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Vajjiputta Sutta

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Title: Vajjiputta Sutta: The Vajjian Princeling

Summary: If you&#39;ve ever wondered, &quot;Why bother meditate?&quot; , listen to this devata&#39;s advice.

SN 9.9

PTS: S i 201

CDB i 300

Vajjiputta Sutta: The Vajjian Princeling

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<p>On one occasion a certain monk, a Vajjian princeling, was dwelling near Vesali in a forest thicket. And on that occasion an all-night festival was being held in Vesali. The monk — lamenting as he heard the resounding din of wind music, string music, & gongs coming from Vesali, on that occasion recited this verse:</p>

I live in the wilderness

all alone

like a log cast away in the forest. On a night like this,

who could there be
more miserable
		than me?

<p>Then the devata inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, desiring his benefit, desiring to bring him to his senses, approached him and addressed him with this verse:</p>

As you live in the wilderness all alone like a log cast away in the forest, many are those who envy you,

as hell-beings do,
those headed for heaven.

<p>The monk, chastened by the devata, came to his senses.</p>

<p>See also: SN 9.1; SN 9.14.</p>

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