Visuddhimagga IV-8

Yattha nānāvidhaṃ sākapaṇṇaṃ hoti, tatthassa kammaṭṭhānaṃ gahetvā divāvihāraṃ nisinnassāpi santike sākahārikā gāyamānā paṇṇaṃ uccinantiyo visabhāgasaddasaṅghaṭṭanena kammaṭṭhānantarāyaṃ karonti.


Ñ(IV,8): 6. If he goes with his meditation subject to sit by day where there are many sorts of edible leaves, then women vegetable-gatherers, singing as they pick leaves nearby, endanger his meditation subject by disturbing it with sounds of the opposite sex.

Sayādaw U Sīlānanda: 'edible leaves' means vegetables.

Han: Mahāsī Sayādaw: vegetable leaves.

Dict: sākapaṇṇa : [nt.] vegetable leaf.

Han: My own comment is that vegetables include underground parts, stem parts, leaf and flower parts, fruit and seed parts. Here, the Pāḷi word sākapaṇṇa means vegetable leaves. In the text, it also stated that the women pick leaves.

Yattha pana nānāvidhā mālāgacchā supupphitā honti, tatrāpi tādisoyeva upaddavo.


Ñ: 7. And where there are many sorts of flowering shrubs in bloom there is the same danger too.

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