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Thig 5.4 Sundarīnandātherīgāthā: Verses of the Elder Sundarīnandā

“Nandā, see this body as diseased,
impure, and rotten.
Cultivate awareness of the unattractive,
with a well-collected, one-pointed mind.

As this is, so is that,
as that is, so is this.
Only fools enjoy
the vile smell of rotten winds.”

“I looked at it in this way
relentlessly, by day and by night,
saw it for myself with wisdom,
and had a breakthrough.

I heedfully investigated
the origin of things
to accurately see this body
inside and out.

Then I was disenchanted by the body,
and I became dispassionate.
Heedful, unbound,
I am quenched and at peace.”


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