From acquaintanceship arises fear, from house-life arises
defilement; the houseless state, freedom from acquaintanceship--this is
indeed the view of a Muni.
Whosoever, after cutting down the (sin that has) arisen, does not
let (it again) take root and does not give way to it while springing up
towards him, him
the solitarily wandering they call a Muni; such a great Isi has seen the
state of peace.
Having considered the causes (of sin, and) killed the seed, let
him not give way to desire for it; such a Muni who sees the end of birth
and destruction (i.e. Nibbâ/n/a), after leaving reasoning behind, does
not enter the number (of living beings).
He who has penetrated all the resting-places (of the mind,
and) does not wish for any of them,--such a Muni indeed, free from
covetousness and free from greediness, does not gather up
(resting-places), for he has reached the other shore.
The man who has overcome everything, who knows everything, who is
possessed of a good understanding, undefiled in all things (dhamma),
abandoning everything, liberated in the destruction of desire (i.e.
Nibbâ/n/a), him the wise style a Muni.
The man who has the strength of understanding, is endowed with
virtue and (holy) works, is composed, delights in meditation, is
thoughtful, free from ties, free from harshness (akhila), and free from
passion, him the wise style a Muni.
The Muni that wanders solitarily, the zealous,
that is not shaken by blame and praise, like a lion not trembling at
noises, like the wind not caught in a net, like a lotus not soiled by
water, leading others, not led by others, him the wise style a Muni.
Whosoever becomes firm as the post in a bathing-place, in whom
others acknowledge propriety of speech, who is free from passion, and
(endowed) with well-composed senses, such a one the wise style a Muni.
Whosoever is firm, like a straight shuttle, and is disgusted with
evil actions, reflecting on what is just and unjust, him the wise style
Whosoever is self-restrained and does not do evil, is a young or
middle-aged Muni, self-subdued, one that should not be provoked (as) he
does not provoke any, him the wise style a Muni.
Whosoever, living upon what is given by others, receives a lump
of rice from the top, from the middle or from the rest (of the vessel,
and) does not praise (the giver) nor speak harsh words, him the wise
style a Muni.
The Muni that wanders about abstaining from sexual intercourse,
who in his youth is not fettered in any case, is abstaining from the
insanity of pride, liberated, him the wise style a Muni.
The man who, having penetrated the world, sees the highest truth,
such a one, after crossing the stream and sea (of existence), who has
cut off all ties, is independent, free from passion, him indeed the wise
style a Muni.
Two whose mode of life and occupation are quite different, are
not equal: a householder maintaining a wife, and an unselfish virtuous
man. A householder (is intent) upon the destruction of
other living creatures, being unrestrained; but a Muni always protects
living creatures, being restrained.
As the crested bird with the blue neck (the peacock) never
attains the swiftness of the swan, even so a householder does not equal
a Bhikkhu, a secluded Muni meditating in the wood.
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