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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]

Sumaṅgala’s Mother

Therigatha 2:3

Freedom! Freedom!

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.

What Bliss!

End Of Poem


  1. Right Meditation – Samadhi –  Jhanas
  2. Eightfold Path – The Magga-Vibhanga Sutta
  3. Sumnagala – Freedom Through Jhana
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