Sumangala’s Mother – Freedom Through Jhana, Too

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Introduction

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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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made contextual edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

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