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Ambapali

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Title: Ambapali

Summary: url=index.html#thig.13.01.than A former courtesan – now an arahant – reveals how aging has eroded every trace of her youthful beauty. An exquisite portrait of the effects of aging.

Thig 13.1

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Ambapali

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Black was my hair — the color of bees — & curled at the tips;

with age, it looked like coarse hemp.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Fragrant, like a perfumed basket filled with flowers:

With age it smelled musty,
like animal fur.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Thick & lush, like a well-tended grove, made splendid, the tips elaborate with comb & pin.

With age, it grew thin
& bare here & there.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Adorned with gold & delicate pins, it was splendid, ornamented with braids.

Now, with age,
that head has gone bald.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Curved, as if well-drawn by an artist, my brows were once splendid.

With age, they droop down in folds.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Radiant, brilliant like jewels, my eyes:

With age, they're no longer splendid.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like a delicate peak, my nose was splendid in the prime of my youth.

With age, it's like a long pepper.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like bracelets — well-fashioned, well-finished — my ears were once splendid.

With age, they droop down in folds.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like plaintain buds in their color, my teeth were once splendid.

With age, they're broken & yellowed.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like that of a cuckoo in the dense jungle, flitting through deep forest thickets: sweet was the tone of my voice.

With age, it cracks here & there.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Smooth — like a conch shell well-polished — my neck was once splendid.

With age, it's broken down, bent.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like rounded door-bars — both of them — my arms were once splendid.

With age, they're like dried up patali trees.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Adorned with gold & delicate rings, my hands were once splendid.

With age, they're like onions & tubers.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Swelling, round, firm, & high, both my breasts were once splendid.

In the drought of old age, they dangle
like empty old water bags.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Like a sheet of gold, well-burnished, my body was splendid.

Now it's covered with very fine wrinkles.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Smooth in their lines, like an elephant's trunk, both my thighs were once splendid.

With age, they're like knotted bamboo.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Adorned with gold & delicate anklets, my calves were once splendid.

With age, they're like sesame sticks.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

As if they were stuffed with soft cotton, both my feet were once splendid.

With age, they're shriveled & cracked.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

Such was this physical heap, now:

A house with its plaster all fallen off.

The truth of the Truth-speaker's words

	doesn't change.

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