just named 'Elder':
Venerable Elder, is one living completely alone?
Regarding this, the Elder responded:
All that is past, this one has left all behind!
All that is future, this one has all relinquished!
All that is present now, this one has completely
removed any desire & lust for...
The intelligent, who has conquered all, who understands all
Who are from all things & states detached, disengaged,
Who has given up all, released by the irreversible removal of craving,
Such One, I call: 'Living Alone'...
Buddha on the 'Local World':
"This world starts and ends within this 2 fathom frame of flesh and bones!"
In bad company with
one's own greed, anger & confusion, one is never alone!
Seclusion (Viveka): Viveka_Sukha, Sense_Seclusion
Source: The Grouped Sayings by the
Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya II 282-4
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