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Title: Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan
Summary: url=index.html#thag.07.01.than While grappling with lust, this monk finally comes to his senses.
PTS: Thag 459-465
Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan
translated from the Pali by
Ornamented, finely clothed
her feet stained red with lac,
she wore slippers: a courtesan.
Stepping out of her slippers —
her hands raised before me, palm-to-palm over her heart —
she softly, tenderly,
in measured words spoke to me first:
“You are young, recluse.
Heed my message:
Partake of human sensuality.
I will give you luxury.
Truly I vow to you,
I will tend to you as to a fire.
When we are old,
both leaning on canes,
then we will both become contemplatives,
winning the benefits of both worlds."
And seeing her before me —
a courtesan, ornamented, finely clothed, hands palm-to-palm over her heart — like a snare of death laid out,
apt attention arose in me,
the drawbacks appeared, disenchantment stood at an even keel:
With that, my heart was released. See the Dhamma's true rightness! The three knowledges have been attained; the Buddha's bidding,
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