A Devatā’s Plea

SN 9.6
PTS: S i 200
CDB i 297
A Devatā’s Plea

On one occasion, the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling among the Kosalans in a woodland thicket. Then a devatā of the Tāvatiṃsa heaven named Jālini, who was a former consort of the Venerable Anuruddha, approached him and addressed him in verse:

aaaaaaaaaa“Direct your mind there
aaaaaaaaaaWhere you dwelt in the past
aaaaaaaaaaAmong the Tāvatiṃsa devas
aaaaaaaaaaFor whom all desires are fullfilled.
aaaaaaaaaaYou will shine forth highly honored,
aaaaaaaaaaSurrounded by celestial maidens.”

Anuruddha responded:

aaaaaaaaaa“Miserable are celestial maidens
aaaaaaaaaaEstablished in identity,
aaaaaaaaaaAnd miserable too are those beings
aaaaaaaaaaAttached to celestial maidens.”

And Jālini said:

aaaaaaaaaa“They do not know bliss
aaaaaaaaaaWho have not seen Nandana,
aaaaaaaaaaThe abode of the eminent devas, glorious,
aaaaaaaaaaBelonging to the host of Thirty.”

Anuruddha responded:

aaaaaaaaaa“Don’t you know, you fool,
aaaaaaaaaaThat the arahants speak thus:
aaaaaaaaaa‘Impermanent are all formations,
aaaaaaaaaaArising and passing away is their nature;
aaaaaaaaaaAs they arise, so they disband.
aaaaaaaaaaTheir total stilling is happiness.’

aaaaaaaaaaJālini, there is no dwelling again
aaaaaaaaaaNow for me among the devas.
aaaaaaaaaaThe wandering on in birth is ended:
aaaaaaaaaaNow there is no further becoming.”

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