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XI.JARAVAGGA. OLD AGE

146. What is laughter, what is joy, when the world is ever burning? Shrouded by darkness, do you not seek a light?

147. Behold this beautiful body, a mass of sores, a heaped-up (lump), diseased, much thought of, in which nothing lasts, nothing persists.

148. Thoroughly worn out is this body, a nest of diseases, perishable; this putrid mass breaks up; truly, life ends in death.

149. Like gourds cast away in autumn are these dove-hued bones. What pleasure is there in looking at them?

150. Of bones is (this) city made, plastered with flesh and blood. Herein are stored decay, death, conceit, and detraction.

151. Even ornamented royal chariots wear out; so too the body reaches old age; but the Dhamma of the Good grows not old; thus do the Good reveal (it) among the Good.

152. The man of little learning grows old like the bull: his muscles grow, his wisdom grows not.

153, 154. Through many a birth I wandered in samsăra. Seeking but not finding, the builder of the house. Sorrowful is birth again and again. O House-builder! Thou art seen. Thou shalt build no house again. All thy rafters are broken, thy ridge-pole is shattered. My mind has attained the unconditioned, achieved is the end of cravings.

155. They who have not led the Holy Life, who in youth have not acquired wealth, pine away like old herons on a pond without fish.

156. They who have not led the Holy Life, who in youth have not acquired wealth, lie like worn-out bows, sighing after the past.



Foreword ][ Preface ][ Introduction

The Twin Verses ][ Heedfulness ][ The Mind ][ Flowers ][ Fools ][ The Wise
The Arahat ][ Thousands ][ Evil ][ Punishment or the Rod ][ Old Age ][ The Self
The World ][ The Buddha ][ Happiness ][ Affections ][ Anger ][ Taints ][ The Just and the Righteous
The Way ][ Miscellaneous ][ Hell ][ The Elephant ][ Craving ][ The Bhikkhu or Mendicant Monk ][ The Brahmana

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