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Dhammapada Verse (171)

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    Chapter XIII. The World (Lokavagga) Dhammapada Verse (171) 171. Etha passathima.m loka.m, citta.m raajarathuupama.m. Yattha baalaa visiidanti, natthi sa ngo
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      Chapter XIII. The World (Lokavagga)
      Dhammapada Verse (171)

      171. Etha passathima.m loka.m,
      citta.m raajarathuupama.m.
      Yattha baalaa visiidanti,
      natthi sa"ngo vijaanata.m.

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      Alternate English translations:

      171. Come, look at this world (i.e., the five khandhas), which is like an ornamented royal carriage. Fools flounder in this world of the khandhas, but the wise are not attached to it.
      (translated by Daw Mya Tin)

      171. Come you all and behold this world
      Like an ornamented royal chariot,
      Wherein the fools are deeply sunk.
      But for those who know there is no bond.
      (Thai version)

      171. Come! Behold this world, which is like a decorated royal chariot. Here fools flounder,
      but the wise have no attachment to it.
      (translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita)

      171. Come look at this world all decked out like a royal chariot, where fools plunge in, while those who know don't cling.
      (translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu)

      171. Come and look at this world. It is like an ornamented royal chariot, wherein fools sink, but the wise men do not attach to it.
      (translated by Narada Mahaa Thera)

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      Background Story

      The Story of Prince Abhaya

      While residing at the Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (171), with reference to Prince Abhaya (Abhayarajakumara).

      On one occasion, Prince Abhaya triumphantly returned after suppressing a rebellion at the frontier. King Bimbisara was so pleased with him that for seven days, Abhaya was given the glory and honour of a ruler, together with a dancing girl to entertain him. On the last day, while the dancer was entertaining the prince and his company in the garden, she had a severe stroke; she collapsed and died on the spot. The prince was shocked and very much distressed. Sorrowfully, he went to the Buddha to find solace. To him the Buddha said, "O prince, the tears you have shed all through the round of rebirths cannot be measured. This world of aggregates (i.e., khandhas) is the place where fools flounder."

      Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

      Verse 171: Come, look at this world (i.e., the five khandhas), which is like an ornamented royal carriage. Fools flounder in this world of the khandhas, but the wise are not attached to it.

      with metta,
      Han
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