Visuddhimagga II-63

Anagāriyabhāvassa , anurūpe adullabhe;

Tārāmaṇivitānamhi, candadīpappabhāsite.

Abbhokāse vasaṃ bhikkhu, migabhūtena cetasā;

Thinamiddhaṃ vinodetvā, bhāvanārāmataṃ sito.

Pavivekarasassādaṃ, nacirasseva vindati;

Yasmā tasmā hi sappañño, abbhokāsarato siyāti.









Ñ(II,63): The open air provides a life

That aids the homeless bhikkhu's strife[straif],

Easy to get, and leaves his mind

Alert as a deer, so he shall find

Stiffness and torpor brought to halt.

Under the star-bejewelled vault

The moon and sun furnish his light,

And concentration his delight.

The joy seclusion's savour gives

He shall discover soon who lives

In open air, and that is why

The wise prefer the open sky.

Ayaṃ abbhokāsikaṅge samādānavidhānappabhedabhedānisaṃsavaṇṇanā.


Ñ: This is the commentary on the undertaking, directions, grades, breach, and benefits, in the case of the open-air-dweller's practice.

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