Sumangala's Mother Talks
Sumangala’s Mother – Freedom Through Jhana, Too
This poem is from the Therigatha. The Therigatha preserves 73 poems of elder nuns and is the ninth section in the Khuddaka Nikāya. The Khuddaka Nikāya is a collection of short texts in (mostly) verse. The Khuddaka Nikāya is the last Nikaya (collection) of the Sutta Piṭaka, the second book of the Pāli Canon.
In this poem, the awakened monk Sumangala’s mother concisely describes the quality of an awakened mind through Right Meditation practiced as part of the Eightfold Path. [1,2,3]
I am completely free!
Free from my pestle,
Free from my shameless husband,
and his sun-shade making.
Fee from my moldy old pot
with its water-snake smell.
Passion, aversion, delusion
I cut with a single chop.
I have come to the root of a tree
and do Jhana.
End Of Poem